on vacation

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today is a quick post to let you know that this workin’ girl is on vacation. I’m taking a week off from my regular blogging schedule to have some R&R and time with my family. We haven’t traveled anywhere exotic, just a Province away and after an extra long drive due to a rock slide we finally arrived at our home away from home for the next week.

It’s a new place for us so we are excited to explore and take in the amazing landscape around us. We have an adorable pond right outside our door with ducks and pretty little lily pads. As I write this, a deer walked right in front of our window not 10 feet away from us and just a short walk away is the lake *and* a pool. My girls are in heaven!

Even though I’m on vacation, my blog won’t be. I have four friends who have generously given of their time and talents who will be guest blogging this week. I’m very excited to share them with you as I’ve asked each one the question, “What does MODERN mean to you?”

Please stop by and say HI to my guests. They are all fabulous and I’m sure they would love to hear from you too. If you have thoughts on what MODERN means to you please share in the comments. I would love to hear your ideas as I truly believe modern living means something different to everyone.

I hope you enjoy this weeks posts!

xo

Nyla

Image source: Southern Elegance

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.

 

adding some glitz

The design process is often organic. Try as you might to have a completed room it can seem like there’s just one. more. thing. to add in an effort to finish it off. For this particular client we have been keeping our eyes open for the perfect floor lamp. This client is patient and she waits to find a piece that she loves. This can take a long time and believe me we have been looking for years.

During a recent trip to New York I visited the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair). My goal was to see new products for inspiration as well as possible pieces for specific clients. Baccarat, known as the jewelers of light has introduced lighting and I was blown away by their booth at the show. This particular fixture took my breath away and I thought maybe, just maybe it was the one.  Baccarat Sfera Floor Lamp design by Michele de Lucchi. Image via: Design Boom

Success! This gorgeous little number will find it’s new home alongside the antique Italian chair and twig end table. Ooooh! I can’t wait to see that crystal lit up in the room.

Photographer: Martin Tessler

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.

 

*free* design notes: 7.18.11

I’m not typically a fan of wall decals but I have used them on a few occasions. Only in the right location and circumstances will I peel and stick. I thought this one was worth sharing however. This post does not actually require any notes. The writing is on the wall.

What a great reminder. I hope your weekend was spent soaking up some family time.

Happy Monday!

Nyla

Image: Urbanwalls via Etsy

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.

before and after: library transformation

A current project that I have fallen in love with is coming to life and almost near completion. One of my favorite rooms in the home is the study, a second floor retreat for my client to read, send notes written or digitally and even watch a little TV. Our goal was to surround the room with books creating floor to ceiling, wall to wall bookshelves housing an eclectic collection of inspiring reading material. The transformation is quite dramatic. Here’s where we started.

Palm tree drapery and bright orange walls. Wow! With those elements removed, fabulous windows, blonde maple floors and a large open space we had the perfect base to bring the room to this…..

The view of the study as you enter the room. Inviting and calm, filled with a passion of reading.

Keeping the floor and millwork the same colour the books become the focus, alongside the traditional area carpet adding colour and texture to the room.

Wall sconces and art hanging directly off the millwork add dimensional elements.

This image reminds me that one of my goals this summer is to read a book. Crazy I know but my ‘extra’ time has been so limited lately that reading has been far removed from my schedule. *sigh*

You can see more of this space in the latest issue of Dabble Mag where you’ll find insights and information on Custom Millwork.

Photography: Lori Andrews. Contractor: Foothills Renovations.

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.

 

exciting news!

Back in April I submitted an entry to the Western Living Designers of the Year Awards and I am beyond thrilled to share that I have been shortlisted in the category of Interior Design. I share this with eight talented and inspiring designers in Western Canada. Regardless of what happens I am incredibly proud and honoured to be included with this group of peers in the design industry and recognized in this way. Winners in all categories including architecture, interior, furniture, industrial, fashion & jewelry, landscape, and eco design will be announced in the September issue of Western Living Magazine. Good luck to all! Please check out the others who were shortlisted on the Western Living website.

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.

 

craving black and white stripes

Can I have something with bold black and white stripes? Pretty please? There’s no doubt this combo has been around for decades and clearly it’s not going anywhere. A little goes a long way and mixes with any style. Creating a dynamic addition to any room, article of clothing or backyard accessory, black and white stripes are a fabulous duo. Honestly, it’s perfect anywhere.

Image sources: 1. door, 2. umbrella, 3. dress, 4. front entry, 5. eames lounger and area rug, 6. dress 7. lanterns

 

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.

*free* design notes: 7.11.11

My husband and I love to entertain so I often find myself gravitating towards images that evoke a sense of gathering and community. This dining area does exactly that. Simple, yet so interesting. I feel like I could spend hours here.

Chime in with your thoughts. As always I love to hear from you.

Happy Monday!

Nyla

Image Source: Skona hem

dabble issue 3: a few of my faves

If you haven’t already had a chance to take in the pages of the latest Issue of Dabble Mag, then let me whet your whistle with some of my favorite articles. I can’t stress enough the amount of time and effort that goes into each publication. I see the Issue just as you do, hot off the press and the night before I often get butterflies with excitement wondering what this issue will have to share. From inspirations in the world of design, photography that instills the travel bug or mouth watering food images that cause a quick run to the grocery store, it’s all here. And don’t forget that the Dabble website is updated daily.

Dabble does Seattle! This city comes alive with more than just coffee and seafood. A perfect weekend getaway.

Nathan Turner shares colour inspirations. Love this space!

Looking for the latest and greatest? Lisa Canning shares fabulous finds in the Dabble Digs section.

If you’re like me and feel like cooking can sometimes be a chore, dive into the food section for recipes galore. (Hey that rhymes!)

I adore this new column! Tell us what you dabble in and you could see yourself on the pages of the magazine. How great is that?! Submission details here.

My column this Issue is all about custom millwork. Come and learn more about the process and see this recent Calgary project of Nyla Free Designs. I’ll be sharing more on this home library next week.

Do you have a favorite article in this issue? I would love to hear about it!

Happy weekend!

Nyla

colour inspirations for a happy stampede!

Whether you’re a cowboy or not, over the next 10 days Calgarians and visitors will put on their cowboy duds to celebrate the Stampede, hitting the streets for free pancake breakfasts, music, beer gardens and of course, the Rodeo. It’s an all out party and working hours are at a minimum as folks jump from event to event. After all, it is considered the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. The city comes alive and you can’t help but feel the energy.

You’re either one of two people. You put on your boots, kick your heels and crank the country tunes, or you flee the city. As it happens we are not typically in Calgary during Stampede. Not because we make a run for it but it’s just the way our summer vacations have worked out. This year however we are here and I’m not quite sure what do with myself. I don’t own cowboy boots or any stylish country western items so I’m taking some tips from probably the coolest country dude out there, Ralph Lauren. I’m not terribly interested in the red paisley bandanas and cowboy hats so I’m on the hunt for some inspiration. I am loving the colours in these photos which means some shopping may be in order to pull together the right designer duds. Any excuse right?

Happy Stampede to my Calgary friends and a special ‘Howdy’ to those visiting. YeeHAW!

Image sources: Ralph Lauren, Paint colours, Cowboy boots

bathroom reno: progress report

A current bathroom renovation project is well under way so I wanted to share the progress with you. The tile work is coming along nicely and I’m quite pleased with the dramatic results. The black granite tile is going to offset the stylish white tub beautifully and how about that tiled area rug? Gorgeous!

Next on the agenda is cabinetry which will be quarter sawn oak in a natural finish. A quarter sawn oak has a linear grain which will compliment the lines of the limestone shower. You can see the inspirations that we started with over at my bathroom reno: sneak peak post.

We have an early August deadline as there is a wedding in the family. Can’t wait to show you the final result!