friday link love: california dreamin’

I just love California, can you tell? Walking out of the Parker Hotel I captured this image I thought was so indicative of the California vibe…palm trees, sunshine and a great car :)

It’s going to be -500 degrees here this weekend so I’ll be hibernating. Hope you have a lovely weekend planned.

California sunset outside of the Parker Hotel

When visiting Palm Springs I highly recommend Workshop Kitchen & Bar

Creating a gallery wall with Artfully Walls via: Bright Bazaar.

Recommended apps for bloggers.

Loved learning about this family of potters over on the Design Files.

You’ve got to check out the paper dresses this little girl and her mom are making.

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.

lately loving: offset square white tile

The classic subway tile has been a staple in the world of design for ages. Kitchens and bathrooms have been a popular location for the brick laid pattern and most often found in white.

Switching it up with the same approach using square tiles is a great alternative. What do you think about stepping out from the classic brick pattern subway tile and trying something new?

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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 an online design service to Canadian clients through Design in a Box.

happy heart day

Wishing you all a happy valentine’s day and a wonderful weekend!

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before & after: dining room makeover

After settling into their new home, our clients were ready to embark on purchasing new furniture. Understanding the importance of pulling together the overall look and feel they enlisted our help to create a family friendly, modern environment for their living room, dining room and home office.

The dining room BEFORE:

The main floor is multi-functional for this busy family of four. Homework, entertaining, relaxing, working from home and everyday family living were all considered in our selection process. The outcome is comfortable, stylish and worthy of welcoming guests.

The dining room AFTER:dining room tabledining chairsdining room table top

Few other snap shots from the main floor:desk chairottomanaccessoriesMid-Century style accent chairA huge thank you to our clients! It’s such a pleasure transforming people’s spaces.

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.

IDS 14: ikea kitchen and dressing room

Crushing the ‘IKEA’ stereotype by creating a space that leaves you doing a double take at the large IKEA letters on the side of the wall, this is one of the most anticipated booths at IDS.

While discussion was had about the number of non-IKEA items used to create the booth, what wasn’t to be overlooked was the clear sense of what you can do with a room using IKEA furniture and fixtures. The point is, while saving on budget friendly fixtures such as closet storage, splurging on a carved wooden daybed and gold guilt mirror are less paralyzing to the pocket book and are what take the room to a whole new level. The kind of level that makes you think, WOW!

Here’s what happens when the creative juices flow and there’s an ‘outside the box’ approach to design…

Ikea Kitchen Entrance IDSIkea Kitchen IDSIkea Kitchen IDSIkea Closet Fancy Clothes IDSIkea Closet Daybed IDSIkea Closet Bathroom IDSIkea Bathroom IDSLooking for a save and splurge approach to a project. We’d love to help! Connect with us to learn more.

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.

before and after: master bedroom makeover

Before Christmas we embarked on a bedroom makeover for a long time client of ours. The goal was to change everything with the exception of the drapery, wall colour and existing carpet. We went to work sourcing products and putting a plan together for the full room in an effort to complete the installation early in the New Year. Regardless of your timeline it’s worth waiting for the exact right pieces. This particular project fell right into place.

The BEFORE feeling dated and dreary.Bedroom Before

The AFTER: We transformed a neutral room without a lot of pizzazz or defining details into a fresh, calm and inviting space.Bedroom HeadboardBedroom detailsMaster Bedroom Paring down, adding impact in subtle details and streamlining the furniture has made this space current and comfortable.  Looking for ways to freshen up your space? We’d love to help.

Fine print: Working within a tight time frame requires trust and a solid client/ designer relationship.

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.

hello monday

Hello February and happy Monday!

Well, January flew by at the speed of light didn’t it? Was it a blur for anyone else? For us, January was filled with exciting business development ideas and implementations and inspiring projects in full swing. We had a great time in Toronto for Business of Design as well as IDS, so lots to share in the coming days/weeks.

The magic of winter is wearing off and I’m looking forward to the mini mountains of snow everywhere melting away. It feels like we’ve been stuck in winter mode for far too long already and just as I thought Balzac Billy granted us an early Spring, Environment Canada has said otherwise. *sigh*

Thankfully the days are getting longer and we’re on the upswing to warmer temps. Plus I’m feeling very lucky to have travel plans to head south in the not too distant future.

Hope you’re week and month is off to a successful start!

happy mondayImage credit: helt enkelt

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.

breakfast television calgary: 2014 trends

I have to say, I’m quite excited about the 2014 trends. We love to know what’s new and next, don’t we? However, often times a “trendy” item might leaving you feeling it will be a “been there, done that” moment in the not too distant future. I feel investing in any one of these trends will provide you with a classic look with some staying power that won’t go out of style tomorrow.

Here is the style forecast for 2014 and my segment on BT Calgary on the trends for this year.

living room with light wood[light wood from walnut to maple]

patterned wood floor [patterned floors]

statement lighting in master bedroom[statement lighting]

beadboard wall and ceiling [trim details on walls and ceilings]

blue & white dishes, paola navone, crate and barrel[blue and white]

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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 an online design service to Canadian clients through Design in a Box.

a winter reprieve in maui

Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed rest and relaxation over the holidays and most importantly time with family and friends. We ventured to Maui over the break and loved it. Not only was it our first time to Maui but it was the first time we had traveled this time of year. What a wonderful reprieve from the treacherous winter we’ve been experiencing in Calgary this year. I’m already plotting and scheming as to how we can get back! Here are some of my favourite photos.

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*All photos taken by Nyla Free Designs Inc.

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.

from our home to yours…. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

It’s a quieter Christmas for us this year and I have to admit I miss the houseful of people, the constant food preparation and the bottomless coffee pot. We only have one who fully believes in the magic of it all now and the other who is shifting into those teenage years where the Spirit seems somewhat lost. I always get a little more emotional this time of year. Perhaps it’s the recap and reminiscing of the year gone by, the appreciation of the life I live or most importantly the family that surrounds me. It’s been a while since I’ve had a moment to sit and be still. Life is going by at lightening speed and feels like yesterday that our oldest daughter toddled around the house yet now looks me in the eye. I’m holding onto the wonder our youngest still has and hope it lasts a few years more. One of my favorite Christmas movies is Polar Express and the message to BELIEVE. Whatever you believe, may you be filled with the Spirit of Christmas, surrounded by love and many blessings. MERRY CHRISTMAS from our family to yours.

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*All photos by Nyla Free Designs Inc.

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.