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 Room Dining Room Dining Room Dining Room Dining Room Looking 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.

before & after: dining room makeover

After settling into their new home, our clients were ready to embark on purchasing new furniture. Understanding the importance of pulling together the overall look and feel they enlisted our help to create a family friendly, modern environment for their living room, dining room and home office.

The dining room BEFORE:

The main floor is multi-functional for this busy family of four. Homework, entertaining, relaxing, working from home and everyday family living were all considered in our selection process. The outcome is comfortable, stylish and worthy of welcoming guests.

The dining room AFTER: dining room table dining chairs dining room table top

Few other snap shots from the main floor: desk chair ottoman accessories Mid-Century style accent chair A huge thank you to our clients! It’s such a pleasure transforming people’s spaces.

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 and after: master bedroom makeover

Before Christmas we embarked on a bedroom makeover for a long time client of ours. The goal was to change everything with the exception of the drapery, wall colour and existing carpet. We went to work sourcing products and putting a plan together for the full room in an effort to complete the installation early in the New Year. Regardless of your timeline it’s worth waiting for the exact right pieces. This particular project fell right into place.

The BEFORE feeling dated and dreary. Bedroom Before

The AFTER: We transformed a neutral room without a lot of pizzazz or defining details into a fresh, calm and inviting space. Bedroom Headboard Bedroom details Master Bedroom Paring down, adding impact in subtle details and streamlining the furniture has made this space current and comfortable.  Looking for ways to freshen up your space? We’d love to help.

Fine print: Working within a tight time frame requires trust and a solid client/ designer relationship.

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 and after: modern living room

I admit this is not a typical before and after where the original space is somewhat undesired and ready for an overhaul. Rather, this is a case of a ‘re-do’ so to speak as my client was ready to embrace a new approach to the space. She was finding the sectional to be inconvenient when entertaining and not suitable for a larger group of people, and overall just ready for a change.

Before: modern living room, nyla free designs inc., sturgess architecture, calgary alberta We embraced a conversation style seating arrangement, with one large sofa, two slipper chairs and a lounge chair and ottoman where my client often relaxes with her latte and piles of magazines right next to the warmth of the fireplace.

After: modern living room, nyla free designs inc., sturgess architecture, calgary alberta We lightened up the area carpet from black to a traditional khotan carpet in neutral tones to flow with the terrazzo floors, limestone fireplace and concrete wall.

modern living room, nyla free designs inc., sturgess architecture, calgary alberta The slipper chairs were purchased from 1st Dibs with the intention of re-upholstering them upon arrival. We decided to deliver them to the home as we hadn’t quite decided on a fabric, only to find we absolutely loved them in the space as is.

alexander mcqueen hummingbird pillow, rug company, modern living room, nyla free designs inc. One of my favourite additions was the needlepoint Alexander McQueen hummingbird pillow from the Rug Company we purchased at Avenue Road in Toronto.

I loved the space first time around but I have to say this new layout and selection of furniture is divine. I adore this living space and thankfully have the opportunity to visit often :)

photography by: Lori Andrews

Art collection: William Perehudoff (1919 – 2013), Brian Riley

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 and after: work/play family room

A growing family with a love of travel, needed a functional space where mom could work and kids could play so we stepped in to plan a room that did just that.

This open concept infill home was lacking when it came to toy storage for their little ones, and the aesthetics of the space was not living up to it’s potential. We decided to maximize the storage capabilities of the front wall with floor to ceiling built-ins and embrace the couples love of travel and collection of items from abroad with a playful mix of textures and patterns.

(before) Lacking storage and aesthetics, my client decided it was time for a change. The BEFORE.

family room built ins (progress) The family room transformed with built-ins for toy and book storage plus a work area for a mom. In PROGRESS.

Family room built ins (after) The finished space furnished with a large area rug for kids play, a window seat complete with storage and a chair 1/2 for cuddles and reading. The AFTER.

reading chair window bench (after) With the perfect place for play and work to happen even at the same time, this busy and growing family can enjoy the function and aesthetics of their new space.

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 and after: master bedroom

It’s always fun to see the progress of projects from the initial colour and material concept to furniture selections, installation day and final reveal. Here’s a before and after master bedroom project we worked on to the stage of the installation day. Still a few details missing, however very pleased with how things came together.

Bedroom Before We worked around an existing, classic mission style bed.

Aubergine Buttons Augergine Fabrics The colour palette for the room.

master bedroom after master bedroom details We combined the warm wood tones with a painted grey finish on bedside tables and dresser. One of my favourite details in the room are the carved circles in the top drawer of the dresser which repeats in the circular hardware.

master bedroom sitting area master bedroom sitting area Another favorite is the sitting area we created. Fitted with a family gallery wall, floating desk with book storage and a chaise lounge that has everyone in the family fighting for this perfect place to read or nap.

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 and after: mission master bedroom

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a before and after! This particular installation happened early December and we transformed this empty room in a day from basic to beautiful. See the colour and inspiration story here.

Due to the overall size of the room, a sense of coziness and warmth was important to achieve. My clients also requested a sitting area (desk included), with a place for family photos and travel memories. The result is one of stylish comfort, embracing neutral colours, natural textures and an infusion of aubergine in a subtle way.

BEFORE:

Bedroom Before AFTER:

Bedroom After Using their existing mission style bed, we added painted bedside tables and dresser in a warm gray. Attention to detail in the circular pattern on the dresser is repeated in the large wood framed mirror above and the night stand hardware.

Bedroom close up of dresser Bedroom sitting area Bedroom sitting area close up It’s always a great feeling when your vision comes to life and your clients are thrilled with the results. From what I hear the daybed is everyone’s favorite!

All images are my own.

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.

© 2013 Nyla Free Designs Inc.

before and after: bathroom renovation

I’m always amazed when I look back at the before photos at the end of a project. I kind of forget what things were like before the walls came down and floors torn up because soon into the start of a project the end result is already in my mind. The photos speak volumes to the changes and confirm the decisions made along the way to better the space. This project is no exception. A long time client of mine recognized it was time to not only update her basement bathroom from a style perspective but create a space far more efficient and practical then what she currently had.

The ‘before’ bathroom was a divided space, a sink/vanity area out in the open (notice the carpet!) and through the door, a shower, toilet and additional sink. Not practical and certainly lacking in style, my clients requested a makeover.  On the list: create a stylish, yet practical bathroom with tub, shower, vanity AND storage. With the bathroom 6′ wide by 10′ long and still a rather small space, decisions had to be made carefully and thoughtfully. We also needed to take into consideration the grandchildren who would use this space as it is close to the ‘play room’ and TV watching area of the home.

If you’d like to see our initial concept please visit the bathroom reno sneak peek.

AFTER!

The tub was one of our first selections, a Victoria & Albert free standing beauty. We offset the white tub with black granite tiles on the wall to create a dramatic visual from the doorway as well as a surface with easy maintenance for any splashing from the tub. After all, creating drama in a space need not compromise practicality.

We opted to make the surface area of the custom vanity smaller in order to accommodate a pantry style unit, floor to ceiling, offering the space a huge amount of storage. To give a more spacious feel we lifted the vanity off the floor allowing the tile to continue to the wall. This a great tip in making spaces feel larger!

Because this bathroom is in a basement we needed to deal with a foundation wall we could not move. Embracing the ‘issue’ we created a ledge for display and decorative storage. Renovations do bring about surprises but finding creative solutions will often yield great results.

The bathroom is also a mix of masculine and feminine touches and rich textures. We used cafe mocha colours along with dramatic black, yet softened the space with finishing touches of pinks and a hint of red. Along with the graphic black and white geometric prints, three custom canvases from Bijou et Boheme‘s shop Wink of Pink add the perfect amount of softness in the space. If you’re not familiar with Christine’s new shop you must check it out. Please!

We used a mix of natural stone and porcelain tiles, a give and take approach to the budget. The natural stone mosaic ‘area rug’ is surrounded by less expensive 12″ x 12″ porcelain tiles to offset the costs and allow the carpet to take center stage. Natural stone in the shower adds texture and interest, a great visual through the glass shower walls….

….which is another way to create an open and spacious feel in a small bathroom. This way the site line is not impeded by walls and the flow of natural light carries throughout the space, even with such a small window.

Let’s recap: Here are 5 tips for a small space bathroom renovation

  • use glass to create an open feel and let natural light flow through the space
  • lift vanities off the floor to make the floor space feel larger
  • use height to your benefit with ledges, shelves and floor to ceiling storage
  • custom cabinetry yields the ideal size and depth to suit your space
  • bring drama and impact into a small space by mixing textures and adding high contrast such as black and white.

I’m pretty thrilled with the results, as is my client. And that my friends is a great feeling!

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.

before & after: family room makeover

Besides the kitchen, family rooms are the hub of the home and I believe a space where good design and functionality are able to live in a successful marriage of beautiful, family friendly furniture and fabrics. This room was feeling tired and ready for change. My client wanted a fresh feel all while using the existing teal velvet sofa and loveseat as well as the wall colour. I put together a palette of fabrics (see the family room sneak peek), using a mix of patterns and colour to liven up the room.

Family room before. The dog really liked the area carpet as you can see by the corner. Time for a new one! We originally intended to use the existing wood frame curved chairs but opted for new ones to achieve the right scale for the space.

Family room after. Fret work style drapery fabric from Schmacher in ivory and grey offers a much higher impact than the previous neutral solid pleats. New chairs in a classic style, upholstered in a modern speckled Designers Guild ultrasuede, ideal for easy maintenance.

New area carpet from Weavers Art, a gorgeous fresco pattern in muted colours of yellow, ivory, taupe and grey.

New art work by David Burdeny from Herringer Kiss Gallery adds a calming feel to the room, a perfect addition to this busy house but also holds sentimental value as the family has fond memories at this particular beach.

Details make a difference, especially on a coffee table. Close up shots of the table vignette and the punch of yellow is a perfect hit in small doses both here and in the Arteriors table lamp (shown above).

I love the soft mix of colour and pattern. It’s a stylish, comfortable and welcoming environment suited to lounging in front of the television, reading a book or gathering with friends.

Up next is a master bedroom re-vamp. We’ve just started ordering furniture so stay tuned for more!

 

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.

before and after: library transformation

A current project that I have fallen in love with is coming to life and almost near completion. One of my favorite rooms in the home is the study, a second floor retreat for my client to read, send notes written or digitally and even watch a little TV. Our goal was to surround the room with books creating floor to ceiling, wall to wall bookshelves housing an eclectic collection of inspiring reading material. The transformation is quite dramatic. Here’s where we started.

Palm tree drapery and bright orange walls. Wow! With those elements removed, fabulous windows, blonde maple floors and a large open space we had the perfect base to bring the room to this…..

The view of the study as you enter the room. Inviting and calm, filled with a passion of reading.

Keeping the floor and millwork the same colour the books become the focus, alongside the traditional area carpet adding colour and texture to the room.

Wall sconces and art hanging directly off the millwork add dimensional elements.

This image reminds me that one of my goals this summer is to read a book. Crazy I know but my ‘extra’ time has been so limited lately that reading has been far removed from my schedule. *sigh*

You can see more of this space in the latest issue of Dabble Mag where you’ll find insights and information on Custom Millwork.

Photography: Lori Andrews. Contractor: Foothills Renovations.

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.