Great Spa­ces

A Cal­gary su­gar­ing salon gets a glam look from de­signer Alykhan Velji.

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When Su­cré Body Su­gar­ing Bou­tique took over a for­mer pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dio for its sec­ond lo­ca­tion in Cal­gary’s McKen­zie Towne, it was clear that a lot was go­ing to have to change: the black ceil­ing, for one, didn’t re­ally set the right tone for clean and clin­i­cal aes­thetic treat­ments.

But when the owner ap­proached de­signer Alykhan Velji about a ren­o­va­tion, she was look­ing for more than just a scrub-down: she wanted to cre­ate a space that was glam­orous and lux­u­ri­ous, too. “The client felt the space needed to feel fem­i­nine but still have a mod­ern look,” says Velji. Hav­ing a slightly res­i­den­tial vibe was key as well, for a busi­ness tasked with per­form­ing some in­ti­mate pro­ce­dures. “We wanted the space not to feel like a com­mer­cial space, but some­thing invit­ing and glam­orous,” Velji says. “We have re­ally thought of ev­ery de­tail to en­sure that this space doesn’t feel like a com­mer­cial aes­thet­ics bar.”

Velji and his team started from a colour pal­ette of pinks, lilacs and peaches for the 820-square-foot space and built from there. Her­ring­bone floor­ing and white mould­ing bring in a layer of more tra­di­tional el­e­gance— though the space isn’t with­out its mod­ern touches. “The black-and-white com­pos­ite sur­face ma­te­rial used for the cus­tomde­signed desk helps ground the space and add that mod­ern edge,” Velji notes of the strik­ing Eter­nal Mar­quina quartz piece that an­chors the re­cep­tion area. In the same room, a show­stop­ping Kelly Wearstler fix­ture sets the tone for the hits of glam­our pep­pered through­out the salon: flush-mount gold fix­tures from Way­fair in the treat­ment rooms, metal­lic CB2 wall sconces, geo­met­ric gold han­dles mounted on white cab­i­nets.

Each treat­ment room fea­tures its own unique wall­pa­per from Prime Walls or Crown Wall­pa­per and Fab­ric—geo­met­ric or flo­ral prints in a sim­i­lar pas­tel colour pal­ette—and even the bath­room gets its own spe­cial wall treat­ment, too, with soft lilac porce­lain sub­way tiles from Ames Tile and a wall­pa­per grid of pink swoops and swirls. All in all, with th­ese lit­tle touches and el­e­gant fin­ishes, Velji has turned a sim­ple black-box stu­dio into some­thing sweet.

Pretty in Lilac Each treat­ment room in Su­cré stu­dio fea­tures its own unique wall­pa­per from Prime Walls or Crown Wall­pa­per and Fab­ric (above), while the bath­room is de­tailed in soft lilac porce­lain sub­way tiles (left) from Ames Tile.

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