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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.

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obsessed with interior windows

I’ve noticed a trend in the treatment of interior walls recently and I’m kind of obsessed. Not just a divider of space, but a way to define as well as allow the passage of light and a view into adjoining rooms. Framed with bold lines, these interior windows frame a space in a non traditional way. As seen below, everything from a shower wall, dining rooms, kitchens, and living areas all benefit from this light filled, ‘see-though’ wall. I love it.

Your turn. Is it too open? Do you prefer the traditional approach to dividing spaces?

interior windows via: The New York Times

Interior Windows via: nicety live journal

InteriorWindows3 via: style me pretty photographed by: Julien Fernandez

Interior Windows via: mad & bolig designed by: Naja Munthe

interior windows

via: StillStars photography by: Heidi Lerkenfeidt

Interior Windows via: french by design photographed by: Cyrille Robin styled by Marion Alberge and Muriel Cibot.

Interior Windows via: Nate Berkus

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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ikea malm dressers – who knew?

Sometimes I feel like IKEA is a four letter word. You know the kind I’m talking about. The design industry may have a love it or hate it approach to the big box Swedish powerhouse but regardless of what you think, there’s no denying it’s versatility, style and let’s face it, price point.

I recently had a client, tip toe around the ‘I’ word, almost embarrassed to ask if I shopped there. I do, and the images below prove how one of IKEA’s most popular dressers, MALM is used from high end to low, living spaces to bedrooms. It’s all about keeping an open mind to design, embracing the opportunities of mixing high and low and recognizing that simple does not have to mean boring.

mirrored malm elle decor Mirrored MALM, Elle Decor via: Play Chic Blog

malm dresser style at home Medium brown MALM via Style at Home

malm dresser in colourful contemporary room, blissful blog Three, 3-drawer MALM dressers side by side via: bliss blog

ikea malm dresser for children's room, pinjacolada blog MALM 6-drawer chest with decals via: pinjacolada blog

Would love to know what you think!

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 through Design in a Box.

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before and after: mission master bedroom

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a before and after! This particular installation happened early December and we transformed this empty room in a day from basic to beautiful. See the colour and inspiration story here.

Due to the overall size of the room, a sense of coziness and warmth was important to achieve. My clients also requested a sitting area (desk included), with a place for family photos and travel memories. The result is one of stylish comfort, embracing neutral colours, natural textures and an infusion of aubergine in a subtle way.

BEFORE:

Bedroom Before AFTER:

Bedroom After Using their existing mission style bed, we added painted bedside tables and dresser in a warm gray. Attention to detail in the circular pattern on the dresser is repeated in the large wood framed mirror above and the night stand hardware.

Bedroom close up of dresser Bedroom sitting area Bedroom sitting area close up It’s always a great feeling when your vision comes to life and your clients are thrilled with the results. From what I hear the daybed is everyone’s favorite!

All images are my own.

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 through Design in a Box.

© 2013 Nyla Free Designs Inc.

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installation sneak peek

A few weeks ago we completed a main floor installation I’ve been looking forward to seeing come together. Unique pieces, pattern and colour as well as the courage to trust has yielded great results.

You may have seen this cafe sign a time or two if you’re following me elsewhere and here it is, finally in it’s home. It is one of my favourite pieces in the space. That and the houndstooth bench – I’m in love!

Here’s a quick peek. (I’m getting good at these teaser shots, aren’t I??)

Dining room with school house light Happy Friday!

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 through Design in a Box.

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sneak peek: mission master bedroom with a hint of modern

This is one of my favourite parts of a project. The beginning stages where the conceptualizing and ideas are flowing, the colour palette is set, furniture selected and go ahead given.

There always seems to be a jumping off point in a project whether it be an existing piece of furniture, a favourite colour, or in this case, glass lamps from Mottega in an aubergine colour. Combining accents to compliment the lamps along with neutral fabrics and furniture finishes, we created a master retreat complete with sitting area and desk.

Watch for a before and after post next week!

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.

Nyla Free Designs also offers an online design service through Design in a Box.

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trend from tent london: graphic

Tent London is a multi faceted design show and considered one of the most creative events in the design calendar. It boasts over 200 established, yet up and coming interior product designers. These companies are pushing boundaries, with colour combinations and graphic patterns, a trend I spotted each and every row I traveled.

Seaside inspired, Zoe Murphy uses textiles and imagery on recycled furniture encouraging a ‘love what belongs to you’ mindset.

Vintage toys, childhood memories and travel continue to inspire the designers of Mini Moderns where they’ve mastered the art of pattern in their own voice on such items as pillows, wallpaper, fabrics, rugs and ceramics.

Luxurious bohemian patterns is all you really need to say to pique your interest of Surfacephilia. A sketched approach to the design of wallpapers, cushions, bone china and greeting cards, the depth and interest in each pattern caught my eye instantly.

It doesn’t get more classic than black and white, however award winning print design company Erica Wakerly, has taken the graphic combination and softened it. Their approach to interior textiles and wallpaper is described as ‘Modern and delicate. Distinct, but not overpowering’.

Lovers of colour and inspired by their surroundings of nature, art and fashion, Parris Wakefield Additions collection is bold and graphic. With a strong and successful background in graphic design they’ve embraced interiors with their collection of cushions, fabrics, rugs and wallpapers.

What I loved about BlogTour London and the London Design Festival was the diverse visual eye candy that did not disappoint day after day. Each show, showroom tour and not to mention BlogTour London participants, brought a different approach to design, inspiring avenues of reaching their end product as well as a style so apparently unique to everyone,  you couldn’t help but be filled with the vigor to go forth and create!

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.

Nyla Free Designs also offers an online design service through Design in a Box.