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Home Glam Part II: The Picks

We talked with local interior decorator Alykhan Velji about the hot trends for spring, and asked him to scour the city for unique, one-of-a-kind examples. Here are his picks.

Garland Lights by tord boontje
Store: Kit Interior Objects
Price: $80

The reason I love these so much is because they go over pretty much any hanging fixture, so they’re easy to use and add that touch of whimsical into your space. They’re unique, and this laser cutting technique is becoming huge now in interiors. I love that it has an ethereal quality.

Green Acrylic Nesting Tables by H Studio
Store: Ellipses Design
Price: $1,500

These nesting tables will fit in a modern space and introduce colour in a way that’s not so in-your-face. Green is a nice overall colour that basically goes with anything. Being see-through, they also don’t take up a lot of room visually.

Venetian Mirror
Store: Peridot
Price: $2,000

This is grand. When you think about opulence, you think about something that’s over-the-top and luxurious and something that has a lot of character. All the pieces are hand cut and placed on, and what makes it unique is that square Venetians usually have the cutouts on the top and the bottom, but this one has it on all four sides.

Klippan Merino Wool Throw
Store: 4Living
Price: $200

A great way of introducing a colour trend is through accessories because you can change them up. Instead of doing a big sofa, for example, in Hermès orange where you might get sick of it, a throw gives you that option of changing it anytime you want. Gray is a perfect colour to match with this orange because it calms the orange down a little bit and adds a little contrast.

Organic Cotton Sheets by Dream Designs
Store: Riva’s – The Eco Store
Price: $239 (queen)

These are luxurious. They are organic cotton, which is eco-friendly, and they’re super comfortable. They are also more of a neutral palette to match-up with your pillows and things like that. They’re comparable to the highest quality sheets that I’ve ever felt, so I think it’s a fantastic way to introduce eco-friendly products.

Indonesian Woven Tray
Store: Rubaiyat
Price: $95

Again, it’s introducing a trend in a way that’s not going to be overpowering. You don’t necessarily want to do a whole space in an African or Thai theme, you just want to have hints. I think this is a nice way; it’s beautiful, handwoven and adds just a little bit of texture and that global element into your space.

In the four years since opening his own design firm, Alykhan Velji has worked on both commercial and residential properties, with an emphasis on infusing the modern and traditional with a hint of ethnic flair. In 2006 he was a competitor on HGTV’s Designer Superstar Challenge, making it into the top three, a finish which springboarded him onto one season of The Style Dept. as a stylist/design assistant. Velji also specializes in event planning and fashion styling, and has worked as a speaker at interior design shows in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.—Sally MacKinnon

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