Decorating & Design

March 15, 2021

Earth Tones & Natural Textures Give This Modern Home Organic Flair

Whether it’s filling open shelves with global treasures or livening up an entryway with artwork, designer Aly Velji knows how to add personality to any space. And this two-storey house in Calgary’s historic Elbow Park neighborhood is no exception.

A recent renovation left this family home feeling choppy and dated, with inconsistent styles from room to room. Over a nine-month period, Aly and fellow designer Alison Connor layered in modern elements while still maintaining the home’s rich character and great bones. They swapped in chic Scandi-style furniture, wallpapered the upstairs rooms and brought in new lighting. They clad the living room fireplace in dark granite and whitewashed oak — reminiscent of the home’s contemporary-traditional juxtaposition.

“Playing with the characteristics of an older home while adding modern touches makes a space feel curated and personal,” says Aly. He calls the home’s look “Earthy Modernism:” blond wood, black accents and organic textures create a clean and cozy feeling. The design style is perfect for the homeowners — who have two young kids — because of its clean, zen appeal.

Scroll down to take a tour of this warm and inviting family home!

Author: Jacklyn Gilmor

Joel Klassen, Klassen Photography


Aly Velji & Alison Connor, Aly Velji Designs