We asked Purple Cherry Architects to share a little about their award-winning work. This high-end residential local architecture firm, established in 1996 by Cathy Purple Cherry in Annapolis, Maryland, specializes in custom, luxury residential projects. Here is an inside look on how this architecture firm beautifully works to capture and showcase our spectacular local landscape…
“Where else can you imagine wanting to frame the most breathtaking views than in Albemarle and the surrounding counties? Capturing the layers of hills and mountains in their various shades of green. The rising sun. The setting sun. The picture always changes thanks to Mother Nature but the frame remains the same. That’s why it’s so important to get the frame right. And that starts in the early design stage with an architect before building a new home or addition.
As the new owners of land in Afton with incredible 180 degrees views, east to west, of the Blue Ridge Mountains, my husband and I have the great opportunity to frame many views. When determining those views, I am looking from the east to west as well as from the ground to the sky. In understanding how various architectural elements can affect view, my specific homesite is informing my desired floor plan and elevation elements. In specifically desiring a southwest ground-to-sky view, I know my porch cannot be in the same view, as the roof would cut off the sky view. In my desire to go 12 feet high with glass to get that full ground-to-sky frame, the porch will slide to the south face providing shade from the mid-sun. It will also slide towards the east corner to allow the southwest corner of the main great room to have the most powerful framed view. The porch itself will have three open walls capturing the full 180 degrees panoramic live picture.
As a custom high-end residential design architect, my responsibility to our clients is to create incredible spaces. This includes determining important connections to the surrounding landscape. In polar opposition to the mid-twentieth century speculative home design approach that looked inward more than outward, the twenty-first century custom home client is wanting to bring nature inside. Biophilic design strives to connect architecture with nature for the known health benefits of stress reduction and increased healing, productivity and learning. Natural light and visual connections to nature feed our souls and lift up our spirits. I can’t imagine anything better than a home that supports our emotional well being.
Views can be captured in a variety of ways. Interior windows can be used to transfer outside views to interior corridors, or they can create clear through views from front yards to back yards. The beauty in nature can be framed through a variety of architectural shapes creating different ‘paintings’ on our interior walls. Each framed view is unique and should be treated as such.
In creating the right design, we may ask our clients if they like to sleep in or not. If they do, then we wouldn’t place the master bedroom on the east or rising sun side of the house, but rather we would put it on the west side of the house. We would frame the sunset for those summertime evenings reading in bed. If our client is an early riser, we might do the exact opposite, flooding the master suite with incredible sunrises. For each and every client, the framed views are different and are unique to that client’s home. With the development of new residential products, operable glass panes are getting bigger than ever, window walls are sliding away, window frames are getting narrower, screening is becoming relatively invisible and bronze interior frames are trending. All of these options are inviting the views to come to the foreground of design, and allowing incredible projects to happen and inspirational spaces to come alive.” — Cathy Purple Cherry, Principal and Founder of Purple Cherry Architects
Are you still looking for that perfect Mother’s Day gift? Browse this chic selection from Keller & George highlighting the beautifully designed LAGOS jewelry. Founded in 1977 by Steven Lagos, LAGOS is inspired by the elegant, virtuous, passionate woman.
Classic pendants (below, top left) make for a timeless and fashionable gift idea. Or, consider a beloved White Caviar piece, like the bracelet, ring and earrings below (bottom left). Featuring the stunning caviar beading, a signature design of LAGOS, Caviar jewelry is bold and iconic.
Consider a stylish bracelet stack (below, top right). Mix and match some of the lovely LAGOS collections, like the Maya, Diamond or White Caviar styles for a unique look. For an eye-catching gift, browse the Caviar Spark collection for jewelry that fuses the classic diamond with the Caviar style (below, bottom right).
The diverse and unique patterns of the LAGOS collection at Keller & George ensure that you can find the perfect style for the mother(s) in your life, even yourself! The collection can be browsed online or in person at Keller & George’s Millmont Street location.
Charlottesville Wine & Country visited The Farmhouse at Veritas for a lovely Mother’s Day breakfast! As we admired the beautiful Chardonnay vineyard just outside the porch window, we were served Veritas’ beautiful Scintilla sparkling wine made from the grapes from that very same vineyard block we were admiring. Made in the methode champenoise, Scintilla is made using the same method as in France to produce the world famous sparkling wines of Champagne. The French use Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to make this lovely cuvee base wine, whereas winemakers Emily Pelton and Elliott Watkins use Chardonnay and either Merlot or Cabernet Franc.
As Pelton, the Virginia Wine Person of the Year according to the Virginia Wineries Association, notes, “Scintilla is pale lemon in color with a persistent mousse. The wine is kept on the lees for two years before disgorging. Chardonnay usually dominates the blend, giving the nose a citrus character; and because of the long time on the lees, the wine has a brioche note with hints of almonds. Characteristically, the wine is made in a Brut style (less than 12g/L). Fresh bubbles of Meyer lemon fill the palate with a delicate mousse that fades into a lasting finish.”
As we enjoyed our fresh orange juice and sparkling wine, we were offered delicious fresh croissants and fruit to start.
Our breakfast was prepared in the open family-style kitchen of The Farmhouse using beautiful fresh ingredients. We had one savory and one sweet option. The sweet dish was wonderful buttermilk pancakes with vanilla bean whipped cream and fresh strawberries. The savory dish was a frittata made of local sausage, egg and asparagus with radish top pesto, and topped beautifully with fresh pea shoots.
Afterwards, we explored the lovely kitchen garden just outside our window where the Chefs at The Farmhouse tend to and harvest some of the ingredients we enjoyed.
The Farmhouse at Veritas is a six room bed and breakfast on the Veritas Vineyards and Winery property in Afton. The Farmhouse, built in July of 1839, was a private family home for the Hodsons until being transformed into an elegant B&B in 2012. From tea cups to the trellis’, the lovely decor and charm of The Farmhouse exudes the English flare of the Hodson family. The family built Veritas Vineyard and Winery from the roots up in the spirit of their own British heritage, and this is no better showcased than through the beautiful Farmhouse. See the newest Charlottesville Wine & Country Living to learn more about Veritas Vineyard and Winery and the Hodson family.
Charlottesville offers a plethora of stunning locations for the perfect Mother’s Day celebration. On Sunday, May 14th, Veritas Vineyard & Winery is hosting a Mother’s Day Winemaker’s Brunch at Saddleback Hall at 12:30pm. Click here to see more Mother’s Day events that will be taking place around Charlottesville next weekend!
With Mother’s Day approaching, we partnered with Fink’s Jewelers to create a special gift guide perfect for a mother in your life, or for your own wish list! This guide showcases some of the stunning collections at Fink’s Jewelers, like Roberto Coin jewelry (below). From timeless jewelry to trendy or even environmentally friendly gifts, we think you will find something you love in the Fink’s Jewelers Mother’s Day Gift Guide.
The ASHOKA® Diamond Halo Stud Earrings (above), are a radiant and lavish gift. The diamonds, cut by the master cutters at William Goldberg, are held to the highest standards, creating a unique and unparalleled diamond. | $13,250
The Roberto Coin Diamond Princess Flower Mini Pendant Necklace (below, left) is an elegant piece, sure to be as timeless as the mother who wears it. Perfect for the feminine woman, this necklace beautifully exemplifies the Roberto Coin collection (above) as it fuses the classic diamond with a romantic flower pattern. | $1,400
However you choose to treat the mother in your life, or if you are the mother being honored on May 14, we wish you a lovely day celebrating all the amazing things that mothers do! You can find more jewelry on the Fink’s Jewelers website or in store at their Barracks Road Shopping Center location. Visit Fink’s Jewelers on Pinterest to create your own gift guide. You can also check out the CHO•ho section of our latest Charlottesville Wine & Country Living for other fashionable ideas!
The Virginia Gold Cup will host its 92nd steeplechase racing event this Saturday, May 6, at Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia (about an hour west of Washington, D.C.). This Virginia tradition, drawing over 65,000 people, showcases some of the country’s best horses and jockeys as they race over hurdles and timber on the Great Meadow’s 380 acres. This steeplechase course also hosts the prestigious International Gold Cup Races each fall.
The event’s eight exciting steeplechase races will begin at 12:30pm, with the Virginia Gold Cup Race being the fifth race at 3:30pm. The day’s festivities will also include a Tailgating Contest, a Hat Contest and a Terrier Race Exhibition. In addition, at 6:34pm, the Kentucky Derby will be broadcast live.
Tickets can be purchased online until 4pm on Wednesday, May 3. Click here to learn more about the Virginia Gold Cup.
First group of photos: Left photo by Camden Littleton | Top right photo by Chris Weber | Bottom right photo by Richard Clay
Second group of photos: Top left photo by Chris Weber | Bottom left photo by Camden Littleton | Top right photo by Richard Clay | Bottom right & lead photo by Isabel Kurek
All photos courtesy of Bendure Communications, Inc.
On April 29, locals will flock to Foxfield—one of the finest steeplechase courses on the East Coast—for a beloved Charlottesville tradition—the 40th annual running of the Foxfield Spring Races.
The sport of steeplechasing originated way back when men would race their horses for competitive fun after a day of foxhunting. They determined the finish line to be at some sort of landmark, such as a church steeple. Thus, the term ‘steeplechase’ originated. Steeplechasing developed its roots in Virginia during colonial times. It is even said that Thomas Jefferson met George Washington in a steeplechase competition. You can learn more about the steeplechase tradition in Virginia in the newest Charlottesville Wine & Country Living.
Today, many people gather from all around Charlottesville, including many students from the University of Virginia and neighboring colleges, for a favorite spring social event. Attendees enjoy a day of tailgating and high fashion at the races.
The Foxfield Spring Races is a day filled with men and women donning sun hats, spring dresses and bow ties. With over 25,000 guests attending the spring races each year, the tailgating is a substantial and popular aspect of the affair. Foxfield offers a plethora of reserved spaces, allowing attendees to set up tents with music, games, food and drinks along the race track while they mingle with friends and enjoy the spring weather.
What better way to celebrate the gorgeous season and participate in an old Virginia tradition than attending the Foxfield Races? Additionally, this year’s races benefit International Neighbors. You can purchase tickets through the Foxfield race office until Friday, April 28, but can also purchase tickets at other select outlets up to and on race day. Click here for more information.
It was an exciting Sunday, April 23, at the Historic Garden Week tours in Charlottesville and Albemarle, as Charlottesville Wine & Country Living launched some of our new products from our exclusive Wine & Country (W&C) Collection to rave reviews.
Our little pop-up shop of local artisan crafted pieces, including wine & cheese items, luxury bath products, jewelry and more, all blended perfectly. The collection also included our exclusive hat scarves, W&C wine & market bags and locally crafted picnic linens made from beautiful fabrics from France as well as from charming made-in-Virginia ginghams.
The new W&C Collection will soon include our complete Countryside Fetes Collection and more over the next few months. From steeplechases, polo matches and art exhibits to music festivals, vineyard tastings and farm-to-table events, we are so excited to embrace the season in Wine & Country style. We had such a wonderful time debuting our collection this weekend and cannot wait to see you at the next event.
Guests sipped wine and enjoyed delicious food from Feast! while they browsed the colorful displays. Each table was decorated with a gorgeous custom centerpiece, and a full complement of Caspari table pieces, from linens and flatware to name cards and plates.
Below is Southern Bloom’s delightful arrangement. After being assigned the “Secret Garden Ivory” napkin as their inspiration piece, Southern Blooms created a stunning centerpiece incorporating the napkin’s colors and patterns with Scotch broom, hydrangea and heuchera, among other beautiful florals and greenery.
For Tourterelle Floral Design’s table, “The Devonshire Ball” napkin from the Chatsworth napkin collection was assigned. This table also featured House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth, a book released earlier this year that explores the history of fashion at Chatsworth. Tourterelle creatively played off the napkin’s title, “The Devonshire Ball,” by creating a grand display with elegant round floral arrangements.
Below are the centerpiece cakes created by Paradox Pastry (left) and The Hungry Fox (right). Paradox Pastry was assigned the “Sail Away” napkin. The bakery used not only the napkin’s red, white and blue colors, but also the napkin’s shapes by cutting out individual pieces shaped like sails from rice paper and using them to decorate the middle layer as well as for the pinwheel atop the cake.
The Hungry Fox’s cake was created to look like it’s assigned napkin, “Brushstroke.” The Hungry Fox highlighted the colors and pattern of the napkin, adding a delightful paint pallet and tube of paint to complete the theme.
Below is the floral arrangement from Pharsalia Events. A colorful napkin featuring birds, “Papageno” was chosen for Pharsalia Events’ muse. They not only included the colors and shapes from the napkin with flowers and greenery they grew—including lilac, peonies, scotch broom, hydrangea and solomon’s seal—but also set their centerpiece in a vintage birdcage, from which the lavish florals protruded.
We continue to be amazed by the immense talent in our community and were so pleased to celebrate both the start of Historic Garden Week in Virginia and the start of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Garden Week tours on April 22.
The 2017 Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival kicked off with the Monticello Cup Awards at The Jefferson Theater on April 13. Prior to the evening, 10 wine industry professionals judged wines from over 30 wineries at the Capital Wine School in Washington, DC. Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery won this year’s Monticello Cup for its 2014 Union. Below (bottom, right), Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery’s Winemaker, Tim Gorman, accepted the Monticello Cup.
Following a day of pairing events, the festival concluded with a tasting event at the Sprint Pavilion on the Historic Downtown Mall. Beautiful weather and the showcasing of over 25 local wineries made this a popular event! The day started with a VIP catered tasting at 12:30 p.m. with the general event starting at 1:30 p.m.
During the tasting event, attendees were able to choose from one of two wines from each winery while learning about the different vineyards and their practices.
The Taste of White Hall dinner prepared by Kitchen Catering and Events started with seated appetizers. The White Hall Vineyards 2014 Gewurztraminer, made in an Alsatian style, was paired with a beggar’s purse of double cream cheese with rosehip jam. Then, a delicious lemon and garlic seared scallop over shaved carrot salad with parsley was served with crisp 2016 Rose from both Stinson Vineyards and Grace Estate Winery.
The talented winemakers helped carefully plan the menu and delighted guests throughout the beautiful evening with details about the wines and interesting anecdotes as they served wines table-side. Pictured below (from left to right) are Winemaker Megan McGuire of White Hall Vineyards, General Manager Lisa Champ of White Hall Vineyards, Winemaker Brad McCarthy of White Hall Vineyards, Winemaker Frantz Ventre of Grace Estate Winery and Winemaker Rachel Stinson Vrooman of Stinson Vineyards.
In western Albemarle County, the village of White Hall rests just at the edge of Sugar Hollow and the George Washington National Forest that lead up into the mountains. The charming century-old White Hall Community Building is the site for regular Ruritan meetings, country dances, the fall Apple Butter Festival and generally serves as a gathering spot for the little community. It was the perfect place for this group of gifted winemakers to celebrate their wines together.
The main courses tipped off with a delicate braised rabbit with Mediterranean white beans, herbs, red onions and arugula. The rabbit was well suited to White Hall Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay. The Chardonnay has subtle well-integrated oak flavors and a beautiful extraction of fruits and a lively acidity.
Paired well with richer dishes, the Grace Estate Winery Petite Manseng, and White Hall Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon were served with Mojo ropa vieja with mufungo (beef braised in a garlic citrus sauce), fried plantain and pork cracklings. Cognac barrel aging is used for the Petite Manseng to form a truly unique white wine that can appeal to red wine drinkers. The Cabernet Sauvignon underwent extended maceration giving it a dark cherry color, flavors of plum and fig, and a lengthy blackberry finish with wisps of smoke.
Lamb kabobs on rosemary skewers with saffron, apricot and currant couscous with charred scallion and cucumber cream were then paired with Stinson Vineyards 2014 Meritage, a velvety complex blend of their finest grapes. The Grace Estate Winery 2014 Tannat offered a sultry array of red fruits with early tones of coffee and a significant lingering finish of tannin.
As the meal progressed and the delicious food and wine flowed, new friends were made and each table was chatting and enjoying themselves immensely as is the tradition on our wonderful Monticello Wine Trail. The evening concluded with a sweet treat—pineapple layer cake with mango cream frosting paired with Stinson Vineyards 2014 Petit Manseng, a smooth late harvest wine with an intriguing natural sweetness.
The Taste of White Hall Dinner was truly a delightful community endeavor and a wonderful showcase of the talented winemakers’ work.