behind the scenes: lesley anton

If you don’t know Lesley Anton then allow me to introduce you. Lesley is a ceramic artist and designer who’s lighting designs are among my favourites. With an organic undertone, Lesley draws inspiration from nature in both texture and colour, and with each lamp handmade there are no two exactly the same. While the lamps are strong in scale and design, they provide a subtle simplicity to any room.

I had the pleasure of visiting Lesley’s studio during a trip to Los Angeles after already purchasing two pairs of lamps and loved the opportunity to see the creative vision and roots of where it all happens. Here’s a peek inside. Her full catalog can be found online and her lighting and ceramics are available through the following locations.

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*all images are my own, with the exception of the last image: photo 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.

lately loving: butterflies

We’re noticing butterflies poping up everywhere from art forms to wallpaper these days. With upwards of 15,000 different species they’re as unique and individual as the creative ways they’re being used in the world of design. I love the three dimensional approach as shown in the art work below, a massive wall decal filling a wall, pixelated wallpaper or one where the butterflies feel like they will fly off the wall. We’re loving the sophisticated approach to butterflies fluttering around these days. What do you think?

butterfly art in a dining room with banquet seating butterfly house wallpaper osborne and little framed butterflies over turquoise rustic sideboard butterfly wall decal osborne and little We’ve just ordered this Trove wallpaper for a clients powder room which will be installed wall to wall and on the ceiling. I can’t wait to see the result! trove azha wallpaper Image credits: 1. Lonny Mag Sept/Oct 2011 Photo by Patrick Kline, interior design by Celerie Kemble 2. Osborne and Little Butterfly House wallpaper 3. via Rom For Deg 4. Tiny Wing wall decal by wall & deco 5. Trove Azha wallpaper

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.

friday link love: california dreamin’

I just love California, can you tell? Walking out of the Parker Hotel I captured this image I thought was so indicative of the California vibe…palm trees, sunshine and a great car :)

It’s going to be -500 degrees here this weekend so I’ll be hibernating. Hope you have a lovely weekend planned.

California sunset outside of the Parker Hotel

When visiting Palm Springs I highly recommend Workshop Kitchen & Bar

Creating a gallery wall with Artfully Walls via: Bright Bazaar.

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Loved learning about this family of potters over on the Design Files.

You’ve got to check out the paper dresses this little girl and her mom are making.

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.

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.

Frey House: Palm Springs house tour

Nestled into the side of a mountain overlooking the city of Palm Springs, Alberta Frey designed and built a mini masterpiece admired by architects, scholars, designers and modern mavens alike. Drawing inspiration from blooming encilia, cholla cactus and the blue sky above, Frey brings the outdoors in with careful selections and details in areas such as the curtains, counter tops and ceilings. The house was carefully situated based on the location of the sun with a contrasting combination of glass, metal, rock, perforated corrugated aluminum sheets and Philippine mahogany veneer, all designed around a large rock form (which was part of the property) extending into the bedroom as a divider from the living space.

While the home appears simple it is truly complex, reflecting years of Frey’s concepts and realities which he brought to the desert landscape. He lived in Frey House II until his passing in 1998, stating in his will, ” I further request that the house be maintained and made available to students of architecture, as well as other architects, for the study and inspiration in the future. I do not desire that the house be made available to the general public; however it should be available, by arrangement , with persons in the field of architecture and continue to be used as aprivate residence under the auspices of the Desert Museum.”

We enjoyed the last tour of the day, watching the sun set on the mountain and the lights of the city below come alive. A memorable experience indeed.

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lately loving: offset square white tile

The classic subway tile has been a staple in the world of design for ages. Kitchens and bathrooms have been a popular location for the brick laid pattern and most often found in white.

Switching it up with the same approach using square tiles is a great alternative. What do you think about stepping out from the classic brick pattern subway tile and trying something new?

bathroom with offset square tile bathroom with offset square tile bathroom with offset square tile bathroom with offset square tile square tile offset Images via: Mandy Milk’s bathroom makeover via House and Home, via Apartment Therapy, Morton Ave project via Studio . You . Me, image source unknown: if you know the designer or photographer please let me know!, home for sale via Alvhem Mäkleri & Interiors

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.

happy family day

What started off as a conversation at an event last Fall has ended up as a week away with four of my favourite people. A retreat of sorts to experience Modernism Week, work on our businesses, get inspired and of course soak up the California sun. Pinch me.

poolside in palm springs While I’m missing Family Day in Alberta, I am in the most amazing company with my “designer family” in Palm Springs. Enjoy the day wherever you are!

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.

happy heart day

Wishing you all a happy valentine’s day and a wonderful weekend!

valentines day Image credits: 1 l 2 l 3

before & after: dining room makeover

After settling into their new home, our clients were ready to embark on purchasing new furniture. Understanding the importance of pulling together the overall look and feel they enlisted our help to create a family friendly, modern environment for their living room, dining room and home office.

The dining room BEFORE:

The main floor is multi-functional for this busy family of four. Homework, entertaining, relaxing, working from home and everyday family living were all considered in our selection process. The outcome is comfortable, stylish and worthy of welcoming guests.

The dining room AFTER: dining room table dining chairs dining room table top

Few other snap shots from the main floor: desk chair ottoman accessories Mid-Century style accent chair A huge thank you to our clients! It’s such a pleasure transforming people’s spaces.

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.

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…

Ikea Kitchen Entrance IDS Ikea Kitchen IDS Ikea Kitchen IDS Ikea Closet Fancy Clothes IDS Ikea Closet Daybed IDS Ikea Closet Bathroom IDS Ikea Bathroom IDS Looking for a save and splurge approach to a project. We’d love to help! Connect with us to learn more.

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.