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trend from decorex: sculpted

While across the pond last September for the London Design Festival during BlogTour London we visited Decorex, the UK’s premier luxury design and interiors show. I couldn’t help but notice the incredible number of sculpted pieces, whether furniture, lighting or accessories, it was a predominant design element in numerous booths.

We’ve come through a ‘phase’ if you will of boxy, square, clean lined and somewhat minimal however there’s a movement towards added detail and shapes with softer lines and curves, and I like it.

What do you think? Are you ready to embrace a softer side of design?

Take a closer look at these great lines here: Graham and Green, Ochre, Julian Chichester, William Yeoward, Louise Bradley, Cox London

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.

 

 

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sneak peek: mission master bedroom with a hint of modern

This is one of my favourite parts of a project. The beginning stages where the conceptualizing and ideas are flowing, the colour palette is set, furniture selected and go ahead given.

There always seems to be a jumping off point in a project whether it be an existing piece of furniture, a favourite colour, or in this case, glass lamps from Mottega in an aubergine colour. Combining accents to compliment the lamps along with neutral fabrics and furniture finishes, we created a master retreat complete with sitting area and desk.

Watch for a before and after post next week!

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.

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trend from tent london: graphic

Tent London is a multi faceted design show and considered one of the most creative events in the design calendar. It boasts over 200 established, yet up and coming interior product designers. These companies are pushing boundaries, with colour combinations and graphic patterns, a trend I spotted each and every row I traveled.

Seaside inspired, Zoe Murphy uses textiles and imagery on recycled furniture encouraging a ‘love what belongs to you’ mindset.

Vintage toys, childhood memories and travel continue to inspire the designers of Mini Moderns where they’ve mastered the art of pattern in their own voice on such items as pillows, wallpaper, fabrics, rugs and ceramics.

Luxurious bohemian patterns is all you really need to say to pique your interest of Surfacephilia. A sketched approach to the design of wallpapers, cushions, bone china and greeting cards, the depth and interest in each pattern caught my eye instantly.

It doesn’t get more classic than black and white, however award winning print design company Erica Wakerly, has taken the graphic combination and softened it. Their approach to interior textiles and wallpaper is described as ‘Modern and delicate. Distinct, but not overpowering’.

Lovers of colour and inspired by their surroundings of nature, art and fashion, Parris Wakefield Additions collection is bold and graphic. With a strong and successful background in graphic design they’ve embraced interiors with their collection of cushions, fabrics, rugs and wallpapers.

What I loved about BlogTour London and the London Design Festival was the diverse visual eye candy that did not disappoint day after day. Each show, showroom tour and not to mention BlogTour London participants, brought a different approach to design, inspiring avenues of reaching their end product as well as a style so apparently unique to everyone,  you couldn’t help but be filled with the vigor to go forth and create!

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.

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celebrating 50 years: crate and barrel

I love receiving packages at my doorstep. They are often samples or small items for clients, however this particular package was addressed to me! Have you ever wrapped a present in a box, within a box, within a box, within another box? That’s exactly how this was delivered so needless to say it took some time to get to the final box and unveil the treasure inside.

Crate and Barrel is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year, which is a pretty big deal, no? The Arzberg Teapot has been a Crate and Barrel classic since December 7, 1962, when the first stored opened in Chicago. Inspired by the Bauhaus school, its perfectly simple shape was designed in 1931 for the Arzberg porcelain factory in Germany. A young college student by the name of Gordon Segal first bought the teapot as a birthday present for his mother who loved making tea in the afternoon. When he opened the very first Crate and Barrel store in Chicago with his wife, Carole, he bought it again. And again. And again. In a 12-month, 50th anniversary celebration, 12 international designers have been given the Arzberg teapot as their artistic canvas. Each is a limited-edition collector’s item, numbered and signed by the artist.

I was thrilled and honoured to receive a limited edition Arzberg tea pot as a gift from Crate and Barrel. A typography collage of 50’s, designed by Bonnie Cauble. Thank you so much Crate! It has a special place on my bookshelf.

Crate 50th anniversary limited edition tea pots There’s a new tea pot for each month and the January and February editions are already sold out. See the collection online at Crate and Barrel and pick up yours while you still can.

Here’s to another 50 years of great style.

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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.

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a designers toolbox

At Nyla Free Designs Inc. we have what’s called styling day. When a project is ready for install all furniture, accessories, artwork and the like are delivered, placed and styled for our clients. It doesn’t always happen in one day but we sure try. During this day, there’s so much going on and to be honest sometimes it gets messy before it gets beautiful. I make sure to bring along our toolbox filled with necessary tools and supplies to make styling day as smooth as possible. Every designer, decorator, stager or stylist should have one. If you do, what special tools do you have to make your life easier? Here’s a look inside mine ~

The other essential tool (not shown) is my phone or larger Canon camera to snap photos of the ins and outs of the day itself as well as the ‘after’ shots revealing all your hard work and vision coming to life. Don’t forget the photos!

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.

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vancouver condo: teaser reveal

Ok, I’m being a tease. Just one image from my Vancouver condo install is all you’re allowed. I’m keeping the rest of the project under wraps for now, however I’m sharing one of my favourite shots which gives a sneak peek of the warm, West Coast natural and airy feel of the space.

At 3:15 I was furiously snapping photos when I was supposed to be on my way to the airport by 3 to return to Calgary. Oh the things we do for photos! Thankfully, many of them turned out, and I made my flight on time.

See my day in the life post as well as the project sneak peek for more on this exciting condo we furnished and accessorized from top to bottom.

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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.

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sneak peek: vancouver condo

Hello! I’m off to Vancouver bright and early this morning to bring to life a condo project I started back in the fall. Delivery of all the furniture and drapery installation happens today, art and accessorizing tomorrow, flowers and final touches on Saturday. Sunday my clients will return home for the big reveal. Exciting!

Below is the inspiration behind the selections to give you a sneak peek at the overall feel. We’ve taken cues from natural elements and added touches of modern, alongside stunning colouful artwork and a city view.

If you missed Monday’s post, pop over to ‘a day in the life’ to see where it all began.

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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.

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valentine’s all year long

I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day. It’s a tad over done for me and why do we limit all the fuss to one day a year aside from anniversaries, birthdays or other momentous occasions?

I bought these prints for a little girls room yesterday and while they do have an underlying Valentine’s theme, I think they are perfectly adorable, and why not celebrate candy hearts and kisses all year long?

sweet valentines, etsy Pretty in pink: the bedding and paint colour already in place. serena and lily girls bedding

As of late, I’ve been more conscious of supporting smaller businesses so sourcing wall decor and accessories via avenues such as etsy is not only cost effective, you also get something off the beaten path and I love the idea of supporting a ‘little shop’.

Check out more of amanda catherine designs on 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.

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a day in the life: vancouver project

Last fall I embarked on a distance project in Vancouver, outfitting a condo top to bottom. I flew out for a day to visit the site and start the sourcing process. By the end of this week it will be complete and I’m looking forward to seeing our vision come together. Thursday I’ll share a sneak peek at the colours and concept but for now, here’s a look at a day in the life…

vancouver flight, nyla free designs Caught the first flight out of the day.

sunrise, mid-flight, nyla free designs Watched the sunrise during my flight.

layers and layers, nyla free designs Arrived at Layers and Layers.

sourcing fabrics, layers and layers, vancouver project, nyla free designs A busy morning sourcing fabrics and furniture.

granville street, vancouver, nyla free designs Took a cab to Granville Street. Vancouver is still so green in October.

Granville Found furniture pieces and accessories in Granville shops.

vancouver, harbour, granville street bridge, nyla free designs Walked across the Granville Street Bridge to Yaletown.

Yaletown More furniture and accessory sourcing in Yaletown.

vancouver, library, nyla free designs Walked to site via the Vancouver Public Library.

HatsBoots Arrived at site and re-connected with Sharon from Layers and Layers to see the space and site measure.

before, vancouver project, nyla free designs The before.

vancouver skytrain, nyla free designs Homeward bound. Caught the sky train back to the airport.

Watch for more sneak peeks via instagram, twitter or facebook later this week!

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.

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sneak peek: new office design inspirations

While we’ve moved into our new office, there’s still lots to do in order to bring it’s personality to life, but I thought it would be fun to share an inspiration board of the pieces we’re using in the space. Embracing the utilitarian concept of Calgary’s old military base, we’ve gone vintage 50’s with mid-century modern meets school house and bursts of colour on the side. One of my favorite pieces are the vintage swim bins, 25 wire baskets encased in a worn, kelly green metal frame. Perfect for client samples!

nyla free designs office inspiration board Rest assured we’ll show you the completed space when we’re all done.

1. Swim bins via Queen West Antiques, image via Shawn Hoke Photography, 2. Modern weave handled baskets via West Elm 3. Harmon pendant via Restoration Hardware 4. Vintage Eames management chair via Queen West Antiques 5. Weathered oak laminate flooring via Mannington 6. Eames marble top dining table via Queen West Antiques similar to Saarinen Tulip table shown 7. Bauhaus side chair via Restoration Hardware 8. Emory single wall sconce via Schoolhouse Electric 9. Industrial task tables lamps via West Elm 10. Rhapsody wool woven rug via Dash & Albert.

 

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.