A Day in the Life – Nyla Free Designs

By: Nyla Free Designs  09-12-2011
Keywords: Interior Design

Last week was a flurry of activity over here at . If you’re wondering what I’ve been up to, I spent all last week, along with a team of people transforming a historic Calgary home for the house tour that happened this past weekend. The architectural details in this home are stunning. Arts and crafts in style, this grand home is warm and welcoming. I can’t wait for you to see inside.

In the meantime I made sure it was ok to share close up shots of a few areas of the home. (I can’t give it all away now can I?)

I’m afraid that’s all for now. You’ll have to hang on for Western Living’s holiday issue out November 2012.

Special thanks to the following people who helped with set up. Your time and efforts in helping pull this all together is appreciated more than you know. Cory, Cathy, Libby, Marnie, Pat, Donna, Rosalind, Nancy, Sharon, thank you all!!

A huge thank you to the suppliers who donated, lent or provided services for the decor. , , , , Reid’s on 17th, , . I am so grateful for your generosity of product and time. Many of you are a huge part of my business on a regular basis and I can not thank you enough for the help you have given me.

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 page to get in touch.

Last week I attended a showing of the Fall 2012 fabric collection at . Wowie! Lots of lovely eye candy in every kind of texture, pattern and style imaginable. Telio is a large fabric house representing several lines. You’ll find an array of modern to traditional, from countries like Spain, France and beyond, in silks, linens, velvets and sheer metallics, not to mention price points to suit almost every comfort level. Here is a peak at some of my favourites.

SAHCO – Naturals Collection

I loved this quote from Julien Hakoun during the presentation:

“The most important thing to me, are the feelings, the sensation you get from the fabric.”

Fabrics are not only about covering, draping or serving a purpose. They evoke emotion and can be a captivating element in the space if carefully chosen. Telio manages to accomplish all of these details with this fall’s collection. Simply gorgeous.

See something you like? Let me know, or designers please contact your local representative to see these fabulous fabrics first hand.

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 page to get in touch.

Summer is drawing to an end, kids are back at school and we’ll soon find ourselves spending more time indoors. I’ll be talking about what’s new for Fall in the world of design on Breakfast Television tomorrow morning. Would love it if you tuned in, but if you happen to miss it I’ll have all the items I talked about on Wednesday’s blog post.

Last Thursday was a pretty exciting day. I woke up like any other. Got dressed in an outfit I had carefully planned. Walked out of my hotel and made my way to an incredibly busy intersection in Toronto. I found a parking spot and took a deep breath. I walked out of the parking lot onto a street filled with people and had trouble navigating my way to find the right building. I had to ask where the entry door was. Ah yes, right there. Silly me. I walked into the reception area and thankfully found familiar faces. I had a quick re-cap and then off to have my make up done. Next I found myself in the same room as , and . Totally surreal.

The next hour was filled with much excitement and many emotions. I took in every. Last. One.

Tomorrow my debut appearance will air on with my segment on custom carpets. Tune in to at 9amwatch or after the show. So many of you have been such a huge support in cheering me along and I can’t tell you how much that means to me.

xo Nyla

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 page to get in touch.

I’ve done a few projects outside of Calgary and most recently a Lake House property in the Okanagan. I don’t often get the opportunity to see the end result and help pull all our hard work together but today I’m headed to Kelowna and could not be more excited to see this place come together.

Our goal was to create a casual, beach-y feel that is stylish and family friendly. Here’s a sneak peak at some of the pieces we have on the truck ready to be unloaded and welcomed into their new home.

Have a great day. I know I will :)

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If you love fabrics as much as I do then you’re sure to enjoy the eye candy below. As a designer we get the inside scoop on new introductions and products. One of my favorite things to do is attend ‘fabric shows’. They are like fashion shows without the runway. Large, beautiful pieces of fabric draped in front of us to touch, feel and gawk at the feast of colour and texture before us.

Blueprint Collection was by far my favorite, in particular the metallic printed frames on a natural linen background. Stunning!

Well there you have it. An array of fabric fabulousness in the JAB/Chivasso Spring 2011 Collection.

A benefit of working with a designer is the access to fabrics such as the above that are only available to the trade, so if there is anything here that piques your interest, let me know!

Today I’m off to Toronto for a whirlwind two days of designer fabulousness.

What started out to be a casual dinner among twitter buddies, has turned into quite the evening event. and have organized a fabulous night at where I will have the opportunity to meet many twitter friends, finally face to face! And it doesn’t stop there. (with camera’s I’m told) as well as magazine (who are bringing prizes!!) will also be attending. How great is that?! Thanking you all in advance for your efforts in putting together an amazing evening!

If I have any energy left, I’ll be out for dinner on Friday night with great friends and hopefully even my little bro :)

Phew! That’s what I’ll be up to in the next 48 hours and I’ll be sure to let you know how it all goes.

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Install days are filled with the work of unpacking boxes, placing furniture and accessories, hanging art and drapery, arranging flowers, and cleaning up the mess you just made all before the client arrives home for the reveal.

We (me and my helper Sandra) started the day at 9am. When we arrived at the home the delivery truck was already there. I greeted my client and walked her through the details of the day. (I asked the delivery guys to sit tight until she was gone). No peaking!

Finally off she went for the day and we got underway. First ~ the before photo of the space. (Don’t worry…the red plate did not stay there!)

Typically I would delivery everything at once, however as you can see there are two chests that have been there for several months. They were part of the scheme I presented however based on the fact that they were selling like hotcakes, we scooped them up several months ago. They have been patiently waiting for the rest of the furniture to pull the room together.

11:00am I high tail it out to pick up some items that did not fit into my car the day before. Note to self “shop earlier so you can have the delivery company pick up for you”!! I gathered what I needed, picked up flowers and light bulbs and made my way back to site.

In the mean time Sandra received another piece of furniture at 11:30 and worked on accessorizing.

1:00pm the art installer arrives and begins hanging our selected pieces.

We had originally advised the client to come home at 2:30, however at this point we knew we would not be ready. I gave her a quick call and bought ourselves another 1/2 hour. Pweh!

The remaining few hours were nose to the floor trying to get everything perfect for the reveal. At 2:40 this is what the space still looked like. Yikes!

Stay tuned to see the final results!

I often get this type of comment when people find out I’m a designer ~ “Oh how fun, you get to shop for a living!”. Yes, this is true (among many other things) and I do love this part of my work. It’s just not always as glamorous as one might think. Don’t get me wrong, I love to shop! I just had to laugh at myself last week, while I was shopping for a young girls bedroom and kids homework room as well as a great room for a different client. I ran around the city filling my car to the brim and squeezing my children in amongst accessories, lamps, pillows and pieces of art.

I thought I would give you a quick behind the scenes look at ‘a day in the life of Nyla Free Designs’.

On Friday the first of two installations was completed. I forgot to take a photo because I was in a hurry, however once my car was packed with the contents of both days of shopping I was full to the rooftop. Thankfully I only needed to fit one of the girls in the car that day.

Almost every item I bought stayed at the house. Yay! But every bit of garbage went back into my car…

So there you have it. A day in the life of a designer where maybe things aren’t quite as they seem. Designers, Stylists, Stagers, I’m sure you can relate?

Thanks for joining me on “A Day In The Life”!

Keywords: Interior Design

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Colour trends – Nyla Free Designs

They are one of my favorite pieces in my home ~ an abstract representation of ‘Jacks’, a game I played by the hour when I was young, sitting on the floor of my Grandma’s kitchen while she cooked or baked. Please call the respective stores for more information on stock or purchasing. I’ve had turquoise in my decor for several years now. Wall colour with shades of turquoise bedding.


Colour Schemes – Nyla Free Designs

Sources:,, Living Room care of Domino Magazine, Paint colours clockwise from top right:Benjamin Moore Gold Rush 2166-10, Benjamin Moore Chocolate Truffle 2096-20, Benjamin Moore Bittersweet Chocolate 2114-10, Benjamin Moore Camel Back 1103, Benjamin Moore Mink 2112-10, Sherwin Williams Oceanside SW6496.


Cool Finds – Nyla Free Designs

I was shopping yesterday at Chapters and found these adorable colouring books that I wanted to share with you. From Restoration Hardware for a mantle, door frame, dining table center piece…I could go on 4. Nyla Free Designs is not responsible for discrepancies in prices or descriptions. A from Crate and Barrel will dress up any chair, sofa or bed for the holidays 7. Bring nature inside with birch branches a rustic approach to decorating.


Before & After – Nyla Free Designs

After moving into a previously owned home typically there are grand plans to make it your own, however it’s common to settle in and watch years go by before a renovation occurs. Our goal was to surround the room with books creating floor to ceiling, wall to wall bookshelves housing an eclectic collection of inspiring reading material.


Behind the Scenes – Nyla Free Designs

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Artists – Nyla Free Designs

Focused on unique, vintage and salvage findings in an effort to create one of a kind furniture, lighting and art, each piece is a conversation starter in it’s own way. The past is a deeply personal and resonant place for people and I am always looking at ways to capture these feelings on canvas; immortalize them and make them big.


Colour Inspirations – Nyla Free Designs

It’s certainly different, but that’s what I’m here for, to show ways of combining unexpected colours and textures in a way that offers ideas to bring the inspiration into your own home. The combination of blues, patchwork wave pattern and traditional frame has me swooning over this, a showstopper for the sitting room 6.