Open Concept Modern Home

Throughout the design and construction process, my clients kept referring to their open concept modern home as their ‘treehouse’.  The tall and unique home has vast open spaces as well as quiet living pockets within the 3 stories.  The home is welcoming and sheltered by many mature trees already existing on the lot.   This lot has been the clients for many years.  They decided to stay put and build their dream home on it because they loved the location, their neighbours, and the community.  This home is a new-build infill located in Briar Hill, Calgary, AB.

In addition to the open concept floor plan, the interior design of this home focused mainly on the importance of ‘forms’.  These sleek, modern forms are seen everywhere throughout the home.  From the open shelving bookshelf that extends from the main floor to the upper loft ceiling, to the substantial walnut veneered a-symmetrical fireplace mantel design, this home is confident in all its elements!

As well as the importance of forms, we enjoyed working with the client on balancing the interior finishes and selections in the home.  These interior finishes and selections include the heaviness of the steel, concrete, warm woods, glass railing, windows, and white walls.  This space is balanced both vertically & horizontally and these finishes flow from space to space.  Some fantastic features in this space are as follows:

  1. Fireplace Design: Includes an asymmetrical walnut horizontal grain mantel with concrete surround and a transitional hearth that flows with bottom two stairwell steps.
  2. Stairwell + Railing: Open riser concrete stair treads, black steel posts, & glass railing with stainless steel details.  The concrete work is completed by Calgary’s own Sculptural Designs.
  3. Open Bookshelves + Reading Nooks: A visual 2-story open bookcase built-ins made in walnut with black steel posts.  This shelf looks stunning as you walk into the room and helps separate the reading nook areas.
  4. Windows:  The floor to ceiling windows are beautifully placed allowing the home to be designed amongst the trees while still maintaining privacy.
  5. Foyer Pendants: Esque Waterdrop Pendants designed in Portland, OR
  6. White Walls: C2-836 Cotton

Finally, here are the beautiful photos we would like to share!  It was a great privilege to work with these wonderful clients on their new home.  We love all the design details in this open concept modern home and hope they can inspire your next project too.  – NFID


Project: Private Residence, Briar Hill, Calgary, AB

Interior Design Firm: Natalie Fuglestveit Interior Design servicing Calgary, AB + Kelowna, BC

Photography: Lindsay Nichols Photography, Calgary, AB

Contractor:  CCI Management, Calgary, AB

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10 Desert Decor Favs

It is always wonderful and inspiring to experience the desert in bloom in the spring.  This year the desert has hit rainfall highs resulting in spectacular desert flowers!  The flowers and cacti are amazing and beautiful and can be looked to as inspiration for home decor.  Here are 10 desert decor favourites of NFID.  Enjoy the links below!

  1. Pierre Frey Cuilko FP399001 Wallpaper: 2. Design Within Reach Here Comes the Sun Pendant Light:3. Target Outdoor Latigo 3 Pce. Chat Set – Threshold:4. Jonathan Adler Ultra Triangle Accent Table:5. RH Modern 1960’s Link Fabric Bench:6. Jan Kath, Artwork 19 Area Rug – Multicolor / Yellow-Pink:7.. Nordstrom DENY Cactus Decoration:8. Schumacher Fillmore Tape, Yellow – Fabric Trim:9.  Ann Sacks Tile & Stone Paire Strobe in Verde + Brass:10. Kelly Wearstler Souffle Settee in Arizona Ecru:


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A Lake House Style Entry

There is nothing as refreshing as a simplistic, modern, and fresh design palette inspired by water.  This lake house style entry features beautifully sleek elements that can brighten up your mood and refresh your spirit.  Here are 5 points why we love this lake house style entry:

1) We designed this walnut slatted bench that is scaled perfectly for this front foyer entry.  The design was to replicate nautical crates or palettes used in the fishing industry for storing lobster, fish, or other ocean life food.  Nautical crates are often considered ‘Dockside Decor’ and we brought that concept into this modern entrance.

2) We decided to use walnut as a feature accent in the space.  This custom-made bench by Edmonton based Oliver Apt was made exclusively for NFID.  They specialize in woodworking, beautiful hand-crafted spaces and home products. 3) We selected a collaboration of simplistic colors, textures, and water-like patterns for our custom-made pillows.  We wanted to include our feature ‘marine blue’ in each interior space to ensure that the home has a cohesive feel.  4) Our goal was to achieve a more modern & understated nautical approach through simple elements.  We were able to do this through streamline millwork, simplistic white headboard panelling in small areas, and layering window treatments.  This rear entry window required a simple semi-opaque roller blind + a flat custom-made valance by NFID.  

5) We love featuring this custom-made water artwork by Lindsay Nichols Photography.  She was able to capture the perfect balance of water with modern movement.  We love how this space feels fresh and open.


Interior Design Firm + Custom Bench Design: Natalie Fuglestveit Interior Design, servicing Calgary, AB and Kelowna, AB

Photography + Custom Canvas Artwork: Lindsay Nichols Photography, Calgary, AB

Bench Manufacturer: Oliver Apt, Edmonton, Alberta

Homebuilder: Hopewell Residential, Calgary + Edmonton, Alberta

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