chairLIFT chair revealed!

The 2014 Calgary Home + Design Show invited us to participate in a charity initiative called ChairLIFT. We chose a chair from Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta’s ReStore and upcycled it using remnants of left over fabrics and a fresh coat of paint.

chairLIFTbefore Our chair selection was carefully considered and we got to work on selecting fabrics and finish options. We played with several Rustoleum paint colours and mixed fabrics to create a stylish chair with well appointed details. We are thrilled with the outcome! Take a look at how it all evolved.  chairLIFT chair, calgary home and design show, habitat for humanity, restore

chairLIFT chair, calgary home and design show, habitat for humanity, restore Our chair is pretty, with an unexpected twist of colour and pattern, embracing our love of both. It is a “use anywhere” statement piece. chairLIFT chair, calgary home and design show, habitat for humanity, restore All entries will be exhibited and auctioned off at the Calgary Home + Design Show (September 18-21, 2014 at BMO Centre) with 100% of proceeds directly benefitting Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta and ReStore. Please come out and show your support and bid on your favourite chair.

Thank you to Rustoleum for donating the fabulous and easy to use product, our wonderful upholsterer Red Eight for donating their time in re-upholstering our chair, and to our lovely client for allowing us to use remnant bits of their left over fabric.  And of course, thank you to the Calgary Home + Design Show for inviting us to be part of this exciting charity fundraiser!

Have a design dilemma? I’ll be available for Ask a Designer, Friday 1-2 and Sunday 1-2 and 3-4. Would love to see you!

 

fashion to interiors: tory burch fall ’14

When the email arrived in my inbox the other day from Tory, oh wait, we’re not on a first name basis (yet!) I was so drawn to the simple photography of the models against the foliage backdrop for her Fall 2014 campaign. It reminded me of the graphic nature of the iconic Beverley Hills Martinique Banana Leaf wallpaper or the idea of this concept. So bold and ultimately high risk, yet entirely captivating to see such nature on the walls of a room. As always, I love the connection between fashion and interiors. Would you be so bold as to add the likes of foliage to your walls?

interiors to fashion fashion to interiors Images: Tory Burch, NY mag, Elle Decor

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calgary home + design show

We’re excited to be participating in the Calgary Home + Design Show September 18-21. Come down and see us for Ask a Designer Friday from 1pm – 2pm and Sunday 1pm – 2pm and 3pm – 4pm. We’re also upcylcing a pre-loved chair to benefit Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta and the Calgary ReStore. Place your bid for a great cause! We’ve had a lot of fun recreating our chair and infusing our love of colour and pattern and we’re looking forward to seeing what other designers have come up with too!

We have 3 pairs of tickets to give away! Tell us why you’d like to attend the show and what projects you’re working on. Comment below for a chance to win! We’ll draw Wednesday September 17th.

home + design show, calgary We’d love to see you there!

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Nyla Free Designs Inc. is a full service Calgary Interior Design studio. Our goal is to bring your home to life by revealing your style and infusing unexpected elements of design and detail. If we can help with your project please let us know! See the contact page to get in touch.

Nyla Free Designs Inc. also offers an online design service to Canadian clients through Design in a Box.

6 ways to update your bedroom

Updating a space from top to bottom is not always an option. Perfectly good furniture is hard to justify changing it even if it is a little outdated or no longer the look you’re after. Look passed the larger pieces and into changing smaller areas for BIG impact. Here are six ways to update your bedroom without breaking the bank: ways to change your bedroom

1. Add visual interest with a graphic duvet.

2. Coloured or patterned sheets are a subtle way of bringing new life to a room.

3. If a ceiling fixture exists, replace with a fabric shade or a light with an interesting shape. Bedside tables lamps are also worth replacing.

4. A statement pillow is always worth the investment.

5. Drapery, although likely the most expensive, is a game changer and ultimately one with the largest impact.

6. If space (and budget) permit, adding an upholstered piece of furniture such as a bench, chair or chaise to a bedroom is a wonderful way to personalize and warm up the room.

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Nyla Free Designs Inc. is a full service Calgary Interior Design studio. Our goal is to bring your home to life by revealing your style and infusing unexpected elements of design and detail. If we can help with your project please let us know! See the contact page to get in touch.

Nyla Free Designs Inc. also offers an online design service to Canadian clients through Design in a Box.

nyla free designs is hiring!

Hello! We are expanding and looking for another person to join our vibrant team. Please take a look a the job description below and if you or someone you know feels like it’s the right fit then we’d love to hear from you!

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Nyla Free Designs Inc. is a full service Calgary Interior Design studio. Our goal is to bring your home to life by revealing your style and infusing unexpected elements of design and detail. If we can help with your project please let us know! See the contact page to get in touch.

Nyla Free Designs Inc. also offers an online design service to Canadian clients through Design in a Box.

lately loving: 3-dimensional tile

Today kicks off another kitchen renovation for the team at Nyla Free Designs Inc. We are thrilled to be working with a long term client of ours again, especially in this key area of the home. Design decisions in other areas have been thoughtfully considered with an underlying artful approach. The kitchen is no exception where we have selected an artisanal, hand made, 3-dimensional tile for a feature wall behind the range. I can hardly wait to share more!

The sight line from the living and dining room is key in creating a visual cohesion throughout the main floor and with the range wall part of this view you can bet we’re paying close attention to the detail, texture and finish of the backsplash. I am thrilled with our showstopping selection! Of course we’ll keep you updated along the way, however in the meantime here are some 3-dimension tiles to inspire.

3-dimensional tile Sources: Ann Sacks, Artistic Tile, Lapicida, Stone Tile

big reveal: vancouver condo

Sometime ago I sent out a teaser from our Vancouver condo installation and I’m happy to say I am finally sharing images!

Located in downtown Vancouver this condo is connected with the historic Hotel Georgia. Our role at Nyla Free Designs was to furnish and accessorize from top to bottom. Drapery, artwork, dishes and linens were all part of the scope, to the point our clients walked into a completed home with table set and linens pressed, ready to relax in their new abode.

Selecting furniture and the larger pieces of a home is an extensive process, however taking it to the next level of styling, accessorizing and all the finishing touches to really bring a space to life is a far more detailed process than one might think. We feel this service is essential in our designs as it takes a space from basic to beautiful and so often part of the process that is missed. Our approach in this space was to bring warmth and texture to an otherwise clean and modern space. We added a splash of colour with lilac and steel blue hues providing a comfortable yet vibrant space in a setting perfect to entertain guests.

We are thrilled with the outcome of how it all came together and adored working with our clients, who trusted us with their home and all of it’s decor details.

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Art by: Siobhan Humston via Herringer Kiss Gallery and Zoë Pawlak,

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Nyla Free Designs Inc. is a full service Calgary Interior Design studio. Our goal is to bring your home to life by revealing your style and infusing unexpected elements of design and detail. If we can help with your project please let us know! See the contact page to get in touch.

Nyla Free Designs Inc. also offers an online design service to Canadian clients through Design in a Box.

sneak peek: kitchen renovation inspiration

We are well underway of a kitchen renovation of a 1930’s home in Calgary. The space was taken right down to the guts and core in an effort to build it back up to a modern, well thought out space, all while maintaining the integrity of the home. We’ve embraced a warm neutral palette of textures and accents of copper. Here’s a look at our inspiration and colour story.

Kitchen inspiration image Kitchen selections We’re racing to the finish and can’t wait to show you the completed space!

Top image source: Remodelista

sneak peek: youthful bedroom with bold pattern and colour

One of our installations this week includes a youthful bedroom. Our concept was a black and white Parisian feeling space with a wall of wallpaper, reading chair and study area. The first selection of wallpaper was one we all fell in love with only to find out it was discontinued. Ugh! In any event our second choice ended up being arguably better and we’re thrilled with how the room is coming together.

One thing we love doing at Nyla Free Designs is working with colour and mixing patterns. This room is going to be filled with just that. We love committing to colour so we’ve introduced a bright coral red for the reading chair, banding detail in the drapery as well as smaller accents. So fun!

Here is a peek at the colour palette, selections and a time lapse of the wallpaper installation.

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Stay tuned for more as we share photos of the reveal.

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Nyla Free Designs Inc. is a full service Calgary Interior Design studio. Our goal is to bring your home to life by revealing your style and infusing unexpected elements of design and detail. If we can help with your project please let us know! See the contact page to get in touch.

Nyla Free Designs Inc. also offers an online design service to Canadian clients through Design in a Box.

lately loving: turquoise

Hope you had a lovely weekend! I’m feeling a little blue as my girls have orientation today and are back to school tomorrow. Where did the summer go? Let’s turn those blues into a shade of turquoise and celebrate what’s left of summer since there’s still over 3 weeks left, shall we?

If there’s any colour other than yellow that has summer written all over it, it’s turquoise. My happy place is anywhere with water, preferably the beach and of course the shades of blue that come along with it are always inspiring. Since we stayed close to home this summer I’m left craving some ocean blue. Will resort to pretty images for now. Happy Monday!  turquoise Image credits clockwise from top left: 1 I 2 I 3 I 4 I 5