Joanna Anastasia


Gift wrapping station

Gift wrapping station

One of the little things that eases up my holiday stress in making sure that all of my wrapping papers are all in one place and ready to be used! That’s why every year I try to set myself a gift wrapping station! It’s a real life saver during the busy holiday season!

And one of my early childhood memories, is sneaking on to my grandmother wrapping gifts, always last-minute on the Xmas eve, in her tiny little bedroom. She would keep all her gifts hidden there, underneath the bed, and the bed itself would be all covered in colorful papers, ribbons and gifts. And when she would spot me, hiding there behind the door, she would hush me out, saying she’s only helping Santa, since he’s so busy with everything else. And of course I would believe her.

So of curse, when my own kids became these little gift-searching creatures, me too I started hiding my gifts underneath my bed.

And this year, after may bedroom makeover, I decided to  to organize my gift wrapping station in my bedroom! Especially that not only I have space underneath my bed, for all those big and long wrapping paper rolls, but my new Leon’s bed has 6 drawers too! Perfect for all my wrapping essentials and all off the gifts!

Gift wrapping station

So starting in early November, I collect all of my wrapping papers in one place: the old and recycled, the new and freshly bought, and the hand-made and whimsical. I separate the ribbons, and keep all of that colorful mess in the drawers underneath my bed. And since I like dong my Xmas shopping ahead of time and I usually aim for having all of my gifts wrapped in early December (so I don’t stress about them any more) every time I get a new gift, I wrap it in my bedroom right away , and store in the drawers until Xmas!

I’m sharing even more tips on make Xmas shopping and gift wrapping easier in Hello Holiday guide! Just go the the page 107 and click on the photo to read more!

And where do you wrap your gifts?

<em>Photo of me in this post was captured by <a href=”; target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>Donna Griffith</a>.</em>

Bedroom makeover

bedroom makover

Bedroom. One of the most important pieces at home! Back in my twenties, I used to study in my bed as a student, and have always had a huge mess of laundry there. Then, as a new mom, my bedroom was buried underneath the pile of baby clothes, diapers and more laundry. Oh, and pacifiers and rubber toys too. So investing in the bedroom of my dreams really had to wait.

Up until recently, when one day I finally realized that it’s been awhile since I had a baby to change and feed in the middle of the night. And that actually, from time to time I do find a minute to read in bed. The only problem was that, my old headboard was a little bit of a DIY project, and didn’t hold that well, so leaning comfortably on it was impossible. Our mattress was getting uncomfortable, and our night stands where cute but very unpractical little tables, too small to store anything. It was time for a change!

And so with a help of Leon’s furniture I finally have the bedroom of my dreams! It’s still small, and it’s simple, but I just love how it turned out!

Here is how it looked before and how it looks now:

the before

bright, calm and airy bedroom

airy calm and bright bedroom

So now, this is what I call my mom oasis. There’s a place for books by the bed, and some extra storage for all the things. There’s a comfortable and inviting bed, with a purring cat waiting for me to join.

And if you’d like to see more of my bedroom makeover, read more about this bed and it’s amazing storing capabilities, and see why I love my new mattress, all that along some amazing holiday inspiration, click over to the Hello Holiday Guide ! It’s our 90 pages online lookbook with gorgeous makeovers, holiday inspiration, and real home stories! I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do!

<em>Photos 3 and 4  in this post where captured by <a href=”; target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>Donna Griffith</a>.</em>

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..