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There are countless selections and decisions to be made when building or renovating a home. It is an intense and thoughtful process and one an interior designer participates greatly in. It is overwhelming at times with the abundance of options available, and staying on the right design path is difficult with an overdose of visual eye candy. 

With our country house project, each area of selections has been detailed and thoughtfully approached based on the surrounding areas. The hardware is no exception. We did not choose one handle or pull and apply it throughout, rather an extensive review of each area of millwork was required and each area in turn, had a different selection based on use, cabinet finish and overall look and feel. 

We took with us the cabinet door samples, plans, a list of all areas requiring hardware, quantities and pre-determined sizes for each cabinet. We're excited to see this functional and decorative layer added to each door and drawer. 

Here is a quick look at the process. 

Nyla Free Designs Hardware Selection from nyla free on Vimeo.

And what did we choose? Here's a peek at a few of our selections. 


Installation of millwork is starting soon. Best get this hardware on order!

Sources: Video editing: Jamie Wensley / Hardware: Banbury Lane

LATELY LOVING: PALMS

March 28, 2016

It's Spring Break here in Alberta which means it's time to either hit the slopes or travel far away to a tropical destination. If I had the choice I would head to a land of palm trees without hesitation. There is nothing like the sway of palm trees in the ocean breeze, the linear quality of each branch and the cool summer vibe that oozes out of them. I could look at them all day long. 

Palm Trees

No time or money for a palm tree vacation? Bring the look home with these fab finds:


Sources: 1 Cereal / 2 Cocorrina / 3 Lowe Home / 4 American Blinds / 5 Studio DIY / 6 Culture Club / 7 Schumacher / 8 Lonny / Crosley Palm Portable USB Vinyl Record Player / Palm Frond Wall Sconce / Palm Leaf Branch / Beverly Palms Print / Benjamin Moore Palm Trees / Summer Lovin Art Print / Waving Palms iPhone 6 Case / Jimmy Choo Palm Print Satin Strappy Sandal

I'm so thankful for "before" photos. We take them not only to remember the space should any questions arise during our design process and also to recognize the sheer transformation once the space is complete. As the space evolves sometimes it's hard to remember what it looked like before and going back to the photos is confirmation of the degree of change.When I compared the before and after of this space I was amazed. The room had a medium paint colour, boring blinds and so-so furniture. Our clients have exceptional taste towards a mid century modern vibe, they love art, music and they requested a space to speak to their style. 

Mid-century modern living room, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary Interior DesignerPainting the walls, ceiling and all the trim Simply White was the first order of business. This immediately created a modern feel and brightened up the space considerably. Next we replaced all the blinds with drapery, providing a graphic backdrop and framing the room.  

Mid-century modern living room, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary Interior Designer

Mid-century modern living room, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary Interior Designer

Mid-century modern living room, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary Interior DesignerWe debated over colourful accessories for the home or not, however during the process our clients purchased this artwork by Michael Adamson which we absolutely adore. We decided to allow this and the colour and texture of the area carpet to be the main voice of the room and any additional visual interest would come by way of textured neutrals and interesting shapes.

Mid-century modern living room, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary Interior Designer

Mid-century modern living room, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary Interior Designer

A mid-century walnut secretary was our clients own, however we repositioned it to give it more presence in the space. 

Our first project with this client was a revamp of their dining room. To see that transformation click here. You'll see how the main floor now has a cohesive feel. We'll show you the master bedroom before and after soon so please check back!

INSPIRED BY BLACK MARBLE

February 15, 2016

White marble has had centre stage for some time now however we're loving the contrast of black marble these days with the white veining and organic nature of this natural material. It's rich, bold, dramatic and sure to be a statement in any room.  


Sources: Robert van Oosterom / Design Milk / Alexander Wang / Her New Tribe / Zsa Zsa Bellagio / My Domaine / 1st Dibs

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY

February 14, 2016

Love is in the air...

Wishing you a Valentine's Day filled with love and laughter!

Happy Valentine's Day from Nyla Free Designs

Sources: Nicole Hill Gerulat / Outside In Art Studio / Rock My Wedding / Marquee Heart / Swiss Dot Heart Shaped Appetizer Plates / Brit & Co. / Honestly Yum / We Heart It / Style Craze

WEEKEND LINK LOVE

February 12, 2016


Is anyone else feeling like "how is it possibly mid February already?!" The days are going by fast and fabulously I must say. This week we had a big accessory installation and are feeling the love from our clients response ~

"We love it! You guys hit it out of the park. We'll take it all in and get back to you about anything we might want to return but it will be a very short list, if anything at all." 

We hope you have a great family day weekend full of love. Enjoy this weeks link picks!

This bench hidden in a kitchen island is so clever! 

A Valentine’s Day Playlist From Elijah Wood’s D.J. Duo.

The perfect Sunday supper

Calgary has an exciting new development in the works. 

I may have found my dream home. 


The process of sourcing and selecting furniture is extensive. We start talking furniture and the use of each space prior to the start of construction. Sounds crazy and wildly premature, however the placement of furniture impacts lighting and electrical as well as fireplaces, all of which require roughing in at framing stage so it's a great idea to space plan and create layouts for each room early on. In essence it's working backwards, however this provides an opportunity for our clients to visualize themselves in the room and really think about how they will use it. It also provides opportunity to make any critical changes at a time when things can still easily be altered. 

Once this has been determined, furniture is put on hold until all finishes and materials have been selected and specified. When it's time to pick up where we left off, we have a solid foundation from our earlier work for our furniture plan which includes measurements and an overall look and feel. We then start the process of sourcing the necessary pieces with these details in consideration as well as of course, budget. 

We recently presented the full furniture plan for layouts, selections as well as fabrics and finishes for our country house project. A large undertaking of 12 rooms including an outdoor space. Phew! So exciting to see this home coming together. 

The sitting room, a space adjacent the kitchen and determined to be heavily used by all four family members on a daily basis, had requests of comfortable conversation chairs, lighting for reading and tables for homework, food and beverages. Because the furniture floats in the space, the need for electrical outlets in the floor was important to accommodate the floor lamps. We determined the placement early on in the project which allowed us to plan and make selections accordingly.


This process isn't without it's details and continuous check and balances of budget numbers, sizes, availability, how one piece affects the other and managing the overall look and feel. Our clients are 100% on board with our selections in this space so we're moving on to the next stage of the process. 

Stay tuned for more! 

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LATELY LOVING SHEEPSKIN

February 08, 2016

February is often one of our coldest months in Calgary so we look to anything warm and cozy to get us through the "take your breath away" cold weather and short days. The ground hog however did NOT see his shadow so that means an early Spring. Yay!


We have in fact been spoiled this winter with above zero temps, some days even into the double digits. Regardless, of weather though, adding warmth to a room is never a bad thing. One of our favourite accessories right now are sheepskins. Versatile, textural and easy to use in a living room, bedroom or dining room. We're in love! 

Sources: Beautiful skin / Icelandic sheepskin / inunomimi / Abigail Ahern / Fitzroy / Elle Décoration / Planete Deco / valscrapbook

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. 

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

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

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

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!

Website/Blog

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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