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December 01, 2018

The bold and the beautiful

StreetSide’s Villas of Silverado bring an audacious style to interior décor

Pepper Rodriguez

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The goal of all show homes is to make it seem to prospective buyers that they can see themselves living here, the biggest challenge for builders can be determining who that buyer actually is. StreetSide Developments’ latest show home — the stunning Morgan bungalow villa in the Villas of Silverado — has a very specific buyer in mind and Katherine McCallum was very excited to use her expertise in bringing that vision to life.

Katherine, the owner and principal of Kalla Interiors, has been designing homes in Calgary for the last 10 years, and the Morgan gave her an opportunity to design for what may seem like an overlooked segment of the market. “The Morgan show home was designed with a
man’s viewpoint in mind. Not just any man, but a sophisticated, well-travelled gentleman, a single dad with refined tastes that likes photography and is into music,” she says.

That look is immediately apparent upon entering the 1,222-square-foot main floor of the Morgan. Its rich colour scheme — at once posh and earthy — gives off a distinct “Mad Men” glamour with a timeless quality about it. The 989-square-foot lower level development cements
the look with its games-room, home-theatre, man-cave persona.

The tall ceilings with the oversized windows on the main floor work fabulously with the darker tones of the wood panelling feature wall, black stone countertops and, rich browns of the engineered oak hardwood flooring. “Bold touches, like the matte black lighting, combined
with chrome and black pulls for the drawers and cabinets would appeal to this personality,” Katherine says.

“We were also able to soften the look with lots of fabric — including the throws, and pelt rugs and flowing drapery — to come up with a home that’s as distinctive with lots of memory points,” she adds. Original paintings from some local artists also helped set the stage for
what can only be described as an audacious take on bungalow living.

Morgan owes its timeless look to the mixture of black metal lighting fixtures with Edison light bulbs and sleek black hardware, stately black granite kitchen countertops, and earthy browns from  the flooring and central island. “Maybe the look doesn’t appeal to everyone and that’s okay, but it certainly has a lot of talking points and memory touchstones that visitors will remember, which is the ultimate goal of show homes,” Katherine says.

A pampered existence is what it’s all about in Morgan’s attached ensuite with its gorgeous 12-by-24-inch porcelain tile, enormous glass stall shower and deep soaker tub that enhances the spa-like ambience.

The eye-catching panel feature wall is Katherine’s choice to flourish the dining room on the main level. “It brings a lot of character to the room and the picture frames proudly displays the life’s work of the well-travelled photographer we had in mind as the owner of this home,” she says.

The sleek white cabinetry capped to the ceiling, gleaming herringbone-style tile backsplash and stainless steel kitchen appliances set the tone in Morgan’s ultra-chic kitchen. “There’s still a lot of functionality to be found here, there’s a lot of storage space, including the walk-through pantry, and the wine cooler is a great touch, too,” Katherine says.

Speaking of wine coolers, there’s another one in the tricked out lower level that’s the dream space for anyone who likes to entertain. But as a whole the Villas of Silverado is Streetside’s answer to rising downsizer demand. This private enclave is a collection of 50 stylish bungalow villas priced from the mid $500,000s, plus GST.

The fully developed lower level display’s Morgan’s full potential, with two bedrooms, a full bath and a flex space for entertainment. “The market research we did envisions the owner to be a single dad who likes to have the space to have his kids over, who loves music and a good time with his friends,” Katherine says.

The fireplace on the main floor with designer stone detailing to above pulls the entire room together in a blend of sophistication and welcoming warmth. The combination of leather and fabric in the great room with natural elements like the unique wooden coffee table and the geometric patterns of the area rug bring a rare cosy ambience. But if this isn’t the look for you, the two other Meadow show homes at the Villas of Silverado bring another viewpoint that right-sizers find attractive. Visit them at 101, 20 Silverado Crest Park S.W. or go to

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