calgary home & garden show 2012

The Calgary Home and Garden Show is just around the corner, Feb. 23rd – 26th to be exact. Over 650 exhibitors will offer inspirations and ideas, while local experts and celebrity guests from HGTV will share insights and advice on everything from renovations to meal prep.

Here are three great reasons for you to attend this years show:

• As the first show to showcase YYCFoodTrucks, the Calgary Home + Garden Show is excited to demonstrate first hand how Calgary has become a leader in the food truck trend.  Meet chefs, sample food and check out the ins and outs of this hot new culinary culture.

Tara Jamieson’s love of antiques and gift for refinishing furniture went from hobby to full-time career in 2011 with the launch of Lauren Lane Decor.  The full-service Calgary studio is home base for custom furniture restoration, teaching DIY classes and exclusively carrying the much sought-after Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  She will make her debut on the StateFarm Main Stage at this year’s home show. 

• Show-goers will have an opportunity to bring their design dilemmas to professionals with free 10-minute consultations.  Experts will compare “before” photos and work with show-goers towards refreshing, renewing and restoring their living space.

I’ve got 2 free tickets to give away. (value of $14 each) Simply leave a comment here telling me what project you have on the go in hopes of gaining insights and information or why you would like to visit the show and you’re entered! Comments will close on Tuesday February 21st at midnight and I’ll make a random draw on Wednesday February 22nd.

Good luck!

(One comment per person please.)

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.

feature store: three french hens

I couldn’t resist sharing two posts with you today. It was too hard to decide between Social Graces and this store. Both highlights during our trip to Nashville this time last year, while preparing for the launch of Dabble Mag. Three French Hens was the location of our photo shoot with St. Lola in the Fields and what we found inside was icing on the cake. Treasures galore, antiques and vintage items left me wanting to rent a u-haul and drive home with a truck load of goodies. Three French Hens is located 45 minutes outside of Nashville but well worth the drive, not only for the enthusiastic ladies who own the store but the many gems waiting to be picked up and brought home.

A little Valentine decor and display for you to enjoy today.

Happy Valentines Day!

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.

 

 

feature store: social graces

A year ago this time I was in Nashville working on the launch issue of Dabble Mag. Time certainly does fly when you’re having fun. It’s been quite the year. I thought I’d go down memory lane today and highlight a favourite store we visited. Hillsboro Village is perfect for an afternoon stroll. Fabulous boutique shopping mixed with coffee shops, a gourmet pancake house and sundae parlour. What more could you ask for?

I am a huge fan and lover of stationary. Wrapping paper, note cards, gift tags, you name it, I love it, so you can only imagine how I felt when I walked through the door of Social Graces. This adorably stylish store not only carried fabulous merchandise, but the creativity in their displays had me from the sidewalk.

Jumbo paper flowers adorn the window.Stacked and hung from interesting objects like tree stumps and metal cages, merchandising becomes an art form.Pretty gift tags are displayed on top of straw in a wooden crate. Creatively displayed, wedding invitations embellish a dress form.Wrapping paper housed in bins, spools of ribbon in large glass jars.Notebooks in hanging wire baskets.I highly recommend adding Nashville to your list of places to visit. Blown away by it’s culture, modern vibe and incredibly friendly people, I can’t wait to go back. Learn more about this vibrant city in the launch issue of Dabble Mag and take a peek at ‘Dabble does Nashville – the making of’, a fun video of our time there.

(Pop over to see another Nashville store Three French Hens.)

 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.

design notes: 2.13.12

We don’t get too carried away with Valentines Day but it is a good excuse to score some chocolate, no? Instead of red and pink I thought I’d dive into the ice cream colours today for my notes.

Let’s kick it off with a little fashion love. How about this dress? It’s the colour I love the most. A muted terracotta, warm walnut, cherry wood kind of flavour, much like the sideboard and chairs in the interior below. So pretty.

But really, let’s talk about this room. Recently featured on desire to inspire, you will see the rest of this fabulous space here.

• it offers a subtle richness and soothing colour palette, much like ice cream!

• who can pass up a chevron area carpet ~ love!

• love the two tone mocha/ivory wall colours, a traditional approach to a modern space

• would love to see more homes with architectural details like coved ceilings.

This week is going to be sweet! Hope it’s off to a great start. Happy Monday!

Images: Vince dress via Saks, ice cream, interior renovation by four walls and a roof via desire to inspire

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.

friday fashion files

While in New York City last weekend we saw a lot of colour blocked styling going on in fashion. I took some shots while in Saks and wanted to share. Love this colour combination but honestly can’t see pulling it off in it’s entirety. Ended up purchasing bright coral pencil pants, paired with a taupe sweater, nude shoes and a statement necklace. Much safer I guess but I did step out and purchase coloured pants after all.

I suppose if you live in a warmer climate it’s easier to pull off, but combining all of these colours into one outfit is somewhat jarring in our very brown climate right now. Bring on the sun and warm weather I say! What do you think of this trend?

Have a stylish weekend!

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.

a visit to new york city

Each time I go to New York City it’s a completely different experience than the last. It’s one of the best places to return to several times because there’s just so much to see and do. I had the pleasure of visiting this past weekend, a girls getaway of sorts. Nothing on the agenda but a Sunday afternoon tour and evening dinner reservation. The rest…pure shopping, eating, more shopping and you guessed it, more eating. I decided not to bring my large camera with me and take advantage of a little less bulk by using my phone and the instagram app. Here are a few snap shots I took during above mentioned shopping and eating excursions. Enjoy!

View of the Upper East Side from the 35th floor of the Mandarin Oriental.

Jacqueline with the LOVE sign at the corner of 55th and 6th Midtown Manhattan.

 New York City architecture.

Columbus Circle from the 35th floor of the Mandarin Oriental.

New York City waterfall tucked in between buildings with a stylish area to sit.

Reena striking a pose.

Restaurant booth at the Mandarin Oriental.

View of Central Park and Upper East side from the 4th floor of Bergdorf Goodman.

From left to right: Jacqueline, Reena, me and Marina.ps. Please stop by Jacqueline’s blog The Pink Chandelier for more about our trip. So fun!

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.

windows at Bergdorf Goodman

Hello from New York City! I’m skipping my ‘design notes’ post today as I couldn’t resist sharing a few photos from the weekend so far. The window displays at Bergdorf Goodman are always a must see. Currently on display, a fierce and fabulous celebration of 20 years of Christian Louboutin on 5th Avenue and the year of the dragon. As you’ll see I’ve been having fun with Instagram this weekend. We’re off to the D&D Building today. Hope you have a great Monday!

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.

friday fashion files

Happy Friday! I’m traveling to New York today (literally finishing this post on the plane with wi-fi. Crazy!) hoping I’ve packed enough stylishly comfortable outfits. I have however left room in my suitcase AND brought along another bag…just in case :) Last weekend I brought nothing but heels to Toronto. Big mistake. This weekend, all flats. I’m ready for some serious shopping!

I’m loving the combo of the outfit below. The top with the bold navy/green stripe is definitely speaking to me and I love that bag. I think this would make a pretty great interior colour scheme too.

What are you up to this weekend? Hope it’s a good one!

Image via: Glamour.com

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.

sneak peek: family room makeover

Happy Thursday!

I’m patiently waiting for installation day on a project. The area carpet is taking longer than expected so we’re on hold until further notice. My client would like a one day transformation…and so we wait, but that’s ok, good thinks come to those who wait, right? In the meantime I’m on the hunt for accent pillows for the sofas (see large question mark below). I blogged recently about pillows and how they’re part of the styling stage, meaning one of the last details to be selected in a project. I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled in hopes of finding the perfect, family friendly, yet sophisticated, not too formal, hint of colour kind of pillows. Here’s a peek at a few fabric selections and items we have on order.

1. Kaleigh Ceramic Lamp: Arteriors 2. Carved Chest: Hickory Chair 3. Area carpet: Weavers Art

We have bold pattern in drapery as well as a chair and ottoman working alongside teal velvet sofas. Contrasting this with muted colours, textures and a dose of colour…loving the yellow! It’s my goal to find one pillow and purchase four to add cohesive, not overly fussed accents to the sofa.

Tomorrow I’m headed east again but this time to New York for a shopping weekend. So excited! I’m on a mission to find pillows among many other items. Surely I’ll find something, don’t you think?!

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.

new at elte: silk sari area carpets

Admittedly I wander trade shows like a kid in a candy store. Bright eyes, head on a swivel, anxious to see something new and inspiring. To be honest, it’s hard to impress us designer types. We are constantly looking for what’s new, what’s next as we see so much during our daily travels of client work and internet surfing. One booth in particular did not disappoint.

My favourite, favourite (did I mention favourite?!) item introduced at the Interior Design Show in Toronto was the Silk Orchid Collection from Elte. These area carpets blew me away.

“The secret to these rugs is the recycled sari silk that goes into them. Vintage Sari Silk dresses are collected, unravelled and then hand knotted into these exceptional, one of a kind masterpieces. The patterns are inspired by antique ikat fabrics that emphasize the transition from one magnificent colour to the next.” Jamie Metrick

Once the silk is gathered, each piece is created by hand taking roughly 4-5 months to complete, not dissimilar to other custom area carpets. The colour saturation and combinations from the saris and sheen of the silk, as you can see above, are what make these carpets truly special. An incredible 80 – 100 sari’s are used to make one 8′x10′ area carpet.

Each carpet is one of a kind and totally dependent on the saris they are able to collect. They are works of art, a classic investment and could even be considered a family heirloom. Ever have a ‘take your breath away emotional kind of feeling’ where you’ll miss out if you don’t take it home today. Yes, that. Which is precisely why I have one on hold for myself :)

Third image via: Elte

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.