Who Calls Currie Home: Heidi-Mae & Family
February 21, 2020
Who Calls Currie Home: Heidi-Mae & Family
Heidi-Mae and Robert moved to Calgary from small-town Alberta more than 13 years ago, bringing with them a love for farmhouse-style décor, and a focus on quality family time. Now Mom, Dad and their two boys are perfectly settled into their wonderfully cozy Calbridge Home in Currie – a community they couldn’t be happier with.
Heidi-Mae grew up on her family’s ranch near Cessford, Alberta, where her mother and father still reside. Shortly after graduating from her high school class of five, she came to Calgary to start up her wedding hair and makeup business: Avenue Beauty. Heidi-Mae knew the city held a lot of promise for her fledgling business and she was right-the beauty industry helped her thrive for more than a decade. Eleven years later she was able to sell it in order to spend more time with her new family.
“The boys were keeping me on my toes and I wasn’t able to handle the demand of managing brides. They tend to need a little bit more care than I was able to provide for them, so one of my good coworkers took over the company. I kind of switched roles, now I get to be “the artist that shows up and leaves,” and not have to deal with any of the background work,” says Heidi-Mae.
Settling into the Good Life
With two growing boys in tow, Jet (4 years old and named for his father’s love of all things aviation, a reoccurring theme in their home) and Nixon (2), Heidi-Mae is thankful the neighbourhood is filled with so many amenities to occupy their time, in addition to the family’s close proximity to schools, recreation centres and everything else fun and family-friendly the city has to offer. Just down the street from their home is Airport Playground where the boys love spending warm afternoons with friends or just on their own. Heidi-Mae has found it’s one of those great places to meet your neighbours, catch up, and let the kids have fun, too.
“Because the boys love their bikes so much, in the winter we tend to go to the B-Line Indoor Bike Park (less than fifteen minutes by car from Currie). We do lots of playdates with neighbourhood kids, too.
Building with Calbridge
Heidi and Robert owned a duplex in a neighbouring community for a short time before moving to Currie. They loved the close proximity to downtown which made it easy for Robert to get to his office for his business in the core. While they liked their home, they wanted something new, bigger and updated. They began looking at infill housing options but were drawn to Currie because of the rich cultural history, the big plans for the future of the community, and the option to build the home they always wanted from scratch.
“It felt like the last inner-city community where you could build from the ground up,” says Heidi-Mae.
Heidi comes from a long line of female nurses, which drove her to want to find a home on Mary Dover Drive in Currie – a street named for the renowned Alberta nurse who had a profound and lasting effect on Canada.
“We built a carriage home and its one of the things that we’re super happy we went for. It’s always rented out. There’s a big demand for those rentals I would say. We picked from a few models that would fit on the lots available. There were not many lots left to pick from because it was part of the early stages of Currie. Our home design from Calbridge incorporates a very ‘farmhouse feel’ and the biggest compliment we get is the flooring – the barn series, which looks like large wooden planks with ties in them.”
On cold winter days, Heidi’s family loves to spend time in their loft which receives a ton of natural light throughout the day – it’s also where the kids like to play. John Deere tractors, assorted farm toys and animals are just a few of the toys you’ll find tossed around this ranch-inspired home’s third-floor loft. “The main floor stays nice and the loft can be fun and a bit messy,” says Heidi.
Robert Lang made sure his interest in military history and aviation were able to find a place in his home as well. While visiting a small air museum in Alberta, Robert was gifted a vintage airplane propeller from World War 2 that had been collecting dust in a basement. Well, Rob cleaned it up and brought it to his own basement where it sits mounted on the wall of the bar. The décor of the entertainment lounge and bar in their downstairs now centres around the historic propeller – an item the military museum has expressed interest in analyzing further to see precisely how old it is and where it came from.
Four-year-old son Jet sees himself as a phenom on ice when it comes to his hockey game, which is why Heidi and her husband don’t mind driving him to his meetups at the nearby Flames Community Arena. Considering how often Jet wants to play hockey, they’re thankful his favourite arena is only blocks away, and of course put Currie’s outdoor rink to good use (and are stoked about the new rink coming, too). Jet is currently enrolled in Bethany Chapel’s preschool program along with a few of his friends from the neighbourhood. The school is just a short bike ride, walk or drive away, something Heidi is quite pleased about. Another thing she’s pleased about? “The Wildrose Brewery allows kids until 7 pm, so we’ll go for lunch there if it’s nice out.”
Now that she and her family are happily settled in Currie, Heidi is making sure they get the most out of all the innovative master-planned community has to offer. “We meet so many people at Airport Playground, it’s a busy little park but it makes for a fun afternoon that’s for sure. My boys are really looking forward to the spray park, and we skate on the pond that opened last year. We can even toboggan, there’s the perfect hill for little kids so it works really well for where we’re at in life right now.”