Joanna Anastasia

interior decor

One mantel six ways

one mantel six ways

Every january after taking down all of the Christmas decorations, my home feels both fresh and a little bit empty. So this is the time when I like to redecorate and put some extra love in making our house a cozy home.

And since the fireplace mantel is the heart of the living room, and the first thing you’d see if you’d come over –  this is exactly where I start.

While everyone seems to be decluttering and throwing things away, I like to re organize and re decorate instead – because in my style, more is more and less is boring (  without being an actual hoarder of course) Because with some extra accessories ( stored away) you can easily re decorate, and re style, and make your home feel fresh and new!

So here’s my mantel six ways- as you’ll see, some elements are the same, some are different, but every time I was working with hat I already had at home.

one mantel 6 ways

My three simple tips for decorating a mantel:
1. Variety of heights, textures and forms:
I always add one element that’s higher than others ( like a vase with flowers, or a bigger print) I try mixing different materials – like glass, wood and metal, and differently shaped accessories- like vases and candles .
one mantel 6 ways
2. Add a natural element-
A potted plant, a vase with fresh flowers, a geod – all of these elements bring the nature in and make the space feel more alive!
one mantel 6 ways
3. Add art- I know not everyone adds prints and painting to their mantel, but for me it’s a must-
whether it’s an abstract print I got a Minted, or my own painting ( like Frida here) I think art adds interest and character, and sets the tone of the room.

one mantel 6 ways

In the end, it’s all about mixing and matching objects that make YOU smile and love your home more!

one mantel 6 ways

Creating a happy home: tips and tricks for overcoming a decorating rut

tips and tricks for overcoming a decorating rut and making your house a home that you feel good in

Creating a happy home that you and your family will love and feel comfortable in is not at all that difficult! And since my home was being featured in the March issue of the Canadian Living magazine, and on the Babsouk blog, I’ve been asked a lot about how I make decisions when decorating and what are my secrets. And while I know that for many decorating decisions can actually feel very daunting, here are some of my fail proof ways to decorate a home in a way that will express your personality, and make you feel happier!

Creating a happy home- my decor cheat sheet

  1. Set aside the fear of failure – the very first thing when decorating should be assuming that you will make some mistakes along the way, And it’s ok, because homes don’t come together over night ( unless you’re a designer, but even they make mistakes!). Homes come together over time, with trial and error. So the best thing you can do when stating to making your house a home ( or when you re-decorate it to feel better in it ) is assuming that there are going to be mistakes . made. But guess what – you can always sell that piece of furniture or ugly art, and you can always repaint these walls. There are very little things that are truly in-reversible. So go ahead, and just start.
  2. Find inspiration and narrow your choices. I know it can be difficult to choose – there are all these styles that are trending now, and so many classical choices out there – but narrowing down your choices to classical – contemporary, neutral and zen – or vibrant and cozy, pops of colour or all monochrome, will only make you happier and more confident. Here’s how you can do it – go on Pinterest and make a board for your home – with realistic ideas ( tip – going very far from your homes architecture usually brings a sense of unbalance – so if you live in a bungalow but are obsessed with french glam, then maybe try incorporating it with smaller touches then going all in with massive furniture ). Pin what you love, and find similarities between the styles that draw your attention.
  3. Start with a neutral base: and then add style – if you’re really confused then it’s easier to start with neural colours for the walls and big pieces of furniture, and only then adding colour and patterns with prints, art and textiles
  4. Look in your closet when wondering what textiles and colours you should choose: go look at your favourite pieces in your wardrobe – is it monochromatic, colorful, or full of floral patterns ? Now incorporate it in the form of prints and pillows!
  5. Budget friendly tip: go for eclectic style. Mixing and matching old and new is my favourite way to decorate, and when done well, it’s called eclecticism.
  6. Plan a colour palette for each room: two – three neutrals ( like white or grey      walls, the colour of the wood, neutral furniture pieces ) and then add 2-3 colours in form of plants, pillows, art and accent furniture. Make sure your colour pallet flows: is it all cold colours that work along, all warm and cozy, are these colours complimenting each other or are they all screaming for attention at the same time and giving you a headache?
  7. Every room needs a focus point! in the living room it’s usually a sofa and what’s around it or a fireplace, in the kitchen it’s the stove, the island or a sink with the window, in the bedroom it’s the bed and what’s above it, and in the bathroom it’s usually the sink with the mirror or the bath/shower. If you’ll ignore the rule of the focus point, and let’s say move the sofa off the center of the main wall, leave mess around  the fireplace and leave the focus point unfinished, you’ll find yourself int he space that’s unbalanced and fells “off’ and uninviting
  8.  Experiment: sometimes without moving the furniture around, you won’t ever know if the look and feel good or not.

Creating a happy home- my decor cheat sheet

And my all time no fail decorating formula is: go for white on white with a touch of wood or metal and a splash of colour. Mix clean lines with one or two curvy and vintage pieces, and don’t  be afraid of a little bit of pattern!

Last but not the least, remember it’s your home and you have the right to do whatever makes you happy in it – be it bringing in a huge lama sculpture, hanging your kids photos on every single wall, or going for that fluffy rug you always wanted!

Creating a happy home- my decor cheat sheet

You live only once, and it’s better to live in a home you love, with furniture and textiles that will get dirty and will need replacing over time, then to hold on making your house a home “later when the kids will grow up since it’s not worth it now”. It’s always worth it! And a happy home makes for a happier family! So go ahead, and make your space feel great!

Decor sources: you can find most of my colourful accessories, poufs, rugs and textiles shown in these photos from my home, over at my friends shop Babasouk

Photos: in collaboration with Babasouk

Hello Holliday is here!

The Holliday countdown is finally on and what better way to get in the mood then by getting inspired by real life bloggers festive ideas? The Hello Holliday lookbook 2017 is finally here! I can’t even describe how amazing this issue is, and how inspired I feel by all these amazing creatives I got a pleasure to work alongside!

First, let me tell you, the spaces featured are so relatable: these are homes lived by families, with real life mess and real love. Homes featured in this look book are full of kids, pets and all that chaos that we all know. So finally you can find real holiday inspiration for real life. Second, the DIY ideas are totally doable, easy and all so festive that I myself can’t decide what else should I do this Holliday season.

I’m so exited to finally share my small kitchen remodel in collaboration with Kitchen Aid! Also, I had a pleasure to makeover our small playroom and turn it in to a pastel and multifunctional guest room/playroom/homework-space, and the result is so cute! Here are some sneak peeks from this transformation! Can you belive that in this small space there’s enough room to sleep two adults comfortably and to host a play date too? 

Hello Holiday

Hello Holiday

Helo Holiday

You can see more of this makeover in the lookbook and get the full tutorial on the simple but oh so lovely room spray I made to make my guests feel at home while visiting!

Hello Holiday

Come see the full catalog, with plenty of Christmas styling ideas, home decor, festive recipes and DIY ideas from amazing Canadian Bloggers that I was lucky enough to work with, HERE!

Or, go visit your local LCBQ and grab a copy of Food and Vine magazine, and the Hello Holiday will be right at the back!

And make sure to follow me on Instagram, as I’ll be sharing more sneak peeks from my makeovers there!

disclosure : this post was created in collaboration with Leon’s furniture, all opinions remain entirely my own.