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project reveal: classic living room

Living Room There is so much excitement on install day. Seeing the vision come together is as thrilling for us as it is for our clients. While the larger pieces have been selected months ago, it’s the finishing touches, accessories and artwork that really put a stamp of completion on a space.

The jumping off point for this room was our clients Barry Weiss artwork. We married simple fabrics, textural furniture with a patterned area carpet and drapery for interest.  
Samples Living Room Close Up Living Room The result is a classic, sophisticated and welcoming room suitable for entertaining everyone from grandchildren to friends!

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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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lately loving: modern windsor chairs

windsor chair Dating back to the 16th century it is safe to say the “Windsor chair” is a classic. It is unknown as to their official origin however some speculate they were named after the town of Windsor which became the centre for trading in the early 1700’s. Other names include stick-back or comb-back chairs, however the construction of all styles are similar. The seat is the integrity of the chair providing strength to both the legs and back, both are securely fastened into the thickness of the seat.
windsor chair windsor chair It’s ability to meld into any environment, the Windsor chair provides comfort and a classic form available in an array of colours and stains. Suitable in a kitchen, a desk chair or a dining room, it’s casual elegance and simple lines make it an easy choice and one that will never go out of style. 
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powder room inspiration

Powder Room Inspiration The proverbial saying “the shoemakers son always goes barefoot” is ringing so true for me right now.

We had an unexpected toilet leak in our main floor powder room last October. We immediately started the demolition process to unveil any further damage. We patched the space to a degree, however I saw this as an opportunity to make over the powder room from it’s original “builder basic” feel.

It’s now February, and the bathroom is still unusable. So yes… the family of a skilled or knowledgeable person are often the last to benefit from their expertise.

Making decisions for my own home is tough. I see so much, love so much and projects tend to become a work in progress.

I do however have a vision in mind and sometimes putting it out there is the first step in moving forward, so here goes!

1. I’m drawing inspiration from DesignLoveFest’s recent desktop wallpaper 2. I am loving this light fixture option 3. Thinking a mother of pearl framed mirror 4. Having a hard time selecting anything other than a brass faucet 5. Varying shades of navy blue herringbone tiles are the one thing installed and looking fabulous. Nyla Free Designs, Calgary Interior Designer, Calgary Professional, Interior Designer,

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lately loving: black faucets

Black Faucets There’s a new neutral in the world of faucets and it comes in a rich, dark and handsome colour while still maintaining a sense of elegance and simplicity. For years, oil rubbed bronze lead the pack however it’s taking a back seat. Black is in fashion and it’s more stylish than ever. The finish is matte, the look is modern, the price is worth it.

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before and after: master bathroom

Ensuite Materials The second of two bathrooms to be renovated in an effort to bring them up to date and more functional is revealed today. You may recall the teen bathroom we shared previously with much room for improvement with regards to function and aesthetics. For the adults of the home, their vision was to have a room of solace and relaxation with a fresh approach to materials and space utilization. The ‘before’ space is dark and dated, ready for a revamp! BELFORDensuitebefore EnsuiteDrawingDetails The room feels significantly larger by removing the glass block and opening the shower visually with glass framed walls. The selection of lighter tiles and the freestanding tub also opens the space and provides light to flow freely and brighten the room.

Tile was an important detail in the ensuite, not only from a function perspective but also a way of adding interest and texture in the design. We had several areas where varying tile sizes and thicknesses met each other and those areas required careful details to confirm placement and our intention for the overall look. There are six different tiles in this bathroom, however the result is seamless and textural yet still quiet and subdued in colour. A refreshing space to start and end the day.  Nyla Free Designs, Ensuite Renovation EnsuiteTub2 EnsuiteCloseUps EnsuiteTub EnsuiteShower Interior Design: Nyla Free Designs Inc. Construction: Foothills Renovations Photography: Phil Crozier Nyla Free Designs, Calgary Interior Designer, Calgary Professional, Interior Designer,

 

 

 

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project reveal: calgary elbow park, nyla free designs

The process of building a home from the ground up is extensive. The decision making starts immediately. Most overlook the value of an interior designer at the early stages of a project, to the point where decisions must be made based on what has already been built rather than what has been planned for. We were lucky enough to start working with this client before construction started which gave us ample time for potential changes and room for attention to detail.

Kitchen, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Rocky Point Custom Homes, John Bilodeau Photography

Our clients knew clearly what they loved , however if there was a hint of uncertainty, they put their trust in us and moved to the next task. Decisions were made efficiently and with confidence. The outcome has personality plus, with daring elements, colour, pattern and texture all while creating a warm and friendly environment perfect for entertaining, loads of kids running in and out the door, or simply hanging out by the fire….a beautiful abode for a wonderful family. Kitchen Kitchen Living Room, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Rocky Point Custom Homes, John Bilodeau Photography Family Room Family Room Entrance Dining, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Rocky Point Custom Homes, John Bilodeau Photography Ensuite, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Rocky Point Custom Homes, John Bilodeau Photography This home recently graced the cover of Homes and Living magazine. See the digital version here. homes and living magazine cover Interior Design: Nyla Free Designs Inc. Builder/contractor: Rocky Point Custom Homes Photographer: John Bilodeau

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before and after: teen bathroom

A few years ago we embarked on the renovation of two bathrooms for a client, the master ensuite and kids bathroom. Both rooms were tired and the spaces was under utilized. The projects were unfortunately stunted by the flood of 2013 as their flooded basement required priority attention.

A year later we picked up where we left off and the demolition began. Both transformations are dramatic with floor to ceiling, wall to wall edits and reorganization. The kids bathroom lacked function and style. We had height restrictions for their tall teenage boys and not enough storage for their teen daughter. There was a depth concern with the toilet and how close it was to the tub/shower and one sink for the three kids was causing sibling chaos.

kids bathroom  Our goal was to create a light and airy, modern bathroom suitable for three teenagers. We removed the tub and swapped the shower for the vanity to provide more height as well as depth for the toilet. We created a privacy wall of frosted glass allowing light to still flow through the space. The vanity was made wider to accommodate two sinks and provide plenty of additional storage. drawings The outcome is a light filled, spacious feeling bathroom. We used soft and subtle sea glass colours balanced by white and ivory, a fresh and calm approach to the often hectic time of getting ready in the morning. Here is the final result!

modern bathroom modern bathroom modern bathroom Interior Design: Nyla Free Designs Inc. Photography: Phil Crozier, Construction: Foothills Renovations

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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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.