Horses Sculpted into Drywall Personalize Ancaster Home


This gorgeous home with one-of-a-kind features has distinctive personality.

OUR HOMES Hamilton Summer 2018A version of this article originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES Hamilton and Area, p.46. Find local businesses in our Hamilton directory

They wanted to make their home unique. Ever since moving in a year ago, the couple has been steadily and decisively adding finishing touches.
Just off the two-storey entrance foyer, for example, is a small sunny room that remained empty until this past spring because they had a very specific plan. “I was on Facebook one day and someone had posted some artwork by Bernie Mitchell (Creative Drywall Solutions by Bernie Mitchell),” says the owner. “He’s a carpenter based in Peterborough, but in addition to that he does these amazing drywall art pieces for just five clients a year.” As soon as she saw his work, she knew they wanted one of Mitchell’s creations in their home. “He is so in demand and does so few of these each year that it was tough to get him, but there was no way I was going to give up,” says the owner. After many months of exchanging emails and planning, Mitchell spent eight days in Ancaster creating a mural relief depicting running horses, a field and mountains in the distance. For extra personalization, the family members’ names are all discreetly etched into the work.
In a seating nook on the other side of the foyer, they added another personal touch. A tufted, banquette cushion in a silvery fabric runs from the seat up the entire height of the wall. “You’ll see that trending a lot on Instagram,” says the owner. “I thought it looked really beautiful, and I added rhinestones to make it just a little bit more glamorous.”
Social media also provided the inspiration for another bold design choice, this time in the family room, on a wall visitors don’t really spot until they’ve stepped right into the cosy space. “We really wanted something that would spark conversation and also add some character to the room,” says the owner. Then she stumbled on the wine wall idea and they instantly fell in love.
Carpenter David Banko of Monticello Carpentry designed and built the wine wall, as well as added character to the couple’s dining room with wainscotting. Walls in Benjamin Moore’s warm neutral, Thunder. All paints from Aftica Decor
Throwing regular get-togethers also meant finding a kitchen with just the right mix of elements. It had to have practical elements, including a great big island for people to gather around. A backsplash with small sparkling stones placed at regular intervals adds shine and glitz. Key pieces of cabinetry also feature subtle inlaid woodwork, and two feature cabinet doors are glass, ideal for displaying the couple’s prized Scotch collection.