Inspired by a visit to the Viceroy in Santa Monica and a new little number I picked up at Bloomingdales I thought I’d put together a style board on the colour jade. It’s fresh, lively and a perfect infusion of colour after a loooooooong winter.
1. Shine Everyday Drake Table Lamp. No longer available in this colour combination, but with a little creativity you could re-produce this look. 2. Benjamin Moore 2043-20, image via Pinterest, originally from Real Simple. 3. Sliced Shirt Dress in Jade by Diane Von Furstenburg, available at Bloomingdales 4. True Imperial Jadeite. Image source: Gehna Bazaar 5. Jonathan Adler Chevron accent pillow in green and grey 6. Viceroy Santa Monica. Design by Kelly Wearstler. Image via Viceroy website.
If you’re new to my blog, I’d like to introduce you to Free Design Notes. It’s a post that will let you see inside my design brain and how I look at images. Designers are notorious for jotting down notes on tear sheets that they like in an effort to keep and use for inspiration later on. I decided to share my favorites with you each Monday, so I hope you’ll stop by each week to see inspiring images and visions of Nyla Free Designs. Feel ‘free’ to offer any other thoughts that you might have about the image. We all have different eyes so share away!
Image source: Living Etc.
Oh really? You knew already? Well, you must be wondering why I’m late to the party. You see there’s a funny story here. As many of you know I’m part of the incredible team behind DabbleMag. I have had the opportunity to not only dive into the excitement of having my own column (pg.68), but also the pleasure of bringing you a Nashville experience in the ‘Dabble does’ travel section of the launch issue (pg.86) It has truly been an incredible few months.
So to celebrate the launch I wanted to post the cover of the magazine on my blog announcing that this long awaited magazine is now live. Kimberley thought it was a great idea. I waited and I waited. Nothing. I didn’t understand WHY I wasn’t given the cover to post on my blog Sunday night for the launch Monday morning. Sheesh!
To give you some background on this image, we happened upon this little treasure on a rainy day and soon realized the store was closed. When we were given the gift of an extra day in Nashville due to a winter storm on the east coast, this gave us the opportunity to go back and take a peak. We fell in love with it and started snapping some shots. In the making of a magazine there are hundreds of images taken, sometimes thousands, and so many of them are exceptional. There were many that we loved and often yelled ‘cover’! we were so excited about it.
Monday morning, I was as excited as everyone else to tear into the pages of the magazine. With a higher volume of traffic than expected I was unable to connect to the site. It was killing me!
I finally got on the site and, well, there I was. Wow. I was speechless AND I realized why I wasn’t given the cover to post on my blog :) I feel so incredibly honored to not only have a role in the making of this launch issue, but to also be on the cover is hard to put into words. Thank you to so many of you for your kind comments and cheers. I never dreamed I would be a Cover Girl LOL!
I hope you all have had a chance to not only look, but read through the first issue of DabbleMag. If not, what are you waiting for? There is so much goodness on each and every page.
Team Dabble is already hard at work on the May/June issue. I hope you’ve subscribed so you don’t miss a beat!
I’m off to LA today! I’ll be attending the Design Bloggers Conference and I am thrilled to learn and be inspired over the next few days. In preparation, the DBC has asked us to describe in 50 words or less with an inspirational photo, “how has blogging changed your life?”. I decided to share more of my feeling around blogging rather than one particular moment. Here is what I wrote:
“I opened the door and walked right into a world of inspirations, new friends and a way to find my voice within the design community. Opportunities have knocked that I would never have dreamed of. I am embracing it all. There is no limit to what lies ahead.”
Can’t wait to share it all with you! And thank you to those who visit my blog, comment and encourage. It means the world to me every time you stop by.
One thing’s for sure when I look around the world of interior design these days, I see colour, and that was also evident at IDS. It was so refreshing to see the vibrance and energy in these booths. Here’s to rising out of the gloom and into some positivity!
The Style at Home booth was cheerful and fresh, combining bold colour with pattern and illustrated details.
Bring colour to the dinner table with these festive dishes and tableware from John Paul & Co.
Take your floor to a new level adding colour and pattern with a beautiful area rug from Modern Weave.
The idea of using colour in areas other than walls was refreshing to see in Sarah Richardson’s ‘Sibling Revelry’ rooms. Dining, Bedroom and Home Office incorporated the primary colours that provide interest in unpredictable ways.
I really hope you’ll join in the colour revolution and perhaps step outside the world of beige and greige. A little dose of colour in your room can be a beautiful thing.
As always, thanks for stopping by!
It’s been a crazy few weeks and I’ve really fallen behind in my blogs. I know IDS was *ages* ago now, however I’m on the ‘better late than never’ band wagon so forgive me for my tardiness in sharing this info with you!
I decided to separate my IDS blogs. There was so much goodness there, but I really wanted to hone in on what I learned with respect to what I saw. So without further ado, here is my part 1….
Studio North is by far one of my favorite stops at IDS. 35 unique Canadian Studios are celebrated, all designer-makers of furniture, lighting and accessories in various media such as wood, metal, glass and ceramics. Below a few of the booths that really stood out for me.
Open Studio is a Toronto gallery focused on print making and dedicated to the production, preservation and promotion of contemporary original fine art prints. If you see something you like on their site and don’t live in the Toronto area, don’t be shy, they ship all over and can help you find that perfect piece. This is a great option if you’re new to purchasing art or your budget is a consideration.
Heidi Earnshaw Design was tucked in a corner and all I can say is I wanted to see more. With a keen eye for design and detail, this studio specializes in the design and production of responsibly made, hand crafted, solid wood furniture.
Left: Graphic Canadiana pillows by Nicole Tarasick bring pride of location to your home or a souvenier of favorite places. Right: A small, ethically run Norwiegian company called Oleana, provide stylish and colourful warmth in these must have blankets.
Looking for something different? Look no further than Edgewater Studio. I fell in love with these artistic glass mosaic tile patterns. This is a ‘made to order’ service so you can choose the colours to suit your decor. The pattern and details had me dreaming of a bathroom renovation! Vancouver based, ships throughout North America.
So…you’re wondering what I learned? With all the many suppliers, stores and industry leaders out there, don’t forget about the little guys. They are passionate and these companies showcase talent that is individual and inspiring. I’m sure you’ll find products that you won’t see everywhere else which will ensure something *special* just went into your home.
Have you heard the news? There’s a new online magazine coming to your inbox on February 28th. All you need to do is subscribe and the best part is, it’s FREE.
Dabble is a bi-monthly design. travel. food. magazine all wrapped up into one style savvy place with original content and photography from around the world.
Just to wet your taste buds and intrigue the designer in you, here’s a few close up shots that will be further revealed in the premiere issue.
Enjoy, and don’t forget to pass this along to family, friends, your neighbors, your hair stylist, the grocer, mail carrier…well, you get the point. We are so excited to share the first issue with you!
Photo credits: Nyla Free :)
It’s easy for me to get excited about colour schemes and this image has me dreaming of far off places. The textures alone are enough to get my heart beating faster, not to mention the architecture. Oh, and then there’s this outfit. I love the patterned strapless top with the raspberry skirt, joined together by a lovely belt. It feels cheery, moody and somewhat mysterious. Starfruit came to mind when I saw the petals or leaves on the ground, the perfect combination of yellow and green. Cinnamon with it’s wooden hues and coffee to add the dark flavour. I am loving it!
Images: Anthropologie, unknown (if you might know where this image comes from I would be so grateful if you could let me know. I closed the window where it was located and have never been able to find it again!), Raspberries, Star Fruit, Cinnamon, Coffee, Sofa.
Today I’m off to Toronto for a whirlwind two days of designer fabulousness.
On Thursday I have a full day of shopping planned to many of the fabulous design stores in Toronto. There are several that I would like to visit, however there is not enough time in this day, or trip for that matter to make it to all of them. I think we have it narrowed down to 10 or so LOL! There are specific items I am looking for that I hope to find for clients and I’m sure along the way there will be many other treasures to be found.
What started out to be a casual dinner among twitter buddies, has turned into quite the evening event. Meredith Heron and Sonya Kinkade have organized a fabulous night at Nota Bene where I will have the opportunity to meet many twitter friends, finally face to face! And it doesn’t stop there. City Line (with camera’s I’m told) as well as Style at Home magazine (who are bringing prizes!!) will also be attending. How great is that?! Thanking you all in advance for your efforts in putting together an amazing evening!
Friday *early* morning I have a coffee date that I am truly excited about and then off to one of the main reasons for making the trek east. I’ll be at the doors of the Interior Design Show at the stroke of 9am. No time to waste as there is plenty of inspiration to be had at IDS.
Have you heard about Dabble Magazine? It’s a new online publication launching February 28th. Design. Travel. Food. What’s not to love? I’ll be hanging out with the Dabble gang on Friday afternoon. So excited about this!
If I have any energy left, I’ll be out for dinner on Friday night with great friends and hopefully even my little bro :)
Phew! That’s what I’ll be up to in the next 48 hours and I’ll be sure to let you know how it all goes.
I quite like this space. I have selected twin beds once for a clients cottage. I think it’s case specific, however this looks so neat and tidy, organized, yet still welcoming. Is it too sparse? Let me know if you have any other “design notes” to add!
Image: Elle Decor