Joanna Anastasia

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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

Watermelon Summer print & a meal plan to print at home

With days finally filled with sunshine and heat all I can think about is how I’m grateful for this time with my family. Despite everything that’s happening kids seem to be happy in their new routine, and while I am tired of cooking all these meals at home and homeschooling my three little monkeys, I’m also grateful for the frontline workers and all that they do , so we can stay safe at home.

So to make my kitchen a bit more cheerful, and my cooking more fun, I have made this watermelon summer kitchen print and meal planning sheets that go with it! ( And if you’re looking for more fun summer printables then my talented friends have all shared some more cheerful ideas! Make sure to check them at the bottom!)

Because now that kids have school at home, they seem to be always hungry- and meal planning have really become a lifesaver if you ask me! Though you might ask why there’s no Sunday on my meal plan? Well, by Sunday I usually refuse to cook and we order take out !

I guess I’m a bit obsessed with watermelons this season, but nothing says summer more than these juicy fruits in my opinion!

You can upload your meal plan here, and just print it at home!

And here’s the print for you!

I hope They will cheer your kitchen as they did mine!

Today I’m joined by some of my blogging friends who are also sharing their summer printables! Just click the links below the images to be taken to their post…

Tropical & Palm Leaf Line Drawing Free Printable Series at The Happy Housie
Watercolour Peonies in a Ginger Jar Printable at Craftberry Bush
Watermelon Summer Print and Meal Planner Printable at JoAnna Anastasia

Three Free Peony Watercolour Printables at The Tattered Pew
Ice Cream Sundae Bar Printables at Clean & Scentsible
Watercolour Seascapes Free Printables at Finding Silver Pennies
Summer Movie Night Printables at Life is a Party

Free Summer Prints at Taryn Whiteaker Designs
Printable Garden Markers at Tatertots and Jello
Must Have Flowers Always Free Summer Printable at She Gave it a Go
DIY Spin Art Printable at My Sweet Savannah

Dreaming of Summer – Bougainvillea Printable at Zevy Joy
Porch Rules Printable at Lolly Jane
Earthy Artwork Free Printable Wall Art at Grace in My Space
The Sun Will Rise Printable at Cassie Bustamante

Eclectic spring home tour

It’s finally spring, and while the world is unstable, our homes are more than ever out safe and calm spaces- and so I think that decorating for spring is even more important than ever! So today I’m sharing my spring home tour in collaboration with some of my blogging friends ( make sure to check their homes!)

This year I decided to embrace my romantic decor affiliations, and add flowers literally everywhere- including on the furniture! While I know this is not for everyone, me and my kids we love being surrounded by colours and flowers!

When you’ll step inside our house you’ll be greeted buy our colorful entryway- I have recently painted these doors pink, and decided to add a wreath inside our entryway this year. Now every time I pass by I have something to smile about! I found these decorative surface tatoos in Dollar Store last week, and while I wasn’t sure at first what I’ll do with them, now I’m so happy I decided to get them. It took me thirty minutes and a total of 4$ to transform my entryway drawers chest for spring! Let me know what you think of this furniture!

In the living room I switched winter pillows for lighter pink spring onces and I added more flowers! Also, my mantel is now my favourite home vignette.

Then in my kitchen I have simply cleaned my open shelves, I added more tulips and a fresh new kitchen towel. I’m all about keeping things fresh, adding more pink accessories and keeping things simple in my kitchen this season!

I hope that my home tour can inspire you to decorate your home for spring too now! And please make sure to check my talented friends beautiful homes too!

This week I’m joined by some of my talented blogging friends who are also sharing their Spring Home Tours with you. Be sure to see what they are sharing by clinking the links below the images.

Also sharing with me today, are…

Wednesday

Amber Tysl
Life is a Party
Town and Country Living
Finding Silver Pennies
Joanna Anastasia

Sharing the rest of this week…

Monday

The Happy Housie
Grace in My Space
Life is Better at Home
She Gave it a Go
Amidst the Chaos

Tuesday

Cassie Bustamante
All Things With Purpose
Modern Glam
Lemon Thistle
Zevy Joy

Thursday

Cherished Bliss
Tatertots & Jello
Deeply Southern Home
Rambling Renovators
The DIY Mommy

Friday

Home Made Lovely
Willow Street Interiors
Sincerely, Marie Designs
Rooms FOR Rent
House by Hoff
The Tattered Pew

Toddler room update

This past weekend I decided that it’s time for a little toddler room update! We where all a bit tired with the blue mural that was on the wall and while I’m not ready to take Julien out of the crib- he’s a year an a half and I still need him contained in that crib – he does need more space for toys and play.

When I first design this room over a year ago, I wanted a statement wall that would set a tone for his room. But the thing is that sometimes statements are a bit too strong, and after awhile you get tired of them! 

So this past weekend, with a bit of help from my mother in law, we did a makeover in Julien’s nursery! 

 We painted the walls this fresh mint green, that funny enough was not my first colour choice! It’s actually a proof that sometimes design mistakes are positive coincidences! See, I was picking up paint on a whim, with 3 kids in tow, and was sure that the sample I choose was more blueish and greenish. I compared all the samples in pale natural light of my local Canadian Tire and decided that this should do. And while this is not the pale bluish green I was going for, and it’s definitely mint and nothing else, in end we all like it anyway !

Then we moved furniture around, and all of the sufdden the room feels much bugger!

And I added these rainbow decals from Rocky Mountain Decals! They where super easy to instal, and I think they look really cute in here! Best thing about these decals is that they are easy to take off and stick somewhere else, so for a serious redecorator like me they are the best option! ( plus, they don’t damage walls!)

 I’m really happy with those colourful rainbow decals and the half wall of colour – they’re fun together and add character to this room- but don’t overwhelm the space as the big mural did!

And now this room feels fresh, is more toddler friendly and definitely feels a bit bigger! ️And all it took was a bit of paint and fun decals!

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