From City Living to a Quieter Setting in Grey County


A family home in Port Elgin shares the magic of Chrismas.

OUR HOMES Grey & Bruce Counties Holiday/Winter 2018/19
A version of this article originally appeared in the Holiday/Winter 2018/19 issue of  OUR HOMES Grey & Bruce Counties, p.66. Find local businesses in our Grey Bruce directory.
When Steve and Kristen Biederman started their family, they knew it was time to move from city living to a quieter setting. With Steve having grown up in Port Elgin, they decided it was the right place to raise their two boys, Andy and Alex, in a beautiful home.
The new-to-them home was larger than their previous home in St. Catharines and provided ample space to redecorate. 
Cathedral ceilings, a large oak staircase and newly installed hardwood flooring from South Bruce Flooring all create a grand entrance.
Working alongside designer Heather Smillie of House Rules Design Shop, Kristen chose a colour theme of light greys and blues, including Thunder by Benjamin Moore and Quest by Pittsburgh Paints, all from Martin’s Home Hardware. This offered Kristen a neutral canvas to harness her DIY skills .
What better time to showcase her talent than on the Cham-bette’s Christmas Tour of Homes in Port Elgin.
Kristen worked with interior decorator Kerri Hardman-McLean of Interior Motives and Co. to decorate for the home tour.
“The theme was warm, rustic and casual,” Kerri explains. 
They created a more formal feel in the living/dining room area for Christmas entertaining. This is where the Christmas tree lives, enhanced with live greenery on the reclaimed-shelving and chalk-painted tables.
Red and white pillows and throws add comfort to the space. The elegant table is set for company coming.
On the opposite side of the foyer, the sunken family room is geared towards the children. The room is a cosy retreat with a fireplace donned in jute stockings and signs for the North Pole, the perfect setting for children to play with new toys on Christmas morning. Additional vintage signage and a wooden rocking horse enhance the space while advent calendars and burlap wreaths add to the rustic theme.
More family fun awaits in the kitchen where a hot chocolate station and fun Christmas decorations keep the magic of Christmas alive and well in the Biederman home. Santas of all shapes and sizes, along with reindeer in the large bay windows of the eat-in kitchen overlook the ravine of the Rail Trail near Mill Creek – a beautifully treed, natural setting in Port Elgin.