Joanna Anastasia

Home decor

Family patio update

Family patio makover

When we where looking to buy a home almost three years ago, I was always starting the visits from going in to the backyard. I wanted a space big enough to play with my kids, to entertain and to unwind after a busy day. I was imagining a spacious patio where I could fit our big extended family, where my daughters could read in the shade and where I could keep lots of potted herbs and flowers. Because for me summer is for outdoor living, for breathing the fresh air and for reconnecting with kids while playing in the sun.

But nothing is perfect, and so the home that we’ve set our hearts on didn’t have a big patio, and we’ve learned to live with that. My hubby had made a set of outdoor pallets sofas, that where fine for the first year, and I learned how not to kill the potted herbs.

And here’s how it looked:

Family patio makover

After two years in our home, it was time for a change. The patio was really old, our DIY sofas where rotting, and our old little table was all rusty.

We needed more space for our summer lifestyle, and furniture that would finally fit our needs. So you can only imagine my excitement when Autumn from Leon’s invited me to joint their team of bloggers and change my outdoor space for good!

Family patio makover

We finally have enough space for our outdoor living , and I’m sharing all the details and more photos in the Leon’s summer Lookbook, Hello Sunshine, here!

And my daughters just love playing there, bringing all their dolls in, and making a mess. But I don’t really mind that at all.

Family patio makover

Girls sheared bedroom reveal

If you’re following me on Instagram then you know that my daughters have been sharing a bedroom since last summer. It started as a one-night-at-grandmas-place kind of thing, and later became the best solution for putting them at the same time to sleep! Also, they love waking up together and cuddling in bed before breakfast, so sharing a bedroom for them was only natural. But since the change happened very spontaneously, I didn’t really have the time to change anything in Rose’s nursery. Quite frankly adding my hubby’s old childhood bed and hoping they’ll sleep through the night without waking each other up, was all I could have thought of. And here is how it looked:

The before photo

But what I really wanted for them is a space that would grow with them. A space comfortable and calming for the evening story time. A space colorful and inspiring for their morning laughs and giggles. So when Leon’s furniture approached me and proposed to make this makeover finally happen, I was beyond happy!

Pastel shared bedroom

And since I really believe in white as the perfect neutral, I decided to stick to all white furniture. I added some personal touches, the monogrammed prints, the pastel accessories, and the DIY shelves for some extra storage. I found the cutest free printables on Pinterest, that I’ve printed at home (you can find them here), the sweetest pastel tassel garland and matching cloud pillows from my favorite small Etsy stores.

Hello sunshine

And since Lili’s room downstairs became their shared playroom, I could have really concentrated on making this space all about resting and relaxing, with as little toys as possible. ( Although if you’ll look carefully, you’ll see a couple of boxes underneath the bed with little figurines and some wooden blocks for quiet play! )

Pastel shared bedroom

And because this room is really small, I decided to take out the closet doors, paint the inside purple ( yes, it’s Lili’s favorite color) and put in there our new dresser! With another free flamingo print from Pinterest, it sure makes for a cute little corner in their bedroom!

Pastel shared bedroom

It’s definitely one of my favorite rooms in our home now, and if you’d ask my daughters what is it that they like the most about it, it would probably be their matching white beds, big enough to snuggle and read together!

Pastel shared bedroom

You can read more about it in Leon’s Hello Sunshine Lookbook , where I share more photos, tried and tested tips for making bedroom-sharing work and the full story behind putting them together in one bedroom!

shared bedroom

And of course, the picture wouldn’t be complete without the cat claiming the space! Honestly, I don’t blame her..

Beautiful quilts for everyday use

Baby quilt

When I was little I had a friend whose mother was making beautiful quilts and patchworks. I remember that I always wanted one, but I was too shy to ask. And although my taste have slightly changed (I remember that the quilt that I really loved back then, was red, green and blue with lots and lots of flowers!), I still find them so beautiful. The thickness of the material, the texture, the notion of someone putting their heart in their work. Can you tell I love handmade things? I do.

And for a long time now I wanted to update my baby’s comforter to something nicer. Being specific, my baby it’s really a baby anymore, she’s a toddler. But at 20 moths she’s rather small, and so I believe she’ll be staying in her baby bed for a year still. And so, for the upcoming winter months I wanted something that I can layer on top of her blanket, that would keep her warm and cozy.

Quilt

So I started looking for hand-made, good quality quilts on Etsy, and I found the NotSewStrange, with gorgeous hand-made nursery decor. I love her choice of fabric, cheerful, simple and modern. Everything is made from Eco-friendly cotton, printed with water based eco- friendly dyes and made right here in Montreal, Canada. And I don’t know about you, but I love knowing that the items at my home were locally and ethically made!

Baby quilt

I really couldn’t be happier, seeing how warm and cozy my daughter is! And I love how it adds a bright pop of colour to her bed, while not overwhelming the decor!

Baby quilt

Also, we’ve been using it as a play mat in their playroom, since this quilt is nicely thick and resistant, (and between you and me, I might have used it to calm down a tantrum, while serving them snacks on the floor..) perfect for a picnic inside on a rainy day when kids are driving you crazy When everyone is slightly impatient and you need a change 🙂 .

Quilt

( Somehow sitting on a bright and warm mat makes everything better in a life of a toddler. )

Quilt

And just when I started to ask myself, do we really need a baby quilt, when there’s no small baby in the house, my four-year old Lili decided that it’s now her favourite blanket for “reading” books! She must have seen me wrapped in a blanket on the sofa, and now she wants to do the same. So I guess that even without a little baby around, we’ll be still using this quilt quite a lot!

Quilt

Disclosure : I received this product free for review, all opinions remain my own.

How to choose art for your home

Minted art

I love empty walls, for they are full of future possibilities. Although you won’t find a lot of empty walls in my house. Every spot is pretty much taken. But I do admit that it’s not always easy finding an affordable yet beautiful piece of art. Something that would make your heart stop and your face smile.

Recently I was looking for some original prints for my kitchen and my bedroom. Something bright, modern and delicate. I knew that if I’ll get a print in Ikea, than I’ll see the same one in many of my friends homes. But I didn’t want to worry about framing it. Because it always takes more time then you think it would ( like this print that spent a year in my drawer).

And then I got to know Minted. Now I’m hooked! It was just really difficult choosing among so many beautiful prints. After 3 days of drooling over their website (I’m not exaggerating, you can ask my husband) I finally decided that our lives will never be the same unless we get six new prints.

Here is what I got for my kitchen, it was the first two prints that I noticed, and every time I walk by I smile. ( I really think that art should either make you smile, or think.)

Minted art

They fit perfectly my kitchen, and now doing the dishes is slightly less detestable (ok, just a tiny bit, because I really hate doing the dishes).

Minted art

And just look at this frame:

minted art

Now choosing art for my bedroom was really difficult. First, my husband wanted to choose with me. Second, my style was already pretty much set ( I call it french country meets happy modern) so it needed to fit. And third, I still wanted something meaningful.

So if you feel like it’s overwhelming, here are my tips for choosing art for your home :

1. Start with a source.
I really suggest Minted, because they have amazing choice of prints, and they take care of framing it as well. And it’s all shipped at your door.

2. Define your style.
Do you like contrast or soft lines? Bold colours or delicate hues? Is your style modern or classic? Or maybe eclectic?

3. Mix and match.
Mix frames and sizes. Think about a colour palette, and find prints that reflect it.

4. Go with your feelings.
If a piece of art makers you feel happy, moved or reminds you of a special moments, then obviously it’s what you have been looking for.

Minted art

So in my bedroom my colour palette was a lot of blue hues with white. Now if you have a look here, you’ll see that I have a little driftwood hanging above the bed. I made it last year, and it always makes me think about that day by the lake when I was looking for driftwood with my daughter.

minted art

So the prints I chose for my bedroom reflect the colour palette, and my hopeless love for the beach life. My husband is actually a huge surf fan, so I got this one especially for him:

Minted art

I was tempted to keep those hexagons by my bedside. But when you live in a house with little kids, you don’t leave delicate objects below 2 meters high. So I didn’t.

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Minted art

Minted art

Minted art

And here is the close up to all four of my new bedroom prints, aren’t they just perfect?

Minted art

Do you like redecorating your home?
If you do here’s a promo code for 10% off Minted art: LAZYMOMS10. It’s valid 6/11-17, so hurry up!

Disclosure: I received this product free for review. All opinions remain my own.

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