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!
Modern Dining Room Modern Dining Room

 

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.

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.

fashion illustration - paper fashion fashion illustration - eduard erlikh

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.

project sneak peek: home office design

We’re quite excited about a home office design we recently presented to a client. A home office suitable for husband, wife and potential homework area for kids with a modern combination of warm and cool, texture and sleek lines, pattern and colour. Drawing inspiration from a bedroom image, we gathered finishes and materials around this palette. The jolt of acid yellow, back painted in the bookshelves provides a high interest within the otherwise neutral colour scheme. Mix in a school house light fixture and mid-century seating and we’ve created a classically modern space to stand the test of time.   home office idea board Office Samples If working from home is part of your day, why not create a space that’s inspiring and functional?

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: 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.

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.

Lesley Anton Lesley Anton Lesley Anton Lesley Anton Lesley Anton Below is a space we designed which includes a pair of David table lamps in mica glaze. Living Room, Nyla Free Designs, Foothills Renovations, Lori Andrews Photography I like to think of lighting as jewels in a room, whether hanging, table or floor. Being considerate of not only function but visual impact when selecting lighting provides a space with interest adding another layer of texture and an illuminating decorative touch.

*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.

lately loving: butterflies

We’re noticing butterflies poping up everywhere from art forms to wallpaper these days. With upwards of 15,000 different species they’re as unique and individual as the creative ways they’re being used in the world of design. I love the three dimensional approach as shown in the art work below, a massive wall decal filling a wall, pixelated wallpaper or one where the butterflies feel like they will fly off the wall. We’re loving the sophisticated approach to butterflies fluttering around these days. What do you think?

butterfly art in a dining room with banquet seating butterfly house wallpaper osborne and little framed butterflies over turquoise rustic sideboard butterfly wall decal osborne and little We’ve just ordered this Trove wallpaper for a clients powder room which will be installed wall to wall and on the ceiling. I can’t wait to see the result! trove azha wallpaper Image credits: 1. Lonny Mag Sept/Oct 2011 Photo by Patrick Kline, interior design by Celerie Kemble 2. Osborne and Little Butterfly House wallpaper 3. via Rom For Deg 4. Tiny Wing wall decal by wall & deco 5. Trove Azha wallpaper

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.

lately loving: offset square white tile

The classic subway tile has been a staple in the world of design for ages. Kitchens and bathrooms have been a popular location for the brick laid pattern and most often found in white.

Switching it up with the same approach using square tiles is a great alternative. What do you think about stepping out from the classic brick pattern subway tile and trying something new?

bathroom with offset square tile bathroom with offset square tile bathroom with offset square tile bathroom with offset square tile square tile offset Images via: Mandy Milk’s bathroom makeover via House and Home, via Apartment Therapy, Morton Ave project via Studio . You . Me, image source unknown: if you know the designer or photographer please let me know!, home for sale via Alvhem Mäkleri & Interiors

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.