Joanna Anastasia

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Eclectic patio makeover

eclectic patio makeover

Here in Canada, there are two seasons only – never-ending winter and endless summer. And I’ve been dreaming about an eclectic patio all winter long! Because after 5 months of staying inside, all I want is to enjoy the warmth!

And so this year I decided to bring my own patio in to a whole new level of comfort. Firstly, because during the summer months I want to enjoy outdoor living to the fullest and secondly, because we’ll be adding another baby to our family soon and I know that this is where we’ll be spending most of our time together.

So here’s what our patio was missing in the past: shade, space for entertaining, storage and real comfort.

Let me show you what I changed and how you too can turn your patio into a backyard oasis of comfort !

Ici au Canada, nous n’avons que deux saisons – l’hiver qui ne finit pas et l’été qui dure longtemps. Et il y a longtemps que je rêve d’avoir mon patio éclectique. Alors cette année, j’ai décidé d’amener mon patio à un autre niveau de confort. Premièrement parce que durant les mois d’été, je veux profiter de l’extérieur au maximum et deuxièmement, parce qu’on ajoutera bientôt un nouveau bébé à notre famille et qu’on passera beaucoup de temps sur le patio. Voici ce qui manquait à notre ancien ameublement de patio: de l’ombre, de l’espace pour recevoir, du rangement et du confort. Laissez-moi vous montrer ce que j’ai changé et  comment vous aussi pouvez transformer votre patio en un oasis de confort!

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Canadian Tire, all opinions are exclusively my own.

Firstly, the dining area: we used to have here a round table for four, way too small to entertain, with a small table umbrella that would fly over to our neighbors backyard every time it was windy! Plus it didn’t keep everyone in the shade anyway.

So my first change was adding this gorgeous large table that easily sits six to eight adults. It looks like it’s made from wood, but actually it’s not – it’s made for outdoor living, it’s very steady and water-resistant! And since I really wanted an eclectic vibe, I decided to mix and match chairs, and so I went for two wicker captain chairs and four extremely comfortable bucket chairs that are also perfect for kids, as they are so easy to clean!.

Then, we added this offset patio umbrella: and it has been such a life changer! First, it’s steady enough not to worry about it flying away. Second, it’s large enough to cover all of the dining area and even more, plus it has lights that light up at night! And for our uncovered patio it has really made all the difference in how comfortable it is now to sit outside and eat alfresco!

(Ce post a été commandité par Canadian Tire. Les opinions demeurent les miennes.) Premièrement, l’espace “salle à dîner” : nous avions une table ronde pour quatre, trop petite pour recevoir et avec un parasol à qui il arrivait de s’envoler chez le voisin lorsqu’il ventait trop. De plus il ne projetait pas assez d’ombre pour accommoder tout le monde. Mon premier changement a donc été d’ajouter cette magnifique grande table qui peut facilement accueillir de six à huit adultes. Sa surface imite la texture du bois et elle est très stable et résistante aux intempéries. Pour ajouter une touche éclectique, j’ai décidé de mélanger les styles de chaises. J’ai donc choisi deux fauteuils en osier et quatre fauteuils baquets très confortables mais aussi pratique pour les enfants puisqu’ils sont très facile à nettoyer. Puis, nous avons ajouté ce parasol déporté: et ça a changé notre vie! Premièrement, il est assez bien ancré pour qu’on ne s’inquiète pas de le voir s’envoler. Puis il est assez grand pour couvrir tout le coin “salle à dîner” et même plus. Et en bonus, il a des lumières DEL intégrées pour le soir. eclectic patio makeover

Also, I just love all of the dinnerware, drinkware and serveware that Canadian Tire has to offer: it’s such a great quality, so pretty and so practical! I just love having designated dinnerware for the patio as it makes setting the table so much easier and faster, and I don’t have to worry about glasses being broken on the patio where my kids walk barefoot!

My favourites though are the colorful plates and bowls that set such a cheerful tone to the table!

I also decided to upgrade our lounge area to furniture that are both extremely comfortable as practical. With one large sofa and a loveseat there’s more space to sit for everyone. The coffee table that looks like it’s made from wood adds a bit of elegance to this space, and the softest outdoor rug pulls this area together.

J’aime beaucoup les choix de vaisselle, verres et plats de service que Canadian Tire offre: il sont d’excellente qualité, très jolis et pratiques! J’adore avoir de la vaisselle dédiée au patio, cela rend le montage de la table beaucoup plus facile et rapide. Et je n’ai pas à m’inquiéter d’un verre brisé alors que les enfants marchent pied nus! Mes articles préférés sont les assiettes et bols colorées qui agrémentent joyeusement la table. J’ai également décidé d’améliorer notre espace de repos avec des meubles très confortables et pratiques. Avec un grand sofa et une causeuse, il y a plus d’espace à asseoir tout le monde. La table à café en imitation de bois ajoute de l’élégance à cet espace et, pour terminer, le tapis d’extérieur permet de tout lier ensemble. 

eclectic patio makeover

eclectic patio makeover

Also, I added one very practical feature: the rattan storage box, nested between two sofas, that can fit all of my outdoor decorative pillows, while pretending to be a round side table.

J’ai également ajouté un élément pratique: une boite de rangement en rotin, insérée entre les deux sofas dans laquelle je peux ranger mes coussins décoratifs, bien qu’elle ait l’apparence d’une table d’appoint. 

eclectic patio makeover

eclectic patio makeover

And of course what makes this space a real backyard oasis are the accessories and plants: from the softest outdoor rug, to the outdoor pillows and the metal nesting tables, it’s all creating an atmosphere of comfort and rest while being perfect for outdoor weather ( think: easy to clean and water-resistant!)

And last but not the least, a little something for the kids: the trampoline! Easy to put together, steady and safe but light enough to move it around, it has become my girls favourite playing spot!

Bien sûr, ce qui fait de cet espace un véritable Oasis, ce sont les accessoires et les plantes. Du tapis, aux tables d’appoint en passant par les coussins, le tout crée un atmosphère de confort et de repos tout en étant parfait pour la météo. Et finalement, un petit quelque chose pour les enfants: le trampoline! Facile à assembler, sécuritaire et assez léger pour pouvoir le déplacer, c’est devenu le coin préféré de mes filles pour jouer.

eclectic patio makeover

 

So here are my tips for making any patio a backyard oasis:

  1. Create designated zones: one for dining , one for lounging and one for playing.
  2. Go for the mix and match collected style of furniture rather than all matchy – matchy sets.
  3. Remember the practical aspects – leave enough space to circulate, think about adding shade, storage and comfort of sitting.
  4. Add accessories as they pull the space together: outdoor rugs, pillows, lanterns and side tables create the feeling of rest and bring the indoor comfort outdoors.
  5. Finish the space up with potted plants and flowers.
  6. And don’t forget to add a designated space for your kids to play !

Voici mes conseils pour transformer n’importe quel patio en oasis
1. Créez des zones designees pour le repas, le repos et pour le jeu.
2. Mélangez les styles de meubles plutôt que de prendre tout de la même collection
3. Pensez à l’aspect pratique: espace pour circuler, quantité d’ombre, rangement et confort.
4. Ajoutez des accessoires car ils harmonisent le décor
5. Terminez en ajoutant des plantes en pot et des fleurs
6. N’oubliez pas de réserver de l’espace pour que les enfants jouent!

I found everything for my patio at Canadian Tire in their CANVAS collection: I loved the fact that you can mix and match the outdoor furniture for that eclectic collected look, and I loved their large choice of accessories, dinnerware, plants and flowers – all in one place! Now all I want is to stay right here and enjoy the summer with my family and friends!

6 ideas for creating a backyard oasis

J’ai tout trouvé pour mon patio chez Canadian Tire dans leur collection CANVAS. J’ai adoré pouvoir mélanger les style de meubles pour obtenir ce look éclectique et j’ai adoré leur grand choix d’accessoires, vaisselle, plantes et fleurs – tout au même endroit!
Maintenant tout ce que je veux c’est de rester sur mon patio pour profiter de l’été avec famille et amis.

Easy and cheap fall decorating ideas

You don't have to shop a lot, to add that cozy fall vibe to your living room! 3 easy steps and a free print, to make your space fall ready!

It’s always the same, with each season change, I feel like I want to change everything in my home, and decorate everything around! I really feel that the best way to welcome the new colors that I see out the window is by adjusting the inside of our home too.

I just really believe that the way we live, and what we set our eyes on every single day, hugely affects how we feel and how we’re motivated! And that’s why my home decor is so important for me.

But at the same time, I don’t have unlimited founds, and I don’t feel like accumulating countless seasonal decoration from Target, only to store more and more boxes in the basement! And so I found these easy and cheap fall decorating ideas!

Because I believe that there’s plenty of other ways to welcome the change of colors, than with buying all the things!

easy and cheap fall decorating ideas

Here’s how it work’s for me:

1. Change the textures and add warm tones.

While summer decor was all about blue airy accents, fall is about turning back to warm tones and colors. I choose yellows and natural tones, but you can go for reds, oranges, plums and deep greens too! I added textured pillows, a new rug fluffy rug from BabaSouk and blankets on every chair!

2. Change the print and add free printables.

This is the cheapest way to change the vibe of the space. Of course, you could go ahead and buy some and pricey amazing artwork, but you can also check my Pinterest printable board for some great free prints! Or you can shop on Etsy for inexpensive and whimsical finds.

Also, I’ve made a calligraphy inspired print: the October quote from Lucy Mound Montgomery, that you can download and print at the end of this post!

Easy and cheap fall decorating ideas, and a free Lucy Maud Montgomery printable for fall #printable #freebee #falldecor

3. Add natural elements.

Nothing adds more texture and life as real branches, sunflowers and a couple of real pumpkins!

Adding natural elements is the easiest on your budget, and can add more charm then anything else! Because let’s face it, natural elements are the decor trend of the season!

easy and cheap fall decorating ideas

easy and cheap fall decorating ideas

easy and cheap fall decorating ideas

easy and cheap fall decorating ideas

I really believe that cozy doesn’t need to be expensive! Happy fall decorating friends!

And if you’d like to print your own “Ann of Green gables quote”, just click here to download!

Sources:

Furniture: Leon’s furniture

Rug: BabaSouk

Prints: free printables ( check my Pinterest bard for more), the watercolor quote print from here, and the big calligraphy poster from here.

Pillows: HomeSence and West Elm.

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..

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.

DIY patio pallet sofa part 1

Pallet sofa

I have been planing our patio setting since February. It’s a bit early , considering that we had snow until mid April :). So while I was looking at that one meter high pile of snow on my deck, I was wondering where should we buy outdoor sofas, and what flowers I would plant in that big pot of mine.

And the spring has finally came, and we started the search for a nice, loungy outdoor sofa. And we did find some, but to my surprise they where all the same price as the regular ones! The cheapest one, (around 700 dollars) was the Ikea white one. Yes, it was really pretty, but it’s still more than I wanted to pay. And who will buy a white outdoor sofa while having two small kids? Not me. So I turned to Pinterest , and found plenty of pallet furniture ideas. We needed something simple, and here is how it worked out :

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This is my perfect spot where I sit with a blanket and my favorite tea 🙂

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I found this lantern on sale, and I totally love how it fits in here 🙂

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If you would like to know how we did it, and by we I mean me giving an idea and my husband working on it, come back to see the step by step tutorial 🙂 .

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