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lately loving: wide black & white stripes

black and white stripes Admittedly I am always drawn to stripes and the black and white kind are my favourite. The graphic nature and bold expression of this classic combination is one I could find an excuse to add to an outfit or room any day!

Image credits: skirt l area carpet l agenda l bowl l tile l flower

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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,

 

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guest pin-spiration for lapicida

Lapicida PINspiration

I had the pleasure of visiting the Kings Road Lapicida showroom while on BlogTour London in 2012. Amongst the many amazing design shows and showroom visits, Lapicida was a highlight. I am a huge fan of natural stone and encourage it as much as possible in the selection processs with clients. There is no other material that offers the same depth and dimension.

Lapicida treated us to an informative tour of their showroom (you can see my post here), enlightening us with stories and the history of each stone. It was fascinating to hear of their origins, the removal process from the earth and then finally manufactured into statement counters, floors, fireplaces, sinks…I could go on.

I learned there are very few boundaries when it comes to stone. If you can dream it, they will build it.

I was asked to create a pinterest board for Lapicida with images of what inspires me about natural stone. From small objects to entire spaces, the beauty of stone is alive and well in the world of design. Pop over here to get inspired.

Check out the Lapicida blog for a detailed description of my board and follow along for your own pin-spiration and inspiring images of natural stone.  

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fashion to interiors: tory burch fall ’14

When the email arrived in my inbox the other day from Tory, oh wait, we’re not on a first name basis (yet!) I was so drawn to the simple photography of the models against the foliage backdrop for her Fall 2014 campaign. It reminded me of the graphic nature of the iconic Beverley Hills Martinique Banana Leaf wallpaper or the idea of this concept. So bold and ultimately high risk, yet entirely captivating to see such nature on the walls of a room. As always, I love the connection between fashion and interiors. Would you be so bold as to add the likes of foliage to your walls?

interiors to fashion fashion to interiors Images: Tory Burch, NY mag, Elle Decor

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lately loving: turquoise

Hope you had a lovely weekend! I’m feeling a little blue as my girls have orientation today and are back to school tomorrow. Where did the summer go? Let’s turn those blues into a shade of turquoise and celebrate what’s left of summer since there’s still over 3 weeks left, shall we?

If there’s any colour other than yellow that has summer written all over it, it’s turquoise. My happy place is anywhere with water, preferably the beach and of course the shades of blue that come along with it are always inspiring. Since we stayed close to home this summer I’m left craving some ocean blue. Will resort to pretty images for now. Happy Monday!  turquoise Image credits clockwise from top left: 1 I 2 I 3 I 4 I 5

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lately loving: peonies

I don’t purchase flowers for my home as often as I would like, however after a weekend gathering I am loving the added colour, texture and natural beauty offered by the flowers I purchased for the party. Peonies are hands down my favourite flower right now. A romantic flower, yet completely comfortable in a modern setting. Long stem or cut short, in a bouquet with complimentary flowers, many bunched together or a single stem, I simply adore these floral masterpieces in any colour.

Peonies Peonies Peonies I hope the weekend was good to you. Happy Monday!

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lately loving: sunshine yellow

With the days long and the sun high I am gravitating towards all things yellow. The saturated warmth is putting a smile on my face and a kick in my step as summer is by far my favourite season. Yellow is the perfect accent to summer, inside and out, fashion or interiors… this is my latest obsession.

sunshine yellow Image credits clockwise from top left: 1 I 2 I 3 I 4 I 5 I 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.

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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.

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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.

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all wrapped up!

I must admit, I love wrapping presents as much as I love giving them. I adore wrapping paper, ribbon and any accessories to make gifts extra special. This year we opted for a chalkboard theme for our client gifting, combining black chalkboard paper, classic craft paper and red accents. We planned a few work bee days at the studio to get things packaged and wrapped. The creative juices were flowing with sketches and adornments, we couldn’t help photographing our little masterpieces.

Christmas wrapping essentials, Nyla Free Designs Chalkboard wrapping paper, Nyla Free Designs Chalkboard wrapping paper, Nyla Free Designs I did the math and realized making caramels has been a Christmas tradition in our home for 20 years now. It started out with a few girlfriends sharing one recipe and now I make four batches all to myself for everyone from clients, suppliers, swim coaches, dance instructors, teachers, neighbors, friends and family. That amounted to just under 1000 individually cut and wrapped little morsels of goodness.

Packaging caramels, nyla free designs

Packaging caramels, nyla free designs It’s getting close to the finish line folks and I’m feeling (touch wood) pretty on top of things. I have a few more gifts to wrap and caramels to deliver but all in all, I might actually get to bed at a decent hour on Christmas Eve. Here’s hoping!

*All photos taken by 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.