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good friday link love: moose on the loose

Yes, it’s Thursday, however I’m posting my link love a day early as we’re taking the day off for Good Friday.

Things have been tight quarters around the office these days. We’re gearing up for a large installation happening in May and many deliveries are crossing the threshold of our tiny office space which means boxes are piling up and it’s looking like a shipping and receiving depot. As we open boxes it’s a little like Christmas as we squeal with the arrival of cool accessories and products all set to pull a lakeside cottage together in time for the first long weekend of the “summer”.

We couldn’t help but have some fun as we unwrapped our moose friend….

moose nylamoose jamiemoose anaHappy Easter weekend and enjoy the link love!

1. artistic shower curtains from society6

2. apparently overalls are back in style?

3. tips for taking jumping photos

4. bright bazaar book available April 29th!

5. Easter recipes

lastly… you’ll find this moose head at west elm :)

before and after: mid-century inspired dining room

A stylish Calgary couple with a young family looked to nyla free designs to change up their dining room and create a design savvy space they would feel great about entertaining and welcoming guests into. Here’s the room BEFORE we got our hands on it. beforeDrawing inspiration from the clean lines of mid-century modern design and looking to infuse colour, we had a blank slate with the exception of the existing light fixture. We lightened the walls and maximized the space with storage and seating capabilities. Our clients selected the artwork, a painting by Canadian artist Rachelle Kearns as well as a large piece of Marimekko fabric over a simple plywood frame. The AFTER:

Modern Dining RoomModern Dining RoomI was thrilled when our clients embraced the patterned and coloured drapery which makes a strong statement in the small space.Modern Dining RoomModern Dining RoomModern Dining Room We had a great time putting the finishing touches together with accessories and table settings. Installation was a success and our clients were thrilled!
Modern Dining RoomModern Dining Room

 

project sneak peek: small space european style ensuite

If you’ve been following along my Instagram feed or Facebook page you may recognize this bathroom we’ve been working on. We embarked on two bathroom renovations in an old, three storey home with loads of charm and character, so you might imagine we are dealing with small spaces. (Actually one is a closet turned bathroom transformation…more on that in another post.)

The original master ensuite had little to no storage, a small tub/shower and an adjoining closet open to the bedroom and considerable space restrictions. Re-organizing the space, we separated the closet from the bedroom, utilized the space better and shifted the bathroom to accommodate a vanity with storage as well as a longer tub.

bathroom sample collagebathroom snapshotsOur client loved the idea of having a european influence with interesting details and embraced the restrictions a small space often comes with. Our jumping off point was a patterned floor and from there we built the room. We are near completion! Counters were installed last week and plumbing fixtures will be next on the list. We have decorative details to cover such as hardware and accessories before I hope to photograph and share the final result.

I can hardly wait to see it all together!

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: elho outdoor planters

Elho believes an enjoyable home is important for everyone. They specialize in design savvy plastic planters with a modern approach and colourful selection. Based in the Netherlands with a global appeal, these planters come in a vast array of shapes and sizes, suitable for indoors and out. One might not expect to find the likes of these planters at a big box retailer such as Canadian Tire, however because my husband has an outside the “big box” way of thinking, his location in Calgary, on Macleod Trail South, is pushing the envelope of what you would normally expect to see in their aisles. They have many in stock, ready to take home and transform your yard, however special orders are also available. Because these planters weather all four seasons, you can get creative with everything from summer gardening right through to outdoor planters for the holidays. Here’s just a small sample of the look of elho.

Elho outdoor plantersElho outdoor plantersElho Corsica Flower Bridge TableElho outdoor planters

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: fashion sketches

I am fascinated by illustration but admittedly it was not my forté in design school. I was much more technical, excelling at drafting and details as opposed to the lose, freehand sketches.

A relaxed rendering of a space offers a visual like no other.

The fashion industry has a similar approach to convey ideas, inspirations and concepts. A loosely drawn figure in model poise comes alive on paper with a handful of lines and touches of colour. Fashion funnels the world of interiors with inspiration in the sense of colour, pattern, lines and details. It’s fascinating the connection, to the point where we see fashion to interior blog posts, clothing designers creating home lines and each colour of the year dually noted in both, on runways and in trade shows alike.

This artistry may be an unexpected addition to wall decor however offers impact in an organic way and a peek into the beginning stages of the world of fashion.

fashion illustration - paper fashionfashion illustration - eduard erlikh

David Downton fashion illustrations

Sophie Griotto fashion illustrations We brought this idea to the walls of a custom closet designed by nyla free designs, with commissioned designer shoe sketches on canvas by local Calgary artist Kim McLean. For our stylish client it was the perfect addition and finishing touch to the closet.fashion illustration - Kim McLeanImage credits: 1 l 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 photo by Lori Andrews for Nyla Free Designs.

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.

fashion to interiors: hot pink, charcoal and black

There’s still snow on the ground here, but the fact that Spring has officially arrived makes me sooooo happy.

I snapped this photo at the Bay downtown Toronto in January pining for spring during the bitter cold spell. It’s such a struggle to see new fashion hit the shops when the weather is anything but conducive to sleeveless tops and bare legs. Not to mention wearing hot pink makes you feel like a beacon against the white snow. Luckily bringing this colour scheme into your interior is much easier with no seasonal constraints. Here’s a spring inspired fashion to interiors to enjoy on this first day of Spring. I love this space!

spring 2014 fashionspring fashion to interiorsTop photo is my own, interior via Nuevo Estillo

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.

project sneak peek: home office design

We’re quite excited about a home office design we recently presented to a client. A home office suitable for husband, wife and potential homework area for kids with a modern combination of warm and cool, texture and sleek lines, pattern and colour. Drawing inspiration from a bedroom image, we gathered finishes and materials around this palette. The jolt of acid yellow, back painted in the bookshelves provides a high interest within the otherwise neutral colour scheme. Mix in a school house light fixture and mid-century seating and we’ve created a classically modern space to stand the test of time.   home office idea boardOffice SamplesIf working from home is part of your day, why not create a space that’s inspiring and functional?

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: good luck charms

St. Patrick’s Day brings along the luck of the Irish, however there are many other symbols of good fortune, some of which you may consider adding to your decor. We’ve just purchased the (massive) good luck neon horse shoe sign (below), by artist Todd Sanders of Roadhouse Relics  for a clients “funky spa”. I found it via Modenus and instantly knew it would be the perfect addition to the space. It will be joining other quirky elements to create a fun and inspiring place to relax and workout. I’m excited to pull it all together….wish me luck!

More lucky accessories….

good luck signsSources: 1 l 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6

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.

bt calgary: decorating with metals

Metals are everywhere in our home and much like the jewelry we wear there are statement pieces with huge impact to smaller items adding subtle, yet important details. Early this morning I was on BT Calgary sharing tips on decorating with metals. Watch the video for all the details.

1. Metals as accentsmirrored fireplace, better homes and gardens magazine

2. Statement metalsmetallic wallpaper, elle decor

3. Mixing metalsmixing metals, house beautiful magazine

4. Metals in furniturenailheads on furniture, traditional home magazine

5. Metals in the kitchenusing metals in the kitchen, house and home magazineTake a look around and see how many metals you have in your home currently, even within one room. Any areas you could use a little more depth or sparkle?

Image credits: 1 l 2 l 3 l 4 l 5

Thank you to Herringer Kiss Gallery, Crate and Barrel, and DWA Interior Furnishings for providing the props!

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.

before & after: modern elegant dining room

Looking back on the before photo even I can’t believe the transformation of this dining room. Our client was incredibly open to stepping outside the box of basic and adding elements of interest and individuality while maintaining an elegant approach to modernizing their dining room.

The BEFORE:Dining Room Before
The first order of business was to lighten the room. We used Pratt & Lambert Feather Grey on the walls while the trims remained the same. We approached the ceiling with something a little more unexpected and dramatic… wallpaper! New drapery, wall sconces, chairs, lighting, area carpet and artwork all carefully selected to create a sophisticated and comfortable feel for entertaining guests. We were considerate of the existing dining table, sideboard and table lamps when choosing the new items to maintain a cohesive feel and understated elegance.

The AFTER:Dining RoomDining RoomDining RoomDining RoomDining RoomLooking for a dramatic change to a dreary area in your home? We’d love to help transform your space!

Photography: Lori Andrews, Art via: New Zones

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.