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the ladies gift guide 2014

It’s getting down to the wire. For the most part we’re past the point of ordering online (unless you want to pay exorbitant shipping fees), malls are packed and patience is lower than the norm. Oh what fun it is….! I feel like I’m close. Oh so close. Will do an inventory this weekend and start wrapping – my favourite!

Whether for a friend, a mom, wife, sister or daughter, we’ve compiled a gift guide of items one may not necessarily purchase for themselves. And aren’t those are the best kind of indulgences? Hope you find this list helpful in your last minute dashing around for that special someone.

the ladies gift guide 2014

1. Essie winter 2014 collection: Essie available at Shoppers Drug Mart 2. Nars velvet matte lip pencil: Sephora 3. Nest moss and mint classic candle: Mural 4. Celerie Kemble, Black & White: Chapters/Indigo 5. Downing emossed clutch: J.Crew  6. Shereen de Rousseau bracelet: Provide 7. Alba glove: Club Monaco 8. Babaton Leonardo jumpsuit: Aritzia 9. ‘hello’ iPhone 6 case: Society 6

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the teen gift guide 2014

I think I’m having the most fun shopping for our teenager, oddly enough. I dare say it’s getting to the point of needing to curb my spending. Now don’t get me wrong, she’s very particular and there’s a small amount of angst as I “hope she likes it!” each time I make a purchase. In my own teenage years, I remember placing my requested items on hold at each store so my mom could pick up with ease and of course not make a mistake in the selection process. Egads!

This list contains everything from the ultimate concert tickets to Taylor Swift’s 1989 world tour happening at a venue near you throughout 2015, all the way to a fabulously creative journal. I hope this gift guide provides some insight if you have a wonderfully moody and ever so particular teenager on you’re hands. May the odds be ever in your favour…

Print 1. Taylor Swift world tour: Ticketmaster 2. Washi tape: Michaels (image via A Beautiful Mess) 3. Photo clip string set: Urban Outfitters 4. Instax camera: Future Shop 5. Wreck This Journal: Chapters/Indigo 6. Banff shirt: Aritzia 7. Portable vinyl record player: Urban Outfitters

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the mens gift guide 2014

I find guys amongst the toughest to buy for. Maybe because mine is, I put every other guy in the same category. Feel my pain? I asked my husband (who I will say is quite stylish) to provide shopping direction towards cool finds for guys and what’s topping the list. For your shopping convenience, he also made sure each item was available locally (for you Calgarians). Good luck! 

guys gift guide 2014

1. Cascade shirt: Filson *available at Canadian Tire 9940 MacLeod Trail S. Calgary 2. Whiskey ice balls: Canadian Tire 3. Duchamp dress socks: Harry Rosen 4. D.R. Harris Windsor shaving soap in mahogany bowl: Kent of Inglewood 5. Cashmere knit cap: Nordstroms 6. Szanto 1000 series 1005 watch: Army Surplus 7. Capital vices collection lip balm: Rebels Refinery 8. Otterdon quilted jacket: Barbour

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lately loving: 3-dimensional tile

Today kicks off another kitchen renovation for the team at Nyla Free Designs Inc. We are thrilled to be working with a long term client of ours again, especially in this key area of the home. Design decisions in other areas have been thoughtfully considered with an underlying artful approach. The kitchen is no exception where we have selected an artisanal, hand made, 3-dimensional tile for a feature wall behind the range. I can hardly wait to share more!

The sight line from the living and dining room is key in creating a visual cohesion throughout the main floor and with the range wall part of this view you can bet we’re paying close attention to the detail, texture and finish of the backsplash. I am thrilled with our showstopping selection! Of course we’ll keep you updated along the way, however in the meantime here are some 3-dimension tiles to inspire.

3-dimensional tile Sources: Ann Sacks, Artistic Tile, Lapicida, Stone Tile

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lately loving: patterned sheet sets

Bedrooms have been a popular space for us to design as of late. From bedding to wall decor, lighting and accessories there are endless ways to make a personal space for one to find rest and relaxation after a long day. We find most of our clients embrace solid colours in bedding however we love to suggest the addition of patterned sheets as a way to add a subtle amount of pattern, interest and maybe even colour! Step away from the inclination that patterned sheets represent cartoons or action figures, these options are bold, graphic, sophisticated and will add charm to any bedroom.

patterned sheet sets Sources: 1. Serena & Lily French Ring Set, 2. Pottery Barn Liza Embroidered Sheet Set, 3. CB2 BRZ sheet sets, 4. Dwell Draper Striped Sheet Set, 5. Crate & Barrel Marimekko Kullervo Sheet Set, 6. West Elm Dot Sheet Set.

 

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gift guide: for the boys

If you have a hard to buy for guy in your life like I do, I’m forever frustrated with wondering what to get him. I remember as teenagers we both used to put our wish list items on hold for our Mom’s so they were able to purchase the exact right things. Now 20+ years later I sometimes wish my husband would do the same in order to avoid returns and exchanges. Instead, I asked him to prepare a gift guide “for the boys”, of things he suggests for the style savvy guy which in turn should also give me a few ideas. Sneaky, right?!

gift guide for guys

1. Camo beanie 2. Look sharp and think smart with GQ Men 3. Basic yet stylish white tees from James Perse 4. Use with a jean jacket, use with a suit… a JCrew pocket square is a colourful accessory 5. Hangar vodka ‘made by hand’ 6. Coexist album 7. Upgrade his penmanship with an Estilograficas pen 8. Filson jacket 9. leather Wallet by MAKR

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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friday link love, coffee required

At this time of year I start to brace myself. Next weekend will start the busiest month of the year next to December. Crazy June I like to call it. This is my last weekend of quiet (quiet-er anyway), however I will be up for early morning swim practices Saturday and Monday. Hubs is going to do the Tuesday morning practice and… how many more years until she can drive herself??? Coffee will most certainly be needed and I think I might try and pit stop into one of my favourite coffee shops between the pool and the dance studio. Wish me luck!

phil & sebastian coffee shop If you’re so inclined, enjoy some weekend reading and inspiration while you sip your coffee. Whatever you’re up to… Happy weekend!

From modern to traditional… 33 design ideas for kids rooms.

Came across a ‘new-to-me’ blog, Julep from the folks at minted.

Chatelaine is 85 this month and their magazine and website have never looked better. They’re pulling inspiration from the archives and sharing it here.

I’m in love with the new women’s fashion accessories S&L from Serena and Lily!

Pretty up your desk top with a new wallpaper.

*above image is an instagram photo take by me at Phil & Sebastian.

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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friday link love

Yay Friday! It’s been a busy, yet productive week and I’m looking forward to the weekend even though I’ve got a laundry list of things to do. Most of all I’m just so darn thankful for the sunshine and warmer weather.

spring The main topic of conversation around town has definitely been the weather. +15 one day, snowing the next. Spring in Alberta is not really spring, and this year it’s the winter that will never die. Anyway, I digress… thankfully we’ve seen a turn around in the last few days and we’re into double digits. Hallelujah!

Whether you’re inside, outside, hanging at kids activities or having a weekend to yourself, here are some favourite links from the week.

1. 10 best outdoor living trends.

2. Loved this post on investing in your business.

3. My good friend and gallery owner started a blog “fine art conversations”.

4. Colour happy accessories and some Mother’s Day gifts sure to please.

5. A perfect weekend snack.

Have a great weekend. See you Monday!

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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 through Design in a Box.

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trend from tent london: graphic

Tent London is a multi faceted design show and considered one of the most creative events in the design calendar. It boasts over 200 established, yet up and coming interior product designers. These companies are pushing boundaries, with colour combinations and graphic patterns, a trend I spotted each and every row I traveled.

Seaside inspired, Zoe Murphy uses textiles and imagery on recycled furniture encouraging a ‘love what belongs to you’ mindset.

Vintage toys, childhood memories and travel continue to inspire the designers of Mini Moderns where they’ve mastered the art of pattern in their own voice on such items as pillows, wallpaper, fabrics, rugs and ceramics.

Luxurious bohemian patterns is all you really need to say to pique your interest of Surfacephilia. A sketched approach to the design of wallpapers, cushions, bone china and greeting cards, the depth and interest in each pattern caught my eye instantly.

It doesn’t get more classic than black and white, however award winning print design company Erica Wakerly, has taken the graphic combination and softened it. Their approach to interior textiles and wallpaper is described as ‘Modern and delicate. Distinct, but not overpowering’.

Lovers of colour and inspired by their surroundings of nature, art and fashion, Parris Wakefield Additions collection is bold and graphic. With a strong and successful background in graphic design they’ve embraced interiors with their collection of cushions, fabrics, rugs and wallpapers.

What I loved about BlogTour London and the London Design Festival was the diverse visual eye candy that did not disappoint day after day. Each show, showroom tour and not to mention BlogTour London participants, brought a different approach to design, inspiring avenues of reaching their end product as well as a style so apparently unique to everyone,  you couldn’t help but be filled with the vigor to go forth and create!

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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blanco: cerana series fireclay sink

The detail in interior design is wide spread. It starts from the concept. Whether a decorative project, full scale renovation or new build, the decision making process begins at the onset and continues right through to the final styling stage. There are choices made for function, some aesthetic and others where both are top of mind.

With stainless steel being the most popular choice, a sink is typically considered a utilitarian object, one that serves a purpose rather than a decorative detail. Not necessarily a focal point of the kitchen, one decides upon width to fit the existing cabinet, bowl sizes and depth as function prevails over the overall look.

Ready to think outside the box?

Blanco has introduced a fireclay sink called CERANA. A modern approach to a century old technique, Cerana has a unique ability to suit modern and traditional design styles with the flip of a side, all while boasting the durability of a surface that won’t stain, chip or fade. Brilliant if you ask me!

Blanco has created a video to share more about the process of this versatile apron sink. You’ll see more of it’s craft and gain an appreciation for the handmade quality of each piece. If you’re in the midst of, or considering a kitchen renovation, this sink is worth a second glance as it offers a functional size and depth while keeping style at the forefront.

Unlike decorative objects that come and go, a sink or faucet is a purchase to stand the test of time. Making a classic choice without compromising design and style is always the perfect choice.

While Blanco carries a wide variety of sinks and faucets for your kitchen and bathroom renovation needs, this sink in particular is one of my new favourites. Now, who’s ready for a kitchen renovation so I can spec this sink?!

Here’s how you can stay connected with Blanco: Canadian website, American website, UK website, facebook, twitter, pinterest and of course they’re a huge supporter and sponsor of BlogTour.

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.