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february office vibes

designers, nyla free designs We made it through February! You never know what this month is going to bring, especially with the weather. For Calgary it’s been mostly plus temps and little to no snow, and yet it’s been a flurry of activity in the Nyla Free Designs studio. Jackie and I realized we were dressed the same prior to a big presentation last week so of course had to snap a photo. Our office has been somewhat upside down as of late with all we have going on and there were a few days we could barely see the floor. So many drool worthy materials!

We’re excited for March, the promise of Spring and feel blessed and inspired with the projects we have on the go.  designer materials I didn’t watch the Grammy’s this year but one thing I absolutely love are the collaborative arrangements amongst the musicians. If you haven’t seen Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” with Annie Lennox, it’s a must see. She is so incredibly cool.

March has started like a lamb here in Calgary which if the old saying is true, we’ll be out like a lion. Taking each day as it comes and welcoming the another new month. Is it just me or is time flying?? Nyla Free Designs, Calgary Interior Designer, Calgary Professional, Interior Designer,

 

 

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friday link love and the dress that got away

polka dots Hello friends! My time in Toronto so far has been fabulous. Our first night here we wandered over to the Hudson’s Bay on Young St., the Canadian flagship store so you can image it’s size. We found ourselves in “the Room“, a high end boutique known for it’s haute couture fashion since 1937. We drooled over the fabrics, tailoring, vivid colour and pattern.  No sooner were the words “I need a dress” out of my mouth and we were in the lovely hands of ‘gown guy’ escorting us around. I did find three to try on and made my way to the fitting room. The one, an Armani stunner, considerably discounted and provided that moment when you look at yourself in the mirror and feel like you could be on the red carpet. The crowd cheered and applauded and we all took in the moment. It was special. Likely the first and last time I will ever have an Armani dress on as I walked away to “think about it”. It’s not 100% right and even at the sale price it was a serious dent in my pocket book. And so the search continues…

Happy Friday and enjoy this weekend reading!

2014 trends that are sticking around.

If you’re resolving to be better organized this year, this is a great article on what to keep, what to pitch.

Check out these stunning floors.

 Turtleneck hair? I love this!

Hot off the press…the new David Burdeny show at Herringer Kiss Gallery

Nyla Free Designs, Calgary Interior Designer, Calgary Professional, Interior Designer,

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office happenings at nyla free designs

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset We are settling into the groove of the new year and have a lot of planning going on right now. Lists and lists are being made from a client perspective as well as business development. January is perfect for setting goals and intentions and we’re doing exactly that. Mother Nature has been gracious with warm weather and sunshine and we’ve had the office window open to let the fresh air in. There’s new colour and material inspiration on our pinboard and some cool tunes on the playlist. From clothing to music, inspirations and overall vibe, this is part of our day.

basket of fabrics january inspiration board, nyla free designs We hope you’re having a great week!

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toronto bound

toronto ontario canada I’m flying east today and while Toronto in January is not top of my list, with reasons like the Business of Design conference and IDS15 I am every bit excited. Not to mention a few nights in a quiet hotel room all to myself. Bliss! Stay tuned for updates via instagram and facebook as well as highlights on the blog next week.

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what’s on jamie’s desk?

Part of a day in the life of a working interior designer are the particulars on a desk. It tells a story of a work day, the ins and outs of the creative process and the important bits that we draw inspiration from day to day.

Here’s a look at what’s happening on Jamie’s desk today as she describes what’s inspiring her ~

what's on jamie's desk?

High Line book – depicts all plant and animal species present atop a disused New York Central Railroad, a favourite part of my visit to the big city.

Plants – I like air plants and tiny things.

Rocks/crystals – I am always collecting rocks from my places I’ve been around the world – I have rocks from various places in the Rockies, Europe, and India. I also have one crystal that sits on my desk as I am intrigued with its potential healing properties. It is a rutilated quartz which is said to be an energizing stone, helpful in stabilizing the metal process and clarifying thought patterns. Not to mention it looks pretty!

Laptop/ typography – I’ve been working on custom art pieces for a client, so I’ve been playing around with various texts etc.

Fabrics – we’re needing new chairs for our office meeting table. Thinking about possible fabric options here.

Glasses – I really should wear them more often :)

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Ah, so fun. Thanks Jamie!

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.

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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.

Youthful Bedroom

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.

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a day in the life: what we’ve been up to

We’re back! As you’ve noticed we’ve been MIA lately because there’s been a lot of action around the office as of late. I find as we get busy, the first thing to suffer is our social media and blog presence. Being busy is certainly a good thing but we’re missing being here and hope you have too.  A day in the life should read “a month in the life” so we’ve got a few insights and small sampling of what we’ve been up to over the past several weeks. More to come with respect to all, however this should whet your whistle in the mean time.

stikwoodinstall We installed a cottage top to bottom in Sylvan Lake. Here, the stikwood is being installed over a desk area just off the kitchen.

jamie Our vehicles have been filled to the brim with furniture and accessories. No passengers allowed!

deer This little guy finally made it’s way into his new home. More on our “Funky Spa” installation coming soon.

hotelcart Our Vancouver photo shoot was so fun and successful thanks to much help from Tracey, Jennifer, West Elm and the hotel next door.

built in Photo taken during the build process however our clients moved into their new home last week and finishing touches will be happening soon.

condo A little sneak peek at our Vancouver photoshoot.

As you can see, it’s been a whirlwind of installations, photo shoots and finishing touches over the last month, not to mention the exciting new projects we have on the go. Hope you’ll stay tuned.

ps. did you notice our website has had a refresh? more updates to come here too!

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.

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a day in the life: 48 hours in Vancouver

I’m off to Vancouver today for a whirlwind 48 hours. I have lots planned including a photo shoot at a Vancouver condo I installed last year. Really excited to be working with Tracey Ayton and styling the place up pretty for the photos. I’ll also be stopping into the Layers and Layers showroom and visiting a new project I’m starting in West Vancouver. It’s going to be exciting! Here are a few detail shots I took of the condo to give you a sneak peek. As always…stay tuned for more!

condo collage

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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 accents mirrored fireplace, better homes and gardens magazine

2. Statement metals metallic wallpaper, elle decor

3. Mixing metals mixing metals, house beautiful magazine

4. Metals in furniture nailheads on furniture, traditional home magazine

5. Metals in the kitchen using metals in the kitchen, house and home magazine Take 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?

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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.

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happy family day

What started off as a conversation at an event last Fall has ended up as a week away with four of my favourite people. A retreat of sorts to experience Modernism Week, work on our businesses, get inspired and of course soak up the California sun. Pinch me.

poolside in palm springs While I’m missing Family Day in Alberta, I am in the most amazing company with my “designer family” in Palm Springs. Enjoy the day wherever you are!

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.