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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

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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 :)

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lately loving: elho outdoor planters

Elho believes an enjoyable home is important for everyone. They specialize in design savvy plastic planters with a modern approach and colourful selection. Based in the Netherlands with a global appeal, these planters come in a vast array of shapes and sizes, suitable for indoors and out. One might not expect to find the likes of these planters at a big box retailer such as Canadian Tire, however because my husband has an outside the “big box” way of thinking, his location in Calgary, on Macleod Trail South, is pushing the envelope of what you would normally expect to see in their aisles. They have many in stock, ready to take home and transform your yard, however special orders are also available. Because these planters weather all four seasons, you can get creative with everything from summer gardening right through to outdoor planters for the holidays. Here’s just a small sample of the look of elho.

Elho outdoor planters Elho outdoor planters Elho Corsica Flower Bridge Table Elho outdoor planters

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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IDS 14: ikea kitchen and dressing room

Crushing the ‘IKEA’ stereotype by creating a space that leaves you doing a double take at the large IKEA letters on the side of the wall, this is one of the most anticipated booths at IDS.

While discussion was had about the number of non-IKEA items used to create the booth, what wasn’t to be overlooked was the clear sense of what you can do with a room using IKEA furniture and fixtures. The point is, while saving on budget friendly fixtures such as closet storage, splurging on a carved wooden daybed and gold guilt mirror are less paralyzing to the pocket book and are what take the room to a whole new level. The kind of level that makes you think, WOW!

Here’s what happens when the creative juices flow and there’s an ‘outside the box’ approach to design…

Ikea Kitchen Entrance IDS Ikea Kitchen IDS Ikea Kitchen IDS Ikea Closet Fancy Clothes IDS Ikea Closet Daybed IDS Ikea Closet Bathroom IDS Ikea Bathroom IDS Looking for a save and splurge approach to a project. We’d love to help! Connect with us to learn more.

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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ids14: mettro source tile

While ‘patterned tile’ has been around for centuries, these artistic tiles are making their way back into modern day homes. It’s one of my favourite additions to kitchens and bathrooms right now. I can’t get enough of it! The Mettro Source booth was an inspiration of tile from top to bottom, from pattern and texture to colour combinations. Hard to choose just one favourite out of the bunch. Last year I was also inspired by their booth which resulted in selecting a fabulous tile for a kids bathroom in a mountain home. My clients are just moving in so I hope to share it with you soon. Stay tuned!

Metro Source Tile 1a Metro Source Tile 2a Metro Source Tile 3a Metro Source Tile 4a If you’re interested in finding out how you can incorporate patterned tile into your home, we would love to help!

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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breakfast television calgary: 2014 trends

I have to say, I’m quite excited about the 2014 trends. We love to know what’s new and next, don’t we? However, often times a “trendy” item might leaving you feeling it will be a “been there, done that” moment in the not too distant future. I feel investing in any one of these trends will provide you with a classic look with some staying power that won’t go out of style tomorrow.

Here is the style forecast for 2014 and my segment on BT Calgary on the trends for this year.

living room with light wood [light wood from walnut to maple]

patterned wood floor [patterned floors]

statement lighting in master bedroom [statement lighting]

beadboard wall and ceiling [trim details on walls and ceilings]

blue & white dishes, paola navone, crate and barrel [blue and white]

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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.

Nyla Free Designs Inc. also offers an online design service to Canadian clients through Design in a Box.

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inspiration: piet boon styling

It’s been a while since I’ve purchased a design book, but when a client of mine introduced me to Piet Boon I knew this book was a must in my library. The look and feel is beautiful not only on the inside, but the attention to detail on the outside is also what had me swooning.

Piet Boon is a Dutch designer and firm of the same name focused on the design and detail for exteriors, interiors and product. Karin Meyn, creative director for over 25 years, brings her passion for art, fabrics and materials to the relaxed and stylish allure of the brand. Together they have created an inspirational and practical book revealing the secrets behind Piet Boon’s style and design.

There is an endless supply of inspiration within these pages and each time I flip through I am captivated by something new. If you have a creative on your list to buy for, Piet Boon STYLING would be a welcome addition to their library too.

piet boon styling by karin meyn piet boon styling by karin meyn piet boon styling by karin meyn piet boon styling by karin meyn piet boon styling by karin meyn piet boon styling by karin meyn Available in store and online at Chapters/Indigo and Amazon.com and .ca

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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.

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BT Calgary – fall trends 2013

Fall trends this year are exciting, vibrant and easy to add into existing decor. They also mix and match well with each other so if you find yourself drawn to more than one, you’re in luck. From small accessories to renovating a room with tile, there’s something here for everyone and every budget. You’ll find me on BT Calgary this morning so tune in to learn more!

2013 fall trends jewel tones Jewel tones: throw, green vases, amber glass all Crate & Barrel. Pillow, blue vase, area carpet all Maria Tomas, paint colours foe Benjamin Moore

2013 fall trends patterned tile Patterned tile: Empire Kitchen & Bath

2013 fall trends warm metals and brass Warm metals: Lamp and ornament Maria Tomas, letter, glass box, bowl, tea lights, placemat, napkin and holder all Crate & Barrel, hardware from Banbury Lane, wallpaper Schumacher through interior designers.

2013 fall trends patterned wallpaper Patterned wallpaper: Schumacher available through interior designers.

2013 fall trends painted furniture Painted furniture: chair Crate & Barrel

Do you have a 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.

Nyla Free Designs Inc. also offers an online design service to Canadian clients through Design in a Box.

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friday link love: this way to the party

Yay! It’s the weekend. Not to mention the middle of June. Could someone please slow down the pace time? I’m on the countdown (9 more days!!) until the school year is over and while we will still have pool time to deal with it will be so nice to take things down a notch or two.

This weekend we’re having a few friends over to welcome summer although it still very much feels like spring with all the rain we’ve been getting. Fingers crossed my weather app is right and the weather man is wrong for this weekends forecast.

party Here’s what I found interesting this week:

1. I ordered these sun jars for my client’s cottage and love them!

2. One of my favourite fabric lines has a new blog.

3. I had a lovely comment on my blog this week from a fellow blogger Passion Shake. Check it out! (don’t you just love the name?)

4. Loving the casual comfort of Lea Michelle’s home.

5. The summer issue of Heart Home magazine is live!

Happy weekend!

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.