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Bare Windows


Who wouldn’t want to luxuriate in this gorgeous bathroom designed by Calgary interior designer, Nyla Free?

Wait a minute? There’s no window covering!

Can you go bare in the bathroom? How much privacy do you need? Let us know!

PS. Nyla, we think the green chair is a touch of genius.

Colour Flow – From One Room to Another

Calgary’s Nyla Free is one busy designer. Little wonder as her work is fresh, original and always engaging.

Watery blues from the oil painting that dominates in the dining room are echoed in the sofa’s toss cushions, creating harmony and flow within the space.

How do you create flow from one room to another? Do you think flow is important? 

Choosing Tile


Tile can be intimidating when you start mixing and matching. It’s easy to select one and roll with it everywhere. Getting creative with your tile choices will yield a much more interesting base to your kitchen or bathroom, so go on! Don’t be afraid to play with size, pattern and texture when choosing tile. Keep to a neutral palette to allow the tile to speak for itself.

In this bathroom renovation the tile is contrasted with a dark stained walnut vanity. The main floor tile was a discontinued marble that we scooped up for a deal. An offset pattern with the marble created more interest with this simple tile.


Murano glass mosaic backsplash and shower wall insert fell under the splurge category and well worth it. It sparkles and shimmers from the natural light that floods the space.


Using natural materials was the main criteria when choosing each tile for the bathroom. From there we made our selections based on size and location. The end result is calm and serene with just the right amount of interest. A perfect place to start and end your day.

Reality Check on Choosing Bedding [VIDEO]

Join design contributor Nyla Free as she shares insight on creating the perfect bedroom. It all starts with selecting the right bedding.

Choosing Wallpaper


With so many options, it’s hard to pick just one. Whether you’re aiming for bold pattern or subtle texture, interior designer Nyla Free has advice to help you choose the right wallpaper.

Read the entire article ‘Reality Check – Choosing Wallpaper’ in Issue 11 of Dabble.

A Tailor-Made Closet


Suit up for a tailor-made closet, says interior designer Nyla Free. A customized wardrobe offers pride of place to your favourite little black dress and all those shoes your husbbie says you don’t need.

Read the entire article ‘Reality Check – Custom Closet’ in Issue 9 of Dabble.


Nyla Free on Breakfast Television

Originally aired on Breakfast Television on April 9, 2012.

Custom Area Carpet


Creating a custom area carpet need not be an expensive endeavour. Finding the perfect size, style and colour takes time and budget is typically high on the list of things to take into consideration. There are ways to achieve the perfect look while not breaking the bank.

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Broadloom is a great source for custom area carpets. Typically 13′ in width, this gives a wide range of size options to fit any room. Wool is highly recommended and often found in quality carpets with interesting patterns and colour variations.

Whether bold and geometric, textured or traditional, broadloom has many possibilities to bring new life to a space.


A selection of graphic patterns in a subtle ivory and cream colour combination.


Go bold and geometric with classic black and white.


Look no further for colour and pattern with a combination of both in these broadloom options.


Combine wool and sisal for texture that appeals to both a modern and traditional space.


Give warmth and texture to a modern space with an area carpet that is soft in colour but high in depth and dimension.

There are several ways to edge a custom area carpet made with broadloom. Braided cord, self banding and contrast trim all help to frame and add a finishing detail to the carpet. Consider adding a banded edge in cotton canvas or leather in an array of colour options which gives higher impact with a wider finished band. Finish the width edge with a fringe instead and create a more traditional feel.


Lastly, consider asking stores about possible remnants or off-cuts from previous orders. Great deals may be available and customization is still an option at a reasonable price.


All carpets from Colin Campbell, Calgary showroom.

To read Nyla’s full step-by-step article on custom area carpets, check out Reality Check: Custom Area Carpet, Issue 4 September/October 2011.

Custom Millwork


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Dabble design contributor Nyla Free takes you step-by-step through the pricey but ultimately satisfying process (hey, you end up with shelves that perfectly fit all your reading materials and extras, like lighting and photos) of building custom cabinetry.


Designer Nyla Free knows exactly where to find the book she’s looking for in her perfectly organized built-in cabinetry. ‘The key to getting started on this project,’ says Nyla, ‘is deciding what needs to be stored.’


‘Take the plunge by measuring the space,’ Nyla advises. ‘Then sketch your ideas on paper so you can visualize before you build.’

Another superb suggestion from Nyla: Consider adding lighting to the top or even front face of the bookshelves as a decorative detail.

To read Nyla’s full step-by-step article on millwork, check out Reality Check: Custom Millwork, Issue 3 July/Aug 2011.

Nashville’s Top 5 Design Spots


Design in the Mix

From the urban vibe downtown to vintage on the city’s fringe, interior designer and Dabble Design Contributor Nyla Free is astounded by choice in Nashville.

1. Make your way to the intersection of 8th and Douglas Avenues for a fine selection of design shops. Epiphany is a favourite for European charm. Visit Pre-to-Post for its eclectic mix of kitsch and vintage, Classic Modern for groovy retro and the Cane-Ery for antiques in varying stages of rejuvenation.

2. Trendy Hillsboro Village is a destination for noshing (expect line-ups at Pancake Pantry and Fido) and shopping. Start at Social Graces where cool stationery and gifts are beyond tempting. Work your way down the block towards Pangaea for Spanish influenced accessories and end at Retropolitan with its contemporary furniture and fab pillows. Hungry? Stop for frozen yogurt at Sweet Cece’s.

3. Nyla made her biggest purchases at Wonders on Woodland, bringing home spaghetti lights from the 1950s and a 1940s’ vase. Next door, Art & Invention Gallery is an artisan treasure trove.


4. A former laundry warehouse in trendy Edgehill is home to Nest, with its upcountry chic furniture and accessories. Wander through adjacent shops and make sure to stop for lunch at the colourful Taco Mamacita. (Margaritas are 2-for-1 on Wednesdays.)

5. Set in a rambling roadside farmhouse, Three French Hens is named for the trio of friends who set up shop together. Occasional chairs, guest towels, bulletin boards and vintage jewellery make a visit well worth the 30-minute drive to Nolensville.

A Reality Check on Choosing Tile [VIDEO]

Think you’d like to step into the shoes of a professional designer? Join Dabble’s design contributor, Nyla Free, as she shares a lesson in selecting bathroom tile.