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lately loving: patterned sheet sets

Bedrooms have been a popular space for us to design as of late. From bedding to wall decor, lighting and accessories there are endless ways to make a personal space for one to find rest and relaxation after a long day. We find most of our clients embrace solid colours in bedding however we love to suggest the addition of patterned sheets as a way to add a subtle amount of pattern, interest and maybe even colour! Step away from the inclination that patterned sheets represent cartoons or action figures, these options are bold, graphic, sophisticated and will add charm to any bedroom.

patterned sheet sets Sources: 1. Serena & Lily French Ring Set, 2. Pottery Barn Liza Embroidered Sheet Set, 3. CB2 BRZ sheet sets, 4. Dwell Draper Striped Sheet Set, 5. Crate & Barrel Marimekko Kullervo Sheet Set, 6. West Elm Dot Sheet Set.

 

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experience: calgary stampede 2014

The Calgary Stampede has once again come to an end and each year we seem to be joining in the fun more than in years passed. The Stampede is a culture like no other. The entire city is involved with pancake breakfasts, western wear for all ages (even if, and especially if you aren’t a cowboy), beer tents galore, bull riding (whether you’re in the rodeo or not), lunches that never end and all work seems to slow down for what has become “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”. Those are tall boots to fill! but one thing’s for sure, Calgary has a lot of pride in it’s city, people and vibrancy. Don’t let the “cowboy theme” fool you. This is an internationally recognized event with high caliber concerts, as well as fireworks and a Grandstand production every night. Even though locals have been known to run for the hills when the Stampede rolls in, there is no denying the amazing spirit of the city for these ten days in July.

Here are some of my Stampede highlights via Instagram.

calgary stampede 2014

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 online design to Canadian clients through Design in a Box.

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projects: custom closet refresh

One of the easiest ways to transform a room is to paint it, however this is not always the way I tend to think. I am a fan of light walls. White, off-white, pale grey are all shades I gravitate towards leaving the high impact elements elsewhere in a space.

This particular clients home is always evolving so when she came to me with the suggestion of painting the ceiling in her closet I was on board as it would be an unexpected detail in the room. Of course the colour she had in mind was pink!
pink painted ceiling We chose Benjamin Moore Springtime Bloom 2079-40, a vivacious and energetic shade of pink that was sure to put a smile on your face even in the dreariest of days. pink painted ceiling The outcome is fabulous. An easy and inexpensive way to add valuable interest. The colour was the biggest risk and well worth it.

Tying into the antique French harp chair and the pink velvet seat as well as the Madeline Weinrib runner, this closets feminine factor has been taken to new heights.

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 online design to Canadian clients through Design in a Box.

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project sneak peek: cottage living room

Jamie from our office is heading north today to finish an installation at a lake house property where our clients will soon be moving in for the summer. This installation has been a three part process in getting everything out there as it is a fairly remote location, situated on a picturesque spot on the lake.

During our second installation we literally watched the ice melt on the lake. A hairline crack, turned to a separation which created two ice blocks, then many more and well, you get the idea. It was amazing to watch the warmer weather transform the lake before our very eyes.

Our goal for the home was to create a family friendly space, true to the surrounding area with texture and warmth, adding a modern flavour with clean lines and simple forms. Here is a peek at our inspiration, concept board and material selections for the living room. Can’t wait to show you more! livingroomcollage cottagelivingroom cottage living room inspiration Image credits: left l right

 

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 online design to Canadian clients through Design in a Box.

 

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lately loving: peonies

I don’t purchase flowers for my home as often as I would like, however after a weekend gathering I am loving the added colour, texture and natural beauty offered by the flowers I purchased for the party. Peonies are hands down my favourite flower right now. A romantic flower, yet completely comfortable in a modern setting. Long stem or cut short, in a bouquet with complimentary flowers, many bunched together or a single stem, I simply adore these floral masterpieces in any colour.

Peonies Peonies Peonies I hope the weekend was good to you. Happy Monday!

Image sources: clockwise from top 1 l 2 l 3 l 4

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before & after: living room makeover

A great client of ours asked if we could makeover her living room for a special birthday. How could we possibly say no? We got down to business and ordered the upholstery items right off the hop. With the key pieces selected and taking inspiration from their adjacent dining room we pulled together the remaining details from an “in stock” approach. living room before

The space before felt disconnected from the rest of the main floor and as it is a natural sight line when you walk in the front door an update was definitely in order. The living room was ready for a transformation and update and we were ready for the challenge! living room materials the After: livingroom2 living room makeover living room makeover

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 online design to Canadian clients through Design in a Box.

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behind the scenes: photo gallery wall

One of the biggest challenges from our recent Sylvan Lake cottage installation was filling wall space. In the TV room we addressed the walls in a few different ways, one being a gallery of photo frames. We arrived with plenty of options (more than we needed) so we had room to play and decide which ones worked best. We laid them out on the floor first to get an idea of the layout. With the help of a professional installer the gallery wall took shape and once the locations were set, it was easy to fill the frames and hang back on the wall.

Here are a few more tips to consider if you’re thinking of a gallery wall in your home:

1. Mix frame choices. Giving the wall character with complimenting frames from simple to detailed adds depth and interest.

2. Shake up the sizes. No need for all frames to be the same. A mix of sizes offers an eclectic and casual feel to a family space.

3. Room to grow. Leave space for the many memories yet to come.

4. Change it up. Choose frames you can easily access to switch around photos as the years go by.

5. Embrace imperfection. An organic approach to the installation means there’s no need to align every frame. Offset frames keeps the wall interesting and fun.

gallery wall, nyla free designs Our summer student Jackie, had a brilliant idea of taking a time lapse of the installation. You can see how it all came together in our video clip.

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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 online design to Canadian clients through Design in a Box.

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lately loving: sunshine yellow

With the days long and the sun high I am gravitating towards all things yellow. The saturated warmth is putting a smile on my face and a kick in my step as summer is by far my favourite season. Yellow is the perfect accent to summer, inside and out, fashion or interiors… this is my latest obsession.

sunshine yellow Image credits clockwise from top left: 1 I 2 I 3 I 4 I 5 I 6

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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a day in the life: what we’ve been up to

We’re back! As you’ve noticed we’ve been MIA lately because there’s been a lot of action around the office as of late. I find as we get busy, the first thing to suffer is our social media and blog presence. Being busy is certainly a good thing but we’re missing being here and hope you have too.  A day in the life should read “a month in the life” so we’ve got a few insights and small sampling of what we’ve been up to over the past several weeks. More to come with respect to all, however this should whet your whistle in the mean time.

stikwoodinstall We installed a cottage top to bottom in Sylvan Lake. Here, the stikwood is being installed over a desk area just off the kitchen.

jamie Our vehicles have been filled to the brim with furniture and accessories. No passengers allowed!

deer This little guy finally made it’s way into his new home. More on our “Funky Spa” installation coming soon.

hotelcart Our Vancouver photo shoot was so fun and successful thanks to much help from Tracey, Jennifer, West Elm and the hotel next door.

built in Photo taken during the build process however our clients moved into their new home last week and finishing touches will be happening soon.

condo A little sneak peek at our Vancouver photoshoot.

As you can see, it’s been a whirlwind of installations, photo shoots and finishing touches over the last month, not to mention the exciting new projects we have on the go. Hope you’ll stay tuned.

ps. did you notice our website has had a refresh? more updates to come here too!

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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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!