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design notes 6.11.12

You know those lingering home projects you save for a rainy day? Admittedly, I seem to have several and because we’ve had dreary days as of late I feel the need to get some of these item crossed off my list as they do seem to hover don’t they? That, and we’ve got company in and out over the next few weeks. Always a good excuse to do some tidying.

And with that, I’m happy to report we’re half way through June. While I’m not one to wish away time, Mom’s around the world will agree June is chaotic. It’s a close second to December so thankfully they’re six months apart giving us time to recover. We had one of those weekends of to and fro, here and there and then I decided to add a birthday party into the mix. Somehow when you’re busy you feel the need to take on more. What’s with that? Anyway I digress….

One of my tasks (which I enlisted the help of my oldest daughter) was to sort through some outgrown clothes piling up in a small room we have off our master bedroom. It started out as a nursery for our second daughter (perfect to have baby close by), however now it’s become the catch-all space or dumping ground if you will. I have high hopes for turning it into a Mom-cave/ reading room/ hideout kind of space.

It’s a small 8×12 room, but with large, floor to ceiling windows on three of the four walls it’s bright and airy feeling. While this room is much larger than ours I’m digging the vibe and overall feel.

Image via: Decor8

I’m itching to get started on another project as our basement is finally done. You’ll see more of this space in the coming days. Stay tuned!

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design notes: 5.28.12

The weekends seem to be a time to catch up on blogs, pinterest and a few guilty pleasures if you will. I rarely have time for these during the week so to sit down and soak up some visual inspiration is sure a treat. We had very little on the go this past weekend, which is uncommon in my house so I relished in some much needed downtime and catching up on a growing pile of paperwork. It always feels so good when it’s done, I have to wonder why it takes me so long to get to it in the first place. I digress…and back to the pretty pictures.

While checking my activity on pinterest I noticed the popularity of this one in particular. There’s something about it people seem to be drawn to. I pinned this room to ‘dining spaces’ on my Pinterest board some time ago and since then it’s been a popular one for likes and re-pins. I took a closer look as to what I love about it and detailed a few notes below.  What do you think? Any thoughts or additional notes you’d like to add?

Image via: Interior Design Sense

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design notes: 5.14.12

It’s always nice to start off the week with pretty pictures, no? Especially when they are fabulous interiors like the one below. From the accessories to the architecture, once again the attention to detail has won my heart. A soft colour scheme and subtle textures are also assisting in making this room so spectacular. It’s a formal space yet still feels comfortable and approachable. What do you think?

Happy Monday everyone and cheers to the start of a great week!

Image credits: Interior Design Steven Gambrel, Photography Eric Piasecki, as seen in Elle Decor

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design notes: 4.30.12

One of the most popular concerns I address with my clients is the fear of commitment. A neutral palette is often the safest option with hits of colour tossed in with the intent on changing pillows, paint colours and accessories. Yet, at the same time people are drawn to the WOW factor of images they see in magazines. Those rooms did not get there because they are safe. They have an outside the box approach to design and fearless installation of bold colour and pattern, often in items not easily changed. This is where designs gets interesting. Take for instance the entry way below. This small space is a mighty force to walk into. I love it from top to bottom and guess what? It’s neutral. You can’t get much more neutral than black and white. The impact comes from the play on pattern and textures, from glossy to fine line sketches on the wallpaper. Is it too bold for you? How is your level of commitment when it comes to design?

Image credits: Interior Design by Phillip Gorrivan, Photographed by Michael Graydon, Image via House and Home

 

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design notes: 4•22•12

Although warm, at first glance this space may appear sparse. Take a closer look and you’ll see the selections, thoughtful placement and design details have made this area so much more interesting.

I simply adore it on so many levels. What do you think?

Interior Design by: Thom Filicia

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design notes: 4.16.12

On Friday I heard some pretty great news via AphroChic. Domino is back with a special edition of best makeovers, decorating tips and an insiders source guide. (Even us insiders love the source guides!) I can not wait to get my hands on a copy.

I admit my print magazine consumption has gone down. With blogs, online magazines and quite frankly not enough time in the day (sadly) to sit down and read through them all. IF however, Domino was still in print I’m pretty sure it would continue to grace the inside of my mailbox each month.

I’m on the hunt for this issue. If you see it around Calgary let me know! I haven’t seen it anywhere yet.

I also discovered a photo stream of Domino images on flickr that Cassandra from Coco & Kelly put together. I was so delighted to find this and honestly came across so many images I love and didn’t even realize were from Domino. There are far too many loves I couldn’t single out just one as my absolute favorite but this particular room is high on the list for sure.
• for me this is white done right. It’s warm and soft, not cold and stark.

• there is a feminine feel to the room but the clean lines and simplicity says a guy could hang out here too.

• love the combination of creams, white, soft pinks and caramel.

• the volume of this room is stunning, not to mention the Victorian details in the architecture on the ceiling and fireplace.

On a side note: I am madly in love with peonies right now. I bought two stems for a recent photo shoot and wish I’d bought an entire mound of them, and this weekend we purchased a (now empty!) tub of sweet and salty caramel ice cream that was to die for! Two images that felt right at home in the above room :)

Now, if only Metropolitan Home would resurface with a special edition…. who’s with me here?

Image credits: Warm modern living room via Domino flickr gallery Marielle 23’s photostream, Peonies via Paper Doll Romance, fireplace via flossy and me, sweet and salty caramel ice cream image via butter sugar flour

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design notes: 2.20.12

It’s Family Day here in Alberta so I’m enjoying an extra long weekend. I’ve got a long list of things I’d like to get done but I do plan to leave time to cuddle up and relax with my girls today.

Loving this image of a cozy and chic, family friendly living space.

• collage of illustrated artwork, frames are mismatched, sizes are different yet all are cohesive

• wall sconces add functional dimension to the wall

• space feels intimate and welcoming

Image: via Rue

ps. There’s a contest coming down the pipe that I’m hoping you’ll help me with. Stay tuned for more details!

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design notes: 2.13.12

We don’t get too carried away with Valentines Day but it is a good excuse to score some chocolate, no? Instead of red and pink I thought I’d dive into the ice cream colours today for my notes.

Let’s kick it off with a little fashion love. How about this dress? It’s the colour I love the most. A muted terracotta, warm walnut, cherry wood kind of flavour, much like the sideboard and chairs in the interior below. So pretty.

But really, let’s talk about this room. Recently featured on desire to inspire, you will see the rest of this fabulous space here.

• it offers a subtle richness and soothing colour palette, much like ice cream!

• who can pass up a chevron area carpet ~ love!

• love the two tone mocha/ivory wall colours, a traditional approach to a modern space

• would love to see more homes with architectural details like coved ceilings.

This week is going to be sweet! Hope it’s off to a great start. Happy Monday!

Images: Vince dress via Saks, ice cream, interior renovation by four walls and a roof via desire to inspire

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design notes: 1.23.12

Last week I talked about my powder room that is in dire need of an overhaul. Admittedly we have several areas in our home that are needing attention.

Our fireplace is the kind that looks like its plopped on the wall. No mantle, hearth, pretty tile or stone. You know the one, right? I expect the intention was a modern approach but I would like our fireplace to make a statement. I’m looking for something special. What happened to the finely detailed fireplaces? The ones with an old world feel and stand alone presence.

I’m longing for a European approach with marble, carved details and strength.

The photo below shows just this.

I’m on a mission!

Image via: yatzer.com

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design notes 1.16.12

Lately, I’ve been keeping an eye out for inspiration and ideas for my own home. As I’ve mentioned before, there are several areas in our home that I’d like to either upgrade or completely re-invent. Under the overhaul category is the powder room. It is so basic and boring I can hardly stand it. With a blank canvas sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin but at the same time it is just that, a clean slate.

I came across this image on the weekend and was attracted to several elements.

• love the wallpaper, but would maybe consider something larger scale

• the shape of the ‘shield’ style mirror is unique and a statement piece for a space that guests will see

• simple, classic and very practical subway tile

• LOVE the vanity, especially the detail on the cabinet doors. Would be thrilled to find a piece like this for our bathroom.

I would like to point out the combination of white and off-white. Often people shy away from mixing the two but done in the proper way, adds dimension and warmth to the space.

What do you think? Do you have a space that needs an overhaul? Where are you finding your inspiration?

Image source: Traditional Home

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.

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