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project reveal: classic living room

Living Room There is so much excitement on install day. Seeing the vision come together is as thrilling for us as it is for our clients. While the larger pieces have been selected months ago, it’s the finishing touches, accessories and artwork that really put a stamp of completion on a space.

The jumping off point for this room was our clients Barry Weiss artwork. We married simple fabrics, textural furniture with a patterned area carpet and drapery for interest.  
Samples Living Room Close Up Living Room The result is a classic, sophisticated and welcoming room suitable for entertaining everyone from grandchildren to friends!

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powder room inspiration

Powder Room Inspiration The proverbial saying “the shoemakers son always goes barefoot” is ringing so true for me right now.

We had an unexpected toilet leak in our main floor powder room last October. We immediately started the demolition process to unveil any further damage. We patched the space to a degree, however I saw this as an opportunity to make over the powder room from it’s original “builder basic” feel.

It’s now February, and the bathroom is still unusable. So yes… the family of a skilled or knowledgeable person are often the last to benefit from their expertise.

Making decisions for my own home is tough. I see so much, love so much and projects tend to become a work in progress.

I do however have a vision in mind and sometimes putting it out there is the first step in moving forward, so here goes!

1. I’m drawing inspiration from DesignLoveFest’s recent desktop wallpaper 2. I am loving this light fixture option 3. Thinking a mother of pearl framed mirror 4. Having a hard time selecting anything other than a brass faucet 5. Varying shades of navy blue herringbone tiles are the one thing installed and looking fabulous. Nyla Free Designs, Calgary Interior Designer, Calgary Professional, Interior Designer,

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before and after: master bathroom

Ensuite Materials The second of two bathrooms to be renovated in an effort to bring them up to date and more functional is revealed today. You may recall the teen bathroom we shared previously with much room for improvement with regards to function and aesthetics. For the adults of the home, their vision was to have a room of solace and relaxation with a fresh approach to materials and space utilization. The ‘before’ space is dark and dated, ready for a revamp! BELFORDensuitebefore EnsuiteDrawingDetails The room feels significantly larger by removing the glass block and opening the shower visually with glass framed walls. The selection of lighter tiles and the freestanding tub also opens the space and provides light to flow freely and brighten the room.

Tile was an important detail in the ensuite, not only from a function perspective but also a way of adding interest and texture in the design. We had several areas where varying tile sizes and thicknesses met each other and those areas required careful details to confirm placement and our intention for the overall look. There are six different tiles in this bathroom, however the result is seamless and textural yet still quiet and subdued in colour. A refreshing space to start and end the day.  Nyla Free Designs, Ensuite Renovation EnsuiteTub2 EnsuiteCloseUps EnsuiteTub EnsuiteShower Interior Design: Nyla Free Designs Inc. Construction: Foothills Renovations Photography: Phil Crozier Nyla Free Designs, Calgary Interior Designer, Calgary Professional, Interior Designer,

 

 

 

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project reveal: calgary elbow park, nyla free designs

The process of building a home from the ground up is extensive. The decision making starts immediately. Most overlook the value of an interior designer at the early stages of a project, to the point where decisions must be made based on what has already been built rather than what has been planned for. We were lucky enough to start working with this client before construction started which gave us ample time for potential changes and room for attention to detail.

Kitchen, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Rocky Point Custom Homes, John Bilodeau Photography

Our clients knew clearly what they loved , however if there was a hint of uncertainty, they put their trust in us and moved to the next task. Decisions were made efficiently and with confidence. The outcome has personality plus, with daring elements, colour, pattern and texture all while creating a warm and friendly environment perfect for entertaining, loads of kids running in and out the door, or simply hanging out by the fire….a beautiful abode for a wonderful family. Kitchen Kitchen Living Room, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Rocky Point Custom Homes, John Bilodeau Photography Family Room Family Room Entrance Dining, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Rocky Point Custom Homes, John Bilodeau Photography Ensuite, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Rocky Point Custom Homes, John Bilodeau Photography This home recently graced the cover of Homes and Living magazine. See the digital version here. homes and living magazine cover Interior Design: Nyla Free Designs Inc. Builder/contractor: Rocky Point Custom Homes Photographer: John Bilodeau

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before and after: teen bathroom

A few years ago we embarked on the renovation of two bathrooms for a client, the master ensuite and kids bathroom. Both rooms were tired and the spaces was under utilized. The projects were unfortunately stunted by the flood of 2013 as their flooded basement required priority attention.

A year later we picked up where we left off and the demolition began. Both transformations are dramatic with floor to ceiling, wall to wall edits and reorganization. The kids bathroom lacked function and style. We had height restrictions for their tall teenage boys and not enough storage for their teen daughter. There was a depth concern with the toilet and how close it was to the tub/shower and one sink for the three kids was causing sibling chaos.

kids bathroom  Our goal was to create a light and airy, modern bathroom suitable for three teenagers. We removed the tub and swapped the shower for the vanity to provide more height as well as depth for the toilet. We created a privacy wall of frosted glass allowing light to still flow through the space. The vanity was made wider to accommodate two sinks and provide plenty of additional storage. drawings The outcome is a light filled, spacious feeling bathroom. We used soft and subtle sea glass colours balanced by white and ivory, a fresh and calm approach to the often hectic time of getting ready in the morning. Here is the final result!

modern bathroom modern bathroom modern bathroom Interior Design: Nyla Free Designs Inc. Photography: Phil Crozier, Construction: Foothills Renovations

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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big reveal: vancouver condo

Sometime ago I sent out a teaser from our Vancouver condo installation and I’m happy to say I am finally sharing images!

Located in downtown Vancouver this condo is connected with the historic Hotel Georgia. Our role at Nyla Free Designs was to furnish and accessorize from top to bottom. Drapery, artwork, dishes and linens were all part of the scope, to the point our clients walked into a completed home with table set and linens pressed, ready to relax in their new abode.

Selecting furniture and the larger pieces of a home is an extensive process, however taking it to the next level of styling, accessorizing and all the finishing touches to really bring a space to life is a far more detailed process than one might think. We feel this service is essential in our designs as it takes a space from basic to beautiful and so often part of the process that is missed. Our approach in this space was to bring warmth and texture to an otherwise clean and modern space. We added a splash of colour with lilac and steel blue hues providing a comfortable yet vibrant space in a setting perfect to entertain guests.

We are thrilled with the outcome of how it all came together and adored working with our clients, who trusted us with their home and all of it’s decor details.

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Art by: Siobhan Humston via Herringer Kiss Gallery and Zoë Pawlak,

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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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sneak peek: kitchen renovation inspiration

We are well underway of a kitchen renovation of a 1930’s home in Calgary. The space was taken right down to the guts and core in an effort to build it back up to a modern, well thought out space, all while maintaining the integrity of the home. We’ve embraced a warm neutral palette of textures and accents of copper. Here’s a look at our inspiration and colour story.

Kitchen inspiration image Kitchen selections We’re racing to the finish and can’t wait to show you the completed space!

Top image source: Remodelista

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studio stories: july 2014

We’re starting a new series on the blog about what’s happening in and out of the office, projects we’re working on and fun things we’re up to. We hope you enjoy seeing a little more into the inner workings of our studio.

Summer has been good to us so far. Hot days, little rain and fabulous projects. Here’s a small sample of what’s been happening this month.

Jamie has been working on drawings for the two kitchen renovations we have on the go, one in full swing demolition and the other at the early stages of material selection • Iced macchiato is my new favourite beverage • Pretty flowers from Jamie’s mom’s garden • Our Canmore project is in the styling stage and we visited the site last week to create our list of finishing touches. I love the textural contrast of the horizontal bead board, bed and bedding • A bathroom renovation is at plumbing stage • We’re expanding our office and Jackie has been working on the layout and furniture requirements for the space. Here’s Jamie capturing the meeting in a mischievous way • We’ve also got a backyard renovation on the go!

office happenings JULY 2014 Seeing these projects unfold and move towards completion has me very excited. I’m always amazed at the diversity of our days and it’s one of the things I love…there are never two days the same. Stay tuned for our August update!

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 online design to Canadian clients through Design in a Box.

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projects: custom closet refresh

One of the easiest ways to transform a room is to paint it, however this is not always the way I tend to think. I am a fan of light walls. White, off-white, pale grey are all shades I gravitate towards leaving the high impact elements elsewhere in a space.

This particular clients home is always evolving so when she came to me with the suggestion of painting the ceiling in her closet I was on board as it would be an unexpected detail in the room. Of course the colour she had in mind was pink!
pink painted ceiling We chose Benjamin Moore Springtime Bloom 2079-40, a vivacious and energetic shade of pink that was sure to put a smile on your face even in the dreariest of days. pink painted ceiling The outcome is fabulous. An easy and inexpensive way to add valuable interest. The colour was the biggest risk and well worth it.

Tying into the antique French harp chair and the pink velvet seat as well as the Madeline Weinrib runner, this closets feminine factor has been taken 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 online design to Canadian clients through Design in a Box.

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project sneak peek: cottage living room

Jamie from our office is heading north today to finish an installation at a lake house property where our clients will soon be moving in for the summer. This installation has been a three part process in getting everything out there as it is a fairly remote location, situated on a picturesque spot on the lake.

During our second installation we literally watched the ice melt on the lake. A hairline crack, turned to a separation which created two ice blocks, then many more and well, you get the idea. It was amazing to watch the warmer weather transform the lake before our very eyes.

Our goal for the home was to create a family friendly space, true to the surrounding area with texture and warmth, adding a modern flavour with clean lines and simple forms. Here is a peek at our inspiration, concept board and material selections for the living room. Can’t wait to show you more! livingroomcollage cottagelivingroom cottage living room inspiration Image credits: left l right

 

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 online design to Canadian clients through Design in a Box.