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publications: my home in avenue magazine

Welcome! Come on in. I’m so happy to have you. I’ve been working hard at getting the finishing touches in place. You see, it’s a little unnerving having you over but please, sit down, and I’ll tell you a bit about our space. Can I get you a coffee?

We moved into our home over six years ago. With zero landscaping and an unfinished basement we had plenty of work ahead of us in both time and money. Landscaping took priority but soon after we embarked on the design and construction of our lower level.

The construction part was fairly smooth and quick, however outfitting it has taken time to find the right pieces and of course save the money to purchase. I am happy to say we are done and I’m thrilled to have the space featured in the June issue of Avenue, Calgary’s premier lifestyle magazine.

As a studio space used for board games, entertaining, homework and crafts, this area is a high traffic space with loads of storage and family friendly surfaces.

A small bar area built into a space we ‘borrowed’ from the storage room during the build process.

A sitting area with patterned chairs next to the garden doors brings the inside out and outside in. Being a walkout is of course a huge advantage letting immense amounts of light in on the three main areas of the lower level.

The media area where we hang out, relax and play.

The chest in the distance is at the base of the stairs so a nice view from the top to welcome you down. A wall of family memories fills the left side while a paneled wall detail hides access to the furnace and storage room.

An ensuite style bathroom services the bedroom for guests as well as the main area. A small yet very functional space.

The guest bedroom is simple, fun and fresh housing the most comfortable bed in the house. For real!

Our thoughtful and careful planning for both now and down the road has been successful as we use this space almost daily. It’s comfortable, inviting and filled with memories and collectibles sure to be added to as time goes on.

Thanks so much for popping by. You’re welcome anytime!

To read the full story pick up a copy of Avenue Magazine or check it out at Avenue online on pages 122-126.

Thanks to Avenue Magazine for featuring part of our home, Jared Sych of Red Point Media for photographing and Karen Attwell for the fabulous write up. It was a pleasure to work with you!

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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kids bedrooms: inside magazine article fall 2011

We’re on the countdown until issue 6 of Dabble goes live January 31st. It’s fun to get a sneak peek at what each contributor is up to, don’t you think?

My Reality Check column this issue is all about kids bedrooms and the many details to consider when embarking on decorating your little OR big person’s bedrooms. I thought I would share an article I was interviewed for in Inside Magazine, an insert in the Calgary Herald, all about…you guessed it, kid’s bedrooms . My good friend, Jacqueline Corea from Corea Sotropa Interior Design and the Pink Chandelier blog was also interviewed and you can read more of our thoughts and tips below.

Stay tuned for more in the next issue of Dabble!

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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dabble issue 3 is live!

Can you believe we’re on to Issue 3 already? I’m really excited to share this issue’s Reality Check column where the topic is Custom Millwork and all the details that you will need to consider when starting a project of your own. I’m also proud to show you my clients space that we photographed for this feature. Floor to ceiling bookshelves stacked with books that have been collected over the years creating a space filled with incredible stories and adventures. I hope you enjoy, get inspired, and learn a little something along the way. Pop on over to Dabble to find my column along with more inspirations in design • travel • food.

Photo credit: Lori Andrews

 

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published: western living may 2010

I’ve spent years admiring magazines and the designers whose work appears on those glossy pages. Magazines are a major source of inspiration for both myself and my clients. I love seeing all the impressive talent out there in all styles and from so many cities and countries. Working on the interior of a home designed by Jeremy Sturgess was incredible, so when I heard that it was going to be featured in Western Living magazine, you can only imagine my excitement. Thrilled to say the least!

I was able to be involved in the photo shoot which was an amazing experience in and of itself. I appreciate magazines so much more now, seeing first hand all the time and effort that goes into capturing that perfect shot. The photographer, Martin Tessler was exceptional. Stylist Edward Tsang was so energetic and respectful of the design of the home. The day was long, however I enjoyed every minute.

Through renovations, re-decorations and a cottage in Ontario, I have had the pleasure of working with this particular client for over 10 years. We have a great relationship and I love working with them. They are open, trusting and have been extremely supportive of my growing business.

I also just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you.

Thank you to all those who have cheered for me, congratulated me and been an incredible amount of support. I so appreciate all of the enthusiasm surrounding my first big feature!

Here is the article as it appears in the May 2010 issue of Western Living ~ I hope you enjoy!