If you love it, you will find a place for it, says St. Catharines designer Anne Marie Wolochatiuk of AMW Design Intervention. That’s the advice she gives her clients, and her lakefront home is the testament. Her masterful, fascinating mix of old and new elements in the home reflects a life spent exploring the world. Most of her finds are intricate pieces carefully created by the hands of their maker, from hand-carved Indonesian rice beds to handmade Balinese gamelan clay figurines.
She worked with Chapman Murray Associates Architects and Gerald Redekop Builders Ltd. to create a home that’s cosy despite its open floor plan and high ceilings. Wolochatiuk hand-picked wood beams to complement antique Indian doors and pillars to add warmth to the great room.
The intricate doorway opens into the main living space, which functions as four distinct areas: a bar, living room, family room and dining room.
Vintage barn beams form the fireplace mantel and run across the ceiling in the dining area. Salvaged barn floor planks, sanded by hand, are now shelves behind the bar and in the kitchen, where they’re set against a geometric backsplash.
The rustic wood floors in a chardonnay oak tie together the home’s theme of vintage-meets-modern. The majority of the furnishings throughout the home were picked up in the more than 40 countries the owners have visited. Walls are lined with carvings and other art from various cultures. There are framed posters that hold memories: a “Sir Isaac Brock Wants You” poster from Brock University in the 1980s and one from a bull fight they attended in Spain in the mid 90s. They’re complemented by a yellow, original Czech Beatles poster.
The kitchen is a mix of dark and light palettes. Four old, oak doors and trim were given a place in the lower-level vestibule. A pair of leaded-glass windows, bowed over time were given a place of prominence in the master bathroom.
When she spots something on her travels that she wants to bring home, she trusts her instincts and buys it. “I never worry if it’s going to work in the décor,” she adds. “It just does.”