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before & after: family room bookshelf styling

Family Room We have a blank canvas of open shelves awaiting embelishments in this modern family room. At this stage of the design process we apply the finishing touches, arriving with bags and boxes of carefully selected accessories to outfit the room. The styling stage requires a thoughtful approach and a discerning eye in an effort to bring a space to life. See how it all unfolds in this colourful family room in our time lapse video.

Family Room Family Room Music credit: What So Not, How High You Are (Branchez Remix)

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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!

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

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2014 year in review

We’re back to work today after a wonderful and restful break. As we welcome a new year and say farewell to 2014 we can’t help but look back at our year with fond memories and accomplishments. It was a busy year right from the start and the intensity grew throughout the year. We learned, were inspired, made new connections and continued to build on our loyal relationships with clients and suppliers. We have been working hard to prepare for 2015 and the exciting projects we have in place currently and those still to come. Here’s a look a some of our favourite moments of last year. 2014 year in review

JANUARY: Jamie joined us full time!

FEBRUARY: we gained mid-century inspiration with fellow designers at Modernism Week.

MARCH: our big reveal of a dining room before and after.

APRIL: our wallpaper installer took on the challenge of installing this stunning Trove wallpaper.

MAY: we had a massive top to bottom installation at our clients lake house.

JUNE: we revealed a quick update to our clients chic closet.

JULY: we travelled to Vancouver for the installation of a new home and revealed a downtown condo.

AUGUST: the installation of our clients daughters bedroom had us all wishing we were 15 again.

SEPTEMBER: we transformed a tired chair from drab to fab for a chairLIFT charity fund raiser.

OCTOBER: style at home named us one of the top 10 designers to follow on instagram.

NOVEMBER: we embarked on a well loved task of decorating for Christmas.

DECEMBER: one of our favourite homes is set for the holidays and we photographed our own Christmas card.

We are looking forward to all that 2015 has in store. Last year certainly set the stage for many good things to come ~ positivity, creativity and opportunity are a few of the words we are embracing as we move into a new year. We hope you’ll join us!

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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behind the scenes: photo gallery wall

One of the biggest challenges from our recent Sylvan Lake cottage installation was filling wall space. In the TV room we addressed the walls in a few different ways, one being a gallery of photo frames. We arrived with plenty of options (more than we needed) so we had room to play and decide which ones worked best. We laid them out on the floor first to get an idea of the layout. With the help of a professional installer the gallery wall took shape and once the locations were set, it was easy to fill the frames and hang back on the wall.

Here are a few more tips to consider if you’re thinking of a gallery wall in your home:

1. Mix frame choices. Giving the wall character with complimenting frames from simple to detailed adds depth and interest.

2. Shake up the sizes. No need for all frames to be the same. A mix of sizes offers an eclectic and casual feel to a family space.

3. Room to grow. Leave space for the many memories yet to come.

4. Change it up. Choose frames you can easily access to switch around photos as the years go by.

5. Embrace imperfection. An organic approach to the installation means there’s no need to align every frame. Offset frames keeps the wall interesting and fun.

gallery wall, nyla free designs Our summer student Jackie, had a brilliant idea of taking a time lapse of the installation. You can see how it all came together in our video clip.

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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 online design to Canadian clients through Design in a Box.

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behind the scenes: lesley anton

If you don’t know Lesley Anton then allow me to introduce you. Lesley is a ceramic artist and designer who’s lighting designs are among my favourites. With an organic undertone, Lesley draws inspiration from nature in both texture and colour, and with each lamp handmade there are no two exactly the same. While the lamps are strong in scale and design, they provide a subtle simplicity to any room.

I had the pleasure of visiting Lesley’s studio during a trip to Los Angeles after already purchasing two pairs of lamps and loved the opportunity to see the creative vision and roots of where it all happens. Here’s a peek inside. Her full catalog can be found online and her lighting and ceramics are available through the following locations.

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*all images are my own, with the exception of the last image: photo by Lori Andrews

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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behind the scenes: my office space reveal

Welcome! Now that we’re moved in and settled, I’d like to give you a virtual tour of our office space so please, come in.

With our office located in the old CFB Calgary (Canadian Forces Base), we embraced the nostalgia of the old school, industrial vibe of the building. Filled with small businesses, many creative, it’s a friendly atmosphere and feels good to be ‘down the hall’ from inspiring people.

Our space is small but I would say it has a big heart. Plenty of room for meetings, project planning and the day to day of a growing interior design firm. So here is where it all happens…!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Illustrations by: Brita Thomas; art above console: Pink Twist, Serigraph, Harry Kiyooka, RCA; art above metal bins: Katie Ohe, Ripple Serigraph 1971; art above inspiration boards: Tumbleweed series by Siobhan Humston, all available through Herringer Kiss Gallery, Photography by Lori Andrews.

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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behind the scenes: dabble issue 9

Dabble Issue 9 is live today! Three cheers for the hard work involved with each issue from the editors, photographers, writers and people who assist along the way. There is so much going on behind the scenes that most of us never see, some of it not always pretty. In order for us to bring you the best content from around the globe we dive deep into each interior, recipe and city to share beautiful images and tell stories to inspire.

When we shot the interior space for Reality Check issue 9 we made a mess! In order for us to style the closet pretty we removed several items including winter apparel we did not want to include in this summer issue. It gave my client a great opportunity to purge her closet and clean things up as she made room for new items in her summer wardrobe.

Here are a few snapshots of the behind the scenes during our shoot. Check out this issue’s Reality Check on creating Custom Closets.

This last photo cracks me up. I’m not one to love photos of myself but I really like the way this one turned out and love the special effect Lori added to the image. I was protesting Lori photographing me and laughing as I was touching up my lipstick but in the end a fun photo from our shoot.

Photography: Lori Andrews

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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behind the scenes: kravet

It’s been several months now since Blogfest and I have to say I’m impressed with those who blog the day or week after an event. For me, I need to digest, soak in all I’ve learned and experienced, and that can take some time. Finding the best angle for me to write from and share my insights is also important. Rather than blogging about Blogfest I decided to hone in on a few experiences from the incredible three days and what they meant to me.

I’m kicking it off with our tour of the Kravet offices. Blogfest is the brainchild of Kravet and wow did they ever knock us off our feet. Everyday was filled with new and wonderful experiences, the kind where you pinch yourself wondering if you are actually there. I have worked with Kravet for many years and have grown to love their products and value my relationship with them. Getting the chance to see behind the scenes was indeed a highlight and my heart went pitter patter as we toured from room to room with our guide, Scott Kravet.

For me, it wasn’t just about the pretty fabrics and inspiration boards. I noticed and learned things that went beyond the material and patterns but deep into the brand of the company and what Kravet stands for. Taking away not only inspiration from a design perspective but much to my surprise, business insights as well.

What I learned from Kravet:

1. People are important to your business. Whether clients, trades, suppliers or employees, all of them help to make your business successful. Scott Kravet introduced us to each person by name, telling us what they did for the company and how long they had been there. Each and every one is an integral part of the company, like a family unit, and as a result, pride of workmanship is evident within the office.

2. Embrace new technology and…..

…..honour traditional art forms. While touring the office we were introduced to hands on sample boards, artists sketching on paper as well as the digital side of creating patterns. I still do many drawings by hand. The loose feel is somehow more personal to me so I’m not ready to give it up. At the same time I couldn’t be happier to sit at my computer and put together images and inspirations on my blog. I was happy to see a large company like Kravet embracing both and I will continue to do the same.

3. Be successful, stay humble. Everyone wants to be successful and each and every one of us defines success differently. Kravet, although a large company has a humble approach to the success of their business. They are confident in what they do and a leader in the textile industry but remain solid in their core values, and to me that speaks volumes in the most positive way.

4. Collaborate. Admittedly I felt this was taboo even as recently as two years ago but after collaborating with other designers and industry people I am seeing the value daily. Kravet collaborates not only with top design professionals but also friends in social media in an effort to reach out and stay connected in a highly approachable way. Priceless in creating and maintaining relationships in business.

5. Continue to learn. Keeping current is an asset, and as an example, Kravet has embraced social media and new technology in a way that has made a huge impact on their business. Whether it be learning a new technique, insights into new products on the market or simply a more efficient way of doing something that’s been done for years, I was inspired to stay current and educated, keep my eyes peeled for new opportunities and remain open to change.

Blogfest 2011 was a success. Simple as that. Why? Because we were treated to experiences that also inspired and educated. I didn’t take many notes, but what I did walk away with was a better understanding of my business and a clearer sense of identity and brand. For that, Kravet, I thank you.

Blogfest 2012 is already in the works and I highly suggest marking your calendars.

 

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.