Loading...

Blog


Ideas, trends and inspiration.

Inspired Mother’s Day Gifts with Keller & George


May 9, 2017 | Ivy Publications

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.

Photos courtesy of Keller & George


From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at living@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.

Fink’s Jewelers Mother’s Day Gift Guide


May 5, 2017 | Ivy Publications

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

The John Hardy Bamboo Sterling Silver Bib Necklace (below, right) is a trendy statement piece for the fashionable woman. Additionally, the purchase of this item plants six bamboo seedlings. | $995

The Mikimoto Akoya Pearl Necklace is a posh classic. The stunning 7x6mm pearls on this necklace are from Japan’s Akoya oysters. | $1,850

The Roberto Coin Designer Gold Curved Yellow Gold Hoop Earrings (below, left) make for a lovely staple in any woman’s wardrobe. Crafted from 18 karat Gold, these earrings exude classic style. | $500

The Ippolita Classico Sterling Silver Hammered Jet Set Earrings (below, right) are for the modern woman. The chic and trendy style of these earrings make them fun for any occasion. | $295

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!

Photos courtesy of Fink’s Jewelers


From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at living@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.

 

W&C Launches New Collection at Garden Week


April 24, 2017 | Ivy Publications

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.

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at living@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.

Shop Like a Local


June 7, 2016 | Ivy Publications

Living in and visiting this stunning area of ours means having a plethora of activities at your fingertips all summer long. With fly fishing, horseback riding, wine tastings, live music and more, Charlottesville certainly is a bustling corner of the countryside. With all the wonderful features of our little slice of paradise, we also enjoy wonderful shopping, whether as a pursuit on its own or in preparation for another adventure.

One of the main shopping destinations for locals and visitors alike is the Barracks Road Shopping Center, which offers a remarkably well-curated selection of local boutiques and national retailers. In a town where nothing is untouched by history, it is now considered one of the oldest in the country at 57 years of age.

Even before it became a notable shopping center, the area was already steeped in history. It should be no surprise to any Virginia native to hear its roots date back to colonial times. The road itself actually takes its name from the military barracks west of town near Ivy Farms that used to house British and German prisoners during the Revolutionary War. If you look closely at the Barracks Road logo, you will notice a rider on a horse, which serves as an ode to the Cavalry soldiers who manned the “Barracks.”

Barracks Sign

This shopping center has become an intricate part of Charlottesville life year-round, hosting events such as the Annual Holiday Parade. Hundreds of locals partake in the festival each year, welcoming Santa Claus into town for the holiday season. This 40-year-old tradition includes colorful floats, costumed characters and horse-drawn carriages.

Dining Barracks

Not to be overlooked is the prominent fountain outside of the space now shared by Panera Bread and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Many locals have fond memories of tossing a coin and watching it ripple away. The enchanting fountain has recently been upgraded to provide a pleasant backdrop for the new, outdoor sitting area. Inviting, cozy sofas sit under a wooden trellis with twinkling lights overhead, making it the perfect place to sit and spend time with friends day or night.

Kate Spade

The Barracks Road Shopping Center collection of stores specifically caters to the goings on around Charlottesville, whether you’re looking for sporty fishing gear, a Foxfield dress or just the right present for that UVA student.

Looking for some CHOho style? The Pink Palm is sure to fit the bill with their popular Lily Pulitzer collection or the many fashionable accessories. Kate Spade’s bold designs and crisp colors exude a sense of playful sophistication. Strappy espadrille wedges and delicate pearl earrings complement the wide selection of leather clutches, wallets and purses in this storefront. Or try the ever classic couture of White House, Black Market.

For the explorer, think Albemarle Angler, Great Outdoor Provision Company and Beecroft & Bull, a bespoke men’s clothier. If you fancy local delights, be sure not to miss Scarpa, Levy’s, Penelope for jewelry and The Happy Cook, purveyor of fine kitchenware. There are many great locally-flavored gifts to be discovered at The Virginia Shop. We know all that shopping is bound to create an appetite, but restaurants such as HotCakes, Aroma’s Café, Five Guys and Zinburger will satisfy that craving.

Shopping curiosity piqued? Here’s the full list of merchants at Barracks Road.

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings,an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at living@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.

Design House 2016 Sneak Peek


May 6, 2016 | Ivy Publications

Charlottesville Wine & Country Living attended the opening of Design House 2016 last night. Located this year in Keswick, we enjoyed the amazing party complete with food, wine and an all-star list of the area’s top interior designers and professionals. Walking into the foyer, we were immediately impressed by the stunning black and white design of Heidi Brooks & Penny Crandall. This striking horse sculpture was offset by the dramatic black walls beneath the staircase, setting the stage for the amazing decor to come.

DesignH.blog1

From the foyer we entered the dining room designed by Sheilah Michaels who brilliantly infused the traditional home with a touch of the exotic. Using a settee at the table in lieu of chairs added a cozy element to this otherwise formal space. When visiting, you’ll find the same travel-savvy feel in the adjacent library designed by Stedman House, complete with wood-clad walls. Also inspiring a bit of wanderlust is the truly glamorous living room just beyond designed by Andrea Gibson. Both are a must-see when you tour.

DesignH.blog2

Entering the back of the home, we were struck by the warmth and elegance of the gorgeous kitchen and breakfast room designed by Victoria Pouncey & Beth Ann Kallen of Folly (seen below). We absolutely loved how this sophisticated room was touched by the whimsy of the adorable green leopard print bar stool cushions which matched the table’s chandelier shade. When visiting for yourself, be sure to study the amazing map Victoria found in London and artfully arranged on the large wall.

DesignH.blog3

Just outside the breakfast room windows, the patio and garden were beautifully designed by the husband and wife team of Leslie Carter Gregg of the Market at Grelen and Dan Gregg of Grelen Nurseries. Wait until you see what fabulous work Leslie has done with the screened porch!

DesignH.blog4

On the left side wing of the first floor don’t miss the absolutely stunning master suite designed by Moyanne Harding. The bathroom and the closet are “must see to believe” features which will give you a true wow moment.

DesignH.blog5

Upstairs, you’ll find another master bedroom with a balcony patio both gorgeously designed in a Chinoiserie style by Michelle Willis Adams. We absolutely loved this bedside lamp (seen below right). Across the hall, the girl’s adorably chic country-style bedroom was designed by Tatiana Yavorska-Antrobius. This beautiful mural sized artwork (seen below left) adorning the room was also painted by Yavorska-Antrobius herself . This truly stunning painting is a must-see in person! In the boy’s room you’ll enjoy the modern, playful decor of designer Jennifer Greenhalgh who brings a fresh perspective to this traditional home that really works.

DesignH.blog6

Not to be missed on your tour of Design House 2016 is the downstairs gallery. New this year, tour guests can view and shop nearly a dozen local artists and photographers featured among the multiple rooms and stunning marble-tiled hallway.

DesignH.blog8

Of course visitors will also want to shop the on-site boutique located in the garage to find amazing decor items to inspire and freshen up your own home. Some of our favorites were the pillows we found! The best part is that 30% of the sales goes to support Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE).

DesignH.blog11

Design House 2016 is absolutely worth seeing, not only for the design ideas and inspiration you will surely find, but because you will help to support SHE, whose mission is to end domestic violence in our community. For over thirty years, SHE has committed to providing a safe, confidential, and respectful environment for survivors of domestic violence. The Shelter aims to empower survivors by providing knowledge as well as personal and community resources. These tools help survivors make informed decisions for themselves and for their families. This major fundraising event greatly helps sustain the Shelter’s residential facilities operations and outreach programs and is a very worthy cause.

Gather your friends, have lunch at nearby Keswick Hall and definitely visit Design House 2016. Tours run daily May 7–22, 2016 from 10am–4pm with extended hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays to 7pm. Tickets are only $20. Events and talks are scheduled throughout the next two weeks. Watch next week for Charlottesville Wine & Country Living’s blog post from designer Victoria Pouncey who will give us an inside designer’s perspective. Bravo to everyone who contributed to the amazing Design House this year. Don’t miss seeing it!

Designers featured:

Moyanne Harding, Interiors by Moyanne

Nicole Fagerli, ASID & Kori Messinger, ASID, Stedman House

Andrea Gibson, ASID, Gibson Design Group

Heidi Brooks & Penny Crandall, Heidi Brooks Interior Design & Steele, Sterling & Crandall Interiors LLC

Victoria Pouncey & Beth Ann Kallen, Folly

Sheilah Michaels , Sheilah Michaels Design Studio

Michelle Willis Adams LLC, Residential & Contract Interior Design

Jennifer Greenhalgh, Jackson + Park Design

Tatiana Yavorska-Antrobius, Les Fabriques, Inc.

Leslie Carter Gregg, The Market at Grelen

Peggy Woodall, The Closet Factory

Cheryl Jarvis Southworth, Designs by Cheryl

Nina Crawford , MSS Designs

Connie Norwood, Ethan Allen

Heather P. Williams

Dan Gregg, Grelen Nurseries

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings,an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at living@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.

Our Local Commons Vol. 3 Release!


May 4, 2016 | Ivy Publications

We joined local food experts and taste appreciators at The Happy Cook, our favorite kitchen boutique, to celebrate the release and signing of the newest volume of Our Local Commons. We enjoyed the evening with Our Local Commons co-founders and photographers, Sarah Cramer Shields, who also did the lovely photography for the story on the Underground Kitchen in our new issue of Charlottesville Wine & Country LivingAndrea Hubbell, who did an amazing job on our artisan spread on local Jam Maker, Daniel Perry, and of course the adorable food author, Jenny PaurysThe Happy Cook has been a long-time supporter of the Our Local Commons project, not only carrying the book but also supporting local food in Charlottesville with high-end cookware, classes, events and more! We love their shop with our foodie community, and you can see some of their beautiful products in our latest edition.

LocalCommons.blog1

Featured chefs were also present serving some of their amazing appetizers for us to melt over. Chef Melissa Close-Hart, currently working with her husband, Chef Matthew Hart at The Local and soon to open her own highly-anticipated restaurant Junction, heated things up with her empanadas. Lu-Mei Chang, known by locals for her exemplary Thai cuisine also shared delicious nibbles. Christian Kelly, co-owner and chef of Maya, talked about his Southern-inspired cuisine and brought some smoked baby back ribs with Maya BBQ sauce, while Mahabuba Akhter, one of the talented resident cooking class instructors at The Happy Cook, served us up some savory potato and pea cakes topped with an incredible mango chutney. You can find recipes from all these talented chefs in the new Our Local Commons book!

LocalCommonsblog2

To tempt our palates further, a nearly impossible feat when considering the delicious variety of samplings provided, Cardinal Point Winery was present at the event offering tastings. Pourings featured their Petit Verdot, a 100 percent estate-grown Petit Verdot, dark colored, jammy and big fruit flavors, and their 2015 Green, a 50 percent Petit Manseng co-fermented with 50 percent Chardonnay with no oak aging or fermentation. The process ensures the wine has no residual sugar, giving it the tart green apple flavor of its namesake. Gearharts Fine Chocolates rounded off our evening with a sinfully delectable pistachio toffee confection.

localCommonsblog3

To have your own meet and greet with the creators of Our Local Commons, join them at Feast this afternoon until 1pm or tomorrow night at Champion Brewing Company for a full-fun celebration! For a special treat, you can see our delicious wine pairing collaboration with Feast in one of our recent editions, and you can read our review of Our Local Commons in our new edition of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living. And as photographer Sarah Cramer Shields says below, “don’t let the rain stop you!”

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings,an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at living@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.

Verdigris Gift Guides


December 22, 2015 | Ivy Publications

We’re completing our set of Christmas shopping gift guides with some more CHO•ho style from Verdigris Clothier! Find gifts and ideas for that special guy or lovely lady in your life this holiday season!Green and Leather Group

  1. Leather Studded Cuff
  2. Coin Purses by JP & Mattie Bridges
  3. Cognac Cowboy Bag
  4. Felt Green iCases by Graf & Lantz
  5. Red Fox Faux Fur Neck Warmer by Pandemonium

Metallic Group

  1. Liquid Metal Bracelet by Sergio Gutierrez
  2. Studs by Marcia Moran
  3. Liquid Metal Bracelet by Sergio Gutierrez
  4. Liquid Metal Bracelet by Sergio Gutierrez
  5. Liquid Metal Necklace by Sergio Gutierrez

Leather Plant Group

  1. Brave Leather Izel Tote
  2. NDE Collection Gold Bangle Bracelet
  3. Round Terrarium
  4. Stacked Leather Necklace by Hagar Satat
  5. Bulbosa Airplants

Merry Shopping & Happy Holidays!

Products all from Verdigris Clothier

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings,an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at living@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.

Gifts for Her & Him from Verdigris


December 18, 2015 | Ivy Publications

With all the great stores in Charlottesville, it’s easy to shop local this holiday season. Get a little CHO•ho style with Verdigris Clothier on the Downtown Mall and our gift guides, just for you. Whether you need a present for that trendy sister or some new duds for your dapper hubby, give them something unique and support local! This week, we’ve made it easy with Gifts for Her and Him!

Gifts for Her

  1. Back-Zipper Lace Sweater by Elan
  2. Tied & True Mini Bow Necklace in Sterling Silver by Dogeared
  3. Earring Cuffs with Staggered Pearls by Marcia Moran
  4. Black Bag by Tosca
  5. Faux Fur Fingerless Gloves in Desert Sand and Charcoal by Pandemonium Millinery
  6. Cuffed Brown Faux Chinchilla Fur Pillbox Hat by Pandemonium Millinery
  7. Round Stud Earrings by Hadas Shaham

Gifts for Him

  1. Diamond Textured Navy Shirt by Stone Rose
  2. Checkered Orange and Navy Shirt by Stone Rose
  3. Quilted Twill Grey Shirt by Stone Rose
  4. Diamond Textured Black Shirt by Stone Rose
  5. Wallet by Alfred Statler
  6. Dryden Belt by Brave
  7. Men’s Gift Set by Stone Rose

Join us for a Pop-Up at Verdigris Clothier’s Friends and Family Sale on Saturday, December 19 from noon-4pm. Some of our staff will be there for a meet and greet from 2-4pm. From now until Christmas, our inaugural publication is Buy One Gift One Free! Swing by to pick up your copies and shop our gift guide in person!

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings,an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at living@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.