before and after: master bedroom makeover

Before Christmas we embarked on a bedroom makeover for a long time client of ours. The goal was to change everything with the exception of the drapery, wall colour and existing carpet. We went to work sourcing products and putting a plan together for the full room in an effort to complete the installation early in the New Year. Regardless of your timeline it’s worth waiting for the exact right pieces. This particular project fell right into place.

The BEFORE feeling dated and dreary. Bedroom Before

The AFTER: We transformed a neutral room without a lot of pizzazz or defining details into a fresh, calm and inviting space. Bedroom Headboard Bedroom details Master Bedroom Paring down, adding impact in subtle details and streamlining the furniture has made this space current and comfortable.  Looking for ways to freshen up your space? We’d love to help.

Fine print: Working within a tight time frame requires trust and a solid client/ designer relationship.

Nyla Free Designs Inc. 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 Inc. also offers an online design service to Canadian clients through Design in a Box.

ids14: mettro source tile

While ‘patterned tile’ has been around for centuries, these artistic tiles are making their way back into modern day homes. It’s one of my favourite additions to kitchens and bathrooms right now. I can’t get enough of it! The Mettro Source booth was an inspiration of tile from top to bottom, from pattern and texture to colour combinations. Hard to choose just one favourite out of the bunch. Last year I was also inspired by their booth which resulted in selecting a fabulous tile for a kids bathroom in a mountain home. My clients are just moving in so I hope to share it with you soon. Stay tuned!

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Nyla Free Designs Inc. 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 Inc. also offers an online design service to Canadian clients through Design in a Box.

hello monday

Hello February and happy Monday!

Well, January flew by at the speed of light didn’t it? Was it a blur for anyone else? For us, January was filled with exciting business development ideas and implementations and inspiring projects in full swing. We had a great time in Toronto for Business of Design as well as IDS, so lots to share in the coming days/weeks.

The magic of winter is wearing off and I’m looking forward to the mini mountains of snow everywhere melting away. It feels like we’ve been stuck in winter mode for far too long already and just as I thought Balzac Billy granted us an early Spring, Environment Canada has said otherwise. *sigh*

Thankfully the days are getting longer and we’re on the upswing to warmer temps. Plus I’m feeling very lucky to have travel plans to head south in the not too distant future.

Hope you’re week and month is off to a successful start!

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Nyla Free Designs Inc. 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 Inc. also offers an online design service to Canadian clients through Design in a Box.

breakfast television calgary: 2014 trends

I have to say, I’m quite excited about the 2014 trends. We love to know what’s new and next, don’t we? However, often times a “trendy” item might leaving you feeling it will be a “been there, done that” moment in the not too distant future. I feel investing in any one of these trends will provide you with a classic look with some staying power that won’t go out of style tomorrow.

Here is the style forecast for 2014 and my segment on BT Calgary on the trends for this year.

living room with light wood [light wood from walnut to maple]

patterned wood floor [patterned floors]

statement lighting in master bedroom [statement lighting]

beadboard wall and ceiling [trim details on walls and ceilings]

blue & white dishes, paola navone, crate and barrel [blue and white]

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Nyla Free Designs Inc. 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 Inc. also offers an online design service to Canadian clients through Design in a Box.

a winter reprieve in maui

Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed rest and relaxation over the holidays and most importantly time with family and friends. We ventured to Maui over the break and loved it. Not only was it our first time to Maui but it was the first time we had traveled this time of year. What a wonderful reprieve from the treacherous winter we’ve been experiencing in Calgary this year. I’m already plotting and scheming as to how we can get back! Here are some of my favourite photos.

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*All photos taken by Nyla Free Designs Inc.

Nyla Free Designs Inc. 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 Inc. also offers an online design service to Canadian clients through Design in a Box.

from our home to yours…. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

It’s a quieter Christmas for us this year and I have to admit I miss the houseful of people, the constant food preparation and the bottomless coffee pot. We only have one who fully believes in the magic of it all now and the other who is shifting into those teenage years where the Spirit seems somewhat lost. I always get a little more emotional this time of year. Perhaps it’s the recap and reminiscing of the year gone by, the appreciation of the life I live or most importantly the family that surrounds me. It’s been a while since I’ve had a moment to sit and be still. Life is going by at lightening speed and feels like yesterday that our oldest daughter toddled around the house yet now looks me in the eye. I’m holding onto the wonder our youngest still has and hope it lasts a few years more. One of my favorite Christmas movies is Polar Express and the message to BELIEVE. Whatever you believe, may you be filled with the Spirit of Christmas, surrounded by love and many blessings. MERRY CHRISTMAS from our family to yours.

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*All photos by Nyla Free Designs Inc.

Nyla Free Designs Inc. 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 Inc. also offers an online design service to Canadian clients through Design in a Box.

all wrapped up!

I must admit, I love wrapping presents as much as I love giving them. I adore wrapping paper, ribbon and any accessories to make gifts extra special. This year we opted for a chalkboard theme for our client gifting, combining black chalkboard paper, classic craft paper and red accents. We planned a few work bee days at the studio to get things packaged and wrapped. The creative juices were flowing with sketches and adornments, we couldn’t help photographing our little masterpieces.

Christmas wrapping essentials, Nyla Free Designs Chalkboard wrapping paper, Nyla Free Designs Chalkboard wrapping paper, Nyla Free Designs I did the math and realized making caramels has been a Christmas tradition in our home for 20 years now. It started out with a few girlfriends sharing one recipe and now I make four batches all to myself for everyone from clients, suppliers, swim coaches, dance instructors, teachers, neighbors, friends and family. That amounted to just under 1000 individually cut and wrapped little morsels of goodness.

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Packaging caramels, nyla free designs It’s getting close to the finish line folks and I’m feeling (touch wood) pretty on top of things. I have a few more gifts to wrap and caramels to deliver but all in all, I might actually get to bed at a decent hour on Christmas Eve. Here’s hoping!

*All photos taken by Nyla Free Designs Inc.

Nyla Free Designs Inc. 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 Inc. also offers an online design service to Canadian clients through Design in a Box.

a day in the life: christmas decorating

Every year we decorate the home of a long time client. It is something I look forward to year after year. The fireplace is on, classical Christmas music playing and lattes in hand while we adorn their modern abode.

Last year a 14′ tree arrived instead of a 12′ tree and while incredibly majestic, we had some trouble stabilizing it. It seemed like a split second from the time I saw it leaning to the moment I pushed the vintage slipper chairs out of the way and tried to stop the tree from hitting the ground. Needless to say the tree won and down it went. Thankfully we all laughed (client included) and we were able to have the tree secured and carry on with our decorating. Phew!

This year, we’re well equipped with the man power to take on a 14′ tree being delivered this morning. Here are some outtakes and snapshots of our install last year.

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*All photos are my own.

Nyla Free Designs Inc. 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 Inc. also offers an online design service to Canadian clients through Design in a Box.

christmas table setting: nyla free designs

Last year we hosted our family with a revolving door of 20 people give or take. It was an incredible amount of work but the fun out weighed the efforts by a landslide. I needed to buy additional plates and serving pieces to accommodate our guests and decided to have fun with mixing pattern and colour, all the while keeping it fresh and simple. Here’s how our dining table looked all set up prior to guests and food :)

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*All photos are my own.

Nyla Free Designs Inc. 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 Inc. also offers an online design service to Canadian clients through Design in a Box.

gift guide: for the girls

If I were given any one of these gifts I would be thrilled. Perhaps this ‘for the girls’ gift guide has turned into my own personal wish list but that’s ok right? I’m sure I’m not the only woman out there who covets cashmere, can’t bare to live without fuzzy slippers and enjoys a new handbag every now and then. Am I right ladies?

gift guide for her 1. Cashmere anything is on my list… love this hoodie from JCrew 2. Stay connected in the cold weather with tech savvy leather gloves 3. Love Tory’s new fragrance 4. Wrap your feet in a fuzzy blanket with Ugg slippers 5. Handmade jewelry (from Provide Home) is always a beautiful gift 6. The aromatherapy of Aveda soy wax candles are perfect in any room 7. Treat your iPhone to a stylish new Cartolina cover 8. It’s hard to choose just one bag from Burberry’s new collection 9. Love this little jewelry holder from Anthropologie.

Nyla Free Designs Inc. 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 Inc. also offers an online design service to Canadian clients through Design in a Box.