lately loving: mint

Hello Monday! Hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend. Ever have those days where you think, Yay! it’s only Friday and we still have Saturday AND Sunday…so much weekend still left. Fast forward to Sunday evening and it’s back to “where did the time go?”, “it can’t possibly be Monday again already!” Yet, here we are.

Thankfully I’m stocked with chocolate which will provide some fuel. The next few weeks are going to be exciting!

The colour mint is everywhere these days. It’s not a typical colour used in interiors especially in a large scale. I love the soft and subtle wall colour in an otherwise neutral room (top) as well as a splash of colour in the kitchen cabinetry (bottom). How about the dramatic window and door trim in mint? Do you dare? Or are smaller accessories more your style?

mint interior mint mint interior Here’s to a colourful start to your week!

Victoria Sullivan Interiors, Mint chocolate chip macaroons, pencils, tea cup and saucer, Pantone 351U, mint door and window frames, My lovely things blog.

good friday link love: moose on the loose

Yes, it’s Thursday, however I’m posting my link love a day early as we’re taking the day off for Good Friday.

Things have been tight quarters around the office these days. We’re gearing up for a large installation happening in May and many deliveries are crossing the threshold of our tiny office space which means boxes are piling up and it’s looking like a shipping and receiving depot. As we open boxes it’s a little like Christmas as we squeal with the arrival of cool accessories and products all set to pull a lakeside cottage together in time for the first long weekend of the “summer”.

We couldn’t help but have some fun as we unwrapped our moose friend….

moose nyla moose jamie moose ana Happy Easter weekend and enjoy the link love!

1. artistic shower curtains from society6

2. apparently overalls are back in style?

3. tips for taking jumping photos

4. bright bazaar book available April 29th!

5. Easter recipes

lastly… you’ll find this moose head at west elm :)

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.

lately loving: good luck charms

St. Patrick’s Day brings along the luck of the Irish, however there are many other symbols of good fortune, some of which you may consider adding to your decor. We’ve just purchased the (massive) good luck neon horse shoe sign (below), by artist Todd Sanders of Roadhouse Relics  for a clients “funky spa”. I found it via Modenus and instantly knew it would be the perfect addition to the space. It will be joining other quirky elements to create a fun and inspiring place to relax and workout. I’m excited to pull it all together….wish me luck!

More lucky accessories….

good luck signs Sources: 1 l 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6

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.

friday link love: california dreamin’

I just love California, can you tell? Walking out of the Parker Hotel I captured this image I thought was so indicative of the California vibe…palm trees, sunshine and a great car :)

It’s going to be -500 degrees here this weekend so I’ll be hibernating. Hope you have a lovely weekend planned.

California sunset outside of the Parker Hotel

When visiting Palm Springs I highly recommend Workshop Kitchen & Bar

Creating a gallery wall with Artfully Walls via: Bright Bazaar.

Recommended apps for bloggers.

Loved learning about this family of potters over on the Design Files.

You’ve got to check out the paper dresses this little girl and her mom are making.

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.

gift guide: for the hostess

With the holidays in full swing, the squares on my calender are filling up with special invites from friends and family. I’m always thankful for the time and effort it takes to host a party and when it involves me not cooking, of course that’s an added bonus! Hostess gifts are a lovely way to pass on a thank you and let your host know how much you appreciate the invite and being welcomed into their home. Whether you know them a little or a lot, here are some of my favourite ideas.

gift ideas for the hostess

1. William Sonoma peppermint bark 2. Kate Spade clear acrylic desk frame  3. forged flatware serving set from West Elm 4. Anthropologie’s mercury glass candles 5. holiday baking from Crave *minimum 48 hours notice required for orders  6. rectangle slate board perfect for cheese from Crate & Barrel 7. Cake kitchen papers from the Bay.

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.

wallpaper: martyn lawrence bullard for schumacher

I am so thankful the resurgence of wallpaper has left the ‘trend’ list and become a staple and classic element in the world of design. It encompasses every style, purpose and nearly budget making it a statement detail in any room. A few months back I received a glimpse into the new Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Schumacher collection of wallpaper. The patterns, colour palettes and attention to detail are stunning and as only Martyn can, approaches each collection from the perspective of high fashion, global appeal and of course a level of subtle glamour. Below are just two of the many wallpapers in the collection. Showing the paper used in a setting makes all the difference when presenting options to a client as visualization is often not their forte. It can become overwhelming and somewhat intimidating however adding a bold statement such as wallpaper is really what takes a room to a whole new level of interest and wow factor.

martyn lawrence bullard, schumacher wallpaper martyn lawrence bullard, schumacher wallpaper martyn lawrence bullard, schumacher wallpaper martyn lawrence bullard, schumacher wallpaper Schumacher wallpaper and fabrics are available to the design trade only. Please get in touch to request further information. We’d love to help take your space to new heights!

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.

friday link love

September always feels like a fresh start regardless of whether you’re back to school or not. And while I’m never ready for summer to end, September is my favourite month. The days are still filled with warmth, regardless of the cooler mornings and we hang on to every last breath of summer possible. And then of course there’s the Fall fashion…. there are many more reasons why I adore September but being a Libra means I can’t quite decide which ones to mention. Oh right! It’s also my birthday month!

With Fall officially around the corner I’m bracing myself for activities to begin and the imminent arrival of much cooler days and eventually snow. Here’s hoping Fall sticks around for longer than Winter will. Is this too much to ask??

summer

Enjoy some of this weeks favourite finds and links. Happy weekend!

I have my eye on these beauties for Fall.

We can always use an etiquette check with our social media platforms.

Have you heard of Bly?

My office space was featured in Avenue Magazine last month in an article on small spaces. See more on the blog soon!

Serena & Lily is now carrying 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 through Design in a Box.

valentine’s all year long

I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day. It’s a tad over done for me and why do we limit all the fuss to one day a year aside from anniversaries, birthdays or other momentous occasions?

I bought these prints for a little girls room yesterday and while they do have an underlying Valentine’s theme, I think they are perfectly adorable, and why not celebrate candy hearts and kisses all year long?

sweet valentines, etsy Pretty in pink: the bedding and paint colour already in place. serena and lily girls bedding

As of late, I’ve been more conscious of supporting smaller businesses so sourcing wall decor and accessories via avenues such as etsy is not only cost effective, you also get something off the beaten path and I love the idea of supporting a ‘little shop’.

Check out more of amanda catherine designs on etsy.

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.