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IDS15 recap

IDS15, interior design show, toronto I once I had someone say to me “I wish you would post in the moment as opposed to weeks (or months!) later”. Well here I go again, posting well after attending the interior design show in Toronto. I’m ok with it though. For me I prefer to write a quality post, reflective of my thoughts and insights and sometimes that doesn’t come right away and I also like to make it pretty. So I hope you find these such posts worth the wait :)

Each year I attend the interior design show I come away with new connections, product and inspirations. There are high expectations to wow us and woo us with anything and everything new and exciting and us designers can be a tough crowd. The way I see it is there’s always something to take away from an event like this, large or small it’s worth going. Here are just a few of my new finds and takeaways from this years interior design show.

Le Pattern: A refreshingly different Canadian company specializing in fine European fabrics, wallpaper, wallcoverings and custom drapery.

1925 Workbench: A dynamic husband and wife team designing and building furniture, doors, and barn door hardware. Made in Canada!

Slik: Boutique market bathtubs and basins in a matte white finish.

Mettro Source: Porcelain and ceramic tiles in a myriad of textures and patterns.

Ikea: Crushing the stereotype with it’s “is this IKEA??” booth designs.

Leah Phillips Design: Debuting her collection at IDS15, Leah is a Toronto based textile designer specializing in print to order fabrics and wallpapers with a whimsical sophistication.

I hope you click on the above links and take a closer look at their product lines and perhaps find a new connection yourself.

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toronto bound

toronto ontario canada I’m flying east today and while Toronto in January is not top of my list, with reasons like the Business of Design conference and IDS15 I am every bit excited. Not to mention a few nights in a quiet hotel room all to myself. Bliss! Stay tuned for updates via instagram and facebook as well as highlights on the blog next week.

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calgary home + design show

We’re excited to be participating in the Calgary Home + Design Show September 18-21. Come down and see us for Ask a Designer Friday from 1pm – 2pm and Sunday 1pm – 2pm and 3pm – 4pm. We’re also upcylcing a pre-loved chair to benefit Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta and the Calgary ReStore. Place your bid for a great cause! We’ve had a lot of fun recreating our chair and infusing our love of colour and pattern and we’re looking forward to seeing what other designers have come up with too!

We have 3 pairs of tickets to give away! Tell us why you’d like to attend the show and what projects you’re working on. Comment below for a chance to win! We’ll draw Wednesday September 17th.

home + design show, calgary We’d love to see you there!

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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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IDS 14: ikea kitchen and dressing room

Crushing the ‘IKEA’ stereotype by creating a space that leaves you doing a double take at the large IKEA letters on the side of the wall, this is one of the most anticipated booths at IDS.

While discussion was had about the number of non-IKEA items used to create the booth, what wasn’t to be overlooked was the clear sense of what you can do with a room using IKEA furniture and fixtures. The point is, while saving on budget friendly fixtures such as closet storage, splurging on a carved wooden daybed and gold guilt mirror are less paralyzing to the pocket book and are what take the room to a whole new level. The kind of level that makes you think, WOW!

Here’s what happens when the creative juices flow and there’s an ‘outside the box’ approach to design…

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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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ids14: mettro source tile

While ‘patterned tile’ has been around for centuries, these artistic tiles are making their way back into modern day homes. It’s one of my favourite additions to kitchens and bathrooms right now. I can’t get enough of it! The Mettro Source booth was an inspiration of tile from top to bottom, from pattern and texture to colour combinations. Hard to choose just one favourite out of the bunch. Last year I was also inspired by their booth which resulted in selecting a fabulous tile for a kids bathroom in a mountain home. My clients are just moving in so I hope to share it with you soon. Stay tuned!

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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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ceragres at IDS13

When I walked by the Ceragres booth I couldn’t help but take notice. It felt like a candy shop, beautifully designed, full of light, colour and creative ways to display their tile. Ceragres is a leader in the import/distribution of ceramic tile, porcelain tile, slate, stone, glass tile, mosaic and resilient flooring. Wow! So much to look at and so little time. I took in as much of the eye candy as possible and will definitely be keeping them in mind for any upcoming kitchen and bathroom projects.

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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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Ikea at IDS13

It’s been almost two months since I attended IDS13 in Toronto and I’m happy to finally be showing off some of the fabulous finds I saw walking the show.

In the past few years I’ve attended, IKEA has not failed to impress visitors with their creativity and ‘outside the box’ thinking for the design of their booth. This year the concept had a warm warehouse/industrial feel and literally had you asking, “that’s IKEA??”. Very smart indeed.

The cabinets are a new line called SOFIELUND, a light grey walnut set in an environment of vast ceilings and space which gave the feeling of walking into someone’s loft space. They combine easily with other cabinets such as ABSTRAKT a high gloss cream or the RUBRIK white glass. Either way it goes to show you can dream big when it comes to kitchens from IKEA.

Even a budget considered project can be realized into a fabulous space with creative thinking and the use of elements and materials in an unexpected way.

What do you think of this space? Would you have thought IKEA?

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All photos taken by moi!

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.

© 2013 Nyla Free Designs Inc.

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trend spotting at design junction: linear

If you’ve ever attended a trade show, you know the overwhelming desire to take it all in and absorb as much as you possibly can in the short time you’re there. Every turn is an encounter with a new product or inspiring idea. My hope when walking a show is to not only find new products or inspirations for a client or project, but to also keep an eye out for emerging trends or a common thread from booth to booth.

Line: a straight or curved continuous extent of length without breadth, a contour or outline considered as a feature of design or composition.

During our BlogTour trip to the London Design Festival, I found a common linear theme among several products and displays at design junction, including lighting, furniture and accessories. These specific items stood out for me because of their line and composition but the brands themselves are absolutely worth checking out.

Secto Design company’s Octo 4240 pendant

Modern Windsor Chairs by Sitting Firm

when objects work‘ Vincent Van Duysen collection of pottery

Autoban: Nest lounge chair and Tulip family lamps.

Benjamin Hubert furniture and linear wall display.

Montis small side tables and floor poufs and pillows.

LZF lighting

EOQ‘s Brahma pendant design junction is committed to design excellence and strives to find a balance between creativity and the commercial world. Now in it’s second year, the show has grown so exponentially since their launch they required a new venue. Located in the Sorting Office, a raw warehouse/studio style site which embraces a casual and friendly atmosphere to engage with suppliers and product designers. Over three floors and 12,000 + sq.ft of space, design junction features over 100 international brands both large and small and creates a sense of ‘design culture’ among its participants.

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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new at elte: silk sari area carpets

Admittedly I wander trade shows like a kid in a candy store. Bright eyes, head on a swivel, anxious to see something new and inspiring. To be honest, it’s hard to impress us designer types. We are constantly looking for what’s new, what’s next as we see so much during our daily travels of client work and internet surfing. One booth in particular did not disappoint.

My favourite, favourite (did I mention favourite?!) item introduced at the Interior Design Show in Toronto was the Silk Orchid Collection from Elte. These area carpets blew me away.

“The secret to these rugs is the recycled sari silk that goes into them. Vintage Sari Silk dresses are collected, unravelled and then hand knotted into these exceptional, one of a kind masterpieces. The patterns are inspired by antique ikat fabrics that emphasize the transition from one magnificent colour to the next.” Jamie Metrick

Once the silk is gathered, each piece is created by hand taking roughly 4-5 months to complete, not dissimilar to other custom area carpets. The colour saturation and combinations from the saris and sheen of the silk, as you can see above, are what make these carpets truly special. An incredible 80 – 100 sari’s are used to make one 8’x10′ area carpet.

Each carpet is one of a kind and totally dependent on the saris they are able to collect. They are works of art, a classic investment and could even be considered a family heirloom. Ever have a ‘take your breath away emotional kind of feeling’ where you’ll miss out if you don’t take it home today. Yes, that. Which is precisely why I have one on hold for myself :)

Third image via: Elte

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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heading east: interior design show 2012

I’m off to Toronto this morning, along with a few of my Calgary design buddies for a fabulous few days of inspiration on so many levels. I won’t go into much detail here as there will be so much to share upon my return. Can’t wait! Already anticipating the new products, design details and people I’m going to see. Here is a list of places I’m going, or hope to get to during my visit, to name a few… Do you have a favorite spot in Toronto you’d highly recommend? Please let me know!

Interior Design Show, Business of Design, Blog Podium, Au Lit Fine Linens, Elte, Ruby Watchco, West Elm, Hollace Cluny

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.