decor mentor: save vs. splurge

You’ll find me over at Decor Mentor today with a Save vs. Splurge post on kid’s bedrooms. With kids growing as fast as they do it’s one room in the house where you will want to save a few dollars. Hop on over to see what we saved on and where we splurged. Click here to see the full post.

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: 8.1.11

Hello August! Today we are making our way home from our week away which always leaves me contemplating what summer living might actually be like at a second residence. What would it look like? Where would it be? Of course I day dream about several locations and potential styles of the home but the simplicity and rustic character of this Napa Valley ranch cottage caught my eye.

 

Do you have a summer home or cottage? How does it differ from your city home? Is it basic necessities or stylish and decorated? I’m curious to know!

Image source: House Beautiful, Designer: Ken Fulk

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.

what *modern* means to: michelle carangi

MODERN. I’m not referring to the dictionary meaning but rather the feeling, the emotion or the lifestyle of a Modern interior. Vintage, retro, mid-century, classic, country. These have all been paired with the word Modern. This week I am exploring what Modern means with four people I admire and would love to introduce you to or if you already know them, for you to get to know them better.

Fabulous opportunities have come about for Michelle in the last year and it’s no surprise. Her blog, Holley & Gill radiates with eloquent writing and gorgeous images and what I love best is that she causes you to think and ponder thoughts on design and it’s processes. Michelle is so aware of the design world in all it’s shapes and forms and truly passionate about every single detail. Holley & Gill began as custom headboards designed by Michelle and hand crafted in Montreal. Michelle is a blog contributor for Poppy Talk and HGTV Canada and has most recently become Style Editor for Pure Green Magazine. Congratulations on all your success this year Michelle! and thank you for sharing your thoughts today.

“What is modern to me?”

In the world of iconic furniture, products and interiors, the hardest part of the design process is not the creative stage but in fact, the editing stage.

To me, modern is a complete design which has already done all the editing for us. It has visited the extremes, has been inspired by it all and left us with the most important and integral lines, shapes and surfaces. All together, it has managed to push all limits and beliefs to evoke entirely new emotions from its viewers unlike any others.

Modern by definition also means that it is ahead of its time. So a few other questions come to mind: Is it still considered modern once inspiration is drawn from it and morphed into something new? If a variation or a new take has been developed, does its label as being modern no longer apply?

If an innovative design stands the test of time, keeps challenging those limits and its audience and remains captivating, then regardless of when it came to be, it will always remain relevant and modern in my eyes.

Thank you Nyla for letting me in on such a great discussion and topic!

Images via: William O-Brien Jr.

 

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.

what *modern* means to: lori andrews

MODERN. I’m not referring to the dictionary meaning but rather the feeling, the emotion or the lifestyle of a Modern interior. Vintage, retro, mid-century, classic, country. These have all been paired with the word Modern. This week I am exploring what Modern means with four people I admire and would love to introduce you to or if you already know them, for you to get to know them better.

Lori Andrews, a.k.a. the 10 cent Designer is creative is all aspects of the word. Lori is an Interior Designer and photographer not to mention she is always up for an adventure. Her approach to design is simple, modern, and clean with a functional and stylish perspective. Lori and I have recently started working together on photographing my spaces for Dabble Mag and I think we are complimenting each other nicely. She brings a fashion forward flavor to each photo shoot. Here is what Modern means to Lori ~

mod·ern
Of or relating to the present or recent times as opposed to the remote past.

materials- new materials and re-imagined forms
optimism- we can create sustainable environments
depth- form follows function
environment- order, clean lines, accessible
reality- hand crafted, humanism
new- the creation of entirely new forms and ways of thinking

Modern to me is new forms and old forms re-imagined.  Modern is reused, recycled, rethought. modern is clean and simple, light and colorful. Modern is sustainable. Modern is affordable.

New Forms

Retro with New Materials

Reuse Re-Imagine

Repetition

Handcrafted

Artistic Handmade

Colour gives doors new life.

Light and Simple

Old forms New colours

Space age materials

10 cent Designer

All images courtesy of Lori Andrews.

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

 

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.

 

what *modern* means to: lisa ferguson

MODERN. I’m not referring to the dictionary meaning but rather the feeling, the emotion or the lifestyle of a Modern interior. Vintage, retro, mid-century, classic, country. These have all been paired with the word Modern. This week I am exploring what Modern means with four people I admire and would love to introduce you to or if you already know them, for you to get to know them better.

An Interior Designer, collaborator, and someone who brings people together in a positive and creative way, Lisa Ferguson inspires me with her daily encouragement and insights all the way from Toronto. Recently founding Decor Mentor, Lisa is on the pulse of the design world and works hard to educate readers about the process and practices of Interior Design. I have had the pleasure of meeting Lisa a few times this year and more recently collaborating with her as one of the mentors over at Decor Mentor.

Thank you for sharing with us Lisa!

What is Modern Design?

If I said “ Modern Design”. What images and descriptors would immediately be brought to your mind? Mid Century Modern? Minimalism? Cold? Uncomfortable? Clean Lines?

Wikepedia describes moderism in architecture as “simplification of form and subtraction of ornament from the structure and theme of the building”.

When I think of modern design, these are the first four words that come to my mind.

Looking at Interiors by fabulous designers, I find myself using the word modern for a wide range of looks. These spaces from Amy Lau Design, West Architecture Studio and Nyla Free Designs would probably be considered ” modern” by most.

I tend to also call spaces with clean lines and modern shapes, “modern” design. Like the ones here from Pulp Design Studios, my work — Lisa Ferguson Interior Designs and Saavedra Design Studio. Would you agree?

There is so much sameness in modern products, so I wanted to share some great modern products that I am not tired of yet! Do they do anything for you?

What does modern design mean to you? Please share! We would love to hear from you. 

 

Product Sources: Alex Earl Stool, Tivoli Radio, Wall Desk, Zinc Chair by Room & Board, Tom Dixon Pendants, Art Society 6

 

 

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.

what *modern* means to: fiona richards

MODERN. I’m not referring to the dictionary meaning but rather the feeling, the emotion or the lifestyle of a Modern interior. Vintage, retro, mid-century, classic, country. These have all been paired with the word Modern. This week I am exploring what Modern means with four people I admire and would love to introduce you to or if you already know them, for you to get to know them better.

I am so thrilled to introduce you to my guest blogger today. Fiona Richards is the creative personality behind Cartolina Cards, a stationary line with vintage appeal and worldly curiosities. Her cards are some of the most interesting and creative designs I have ever seen and since I have a slight obsession for paper goods… I have seen a lot! I look forward to the opportunity of one day meeting Fiona in person as I admire her very much for her business savvy, creativity, talent and genuine sense of style and self. If you haven’t stopped by Cafe Cartolina yet, please do. It’s a fabulous blog showcasing influences and inspirations behind her work. Also, you must know about Cartolina’s iPhone App. It is one of the coolest app’s out there!

When Nyla asked, “What does Modern mean to you, Fiona?” It took me a while to get my head around it because I really enjoy vintage.

I’m not a trend follower at all, so to me, it’s always been about the vibe and the lifestyle than the status or the designer.

I grew up in the UK in the 70s and, while all my friends lived in cookie cutter tract houses filled with the standard matching 3 piece suite of the day, I grew up in my grandparents house filled to the brim with exotic treasures that they had collected from their days as textile traders in India. And it rubbed off on me – I’ve never had a modern house and really never collected modern pieces. To me modern is all about being free to live in unusual spaces and surround yourself with unusual things –  things collected over time and the newer things coveted and acquired more recently. Having the confidence to say ‘this is my unique eclectic place and these are my fabulous, curious things.’

We live in the country so I tend towards the rustic. Give me old wood, stone and iron, industrial salvage and vintage fixtures. Mix them up and change them on a weekly basis. Gone are the decorating restrictions of the past – and what we have is more interesting, more personal and, in my mind, more modern!

Here are some styles that I love:

 

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Thank you Fiona for sharing your thoughts with us!

What does Modern mean to you? We would love to hear what you have to say!

 

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.

 

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.