Aly Velji and Jason Krell were casually browsing real estate listings in Calgary, AB when they came across a mid-century style house that screamed their names. The couple lived in a condo and weren’t even looking for a new home, but knew they had no choice but to see this house. The four-level home, built in 1959, had everything Aly and Jason could ask for; a wood burning fireplace, cedar ceilings, some outdoor space and tons of architectural charm. All in all, it was even better than they initially thought. “We put in an offer a week later and had the house the week after. It was such a quick turnaround, but we knew this was the house for us,” Aly shares.
Aly and Jason’s dream house has been seven years in the making. From the beginning, the couple’s goal has been to put their own stamp on their mid-century modern home. “The bones of the house were perfect and just needed to be updated, which we have done floor by floor,” the couple explains. Updating each floor of the house has been a step-by-step process. They began with painting all rooms, re-staining the floors and extending the master closet. After moving in, they continued with redoing the bathrooms and reconfiguring the basement.
As with most renovation projects, Aly and Jason had to deal with unexpected surprises. Three years ago, a flood on the main floor forced the couple to start renovating the kitchen, living and dining rooms sooner than anticipated, and even caused a major snowball effect. “We had asbestos in the floor and it turned into an almost eight-month renovation challenge where we had no kitchen and were basically living out of our great room with a mini fridge and microwave,” the couple recalls. With patience, determination and hard work, most of the major updates in Aly and Jason’s home have now been completed, and the couple couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out.
Aly, who has been involved in residential and commercial design for more than 11 years, loves creating original and timeless designs for his clients. Mixing different styles and using pattern and texture have become some of his signature statements — when Aly is his own client, there’s no exception. The mix and match approach has been repeated throughout the couple’s mid-century home, where meaningful items of various styles create happy and enjoyable design moments.
Despite having an interior designer as a partner, Jason, who works in PR and Communications, has made sure to add his own touch to their unique home. The bright yellow color of the front door was one of his design choices and a detail that both Aly and Jason love. The sunny door is also a perfect taste of what lies behind it — bold statement pieces, rich accent colors and beautiful brass details are just a few things that catch the eye in the couple’s tastefully decorated home. Aly and Jason have been inspired not only by the strong mid-century design of their home, but also by their travels around the globe — not to mention their happy place, Palm Springs, CA. When it comes to their home, Aly and Jason are on the same page. It’s a place to come home to, and a place to cherish the good things in life. “I am most thankful for all the amazing memories that Jason and I have been able to create in this home,” Aly shares. “We are constantly reminded of our travels everywhere we look, which is what a home should be.” —Sofia
Image above: Aly and Jason in front of their mid-century home, which they have lovingly renovated to reflect their style and personalities. The sitting area is the perfect spot to host friends in the evenings. “It is not very often that you see such a large deck in the front of a home, especially a mid-century style home. We absolutely love it.”