It's Spring Break here in Alberta which means it's time to either hit the slopes or travel far away to a tropical destination. If I had the choice I would head to a land of palm trees without hesitation. There is nothing like the sway of palm trees in the ocean breeze, the linear quality of each branch and the cool summer vibe that oozes out of them. I could look at them all day long.
No time or money for a palm tree vacation? Bring the look home with these fab finds:
I'm so thankful for "before" photos. We take them not only to remember the space should any questions arise during our design process and also to recognize the sheer transformation once the space is complete. As the space evolves sometimes it's hard to remember what it looked like before and going back to the photos is confirmation of the degree of change.When I compared the before and after of this space I was amazed. The room had a medium paint colour, boring blinds and so-so furniture. Our clients have exceptional taste towards a mid century modern vibe, they love art, music and they requested a space to speak to their style.
We debated over colourful accessories for the home or not, however during the process our clients purchased this artwork by Michael Adamson which we absolutely adore. We decided to allow this and the colour and texture of the area carpet to be the main voice of the room and any additional visual interest would come by way of textured neutrals and interesting shapes.
A mid-century walnut secretary was our clients own, however we repositioned it to give it more presence in the space.
Our first project with this client was a revamp of their dining room. To see that transformation click here. You'll see how the main floor now has a cohesive feel. We'll show you the master bedroom before and after soon so please check back!
White marble has had centre stage for some time now however we're loving the contrast of black marble these days with the white veining and organic nature of this natural material. It's rich, bold, dramatic and sure to be a statement in any room.
Love is in the air...
Wishing you a Valentine's Day filled with love and laughter!
Is anyone else feeling like "how is it possibly mid February already?!" The days are going by fast and fabulously I must say. This week we had a big accessory installation and are feeling the love from our clients response ~
"We love it! You guys hit it out of the park. We'll take it all in and get back to you about anything we might want to return but it will be a very short list, if anything at all."
We hope you have a great family day weekend full of love. Enjoy this weeks link picks!
This bench hidden in a kitchen island is so clever!
A Valentine’s Day Playlist From Elijah Wood’s D.J. Duo.
The perfect Sunday supper.
Calgary has an exciting new development in the works.
I may have found my dream home.
The process of sourcing and selecting furniture is extensive. We start talking furniture and the use of each space prior to the start of construction. Sounds crazy and wildly premature, however the placement of furniture impacts lighting and electrical as well as fireplaces, all of which require roughing in at framing stage so it's a great idea to space plan and create layouts for each room early on. In essence it's working backwards, however this provides an opportunity for our clients to visualize themselves in the room and really think about how they will use it. It also provides opportunity to make any critical changes at a time when things can still easily be altered.
Once this has been determined, furniture is put on hold until all finishes and materials have been selected and specified. When it's time to pick up where we left off, we have a solid foundation from our earlier work for our furniture plan which includes measurements and an overall look and feel. We then start the process of sourcing the necessary pieces with these details in consideration as well as of course, budget.
We recently presented the full furniture plan for layouts, selections as well as fabrics and finishes for our country house project. A large undertaking of 12 rooms including an outdoor space. Phew! So exciting to see this home coming together.
The sitting room, a space adjacent the kitchen and determined to be heavily used by all four family members on a daily basis, had requests of comfortable conversation chairs, lighting for reading and tables for homework, food and beverages. Because the furniture floats in the space, the need for electrical outlets in the floor was important to accommodate the floor lamps. We determined the placement early on in the project which allowed us to plan and make selections accordingly.
This process isn't without it's details and continuous check and balances of budget numbers, sizes, availability, how one piece affects the other and managing the overall look and feel. Our clients are 100% on board with our selections in this space so we're moving on to the next stage of the process.
Stay tuned for more!
February is often one of our coldest months in Calgary so we look to anything warm and cozy to get us through the "take your breath away" cold weather and short days. The ground hog however did NOT see his shadow so that means an early Spring. Yay!
We have in fact been spoiled this winter with above zero temps, some days even into the double digits. Regardless, of weather though, adding warmth to a room is never a bad thing. One of our favourite accessories right now are sheepskins. Versatile, textural and easy to use in a living room, bedroom or dining room. We're in love!
We are thrilled to finally share this project with you! We began with furnishing this modern home several years ago after our clients moved from a more traditional style house. With their love for mid century and classic furniture we set out to create a warm and inviting space that spoke to our clients love of art and collectibles as well as creating a relaxed family home. This light filled, open concept living/dining room connects the indoors and out with it's wall to wall windows.
It's all in the details. Thoughtful collectables and special artifacts are displayed throughout the home, each piece with its own story. Etageres flank "Cover" by Sabine Lecorre-Moore.
David Burdeny (via Herringer Kiss Gallery), Sweepers, West Lake, Hangzhou, China, 2011 hangs over a custom sideboard from Hardware Interiors, hand painted by Murray Duncan with meaningful words personally selected by our client. A Martha Sturdy tray sits atop a mahogany dining table surrounded by chocolate leather chairs.
The kitchen was our most recent renovation project. Keeping with the already functional layout we changed cabinetry, counters, tile and lighting to align with the feel of the rest of the main floor.
The backsplash is handmade 3-dimensional terracotta tile creating a wow factor, artistic wall behind the cooktop.
The family room has a casual sophistication with a mix of modern and traditional. Grasscloth wallpaper fills the walls of the master bedroom with contrasting copper drapery and hand painted metallic pottery lamps by Lesley Anton. Another Dulcie Foo Fat painting hangs above the bed accompanied by a Helen Mackie block print to the right.
The bedroom is the perfect oasis of warmth and texture and once again embraces the outside.
This home has a welcoming and comfortable feel amongst the modernity and clean lines of it's structure. The inspiration and collaboration with our client in bringing this space to life was truly a wonderful experience.
Photo credits: Robert Lemermeyer Photography
Interior Design: Nyla Free Designs Inc.
Contractor: Foothills Renovations
Social media has become a prominent part of our day to day. We joined the phenomenon in 2009, with trepidation, I will admit. The whole thing just felt so vulnerable and exposed. We launched our blog and joined twitter to begin with. Slowly I accepted Facebook and then embraced Instagram.
Now, I love it. I wish I had more time for it. It can be overwhelming with the constant communication, idea building and sharing of information however we have gained many friendships, opportunities and been inspired a great deal as we have grown in our online presence.
I received an email just before Christmas from a past client who told me she loves reading our blog. Honestly that is such a huge compliment because there are days when I wonder “who on earth reads this anyway?. I have to remind myself as to why we do it and the sole reason of building our brand and bringing our personality to life. We love building relationships. That is part of our brand profile so social media has played a huge role in that.
So with this we thought we’d share all the places you can find us out there in the big and crazy world of social media. We love staying connected!
Roughly once a month we send out a newsletter with project updates, designer tips and tricks as well as industry news and noteworthy details. Sign up with your name and email address on the sidebar of our website. —>Instagram
This is second to Instagram with images and interior design and decor related articles. Trends and design relevant information is our focus along with our own project updates. Pinterest
One of our favourite places to hang out. We love Pinterest for all it’s inspiration from interiors to food, parties to fashion. We also use Pinterest to create private boards with our clients to provide a visual representation of the concept development for each project.
Admittedly we post sporadically. In the early days we were connected on twitter constantly. I think that’s where I actually developed FOMO because if you walked away for any length of time you missed a lot! We jump on now and then however it’s not our primary platform. I post personal and business related information here.
We’d love to have you join us on any or all of these platforms! and be sure to say hello :)
There’s something so timelessly classic and simple about black and white stripes, yet at the same time this bold combination is most definitely a statement. I recently purchased this bedding and this area carpet from IKEA for my daughters bedrooms and love the bold graphic. Both of these design details will add a statement to their rooms without being overpowering. Whether in fashion or design this combination reigns high in effortless chic. 1 MY DOMAINE | 2 A WINK OF THE EYE | 3 DANIELLA WITTE | 4 EXPRESS – O | 5 MADE GOODS | 6 mui ma* | 7 PLUM PRETTY SUGAR