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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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before and after: modern living room

I admit this is not a typical before and after where the original space is somewhat undesired and ready for an overhaul. Rather, this is a case of a ‘re-do’ so to speak as my client was ready to embrace a new approach to the space. She was finding the sectional to be inconvenient when entertaining and not suitable for a larger group of people, and overall just ready for a change.

Before: modern living room, nyla free designs inc., sturgess architecture, calgary alberta We embraced a conversation style seating arrangement, with one large sofa, two slipper chairs and a lounge chair and ottoman where my client often relaxes with her latte and piles of magazines right next to the warmth of the fireplace.

After: modern living room, nyla free designs inc., sturgess architecture, calgary alberta We lightened up the area carpet from black to a traditional khotan carpet in neutral tones to flow with the terrazzo floors, limestone fireplace and concrete wall.

modern living room, nyla free designs inc., sturgess architecture, calgary alberta The slipper chairs were purchased from 1st Dibs with the intention of re-upholstering them upon arrival. We decided to deliver them to the home as we hadn’t quite decided on a fabric, only to find we absolutely loved them in the space as is.

alexander mcqueen hummingbird pillow, rug company, modern living room, nyla free designs inc. One of my favourite additions was the needlepoint Alexander McQueen hummingbird pillow from the Rug Company we purchased at Avenue Road in Toronto.

I loved the space first time around but I have to say this new layout and selection of furniture is divine. I adore this living space and thankfully have the opportunity to visit often :)

photography by: Lori Andrews

Art collection: William Perehudoff (1919 – 2013), Brian Riley

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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before and after: work/play family room

A growing family with a love of travel, needed a functional space where mom could work and kids could play so we stepped in to plan a room that did just that.

This open concept infill home was lacking when it came to toy storage for their little ones, and the aesthetics of the space was not living up to it’s potential. We decided to maximize the storage capabilities of the front wall with floor to ceiling built-ins and embrace the couples love of travel and collection of items from abroad with a playful mix of textures and patterns.

(before) Lacking storage and aesthetics, my client decided it was time for a change. The BEFORE.

family room built ins (progress) The family room transformed with built-ins for toy and book storage plus a work area for a mom. In PROGRESS.

Family room built ins (after) The finished space furnished with a large area rug for kids play, a window seat complete with storage and a chair 1/2 for cuddles and reading. The AFTER.

reading chair window bench (after) With the perfect place for play and work to happen even at the same time, this busy and growing family can enjoy the function and aesthetics of their new space.

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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design: thanksgiving table setting

Thanksgiving creeps up on me so quickly I never seem to have the time to think about decorations let alone preparing a turkey dinner. This year, as irony would have it, we have no plans to host and I’ve got a lovely looking table. It’s a classic case of being all dressed up with no where to go.

When asked to share ideas for setting a Thanksgiving table at a Woman’s Workshop at The Cooking Room last weekend, I jumped at the opportunity to dress my own. The result combines elements of nature with warmth and a mix of textures. It has an asymmetrical vibe to it, which is a little out of my normal approach to a table and I’ve brought in a few whimsical elements as well.

The idea behind this setting could be used on a mantle, console table or any style or size of dining table. I love it’s versatility and the ability to have fun with nature and embrace things you may have in your home, or even in your own backyard.

Thanksgiving table settings, nyla free designs Thanksgiving table settings, nyla free designs Thanksgiving table settings, nyla free designs Thanksgiving table settings, nyla free designs Thanksgiving table settings, nyla free designs Thanksgiving table settings, nyla free designs Above all, there’s nothing more important than spending time with those we love..beautiful table setting or not. Have a Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

Pottery Barn: glitter leaves, birch pillar candles, Crate and Barrel: bali round placemats, slate linen napkins, squirrel tea light holder, lotus votive holder, table runner, Chapters/Indigo: slate coasters (used as place cards), metallic votives, salad plates, Rustic Wood Wedding Decor: wood tree slices, Safeway: pumpkins, From my own home: white dinner plates (Jasper Conran for Wedgewood), silverware (Chintz & Co. circa 1995), glassware and glass vase. Dining table, chairs and drapery are custom through Nyla Free Designs Inc.

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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behind the scenes: my office space reveal

Welcome! Now that we’re moved in and settled, I’d like to give you a virtual tour of our office space so please, come in.

With our office located in the old CFB Calgary (Canadian Forces Base), we embraced the nostalgia of the old school, industrial vibe of the building. Filled with small businesses, many creative, it’s a friendly atmosphere and feels good to be ‘down the hall’ from inspiring people.

Our space is small but I would say it has a big heart. Plenty of room for meetings, project planning and the day to day of a growing interior design firm. So here is where it all happens…!

Nyla Free Designs office Nyla Free Designs office detail Nyla Free Designs office Nyla Free Designs office detail Nyla Free Designs office entrance If you missed the teaser I posted about the furniture and selections for our office space you can see it here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Illustrations by: Brita Thomas; art above console: Pink Twist, Serigraph, Harry Kiyooka, RCA; art above metal bins: Katie Ohe, Ripple Serigraph 1971; art above inspiration boards: Tumbleweed series by Siobhan Humston, all available through Herringer Kiss Gallery, Photography 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.

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a day in the life: modern cottage installation

Early June I installed select new furniture and accessories, inside and out at this Ontario lakeside cottage. I had done so much work sight unseen in previous years I was thrilled to be able to see it first hand.

Surrounded by trees and a spectacular view of the lake, it’s the perfect getaway for a Calgary couple. Far enough away from civilization where relaxing, reading, entertaining and admiring the view is on the to-do list for each day. Sounds like bliss, huh?

Here are a few of the Instagram photos I took during my visit to give you an inside peek of this gorgeous home away from home.

modern cottage exterior sturgess architecture stag modern cottage living room modern cottage living room dining room branchelier modern cottage bedroom modern cottage martha sturdy wood tables modern cottage and so to bed handle leather bed modern adirondack chairs deck2 house2 Sources: Sectional, chair and coffee table MONTAUK, dining table and bench CUSTOM through Nyla Free Designs Inc., dining chairs RESTORATION HARDWARE, dining light fixture LIVING LIGHTING, bed AND SO TO BED, Martha Sturdy bedside tables PROVIDE, area carpet ELTE, adirondack chairs DESIGN WITHIN REACH, white ceramic stools SERENA & LILY, red lanterns POTTERY BARN. Architecture STURGESS ARCHITECTURE

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.