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.
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