Interior Stylist shares her top picks from the Aly Velji collection
The latest Urban Barn collaboration with Canadian designer Aly Velji hit stores last month, introducing a whole new flavour of modern home décor to its portfolio. After initially previewing the new Wanderlust Collection online, I was excited to see the pieces firsthand so I paid a visit to my local Urban Barn last week.
What immediately struck me was the unique shapes and textures in the collection, not to mention the liberal use of luxury materials such as marble and leather. Aly Velji is well known for incorporating a range of influences into his designs, including traditional, global and modern, a blend beautifully reflected in this latest collaboration.
Designer Tip: Combining different “styles” is a great way to give your home depth and personality. In my home I have a mix of mid-century-modern and traditional styles.
While difficult to play favourites, I wanted to share the pieces that really caught my eye and then speak to how I’d incorporate them into a living room.
First up, let’s talk about the Aly Velji furniture line!
This armchair was the first piece that caught my attention, boasting a unique shape and soft bouclé upholstery. When I saw this chair in person, I couldn’t wait to test it out, and it did not disappoint! The barrel-shaped chair is comfortable and provides solid support. As an Interior Stylist, I love incorporating this type of “statement chair” into my layouts. I am always looking for interesting details on the backside that help make the chair look great from every angle. This is especially important in open concept spaces where the back of a chair is highly visible - much like my own formal living/dining room.
Designer Tip: Where possible, float your furniture in the middle of the room to create a cozy atmosphere and help define the space.
This ottoman was another piece I was immediately drawn to. Attractive wood detailing on the base complimented by a strong leather cushion on top make this ottoman a real showstopper. I was surprised when I saw the price tag because I would have expected it to cost more. The scale of this bench makes it usable at the end of a bed or in place of a coffee table, which is how I would love to see it used!
Designer Tip: If you enjoy putting your feet up for all those late-night Netflix marathons, why not use an ottoman as a coffee table to enhance your comfort level? We have the Archibald round leather ottoman as a coffee table in our family room and we love it! I have a tray placed in the middle to provide a surface to rest drinks and snacks.
Next on my list of favourites is this metal stool. I love using aged brass as a metallic accent in a space. I could picture two of these stools side by side in my formal living room to add additional seating and visual interest.
Marble Tri-base Accent Table
Marble is a classic material that immediately elevates a space and gives it a high-end look and feel. These tables have an interesting base and stand out individually but look amazing paired together as “nesting” tables.
Designer Tip: Nesting tables look visually pleasing at the end of a sofa, but are also functional because you can separate them and move them around to provide an extra surface for resting drinks when entertaining.