This article was the cover story in the Interiors 2015 issue of Ottawa Magazine.
By HATTIE KLOTZ
Photography by CHRISTIAN LALONDE – Photoluxstudio.com
After making a major shift — moving from a horse farm on the outskirts of Ottawa to a condo just steps from the bistros and shops of downtown Brockville — Bettina and Walter Griesseier say they couldn’t be happier
Moving from a 300-acre horse farm to the penthouse of a 21-floor condo overlooking the sparkling waters of the St. Lawrence River has been quite a change of lifestyle for owners Bettina and Walter Griesseier. Where once American Saddlebred horses grazed in the fields around the house, now the view is of giant tankers slicing their way through water that stretches to the horizon. Green islands dot the river like emeralds on dark velvet; soft breezes caress the balcony on a summer’s day.
“I liked the whole idea of being at the marina, within walking distance of restaurants,” says Walter. “I love the view from our bedroom window — waking to the sunrise — and the view from the kitchen, with the sunset. I just feel relaxed.”The elegant formal living room seating area boasts oversized windows on three sides and offers spectacular northerly and westerly vistas. The space seems to shimmer in tones of silver, grey, and cream. Photo by Christian Lalonde.