We are living in a Winter Wonderland here in Calgary and even though Winter is not officially upon us for a few more weeks ‘Baby, it’s Cold Outside!’
On the other hand, ’tis the Season for parties and gatherings and winter fashion is at the forefront of peoples minds. I was inspired by the BCBG Holiday 2010 catalog and all it’s texture, frill and feminine attitude.
I would love to have you all over for dinner in this glamorous dining room. I think we’d all fit in quite nicely if we were dressed like the ladies above don’t you think? Source: Elle Decor
After you leave I’ll wind down by relaxing in front of the fireplace and read through some shelter magazines. Source: Burning Desires Fireplace Co.
At the end of all the festivities I think I’ll crawl into bed and hibernate until Spring :) Source: Luxury Home Interiors
As Christmas is soon upon us I hope you can take some time to enjoy special moments with your loved ones during the hustle and bustle of it all. I wish you much joy as you celebrate the Season from now until the New Year.
Install days are filled with the work of unpacking boxes, placing furniture and accessories, hanging art and drapery, arranging flowers, and cleaning up the mess you just made all before the client arrives home for the reveal.
Last Friday I completed the installation for a clients great room. You can see the sneak peak at the samples and materials here.
We (me and my helper Sandra) started the day at 9am. When we arrived at the home the delivery truck was already there. I greeted my client and walked her through the details of the day. (I asked the delivery guys to sit tight until she was gone). No peaking!
Finally off she went for the day and we got underway. First ~ the before photo of the space. (Don’t worry…the red plate did not stay there!)
Typically I would delivery everything at once, however as you can see there are two chests that have been there for several months. They were part of the scheme I presented however based on the fact that they were selling like hotcakes, we scooped them up several months ago. They have been patiently waiting for the rest of the furniture to pull the room together.
9:30am my drapery installer arrives. Once again I ordered the drapery from Layers and Layers. A simple cotton/linen blend with a contrasting side band on each panel. Half way through, my installer notices that we are short rings, and enough rings that we could only hang one panel in the great room. SO disappointing, but we move on. I order more immediately. The remaining drapery will be installed later this week, so our reveal will be incomplete. Boo hoo!
11:00am I high tail it out to pick up some items that did not fit into my car the day before. Note to self “shop earlier so you can have the delivery company pick up for you”!! I gathered what I needed, picked up flowers and light bulbs and made my way back to site.
In the mean time Sandra received another piece of furniture at 11:30 and worked on accessorizing.
1:00pm the art installer arrives and begins hanging our selected pieces.
We had originally advised the client to come home at 2:30, however at this point we knew we would not be ready. I gave her a quick call and bought ourselves another 1/2 hour. Pweh!
The remaining few hours were nose to the floor trying to get everything perfect for the reveal. At 2:40 this is what the space still looked like. Yikes!
Stay tuned to see the final results!
Elephants seem to be in a category all their own. They fit into any type of decor from a traditional living room to a young child’s bedroom. Elephants are exotic. They exude both sophistication and whimsy. Symbolizing wisdom, they also add a sense of mystery and character to a space. Regardless of their placement, an elephant of any kind or style will bring strength to your decor or even fashion. Go ahead! Indulge in some exotic flavor for your space.
1. John Derian 12″ decoupage square tray. 2. Elizabeth and James black sapphire, diamond & sterling silver elephant ring available at Saks Fifth Avenue. 3. Jonathan Adler ceramic elephant. 4. Banana Republic cotton elephant tote. 5. Paperweights by iomoi. 6. Birthday greeting from Cartolina Cards available at Modern Paper Goods. 7. Hand blocked linen pillow by Sue Fisher King. 8. Acrylic elephant book ends available at Neiman Marcus. 9. Vitra elephant stool. 10. Dwell Studio elephant bookshelf. 11. Ink & Wit elephant safari tea towel or wall hanging. 12. Personalized ‘peek-a-boo’ bin from Smidgebox. 13. ‘Recycled’ mixed media on panel painting by Michael Cutlip, represented by Jacana Gallery.
Ralph Lauren’s Chic Retreat. Image via Elle Decor.
I hesitate even calling this a ‘mini-trend’ as elephants can be a classic and timeless addition to any room.
During my recent trip to Vancouver I wandered into the Gallery of BC Ceramics on Granville Island. A simple space, filled with lovely pieces of pottery. Traditional and modern, colourful and natural. Each piece was a handmade treasure. I did walk out with a purchase, however this artist in particular caught my eye and I immediately fell in love with her whimsy, simplicity and homage to such simple objects as canning jars.
Perhaps you’ve heard of Claire Madill, the artist behind Heyday Design, however I just couldn’t help but introduce her again. Inspired by vintage kitchen wares, Claire breathes new life into unassuming objects that seem to find her, and turns them into beautiful art pieces. I adore this collection of ceramic canning jars that exude a functional beauty.
Supporting young, up and coming artisans gives you the joy of not only owning a piece of their art, but also supporting their future endeavors. Great things to come from Claire I’m sure! For information on purchasing, please visit the where to buy section of Claire’s website.
I can certainly tell that Claire creates from her heart, the sign of a true artist.
I don’t typically decorate for Halloween but this year I decided to step out. So this is it. Scary huh?
Wishing you all a great weekend and Happy Halloween!
I recently completed an installation at a clients home. I’ve been working on this home for over a year with renovations to the kitchen, bathrooms and installing hardwood throughout most of the main floor. This couple, recently retired, decided to upgrade their existing home rather than move or build new. They love their location and with some clever suggestions from the contractor, they were able to make some valuable changes.
I took a few shots of the kitchen, nook and great room during the styling process. Again, amateur, but at least it gives you a sense of the space and colour scheme. Our approach was a rustic-french feel, with a textured stone back splash, glazed finish on the cabinetry and warm colours.
The day of the installation was positively gorgeous. Their home backs on to the Bow River and the photos of the trees below is the picturesque view I had that day. Can you believe how well it works with the interior colour scheme? That was not planned at all!
Thanks for coming along on this mini home tour!
My recent trip to Vancouver for IDSwest went beyond what I could have imagined. Thinking I would be attending only the show and most likely alone, I was pleased to find out that there were many Calgary designers planning to attend. With so many coming, Layers and Layers decided to plan a Designer Day field trip where we were driven around town to fabulous design stores. Finally a tweet-up at Chambar Restaurant where we met many more new friends. Here is a photo gallery of the people and events that made this weekend so incredible.
Left: LeAnne models for the new 18Karat catalogue. Right: Me, Lesley and LeAnne try out the leather dining chairs at 18 Karat.
Dinner at Chambar: From left to right ~ Yvonne’s charming husband Peter, Yvonne and Jennifer.
Dinner at Chambar: Darrell along with his Dad!
Sarah, Me, Leanne and Siobhan. We all stayed together and had such a great time. We laughed a lot, and many memories were made between the four of us. Here we are at the Loden Hotel, which seemed to be our evening hangout ;)
At the end of the weekend my sides, chest and throat hurt from laughing so hard. The trip went beyond a business trip. Friendships were made and relationships were built. I was blown away by the connections and chemistry that came together between so many people. Whether we shared the same career or not, a bond was formed.
Thank you to everyone! I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and spending time with each and every one of you.
Until next time….
And to the lovely Sharon ~ I know you chose Palm Springs over us for good reason, but you must know that you were truly missed! xo
My first visit to IDSwest was fabulous is so many ways that I thought I would share my findings with you!
Trades shows can be overwhelming with so much product and inspiration all around. One thing I really focus on when looking at each booth is not only the inspiration factor, but also the relativity to my own design style and if I could see using it in a client’s home. It’s easy to be mesmerized by many of the fabulous booths, however I try to focus my time and attention on lines that I see value in for my business.
Here are my favorites from the show.
Salari Fine Carpet Collections specializes in hand knotted carpets. They are a family run business established over 35 years ago. Carrying carpets that fall under the categories of traditional, modern and tribal, you’re sure to find something that inspires you. I was particularly drawn to the Nought Collective series by New York-based Canadian designer Tracey Sawyer, where her attention to fine line and detail as well as subtle colour palettes create art work for your floor.
A new introduction from Salari for IDSwest were these Salsa Lounge poufs from supplier Paulig. They can be used as ottomans, extra seating or even an organic sculptural addition to your room. They fit right into the ‘chunky knits’ trend you’re seeing now.
I have known of Brent Comber for many years and am lucky enough to own one of his pieces. His work is pure genius, combining natural elements with organic style. Each item Brent creates is a piece of sculptural art. His booth was simple and essentially let each beautiful piece speak for itself.
Years ago I worked in a retail store and Calligaris was one of the lines we carried. I always thought that the scale of the chairs were off, and ended up not being comfortable, which was too bad because they have a great style to them. As I passed their booth and admired the chairs I decided to take a seat. I was thrilled to find that they were extremely comfortable. I love the acrylic colours and the upholstered chairs were fantastic. A great option for kitchen, dining, accent or even office.
Another family run business for over 30 years, Once a Tree Furniture offers Canadian made pieces combining age-old techniques with innovative technology. The result is well crafted, timeless furniture that can be passed down to generations.
I am always on the hunt for new area rugs, especially those that fall under a reasonable price bracket so I was thrilled to find 2nd Century Rugs. A retail store in Vancouver and also available to the trade, they can build anything your heart desires. Be as creative as you’d like with colour, size and pattern all customizable.
Scandinavian design paired with materials such as rattan, teak, oak and rice husk create furniture with clean lines and interesting textures . I thought these chairs were lovely, so modern and simple. I can see them working with many different styles.
Not one product but a whole store of them. The Cross’s booth at IDSwest was had my vote for most creative. There was inspiration in every corner showcasing not only product that they carry but the incredibly talented eye they have in creative display.
It was great to meet new suppliers and see new (and new to me) product so that I can bring ideas and inspirations home to share with my clients. I hope to attend IDS2011 in Toronto for more fabulous finds!
First of all, thank you to all of you who entered. Your birthday greetings, comments and compliments towards myself and Design in a Box truly mean a lot!
Sadly there can only be one winner, however I would still love to give you a gift as a thank you for entering. Should you choose to purchase a Design in a Box between now and December 31st, 2010, I am offering all those who entered the contest a complimentary 1 hr consultation* with your purchase.
The winner of a room makeover with their very own Design in a Box is ~
Here is Jennifer’s dilemma ~
Hi Nyla…If you saw my living room, you would gasp in horror! It’s a long rectangle room running east to west, with a large turret/bay of 5 windows on the east end. The fireplace is on the south wall facing the front entryway. The room is only wide enough to comfortably fit a large couch with side tables. I have no idea how to make this room work. It’s also stuck in the 90’s with deep port-coloured walls that give it Ralph Lauren vibe. The furniture is a crazy mix of styles. I’ve lived with it this way for 10 years because I can’t figure it out. Help!
Well Jennifer I am excited to get you out of the 90′s and into something fabulous! I’ll be emailing you with the next step.
Again, a BIG thank you to everyone who entered.
(*this is a $95.00 value via phone to review and discuss further your room of choice and any questions you might have. If you wish, an in-home consultation can be scheduled within the Calgary area where this amount will be applied to the hourly rate of Nyla Free Designs.)
I had so much fun designing a bedroom for this young girl! Her English roots, quirky attitude and a sense of style really helped to drive the creative forces behind many of my decisions.
The jumping off point for me was the bedding. I immediately went to Designers Guild and found a lovely wide stripe with soft, yet crisp colours. I was thrilled to find out that Layers and Layers carries the full Designers Guild line of bedding which means it is easily purchased here in Canada.
Here’s a sneak peak at what’s inside!
My goal in this vibrant young girls bedroom was to combine, patterns and colours in a way that was not matched or coordinated. I wanted a room that felt European and eclectic in style, while at the same time warm and comfortable for a growing girl.
I was thrilled to hear that she loves it and is eager to get going with her new project. Hopefully I will be able to show you a before and after!