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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!

Image sources: clockwise from top 1 l 2 l 3 l 4

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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.

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.

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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.

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christmas table setting: nyla free designs

Last year we hosted our family with a revolving door of 20 people give or take. It was an incredible amount of work but the fun out weighed the efforts by a landslide. I needed to buy additional plates and serving pieces to accommodate our guests and decided to have fun with mixing pattern and colour, all the while keeping it fresh and simple. Here’s how our dining table looked all set up prior to guests and food :)

Christmas table settings, Nyla Free Designs Christmas table settings, Nyla Free Designs Christmas table settings, Nyla Free Designs Setting the table is one of my favourite things to do. What plans do you have for your table this year?

*All photos 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 to Canadian clients through Design in a Box.

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gifted and wrapped

I dropped off my last client gift yesterday, sent a parcel overnight courier to my brother and sister-in-law and had my last meeting for the year. I am so close to being done I can almost taste it…and the turkey! I thought I would share with you a few of the things I’ve been working on this season for gifts and wrapping. I truly LOVE this part of Christmas, although as my husband said, “next year we need to start this process in October!”. So true.

The caramels that almost didn’t happen. This is tradition of mine roughly 18 years strong and thanks to my husband who convinced me that they are an important part of our Christmas (although I’m sure it was partly a selfish request!). Three batches and 60 of these little packages later…..

I went for an office theme this year for several of my gifts. Here are a few of the items included in each personalized gift box. Paper weight from West Elm.

I found the above wooden pencils with character words and attributes. Such a thoughtful touch to a daily writing utensil.

A peak at my gift wrapping. I’m known to change it yearly!

I had left over ornaments from the Kids Help Phone Holiday Home tour so I incorporated them into my wrapping.

I bought frames after Christmas last year from Restoration Hardware (majorly on sale of course) and decided I would use them for gift wrapping this year (yes, I plan that far ahead). I printed photos of my girls when they were smaller, they’re still 10 and 5 but they love looking at photos of themselves much younger. Above: my oldest at her 6th birthday party, a Hollywood theme.

I must admit I have help. That’s right, my husband! We have a system: he wraps, I adorn. Here he is trying his hand at ribbon and gift tagging though. He is such a good sport and incredible help. Thanks babe!

Hope all is well in your home as you race to the finish line.

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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barbara barry: indochine

I had the pleasure of listening to and meeting Barbara Barry at Blogfest this past May. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but I have to say this portion of the three day festivities was one of my favourites. It also made me feel better about one of the quirky (to me anyway) things I love to do.

Barbara introduced her new line of Kravet fabrics and trimmings inspired by a recent trip to China. Her presentation included photos taken by her, representing pattern, scale, colour combinations and textures which in turn lead to the creation of her latest collection, Indochine.

I found myself relating to every image. Not because I had been to China but because I take similar photos. Whether close to home or on my travels I am fascinated and inspired by the smallest details, textures, patterns or colour schemes I see around me. Barbara spoke so eloquently about her experience you couldn’t help but be drawn into the romance of each image and how they in turn translated into a fabric or trim. I left the presentation feeling such reassurance, inspiration and on a creative high.

In speaking with Barbara after her presentation I discovered that my snap happy tendencies were good, all good. She encouraged me to continue to take hold of everything that inspired me and to use those creative juices to fuel my work.

As a result, I’m starting a new series on my blog. Drawing inspiration from the photos I have taken I’ll pull together items that portray a similar feeling, or colour scheme in the hopes of inspiring you as well. I’ll be sharing my first one tomorrow so I hope you’ll come back and let me know what you think.

Thank you Barbara for being gracious, inspiring and encouraging with words of expertise and impeccable style. It was a pleasure and absolute highlight to meet you and learn that my crazy photos are worth sharing.

All photos courtesy of Kravet with the exception of the top image which I took during Barbara’s presentation.

 

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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summer lovin’: fashion to interiors

Are you hanging on to summer for all it’s worth? I sure am. When I came across this living room with floral fabrics and fresh colours I couldn’t help but wish this season could last forever, okay maybe a few months longer anyway.

I’m going to embrace every ray of sunshine and ounce of warmth over the next six weeks, ignoring the fact that winter will soon be upon us. Thankfully first comes Fall, one of my favorite seasons. In the mean time, show off your painted toe nails while you can and why not add fresh colour or a floral pattern into your decor. It’s certainly not too late and with summer sales on now, it’s less of a dent in your wallet.

Summer 2011 Collection from JCrew via Home Sweet Blog, living room image via Elle Decor

 

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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craving black and white stripes

Can I have something with bold black and white stripes? Pretty please? There’s no doubt this combo has been around for decades and clearly it’s not going anywhere. A little goes a long way and mixes with any style. Creating a dynamic addition to any room, article of clothing or backyard accessory, black and white stripes are a fabulous duo. Honestly, it’s perfect anywhere.

Image sources: 1. door, 2. umbrella, 3. dress, 4. front entry, 5. eames lounger and area rug, 6. dress 7. lanterns

 

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.