Joanna Anastasia


How to make a small space feel bigger

five tips to help you make any space feel and look bigger! Simple tips and tricks. 5 ways to make a small room feel bigger!

We live in a rather small house. As soon as you get in, there’s a small entry way and the kids playroom is just on the right, and the living room on the left. And our entry way space, aside of being boring, used to be such a mess. But lately, I was craving change, and while looking at our sad entry way I was asking myself how to make a small space feel bigger. And more organized! And more personalized. So after some searching, I got to work, and today I’m sharing the result!

First let’s start with the very sad before photo. As you see, the space is really small.
I bought this table when I was pregnant with Rose, over three years ago, but I never really did nothing more there. The light switch above the table was annoying me, and so I couldn’t really figure this corner out.


But this past month I had a strike of inspiration, I realized I was longing for color and texture, and here’s the result:

How to make a small space feel bigger

How to make a small space feel bigger

How to make a small space feel bigger

And I even changed the wall in my girls play room.. Since it’s one of the first things you see when you come in!

So here is my recipe for making any space feeling bigger, and a little secret hack:

1. Add pattern.

Pattern adds depth to any space, so even if it’s a small space, it can greatly benefit from a bit of pattern.

Oh, you don’t wan’t to deal with wallpaper? Nor do I! That’s why I didn’t use wallpaper but material called pixerstick! I got this peel-and stick gorgeous pattern from Pixers. One for my entry way and one (the pastel cloud wall) for my girls play room. The best part? It was already cut to fit my space, and it took me and my hubby not more then 2 hours to install it all ( yes, the big wall in girls playroom and all of the entry way).

And you wan’t to know what I love about it the most? It doesn’t mark walls, is super easy to just un-peel and take off , and there are literally hundreds of choices to pick from! Now that’s what I call a life hack!

How to make a small space feel bigger

2. Use horizontal space

I would always put my purse, and keys on a little table, but when my hubby would add his pocket change, and my girls would add their hats, and I’d add some mail on top of it.. Well then there was a huge pile of mess. That’s why I added hooks! Now I’ll have a designated space for my purse and my scarf!

You could even add a hook for every family member and use that horizontal space to hang hats, keys or scarfs!

How to make a small space feel bigger

3. Add mirrors.

Mirrors really do make the space feel bigger! But look out: they’ll make your space look and feel bigger only if they reflect light!

Also, try playing with shapes! Round mirrors are on trend now and for a reason: they can add that vintage and playful look, or a sophisticated and elegant , all depending from the material they’re made of. So if you wan’t to go for the first one, choose brass or bamboo, and if you prefer the second, go for metallic or wood.

How to make a small space feel bigger

4. Add a gallery wall.

Even a small wall will look better with a gallery wall, and the higher you’ll hang your frames, the higher the eye will travel, giving the illusion of a bigger space!

Try mixing frames of different sizes and colors for an eclectic look, or go with one color but different sizes for a more classical finish. And if you’re going for a modern vibe like I did, hang a in-pair number of objects on the wall.

You don’t need to hang expensive art nigher: I used the same print I had, and I draw the abstract art with Pastel crayons.

How to make a small space feel bigger

5. Unify the space.

Every space feels better if the elements and colors repeat themselves.

So while painting the abstract art I tried to add in some blue hues to match the Pixers “wallpaper” sticker. And since the table I already had has a little rustic feel in to it, I decided to add two hand lettered wood boards, in order to add in more of that modern rustic feel. My hubby have cut old wood for me, and using my kids Ikea crafting paint I wrote these two quotes that I love!.

So now, I feel like not only my entry way got bigger, but also that I got a new personalized room altogether! And I hope that these tips will help you with changing things a bit in your home!

Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Pixers, all opinions remain my own.

Perfect mom bag

Are you looking for a perfect diaper bag, that'll fit all that you need, and won'y look as a diaper bag? Well, this is it!

I was looking a long time for a perfect mom bag. The type to fit it all : endless snacks,wipes , change of clothes for my both daughters, water bottle and a sippy cup, a couple of toys for a long car drive and my own belongings of course!

My girls are out of diapers now, but as a mom of young kids, I still need a diaper bag to be honest. It’s just that I didn’t rally want to carry my old and stained diaper bag anymore! I needed a chic version of a diaper bag, something that wouldn’t get me the I’m-sorry-you-lost-your-style-when-becoming-a-mom look! But as you might already know, it’s really difficult to find a bag that’s both practical and pretty!

perfect mom bag

And then I found this one. Newlie diaper bag. It’s big enough to fit it all. It comes with a little changing pad, it has a pocket to keep the snacks cool, and two bottle holders! It’s basically a perfect diaper bag in disguise!

perfect mom bag

This summer I was carrying my Newlie diaper bag everywhere with me. And here’s what I’ve learned:

1. A perfect mom bag is more then a simple diaper bag.
One bag that works both for raspberry picking, restaurant outings and road trips. Perfect for both the baby essentials as bigger kids things. Looking like a perfect accessory and yet practically fitting all the things. It’s more of a life saver if you ask me!

perfect mom bag

2. Organizing mom essentials.
A place for a changing pad? Yes. Snacks stored in a coller-type pocket? Yes. Bottle holders? Yes! Zipped pockets? Yes and Yes!

perfect mom bag

3. A place for everything.
I think we can all relate- a crying baby or a screaming toddler in one hand, and a messy bag full of things where you can’t find nothing when you need it, right? Well, honestly I’ve just learned it doesn’t have to be that way!

So now, even though I’m definitely not a fashionista, I kind of feel like a pretty well organized chic-mom!

perfect mom bag

And if you happen to be a Canadian resident, you can now find these bags at ChaptersIndigo.

Disclosure:I received this product free for review, all opinions remain my own!