Hedger grew up in Lambeth, a small town on the outskirts of London, Ont. She played all sports but leaned to basketball and skating on the ice rink her Dad made in the backyard.
Unfortunately, she wasn’t “good enough to make being an athlete a vocation,” so she came up with another plan in high school.
“I could still be closely involved with sports by being a sports broadcaster, and I loved public speaking and being in front of an audience. It seemed a perfect fit.”
She credits Michael Landsberg (host of TSN’s Off The Record) for getting her foot in the door — voted on by viewers as one of the top guests on that show — her carrer took off from there.
Hedger has also caught the acting bug, appearing in The Lofters, a Canadian reality show where eight strangers lived together in a loft, and has made cameo appearances in the TV series Whistler and Corner Gas.
Hedger loves what she does and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. “This job is as cool as it looks…and I get to work in sports. Maybe I’d go back to being a waitress. That’s what I was doing before my TV career. I’m a heck of a server, I assure you.”
Q: How would you describe your home in a few words?
A: Welcoming. There is an immediate calm when you walk in the door.
Q: Tell us about your home.
A: It is a 1,700-square foot loft in a century-old converted warehouse. We purchased and moved into our home in October 2005. There is one large open-concept area which includes a creatively lit bar area, computer work space, TV sitting area and open-plan dining room and kitchen. There is dark oak flooring throughout.
Q: What attracted you to this space?
A: Initially, I was adamant that I wanted a place with a large terrace or balcony, but when we saw this loft, I immediately softened my stance. We fell in love with the exposed beams and ducts, high ceilings and soaring windows. Mostly we loved the sense of space. It is very airy and bright. Nothing had been done to the space design-wise — it needed some serious TLC. We knew that with a little design help, we could make it an amazing place to live.
Q: Who shares this home?
A: Myself, my husband Sean McCormick, and our infant son.
Q: What is your favourite room and why?
A: The Bar. It’s part of the open concept living space, and it is a glowing reminder in the background of the good times waiting to be had. There is a large disco ball above the bar. It’s our sexy corner with a lounge chair and a bronze/gold shag rug. I also love the kitchen because cooking is my passion. I prepare my son’s food and for my husband, Spaghetti Bolognaise and I can hear the hockey game in the living room.
Q: How would you describe your decorating style?
A: My mother-in-law is an interior designer. We told her we wanted a warm, inviting, modern and most importantly a comfortable space for entertaining. She came up with a rustic, yet earthy vibe. 80% of the furnishings and décor in our home was purchased in the Queen West area.
The following are Bev McCormick’s thoughts: “The hardwood floors with old timber make it a cozy atmosphere. The colour scheme is red and taupes which blend nicely with all the wood. Clean, contemporary lines are evident in the furniture and accessories.” The master bedroom is located at the back of the loft. It has no door. It’s painted in another tone of taupe. There is a deep wine coloured duvet on the bed. On our honeymoon in Brazil we purchased a mirror with a green frame. It now hangs in the front hall.
Q: What is your fondest memory in this home?
A: Hosting. We had three parties in consecutive years— laser lights, Molson kegs — the works. We also cleared out all of the furniture from the main loft space once to make room for a 52 player poker tournament with eight tables and dealers. Our loft has played host to some pretty legendary bashes.
Q: What’s the one item in this house you can’t live without?
A: The Universal RF remote. It controls the entire home theatre without having to point the device directly at the components. It’s a game changer.
Q: Weekends at home, what are we most likely to find you doing?
A: Hanging out with our son in the main living space. Making slow cooked dinners and watching sports on TV.
Q: If your walls could talk, what would they say?
A: “Keep it down!