Joanna Anastasia

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How to pick the right wallpaper for kids room- ORC week 2

The beginning of every project starts with deep cleaning -and this week of One Room Challenge it was exactly what what I was doing. Cleaning the closets, organizing the clothes, deciding which toys stay and which go. Nothing picture perfect nor even inspiring- just a lot of clothes folding and barbies cleaning!

But I’m really happy because this mean now I can move the furniture out of this room that didn’t work well inhere, and bring in the new/old armoire and start painting it next week! Oh and also, since we liberated the space we can put up the wallpaper too! Woohoo!

Which brings me to the subject of choosing a fun and whimsical and timeless wallpaper for kids rooms! Not an easy task taking in consideration how kids interests change and how once you put a real wallpaper up you better love it because it’s not going down that easy ( not to mention the fact that the good thing is usually not cheap either!

But I love how much character and depth a wallpaper can add to the room! It’s actually the easiest way to make a room feel finished and interesting!

So when Wallpaper Direct agreed to collaborate with me on this project, I have spend days upon days on their website trying to choose the best wallpaper that would fit my girl, her character, this room light, and the decor plan!

While I have finally set up for the colorful fairies one, there where so many others that I absolutely loved that I decided I’ll do a small round up for you, and maybe that way I could help you choosing wallpaper for your kids room!

  1. Colorful fairies wallpaper
  2. Black and white fairies wallpaper
  3. Cactus flower wallpaper
  4. Little pink flower wallpaper
  5. Asian fruit and flower wallpaper
  6. Blue Anemone wallpaper
  7. Yellow tulips wallpaper
  8. Animal alphabet
  9. Madagascar green wallpaper
  10. Bunnies and flowers wallpaper

If I could I would choose each and every one of them! Let me know if you decide to use any of these ok? I’d love too see them in a cute kids room!

Disclosure; I have been gifted with wallpaper from Wallpaper Direct but all opinions and enthusiasm remain entirely my own!

Whimsical & magical bedroom makover- ORC week one

It’s this time of year again! Spring is in the air, may showers ar among us and One Room Challenge is starting yet again! In the past years I joined this ultimate decor blogging event twice- for my sons nursery 2.5 years ago and for a basement bathroom 2 years ago.

Meanwhile we moved to our new home, that I have been non stop renovating with my hubby for 7 months now- and while we don’t have a major gut job to show you during the next week I still decided to join in on the challenge! Let me show you why!

My middle daughter’s bedroom is well liked on Instagram- and while it does have cute vibes going on, in real life it’s the most messy room in the entire house! Sure, she’s a kid, but her room was also taken over by Barbies, toys and have basically lost a battle with a creative , crafty and naturally messy kid. Though the main reason is lack of proper organisation.

So here’s how her room looks now- without being cleaned, staged and prepared for photos. The toys have completely taken over, the big dolls are scattered around without a proper spot , barbie corner is a disaster the desk is a huge pile of mess and her bookcase is serving anything but books.

So the main issue I’ll be addressing here is lack of organisation. Secondly, while her room is cute it’s not very cohesive- it feels more like a set of corners.

But I do have a plan!

First, let me show you the moodboard:

As you can see my daughter loves pink- and a lot of colours together for that matter. And since it’s her room I had to take her likes and dislikes in consideration-so all white, graige, black and gray colours and ideas got a definite no no from her. Little lady insisted on pinks, blues, yellows and unicorns..

So, here’s exactly what I’m going to tackle over the next couple of weeks:

  • I’ll add a wall of whimsical wallpaper that will drive interest to one main focal point and set a cohesive tone
  • I’ll switch her current bed for a wood one I will paint ( her current bed can be shortened in to a toddler size bed and her brother is ready for it as he’s outgrowing his crib- while the new bed will add more character and old europe vibe here.
  • I’ll add a large rug that will ground the room and pull it together.
  • I’ll move barbies to the basement playroom – where there’s a whole piece of furniture currently standing empty, perfect for organizing barbies.
  • I’ll be organizing her desk space with shelves and hanging pencil bins somy little creative can still easily draw and paint but also easily clean up.
  • I’ll be moving the bookshelf to her big sis room- who actually has a lot of books that she can’t fit now.
  • I’ll be bringing an Ikea armoire from her sis room, adding shelves inside and painting it – that will be great for hidden toys storage and keeping things looking clean.
  • Adding more baskets for her treasures.
  • And lastly, organizing a designated space for her big dolls ( that apparently just can’t ” live in the playroom” )

I’m really excited about this room update! Let’s get started!

And, if you also struggle with your kids room organisation and decor, stay tuned! I think this makeover will be so fun- and hopefully it’ll lead to an organized & clean room for my little Rose!

Colorful girls bedroom reveal

After living here for almost 8 months I think it’s safe to say that this whimsical bedroom belonging to my daughter Lili is almost done! We’re still missing better clothes organisation in her closet and her desk is always a mess waiting for better ways to organize her school work ( hence, you won’t see it in the photos.. sorry!) but at least her sleeping/playing & reading areas are all done and ready to share!

A while ago I shared in here how I made her this reading nook– with the canopy , floor pillow and my little DIY library on wheels! Well I’m happy to report that this little corner is getting plenty of use these days! Especially since we subscribed ourselves to our local library and every week now we come home with a bag full of books. Now all the library books stay in her cart on wheels next to her reading nook and nothing ever gets lost!

Also I added more cute decals above her bed too- we got them from Poppylu – and my Lili is obsessed with them! Probably because purple is still her favourite colour- though also because they’re a perfect touch of whimsy for this fairy loving girl of mine!

As for her bed, it’s made with the Beddy’s bedding set- a lifesaver when it comes to keeping kids beds in place and all made- and a XO pillow I made per my daughter’s request with my Cricut.

And while my daughter is not a preeteen just yet it’s interesting to see how books and friends are taking place of dolls and toys.. Time passes so fast mamas, it’s all true what they say, they really grow too fast! I have a feeling that in a year or two we’ll be revamping this room for a pree teen that will inevitably live here soon- but for now, whimsy and cute it is, and I’m not mad about it one bit !

Fun & fresh kids bathroom makeover- part 1

So recently I realized I almost never share with you my design process- even though a lot of you asked me about so many times over the years! So I decided to be a better blogger and to start sharing more of my moodboards and design process with you!

So while we have already updated a lot in our new home, there’s still plenty of spaces that need a bit of love: like kitchen and entryway floor, family room and my office organisation. And then there are spaces that clearly need a full on makeover- all of the bathrooms and my hubbys office!

So today I want to share with you my plans for the fun and fresh kids bathroom! Now, this bathroom has good bones- the vanity is in great shape, the tiles are not broken, there’s a good size closet. We are keeping the bath with shower and not changing anything structural either. But everything is so boring and brown and it’s in a perpetual state of ” a bomb have just went off” . Aka, it’s always a huge mess.

Here’s an unstaged real life snap of a proof of how bad it looks now:

Even that I am so grateful that in this new home we have our own ensuite bathroom and a separate kids bathroom, this is just awful,am I right?

Of course I know, 3 kids sharing a bathroom, including one freshly potty trained toddler and two school aged girls, can’t be expected to always clean a bathroom after themselves! But I think they could have better organisation in place so the space would just stay clean-ish.

One thing I learned in design over the years is that that a well planned space is first of all functional & then it’s pretty. So I plan on adding beter organisation in here to avoid three current problems in the future:

  • Laundry on the floor (they each have a humper in their bedroom but somehow clothes end up on the bathroom floor every single time)
  • Toys in the bath ( there’s a basket in the closet and yet they never return there)
  • Vanity full of hairbands,body lotions and toothpaste ( see that tray? Well my kids don’t.)

While we don’t have a budget for new tiles, new vanity and new faucets (and if we would it would probably be spent on vacation anyway because I see no use in spending lots of money on a kids bathroom ) I do have plenty of ideas on how to give this bathroom a fresh and fun makeover on a budget!

So, first let me share with you my vision and then let me tell you how I’ll do it- and how you can too!

I have two versions of the sample plan- one with vanity painted white and one with blue. I’m constantly going back and forth between the two as I can’t seem to decide (which is common for me.) Usually I just follow my last minute instinct so we’ll see which version will win! Though just for fun I’d love to know which one would you choose?

So here’s how I plan on making over the brown bathroom in to this fresh and fun one:

  • I’m reusing everything I can: the vanity, the faucet, the shower. I have leftover lemon wallpaper and white paint. So instead of obsessing over the perfect shade for this space I just use what I already have.
  • I’m painting everything that can be painted. The vanity, the vanity top, the hardwear. So the vanity will be painted with my favorite Country Chic Paint , and I’ll use the same White Appliance Epoxy Paint that I used on my kitchen counters for the vanity top. I’ll spray paint the hardware and the faucet gold. Because even if it won’t look perfect it will cost me only 12$ instead of at least 200$ ( minimum- gold faucets and gold hardwear is expensive!)
  • I’m buying on sale or open box whatever needs replacing- so I scored an open box bathroom sconce light for half the price- that was not the colour I wanted but it was so much cheaper and will be so easy to spray paint. We got a new sink ( because the existing one is cracked) for under 100$ and I’ll be looking for a mirror on sale ( either at Homesense- they have great prices- or on kijiji)
  • I’m adding better organisation systems that should help my kids with the clean up- so a triple laundry sorter rolling cart that I plan on adding their names on. Baskets for vanity drawers so thing end up inside the vanity and not on it! And some bath storage toy organisers because clearly they never put toys back in to the closet.
  • I’m getting a cheap version of an expensive design- instead of getting new floor tiles ( yieks the expense and difficulty level!) I bought the vinyl peel and stick floor tiles from FloorPops that are perfect for bathrooms but so muuuch cheaper then the real tiles!

So now all that is left is get to work ! I’m really excited about this project and I can’t wait to share with you how it’ll all look together! And if you have a bathroom that you hate don’t fret, just get some paint, vinyl tiles, spray paint and some open box scores and change it!

Cottage vibes spring home tour

It’s that time of year again, the spring home tour time! Which makes me feel really excited because you know how it goes, first bloggers decorate their homes for spring and then the actual spring comes- which means that longer days and warm sun is only a couple of weeks away!

And if you’re coming here from the The Tattered Pew I’m so happy to welcome you!

So first let me welcome you in to my main hallway, in to -as my hubby refers to- The Meadow. I see his point but I’m also pretty obsessed with this wallpaper ( even if the quality isn’t the best..) that makes me think of an old English cottage with all the flower themed wallpaper everywhere.

You may wander why am I not showing you my front door cheerfully decorated for spring? Well as I previously mentioned first we decorate and only then spring comes- but in my little corner of the world just outside of Montreal there’s still tons of snow and I can barely get to the front door so the pretty cheerful front door decor will have to wait until summer.

Sooo.. to the main open space we go! Our open space living room is open to the dining room and the kitchen and you bet I added lots of pattern and colour in anticipation of spring!

I love cheerful and colorful vibes for spring so my mandrel is a bunny themed space that makes me and my kids smile every time we see it.

The table centrepieces is the old wooden tray with faux flowers in mason jars- very cottegy and very budget friendly! Don’t get me wrong, I love real blooms, but until they become more affordable in midsummer faux flowers it is!

Now let me show you around the kitchen with more spring cottage vibes : blooms, wallpaper, open quirky shelves and a easter themed tiered tray- all check!

Since our spring sadly reminds more of a prolonged end of winter my hot chocolate station is disguised as an Easter themed island decor- but in reality this is where hot chocolate is being served after playing outside! I know, not the most spring like drink, but what can I do!

Now, let me take you upstairs to our bedroom – though sadly we’ll skip kids rooms this time as I refused to clean after my little piggies, even for the sake of the spring tour!

Here, I added new spring prints, flower patchwork pillows cases and a cheerful yellow throw- oh and of course a bouquet of blooms- but can you guess if it’s fresh or faux?

I just love the modern cottage vibes in here, although I must tell you a secret- this room is not fully finished yet since I still have wallpaper to hang! Come back to see it in 2 weeks ok?

As you see our cat believes it’s her bed, but who am I to tell her otherwize?

Well, this is all that I decorated for spring this year- who knows maybe once we have updated bathrooms and once my kids learn how to clean up I’ll actually decorate our entire home for spring? We’ll see next year!

Now make sure to check my friends beautiful homes- next one on our tour is Life is Better at Home – I’m sure you’ll love her decor- make sure to check it tomorrow morning!

This week I’m joining some of my talented blogging friends for the Spring Seasonal Simplicity Series! All week long we are sharing our homes decorated for spring and our best tips and ideas for bringing a spring feel into your home. You can visit each tour by clicking on the links below the images!

Sharing with me today….


Dans le Lakehouse // Life is a Party

She Gave it a Go // The Tattered Pew // Joanna Anastasia

And sharing the rest of this week…


The Happy Housie // Inspiration for Moms // This is Simplicite

Grace In My Space // Cherished Bliss // Modern Glam


Cassie Bustamante // A Pretty Life // Lemon Thistle

Rambling Renovators // Maison de Cinq


Life is Better at Home // Taryn Whiteaker Designs // Clean & Scentsible

Craftberry Bush // My Sweet Savannah // Zevy Joy


Tatertots & Jello // Jennifer Maune // Deeply Southern Home

Homemade Lovely // The DIY Mommy

Hoppy Easter Mantel decor

Easter is almost here! Or at least Easter is the next fun celebration to look forward too and so you bet I decided to decorate my manel in the most cheerful and springlike way possible!

Living here outside of Montreal means that we have tons of snow up until mid April, so to be honest all that spring decorating is the most of the spring vibes that we’ll get for two more months. But I prefer this wishful thinking to admitting that it’s still winter for weeks and weeks on end- and maybe if we’ll decorate for spring it will come early?

Either way today I wanted to share with you my spring mantel along side a group of amazing ladies- make sure to check their sophisticated and elegant spring mantel ideas!

As for my mantel it’s a mix of dollar store old finds ( hello ceramic bunnies & wood bunnies!) Last year’s Homesense finds ( grow Rae Dunn vase, old carrot garland & bunny diffuser) my salvation army candlesticks, & the dollar store flower wreath I made last year! With all these bunnies I guess it’s only missing a Hoppy Easter sign but let me be honest with you, with all the renovations I just didn’t had time to make one. But I think that the bunny theme is quite strong nevertheless 🙂

Now if you’re still looking for ideas on how to decorate your mantel for spring / Easter, I have you covered:

This week I’m joining some of my talented blogging friends for the Spring Seasonal Simplicity Series! We’re all sharing some inspiring mantel decorating ideas with you! You can see each mantel in more detail by clicking on the links below each image.

The Happy Housie

Cassie Bustamante

Cherished Bliss

Grace In My Space

Deeply Southern Home

Craftberry Bush

Modern Glam

Rambling Renovators

House by Hoff

Tatertots & Jello

This is Simplicite

Life is Better at Home

This is Our Bliss

Life is a Party

She Gave it a Go

Joanna Anastasia

Taryn Whiteaker Designs

My Sweet Savannah

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