back to school mom style

BackToSchool It’s the time of year us moms crave schedules and structure at the end of the lazy days of summer and if you’re anything like me, it takes a few weeks to settle into the Fall routine. The runaround prior for school shoes, clothes, school supplies and backpacks, all of which are carefully selected, takes a lot of time and energy. Now that the kiddos are back in the swing of things why not spoil yourself with a little back to school shopping of your own?

1. Biker jacket | 2. Blackwatch plaid skirt | 3. Moleskin notebooks | 4. White leather sneakers | 5. Iron utility scissors | 6. Frieling french press | 7. Accessory tool box | 8. Robert Geller David reading glasses



a day in the life: install sourcing

a day in the life installation sourcing We’re preparing for a large installation in Canmore tomorrow! Last week we hit the shops for more fabulous finds, one being the Reclaimed Trading Co. We found wonderful accessories, furniture and some old moulds we’re going to use as wall decor. There are many treasures to be had here! And no those are not pizza boxes :) it’s an armful of frames for a fun gallery wall. Stay tuned for more! 
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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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lately loving: black & white wallpaper

black and white wallpaper For most, wallpaper is a huge commitment. It is considerably more daring than paint, however the overall impact is far greater. Pattern is the added factor with wallpaper, however if you’re looking for the WOW without the jolt of colour, black and white is the perfect choice. While graphic, black and white wallpaper is completely neutral, equally modern and traditional as well as versatile and timeless. We recently used Cole and Son’s woods wallpaper in a stairwellproviding interest and creating a backdrop to the beautiful architectural details.

Image credits: Domaine Home I Schumacher wallpaperDecor Happy Blog I Designers Guild wallpaper, Wall and Deco, Cole and Son wallpaper I Living space

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lately loving: plywood

Plywood With the industrial feel alive and well in interiors, and lighter wood making a resurgence, plywood is showing it’s face on the forefront of design, not just behind the scenes. The pale and raw material is becoming a selection, not just a base of construction. It has an architectural element and of course is extremely budget savvy. Plywood verges on being stark and cold in it’s raw state even though it is wood, and it’s use in these spaces certainly dictate simple environments. Is there a place for it in modern day North American interiors or does the overall appeal lean more towards a European Scandinavia feel?

Jamie is loving the modern and organic offering of these spaces. How about you?

Image sources clockwise from top left: shelving with pegs, chair, plywood clad room, platform bed, closet, window openings Nyla Free Designs, Calgary Interior Designer, Calgary Professional, Interior Designer,



lately loving: felt

felt inspiration If felt brings back memories of childhood crafts, I’m here to tell you, it’s come a long way. Felt is a non-woven fabric made up of fibres such as wool or synthetics and matted together using heat, moisture and an immense amount of pressure. It is making it’s way into interiors in everything from lighting, accessories, fabrics and even wall coverings. With ingenious methods of modern crafting and sculpting, felt is seeing a breakthrough in modern design.

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lately loving: neon signs

neon signs in interiors Neon signs are typically thought of as outdoor signage, highlighting landmarks with beams of bright and colourful light, prominent mostly at night, they are also quiet visible in daylight. Signs have a tacky reputation in some cases, however in others, the attention to graphics become a prominent feature making them works of art, not just an indication of building or company name.

The use of neon started over 100 years ago and became increasingly popular in the US from 1920 – 1960. Since then, we have seen a decline in the use of the gas charged tubes in signs outdoors, however great efforts are being made to preserve and restore antique neon signs. The Museum of Neon Art (MONA), located in Glendale California encourages learning and curiosity of the art form both new and old, also offering neon cruises through the streets of Los Angeles.

Now the trend is moving inside with the art of neon becoming wildly popular in interiors. Artists are embracing this medium with text, geometrics and once again large signs used as dynamic wall decor. All you need is a plug in…

Image credits: little by little l good luck l oops l you make me wonder l come with me Nyla Free Designs, Calgary Interior Designer, Calgary Professional, Interior Designer,


the ladies gift guide 2014

It’s getting down to the wire. For the most part we’re past the point of ordering online (unless you want to pay exorbitant shipping fees), malls are packed and patience is lower than the norm. Oh what fun it is….! I feel like I’m close. Oh so close. Will do an inventory this weekend and start wrapping – my favourite!

Whether for a friend, a mom, wife, sister or daughter, we’ve compiled a gift guide of items one may not necessarily purchase for themselves. And aren’t those are the best kind of indulgences? Hope you find this list helpful in your last minute dashing around for that special someone.

the ladies gift guide 2014

1. Essie winter 2014 collection: Essie available at Shoppers Drug Mart 2. Nars velvet matte lip pencil: Sephora 3. Nest moss and mint classic candle: Mural 4. Celerie Kemble, Black & White: Chapters/Indigo 5. Downing emossed clutch: J.Crew  6. Shereen de Rousseau bracelet: Provide 7. Alba glove: Club Monaco 8. Babaton Leonardo jumpsuit: Aritzia 9. ‘hello’ iPhone 6 case: Society 6


the hipster gift guide 2014

I’ve made a pretty good dent in my Christmas shopping, how about you?  There always seems to be at least one tough to buy for person on the list so we hope to help provide you with a few new and different ideas. We’re adding more gift guides this year to assist with any shopping dilemmas you may have.  Stay tuned over the next few days as we bring you the gentlemen’s guide, one for all the lovely ladies you know, as well as ideas for the teen in your life. Sound fun? Up first we’ve enlisted the help of Jamie, our junior designer who also has a keen eye for fashion and lots of fabulous finds for that “20 something” stylish girl on your list . Happy shopping!

the 20 somethings gift guide 1. Diamond mosaic blanket/scarf: Aritzia 2. Brushed rose/ walnut leather watch: the Horse 3. The Book of Everything: Urban Outfitters 4. Olds crest crewneck: Camp Brand Goods 5. Fuji film INSTAX instant smartphone printer: Urban Outfitters 6. Erika sunglasses: Ray-Ban 7. S’well shimmer collection bottle: S’well 8. Copper tin candle: Urban Outfitters 9. Xandie leather backpack: Aritzia



lately loving: 3-dimensional tile

Today kicks off another kitchen renovation for the team at Nyla Free Designs Inc. We are thrilled to be working with a long term client of ours again, especially in this key area of the home. Design decisions in other areas have been thoughtfully considered with an underlying artful approach. The kitchen is no exception where we have selected an artisanal, hand made, 3-dimensional tile for a feature wall behind the range. I can hardly wait to share more!

The sight line from the living and dining room is key in creating a visual cohesion throughout the main floor and with the range wall part of this view you can bet we’re paying close attention to the detail, texture and finish of the backsplash. I am thrilled with our showstopping selection! Of course we’ll keep you updated along the way, however in the meantime here are some 3-dimension tiles to inspire.

3-dimensional tile Sources: Ann Sacks, Artistic Tile, Lapicida, Stone Tile


lately loving: swing arm wall sconces

One of my favourite decor items right now is the swing arm wall sconce. We have used them in a few of our projects lately. Versatile, functional and of course stylish, this decorative element fits into any room from modern to traditional.  Most mount to the wall without the need of an electrical box, all you need is an outlet! . Which one is your favourite?

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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.

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