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friday link love: firsts

This weekend we’re preparing for our youngest daughters first dance competition. While dancing is nothing new to her, the competition part is. To me too! We make a great team however, as she is patient and able to sit still, and I have found a new skill in the hair and make up category.

photo This week she had a family in-line skating night at the school. I went along to watch while others joined in the fun, one of which was a little boy’s grandmother. It was her first time on skates and she had the biggest smile on her face. She fell a few times but laughed and got back up. Holding the hand of her daughter-in-law she shuffled around the gym floor to the music relishing in her accomplishment.  I had a smile on my face the entire time I watched her. How great for her to embrace this new activity.

It’s easy to experience things for the first time where you’re young and let’s face it, the level of appreciation is not always there. When was the last time you tried something new and put yourself in a vulnerable position? My link love this week is a must see video of a first ever flight for two senior ladies. It will have you laughing, crying and will re-affirm that you’re never too old to try something new.

Happy weekend!

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a day in the life: 48 hours in Vancouver

I’m off to Vancouver today for a whirlwind 48 hours. I have lots planned including a photo shoot at a Vancouver condo I installed last year. Really excited to be working with Tracey Ayton and styling the place up pretty for the photos. I’ll also be stopping into the Layers and Layers showroom and visiting a new project I’m starting in West Vancouver. It’s going to be exciting! Here are a few detail shots I took of the condo to give you a sneak peek. As always…stay tuned for more!

condo collage

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project sneak peek: modern youthful bathroom

Once in a while a project comes along where the request is to transform a room into something it’s not. It could be as simple as making a dining room into a home office, a bedroom into a dressing room or in this case a closet into a bathroom.

On a third floor, with angled ceilings and space at a premium, we set out to design a space once filled with clothes into a three piece bathroom. Literally every inch counted, from heights to widths and distances between.

Although a kids bathroom, our approach to this small, yet functional space was modern, bold and fresh with a splash of the unexpected… a youthful feel with staying power.

bathroom concept Stay tuned for the after photos and more about how we turned this closet into an ensuite bathroom.

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lately loving: mint

Hello Monday! Hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend. Ever have those days where you think, Yay! it’s only Friday and we still have Saturday AND Sunday…so much weekend still left. Fast forward to Sunday evening and it’s back to “where did the time go?”, “it can’t possibly be Monday again already!” Yet, here we are.

Thankfully I’m stocked with chocolate which will provide some fuel. The next few weeks are going to be exciting!

The colour mint is everywhere these days. It’s not a typical colour used in interiors especially in a large scale. I love the soft and subtle wall colour in an otherwise neutral room (top) as well as a splash of colour in the kitchen cabinetry (bottom). How about the dramatic window and door trim in mint? Do you dare? Or are smaller accessories more your style?

mint interior mint mint interior Here’s to a colourful start to your week!

Victoria Sullivan Interiors, Mint chocolate chip macaroons, pencils, tea cup and saucer, Pantone 351U, mint door and window frames, My lovely things blog.

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good friday link love: moose on the loose

Yes, it’s Thursday, however I’m posting my link love a day early as we’re taking the day off for Good Friday.

Things have been tight quarters around the office these days. We’re gearing up for a large installation happening in May and many deliveries are crossing the threshold of our tiny office space which means boxes are piling up and it’s looking like a shipping and receiving depot. As we open boxes it’s a little like Christmas as we squeal with the arrival of cool accessories and products all set to pull a lakeside cottage together in time for the first long weekend of the “summer”.

We couldn’t help but have some fun as we unwrapped our moose friend….

moose nyla moose jamie moose ana Happy Easter weekend and enjoy the link love!

1. artistic shower curtains from society6

2. apparently overalls are back in style?

3. tips for taking jumping photos

4. bright bazaar book available April 29th!

5. Easter recipes

lastly… you’ll find this moose head at west elm :)

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before and after: mid-century inspired dining room

A stylish Calgary couple with a young family looked to nyla free designs to change up their dining room and create a design savvy space they would feel great about entertaining and welcoming guests into. Here’s the room BEFORE we got our hands on it. before Drawing inspiration from the clean lines of mid-century modern design and looking to infuse colour, we had a blank slate with the exception of the existing light fixture. We lightened the walls and maximized the space with storage and seating capabilities. Our clients selected the artwork, a painting by Canadian artist Rachelle Kearns as well as a large piece of Marimekko fabric over a simple plywood frame. The AFTER:

Modern Dining Room Modern Dining Room I was thrilled when our clients embraced the patterned and coloured drapery which makes a strong statement in the small space. Modern Dining Room Modern Dining Room Modern Dining Room We had a great time putting the finishing touches together with accessories and table settings. Installation was a success and our clients were thrilled!
Modern Dining Room Modern Dining Room

 

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project sneak peek: small space european style ensuite

If you’ve been following along my Instagram feed or Facebook page you may recognize this bathroom we’ve been working on. We embarked on two bathroom renovations in an old, three storey home with loads of charm and character, so you might imagine we are dealing with small spaces. (Actually one is a closet turned bathroom transformation…more on that in another post.)

The original master ensuite had little to no storage, a small tub/shower and an adjoining closet open to the bedroom and considerable space restrictions. Re-organizing the space, we separated the closet from the bedroom, utilized the space better and shifted the bathroom to accommodate a vanity with storage as well as a longer tub.

bathroom sample collage bathroom snapshots Our client loved the idea of having a european influence with interesting details and embraced the restrictions a small space often comes with. Our jumping off point was a patterned floor and from there we built the room. We are near completion! Counters were installed last week and plumbing fixtures will be next on the list. We have decorative details to cover such as hardware and accessories before I hope to photograph and share the final result.

I can hardly wait to see it all together!

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.

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lately loving: elho outdoor planters

Elho believes an enjoyable home is important for everyone. They specialize in design savvy plastic planters with a modern approach and colourful selection. Based in the Netherlands with a global appeal, these planters come in a vast array of shapes and sizes, suitable for indoors and out. One might not expect to find the likes of these planters at a big box retailer such as Canadian Tire, however because my husband has an outside the “big box” way of thinking, his location in Calgary, on Macleod Trail South, is pushing the envelope of what you would normally expect to see in their aisles. They have many in stock, ready to take home and transform your yard, however special orders are also available. Because these planters weather all four seasons, you can get creative with everything from summer gardening right through to outdoor planters for the holidays. Here’s just a small sample of the look of elho.

Elho outdoor planters Elho outdoor planters Elho Corsica Flower Bridge Table Elho outdoor planters

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.

 

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lately loving: fashion sketches

I am fascinated by illustration but admittedly it was not my forté in design school. I was much more technical, excelling at drafting and details as opposed to the lose, freehand sketches.

A relaxed rendering of a space offers a visual like no other.

The fashion industry has a similar approach to convey ideas, inspirations and concepts. A loosely drawn figure in model poise comes alive on paper with a handful of lines and touches of colour. Fashion funnels the world of interiors with inspiration in the sense of colour, pattern, lines and details. It’s fascinating the connection, to the point where we see fashion to interior blog posts, clothing designers creating home lines and each colour of the year dually noted in both, on runways and in trade shows alike.

This artistry may be an unexpected addition to wall decor however offers impact in an organic way and a peek into the beginning stages of the world of fashion.

fashion illustration - paper fashion fashion illustration - eduard erlikh

David Downton fashion illustrations

Sophie Griotto fashion illustrations We brought this idea to the walls of a custom closet designed by nyla free designs, with commissioned designer shoe sketches on canvas by local Calgary artist Kim McLean. For our stylish client it was the perfect addition and finishing touch to the closet. fashion illustration - Kim McLean Image credits: 1 l 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 photo by Lori Andrews for Nyla Free Designs.

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.

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fashion to interiors: hot pink, charcoal and black

There’s still snow on the ground here, but the fact that Spring has officially arrived makes me sooooo happy.

I snapped this photo at the Bay downtown Toronto in January pining for spring during the bitter cold spell. It’s such a struggle to see new fashion hit the shops when the weather is anything but conducive to sleeveless tops and bare legs. Not to mention wearing hot pink makes you feel like a beacon against the white snow. Luckily bringing this colour scheme into your interior is much easier with no seasonal constraints. Here’s a spring inspired fashion to interiors to enjoy on this first day of Spring. I love this space!

spring 2014 fashion spring fashion to interiors Top photo is my own, interior via Nuevo Estillo

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.