before and after: mid-century inspired dining room

A stylish Calgary couple with a young family looked to nyla free designs to change up their dining room and create a design savvy space they would feel great about entertaining and welcoming guests into. Here’s the room BEFORE we got our hands on it. before Drawing inspiration from the clean lines of mid-century modern design and looking to infuse colour, we had a blank slate with the exception of the existing light fixture. We lightened the walls and maximized the space with storage and seating capabilities. Our clients selected the artwork, a painting by Canadian artist Rachelle Kearns as well as a large piece of Marimekko fabric over a simple plywood frame. The AFTER:

Modern Dining Room Modern Dining Room I was thrilled when our clients embraced the patterned and coloured drapery which makes a strong statement in the small space. Modern Dining Room Modern Dining Room Modern Dining Room We had a great time putting the finishing touches together with accessories and table settings. Installation was a success and our clients were thrilled!
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project sneak peek: small space european style ensuite

If you’ve been following along my Instagram feed or Facebook page you may recognize this bathroom we’ve been working on. We embarked on two bathroom renovations in an old, three storey home with loads of charm and character, so you might imagine we are dealing with small spaces. (Actually one is a closet turned bathroom transformation…more on that in another post.)

The original master ensuite had little to no storage, a small tub/shower and an adjoining closet open to the bedroom and considerable space restrictions. Re-organizing the space, we separated the closet from the bedroom, utilized the space better and shifted the bathroom to accommodate a vanity with storage as well as a longer tub.

bathroom sample collage bathroom snapshots Our client loved the idea of having a european influence with interesting details and embraced the restrictions a small space often comes with. Our jumping off point was a patterned floor and from there we built the room. We are near completion! Counters were installed last week and plumbing fixtures will be next on the list. We have decorative details to cover such as hardware and accessories before I hope to photograph and share the final result.

I can hardly wait to see it all together!

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.

project sneak peek: home office design

We’re quite excited about a home office design we recently presented to a client. A home office suitable for husband, wife and potential homework area for kids with a modern combination of warm and cool, texture and sleek lines, pattern and colour. Drawing inspiration from a bedroom image, we gathered finishes and materials around this palette. The jolt of acid yellow, back painted in the bookshelves provides a high interest within the otherwise neutral colour scheme. Mix in a school house light fixture and mid-century seating and we’ve created a classically modern space to stand the test of time.   home office idea board Office Samples If working from home is part of your day, why not create a space that’s inspiring and functional?

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.

before & after: modern elegant dining room

Looking back on the before photo even I can’t believe the transformation of this dining room. Our client was incredibly open to stepping outside the box of basic and adding elements of interest and individuality while maintaining an elegant approach to modernizing their dining room.

The BEFORE: Dining Room Before
The first order of business was to lighten the room. We used Pratt & Lambert Feather Grey on the walls while the trims remained the same. We approached the ceiling with something a little more unexpected and dramatic… wallpaper! New drapery, wall sconces, chairs, lighting, area carpet and artwork all carefully selected to create a sophisticated and comfortable feel for entertaining guests. We were considerate of the existing dining table, sideboard and table lamps when choosing the new items to maintain a cohesive feel and understated elegance.

The AFTER: Dining Room Dining Room Dining Room Dining Room Dining Room Looking for a dramatic change to a dreary area in your home? We’d love to help transform your space!

Photography: Lori Andrews, Art via: New Zones

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.

before and after: master bedroom makeover

Before Christmas we embarked on a bedroom makeover for a long time client of ours. The goal was to change everything with the exception of the drapery, wall colour and existing carpet. We went to work sourcing products and putting a plan together for the full room in an effort to complete the installation early in the New Year. Regardless of your timeline it’s worth waiting for the exact right pieces. This particular project fell right into place.

The BEFORE feeling dated and dreary. Bedroom Before

The AFTER: We transformed a neutral room without a lot of pizzazz or defining details into a fresh, calm and inviting space. Bedroom Headboard Bedroom details Master Bedroom Paring down, adding impact in subtle details and streamlining the furniture has made this space current and comfortable.  Looking for ways to freshen up your space? We’d love to help.

Fine print: Working within a tight time frame requires trust and a solid client/ designer relationship.

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.

design in a box: family friendly, comfortably stylish, living space and eating nook

Because design in a box is a ‘virtual’ approach to interior design I am somewhat removed from each project. I receive the submission of criteria, before photos and measurements, arrange a phone call to review and then get to work on creating the room accordingly, all without physically seeing the space. Rarely do I have the opportunity to see the after so when a Calgary design in a box client invited me over to help with finishing touches I was so thrilled with the results I had to photograph. Here’s the box of goodies she received complete with samples, room layouts and a full source guide. She followed everything to a tea! with a few minor changes and the result is a family friendly and comfortably stylish, open concept living/dining space.

design in a box, nyla free designs inc., calgary alberta With a clean slate, the room is ready for this young family to start living and entertaining in this urban infill.

The living room BEFORE: The eating nook BEFORE: The criteria: kid-friendly, natural materials and a neutral palette with interest. With an active little boy, this space needed to suit his needs while creating a stylish space for mom and dad to relax and entertain. A calming palette of grey, cream and shades of blue along with the added interest of pattern and texture result in the perfect balance between function and style.

A completely transformed space: the AFTER design in a box project after, nyla free designs inc design in a box project after, nyla free designs inc. design in a box project after, nyla free designs inc. design in a box project after, nyla free designs inc.

This particular client completed her space within roughly three months, however design in a box is designed to purchase at your own pace depending on time and budget. All sources and detailed information about each selection is provide to create a streamlined approach to achieving a successful end result. If you have any questions about whether design in a box is right for you, please don’t hesitate to be in touch!

Note: light fixtures, fireplace and paint colours were all existing. All other selections were provided based on the clients profile submission and budget. General sources include: Tonic Living, Crate & Barrel, West Elm, Restoration Hardware.

After photos taken by Lori Andrews.

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.

diy: chalkboard mini fridge

I used to be far more into “DIY’s” (insert *before kids* here), and now it is far more limited as the perceived time and energy crushes my motivation. While the thought of it is great and always inspiring, the getting it done part is where I struggle for success. I do love making things and the feeling of accomplishment is truly so great.

When I moved into my new office space I quickly realized I would need a little fridge. I had left a space open for such a purchase however I was not keen on having a typical stainless front appliance in my school house style office.

I decided to take on the DIY of painting the front of it with chalkboard paint. After procrastinating for weeks, I received a call about photographing my office which of course lit a fire under my butt to get it done.

The longest part was waiting for the paint to dry so to speak, and all in all it was so simple, I’m kicking myself for waiting so long. Isn’t that always how it goes?

Here’s the before: chalkboard fridge before diy

Supplies:
Sandpaper, painters tape, metal primer, paint brushes, rollers and trays. I purchased all of mine at Canadian Tire. chalkboard fridge supplies diy chalkboard fridge in progress diy Step 1: Ensure the surface is clean
Step 2: Prepare the surface for the primer by sanding all areas with a medium grit sandpaper.
Step 3: Mask off any areas you do not wish to cover with chalkboard paint.
Step 4: Apply 2 coats of primer with a brush, allowing to dry for approximately 12 hours between each coat. Apply as even as possible and ensure all areas have been covered. Note: the primer is much runnier than expected and goes on quite thin. chalkboard fridge primed diy Step 5: Apply chalkboard paint with a small roller brush for even application. After the first coat it may look messy and uneven. Not to worry, each coat you apply will offer more coverage and eventually be a solid chalkboard surface.
Step 6: Allow 24hrs between coats. Apply as many coats as necessary to achieve a smooth finish.
Step 7: Once completely dry, prime the surface with a thin layer of chalk by rubbing a lightly chalk dusted brush all over the surface. This will make erasing and re-creating on your board easier.
Step 8: Let your creative juices flow with drawings, text or both! chalkboard fridge after diy Ta-da! It turned out great. So pleased with the results.

‘After’ photo taken by Lori Andrews.

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.

 

before and after: work/play family room

A growing family with a love of travel, needed a functional space where mom could work and kids could play so we stepped in to plan a room that did just that.

This open concept infill home was lacking when it came to toy storage for their little ones, and the aesthetics of the space was not living up to it’s potential. We decided to maximize the storage capabilities of the front wall with floor to ceiling built-ins and embrace the couples love of travel and collection of items from abroad with a playful mix of textures and patterns.

(before) Lacking storage and aesthetics, my client decided it was time for a change. The BEFORE.

family room built ins (progress) The family room transformed with built-ins for toy and book storage plus a work area for a mom. In PROGRESS.

Family room built ins (after) The finished space furnished with a large area rug for kids play, a window seat complete with storage and a chair 1/2 for cuddles and reading. The AFTER.

reading chair window bench (after) With the perfect place for play and work to happen even at the same time, this busy and growing family can enjoy the function and aesthetics of their new space.

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.

 

before and after: master bedroom

It’s always fun to see the progress of projects from the initial colour and material concept to furniture selections, installation day and final reveal. Here’s a before and after master bedroom project we worked on to the stage of the installation day. Still a few details missing, however very pleased with how things came together.

Bedroom Before We worked around an existing, classic mission style bed.

Aubergine Buttons Augergine Fabrics The colour palette for the room.

master bedroom after master bedroom details We combined the warm wood tones with a painted grey finish on bedside tables and dresser. One of my favourite details in the room are the carved circles in the top drawer of the dresser which repeats in the circular hardware.

master bedroom sitting area master bedroom sitting area Another favorite is the sitting area we created. Fitted with a family gallery wall, floating desk with book storage and a chaise lounge that has everyone in the family fighting for this perfect place to read or nap.

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.

a day in the life: modern cottage installation

Early June I installed select new furniture and accessories, inside and out at this Ontario lakeside cottage. I had done so much work sight unseen in previous years I was thrilled to be able to see it first hand.

Surrounded by trees and a spectacular view of the lake, it’s the perfect getaway for a Calgary couple. Far enough away from civilization where relaxing, reading, entertaining and admiring the view is on the to-do list for each day. Sounds like bliss, huh?

Here are a few of the Instagram photos I took during my visit to give you an inside peek of this gorgeous home away from home.

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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.