Joanna Anastasia

Home decor

Woodland toddler bedroom

So when we first moved in here 4 months ago I remember thinking how my son is the only one who is losing space in the move. Our old home was much smaller and all the rooms where tiny- our new home is really big and all of the rooms are really spacious- except of Julien’s room. It’s really small.

Let me show you how small it looked on the day we moved in-these are screenshots of the video I took so don’t mind the quality- with wall to wall old carpet, and all in gray blue shade:

And here’s how it looks now!

Isn’t the power of wallpaper just amazing! So first thing we did we painted the room half wall warm white and half a more saturated shade of blue., and my hubby have changed the flooring! We added his furniture, art on the wall and new lights and after all that I still felt there was something missing. So when Photowall reached out to me asking if there’s a room in my home that I would like to add wallpaper too, I knew right away that it was Julien’s room that needed it desperately!

Because there’s nothing like a wallpaper to add depth and character to a small space!

Also, let me just say that it was the first time ever we have put a real wallpaper up- and it took less than 2 hours! And was so much easier than I anticipated! The wallpaper itself is made out of amazing material, doesn’t tear, has a great feel to it, is mat and was really a breeze to install! Totally unlike my experience with removable wallpapers from the past.

And I must say I really loved how Photowall had sooo many designs to choose from- all organized by themes and colors!

Now, even though Julien’s room is the smallest in our new home it’s now the one with the most character! And I’m pleased to say that he loves it now to!

If you’d like to change up your walls I have a code for you :

And remember, every space can become cozy and inviting! And now to help you add more charm in to your home I have a discount code that you can use:  joannaanastasia25 ! ( This code will give you a 25% discount on any product at http://www.photowall.com and is good for a month of January!

Disclosure- I received this wallpaper as a gift, all opinions and enthusiasm remain exclusively my own.

Christmas 2020 Home tour- in our new home in the woods

Hello in my home in the woods all decked for christmas! If you came here straight from Danielle’s home tour, welcome! I’m so happy you stopped by!

So first of all let me just say- what a year! Just like everyone else on the planet I’m glad it’s coming to an end! However, despite the struggles we’ve all went through it’s also the year that we where blessed with abundant family time. A year in which my kids has grown ,and laughed and played. And a year when we have finally moved here, to our forever family home!

It’s been almost four months now that we moved, and while we still have a long way to go ( I’m looking at you unfinished staircase, and you old carpet-abundant master bedroom) I’m still so happy to call this place our home and to decorate it for the season!

So one of the first things we did after moving was painting – first, the entire open space white, then the kids room, and lastly the front door. I just love how the red doors pop now! I added a wreath I made with dollar store supplies, and I think they look perfectly welcoming for the season now!

Right when you’ll come in in the main hallway there’s our diy advent calendar- my kids are so excited every night we open it- even though there’s nothing but little chocolates and candies inside!

After you go further and pass by the advent calendar you’re directly in the middle of our open space- the living room that connected to the dining room and to the kitchen

So in here I decided to go with lots of white, with a pops of red and pink this year- my kids are finally big enough not to play with my vintage ornaments- but still too small for me to decorate on the coffee table ( since it’s usually there play area!)

Then the dining area is right in between or family room and the kitchen- I just love how we are close to the christmas tree glow when we sit here- and how I can see it all from the kitchen island!

And as for the kitchen, I made this little hot cocoa station that’s usually on the kitchen counter – I just love it when decor gets practical- because hot cocoa is an everyday need am I right?

The rest of the kitchen is rather simple- a little garland on the kitchen window, a DIY festive cutting board and some greenery set the mood in this space!

Now, you won’t see our master bedroom today because it’s still awaiting some major renovations- but since our kids rooms are done ( there where some really old carpets and very dark brown walls here when we moved!) I decided to deck their rooms a bit!

Thank you so much for joining me in my home tour! I hope you found some simple inspiration for your holiday decorating!

Next stop is Amber – I’m sure you’ll love her home tour!

This week I’m joining some of my talented blogging friends for the Christmas Seasonal Simplicity Series home tour week! We’re all sharing part of our home decked out for Christmas. Be sure to check out these fabulous Christmas decor ideas by clicking on the links below each image.

Sharing with me today…

Wednesday

The Handmade Home / Finding Silver Pennies / Joanna Anastasia / AmberTysl

The DIY Mommy / My Sweet Savannah / Dans le Lakehouse / Fynes Designs

And sharing the rest of the week…

Monday

The Happy Housie / Inspiration for Moms / Maison de Cinq / This is Simplicite

Chrissy Marie Blog / Modern Glam / Nick & Alicia

Tuesday

Cassie Bustamante / Cuckoo4Design / Lemon Thistle / Love Create Celebrate

tatertots & jello / Jennifer Maune / She Gave it a Go / Clean & Scentsible

Thursday

Two Twenty One / Cherished Bliss / Life is Better at Home / All Things With Purpose

This is Our Bliss / Home Made Lovely / Place of My Taste

Friday

The Tattered Pew / Life is a Party / Rambling Renovators / House by Hoff

Deeply Southern Home / Grace in My Space /
Taryn Whiteaker Designs / Just a Girl and Her Blog

Cozy Traditional Christmas Mantle

“Nothing ever seems too bad, too hard, or too sad when you’ve got a Christmas tree in the living room.” Nora Roberts

That and a mantle above a fireplace all decorated for Christmas!

I remember very well the list of features I made many years ago when we where looking for our first home- and a fireplace with a mantle was on the very top! Ofcourse, as often life unfolds, we ended up in a cute little city house without a fireplace but close to the metro instead (as back in the days I couldn’t even drive!) and after a couple of years there I got an electric fireplace to at least have a vibe of a real one!

Fast forward to this past summer and we have finally moved to our dream home- that has not one mantle to decorate but two- since the fireplace we have now is double sided! But, the second one is in my office which means it’s probably covered with crafting supply at this very moment!

All that to say, our family room mantle is all decked for Christmas and so is the Christmas tree next to it- and today I wanted to share it with you along my blogging friends and their gorgeous Holiday Mantles!

This year I decided to go for a white red and pops of pink with some fresh greenery colour scheme- although if you have been following me for awhile now you know that I might as well change it up in a week! I just can’t stop puttering around my christmas decor!

Make sure to check my friends beautiful mantel ideas too!

Today I’m joining some of my talented blogging friends for the Christmas Seasonal Simplicity Series. We’re all sharing our holiday mantel decor with you – be sure to check out these fabulous Christmas mantel decor ideas by clicking on the links below each image.

Cozy Cabin Christmas Mantel Decor with Pops of Red at The Happy Housie

Fresh Cedar Christmas Mantel at A Pretty Life

Bright Colourful Merry Mantel at Tatertots and Jello

Red, White, and Gold Christmas Mantel at This is Our Bliss

Cozy Traditional Christmas Mantle at JoAnna Anastasia

Natural and Cozy Christmas Mantel at Modern Glam

Christmas Mantel Decor Ideas at Craftberry Bush

Merry and Bright Christmas Mantle at The Handmade Home

Assymetrical Christmas Mantel with Fresh Greenery and Blue Accents at The DIY Mommy

How to Hang a Garland on a Shelf for a Christmas Vignette at Fynes Designs

Elegant Holiday Living Room and Mantel at House by Hoff

Traditional Christmas Mantel at Rambling Renovators

Christmas Mantel Decorating Ideas at Jennifer Maune

Christmas Mantel Mixing Faux and Fresh Greenery with Grey Accents at Deeply Southern Home

How to Decorate a Mantel for Christmas at She Gave it a Go

How to Decorate a Mantel with a TV Above It for Christmas at Home Made Lovely

My Classic Christmas Mantel with White and Red at Life is Better at Home

How to Style Your Shelves for the Holidays at My Sweet Savannah

Christmas Mantel Decor Ideas at Clean & Scentsible

Modern Minimalist Shelf Styling for the Holidays at This is Simplicite

Christmas Mantel Decor with Lighted Garland at Grace in My Space

Rustic Luxe Christmas Mantel Decor Ideas at Cherished Bliss

My Green and White Christmas Mantel at Cassie Bustamante

Holiday Mantel at Life is a Party

Asymmetrical Garland Mantel at Taryn Whiteaker Designs

DIY Holiday cutting board

So today I wanted to share with you a little holiday craft I did with my Cricut- a DIY holiday cutting board I made for our kitchen- along my blogging friends sharing their cute holiday crafts!


Today I’m joining some of my talented blogging friends for our first Christmas Seasonal Simplicity post of the year. We’re all sharing our holiday DIY or craft projects with you today! Be sure to check out these fabulous ideas by clicking on the links below each image.

How to Flock Natural Greenery at The Happy Housie

DIY Winter Village Wreath at Modern Glam

DIY Christmas Jingle Bells Hanging Decoration at Zevy Joy

Modern Organic Christmas Wreath at Cherished Bliss

Air Dry Clay Christmas Star Lights at Clean & Scentsible

Anthropologie Inspired Holiday Felt Wreath at Tatertots and Jello

Polymer Clay Christmas Village at Life is a Party

Free Advent Calendar at The Handmade Home

Embroidery Hoop Love Sign at Craftberry Bush

Jingle Bell Wood Bead Garland at Lolly Jane

Homemade Pom Pom Garland at Sincerely, Marie Designs

DIY Dollar Tree Succulent Christmas Tree at The DIY Mommy

DIY Christmas Advent Calendar at She Gave it a Go

DIY Faux Leather Trees at My Sweet Savannah

DIY Orange Hoop Wreath at Cassie Bustamante

Easy DIY Christmas Pillow Case at The Tattered Pew

3D Hot Cocoa Sign and Printable at Rambling Renovators

DIY Elf House at Dans le Lakehouse

Farmhouse Style Holiday Wood Banner at Home Made Lovely

Joanna Gaines Inspired Christmas Village at Fynes Designs

Christmas Canvas at Two Twenty One

Modern Whimsical Snowflake Christmas Tree at This is Simplicite

DIY Holiday Cutting Board at Joanna Anastasia


So I started by choosing the cutest holiday imagine- hot chocolate station- from my media library in Cricut design space. I used regular white vinyl for this project, as I might change the design on this board in a year or two- therefore I didn’t need to use permanent vinyl here.

Weeding was probably the longest part of it! But to be honest for me weeding off the excess vinyl, than placing it on transfer tape and finally installing it feels really relaxing !

I used this cutting board I got off amazon a couple of months back, and I’m absolutely obsessed with how it looks now it my kitchen! It feels so cozy now- especially in the evening !

I hope this project can inspire you to get crafting yourself for the holidays! And make sure to check my friends fab holiday DIYS!

How to style your home for sale in 5 easy steps

So, in case you missed it on my instagram, we moved! This was long time coming as I was ready to move for over a year now, since our house was just simply too small for our big family.

Before I share with you more about our new house, and all the makeovers I’m doing, today I wanted to share my tried and tested ways to getting your house showing ready and selling it FAST.

We have sold our condo 6 years ago in 5 days, and our house now in 3 weeks ( in the context of a global pandemic, so I think it’s still a pretty good result!) First time around we had an agent and I was the one taking care of styling our home for sale – aka home staging. This time though we decided to skip the agent and I took care of both styling for sale and showcasing our home on our own! And each time we have sold for much more than we bought- almost double this time around!

So, how can you style to sell for the best price possible?

The devil is in the details- when people come to see your house every little detail counts! So, do they see the peeling paint? If there’s any, you can bet they will notice it right away! Do they see clutter? Yup, if things aren’t perfectly organized, they will, and they will think that the house is too small for them, because clutter means you don’t have enough space! Does the house look small because of the overload of all furniture? Are there big reparations that they need to do? Everything plays a part in how people will see your house and how much they will be willing to pay for it!

Style your home for sale in 5 easy steps- aka my tried and tested secrets to easy home staging

Now, if you’re ready to put your house on the market and would like to sell fast and for the best price possible here are my tried and tested steps!

1.Finish all the small renovations and paint inside.

This is probably the most important steps of all- and the most time consuming too. However, with an investment of a couple hundred dollars – to a thousand or two you can expect a pay off of many thousands more on the price of your house. By small renovations I mean:

  • Fix little issues like:
  • unfinished baseboards
  • broken electrical switches
  • peeling paint
  • old silicone around bath and sink.

  • Make sure you have updated anything that’s broken but would be included in the price of the home like home appliances, squeaky doors etc. ( of course only if you want to get the highest possible price!)
  • Change the rotted patio boards if there are any.
  • And make sure there are no unfinished renovations visible.
  • Paint any space that haven’t had a touch up in the last 3-4 years.

Make sure that your home is NOT painted with any bold or controversial colours, as the majority of people will prefer a bright and fresh white tone, a cal cool gray or a warm greige over an original and bohemian hue of orange or green!

Now, you might ask yourself why bother with all the little renovations if they are generally low in cost and so the new owners could very well take care of them on their own? And you might say that it’s better not to paint since people want to paint with the colours they like anyway, right?

But there’s one thing that you need to remember- most people will want to move to a READY TO MOVE HOME. Turnkey is the exact word, and is what sells best and for the best price!

And even if me and maybe you too, we like makeovers and projects, for the majority of people a long list of small renovations will be a turn off! Or an argument to negotiate the price much lower than your starting point.

And as it goes for paint, it’s the one thing that instantly gives the place a new and fresh look for the lowest money cost.

2.Declutter.

  • And by that I mean clean your closets like never before
  • Donate or sell what you don’t need and keep only the essentials visible.
  • Have your rooms furnished in a way that there’s space to easily walk around, so if you have any cramped in the corners tables, oversized chairs and big sideboards, simply pack them and send to garage or a loacker.
  • Make sure everything looks well organized- on tour shelves, inside your kitchen cabinets, and inside your closets.

3.Pre pack like you mean it.

  • Pack in boxes the clothing from the opposite season, half of your kids toys, half of your kitchen plates etc. You want people to see a house that breathes and has lots of space, and not a one that is full of your things.
  • Also, pre packing will help you in your move if ever things move very fast once you do sell

4.Style your home in a coherent way

If you love both farmhouse and eclectic and modern styles your home may be a gorgeous mix of trends, but for an average person visiting it might just feel like a mess. Taste is subjective but what people want is a feeling of ” this house feels like home” and ” I could make it mine” So while it should be decorated , it should also feel calm and clean- and for that you should have it decorated in a coherent way. So one style, one colour palette.

How to do it:

Pack all of the very original decor pieces you might have.

Decide on a colour that you can spread around your house, and using different hues and tones decorate with it throughout. For example blue is a favorite of most people on earth, so you could have light blue curtains, darker blue pillows, a print on a wall with some blue in it and a blue vase on the kitchen counter.

But remember in home staging less is more!

5.Add subconscious touches.

So the cherry on top in home staging would be smell. After your home is all clean and there’s no pet or cigarette smell, make sure it actually smells like home.

So, with use of scented candles, or essential oils you can maake your home smell like:

  • cookies
  • fresh linen
  • baked apples
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla

A lot of people won’t even realize it, but they will remember that they FELT GOOD while visitig your house!

That’s it, all of my seacrets that helped us sell fast and for the highest price in our neighborhood! I hope this can help you to sell as best possible too!

Eclectic outdoor patio tour

If you live in Canada the you know how important is the outdoor living space for us here! While it may be funny to others, us living in our harsh climate we click on to summer months and we don’t want to miss any of it! Because if you have 5 months of snow then the moment said snow melts you pull out our patio furniture and call it the beginning of the patio season! And so this week, some of my blogging friends and I are sharing our summer outdoor spaces with you!

So this summer the snow has melted in April and of course by beginning of May my patio setup was all out!

I’d describe our outdoor space as eclectic and comfortable- with wicker sofa, faux wood table contemporary black chairs and metal side tables I kept the base pretty neutral yet full of texture. I layered wit with colorful pillows, and red blue and yellow color punches. Overall we feel so cheerful in here and the space is perfect for our family!

Our space is decided in to three small areas – the dining space where we have most of our summer meals, the outdoor living with the sofa and the swing chair and the small kids table.

If you’re starting your patio decor this year then here are my tried and tested tricks and tips:

  1. Start by a neutral base of patio furniture. I think it’s best to pick neutral pieces that will be easy to style with new accessories for seasons to come than getting something overly original now and regret it later.
  2. Mix different materials for more interest- so if you have wood table, maybe mix it with wicker chairs, if you have wicker sofa maybe skip the matching look of the same coffee table and go for something wooden or metal instead.
  3. Bring the comforts of the inside outside- even though you’re setting an outdoor patio you can still create a comfortable and cozy space. Add outdoor pillows, outdoor rugs, lampions and lots of plants and you’ll feel like you’re in an outdoor living room!
  4. Layer your space with colour for that summery fun and cheerful vibe!

In the evening we light up all of our lanterns and it’s such a blessing to be able to sit here and decompress after a long day!

And here are my talented friends outdoor spaces! Just click on the links below the images to be taken to see their full posts.

The Happy Housie // My 100 Year Old Home // Modern Glam // Cassie Bustamante

Craftberry Bush // Joanna Anastasia // Life is Better at Home // Inspiration for Moms

Clean & Scentsible // Finding Silver Pennies // Grace in My Space // Maison de Cinq

Life is a Party // House by Hoff // Zevy Joy // Two Twenty One

Taryn Whiteaker // Maison de Pax // Amber Tysl // This is Our Bliss

She Gave it a Go // My Sweet Savannah

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