Before & After – Nyla Free Designs

By: Nyla Free Designs  09-12-2011

A current project that I have fallen in love with is coming to life and almost near completion. One of my favorite rooms in the home is the study, a second floor retreat for my client to read, send notes written or digitally and even watch a little TV. 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. The transformation is quite dramatic. Here’s where we started.

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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. In my client’s case it was thirty and high time to bring this bathroom to life by removing wallpaper, carpet and drapery.

The layout of the bathroom remained the same. We took advantage of the large window by adding a glass wall in the shower and opening up the space which involved moving the plumbing to the opposite wall. This was the biggest change in the bathroom and well worth it. Replacing and re-sizing the window was also a worthwhile change as the original window was too low to allow a new tub to fit properly without compromising the window frame.

Renovations can seem daunting and overwhelming at times. There are many decisions to be made during the process, but having the right team working with you will smooth the process and ensure a fabulous end result.


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During a recent family trip to Toronto we stayed with my brother and sister-in-law. Blynda is a wonderful photographer and also has a keen eye for fashion and design. Upon entering their new home, I couldn’t help but be instantly drawn to these chairs. When I learned that she bought them at a flea market for $10.00 each – YES! I said $10.00, I fell in love with them even more. Blynda stripped and re-stained the wood to a rich chocolate brown and re-upholstered the seat in a natural linen fabric. Voila! A chair completely re-invented!

The before:

The after: A fabulous flea market find, turned beautiful chair with a modern elegance.                           Isn’t it just lovely?

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

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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.


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.


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.


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.