publications: my home in avenue magazine

Welcome! Come on in. I’m so happy to have you. I’ve been working hard at getting the finishing touches in place. You see, it’s a little unnerving having you over but please, sit down, and I’ll tell you a bit about our space. Can I get you a coffee?

We moved into our home over six years ago. With zero landscaping and an unfinished basement we had plenty of work ahead of us in both time and money. Landscaping took priority but soon after we embarked on the design and construction of our lower level.

The construction part was fairly smooth and quick, however outfitting it has taken time to find the right pieces and of course save the money to purchase. I am happy to say we are done and I’m thrilled to have the space featured in the June issue of Avenue, Calgary’s premier lifestyle magazine.

As a studio space used for board games, entertaining, homework and crafts, this area is a high traffic space with loads of storage and family friendly surfaces.

A small bar area built into a space we ‘borrowed’ from the storage room during the build process.

A sitting area with patterned chairs next to the garden doors brings the inside out and outside in. Being a walkout is of course a huge advantage letting immense amounts of light in on the three main areas of the lower level.

The media area where we hang out, relax and play.

The chest in the distance is at the base of the stairs so a nice view from the top to welcome you down. A wall of family memories fills the left side while a paneled wall detail hides access to the furnace and storage room.

An ensuite style bathroom services the bedroom for guests as well as the main area. A small yet very functional space.

The guest bedroom is simple, fun and fresh housing the most comfortable bed in the house. For real!

Our thoughtful and careful planning for both now and down the road has been successful as we use this space almost daily. It’s comfortable, inviting and filled with memories and collectibles sure to be added to as time goes on.

Thanks so much for popping by. You’re welcome anytime!

To read the full story pick up a copy of Avenue Magazine or check it out at Avenue online on pages 122-126.

Thanks to Avenue Magazine for featuring part of our home, Jared Sych of Red Point Media for photographing and Karen Attwell for the fabulous write up. It was a pleasure to work with you!

Nyla Free Designs 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.

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Comments 19

  1. Nyla, Great job, the article looks great in the magazine!

  2. Congrats Nyla! The feature on your basement looks beautiful! You have done an incredible job creating a family friendly space that is light and bright and full of energy. I hope the phone rings off the hook when people see the article :)

  3. Fiona Richards

    Nyla, I’m so impressed! It’s stunning. And so fun!
    I love how white the walls are and the quirky accessories.
    Beautiful job – congrats!

  4. Just lovely Nyla! Congratulations on the feature and the beautiful basement!

  5. Wow, Nyla! What a beautiful space! The colours, the layers, texture and wood, all beautifully put together. I am in awe! the fabric on the bench is from where?

  6. I love how there is a still of Hellmans mayo on your TV ;)

    Otherwise, this is so awesome! Congrats. When can I move in?

  7. Absolutely stunning!! I want my whole house to look like this… So family friendly, bright, fun, and beautiful. :)

  8. I adore it! It is stunning! As always, you are amazingly talented.

  9. Your basement looks absolutely gorgeous! The oversized Chanel art is my favourite. I love how the tv commercial even matched the space. ;)

  10. Nyla,
    It looks wonderful! Where did you find the gorgeous blue area rug?

  11. Nyla this in incredible!! I would have never recognized it as the same space!! Guess we will need to come see it in person :-)

  12. So glad I stumbled upon your site. I love the cheerful, unique and energetic family space!

  13. Oh, Nyla! What an unbelievably beautiful space in so many ways! Just gorgeous. I need to go back and take another look to take it all in, love it!

  14. Nyla,
    As someone who works with you from Toronto, it’s great to see the beautiful work you produce in Calgary. Fun, functional and liveable!
    Very impressive! I want to live there!!


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