Joanna Anastasia

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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!

Eclectic home fall tour

I’m so excited to share with you my fall home tour! Now that the temperatures started dropping I love being at home – and I want to make it extra cozy and warm.

I really think that decorating for fall is like re discovering your home all over again- after months spend outside, it’s the time to add throw blankets, switch up textiles and bring some lovely fall flowers in.

So today I’m partnering with a bunch of my Canadian blogging friends -very talented ladies – so you can see their lovely fall homes too! Their styles are all different and so I’m sure you’ll be able to find plenty of inspiration for your home- you’ll find it at the end of my home tour!

So grab yourself a nice mug mug of hot tea ( or a glass of vine!) and let’s start!

Welcome to my home!

It’s not big but it’s cozy and it smells like pumpkin spice- now let me show you around!

Living room

First thing you see when you come in is our living room- right of the entry door, this is the space where we read, cuddle and spend time as a family- so of course this space is usually the first one that gets decorated for fall!

And the first thing that you will notice in our living room is most likely the fireplace! This year I opted for warm and cozy vibes in here- so lots of yellow, a bit of pink, and all the velvet pumpkins I could get my hands on!

To be honest I’m absolutely obsessed with my mantel this year- I used to decorate for fall with more heavy and black pieces and I always felt it wasn’t me.

This year I decided to embrace pink and gold with a pumpkin theme and I think it looks absolutely perfect in here!

I shopped my home for the candles and candlesticks and I added all the pumpkins and the pom pom garland that I found at our local Homesense!

The rest of the living room got even more cozy then usually too- fluffy throws, candles and ceramic candles are all it takes for the cozy fall vibe!

Master bedroom

Then if you’d go up the stairs is my bedroom- this is the moody space in our home- and this fall I did something I never did before- I added plaid!

I realize it may not be shocking for you, but I usually decorate with florals or simple geometric prints- so this all in cozy change is big for me!

But I just love how it looks and feels! And would you believe that these plaid pillow covers where an Amazon find?

Also, adding velvet pumpkins is my new fall obsession! I really think they add an instant cozy fall touch to any space! That, and of course candles everywhere.

Family table

Now let me show you in our sunroom- after going back the stairs and passing through kitchen there’s this little space where we eat, do homework and craft- our family table.

And in celebration of the new season I have set up a simple fall centerpiece: more velvet pumpkins, some greenery, sunflowers and a little bit of yellow check- this space is definitely bright and cheerfully autumnish!

I must say, I have a soft spot for sunflowers- maybe because they grow in Poland everywhere during the summer and so they remind me of my childhood, and maybe because they’re the essence of cheerfulness – they are definitely my favorite flowers!

And so I don’t think I could have my morning coffee with a better view!

Kitchen

And lastly I wanted to show you fall in my kitchen ! It’s another space in our home that’s mostly moody and cozy! Once the morning light is over this little kitchen is full of shades- truly a perfect space for lighting a candle or two.

I decided to add another pom pom garland in here and simply display my seasonal finds- mugs and tea cups- it’s nothing fancy, but a lot of cozy!

Front door

Now if you’d be leaving you’d probably pass by this door- our entry isn’t big nor fancy, and we have some work to be do on the stairs here- but it didn’t stop me from adding some pumpkins and seasonal flowers! And the cutest little wrath I found at Homesense!

This entry is far from elegant eclectic vibes I usually go for- but it’s cheerful, cozy and makes my kids smile when they pass by- and that all that really counts!

I hope you enjoyed my eclectic home fall tour and that you have found some simple inspirations for your home in here! Remember, it’s not about perfect, it’s about cozy and comfortable!


And now, grab another mug of hot tea and go check out my talented friends – they all have a different style and so you bet you’ll find tons of inspiration!

PMQ for two Amidst The Chaos Northern Style Exposure Meredith Deanne Lifestyle Chic Mom In the City and Karin U Living

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