Joanna Anastasia

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How to style your home for sale in 5 easy steps

So, in case you missed it on my instagram, we moved! This was long time coming as I was ready to move for over a year now, since our house was just simply too small for our big family.

Before I share with you more about our new house, and all the makeovers I’m doing, today I wanted to share my tried and tested ways to getting your house showing ready and selling it FAST.

We have sold our condo 6 years ago in 5 days, and our house now in 3 weeks ( in the context of a global pandemic, so I think it’s still a pretty good result!) First time around we had an agent and I was the one taking care of styling our home for sale – aka home staging. This time though we decided to skip the agent and I took care of both styling for sale and showcasing our home on our own! And each time we have sold for much more than we bought- almost double this time around!

So, how can you style to sell for the best price possible?

The devil is in the details- when people come to see your house every little detail counts! So, do they see the peeling paint? If there’s any, you can bet they will notice it right away! Do they see clutter? Yup, if things aren’t perfectly organized, they will, and they will think that the house is too small for them, because clutter means you don’t have enough space! Does the house look small because of the overload of all furniture? Are there big reparations that they need to do? Everything plays a part in how people will see your house and how much they will be willing to pay for it!

Style your home for sale in 5 easy steps- aka my tried and tested secrets to easy home staging

Now, if you’re ready to put your house on the market and would like to sell fast and for the best price possible here are my tried and tested steps!

1.Finish all the small renovations and paint inside.

This is probably the most important steps of all- and the most time consuming too. However, with an investment of a couple hundred dollars – to a thousand or two you can expect a pay off of many thousands more on the price of your house. By small renovations I mean:

  • Fix little issues like:
  • unfinished baseboards
  • broken electrical switches
  • peeling paint
  • old silicone around bath and sink.

  • Make sure you have updated anything that’s broken but would be included in the price of the home like home appliances, squeaky doors etc. ( of course only if you want to get the highest possible price!)
  • Change the rotted patio boards if there are any.
  • And make sure there are no unfinished renovations visible.
  • Paint any space that haven’t had a touch up in the last 3-4 years.

Make sure that your home is NOT painted with any bold or controversial colours, as the majority of people will prefer a bright and fresh white tone, a cal cool gray or a warm greige over an original and bohemian hue of orange or green!

Now, you might ask yourself why bother with all the little renovations if they are generally low in cost and so the new owners could very well take care of them on their own? And you might say that it’s better not to paint since people want to paint with the colours they like anyway, right?

But there’s one thing that you need to remember- most people will want to move to a READY TO MOVE HOME. Turnkey is the exact word, and is what sells best and for the best price!

And even if me and maybe you too, we like makeovers and projects, for the majority of people a long list of small renovations will be a turn off! Or an argument to negotiate the price much lower than your starting point.

And as it goes for paint, it’s the one thing that instantly gives the place a new and fresh look for the lowest money cost.

2.Declutter.

  • And by that I mean clean your closets like never before
  • Donate or sell what you don’t need and keep only the essentials visible.
  • Have your rooms furnished in a way that there’s space to easily walk around, so if you have any cramped in the corners tables, oversized chairs and big sideboards, simply pack them and send to garage or a loacker.
  • Make sure everything looks well organized- on tour shelves, inside your kitchen cabinets, and inside your closets.

3.Pre pack like you mean it.

  • Pack in boxes the clothing from the opposite season, half of your kids toys, half of your kitchen plates etc. You want people to see a house that breathes and has lots of space, and not a one that is full of your things.
  • Also, pre packing will help you in your move if ever things move very fast once you do sell

4.Style your home in a coherent way

If you love both farmhouse and eclectic and modern styles your home may be a gorgeous mix of trends, but for an average person visiting it might just feel like a mess. Taste is subjective but what people want is a feeling of ” this house feels like home” and ” I could make it mine” So while it should be decorated , it should also feel calm and clean- and for that you should have it decorated in a coherent way. So one style, one colour palette.

How to do it:

Pack all of the very original decor pieces you might have.

Decide on a colour that you can spread around your house, and using different hues and tones decorate with it throughout. For example blue is a favorite of most people on earth, so you could have light blue curtains, darker blue pillows, a print on a wall with some blue in it and a blue vase on the kitchen counter.

But remember in home staging less is more!

5.Add subconscious touches.

So the cherry on top in home staging would be smell. After your home is all clean and there’s no pet or cigarette smell, make sure it actually smells like home.

So, with use of scented candles, or essential oils you can maake your home smell like:

  • cookies
  • fresh linen
  • baked apples
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla

A lot of people won’t even realize it, but they will remember that they FELT GOOD while visitig your house!

That’s it, all of my seacrets that helped us sell fast and for the highest price in our neighborhood! I hope this can help you to sell as best possible too!

Eclectic home fall tour

I’m so excited to share with you my fall home tour! Now that the temperatures started dropping I love being at home – and I want to make it extra cozy and warm.

I really think that decorating for fall is like re discovering your home all over again- after months spend outside, it’s the time to add throw blankets, switch up textiles and bring some lovely fall flowers in.

So today I’m partnering with a bunch of my Canadian blogging friends -very talented ladies – so you can see their lovely fall homes too! Their styles are all different and so I’m sure you’ll be able to find plenty of inspiration for your home- you’ll find it at the end of my home tour!

So grab yourself a nice mug mug of hot tea ( or a glass of vine!) and let’s start!

Welcome to my home!

It’s not big but it’s cozy and it smells like pumpkin spice- now let me show you around!

Living room

First thing you see when you come in is our living room- right of the entry door, this is the space where we read, cuddle and spend time as a family- so of course this space is usually the first one that gets decorated for fall!

And the first thing that you will notice in our living room is most likely the fireplace! This year I opted for warm and cozy vibes in here- so lots of yellow, a bit of pink, and all the velvet pumpkins I could get my hands on!

To be honest I’m absolutely obsessed with my mantel this year- I used to decorate for fall with more heavy and black pieces and I always felt it wasn’t me.

This year I decided to embrace pink and gold with a pumpkin theme and I think it looks absolutely perfect in here!

I shopped my home for the candles and candlesticks and I added all the pumpkins and the pom pom garland that I found at our local Homesense!

The rest of the living room got even more cozy then usually too- fluffy throws, candles and ceramic candles are all it takes for the cozy fall vibe!

Master bedroom

Then if you’d go up the stairs is my bedroom- this is the moody space in our home- and this fall I did something I never did before- I added plaid!

I realize it may not be shocking for you, but I usually decorate with florals or simple geometric prints- so this all in cozy change is big for me!

But I just love how it looks and feels! And would you believe that these plaid pillow covers where an Amazon find?

Also, adding velvet pumpkins is my new fall obsession! I really think they add an instant cozy fall touch to any space! That, and of course candles everywhere.

Family table

Now let me show you in our sunroom- after going back the stairs and passing through kitchen there’s this little space where we eat, do homework and craft- our family table.

And in celebration of the new season I have set up a simple fall centerpiece: more velvet pumpkins, some greenery, sunflowers and a little bit of yellow check- this space is definitely bright and cheerfully autumnish!

I must say, I have a soft spot for sunflowers- maybe because they grow in Poland everywhere during the summer and so they remind me of my childhood, and maybe because they’re the essence of cheerfulness – they are definitely my favorite flowers!

And so I don’t think I could have my morning coffee with a better view!

Kitchen

And lastly I wanted to show you fall in my kitchen ! It’s another space in our home that’s mostly moody and cozy! Once the morning light is over this little kitchen is full of shades- truly a perfect space for lighting a candle or two.

I decided to add another pom pom garland in here and simply display my seasonal finds- mugs and tea cups- it’s nothing fancy, but a lot of cozy!

Front door

Now if you’d be leaving you’d probably pass by this door- our entry isn’t big nor fancy, and we have some work to be do on the stairs here- but it didn’t stop me from adding some pumpkins and seasonal flowers! And the cutest little wrath I found at Homesense!

This entry is far from elegant eclectic vibes I usually go for- but it’s cheerful, cozy and makes my kids smile when they pass by- and that all that really counts!

I hope you enjoyed my eclectic home fall tour and that you have found some simple inspirations for your home in here! Remember, it’s not about perfect, it’s about cozy and comfortable!


And now, grab another mug of hot tea and go check out my talented friends – they all have a different style and so you bet you’ll find tons of inspiration!

PMQ for two Amidst The Chaos Northern Style Exposure Meredith Deanne Lifestyle Chic Mom In the City and Karin U Living

Collected eclectic living room reveal

If there is one thing I was dreaming about for my home it was to have a comfortable and cozy sitting room with no TV. The type of a space where we could catch up with family and friends, cuddle with books in front of the fire place and finish emails in the evening while sipping on hot tea underneath the blankets. A no-tv space where coziness and connections are the focus! 

If you’ve followed my blog for awhile, you’ll notice that I never shared this part of my living room with you before. The reason being that this is where there was a big ugly tv and my old kijiji find that I always wanted to paint but never got to it. Two big brown and black pieces that were just blah.

But when I finally moved the tv to the basement to make room for my new small sofa I decided to paint that old piece of furniture too – and with the new mirror I think it looks absolutely gorgeous next to that blue velvet piece! It took me probably around three hours to paint it, and to be honest I still can’t understand why didn’t I do it before! 

Here’s the before photo so you can see the transformation!

I also dreamed about a bold sofa for this room – a show stopper piece, dramatic yet timeless. Comfortable, but beautiful. I know it sounds as If I’m describing a unicorn but I found it!

The Sven Cascadia Blue velvet sofa from Article is everything that I was dreaming about and more: extremely soft and so comfortable, it looks elegant and timeless – yet the bold color brings drama and adds style to my small living room! I love how this velvet sofa feels and even more how it looks! The loose bolsters are such a chic feature and the upholstery is simply gorgeous!

I also added a new gallery wall here – the black and white and blue theme ties perfectly well with the Sven sofa, don’t you think? I usually like balancing the conceptual art with some graphic prints and a hit of colour- and so I have a mix of abstracts and pretty drawings on here. I absolutely love how it all ties up together! 

Now every corner of this room makes me smile- and the new blue velvet piece is the perfect place to cuddle with tea in front of the fireplace! 

Disclosure- this post was written in collaboration with Article, all opinions remain exclusively 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:

before

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

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE- ECLECTIC NURSERY PROJECT PART3

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!

How to make electric fireplace look real

Winter is here, there’s no doubt about that. The days are shorter, sweater weather is in full swing and snow is slowly starting to fall. Some may rejoice, but for me it means one thing: it’s freezing outside so the sozy up season is starting! And what feels more cozy than curling up with a hot tea and a book in a comfy velvet chair in front of a fireplace? Nothing really. Unless of course it’s snuggling up with two little girls while looking at the fire!

make electric fireplace look real

So I wanted a fireplace since the day we decided to sell our old appartement and buy a house, that is four years ago. But of course, we couldn’t afford houses with a fireplace that also had a great location, so we settled on our little city cottage. Without a fireplace.

Fast forward four years and here I was, last month, facing another cold season and desperate for one. I was scrolling through Wayfair, when I discovered that they carry so many pretty electric fireplaces to choose from! . And I have literally made a happy dance because it was just too good to be true!

It comes in a box, doesn’t need any ventilation system, looks amazing and actually heats the space!

I love changing the decorations around it and I just love how it ads the charm and coziness to my living room!

make electric fireplace look real

Now, to make it look even more real I added two cabinets, on each side of it, and the prettiest affordable velvet chair I could have find,  I just love how it looks, and how much bigger my room actually feels.

And if you’re thinking about getting one too, but you’re worried it won’t look real, here are my tips:

  1. Pick an electric fireplace that is at least 40 inches high ( the higher the more realistic it looks).
  2. Add symmetrical cabinets on each side. ( they don’t need to be as high as mine though, but if they are lover then do hang art on each side) or hang 3 shelves on each side of the electric fireplace and put baskets on the floor and accessorize the shelves. .
  3. Decorate it! Add drama with a big mirror or a high piece of art. Just remember to keep it in scale and don’t hang anything on top that is wider then the fireplace itself.

make electric fireplace look real

make electric fireplace look real

And I think it looks really great in any season, even with fresh flowers around- it just adds instant interest to any room!

make electric fireplace look real

I couldn’t be happier with my electric fireplace: I love the look of it, how it warms up the room, and how realistic the flames are. And I love the fact that it’s actually more ecological and more economical choice than a real fireplace would be. Not to mention the fact that I can turn the flames on without the heat, and I don’t need to worry about kids and babies walking around it! I think it’s really perfect for families with kids!

Disclosure: this is a post in collaboration with Wayfair, all opinions remain my own.

 

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