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We are thrilled to finally share this project with you! We began with furnishing this modern home several years ago after our clients moved from a more traditional style house. With their love for mid century and classic furniture we set out to create a warm and inviting space that spoke to our clients love of art and collectibles as well as creating a relaxed family home. Art Driven Modern Home, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary Interior Designer, Foothills Renovations, Robert Lemermeyer PhotographyThis light filled, open concept living/dining room connects the indoors and out with it's wall to wall windows. 

Art Driven Modern Home, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary Interior Designer, Foothills Renovations, Robert Lemermeyer Photography

Dulcie Foo Fat oil painting, Roseroot on Powderface Ridge - 2013, takes centre stage behind the Barcelona chairs in grey leather, accompanied by studies by Carl Rungius to the left. 

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It's all in the details. Thoughtful collectables and special artifacts are displayed throughout the home, each piece with its own story. Etageres flank "Cover" by Sabine Lecorre-Moore

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David Burdeny (via Herringer Kiss Gallery), Sweepers, West Lake, Hangzhou, China, 2011 hangs over a custom sideboard from Hardware Interiors, hand painted by Murray Duncan with meaningful words personally selected by our client. A Martha Sturdy tray sits atop a mahogany dining table surrounded by chocolate leather chairs. 

Art Driven Modern Home, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary Interior Designer, Foothills Renovations, Robert Lemermeyer Photography

The kitchen was our most recent renovation project. Keeping with the already functional layout we changed cabinetry, counters, tile and lighting to align with the feel of the rest of the main floor. 

Art Driven Modern Home, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary Interior Designer, Foothills Renovations, Robert Lemermeyer Photography

The backsplash is handmade 3-dimensional terracotta tile creating a wow factor, artistic wall behind the cooktop. 

Art Driven Modern Home, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary Interior Designer, Foothills Renovations, Robert Lemermeyer Photography
In the stairwell up hangs a tapestry based on a William Kurelek painting. In the stairwell down is a Dorothy Knowles landscape. A turkish area carpet fills the space moving from dining room to kitchen marrying well with the classic Saarinen table and Bertoia chairs in the eating area. 

Art Driven Modern Home, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary Interior Designer, Foothills Renovations, Robert Lemermeyer Photography

The family room has a casual sophistication with a mix of modern and traditional. Art Driven Modern Home, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary Interior Designer, Foothills Renovations, Robert Lemermeyer PhotographyGrasscloth wallpaper fills the walls of the master bedroom with contrasting copper drapery and hand painted metallic pottery lamps by Lesley Anton. Another Dulcie Foo Fat painting hangs above the bed accompanied by a Helen Mackie block print to the right. 

Art Driven Modern Home, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary Interior Designer, Foothills Renovations, Robert Lemermeyer Photography

The bedroom is the perfect oasis of warmth and texture and once again embraces the outside. 

This home has a welcoming and comfortable feel amongst the modernity and clean lines of it's structure. The inspiration and collaboration with our client in bringing this space to life was truly a wonderful experience.

Photo credits: Robert Lemermeyer Photography

Interior Design: Nyla Free Designs Inc. 

Contractor: Foothills Renovations

Social media has become a prominent part of our day to day. We joined the phenomenon in 2009, with trepidation, I will admit. The whole thing just felt so vulnerable and exposed. We launched our blog and joined twitter to begin with. Slowly I accepted Facebook and then embraced Instagram.

Now, I love it. I wish I had more time for it. It can be overwhelming with the constant communication, idea building and sharing of information however we have gained many friendships, opportunities and been inspired a great deal as we have grown in our online presence.

I received an email just before Christmas from a past client who told me she loves reading our blog. Honestly that is such a huge compliment because there are days when I wonder “who on earth reads this anyway?. I have to remind myself as to why we do it and the sole reason of building our brand and bringing our personality to life. We love building relationships. That is part of our brand profile so social media has played a huge role in that.

So with this we thought we’d share all the places you can find us out there in the big and crazy world of social media. We love staying connected!

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That’s right here! And to let you in on a little secret we have an update and change coming. Stay tuned for our re-launch! Sneak peek here…Screen Shot 2016-01-24 at 6.10.05 PMNewsletter

Roughly once a month we send out a newsletter with project updates, designer tips and tricks as well as industry news and noteworthy details. Sign up with your name and email address on the sidebar of our website. —>Screen Shot 2016-01-24 at 6.22.23 PMInstagram

Probably the platform we use the most. Pretty pictures, project updates and inspiring glimpses into what’s going on in our corner of the world.Screen Shot 2016-01-24 at 6.06.22 PMFacebook

This is second to Instagram with images and interior design and decor related articles. Trends and design relevant information is our focus along with our own project updates. Screen Shot 2016-01-10 at 6.25.01 PMPinterest

One of our favourite places to hang out. We love Pinterest for all it’s inspiration from interiors to food, parties to fashion. We also use Pinterest to create private boards with our clients to provide a visual representation of the concept development for each project.
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Admittedly we post sporadically. In the early days we were connected on twitter constantly. I think that’s where I actually developed FOMO because if you walked away for any length of time you missed a lot! We jump on now and then however it’s not our primary platform. I post personal and business related information here.Screen Shot 2016-01-10 at 6.31.32 PM

We’d love to have you join us on any or all of these platforms! and be sure to say hello :)

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There’s something so timelessly classic and simple about black and white stripes, yet at the same time this bold combination is most definitely a statement. I recently purchased this bedding and this area carpet from IKEA for my daughters bedrooms and love the bold graphic. Both of these design details will add a statement to their rooms without being overpowering. Whether in fashion or design this combination reigns high in effortless chic. Black&White1 MY DOMAINE | 2 A WINK OF THE EYE | 3 DANIELLA WITTE  | 4 EXPRESS – O | 5 MADE GOODS | 6 mui ma* | 7 PLUM PRETTY SUGAR

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Finding the incentive to workout is often a challenge so we set out to create an inspiring, vibrant and cheeky fitness space for a client in their lower level. We call it the “funky spa” because it is just that. An unexpected room with a wall full of fun and colourful prints, treadmill, chair, sauna (not shown) and quirky details throughout. It’s the perfect go-to space when it’s too cold outside and you’re fighting with your motivation to workout.

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The entrance wakes you up with a bright sunny wall of yellow.

Nyla Free Designs Inc., Fitness Room, Phil Crozier Photography

Wall to wall, floor to ceiling gallery wall of quirky prints personally selected.

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OKAY LET’S DO THIS print by Marc Johns.

Nyla Free Designs Inc., Fitness Room, Phil Crozier Photography

Funky Spa complete!


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Giving kids a space to call their own is an important part of growing up, however with how fast they change their minds, tastes and sprout like weeds, it’s hard to commit to decor. Achieving a stylish and personal yet, price conscious space is the challenge put forth for most. With lighting a little more permanent we narrowed the search to provide budget friendly, stylish and versatile fixture options that won’t break the bank and still provide the cool factor criteria.

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1 Schoolhouse Electric Ion C-Series Table Lamp | 2 Cedar & Moss Alto Pendant | 3 IKEA Varv Ceiling Light | 4 Structube Woody Table Lamp | 5 West Elm Grey Felt Pendant | 6 IKEA Smila Hjärta Wall Lamp | 7 Pottery Barn Kids Dahlia Chandelier

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LATELY LOVING: BLACK & BRASS

January 18, 2016

The classic combination of black and brass is back. This duo has the capabilities of being both bold and subtle, calm and strong, yet graphic and sophisticated. From fashion to interiors this is a go-to neutral pairing. Black&BrassImage credits clockwise from top left: Rue | Méchant Studio | Girly Me | Urban Outfitters | In Fashion | Bēhance | Archilovers | Rubn | Riches for Rags

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A bright space is a great environment for working.

The satisfaction of completing a project is always huge. Seeing your clients requests along with your vision come together is the most rewarding outcome of the interior design process. Our criteria was to create a home office for after hours work, bookkeeping and homework for the kids. The space for certain pieces of equipment in the space as well as ample storage for files required a thoughtful approach to managing the balance of  function and aesthetic. We set out to create a warm, clean and modern home office with plenty of interest in this already light filled space.

It started with this conceptual inspiration (above) and a bare bones room (below) ready for style and organization to take control.

A blank space with lots of possibilities!

The result is a warm, modern and specifically tailored space, full of light, ample storage and work space for the whole family.

A central floating desk connected to the main wall of storage provides a large work surface.

Flat front painted cabinet doors with open shelves backed with walnut adds depth and interest.

Open shelves allow personality to shine.

Details matter! Finishing touches and accessories offer a perfectly polished and welcoming space.

Interior Design: Nyla Free Designs Inc. | Photography: Phil Crozier
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TREND SPOTTING: FEATHERS

January 13, 2016

 

Last year at High Point I noticed a resurgence of feathers in the world of accessories. Whether wall decor, light fixtures, pillows or furniture, feathers are finding their way into our homes in a fashionable way. It’s the type of look where a little goes a long way. So adding one element of this trend is enough for just the right amount of impact. Which one would you choose? feathers feathers feathers feathers feathers feathers feathers“No matter where you make your nest, it’s how you feather it that makes the difference”

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FAVOURITE TRAYS

January 11, 2016

Trays are one of the most functional accessories out there. We use them in almost every project and sometimes in multiple spaces. Versatile and beautiful this product doesn’t require storing when not being used. Its stand alone quality works well on display or fill it with your favourite small accessories when it’s “off duty”.

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2015 HIGHLIGHTS

January 05, 2016

2015 was an exciting year. We grew, we learned, we were inspired and we embarked on some fabulous projects that will come to life in 2016. Looking back it’s hard to decide our favourites however these five were our standout highlights.

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The Oly Studio showroom in High Point

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Our country house project.

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Western Living condo feature.

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Dinner X Design

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Jackie and Alex joined our team!

1. A visit to Highpoint furniture market was truly an incredible experience. Seeing product first hand and inspiring showrooms was definitely worth while.

2. If you’ve been following us on our social media platforms you may already be familiar with our country house project. Here it is in framing stage…estimated completion summer 2016.

3. Our Vancouver condo project was featured in Western Living CONDO!

4. We participated in the inaugural Dinner X Design event in Calgary and had an amazing time with everything from the inspiration and execution all the way to the cocktail and dining event.

5. We are now a team of four! Jackie Reid and Alex Ollenberger, both graduates of Mount Royal University Interior Design program, have joined us full time. We are thrilled to have them both on board.

2016 is off to a great start and we can’t wait to stay connected and share more of our great goings on in and around the office.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! from all of us.