Joanna Anastasia


One room challenge week three- tiles, tiles, tiles!

This week is all about tiles – my contractors have installed the floor tiles and the showers tiles, and are currently working on vanity backsplash! And I have spend every other evening at Home Depot choosing my subway tile and I decided to prepare for you a little guide to the prettiest patterned tiles out there! .

So ever since I started imagining this bathroom project I knew that I wanted a floor with a blue pattern that would make a real statement while being classical enough to live with it for years to come. What I was worried about was that I won’t find the tiles I was imagining!

Because one thing that can make or break the bathroom design is tiles! The outdated and sad beige tiles will make you want to run away, the over the top pattern might give you a headache and the just right pretty pattern will make you want to smile! Not to forget the simple and clean lines of subway tiles and clean marble that make you feel calm and zen!

So I couldn’t be more superseded when one night I stumbled upon the pretties cement tiles while browsing online through tiles selection at Home Depot Canada ! I saved my favourites and it took me a couple of days to decide which one to choose – there are so many beautiful patterns to choose from! Finally I decided to go for this blue pattern, and I couldn’t love it more!

Disclosure- this post is in collaboration of my renovations partner Home Depot Canada, all opinions remain entirely my own.

Now, I know what you’re thinking- these tiles must cost a fortune! Well, they don’t really- they are cement tiles, and while they are as resistant they are a bit more affordable then regular ceramic tiles and there is so many gorgeous patterns to choose from! Home Depot are the only ones around selling those gorgeous Merola cement tiles, and while these above are my favourite patterns, there are many, many more!

Why choose Cement tiles :

  • They are very resistant and durable
  • They are a great choice for both flooring and backsplash 
  • You can use them with heated flooring system 
  • They are more affordable 

Now to be honest my contractors where a bit surprised when the tiles arrived- they are thicker then ceramic tiles and you need to coat them with a sealer before applying grout – but once they have installed them, they admitted that this was the prettiest floor they have ever installed !

As for the shower I decided to go with this classical subway tile from Home Depot Canada, and I couldn’t be happier!

So here’s our progress of last week’s One room Challenge

  • floor tile is up ( with heated floor system)
  • shower tile installation finished
  • first coat of primer is up
  • lighting was installed
  • the vanity furniture has been moved in!

Stay tuned for next week! 

Disclosure- this post is in collaboration of my renovations partner Home Depot Canada, all opinions remain entirely my own.

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!

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.

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!

How to organize kid’s shared bedroom

how to organize a room for a kids shared bedroom

I believe that when young children share one bedroom, they become closer together. Though sometimes the space is so small that it seems challenging to transform it in to a bedroom for two! But after almost two years of my two daughters sharing one tiny room, I have learned some tricks to make it work!

See, as soon as my younger daughter Rose started to sleep through the night, I’ve put my older’s daughter bed next to the baby crib. And that’s how they started sharing a bedroom together. Now, I think it has been one of the best parenting decisions that I had made so far. They became best friends. They sing each other lullabies before they fall asleep and they laugh and play first thing in the morning (which let’s me sleep longer!).

Though I know that organizing a cohesive, comfortable and practical space for two kids can be difficult. Here’s how you can make it work for your kids:

1. Choose a theme that’ll appeal to both of your children.

Decorating one room for two kids can be tricky, a specially if you’re trying to include their interests and characters.

That’s why instead of trying to match two different themes in one room, try something more general, like a color palette that’ll appeal to both of them. Then, using colours as your guide, add individual touches.

2. Pick furniture that’ll pass the test of time.

Choosing furniture that is good quality will save you money and time in a long run. Also while picking new beds, think about your kids needs in a couple of years : will they still fit in, will they be comfortable, will their style match their changing interests?

So instead of changing from the baby crib to a toddler bed and then to big girls bed, I decided to switch my younger daughters crib for a big girls bed right away. The small room looks more cohesive with matching beds, and the nighttime reading is so much more comfortable now!

shared bedroom

3. Go for neutrals and simplicity and then add accessories.

Since you’re organizing a room for two kids, you have double the chances that they’ll get bored with a flashy wall color or a bed in a shape of a car. Why won’t invest in a simple furniture that’ll match their growing personalities and neutral painted walls that’ll match any changing bedding.

4. Make organization a priority.

Two kids in one room doesn’t need to mean twice as mess. Add baskets for toys underneath the beds, and make sure that their clothes are easy to reach. Use vertical space above kids beds for storing small toys.

5. Accentuate personal space.

Let each of your kids have something unique: like a special decoration on top of their bed, or a shelf with their favorite figurines, a basket with their favorite toys underneath their bed, or a different bedding arrangements. If your children are old enough to read alone make sure they have a night lamp each. Let them choose the accent colors and let them arrange their own toys the way they like it.

6. Unify the space.

However if your kids are in the age when they always want what the other one is having, then you might like to unify their sleeping area as much as possible: by getting the same bedding and accessories for their beds. My daughters are two years apart, so in my situation unifying their room is the only way to go!

7. Keep it simple.

If your children do have a separate playroom, then keeping their bedroom as calming as possible will help them fall asleep easier. While decorating the bedroom, keep in mind that anything that attracts attention during the day, will do so also while you want them to fall asleep. So if you have a restless toddler, go for calmer colors and less toys around.

And that’s why most of the decorations in by girls bedroom is above their bed’s, so when they fall asleep it doesn’t distract them!


Furniture: Leon’s

Unicorn and the tooth pillow : Brooklyn’s Room

Quilt: Not Sew Strange

Cloud Pillows: TwoLitlleTadpoles

Calligraphy print: Invited By Audriana

Unicorn in the purse: Endee Made

Dreamcatcher :Posh Pax Designs

Colorful prints on the shelf: free here on Pinterest

Rainbow/doughnut blankets : Little and Luxe Shop

Tassel garland : GenWoo

Great tips to help you organize a shared bedroom for yout kids: even in a very small space!

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