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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?

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.

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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.

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a day in the life: birthday party bliss

I adore birthdays. It’s the one day of the year to celebrate YOU and of course kids are on the count down months in advance to this highly anticipated day. Both my girls have summer birth dates which proves difficult in organizing parties as many people are away. This year I waited until school started up again to celebrate or 7 year old’s birthday with her friends and OH!, what a party. Admittedly, I was feeling the stress of pulling it off but when I leaned over to hear my little girl whisper in my ear “Mom, this is the best party ever!”, it made every ounce of the day worth it. The cupcake piñata was epic, although I nearly shed a tear as the girls attacked it’s beautiful tissue paper icing adorned with a cherry on top. *sigh* Sometimes I wonder if the party is as much for me as it is for them.

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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: women’s workshop at the cooking room

I love that my work encompasses all design aspects from renovations to decorations. This weekend I ventured to Red Deer to a Woman’s Workshop event at The Cooking Room. My segment included ideas and tips for decorating a Thanksgiving table. I was amongst, chefs and fabulous food, a sommelier, cupcake decorating and floral arranging, it was a full house! It was a whirlwind trip, but really fun with the room full of energy and lovely ladies ready to be inspired.

Here are a few photos from the day and a sneak peek of a portion of my table setting. More to come tomorrow!

the cooking room, red deer, alberta the cooking room, red deer, alberta, cooking recipe the cooking room, red deer, alberta thanksgiving table setting, nyla free designs The Cooking Room is an interactive and social cooking school offering hands on and demonstration classes, wine tastings and more! Not only have I participated in classes, I have been a part of their special event days which are typically offered during the Holidays as well as summer entertaining. If you happen to be in the area or live in Alberta, it’s worth the drive! Classes book up faster than you can say, “let’s eat!” so planning ahead (if possible) is suggested.

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: modern cottage installation

Early June I installed select new furniture and accessories, inside and out at this Ontario lakeside cottage. I had done so much work sight unseen in previous years I was thrilled to be able to see it first hand.

Surrounded by trees and a spectacular view of the lake, it’s the perfect getaway for a Calgary couple. Far enough away from civilization where relaxing, reading, entertaining and admiring the view is on the to-do list for each day. Sounds like bliss, huh?

Here are a few of the Instagram photos I took during my visit to give you an inside peek of this gorgeous home away from home.

modern cottage exterior sturgess architecture stag modern cottage living room modern cottage living room dining room branchelier modern cottage bedroom modern cottage martha sturdy wood tables modern cottage and so to bed handle leather bed modern adirondack chairs deck2 house2 Sources: Sectional, chair and coffee table MONTAUK, dining table and bench CUSTOM through Nyla Free Designs Inc., dining chairs RESTORATION HARDWARE, dining light fixture LIVING LIGHTING, bed AND SO TO BED, Martha Sturdy bedside tables PROVIDE, area carpet ELTE, adirondack chairs DESIGN WITHIN REACH, white ceramic stools SERENA & LILY, red lanterns POTTERY BARN. Architecture STURGESS ARCHITECTURE

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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garden wedding outfit planning

We had the pleasure of attending a family wedding this summer which was outstanding on so many levels. An outdoor wedding at the UBC Rose Garden, with picture perfect weather and a whole lot of love surrounding a beautiful couple. With not having been to a wedding in years, I was thrilled to have an excuse to find a new outfit. Here’s a glimpse at what I wore.

garden wedding outfit

1. Tiffany Garden Round sunglasses 2. Essie polish: one for fingers, one for toes 3. Small dome studded earrings via Tory Burch 4. Coach Pave link necklace (no longer available) 5. Club Monaco Ellie Dress 6. Michael Kors straw clutch 7. Sandals similar to shown

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 through Design in a Box.

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a day in the life: vancouver project

Last fall I embarked on a distance project in Vancouver, outfitting a condo top to bottom. I flew out for a day to visit the site and start the sourcing process. By the end of this week it will be complete and I’m looking forward to seeing our vision come together. Thursday I’ll share a sneak peek at the colours and concept but for now, here’s a look at a day in the life…

vancouver flight, nyla free designs Caught the first flight out of the day.

sunrise, mid-flight, nyla free designs Watched the sunrise during my flight.

layers and layers, nyla free designs Arrived at Layers and Layers.

sourcing fabrics, layers and layers, vancouver project, nyla free designs A busy morning sourcing fabrics and furniture.

granville street, vancouver, nyla free designs Took a cab to Granville Street. Vancouver is still so green in October.

Granville Found furniture pieces and accessories in Granville shops.

vancouver, harbour, granville street bridge, nyla free designs Walked across the Granville Street Bridge to Yaletown.

Yaletown More furniture and accessory sourcing in Yaletown.

vancouver, library, nyla free designs Walked to site via the Vancouver Public Library.

HatsBoots Arrived at site and re-connected with Sharon from Layers and Layers to see the space and site measure.

before, vancouver project, nyla free designs The before.

vancouver skytrain, nyla free designs Homeward bound. Caught the sky train back to the airport.

Watch for more sneak peeks via instagram, twitter or facebook later this week!

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.

Nyla Free Designs also offers an online design service through Design in a Box.

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a day in the life: shopping with mom and trina turk

My girls have grown up shopping with me. It’s a huge part of my job. I started my business when my oldest daughter was four months old (now almost 11) so I’ve carted them around here and there, to and fro, especially during their pre school days. While very good, they’re also getting creative in how they pass the time as we go from store to store. During our vacation in Palm Springs (and of course shopping) our five year old had the camera while ten year old modeled. I was busy admiring all the pretty and colourful bits in Trina Turk and my girls were doing a fashion photo shoot.

It’s nice not to be the one behind the camera all the time. Sure, the photos aren’t perfect, but they capture the moment and fun they were having. I hear them giggling with each other as I look at the photos. What a great little memory.

I feel very fortunate to be in a position to work for myself, allowing time to spend with my girls before and after school as well as activities but it means they’re with me for work errands quite often. It’s certainly has it’s challenges and sacrifices but also huge benefits. We have a lot of fun shopping together (for the most part!) and I notice the girls playing “designer” with each other from time to time. Warms a mama’s heart.

Just another day shopping with Mom….

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.

Nyla Free Designs also offers an online design service through Design in a Box.