IDS15 recap

IDS15, interior design show, toronto I once I had someone say to me “I wish you would post in the moment as opposed to weeks (or months!) later”. Well here I go again, posting well after attending the interior design show in Toronto. I’m ok with it though. For me I prefer to write a quality post, reflective of my thoughts and insights and sometimes that doesn’t come right away and I also like to make it pretty. So I hope you find these such posts worth the wait :)

Each year I attend the interior design show I come away with new connections, product and inspirations. There are high expectations to wow us and woo us with anything and everything new and exciting and us designers can be a tough crowd. The way I see it is there’s always something to take away from an event like this, large or small it’s worth going. Here are just a few of my new finds and takeaways from this years interior design show.

Le Pattern: A refreshingly different Canadian company specializing in fine European fabrics, wallpaper, wallcoverings and custom drapery.

1925 Workbench: A dynamic husband and wife team designing and building furniture, doors, and barn door hardware. Made in Canada!

Slik: Boutique market bathtubs and basins in a matte white finish.

Mettro Source: Porcelain and ceramic tiles in a myriad of textures and patterns.

Ikea: Crushing the stereotype with it’s “is this IKEA??” booth designs.

Leah Phillips Design: Debuting her collection at IDS15, Leah is a Toronto based textile designer specializing in print to order fabrics and wallpapers with a whimsical sophistication.

I hope you click on the above links and take a closer look at their product lines and perhaps find a new connection yourself.


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before and after: master bathroom

Ensuite Materials The second of two bathrooms to be renovated in an effort to bring them up to date and more functional is revealed today. You may recall the teen bathroom we shared previously with much room for improvement with regards to function and aesthetics. For the adults of the home, their vision was to have a room of solace and relaxation with a fresh approach to materials and space utilization. The ‘before’ space is dark and dated, ready for a revamp! BELFORDensuitebefore EnsuiteDrawingDetails The room feels significantly larger by removing the glass block and opening the shower visually with glass framed walls. The selection of lighter tiles and the freestanding tub also opens the space and provides light to flow freely and brighten the room.

Tile was an important detail in the ensuite, not only from a function perspective but also a way of adding interest and texture in the design. We had several areas where varying tile sizes and thicknesses met each other and those areas required careful details to confirm placement and our intention for the overall look. There are six different tiles in this bathroom, however the result is seamless and textural yet still quiet and subdued in colour. A refreshing space to start and end the day.  Nyla Free Designs, Ensuite Renovation EnsuiteTub2 EnsuiteCloseUps EnsuiteTub EnsuiteShower Interior Design: Nyla Free Designs Inc. Construction: Foothills Renovations Photography: Phil Crozier Nyla Free Designs, Calgary Interior Designer, Calgary Professional, Interior Designer,





lately loving: plywood

Plywood With the industrial feel alive and well in interiors, and lighter wood making a resurgence, plywood is showing it’s face on the forefront of design, not just behind the scenes. The pale and raw material is becoming a selection, not just a base of construction. It has an architectural element and of course is extremely budget savvy. Plywood verges on being stark and cold in it’s raw state even though it is wood, and it’s use in these spaces certainly dictate simple environments. Is there a place for it in modern day North American interiors or does the overall appeal lean more towards a European Scandinavia feel?

Jamie is loving the modern and organic offering of these spaces. How about you?

Image sources clockwise from top left: shelving with pegs, chair, plywood clad room, platform bed, closet, window openings Nyla Free Designs, Calgary Interior Designer, Calgary Professional, Interior Designer,



friday link love and the dress that got away

polka dots Hello friends! My time in Toronto so far has been fabulous. Our first night here we wandered over to the Hudson’s Bay on Young St., the Canadian flagship store so you can image it’s size. We found ourselves in “the Room“, a high end boutique known for it’s haute couture fashion since 1937. We drooled over the fabrics, tailoring, vivid colour and pattern.  No sooner were the words “I need a dress” out of my mouth and we were in the lovely hands of ‘gown guy’ escorting us around. I did find three to try on and made my way to the fitting room. The one, an Armani stunner, considerably discounted and provided that moment when you look at yourself in the mirror and feel like you could be on the red carpet. The crowd cheered and applauded and we all took in the moment. It was special. Likely the first and last time I will ever have an Armani dress on as I walked away to “think about it”. It’s not 100% right and even at the sale price it was a serious dent in my pocket book. And so the search continues…

Happy Friday and enjoy this weekend reading!

2014 trends that are sticking around.

If you’re resolving to be better organized this year, this is a great article on what to keep, what to pitch.

Check out these stunning floors.

 Turtleneck hair? I love this!

Hot off the press…the new David Burdeny show at Herringer Kiss Gallery

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office happenings at nyla free designs

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset We are settling into the groove of the new year and have a lot of planning going on right now. Lists and lists are being made from a client perspective as well as business development. January is perfect for setting goals and intentions and we’re doing exactly that. Mother Nature has been gracious with warm weather and sunshine and we’ve had the office window open to let the fresh air in. There’s new colour and material inspiration on our pinboard and some cool tunes on the playlist. From clothing to music, inspirations and overall vibe, this is part of our day.

basket of fabrics january inspiration board, nyla free designs We hope you’re having a great week!

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toronto bound

toronto ontario canada I’m flying east today and while Toronto in January is not top of my list, with reasons like the Business of Design conference and IDS15 I am every bit excited. Not to mention a few nights in a quiet hotel room all to myself. Bliss! Stay tuned for updates via instagram and facebook as well as highlights on the blog next week.


lately loving: felt

felt inspiration If felt brings back memories of childhood crafts, I’m here to tell you, it’s come a long way. Felt is a non-woven fabric made up of fibres such as wool or synthetics and matted together using heat, moisture and an immense amount of pressure. It is making it’s way into interiors in everything from lighting, accessories, fabrics and even wall coverings. With ingenious methods of modern crafting and sculpting, felt is seeing a breakthrough in modern design.

Source guide and image credits: 1 l 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6

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our favourite whites

favourite designer whites, nyla free designs, calgary interior designer With a plethora of white paint options the task of selecting the right one can be daunting. Slight hues of yellow, pink, blue or green may cloud your vision and leave you feeling cross-eyed and frustrated. When selecting a white we look to our tried and true list and more often than not we find what we’re looking for. Here’s the inside scoop!

Snowfall White: slight undertone of yellow, warm and crisp.

Simply White: the truest white of the bunch, bright without being cold.

Paper Maché: a warm white with a hint of grey, an elegant basic.

Grey Mist: a personal favourite, the perfect combination of warm and cool.

Pale Oak: a silky white with depth and warmth.

Most paint stores offer sample pots covering a 2′ square area to test the colour. It’s the perfect way to be 100% sure you’ve found the right white!

Note: All colours are Benjamin Moore. This post was not sponsored in any way. All supplies were purchased by Nyla Free Designs Inc. Nyla Free Designs, Calgary Interior Designer, Calgary Professional, Interior Designer,



project reveal: calgary elbow park, nyla free designs

The process of building a home from the ground up is extensive. The decision making starts immediately. Most overlook the value of an interior designer at the early stages of a project, to the point where decisions must be made based on what has already been built rather than what has been planned for. We were lucky enough to start working with this client before construction started which gave us ample time for potential changes and room for attention to detail.

Kitchen, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Rocky Point Custom Homes, John Bilodeau Photography

Our clients knew clearly what they loved , however if there was a hint of uncertainty, they put their trust in us and moved to the next task. Decisions were made efficiently and with confidence. The outcome has personality plus, with daring elements, colour, pattern and texture all while creating a warm and friendly environment perfect for entertaining, loads of kids running in and out the door, or simply hanging out by the fire….a beautiful abode for a wonderful family. Kitchen Kitchen Living Room, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Rocky Point Custom Homes, John Bilodeau Photography Family Room Family Room Entrance Dining, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Rocky Point Custom Homes, John Bilodeau Photography Ensuite, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Rocky Point Custom Homes, John Bilodeau Photography This home recently graced the cover of Homes and Living magazine. See the digital version here. homes and living magazine cover Interior Design: Nyla Free Designs Inc. Builder/contractor: Rocky Point Custom Homes Photographer: John Bilodeau

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what’s on jamie’s desk?

Part of a day in the life of a working interior designer are the particulars on a desk. It tells a story of a work day, the ins and outs of the creative process and the important bits that we draw inspiration from day to day.

Here’s a look at what’s happening on Jamie’s desk today as she describes what’s inspiring her ~

what's on jamie's desk?

High Line book – depicts all plant and animal species present atop a disused New York Central Railroad, a favourite part of my visit to the big city.

Plants – I like air plants and tiny things.

Rocks/crystals – I am always collecting rocks from my places I’ve been around the world – I have rocks from various places in the Rockies, Europe, and India. I also have one crystal that sits on my desk as I am intrigued with its potential healing properties. It is a rutilated quartz which is said to be an energizing stone, helpful in stabilizing the metal process and clarifying thought patterns. Not to mention it looks pretty!

Laptop/ typography – I’ve been working on custom art pieces for a client, so I’ve been playing around with various texts etc.

Fabrics – we’re needing new chairs for our office meeting table. Thinking about possible fabric options here.

Glasses – I really should wear them more often :)


Ah, so fun. Thanks Jamie!

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