Joanna Anastasia

Home decor

One mantel six ways

one mantel six ways

Every january after taking down all of the Christmas decorations, my home feels both fresh and a little bit empty. So this is the time when I like to redecorate and put some extra love in making our house a cozy home.

And since the fireplace mantel is the heart of the living room, and the first thing you’d see if you’d come over –  this is exactly where I start.

While everyone seems to be decluttering and throwing things away, I like to re organize and re decorate instead – because in my style, more is more and less is boring (  without being an actual hoarder of course) Because with some extra accessories ( stored away) you can easily re decorate, and re style, and make your home feel fresh and new!

So here’s my mantel six ways- as you’ll see, some elements are the same, some are different, but every time I was working with hat I already had at home.

one mantel 6 ways

My three simple tips for decorating a mantel:
1. Variety of heights, textures and forms:
I always add one element that’s higher than others ( like a vase with flowers, or a bigger print) I try mixing different materials – like glass, wood and metal, and differently shaped accessories- like vases and candles .
one mantel 6 ways
2. Add a natural element-
A potted plant, a vase with fresh flowers, a geod – all of these elements bring the nature in and make the space feel more alive!
one mantel 6 ways
3. Add art- I know not everyone adds prints and painting to their mantel, but for me it’s a must-
whether it’s an abstract print I got a Minted, or my own painting ( like Frida here) I think art adds interest and character, and sets the tone of the room.

one mantel 6 ways

In the end, it’s all about mixing and matching objects that make YOU smile and love your home more!

one mantel 6 ways

Studio kitchen reveal

studio kitchen reveal

This is the story of the table that I found on the side of the road over 6 years ago. It’s also a story of my local thrift shop that supports people in need with the profits made. Though I guess you could also say it’s a story about a DIY project that that have helped me set up my new studio kitchen space while being on a tight on a budget!

So if you’re following my stories on Instagram, then you must have seen the glimpses of my new studio that I’m renting with my bff – blogger friend Maca. You might have seen that the space we choose was completely empty – nothing but gorgeous light! We knew that the kitchen space was a priority, but we had to stay on the budget!

So I decided to take things in my own hands, and with a little help of my favourite spray paint Krylon, I managed to transformed the old and uninspiring pieces in to colorful and useful kitchen essentials! We needed a kitchen island, so I decided to use the old table for that purpose. We also needed a colorful glass collection to add a punch of colour to our otherwize very basic kitchen!

Let me show you where I started – what you see here is that old table that I found on the side of the road. I was keeping it in my basement knowing that one day I’ll find the way to bring it back to life – though you must admit that it looked quite hopeless. But I new that with a bit of colour and some ColorMaster™ Paint + Primer Enamel paint, I can bring it back to life!

This post was brought to you by Krylon, all opinions remain my own.

studio kitchen reveal

Another part of my vision was this colorful glass collection – and while we did have a couple of pieces, it was far from calling it a collection- and here is where my local thrift store comes to the story. I went there and got all the vases I could find and have spend a total of 20$ ( the lady at the case looked at me really funny) and decided to fake the colorful glass look. Here’s how mismatched they where:

studio kitchen reveal

I used the same ColorMaster™ Paint + Primer Enamel paint for both project- it’s my favourite spray paint that I already used in my own kitchen. What I love the most about it (apart from the amazing collection of vibrant colors)  is that there’s no preparation needed ! I just wiped the table a little bit ( it was really dusty) and that was it.

And this same paint works on all surfaces- from wood, to glass!

Pro tip- when spray painting small objects, put them inside of a carbox, and spray without worrying!

studio kitchen reveal studio kitchen reveal

Are you in to jadite glass? I love it but it’s so expensive! But see, with a bit of spray paint this candy bowl looks totally like a jadite glass bowl!

Just make sure to let the surfaces dry completely before moving them around!

Note that spray paint should not be used for any object that comes in contact with food and painted objects should be used for decorative purposes only.

Now, would you believe this table used to stand useless in my basement for years?

studio kitchen reveal

studio kitchen reveal

I just love how it turned out! I feel like my soul sings when I look at all these colours! As Matisse said “Purer colors… have in themselves, independently of the objects they serve to express, a significant action on the feelings of those who look at them.” – simply said color brings emotion ! 

studio kitchen reveal

studio kitchen reveal

And now, let me show you my hacked colourful glass collection- can you tell which pieces where spray painted and which are original?

studio kitchen reveal

studio kitchen reveal

studio kitchen reveal

studio kitchen reveal

To say that I love our little kitchen space would be an understatement- and all it took to make it so cheerful was some spray paint! 

studio kitchen reveal

Disclosure – this post was brought to you by Krylon, all opinions remain my own. 

Eclectic nursery – One room challenge- the big reveal !

Today is the day! It’s the One Room Challenge big reveal day! I couldn’t be more happy about this eclectic nursery – it’s colorful, bright and cozy all at the same time, and makes for a perfect space that will grow with my little boy and his needs!

And while this room is far from spacious, I managed to fit all the essentials in here! I might even add more toys in colorful baskets in the future!

I think that what really defines this space is the wallpaper from A New Wall – these contemporary waves make me think about the vintage japanese drawings and are both dramatic and calming! I must say, I just love how they look in this boys room!

eclectic nursery makeover- One room challenge reveal

eclectic nursery makeover- One room challenge revealeclectic nursery makeover- One room challenge reveal There’s a lot of hand made whimsy going on in here- from my hand painted watercolours ( the rainbow, the cloud and the milky way) the pom pom felt garland from Project Whim to the hand made wooden name sign from Studio.Noel – I think that the handmade little things make this room feel so unique!

eclectic nursery makeover- One room challenge reveal

eclectic nursery makeover- One room challenge reveal eclectic nursery makeover- One room challenge reveal

I got the structured rug from Lorena Canals, and I just love how it fits the space- while being ultra practical ( it’s machine washable!)

As for the furniture they are a mix of old and new. I got the crib and chair new- but on sale! The changing table was scored on kijiji and repainted. And the side table was our old vintage piece that I repainted.

eclectic nursery makeover- One room challenge reveal

Since it’s a very small room every inch of space matters- so I used the little corner wall of the closet to hang shelves for books and I store baby blankets in the toy storage basket !

I painted an old vintage side able the same blue as the wooden name sign and the wooden hooks that hold little teethers.

I think that the repetition of this moody blue adds cohesion to this otherwise eclectic room !

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And while I may still be cosleeping, this little boy sure enjoy his room during his awake time and day naps!

eclectic nursery makeover- One room challenge reveal


one room challenge week 4 – eclectic nursery

This week of One Room Challenge was all about the removable wallpaper. To be honest, my entire plan fOr this room was centered around this wallpaper, so you can imagine how excited I was to finally put it up!

At first I couldn’t decide between these two removable wallpapers, I even asked my followers on Instagram to help me decide, and funny thing, there were no major winner here! I loved the design and originality tiger one, and I imagined it would look great with the yellow crib. But I was worried if my kids wouldn’t be scared of them! And then the blue one seemed to be a bit too popular on Instagram, but I just loved it so much!


See, this room was painted in a slightly purple shade of blue, which looked perfect when it was my daughters shared bedroom. And I really didn’t wanted to paint it – let’s just say that with a three month old baby to take care of, blogging and doing a makeover  ( me ) and full time job ( my hubby) and two older kids , painting a room would be the best way to a couple problems. So no thank you.

I wanted however to highlight the blue tones in the paint, and  so I went for the blue wallpaper in the end. Also, I love the wave pattern, and how it ties itself to my ( very loose) forces of nature theme !

So finally my hubby has installed it! ( After some quite difficult three hours to be honest though- this pattern is definitely for the experienced wallpaper pros!)

And now I can’t wait to show you how it looks! But for now, here’s the sneak peek, and baby Julien, quite fond of his new nursery room – aka the nap room, since let’s face it, he might stay in my bed for a little while..


Moody bedroom update

moody bedroom

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.

Jane Austen

Every year when the seasons change and the days become colder and darker I feel like adding more cosiness to my home. And my bedroom is the only space in our home that I don’t want to be light and bright – actually it’s the only space that I want to feel cam and moody!

Just a reminder of how this space looked like last week:


So this year I was looking for removable wallpaper options – since I can’t really commit to any decor choice to be honest – I love the removable wallpapers for how easy they are to install and then remove!

And this mural from Rocky Mountain Decals was exactly what I was looking for: moody and dramatic, but not too dark, floral yet not girly! Basically a perfect piece for my home!

moody bedroom

moody bedroommoody bedroom

Though what I love the most about it is how it compliments my chandelier and all the fall pillows – essentially how well it goes with the hand made textures boho pillow I got from Taisa Silecky

moody bedroom

moody bedroom

moody bedroom

And if you wonder how you can add more moodiness to your space, here are some ideas:

  1. Paint one wall a darker hue

  2. Add a removable wallpaper like I did

  3. Change drapes and pillows to saturated tones

  4. Add textured textiles

  5. Or all of the above!

Also, don’t be scared of changes ! I think this one can apply both in decor as in life!

moody bedroom


This week of One Room Challenge was all about painting furniture and adding colour and interest to otherwise boring pieces. But before I’ll show you exactly what I did, let me just say that it’s really killing me to share these in progress photos with you! I’m really not used to posting the before shots, and the un-decorated and unfinished spaces!

But then I remind myself that this challenge is all about showing how transformations happen, that nothing happens overnight, and that in every makeover there’s a lot of effort and a lot of mess involved!

So I started by painting a little vintage side table that I had for years now. I used the Behr colour of the year Blueprint, that I think is a perfectly balanced moody blue. One layer and this table was all done!


Then I decided to add a touch of Blueprint to the gallery wall  too, since it looked a bit too dull for my taste. I painted the custom-made signed from Studio Noel on Etsy.  ( The sign was perfect alone, but on my gallery wall it was missing some contrast)

And the last piece that got two coats of fresh paint was the mid-century modern credenza that I scored on Etsy! It had been re finished, but the top had a different colour then the sides, and quite frankly the yellowish wood is not my favourite!

Now I’m just too excited for the next steps: installing the wallpaper and styling !

We just got the wallpaper yesterday, so I think next week it should be up! And then all that will be left is adding layers of texture and setting the nursing/reading corner!

Stay tuned for next week update!

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