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Pop up shops are the latest trend in the world of shopping. Businesses large and small are enjoying the opportunity to have a "boutique" setting to show off their wares. The big box retailer Canadian Tire is no exception. With each store independently owned and franchised, there is only one with the creative genius of thinking outside the "big" box and taking a pop up style shop approach to their garden centre offerings of holiday greens and live goods. The Canadian Tire store on Macleod Trail S in Calgary (Southland Drive intersection), not only provides all the fixings for you to create your own outdoor winter scape, but also the opportunity to bring your own container to their in house designer and walk away with a beautiful planter full of winter greens and sure to bring life to your outdoor space. 

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Christmas shopping starts earlier and earlier it seems and while it's a never ending rush to be "done", it always seems as though there's just one, more, gift to purchase. We compiled some of our favourite items to help ease the list and have you sitting fireside with a glass of wine in no time. Enjoy our Friday finds for all things home decor!

Top 10 Decor Gifts, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary, AB

Sources: 1. Brass Dotted Barware, Anthropology / 2. Izzy Black Leather Pillow, CB2 / 3. Kate Spade Escape the Ordinary Candle, Chapters / 4. Pink Blush Faux Fur Throw, West Elm / 5. KitchenAid Pistachio Electric Kettle, Crate & Barrel / Domino Book, Chapters / 7. Faux Fur Throw, Nordstrom / 8. Paddywax Urban Candle, Chapters / 9. Martha Sturdy Round Tray, Provide Home / 10. Ananas Trinket Dish & Clips, Anthropology

We're not trying to scare you! Halloween is over which means it's November 1st and exactly one month before the start of advent and less than eight weeks before Christmas. If this has you shaking in your boots like it does for me, why not get a head start on the celebrations and counting down to the big day with our selection of advent calendars? From simple to indulgent, there's a style for everyone. Here's to be organized for the Holidays!

Check out our top ten picks below ~

Top 10 Advent Calendars, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary, AB

Sources: 1. Advent Calendar, H&M / 2. Advent Calendar, Anthropology / 3. Diptyque Advent Calendar, Nordstrom / 4. 24 Days of Tea, David's Tea / 5. Estee Lauder Holiday Countdown, The Bay / 6. Advent Calendar, Nordstrom / 7. Advent Calendar, Etsy / 8. 12 Days of Christmas, Lush / 9. Scented Candle, H&M / 10. Gingerbread House Advent Calendar, Crate & Barrel

Retro Media Room, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary, ABIf you follow us on Instagram you may have seen images of our country house project. We're moving into the final stages after embarking on this new build almost two years ago and we've decided it's time to share more insights into this fabulous home. 

It's hard to label one particular room as a favourite for us. Each room has a personality of it's own while maintaining a cohesive feel as you move one to the next. 

The media room is on the upper level and is considered a space to "hang out" per se. We've taken a retro approach with the finish and material selections embracing hexagon tile, teal cabinetry, a Smeg fridge and buffalo check studio shades to name a few. The Roll and Hill pendant is also a focal point hanging over the craft and games table in the pitched roof space at the back of the room. 

The bar area will be installed in the next few weeks, light fixtures have arrived and the sectional is waiting patiently for delivery!


THANKSGIVING PUMPKIN DIY

October 07, 2016

This year we decided to try a few pumpkin DIY's for our thanksgiving tablescapes and we are thrilled with the results! These easy to make decor pieces are a thoughtful way to add unexpected festive charm to any space. Check out our step-by-step process below to find out how you can create your own!

Thanksgiving Pumpkin DIY, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary, AB

   

Gold Pumpkin:

 

What You Will Need:

1. Gold spray paint. We used Krylon Premium Metallic Finish in 18kt. gold from Michaels.

2. Medium sized pumpkin, ours was approximately 7" in diameter.


How to Get The Look:


Glitter Pumpkin:


What You Will Need:

1. Spray adhesive. We used Scotch Spray Mount from Michaels.

2. Loose glitter. We used Creatology Gold Glitter from Michaels.

3. Masking tape

4. Small white pumpkin


How to Get The Look:


The Finished Look:


Note: for our Calgary readers, we purchased our white pumpkins from the 11th Avenue CO-OP as well as the Save-On at Macleod Trail and Heritage Dr. 

With Thanksgiving upon us and a crispness in the air, fall has most certainly arrived. Whether you have plans to host a large group or only a few, we'd love to inspire your table setting preparations as you plan for your gathering. 

Casual Breakfast:

Casual Thanksgiving Tablescape, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary, AB

If you have guests staying overnight, breakfasts don't need to be quick and easy. A casual breakfast or brunch around the table is a lovely way to start the day. Tip: I set my table the night before so there's less to do in the morning and it gives me a chance to enjoy the decor for a little while :) 

Formal Dinner:

Formal Thanksgiving Tablescape, Nyla Free Designs Inc.

A formal dinner is the most popular at Thanksgiving and we love the combination of succulents, eucalyptus and roses for this unconventional approach to dressing a table. Tip: Formal doesn't need to mean expensive. Mixing polished and sparkly pieces into your table scape adds a wonderful depth and dimension and the hint of glamour offers just the right amount of formality.

Playful Lunch:

Playful Thanksgiving Tablescape, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary, ABQuirky plates are not only functional but conversational. I couldn't resist picking up these side plates at a general store in Laguna Beach this past summer. Add these unexpected elements for a lunch time gathering and your guests will not only enjoy the food and company around the table but your attention to detail and decor. 

While we can't help with the food, we do hope these ideas have spurred on your own creativity in pulling together a fabulous dining experience. Happy Thanksgiving! 

ps. tomorrow we'll be posting the DIY details for the gold and glitter pumpkins we've featured above!

pps. for more Thanksgiving table inspiration please check out last years post

Sources: Anthropologie / Crate & Barrel / West Elm / IKEA

One of our latest loves is the use of stools and poufs in interior spaces. We love how they effortlessly build visual interest in any room with a variety of shapes, sizes, colours and textures available. Whether these pieces are used as seating in a living space, or accents under a console table, they are a fabulous way to layer and add unexpected seating to any room.  

The best part? When you're feeling the need for a refresh, these versatile pieces easily move to provide new life and interest to any space in your home.


Sources: 1. Serena & Lily / 2. 1st Dibs / 3. Dwell / 4. Dwell / 5. Kelly Wearstler / 6. MMATERIAL / 7. Made Goods / 8. One Kings Lane / 9. MMATERIAL / 10. Anthropology

LATELY LOVING: FLORAL

September 06, 2016

We're seeing flowers more and more outside of the traditional outdoor garden, planter or vase. They are making their way onto cakes, into fashion and onto walls. Whether real or faux, paper or cloth, flowers bring a vintage, pretty, feel into your home. Make a statement with a large arrangement all the way to simply displaying a floral wrapped soap in a powder room. Regardless of the time of year, flowers are timeless essentials to any room. 

Lately Loving Floral, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary, AB

Sources: 1. 100 Layer Cake / 2. Cordy's Cakes / 3. Plum Pretty Sugar / 4. Coco Kelley / 5. Savon Stories / 6. Once Wed / 7. 100 Layer Cake

Buying magazines during vacation is a typical "thing" I do and admittedly most revolve around interiors. However I do like to see if there's anything new on the stands or a title I'm not familiar with. While at Barnes and Noble, stalking every type of magazine from cooking to crafting, I came across an interesting cover titled FLOW. Not only the name grabbed me but also the illustration and overall feel (literally) of the magazine itself. I flipped through and decided to add it to my pile. 

Flow Magazine, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary, AB

I proceeded to read it cover to cover, completely enthralled with every article. So much so the spine came apart. I savoured each page and took in the story, the lesson, the inspiration and new insights from each article. For paper lovers (I'm a total paper geek), and people who are inspired by the thought of slowing down and embracing imperfection - something that goes against the societal norm these days - this magazine is for you.

Flow Magazine, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary, AB

FLOW magazine celebrates a purposeful life. It embraces a slower pace, taking time to enjoy the world around you, even (and arguable most importantly) the little things.  

Flow Magazine Quotes, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary, AB

The magazine is Dutch based, however the focus is worldwide. From a family living off grid in British Columbia to an illustrator/ fabric designer originally from Scandinavia now living in New York City. 

If this sounds like your cup of tea, make yourself a large pot, sit back and enjoy this inspiring read. I can hardly wait for the next issue!

Flow Magazine, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary, AB

Sources: Flow Magazine

BACK TO SCHOOL BLUES

August 29, 2016

Feeling a little blue about summer coming to an end? 

Embrace the back to school blues with the infusion of any shade of blue you wish. So many to choose from. Add a little, add a lot, but a small update of a refreshing shade of blue is sure to curb any sadness you may be feeling about getting back into a routine and saying goodbye to the endless days of summer. 

When I was in school it was unheard of to hit the books prior to the Labour Day long weekend. It was the last hurrah of summer and a chance to savour the last few days of vacation. If you're in the same boat as our family, we're headed back to routine this week already. (insert tears here)

Time for me to start thinking about which shade of blue I'm going to choose as well as how and where I'm going to use it!



Sources: 1. Frenchy Fancy / 2. Red Edition / 3. Aurelie Damm / 4. The Life Creative / 5. Bend Goods / 6. Anthropology / 7. 1st Dibs / 8. Pinterest / 9. Anthropology