lately loving: patterned sheet sets

Bedrooms have been a popular space for us to design as of late. From bedding to wall decor, lighting and accessories there are endless ways to make a personal space for one to find rest and relaxation after a long day. We find most of our clients embrace solid colours in bedding however we love to suggest the addition of patterned sheets as a way to add a subtle amount of pattern, interest and maybe even colour! Step away from the inclination that patterned sheets represent cartoons or action figures, these options are bold, graphic, sophisticated and will add charm to any bedroom.

patterned sheet sets Sources: 1. Serena & Lily French Ring Set, 2. Pottery Barn Liza Embroidered Sheet Set, 3. CB2 BRZ sheet sets, 4. Dwell Draper Striped Sheet Set, 5. Crate & Barrel Marimekko Kullervo Sheet Set, 6. West Elm Dot Sheet Set.

 

experience: calgary stampede 2014

The Calgary Stampede has once again come to an end and each year we seem to be joining in the fun more than in years passed. The Stampede is a culture like no other. The entire city is involved with pancake breakfasts, western wear for all ages (even if, and especially if you aren’t a cowboy), beer tents galore, bull riding (whether you’re in the rodeo or not), lunches that never end and all work seems to slow down for what has become “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”. Those are tall boots to fill! but one thing’s for sure, Calgary has a lot of pride in it’s city, people and vibrancy. Don’t let the “cowboy theme” fool you. This is an internationally recognized event with high caliber concerts, as well as fireworks and a Grandstand production every night. Even though locals have been known to run for the hills when the Stampede rolls in, there is no denying the amazing spirit of the city for these ten days in July.

Here are some of my Stampede highlights via Instagram.

calgary stampede 2014

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.

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.

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.

 

lately loving: peonies

I don’t purchase flowers for my home as often as I would like, however after a weekend gathering I am loving the added colour, texture and natural beauty offered by the flowers I purchased for the party. Peonies are hands down my favourite flower right now. A romantic flower, yet completely comfortable in a modern setting. Long stem or cut short, in a bouquet with complimentary flowers, many bunched together or a single stem, I simply adore these floral masterpieces in any colour.

Peonies Peonies Peonies I hope the weekend was good to you. Happy Monday!

Image sources: clockwise from top 1 l 2 l 3 l 4

summer solstice weekend

Summer solstice has become one of my favourite days of the year. It means summer is officially here and we enjoy the day with the most amount of daylight. Last year we hosted a party to celebrate milestone birthdays as well as this special day with family and friends.

Part of the fun of hosting parties is creating the ambiance. The music, flowers, candles, food, beverages and decor elements all add creative touches to any party. Of course the main ingredient is always the people.

We’re planning to do the same this year so today I’m working on all those decorative details in preparation. As we’ve just come off of a difficult week personally, I’m so looking forward to having this time with special friends.

Last year we were lucky enough to have my sister in law (and photographer!), Blynda DaCosta here for the party and she took a few photos before and during the party. Here’s a little “taste”.

summer solstice 2013 Do you have any plans to celebrate summer solstice? Whatever you’re up to, I wish you a wonderful weekend and happy first day of summer!

Photos by: Blynda DaCosta Photography

lately loving: swing arm wall sconces

One of my favourite decor items right now is the swing arm wall sconce. We have used them in a few of our projects lately. Versatile, functional and of course stylish, this decorative element fits into any room from modern to traditional.  Most mount to the wall without the need of an electrical box, all you need is an outlet! . Which one is your favourite?

swing arm wall sconces Source guide: 1 l 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6

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.

before & after: living room makeover

A great client of ours asked if we could makeover her living room for a special birthday. How could we possibly say no? We got down to business and ordered the upholstery items right off the hop. With the key pieces selected and taking inspiration from their adjacent dining room we pulled together the remaining details from an “in stock” approach. living room before

The space before felt disconnected from the rest of the main floor and as it is a natural sight line when you walk in the front door an update was definitely in order. The living room was ready for a transformation and update and we were ready for the challenge! living room materials the After: livingroom2 living room makeover living room makeover

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.

behind the scenes: photo gallery wall

One of the biggest challenges from our recent Sylvan Lake cottage installation was filling wall space. In the TV room we addressed the walls in a few different ways, one being a gallery of photo frames. We arrived with plenty of options (more than we needed) so we had room to play and decide which ones worked best. We laid them out on the floor first to get an idea of the layout. With the help of a professional installer the gallery wall took shape and once the locations were set, it was easy to fill the frames and hang back on the wall.

Here are a few more tips to consider if you’re thinking of a gallery wall in your home:

1. Mix frame choices. Giving the wall character with complimenting frames from simple to detailed adds depth and interest.

2. Shake up the sizes. No need for all frames to be the same. A mix of sizes offers an eclectic and casual feel to a family space.

3. Room to grow. Leave space for the many memories yet to come.

4. Change it up. Choose frames you can easily access to switch around photos as the years go by.

5. Embrace imperfection. An organic approach to the installation means there’s no need to align every frame. Offset frames keeps the wall interesting and fun.

gallery wall, nyla free designs Our summer student Jackie, had a brilliant idea of taking a time lapse of the installation. You can see how it all came together in our video clip.

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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 online design to Canadian clients through Design in a Box.

lately loving: sunshine yellow

With the days long and the sun high I am gravitating towards all things yellow. The saturated warmth is putting a smile on my face and a kick in my step as summer is by far my favourite season. Yellow is the perfect accent to summer, inside and out, fashion or interiors… this is my latest obsession.

sunshine yellow Image credits clockwise from top left: 1 I 2 I 3 I 4 I 5 I 6

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.