First snowfall draws crowd
to Christmas Tour of Homes

By Liz Dadson

Home & Garden

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Christmas lights and decorations show off the home of Warren and Shari Farrell on Tanya Crescent, part of the Kincardine Hospital Auxiliary's Christmas Tour of Homes held on the weekend

People check out the beautifully-decorated bedroom in the Farrells' home on Tanya Crescent; the decorating was done by IC Greenhouses of Huron-Kinloss Township

A crowd works its way through the kitchen at the home of Bob and Pat Cook on Boiler Beach Road, decorated by Kincardine Home Hardware

Shirley Thomas decorated her home on MacYoung Drive, 
including this tremendous dining room setting, for the Christmas Tour of Homes

The first snowfall of the season prompted a good crowd to turn out for the Kincardine Christmas Tour of Homes, presented by the Kincardine Hospital Auxiliary, on the weekend.

Held Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, the tour allowed people to see inside six homes, beautifully decorated by local businesses, homeowners and the auxiliary, itself.


This Georgian-inspired home was custom-built by Bradstones Construction in 2008 for Warren, Shari and Kennedy  Farrell. The spacious two-storey design features relaxing outdoor spaces and a soaring family room, perfect for an evening at home.

Looking down from the second-storey balcony on the family room below

The home was filled with the magic of Christmas, courtesy of the decorating skills of IC Greenhouses of Huron-Kinloss Township, and Dalton Pottery of Ripley.

Burgundy tree by IC Greenhouses

Dining room festively decorated

Kitchen set by Dalton Pottery

The Christmas message


Bob and Pat Cook designed their Cape Cod Lakeview home around family retreats and a Bed and Breakfast, keeping in  mind the cozy cottage charm throughout with reclaimed elm floors, natural woodwork and stone fireplace.

People enjoy the sparkle of the tree outside the home of Bob and Pat Cook on Boiler Beach Road

The second floor of the house consists of a family loft, three bedrooms and two bathrooms making the family retreat.

Jean Colling (L) of the hospital auxiliary, and Melanie Pyke of Kincardine Home Hardware stand in the decorated dining room

The home was delightfully decorated by Kincardine Home Hardware.

"Sparkle," "Twinkle" and "Glitter" dance on the kitchen counter

A fancy holiday basket

Christmas tree on the main floor

Fancy decor outside

Brilliantly decorated white Christmas tree

Welcome to the Cook home


The home of Brian and Carolyn Bailey was constructed in the 1860s and has been designated a heritage home. It is believed to have been the home of James Henry, Kincardine's original pathmaster, and to have served as a stage coach depot.

Over the past 26 years, the Baileys have fully restored the house, along with a 1986 addition that has all been completed in keeping with the period.

The Christmas tree in the parlour will go to a deserving family after the tour. The tree was donated by Canadian Tire and the decorations were purchased by donations from auxiliary members.

The hospital auxiliary gift shop and Quinn Florist decorated the tree; and the toys under the tree were from Finchers.


Derek Griffiths and Dianne Chrysler are celebrating 10 years owning and operating the Harbour Street Brasserie. Derek has been a chef for more than 20 years and is thrilled to be able to settle back into his hometown.

The restaurant is ideally located in an 1856 regency-style cottage with beautiful views of Lake Huron and its amazing sunsets. The roofed patio was added shortly after purchasing the building so guests may enjoy eating outdoors rain or shine.

The cozy residential addition was built three years ago to make hectic hours of running a restaurant more manageable ... and the view isn't bad either.

The home was decorated by Jerome Flowers and Gifts.


Back at the Kincardine United Church Hall, people were welcomed by members of the hospital auxiliary, with refreshments donated by auxiliary members, Sobeys, Zehrs, Kwik K and Coffee Culture.

Serving hot cider at the Kincardine United Church Hall are Shirley Riggin (L), Joan Ritchie, Joan Wood and Dotty McClelland


The home of Shirley Thomas and Peter Davidson is a typical raised ranch style but there have been some improvements since they purchased it 13 years ago.

The house is about 25 years old, and three years ago, a new kitchen was installed. The bathrooms, flooring and lighting have all been updated as well.

A beautiful grapevine tree and decorations outside

When they moved to the home, there were no gardens so they added landscaping to improve curb appeal.

The home was decorated by Shirley Thomas and Brian W. Folmer Botanical Gardens and Garden Centre.

A Christmas arrangement outside

Decorations in the foyer

Artfully-decorated banister

Christmas tree upstairs ...

... and another one downstairs

More fancy decorations outside


Jeff and Judy Fuller, along with their two daughters, had this two-storey home built in 2009. It has four bedrooms and a beautiful open concept  main floor.

They decorated it with warm tones for an elegant, relaxed feeling. Their home is on a lovely treed lot, overlooking a picturesque ravine. The living room has a beautiful propane fireplace that mirrors the rich tones of the open concept modern kitchen.

Gabrielle Nagy (L) of Harbour Rose Boutique, and homeowner Judy Fuller stand with the wonderfully-decorated staircase

The grand cathedral entrance is warm and welcoming to all visitors.

The home was wonderfully decorated by Harbour Rose Boutique.

People check out the lovely dining room setting

Delightful Christmas place settings at the kitchen table

Vibrant outdoor arrangement

Christmas decorations with owls on display

Gorgeous ornaments on the Christmas tree

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