dress your desk giveaway winner!

First of all, thank you to all who entered the giveaway. Whether a like, share or follow, they all mean so much and it’s how I stay connected with everyone, so THANK YOU!

Secondly, I plan to do this again soon so would love your feedback in order to make the next giveaway better. Please don’t be shy… send me your thoughts!

And last but not least, the winner of the giveaway is KIM McNEIL! CONGRATULATIONS! Please send us an email via the contact page so we can make arrangements to send your box of goodies off to you. And if you feel so inclined, would love to see a photo of your desk all dressed up with it’s new accessories.

semicolon yellow box desk accessories

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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.

exciting news! a new home for nyla free designs

I’ve got new digs! I know many of you have been wondering what I’ve been up to and how I’m doing. It’s been a challenging few months but I’ve started the new year off with lots of excitement, development and changes in my business. Things are happening, they are really happening. We’re not completely ready to show you the inside of our humble abode quite yet but we will. Promise.

Along with our new office, we’re expanding. Brita is the newest member of our team and will be managing the office (and me for that matter!). She is stylish, smart, savvy and I’m thrilled to have her on board.

Our new space is industrial chic as it was once the Canadian Forces Base in Calgary, before it moved north to Edmonton. The building is nostalgic with terrazzo floors in the hallway, exposed pipes and hollow sounding stairwells. It’s a small space in a large building amongst other creatives and exactly what I need right now in order to take my business to the next level.

nyla free designs I can’t wait to welcome you inside!

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.

blogtour 2012: london

London calling! I’m counting the days until my departure to The London Design Festival along with 13 other design bloggers for ModenusBlogTour 2012. I’ll be arriving in London two weeks from today. Pinch me!

The is the first of many posts related to my visit, a preview to say the least of what we’ll be experiencing. If you’re not familiar with BlogTour it’s a highly interactive experience of design related shows and tours as well as exposure to what’s new and notable in the world of interiors. What that means is while we are in London, we’d like you to be a part of the experience as though you were there too. You’ll be able to follow along on the journey in several ways.

Our blogs of course are a great way to stay connected, after all, it is BlogTour! You’ll find the list of design bloggers attending London on the Modenus site as well as blog updates. Follow along with social media via Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter using hashtag #BlogTourLDN. I’ll be on instagram as well sharing photos (find me @nylafree). I can only imagine the inspiring content coming from our many excursions and site seeing opportunities. I have a feeling there won’t be much sleeping going on!

Above are a few of the events and shows we’ll be visiting: Tent London, V & A, London Union Jack image, Blog Tour, The London Design Festival, 100% Design, Design Junction

I hope you’ll follow along and stay tuned for posts on my experience at The London Design Festival!

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.

I’m back!

Hello! I’ve been absent for a while and missing my blogging platform and social media friends. Work as been extremely busy so blogging has taken a bit of a backseat I’m afraid. I also just returned from a family vacation (more on that in blogs to come) and have now hit the ground running again. Kids are back to school tomorrow so today is going to be busy preparing for a crazy (but exciting!) week ahead.

I admit my head is spinning these days. So many things on my mind regarding work. Decisions to make, inspiring ideas I have that now require implementing, thoughts about where to take my business next, all the while wondering when I’ll find the time to sort through them and make the changes I want to. My office desk is clean but my head is full of virtual paperwork, a whirlwind of ideas and thoughts.

I’ve got a lot of exciting things coming up. Installations, photo shoots, an ‘on assignment’ trip to a tropical destination for Dabble Mag and of course the many fabulous projects I have on the go. I’ll be keeping you well informed along the way as I get back to regular postings.

Tomorrow, I’ll be on Breakfast Television talking more about buying original art as seen in the latest issue of Dabble. My segment is at 7:52am so tune in if you are able! I’ll be sharing more images on my blog and updating my portfolio with photos from this shoot later in the week so please check back.

Right after I’ll be racing home to finish preparing for a photo shoot with Avenue Magazine. I’ve been a busy little bee lately pulling the remaining details together and receiving my last delivery today, just in time! They’re shooting my lower level for the June issue so stay tuned.

Lightbulb via: Thumbtack Thinkers, Dabble photo: Lori Andrews

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.

bid on your favourite chair’ity chair

The final phase of the Urban Barn custom chair’ity competition is underway. The ‘likes’ have now turned into ‘bids’ so if you really do have a favourite chair, now is your time to open your wallet and get bidding. Each chair will be auctioned off with the money raised going to a charity of each designers choice.

My charity: the Neonatal ICU at the Rockyview General Hospital

Having a baby is overwhelming. Add complications and the stress and worry go through the roof. After our second daughter was born she spent the longest 24hrs of our family’s life in the Neonatal ICU to be treated for complications she experienced at birth. Once stabilized she spent another week in the nursery. For us it was a short time, for others it’s months under the watchful eyes of doctors and nurses until their little ones are ready to go home. The money raised from my chair will go to this unit in the hospital, not only as a thank you for the love and care we received but for the others who need it year after year. I can not express enough the appreciation and gratitude I have towards everyone who crossed our paths during our stay.

Click here bid for your favourite chair. Urban Barn will deliver anywhere in Canada for free. Please bid generously in support of many good causes and thank you to all of you who voted for and bid on my chair!

If you’d like to bid on mine (shown below) you can go directly to ebay by clicking here.

 

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.

urban barn: custom ‘chair’ity competition

I am thrilled to share with you a little competition of sorts. Urban Barn has enlisted the help of five designers across Canada to customize a chair to be voted on and auctioned off with proceeds towards a charity of our choice. I am so pleased and excited to be part of this. On March 8th, I’ll also be hosting an event at the Westhills location of Urban Barn. If you’re in Calgary, I hope you’ll join me to learn more about the custom options Urban Barn offers through their upholstery line and a chance to ask any questions you might have. Your participation is greatly appreciated by voting for my chair!

We had a choice between three options: It was an easy one for me. I could see subtle details showing off the classic lines of the chair far left, and creating a modern with a twist feel. My goal was to create a chair able to fit into a modern, classic or traditional home. Colour is an important part of my designs so equally important here. I wanted to capture the essence of creating a custom piece showing how details make a difference.

It can be somewhat daunting when faced with a rack of fabric options as you see here. Urban Barn has their fabrics grouped according to colour, an easy way to narrow down the options quickly. Now for the legs. This is one of five pages of leg options. Who knew there were so many?!
I changed the leg style and also the finish selecting a light maple leg rather than a dark wood. Time for a change!

The finishing details…

Et voila! The final result:

Place your vote here! Would be thrilled if you voted for mine :)

The chair will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to the Neo Natal ICU at the Rockyview General Hospital. Hope to see you next Thursday March 8th for the in-store event! Space is limited. Details here.

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.

listen up! amazing opportunities for bloggers

Calling all bloggers! In case you’ve been living under a social media rock over the last few weeks I wanted to make sure you knew of some great opportunities for design bloggers and interior designers.

I’ve been blogging for over two years now and I can honestly say it has changed my business significantly. Let me add, that it has also changed me, how I look at my work, the world around me and my approach to design. In the last year I have seen an incredible number of opportunities come my way and to many others in the design community. People are catching on to the influence of bloggers, their insights, style and design focused posts.

I was recently interviewed and featured in the Designer Spotlight series on Modenus, a site for designers to network and source product from suppliers around the globe, and since then becoming more and more familiar with the site and all it has to offer. Last year, Veronika, founder of Modenus, launched Blog Tour 2011 to London England. Bloggers from all over traveled the city diving into all aspects of design and detail. I admit I watched with mild jealousy, but with the help of social media we followed along with tweets and facebook updates as though we were hanging in their back pockets.

With Blog Tour the success it was, it’s no surprise there’s not one but four tours scheduled for 2012. If you are a design blogger I encourage you to get out your brag book and share why YOU should be selected to attend one of the fabulous tours to New York, Milan, London or Paris. I sure did!

Do you have a great blog, style, and personality? Do you love design, travel, food and wine? In fact, do you love all the great things life has to offer and want to share them with your captive audience? Yes? Well how about this – would  you like to join Modenus and select teams of bloggers as they scour the world for great design and report back live from the world’s greatest cities and the most recognized design trade shows? Click to the Modenus site to enter. What are you waiting for?!

And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better….

Traditional Home magazine has come up with a pretty fabulous idea. After launching TRADhome last year showcasing 20 up and coming designers, they’re doing it again, but this time with a twist. They’re looking to the blogging community to select and nominate designers. This is where the blogging and design communities merge. How exciting! I don’t know of another magazine reaching out to the blogging community like this.  If your submission is chosen, not only will your designer friend love you forever, but you’ll have the opportunity to be a guest editor for TRADhome’s Spring 2012 issue. Pretty darn cool if you ask me. If you have a designer friend or someone you admire from afar. Nominate them! Designers can not make submissions for themselves so get out there and let them know how fabulous you think they are. Stay tuned for the next issue showcasing new Trad talent as chosen by stylish and on-the-pulse bloggers. You’ve only got until January 21st. The clock is ticking so go on! Visit the Traditional Home site to get the scoop on what you need to do.

If you’re a blogger, designer or both, get out there and strut your stuff. Seize the moment. Hope to see you somewhere on BlogTour2012 or gracing the pages of TRADhome. Good luck!

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.

kids help phone holiday house sneak peek

Last week was a flurry of activity over here at Nyla Free Designs. If you’re wondering what I’ve been up to, I spent all last week, along with a team of people transforming a historic Calgary home for the Kids Help Phone Homes for the Holidays house tour that happened this past weekend. The architectural details in this home are stunning. Arts and crafts in style, this grand home is warm and welcoming. I can’t wait for you to see inside.

On Friday a scout from Western Living Magazine came by to see the home as they were considering it for their 2012 holiday issue and I’m thrilled to say they decided to photograph it. We have delayed take down by one day and I’ll be spending today styling and helping with the photo shoot. Very excited!

In the meantime I made sure it was ok to share close up shots of a few areas of the home. (I can’t give it all away now can I?)

I’m afraid that’s all for now. You’ll have to hang on for Western Living’s holiday issue out November 2012.

Special thanks to the following people who helped with set up. Your time and efforts in helping pull this all together is appreciated more than you know. Cory, Cathy, Libby, Marnie, Pat, Donna, Rosalind, Nancy, Sharon, thank you all!!

A huge thank you to the suppliers who donated, lent or provided services for the decor. Canadian Tire MacLeod Trail South, Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, Kore Onsite, Reid’s on 17th, The Flower Group, JVR Landscaping. I am so grateful for your generosity of product and time. Many of you are a huge part of my business on a regular basis and I can not thank you enough for the help you have given me.

To the Kids Help Phone coordinators and volunteers, thank you for inviting me to be apart of this wonderful experience. I could not have asked for a better home. And to the lovely homeowner, thank you for being so gracious. It was a pleasure decorating your home for the holidays.

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.

surprise…it’s a party!

Would love for your to head on over to The Pink and Blue Blog and The Fresh Exchange to see what Katie and Megan have been working on. Today’s the big reveal and they’re celebrating their news with a blog party. If you’re a design, food, entertaining or lifestyle blogger you won’t want to miss this exciting new way to connect and build community. See you at the party!

 

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.

what’s new for fall on breakfast television

Summer is drawing to an end, kids are back at school and we’ll soon find ourselves spending more time indoors. I’ll be talking about what’s new for Fall in the world of design on Breakfast Television tomorrow morning. Would love it if you tuned in, but if you happen to miss it I’ll have all the items I talked about on Wednesday’s blog post.

Image via BT Calgary Facebook page. ‘Outdoor Lounger’ segment June 14th, 2011.

 

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.