Who is Alykhan Velji?
I started my design firm 10 years ago. In the beginning my company worked solely on residential décor projects. We have since expanded into a company that not only does residential design, but also commercial projects, styling for magazine shoots, writing for different publications, and working across North America and Europe. There are 3 designers with the company now. We strive to make sure that all of our interiors incorporate current design trends and, at the same time, are also kept timeless.
What is Alykhan Velji Design?
I am an Interior Decorator by trade, but my 10 years of experience in the industry has allowed me to work on all sorts of design projects. I now specialize in large scale renovations.
I was nominated for a PACE (Provincial Awards Celebrating Excellence) in 2008, short listed for Designer of the Year for my Afera Rug Collection in 2010 with Western Living Magazine, Top 40 under 40 for Avenue Magazine in 2010, and was a Leader of Tomorrow in 2011 in the Business in Calgary Magazine.
What does Alykhan Velji Design specialize in?
Our specialty is definitely renovations. I love taking something old and out dated and revamping it. I find the most joy in the before and after.
What does Alykhan enjoy about his work?
I truly love all aspects of my work, but I get the most enjoyment from being able to exercise my creativity. We do all sorts of projects and to me, the variety is what makes my job so interesting and challenging.
A particularly challenging project was one in which we had to take a house in the suburbs and turn the interior into a modern space. It was a lot of work as I believe the exterior of the house should reflect the interior. We gutted the whole house from top to bottom, created an open concept living space with fabulous finishes in each space. The home turned out beautifully, and is one that I am quite proud to say that I designed.