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big reveal: vancouver condo

Sometime ago I sent out a teaser from our Vancouver condo installation and I’m happy to say I am finally sharing images!

Located in downtown Vancouver this condo is connected with the historic Hotel Georgia. Our role at Nyla Free Designs was to furnish and accessorize from top to bottom. Drapery, artwork, dishes and linens were all part of the scope, to the point our clients walked into a completed home with table set and linens pressed, ready to relax in their new abode.

Selecting furniture and the larger pieces of a home is an extensive process, however taking it to the next level of styling, accessorizing and all the finishing touches to really bring a space to life is a far more detailed process than one might think. We feel this service is essential in our designs as it takes a space from basic to beautiful and so often part of the process that is missed. Our approach in this space was to bring warmth and texture to an otherwise clean and modern space. We added a splash of colour with lilac and steel blue hues providing a comfortable yet vibrant space in a setting perfect to entertain guests.

We are thrilled with the outcome of how it all came together and adored working with our clients, who trusted us with their home and all of it’s decor details.

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Art by: Siobhan Humston via Herringer Kiss Gallery and Zoë Pawlak,

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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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sneak peek: kitchen renovation inspiration

We are well underway of a kitchen renovation of a 1930’s home in Calgary. The space was taken right down to the guts and core in an effort to build it back up to a modern, well thought out space, all while maintaining the integrity of the home. We’ve embraced a warm neutral palette of textures and accents of copper. Here’s a look at our inspiration and colour story.

Kitchen inspiration image Kitchen selections We’re racing to the finish and can’t wait to show you the completed space!

Top image source: Remodelista

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sneak peek: youthful bedroom with bold pattern and colour

One of our installations this week includes a youthful bedroom. Our concept was a black and white Parisian feeling space with a wall of wallpaper, reading chair and study area. The first selection of wallpaper was one we all fell in love with only to find out it was discontinued. Ugh! In any event our second choice ended up being arguably better and we’re thrilled with how the room is coming together.

One thing we love doing at Nyla Free Designs is working with colour and mixing patterns. This room is going to be filled with just that. We love committing to colour so we’ve introduced a bright coral red for the reading chair, banding detail in the drapery as well as smaller accents. So fun!

Here is a peek at the colour palette, selections and a time lapse of the wallpaper installation.

Youthful Bedroom

Stay tuned for more as we share photos of the reveal.

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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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projects: custom closet refresh

One of the easiest ways to transform a room is to paint it, however this is not always the way I tend to think. I am a fan of light walls. White, off-white, pale grey are all shades I gravitate towards leaving the high impact elements elsewhere in a space.

This particular clients home is always evolving so when she came to me with the suggestion of painting the ceiling in her closet I was on board as it would be an unexpected detail in the room. Of course the colour she had in mind was pink!
pink painted ceiling We chose Benjamin Moore Springtime Bloom 2079-40, a vivacious and energetic shade of pink that was sure to put a smile on your face even in the dreariest of days. pink painted ceiling The outcome is fabulous. An easy and inexpensive way to add valuable interest. The colour was the biggest risk and well worth it.

Tying into the antique French harp chair and the pink velvet seat as well as the Madeline Weinrib runner, this closets feminine factor has been taken to new heights.

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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project sneak peek: cottage living room

Jamie from our office is heading north today to finish an installation at a lake house property where our clients will soon be moving in for the summer. This installation has been a three part process in getting everything out there as it is a fairly remote location, situated on a picturesque spot on the lake.

During our second installation we literally watched the ice melt on the lake. A hairline crack, turned to a separation which created two ice blocks, then many more and well, you get the idea. It was amazing to watch the warmer weather transform the lake before our very eyes.

Our goal for the home was to create a family friendly space, true to the surrounding area with texture and warmth, adding a modern flavour with clean lines and simple forms. Here is a peek at our inspiration, concept board and material selections for the living room. Can’t wait to show you more! livingroomcollage cottagelivingroom cottage living room inspiration Image credits: left l right

 

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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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!

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project sneak peek: modern youthful bathroom

Once in a while a project comes along where the request is to transform a room into something it’s not. It could be as simple as making a dining room into a home office, a bedroom into a dressing room or in this case a closet into a bathroom.

On a third floor, with angled ceilings and space at a premium, we set out to design a space once filled with clothes into a three piece bathroom. Literally every inch counted, from heights to widths and distances between.

Although a kids bathroom, our approach to this small, yet functional space was modern, bold and fresh with a splash of the unexpected… a youthful feel with staying power.

bathroom concept Stay tuned for the after photos and more about how we turned this closet into an ensuite bathroom.

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before and after: mid-century inspired dining room

A stylish Calgary couple with a young family looked to nyla free designs to change up their dining room and create a design savvy space they would feel great about entertaining and welcoming guests into. Here’s the room BEFORE we got our hands on it. before Drawing inspiration from the clean lines of mid-century modern design and looking to infuse colour, we had a blank slate with the exception of the existing light fixture. We lightened the walls and maximized the space with storage and seating capabilities. Our clients selected the artwork, a painting by Canadian artist Rachelle Kearns as well as a large piece of Marimekko fabric over a simple plywood frame. The AFTER:

Modern Dining Room Modern Dining Room I was thrilled when our clients embraced the patterned and coloured drapery which makes a strong statement in the small space. Modern Dining Room Modern Dining Room Modern Dining Room We had a great time putting the finishing touches together with accessories and table settings. Installation was a success and our clients were thrilled!
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project sneak peek: small space european style ensuite

If you’ve been following along my Instagram feed or Facebook page you may recognize this bathroom we’ve been working on. We embarked on two bathroom renovations in an old, three storey home with loads of charm and character, so you might imagine we are dealing with small spaces. (Actually one is a closet turned bathroom transformation…more on that in another post.)

The original master ensuite had little to no storage, a small tub/shower and an adjoining closet open to the bedroom and considerable space restrictions. Re-organizing the space, we separated the closet from the bedroom, utilized the space better and shifted the bathroom to accommodate a vanity with storage as well as a longer tub.

bathroom sample collage bathroom snapshots Our client loved the idea of having a european influence with interesting details and embraced the restrictions a small space often comes with. Our jumping off point was a patterned floor and from there we built the room. We are near completion! Counters were installed last week and plumbing fixtures will be next on the list. We have decorative details to cover such as hardware and accessories before I hope to photograph and share the final result.

I can hardly wait to see it all together!

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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lately loving: fashion sketches

I am fascinated by illustration but admittedly it was not my forté in design school. I was much more technical, excelling at drafting and details as opposed to the lose, freehand sketches.

A relaxed rendering of a space offers a visual like no other.

The fashion industry has a similar approach to convey ideas, inspirations and concepts. A loosely drawn figure in model poise comes alive on paper with a handful of lines and touches of colour. Fashion funnels the world of interiors with inspiration in the sense of colour, pattern, lines and details. It’s fascinating the connection, to the point where we see fashion to interior blog posts, clothing designers creating home lines and each colour of the year dually noted in both, on runways and in trade shows alike.

This artistry may be an unexpected addition to wall decor however offers impact in an organic way and a peek into the beginning stages of the world of fashion.

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David Downton fashion illustrations

Sophie Griotto fashion illustrations We brought this idea to the walls of a custom closet designed by nyla free designs, with commissioned designer shoe sketches on canvas by local Calgary artist Kim McLean. For our stylish client it was the perfect addition and finishing touch to the closet. fashion illustration - Kim McLean Image credits: 1 l 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 photo by Lori Andrews for Nyla Free Designs.

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.