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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

Whether the project is large or small, the accessory and styling phase is one of the most exciting parts of the project. We love the opportunity to add thoughtful, personal details that tie everything together and finish off the space. 

For this post we chose to focus specifically on coffee table books. These beautiful books could be styled in a multitude of ways and would be a wonderful addition to any space whether they live on your coffee table, side table, shelving, bedside table...they are sure to look great and inspire at any given time. Check out our top ten picks below!


Coffee Table Books, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary, AB

Sources: 1. Kit Interior Objects / 2. Chapters / 3. Chapters / 4. Chapters / 5. Anthropology / 6. Chapters / 7. Kit Interior Objects / 8. Kit Interior Objects / 9. Anthropology / 10. Chapters

We completed a modern cottage from top to bottom in Sylvan Lake recently and are excited to finally! share the results with you. We'll be doing this in a series of posts as there's just too many great rooms to share. 

This cottage was designed to house multiple families, which of course included lots of kids. Our clients wanted to embrace the childhood memories the husband had in this area and share this with their own children and family members. All spaces were designed with a purpose in mind and careful thought to all furniture pieces selected. Our goal throughout the entire home was to keep the finishes and materials to a soft, modern palette. The living space has become a hub of relaxation, conversation and enjoying nature, even if you are inside. The custom day bed is a coveted spot for afternoon naps and a quiet moment to gaze out to the lake. Sounds like bliss to me! 

Living Room:

Nyla Free Designs Inc., Modern Lakeside Cottage, Phil Crozier Photography

Nyla Free Designs Inc., Modern Lakeside Cottage, Phil Crozier Photography

Nyla Free Designs Inc., Modern Lakeside Cottage, Phil Crozier Photography

Nyla Free Designs Inc., Modern Lakeside Cottage, Phil Crozier Photography

Nyla Free Designs Inc., Modern Lakeside Cottage, Phil Crozier Photography

Nyla Free Designs Inc., Modern Lakeside Cottage, Phil Crozier Photography

Nyla Free Designs Inc., Modern Lakeside Cottage, Phil Crozier Photography

Nyla Free Designs Inc., Modern Lakeside Cottage, Phil Crozier PhotographyThis image gives you a sneak peek into the desk area adjacent the dining room. We'll share that and the kitchen next! 

Photography: Phil Crozier 

LATELY LOVING: BLUSH

August 22, 2016

Google the colour blush and you'll find a multitude of hues from light pink to coral, however this is the shade that comes to mind for us at Nyla Free Designs. We've collected a collage of images to celebrate this soothing and soft, neutral yet still boasts a subtle hint of colour. Whether in fashion or interiors, we love blush in a monochromatic environment. A simple combination of whites, ivories and greys is all you need. 


Sources: 1. Oh So Lovely Obsessions / 2. Oh So Lovely Obsessions / 3. Oh So Lovely Obsessions / 4. Remodelista / 5. Oh So Lovely Obsessions / 6. Ikea / 7. Vestiaire Collective Visit / 8. Vosges Paris

We recently completed a small project for a client whose son was away at university. Upon his return for summer break, our client planned to surprise him by updating and reorganizing his room. We had roughly two weeks, yes that is correct... TWO weeks to complete the space, so in stock and ready for delivery items were critical. The result transformed the room into a sophisticated, masculine, and organized space, much more suited to a male university student. Check out the before and after!

Before:

After:

Before and After, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary, AB

A monochromatic colour scheme, alongside graphic patterns and classic materials such as camel leather were used to achieve a masculine, mature feel. 

We also closed off the closet area with black wool drapery to clean up the space.

What a difference a few accessories, organization and a statement chair can make!

While summer doesn't technically end until mid September, the wind down to the carefree days start as the back to school days approach. There's just something about the dog days of summer and if you're anything like me you'd wish they lasted a little longer. The warm air, patio perches, fruity bevies and the laid back, no rush vibe are all things we long for come springtime.

Keep the summer vibe throughout the year  with these beachy prints. One or two will do, or why not fill a wall? A collection of prints mixed with your own summer memories is the perfect way to reminisce and warm your heart during the winter months.

Long live summer!

Summer Prints, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary, AB

Sources: 1. Urban Outfitters / 2. Society 6 / 3. Society 6 / 4. West Elm / 5. Joshua Jensen-Nagle / 6. Urban Outfitters / 7. Joshua Jensen-Nagle / 8. Society 6 / 9. West Elm

New projects are exciting and the creative juice that flows at the beginning is one of my favourite parts. Between our team at Nyla Free Designs and our client we have gathered images and inspirations to use as our jumping off points for each room. Whether an image, fabric, furniture piece or simply the overall feeling, creating a concept board really starts to pull the feel of the home together. We often do this via Pinterest, another great tool, however this time we embraced the "old school" way and used our office pinboard to pull together our inspirations.  

Inspiration Board, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary, AB

Take A Closer Look!

We're taking colour to a whole new level. Warm, saturated and regal, all the while maintaining a modern aesthetic for this vacation property in the interior of British Columbia. Combining texture with colour and adding in a cheeky chic vibe, this home will be a welcome abode for our über stylish clients. 


With the foundation soon to be poured, we're well on our way in the selection process and looking forward to diving deeper into this exciting project. Stay tuned for more!

DESIGNER YARD SALE!

July 15, 2016

Join us this Saturday July 16th at 217, 4th Street NE alongside Alykan Velji Designs, LeAnne Bunnell Interiors and Corea Sotropa Interior Design for a DESIGNER YARD SALE. Here is a sneak peek at some of the items we'll have for sale. Rain or shine we'll be ready for you! Hope to see you there. 

Nyla Free Design, Yard Sale, Calgary, Interior Design


The last few months have been a whirlwind on multiple levels. One of our projects, among many, was our Dinner by Design space in support of ACAD and Contemporary Calgary. While we came up with our idea last summer we didn't finalize the concept until earlier this year. Then of course came the planning, design and execution in preparation for the big event at the beginning of June. We were ambitious with our vision and it took an incredible amount of detail and hard work by many to pull it off. Here is some insight into our space from concept to completion. Below, Alex's concept sketch in the early planning stages. 

Nyla Free Designs, Dinner by Design 2016, Japanese Table (sketch)Infusing design elements of shoji screens, parasols and graphic script signifying harmony, zen, beauty, freedom, fortune, home and heart, we created a space where the fundamentals of Japanese culture reside, especially those of friends and family as they dine together.

Nyla Free Designs, Dinner by Design 2016, Japanese Table

It was a labour intensive process building the walls and ceiling but well worth it as we see the perimeter space complete and ready for furniture and table settings. 


Nyla Free Designs, Dinner by Design 2016, Japanese TableNihonjin-hyō | Japanese Table

Travel with us to a land steeped in deep traditions, simplicity and respect. With passionate, hard working and innovative people we found inspiration from the Japanese story "The Wind Rises", about young Jiro Horikoshi who longs to become a pilot. His dream is realized in the form of designing planes with the help of an Italian mentor, seen only in his dreams, as well as his late wife who celebrates his achievements and exhorts her husband to live life to the fullest, even after her death.

Nyla Free Designs, Dinner by Design 2016, Japanese TableIt's all in the details. 

Nyla Free Designs, Dinner by Design 2016, Japanese Table

Nyla Free Designs, Dinner by Design 2016, Japanese Table

Where there is passion, there is hard work. Where there is trust, there is perseverance. Where there is a mentor, there is a friend. Success comes from believing in yourself, believing in your dreams and living life to it's fullest. The ones who believe in you will stand beside you, lift you up when you fall and cheer when you succeed. As in the story of Jiro, perseverance is paramount. Let's celebrate our passions and successes!

We had the privilege of having the crew from Module Creative Agency on site capturing a behind the scenes look at the build process of our space, right to the Cocktail Art event. 

DinnerbyDesign2016 from nyla free on Vimeo.

We hope you enjoyed this peek into our 2016 Dinner by Design Japanese inspired space. Click here to see the amazing sponsors who supported us in this incredible endeavour. 


It's been a long and crazy week. Events like this don't come together without an army of people, endless days and on the spot trouble shooting but we did it! Our space is complete and last nights cocktail art event was amazing. Once again an abundance of beautiful people and spaces, hip music, fancy bevies and never ending accolades towards so much Calgary design talent. All I can say is WOW.

All this packed into an already crazy weekend, however it is officially crazy June. If you've got a much quieter weekend than I, please enjoy these links! 

And thank you for all your love and support of our space. xoxo 

We'll show more photos of the full space soon. Stay tuned!

In LOVE with this home.

Style profile on Madeline Weinrib. Love her. 

Watch the full movie we used as inspiration for our Dinner by Design event, The Wind Rises

I'm a stickler for email etiquette. What your 'sign off' says about you. 

Saturday morning deliciousness with these cinnamon bun scones