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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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Christmas inspiration

Did you know the Christmas tree symbolizes hope throughout the winter season? As well, hope in the promise that the rest of nature too will awaken to new life in the coming spring. We’ve had a few signs of fierce winter so far, but nothing compared to last year. It’s going to be a dry and brown Christmas and I’m ok with that. I don’t need snow for the spirit of Christmas to be alive and well.

Our oldest daughter was recently in Japan and while on a break from swimming ventured into a local shopping centre. While she told us the story of seeing Christmas trees on display and hearing Christmas music while wondering the shops, she remarked “Mom, it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, it’s Christmas!”. These words resonated with me as we often focus so tightly on our immediate surroundings. Around the world people celebrate in their own way with traditions and festivities, but regardless the culture, religion or climate, my hope is the spirit of peace, love and kindness will surround you and your loved ones as you embrace this magical season of Christmas.

Christmas Inspiration

Thanks to Jamie for putting together this lovely collage :)

Image credits clockwise from top right: carrying a tree, letter ‘N’ ornament, felt ornaments, glass globes, pretty tree with icicles, package adorned with pine, table top tree

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friday link love: firsts

This weekend we’re preparing for our youngest daughters first dance competition. While dancing is nothing new to her, the competition part is. To me too! We make a great team however, as she is patient and able to sit still, and I have found a new skill in the hair and make up category.

photo This week she had a family in-line skating night at the school. I went along to watch while others joined in the fun, one of which was a little boy’s grandmother. It was her first time on skates and she had the biggest smile on her face. She fell a few times but laughed and got back up. Holding the hand of her daughter-in-law she shuffled around the gym floor to the music relishing in her accomplishment.  I had a smile on my face the entire time I watched her. How great for her to embrace this new activity.

It’s easy to experience things for the first time where you’re young and let’s face it, the level of appreciation is not always there. When was the last time you tried something new and put yourself in a vulnerable position? My link love this week is a must see video of a first ever flight for two senior ladies. It will have you laughing, crying and will re-affirm that you’re never too old to try something new.

Happy weekend!

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modernism week: double decker bus tour

While Modernism Week was filled with fabulous tours and events, the double decker bus tour was a highlight of our trip. Sitting on the top deck in the open air taking in all the sites was most enjoyable. Add in the education and concepts of the architecture and you’ve got a match made in heaven. Our tour guide was witty, informative and kept us completely engaged with plenty of humor and insights into the lives of those who helped give Palm Springs it’s vibe. I highly recommend a tour if you’re in Palm Springs for Modernism Week.

A comment from our guide resonated with me…

“Homes are not good because of the era they were built. Going through a thoughtful design process, inside and out, will yield a well built home no matter the year.”

I find myself wondering when the approach to architecture and design became a little less thoughtful. The so called “strip malls” that line our streets have no appreciation to design or architecture. Is that too harsh? During the 50’s and 60’s in Palm Springs, even gas stations hired architects to design their buildings and noticeably stand out as forms of architecture to be admired. I wish the same were true today.

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Above is our #yycmodsquad contingent. Left to right: me!, Lori Andrews, LeAnne Bunnell, Jacqueline Corea, Sarah Ward.

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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from our home to yours…. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

It’s a quieter Christmas for us this year and I have to admit I miss the houseful of people, the constant food preparation and the bottomless coffee pot. We only have one who fully believes in the magic of it all now and the other who is shifting into those teenage years where the Spirit seems somewhat lost. I always get a little more emotional this time of year. Perhaps it’s the recap and reminiscing of the year gone by, the appreciation of the life I live or most importantly the family that surrounds me. It’s been a while since I’ve had a moment to sit and be still. Life is going by at lightening speed and feels like yesterday that our oldest daughter toddled around the house yet now looks me in the eye. I’m holding onto the wonder our youngest still has and hope it lasts a few years more. One of my favorite Christmas movies is Polar Express and the message to BELIEVE. Whatever you believe, may you be filled with the Spirit of Christmas, surrounded by love and many blessings. MERRY CHRISTMAS from our family to yours.

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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: working hard

This week I feel like I turned a corner. The kind of corner that takes you from a busy and crowded, inner city street with sky scraping towers to a street where the buildings are not as tall and overwhelming, the people are less rushed and you can breathe a little more. I like this new street. Found this quote on Riches for Rags this week and it resonated with me. Yep, hard work is hard…but worth it, no?

opportunity quote, thomas edison As you go into the weekend I hope you’ll enjoy some of my favourite links this week and take time to sit, unwind and breathe in some Fall fresh air.

A great post on the best photo apps for your phone.

Thought these antique quilt ottomans were very cool.

Attention design bloggers! The line up of 2014 BlogTours has been announced.

The Inspired Home is a very thought provoking (and beautiful!) book on the way we design and decorate our homes.

Obsessed with dark teal.

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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thoughts and ponderings: on turning 40

Today is the first day of my 41st year.

That’s right, yesterday was my big 4-0. What is it about this number that causes such emotion and mostly it seems in a negative way? I admit, I haven’t been looking forward to it, but now that the day has come and gone I’m ready to embrace being part of the ’40-something’ crowd. If I have my dear friends to compare to (you know who you are!) then I have much to look forward to and more to be thankful for. Besides, you were a significant part of making my 30’s pretty darn awesome.

special dinner at mercato kelly green handbag box of chocolates tiffany's little blue box I had an amazing birthday complete with loved ones, whether in person or messages from afar, generous gifts given from the heart and an incredible amount of laughs.

I don’t feel “over the hill”… I feel blessed, I look at my family and feel overwhelmed with love, I feel inspired by what I’ve accomplished so far and what the future holds and I feel incredibly fortunate to have the friends I have. You can’t put a price on these things at any age, however I find as I get older I grow to appreciate each blessing more and more. There is nothing to take for granted in this life. I have all I could possibly ask for…and more.

So cheers to the next decade and all that it has in store. I hear 40 is the new fabulous.

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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summer vacation bliss

Some people refer to today as “the most wonderful time of the year”. I don’t buy in and never have. I relish in summer whether it’s the pace, vacations, warmer and longer days…I can’t get enough of it. I also enjoy having my kids around more and less of the hectic schedule that will ensue now that school is in and the activities get rolling. I could honestly use another few weeks, but I digress…

We stayed fairly close to home this summer, enjoying Alberta and our neighboring friends in British Columbia. We really are lucky to live where we live, so close to all this incredible landscape. Here are a few pics to tell the tale of our summer, and like our daughter said earlier today, “summer…don’t leave us now”. I couldn’t agree more.

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From pre-school to grad school and everything in between, here’s to the start of another school year! Hoping you have some wonderful summer memories too.

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.

 

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a pause from interior design: calgary flood 2013

On Thursday I was in a meeting with a client when we learned Calgary was in a state of local emergency due to potential flooding of the rivers that run through our city. At 2:20pm my client received a phone call from her husband indicating they needed to evacuate their home by 3pm so as you can imagine she bolted from the office.

I didn’t think much of it other than precautionary. I picked up my kids from school and decided to make my way down to the pool a little earlier than normal just in case traffic was bad.

When we arrived at the pool they were shutting it down. Again, I figured for precautionary measures since it is close to the river so we drove home amidst the mass exodus from downtown.

Watching the news that evening raised a little more concern, and then a lot more. We received notice schools would be closed Friday which in Calgary is unprecedented since I can’t remember ever having a snow day. I called my sister-in-law and mother-in-law who both live fairly close to the river to check in and they said all was well at their end. An hour later I had seven family members at my door needing a place to stay as their neighborhood had been added to the mandatory evacuation list which was now at 26 communities, roughly 75,000 people.

Friday morning I woke up to a text from my client saying “my house is ruined”. I nearly cried. I turned on the news and was stunned at the state of Calgary. It was under water.

It’s been an emotional weekend. Moments of shock, uncertainty, and almost no words to describe the feelings. It all happened so fast.

The outpouring of volunteers, police, firefighters, city officials, Mayor Nenshi and the band of togetherness in the city over these last few days has been amazing and inspiring to say the least, however I would have expected nothing less. This is Calgary.

Our home is high on a hill and has been untouched by any of the flooding concerns. We are so grateful. Outlying communities such as High River, Canmore and Bragg Creek have been devastated by the flood and my heart goes out to all those who have lost not only their homes but loved ones during these unforgettable days.

So interior design aside for today, here is a glimpse into the magnitude of the Flood of 2013 in the area of Bowness as well as downtown Calgary.

The river invited itself into the streets of Calgary, neighborhoods, homes and businesses, but we will rise above.

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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 through Design in a Box.

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getting my life back

The best way to describe the last four months of 2012 is “all consuming”. The intensity, work load, stress, sleepless nights and lack of appetite really took it’s toll. After returning from BlogTour London, things escalated from manageable, to overwhelm, to ‘something’s gotta give’. I just. Couldn’t. Do. It. All.

stressedMOM There I said it. It’s hard to admit.

My blog and social media presence was the first to go. I didn’t have the time nor head space to manage it. I had to shift my priorities and in doing so, realized I needed to evaluate my business. In any growing business, there comes a point when a decision needs to be made and a client was the one who really made me think. “You need to decide if you’re going to stay small and turn work away, or grow your business and hire the support to do so”, was what she said. These words resonated with me and put a new perspective on the next chapter for my business.

What is the next chapter? Well, it involves growing up and moving out. Setting boundaries, asking for help and adding support where needed will allow me to get my life back. It’s also about learning, prioritizing and spending time ON my business as well as IN it, as I love the relationships and creativity that comes with each project. I am blessed to work with amazing clients.

I’m also excited to get back to social media and my blog. I value these platforms and am grateful for the way they have propelled my business. In the coming weeks I’ll be updating you on what’s happening behind the scenes with Nyla Free Designs, sharing completed projects from the Fall and up and coming projects, sneak peek’s and inspirations. I have lots to share!

So… here’s to a new chapter.

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