a day in the life: city line debut

Last Thursday was a pretty exciting day. I woke up like any other. Got dressed in an outfit I had carefully planned. Walked out of my hotel and made my way to an incredibly busy intersection in Toronto. I found a parking spot and took a deep breath. I walked out of the parking lot onto a street filled with people and had trouble navigating my way to find the right building. I had to ask where the entry door was. Ah yes, right there. Silly me. I walked into the reception area and thankfully found familiar faces. I had a quick re-cap and then off to have my make up done. Next I found myself in the same room as Tracy Moore, Kimberley Seldon and Brian Gluckstein. Totally surreal.

The next hour was filled with much excitement and many emotions. I took in every. Last. One.

Tomorrow my debut appearance will air on City Line with my segment on custom carpets. Tune in to CityTV at 9am, watch live online or after the show. So many of you have been such a huge support in cheering me along and I can’t tell you how much that means to me.

xo Nyla

ps. my article in Dabble Issue 4 is on custom carpets so stay tuned for the inside scoop on the designers process when making selections. The next issue goes live August 29th.

 

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.

summer lovin': fashion to interiors

Are you hanging on to summer for all it’s worth? I sure am. When I came across this living room with floral fabrics and fresh colours I couldn’t help but wish this season could last forever, okay maybe a few months longer anyway.

I’m going to embrace every ray of sunshine and ounce of warmth over the next six weeks, ignoring the fact that winter will soon be upon us. Thankfully first comes Fall, one of my favorite seasons. In the mean time, show off your painted toe nails while you can and why not add fresh colour or a floral pattern into your decor. It’s certainly not too late and with summer sales on now, it’s less of a dent in your wallet.

Summer 2011 Collection from JCrew via Home Sweet Blog, living room image via Elle Decor

 

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.

inspirations for choosing drapery fabric

Choosing fabric is one of my favorite tasks when detailing drapery. The colour, texture, pattern and flow of the fabric are important details to consider, in addition to the style and purpose of the room.

Although drapery is often considered a finishing touch and one that is last to be installed, it should not be at the bottom of the selection list. With a high level of impact, drapery is an important decision in the early stages of the room design. Being a vertical component of the room, it becomes a focal point or a backdrop to support furniture and architectural details. Knowing the difference is important.

Below are examples of work from my studio, Nyla Free Designs showing rooms with drapery treatments and details about the fabrics we chose.

Drapery in bedrooms must function and be aesthetically pleasing. In a modern space such as this one we opted to use a fabric similar to the wall colour. Creating a simple backdrop, however not compromising on style we used a silk fabric with metallic thread. The full height drapery skims the floor which allows the fabric to billow at the bottom similar to a beautiful gown.

This sitting area at the top of a staircase does not require drapery for privacy or light control. Here we used a semi sheer in wool to frame the windows, add depth and offer softness in the background.

We often think of drapery in a formal dining room but an everyday eating area need not be overlooked. With large windows in this kitchen nook, the room would feel bare and stark without fabric to finish off the space. We selected a charcoal silk with horizontal stripes in black and cream. It’s depth of colour and linear detail create a bold statement in the room accentuating the architectural detail of the bay window.

This dining room shares space with a sitting area and dramatic two story windows. From the second floor office the drapery is also visible. This formal charcoal and caramel damask pattern in silk acts as a space connector and adds a dramatic vertical statement.

Wanting a hotel style treatment with an edge we used a track at the ceiling with wall to wall drapery, creating a cocoon feel when the drapes are closed. We also wanted to introduce colour into the drapery so a muted mauve was selected with a subtle linear texture. It offers a warm feel with the impact of soft colour. Beautiful in a bedroom for an elegant, yet cozy feel.

I adore textiles and what they bring to a room, both in function and personality. Drapery is no exception to this. Plan early to include window treatments in your budget and watch your room go from basic to beautiful.

Thank you to Leslie Caruthers (@tkpleslie) and The Curtain Exchange for hosting a new weekly twitter chat with today’s focus on textiles in drapery. Also to Ann Maine, Editor In Chief of Traditional Home Magazine, Michael Diver, managing editor and Krissa Rosbund, Senior Style Editor for being the special guest experts joining in the discussion.

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.

 

future classics: moooi

Outrageous would be one word to describe moooi, however the name in fact is Dutch for ‘beautiful’, with an additional ‘o’ to represent the extra beauty and uniqueness in each piece. This iconic line of furniture, lighting and accessories by designers Marcel Wanders and Casper Vissers has some shock value for certain. Burnt pieces, quirky shapes and unexpected elements offer conversation pieces within a room design. Moooi believes that design is a question of love. Passionate and playful, these daring designs are not for everyone, however I do believe that moooi, with it’s over the top classic style will be sought after for many years to come.

Emperor pendant in red, smoke dining chair, pig table.

Dining room with moooi Random light. Interior Design by Sasha Josipovicz via HGTV blog.

moooi Smoke dining chair. Interior Design by Nyla Free Designs, Photography by Martin Tessler.

What are your thoughts on moooi? Would you own a piece? Do you have a favorite? These are true statement pieces that in and of themselves are like art.

Share 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.

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.