Artists – Nyla Free Designs

By: Nyla Free Designs  09-12-2011

“My work is about memory. I am fascinated by the bittersweet aspect of nostalgia that is neither entirely happy nor sad, but is a universal experience that humanizes us. 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. My paintings are usually larger than life size which makes the subject hard to pull away from. There is both a sense of comfort and awkwardness in my work. I find it easier to represent the universality of these nostalgic subjects if I remain detached a little bit, so I often work from memories that are not my own. My source images come from snapshots from other people’s photo albums and most recently from strangers via requests on the Internet. I am especially drawn to photos that are blurry, disintegrating or over-exposed because visually they look so much like our foggy, fading memories. Recent series have included Birthday Parties, Cities at Night and now a call for submissions for Summer Vacation images. And sometimes, when I need a break from other people’s memories, I go into the woods and paint trees, just to remind myself about the joy of this everyday life!”

Here is the one I’m going to submit. It’s a photo of my husband and his sister at the beach, circa 1978. Aren’t they cute? One definitely looks happier than the other LOL!

There are certain pieces of furniture that go beyond function and can truly be called works of art. A collaboration between Murray Duncan and Hardware Interiors has become just that. 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. Not limited by conventional applications, Murray’s art is incorporated into the faces of such pieces as sideboards, credenzas and armoire’s creating a statement in any room. Subtle yet dramatic, I adore the graffiti like quality in the hand written text with a message of contemplation.

You can see more of Murray’s art at and in Toronto or online at .

I can certainly tell that Claire creates from her heart, the sign of a true artist.

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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

Our goal is to bring your home to life by revealing your style and infusing unexpected elements of design and detail. For me, I need to digest, soak in all I’ve learned and experienced, and that can take some time. Nyla Free Designs is a full service Calgary Interior Design studio. Nyla Free Designs also offers an online design service through.


A Day in the Life – Nyla Free Designs

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. 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.


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.