*free* design notes: bedroom design

I recently ran a contest to win a design in a box and it was no surprise to hear that most people needed help with their bedroom. I’ve been there. It’s a forgotten room. But recently, my husband and I finally decided to create our own space. After all, both our girls have beautiful little rooms, why couldn’t we? If you’d like to take a look at our finished bedroom, pop on over to my bedroom reveal post.

The master bedroom is often at the bottom of the list when it comes to decorating, it’s not a public space, you don’t spend that much time in there, and most of that time you have your eyes shut. However, may I encourage you to take some time and a little bit of money to create a space that is your oasis and room for you to retreat to. Looking at the image I’ve chosen for today’s notes, it doesn’t take much to get started and I would bet most of these items you already have in some shape or form. Perhaps they need to be re-invented with a fresh coat of paint or new fabric. New life lies within.

So what’s it going to take for you to make your bedroom a priority? Is it money? Is it not knowing where to begin? What do you think about the space below and it’s simplicity and combination of colour, pattern and texture? Do you feel this is easy to achieve or is the mix daunting?

Come on friends. You deserve a beautiful bedroom!

Chime in!

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Image source: House and Home


free design notes: 6.27.11

When I look at this kitchen, my first thought is “when can I move in?”. There’s really nothing I don’t love and oh how I wish I could flip the page of this Metropolitan Home image and see the rest of the house. *sigh*

What do you think? Are you bored with white cabinetry? Do you mind open shelves? Would love to know your thoughts!

Image: Elle Decor

Happy Monday!



free design notes: 4.25.11

When designing, part of my thought process is seeing a room for what it’s not. I know this sounds odd, however I think you can create interesting spaces in areas that are unexpected. Much like the image below of an upper floor hallway. More than a way to get from point A to point B, there’s another element of living here that can happen along the way.

Thinking outside the box and using a space in a different way than you may have first thought can add just the right amount of interest to your home. Do you have a typical space in your home that you could use in an unexpected way?

Would love for you to share!

Image via Google Images: Original Source unknown


free design notes: 4.11.11

My style is definitely all about the mix so I was immediately drawn to this image with classic pieces of modern and traditional paired together in this dining room. Klismos chairs with a Platner table is a sophisticated combination, all alongside metallic walls and what looks to be an interesting ceiling. Show me more!

Image: Jeffrey Bilhuber via Roomlust


free design notes 4.4.11

I used to dream of one day living in a New York City loft. At this point I doubt that will ever happen so I will live vicariously through lovely images I find like this one.

Could you live in a space like this? It’s certainly not for everyone but I’m pretty sure I could handle it for a little while….

Image source: Desire 2 Inspire



free design notes: 3.28.11

I was going through some old tear outs from Metropolitan Home and I came across this bathroom. What I love the most about it is the fact that at first glance it doesn’t even feel like a bathroom. The function is there, however the aesthetics are beyond beautiful.

Image credit: Metropolitan Home

Spending time in a bathroom like this would be dreamy as far as I’m concerned. What about you? I would love to hear your thoughts!


free design notes: 3.21.11

There’s so much I love about this kitchen I’m almost considering a renovation.

What do you think?

Image source: Traditional Home


‘free’ design notes: 3.7.11

If you’re new to my blog, I’d like to introduce you to Free Design Notes. It’s a post that will let you see inside my design brain and how I look at images. Designers are notorious for jotting down notes on tear sheets that they like in an effort to keep and use for inspiration later on. I decided to share my favorites with you each Monday, so I hope you’ll stop by each week to see inspiring images and visions of Nyla Free Designs. Feel ‘free’ to offer any other thoughts that you might have about the image. We all have different eyes so share away!

To elaborate further, I love how this image mixes old and new, traditional and modern ~ which is a concept I love to incorporate into my designs.

Image source: Living Etc.