Joanna Anastasia


Eclectic summer mantel

This week haven’t been easy in terms of news coming from all around. My heart is heavy. We are raising children in a broken world. I feel this very deeply now.

But it’s also summer, I’m home with kids during this quaranitne , and I do need ways to stay sane- and home decorating is exactly that for me. My home therapy. And I know many of you feel the same.

So today I have got together with a group of bloggers to show you too can simply decorate your mantel for summer.

I choose to add blue accents, like art, books and vase, to bring that light breezy summer mood. I kept my spring leaf garland around the mirror, and decided to bring a big plant in front of the mantel, since s=nothing says summer more than lush green plant in my opinion!

Today I’m joined by some of my blogging friends who are also sharing their summer mantel and vignette ideas.

Just click the links below the images to be taken to their post…

Simple Thrifty Summer Mantel Decor at The Happy Housie
Easy Summer Mantel with Peonies at Modern Glam
Effortless Summer Mantel Ideas at Grace in My Space
Summer Entry Way Decor Ideas at Lolly Jane
Summer Shelf Styling Tips at Finding Silver Pennies
Outdoor Garden Bench Vignette at Craftberry Bush

Simple Summer Living Room at House by Hoff
The Summer Edition of our Coffee Bar at My Sweet Savannah
Eclectic Summer Mantel at JoAnna Anastasia
Simple Summer Style Kitchen Shelving at Cassie Bustamante
How to Create a Summer Mantel with Character at Sincerely, Marie Designs

Summer Mantel Decor at Rambling Renovators
DIY Bedroom Plant Shelf at She Gave it a Go
Summer Mantel Decor at Amidst the Chaos
How to Create a Fresh Summer Mantel for Free at This is Our Bliss
Summer Hutch Styling at Clean & Scentsible

Bright Simple Summer Mantel at Tatertots and Jello
Easy Summer Mantel Styling Ideas at Cherished Bliss
Boho Summer Mantel Decor at Life is a Party
Easy Breezy Modern Minimalist Shelf Styling at This is Simplicite
Summer Mantel at Rooms for Rent


Whimsical summer wreath DIY

Summer is almost here, the days are full of sun, and we play more and more outside- so it’s only natural that I have got together with my blogging friends to bring you the cutest summer wreath ideas!

Make sure to check them all at the bottom!

I decided to go for a delicate and whimsical look, and here’s what I came up with:

Now, can you imagine I used to spend a small fortune on wreaths? Don’t tell my hubby, bur every season I would visit my local Home Sense and swoon over the cutest seasonal wreaths ending up getting ” the last one this time” .

But last year I discovered that you can actually make one, for a fraction of the price using dollar store items- and a hot glue gun!Best part is that you can personalize it in any way possible.

So today I decided to make us a delicate and whimsical summer wreath. Something that would match my etryway decor but wouldn’t overwhelm it.

All I used was this rope wreath, some paper mini blooms, tiny mushrooms and I have put it all together with a glue gun! So simple, took me less than 30 minours, and looks absolutely lovely in my home!

After hanging it in our entryway I wanted to see how it would look on our back front door and to be honest now I can’t decide where I should leave it- either way my girls decided that loved it too! Seriously, making your own wreaths is so easy, and definitely more affordable!

Now, which one do you think looks better- my whimsical summer wreath on black or white doors?

And make sure to check my talented friends summer wreath ideas!

 Just click the links below the images to be taken to their post!

DIY Dollar Store Lemon Wreath with Ferns at The Happy Housie
Blue Hydrangea Wreath at The Tattered Pew
DIY White Rose & Eucalyptus Wreath for Summer at Modern Glam
Summer Basket Wreath at Clean & Scentsible

Swiss Cross Door Basket at Cassie Bustamante
Foraged Wreath at Life is a Party
Minimalist Modern Summer Hoop Wreath at This is Simplicite
DIY Hydrangea Wreath at Dans le Lakehouse

Nautical Summer Cottage Wreath at Tatertots and Jello
DIY Floating Starfish Wreath at Finding Silver Pennies
DIY Easy Crafts Wreath Pillow at My 100 Year Old Home
Edible Fruit Salad Summer Wreath at My Sweet Savannah

Summer Vibes Wreath at Amidst the Chaos
Cheery Summer Yarn Wreath at a Pretty Life
Summer DIY Wreath at Joanna Anastasia
DIY Summer Wreath Idea at She Gave it a Go

One room challenge week 4-choosing the perfect paint colour tips and tricks

I think one of the easiest ways to transform any space is by changing wall colours- we all know that light paint makes a room feel bigger, and dark makes it feels more cozy. Bright colours stimulate us, while muted ounces calm us. So choosing the right colour is very important!

Hoverewr, there is so much more to be considered when choosing a paint colour. Mood of the space, light, function and large pieces of furniture are all important factors!

And yes, white in an ultimate designer choice– it makes everything else pop and enlarges any space. But, and that’s something we don’t hear enough- it can also look gray, drab and sad in a space that doesn’t have enough natural light.

Then there are trends- we all know that every year we have a new colour of the year, and then after months of seeing it everywhere either all of a sudden we end up liking it ( I’m, looking at you hunter green) or we start to hate it.

So for my One Room Challenge bathroom project I knew I wanted a hint of colour- saturated enough to add depth to my basement space- but light enough to keep the space feeling ary. And so I decided not to go with white (even though I love all white spaces) because it’s a basement bathroom with very little natural light.

The moody and dramatic look wasn’t something I was imagining here nighter. Why? Well, in my humble opinion moody and dramatic works best in a room that you spend evenings with artificial light on OR in a room with huge windows and LOTS of natural light.

So where did it leave us in the One room challenge you ask me?

Well, I was debating between creamy whites, soft greens, peachy pinks,light corals or worm graiges for this new space.

These where my favourite paint colours that I was considering for my bathroom that I found at my local Home Depot:

And what did we choose? Drumroll please!

A soft peach! Now, this photo is our work in progress pic from the late evening, but I think you can imagine how great it’ll look with gold scones, wood vanity and that blue tile once everything is done!

Here’s a little sneak peak:

But how it looks all together you’ll see at the big reveal! Stay tuned!

This post is brought to you by our renovations partner Home Depot Canada, all opinions remain exclusively my own!

One room challenge- Eclectic basement bathroom week one

It’s April and this can only mean one thing in the blogosphere! It’s the spring round of one room challenge! 

Last time I was taking part in ORC o changed my old girls shared bedroom in to by baby boy nursery room. There wasn’t much renovations involved and the most difficult part was installing the removal wallpaper ( thank you hubby!) 

This time around the project couldn’t be more complicated! We’re building the basement bathroom- from scratch! Now our bathroom is actually an empty unfinished basement – we’ll be putting up walls, floors, shower toilet etc within the next 5 weeks! 

But we’re partnering with Home Depot Canada so I’m sure it’ll be finished on time! Yay!

Some inspiration :

My vision for this project is a mix of mid century modern meets eclectic meets bohemian- but let me first show you my inspirations: 

  • First of the tiles. What I’ve been loving lately on Pinterest are the vintage inspired tiles with fun patterns and a bit of colour. This floor from this blog post here, has all my heart :
  • Mid century modern vanity- I absolutely love this look and how it makes a bathroom look more like a room ! And last year I found this old mid century modern piece in kijiji that’ll be transformed in to a bathroom vanity! Yay! And so this mid century modern vanity from this one lovely renovation project is my main inspiration!

  • Gold faucets- I was hesitating for weeks over black or gold faucets! But after looking through countless inspirations i realized that every time I see a gold faucet in a bathroom I smile so gold it is
  • Colour – I’m really in to peach and coral lately, so I’m, plying with an idea of painting the walls ! This peachy colour in this gorgeous bathroom makes me want to add some to our bedroom too!

My plan

So the goal for this project is to go from this to a full finished beautiful bathroom!

And after putting all these ideas together here’s my basement bathroom mood board- mid century modern DIY vanity, cold accents, prettiest tile and a hint of peach !

I can’t wait to get started! Stay tuned for the week one wrap up next week!

Makeover sneak peek

I couldn’t be more exited about the changes coming together here at out small city cottage! As you all know, I love improving out tiny home and making it more cozy, practical and comfortable, and so I have partnered up with Leon’s furniture again this year for a two exiting makeovers!

Firstly, our small playroom that often plays the role of a guest room, really needed an update! I was dreaming about a smaller and more comfortable sofa bed for this room, since the one that was there was overwhelming the entire space, and my guests didn’t really like sleeping so low on the floor. As well as a better way to display big girl toys that my daughters have accumulated over the past year. . And also, a place for my little kindergartener to do her homework and draw or craft whenever she wants too! But since its a small room with a lot of functions, a good design and well adjusted furniture where the key to success!

Here’s my mood board with the new furniture from Leon’s and bohemian accents that are colorful enough for a kids playroom and sophisticated enough for adult guests to feel welcomed!

makeover moodboard


And since I couldn’t find this quote print with winter flowers ( since the summer in Montreal is already over, and I like it when my art matches my mood and the seasons) I made a printable version!: free printable


If you’d like, you can print it here!

And secondly our small kitchen was in need of new appliances, an over the range fan and more display shelf space! Our old appliances where mismatched and didn’t work that well anymore. So I’m over the moon to be replacing them with the all new Kitchen Aid and to finally be adding open shelving around my kitchen sink!

Here’s a mood board of what look I hope to achieve in our tiny kitchen. You can see the photo of my old kitchen situation, and the big white cupboards that I’m finally exchanging for the open shelves, and my choice of the appliances from Kitchen Aid!


It’s never easy to choose the right appliances, and believe me, when you live in a small home with a small kitchen it’s even more complicated! Finding the right dimensions and great functionality for the family life was my biggest challenge, but now I’m beyond exited to share with you what I found, and how it will match my kitchen! If you too have a small kitchen, then stay tuned! 

So now I can’t wait to show you these makeovers! You can follow me on Instagram to catch more sneak peeks, and while you’re there go check the Leon’s feed as it’s full of gorgeous decor inspirations!

Winter wonderland

Today I want to share with you a bit of winter wonderland photos. Usually in Montreal we have a lot of snow, but this year it took much longer than usual before the first snow appeared. So when I came to my in-laws for the holidays, I was more than happy to see all that white gorgeousness. And I figured, that those of you who don’t get much snow might enjoy it too.

Winter wonderland

Chicoutimi is a city on the edge of the fiord, close to the mountains and surrounded by the forests and fields. It’s really beautiful.

Winter wonderland

There’s always a lot of snow here during the winter. Sometimes when we come for Easter holidays, we can still go skiing!

Winter wonderland

I love walking in the fresh snow, it is always magical, especially if you’re the first person to leave the marks in the fluff!

Winter wonderland

And there’s the fiord. I love the fiord and the river, it’s always in movement, beautiful and dangerous.

Winter wonderland

Winter wonderland

And then there are the fields and farms, space and the horizon.

Winter wonderland

Winter wonderland

And snow, so much snow!

Winter wonderland

Winter wonderland

Winter wonderland

And after all of this winter wanderlust, it’s time for a hot chocolate. But that is a subject for a different blog post!

Enjoy your winter !

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