October 07, 2016

This year we decided to try a few pumpkin DIY's for our thanksgiving tablescapes and we are thrilled with the results! These easy to make decor pieces are a thoughtful way to add unexpected festive charm to any space. Check out our step-by-step process below to find out how you can create your own!

Thanksgiving Pumpkin DIY, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary, AB


Gold Pumpkin:


What You Will Need:

1. Gold spray paint. We used Krylon Premium Metallic Finish in 18kt. gold from Michaels.

2. Medium sized pumpkin, ours was approximately 7" in diameter.

How to Get The Look:

Glitter Pumpkin:

What You Will Need:

1. Spray adhesive. We used Scotch Spray Mount from Michaels.

2. Loose glitter. We used Creatology Gold Glitter from Michaels.

3. Masking tape

4. Small white pumpkin

How to Get The Look:

The Finished Look:

Note: for our Calgary readers, we purchased our white pumpkins from the 11th Avenue CO-OP as well as the Save-On at Macleod Trail and Heritage Dr. 

With Thanksgiving upon us and a crispness in the air, fall has most certainly arrived. Whether you have plans to host a large group or only a few, we'd love to inspire your table setting preparations as you plan for your gathering. 

Casual Breakfast:

Casual Thanksgiving Tablescape, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary, AB

If you have guests staying overnight, breakfasts don't need to be quick and easy. A casual breakfast or brunch around the table is a lovely way to start the day. Tip: I set my table the night before so there's less to do in the morning and it gives me a chance to enjoy the decor for a little while :) 

Formal Dinner:

Formal Thanksgiving Tablescape, Nyla Free Designs Inc.

A formal dinner is the most popular at Thanksgiving and we love the combination of succulents, eucalyptus and roses for this unconventional approach to dressing a table. Tip: Formal doesn't need to mean expensive. Mixing polished and sparkly pieces into your table scape adds a wonderful depth and dimension and the hint of glamour offers just the right amount of formality.

Playful Lunch:

Playful Thanksgiving Tablescape, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary, ABQuirky plates are not only functional but conversational. I couldn't resist picking up these side plates at a general store in Laguna Beach this past summer. Add these unexpected elements for a lunch time gathering and your guests will not only enjoy the food and company around the table but your attention to detail and decor. 

While we can't help with the food, we do hope these ideas have spurred on your own creativity in pulling together a fabulous dining experience. Happy Thanksgiving! 

ps. tomorrow we'll be posting the DIY details for the gold and glitter pumpkins we've featured above!

pps. for more Thanksgiving table inspiration please check out last years post

Sources: Anthropologie / Crate & Barrel / West Elm / IKEA

One of our latest loves is the use of stools and poufs in interior spaces. We love how they effortlessly build visual interest in any room with a variety of shapes, sizes, colours and textures available. Whether these pieces are used as seating in a living space, or accents under a console table, they are a fabulous way to layer and add unexpected seating to any room.  

The best part? When you're feeling the need for a refresh, these versatile pieces easily move to provide new life and interest to any space in your home.

Sources: 1. Serena & Lily / 2. 1st Dibs / 3. Dwell / 4. Dwell / 5. Kelly Wearstler / 6. MMATERIAL / 7. Made Goods / 8. One Kings Lane / 9. MMATERIAL / 10. Anthropology


September 06, 2016

We're seeing flowers more and more outside of the traditional outdoor garden, planter or vase. They are making their way onto cakes, into fashion and onto walls. Whether real or faux, paper or cloth, flowers bring a vintage, pretty, feel into your home. Make a statement with a large arrangement all the way to simply displaying a floral wrapped soap in a powder room. Regardless of the time of year, flowers are timeless essentials to any room. 

Lately Loving Floral, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary, AB

Sources: 1. 100 Layer Cake / 2. Cordy's Cakes / 3. Plum Pretty Sugar / 4. Coco Kelley / 5. Savon Stories / 6. Once Wed / 7. 100 Layer Cake

Buying magazines during vacation is a typical "thing" I do and admittedly most revolve around interiors. However I do like to see if there's anything new on the stands or a title I'm not familiar with. While at Barnes and Noble, stalking every type of magazine from cooking to crafting, I came across an interesting cover titled FLOW. Not only the name grabbed me but also the illustration and overall feel (literally) of the magazine itself. I flipped through and decided to add it to my pile. 

Flow Magazine, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary, AB

I proceeded to read it cover to cover, completely enthralled with every article. So much so the spine came apart. I savoured each page and took in the story, the lesson, the inspiration and new insights from each article. For paper lovers (I'm a total paper geek), and people who are inspired by the thought of slowing down and embracing imperfection - something that goes against the societal norm these days - this magazine is for you.

Flow Magazine, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary, AB

FLOW magazine celebrates a purposeful life. It embraces a slower pace, taking time to enjoy the world around you, even (and arguable most importantly) the little things.  

Flow Magazine Quotes, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary, AB

The magazine is Dutch based, however the focus is worldwide. From a family living off grid in British Columbia to an illustrator/ fabric designer originally from Scandinavia now living in New York City. 

If this sounds like your cup of tea, make yourself a large pot, sit back and enjoy this inspiring read. I can hardly wait for the next issue!

Flow Magazine, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary, AB

Sources: Flow Magazine


August 29, 2016

Feeling a little blue about summer coming to an end? 

Embrace the back to school blues with the infusion of any shade of blue you wish. So many to choose from. Add a little, add a lot, but a small update of a refreshing shade of blue is sure to curb any sadness you may be feeling about getting back into a routine and saying goodbye to the endless days of summer. 

When I was in school it was unheard of to hit the books prior to the Labour Day long weekend. It was the last hurrah of summer and a chance to savour the last few days of vacation. If you're in the same boat as our family, we're headed back to routine this week already. (insert tears here)

Time for me to start thinking about which shade of blue I'm going to choose as well as how and where I'm going to use it!

Sources: 1. Frenchy Fancy / 2. Red Edition / 3. Aurelie Damm / 4. The Life Creative / 5. Bend Goods / 6. Anthropology / 7. 1st Dibs / 8. Pinterest / 9. Anthropology

Whether the project is large or small, the accessory and styling phase is one of the most exciting parts of the project. We love the opportunity to add thoughtful, personal details that tie everything together and finish off the space. 

For this post we chose to focus specifically on coffee table books. These beautiful books could be styled in a multitude of ways and would be a wonderful addition to any space whether they live on your coffee table, side table, shelving, bedside table...they are sure to look great and inspire at any given time. Check out our top ten picks below!

Coffee Table Books, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary, AB

Sources: 1. Kit Interior Objects / 2. Chapters / 3. Chapters / 4. Chapters / 5. Anthropology / 6. Chapters / 7. Kit Interior Objects / 8. Kit Interior Objects / 9. Anthropology / 10. Chapters

We completed a modern cottage from top to bottom in Sylvan Lake recently and are excited to finally! share the results with you. We'll be doing this in a series of posts as there's just too many great rooms to share. 

This cottage was designed to house multiple families, which of course included lots of kids. Our clients wanted to embrace the childhood memories the husband had in this area and share this with their own children and family members. All spaces were designed with a purpose in mind and careful thought to all furniture pieces selected. Our goal throughout the entire home was to keep the finishes and materials to a soft, modern palette. The living space has become a hub of relaxation, conversation and enjoying nature, even if you are inside. The custom day bed is a coveted spot for afternoon naps and a quiet moment to gaze out to the lake. Sounds like bliss to me! 

Living Room:

Nyla Free Designs Inc., Modern Lakeside Cottage, Phil Crozier Photography

Nyla Free Designs Inc., Modern Lakeside Cottage, Phil Crozier Photography

Nyla Free Designs Inc., Modern Lakeside Cottage, Phil Crozier Photography

Nyla Free Designs Inc., Modern Lakeside Cottage, Phil Crozier Photography

Nyla Free Designs Inc., Modern Lakeside Cottage, Phil Crozier Photography

Nyla Free Designs Inc., Modern Lakeside Cottage, Phil Crozier Photography

Nyla Free Designs Inc., Modern Lakeside Cottage, Phil Crozier Photography

Nyla Free Designs Inc., Modern Lakeside Cottage, Phil Crozier PhotographyThis image gives you a sneak peek into the desk area adjacent the dining room. We'll share that and the kitchen next! 

Photography: Phil Crozier 


August 22, 2016

Google the colour blush and you'll find a multitude of hues from light pink to coral, however this is the shade that comes to mind for us at Nyla Free Designs. We've collected a collage of images to celebrate this soothing and soft, neutral yet still boasts a subtle hint of colour. Whether in fashion or interiors, we love blush in a monochromatic environment. A simple combination of whites, ivories and greys is all you need. 

Sources: 1. Oh So Lovely Obsessions / 2. Oh So Lovely Obsessions / 3. Oh So Lovely Obsessions / 4. Remodelista / 5. Oh So Lovely Obsessions / 6. Ikea / 7. Vestiaire Collective Visit / 8. Vosges Paris

We recently completed a small project for a client whose son was away at university. Upon his return for summer break, our client planned to surprise him by updating and reorganizing his room. We had roughly two weeks, yes that is correct... TWO weeks to complete the space, so in stock and ready for delivery items were critical. The result transformed the room into a sophisticated, masculine, and organized space, much more suited to a male university student. Check out the before and after!



Before and After, Nyla Free Designs Inc., Calgary, AB

A monochromatic colour scheme, alongside graphic patterns and classic materials such as camel leather were used to achieve a masculine, mature feel. 

We also closed off the closet area with black wool drapery to clean up the space.

What a difference a few accessories, organization and a statement chair can make!