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Your Historic Garden Week Behind-the-Scenes Tour at Castle Hill


April 13, 2018 | Ivy Publications

The brand new Book Six of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living (seen below) features the historic Castle Hill property that dates back to the 17th century. After not being on the tour for decades, the Albemarle Garden Club, The Charlottesville Garden Club and the Rivanna Garden Club are delighted to have the spectacular estate featured in this year’s 85th Historic Garden Week. We are excited to give you an exclusive look at the stunning manor of Castle Hill, including spaces that will not be featured on the tour. Scroll on to see a few of our favorite rooms and details that you can explore in the new book and on this year’s tour!

Dating back to 1764, Castle Hill is one of the most storied homes in Albemarle County, having been home to U.S. senators, writers and artists, as well as having entertained numerous U.S. presidents, diplomats and renowned explorers. The estate has been immaculately preserved thanks to previous families who have tended and cultivated the gardens and historic structures. Formerly a plantation during parts of the 18th and 19th centuries, the estate originally included thousands of acres, including the 600 acres on which Castle Hill Cider now sits. Upon entering Castle Hill, guests will note that the walls in the front hall are covered in “Les Vues d’Amérique du Nord”—a stunning hand-painted mural wallpaper that was produced by French manufacturer Zuber et Cie, a company that dates back to 1834. The mural features seven scenes of idealized life under former President Andrew Jackson, including West Point, Boston Harbor, Niagara Falls and Virginia’s own Natural Bridge. A similar mural can also be found in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington, D.C.

The central hall is another one of our favorite rooms in the home that connects with the front hall. With triple-pane windows stretching from the floor to nearly the top of the 12-foot ceiling, light pours into the chic pale blue room illuminating the breathtaking antiques.

A newer renovation to Castle Hill, the manor’s English country kitchen is a delightful addition to the home with its custom cabinets and walnut-topped island. This beautiful room will not be featured on the tour, but you can see and learn more about it in the new Charlottesville Wine & Country Living.

Another must-see room is the exquisite library with its french doors that open to a colonnade porch. Needlepoint pillows on the chairs nod to the history of foxhunting at Castle Hill.

There are so many details to see when you visit a home such as Castle Hill, so we compiled a few of our favorite pieces. Be sure to check the new book for more antiques and furnishings to look for when touring the home.

  • Harpsichord: Located in the living room to the left off of the front hall, this replica of a harpsichord at nearby Monticello includes hand-painted dogwood blossoms (Virginia’s state flower) on its interior (below, top left and bottom right).
  • Secretary: Located in the library, this antique is a fabulous addition to such a timeless room (below, bottom left).
  • Library chair: Also located in the library, this beautiful chair is upholstered in luxurious Christopher Hyland fabric (below, top right).

This year’s Historic Garden Week will run from April 21–28 throughout Virginia. Homes and gardens in Albemarle County and Charlottesville will be showcased April 21–23, with Castle Hill open for tours on Sunday, April 22, from 10am–5pm as part of the Southwest Mountains Rural Historic District Tour. Visitors will be able to experience both the gardens and parts of this beautiful home. During the tour on Sunday, Castle Hill Cider will serve as the headquarters with tickets for sale, local architecture, horticulture and historical experts, vendors and food.

Click here to see the full feature on Castle Hill in the brand new Charlottesville Wine & Country Living.

Lead photo by Steve Trumbull, Courtesy of The Charlottesville Garden Club

Interior photos by Robert Radifera Photography


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 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; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes all things home, from builders and real estate professionals to insurance, landscaping, utilities and more; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book with everything from daytrip ideas and home tips to directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook.

At Ivy Publications, we’re inspired by the belief that by utilizing technology, working efficiently and attending to quality, we create publications that honor the reader and build a real connection with our local businesses. This belief has led to prosperous and long-standing relationships with our clients, who entrust us with their advertising and have enjoyed great success utilizing our niche publications to effectively reach their target market.

4 Stunning Wine Cellars to Inspire Any Wine Enthusiast


March 20, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Part of enjoying Jefferson’s Virginia includes having access to a plethora of award-winning wineries and vineyards. A wine cellar is a fantastic way to store and highlight these local wines in your home. You can even add wine storage to your home without needing a basement or a library-sized space. We teamed up with Purple Cherry Architects Founder and Principal, Cathy Purple Cherry to learn a little more about current wine cellar trends and how to add one to your home. Here is what she had to say:

“Over the past 20 years, wine cellars have evolved from large rooms in the basement with a tasting or dining area to smaller spaces that are more accessible and visible to daily life and entertainment. They are not an extravagance or something to have in a home for fun. Rather, they typically start as a necessary storage area for the wine enthusiast. Today, people want easier access and less formal settings in their homes. As a result, you often no longer see formal dining rooms and living rooms, and the wine cellar is normally connected to the kitchen or somewhere on the main living floor. This introduces the ease of grabbing a bottle of wine just for casual evenings and not centering an entire event around a trip to the basement,” says Cherry.

Cherry also adds that there are many options for people who want to convert smaller spaces into wine storage. “With today’s availability of creative products and systems, wine cellars can be created in any kind of space, such as a glass box, a pit in the floor with a spiral staircase to access it or a piece of custom furniture. Each of these elements can be morphed into a refrigeration area. The cooling systems and waterproofing materials behind the walls will do the hard work. As a design architect, we get to have fun creating the storage space. There is no limit to the level of creativity. For those just desiring to keep their wine at appropriate temperatures in the most economical way, the appliance industry has come out with some amazing products including tall vertical wine refrigerators with separate temperatures for white and red. This offers the opportunity for any homeowner to have access to their favorite wines anytime of the day,” says Cherry.

For the wine enthusiasts that still desire a more traditional wine cellar experience, there are also a plethora of options. Cherry mentions that she and her team are currently working on a project that “pushes the wine experience to the extreme.” This cellar will be able to hold over 2,000 bottles and will include a “40-foot-long dining area with a curved ceiling in reclaimed Chicago brick,” says Cherry. “There is also a wine tasting room which provides custom built-ins for all the glassware, and beyond, a full kitchen with a brick pizza oven. This is all about the experience of entertaining with the menu built around wines,” she adds.

Whether you are looking for an easy way to make room for your wine or are hoping to create a traditional cellar, there are many ways to incorporate your love for local wine into your home!


Photos by David Burroughs Photography, Courtesy of Purple Cherry Architects

 

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 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; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes all things home, from builders and real estate professionals to insurance, landscaping, utilities and more; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book with everything from daytrip ideas and home tips to directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook.

At Ivy Publications, we’re inspired by the belief that by utilizing technology, working efficiently and attending to quality, we create publications that honor the reader and build a real connection with our local businesses. This belief has led to prosperous and long-standing relationships with our clients, who entrust us with their advertising and have enjoyed great success utilizing our niche publications to effectively reach their target market.

Basking in the Warm Glow


January 23, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Winter is here, and that means days and evenings spent cozying up by the fire with a glass of local wine and a great book. We teamed up with Cathy Purple Cherry, Principal and Founder of Purple Cherry Architects, to learn a little more about what makes a fireplace so special and what goes into designing one.

“Fire has an amazing way of fueling the soul. The feeling of warmth, the movement of the flames, the color of the coals and the smell of the smoke all work together to create reflective, meditative opportunities. Fire brings life through heat and cooked food. Fire creates memories of camping and s’mores. And, fire fosters romance in a dimly lit room,” said Cherry.

While fire has all those mood enhancing qualities, safety is always important. “[Building] codes define the thickness of the chimney walls, the depth of the forward hearth and the proximity of wood to the opening,” Cherry said. She added that those codes don’t hinder the creation of a beautiful fireplace. They simply provide the necessary protection.

Above, large monolithic hearthstones span across three massive openings to create a 5’ fireplace with two large wood storage boxes. The boxes flank a four-panel art piece that electronically splits in the middle to expose a large TV. Photo by David Burroughs [Example of Purple Cherry Architects work (fireplace in living room).]

Cherry shared with us the amazing work of Lew French as an example of how unique and creative a fireplace can be. “One of the most creative fireplace designers in the world is Lew French. For over 35 years, he has created incredible fireplaces using stones, antique rocks, lichen and wood in their natural form. Each build is a work of art. Like an intricate needlepoint or a sophisticated mosaic, Mr. French weaves different shapes and materials together to make a statement,” said Cherry.

Above, this dreamy fireplace by famous stonemason Lew French combines a wide range of stones and driftwood to create an intense variety of patterns. [Example of Lew French work.]

Cherry also shared what she thinks is the most significant part of a fireplace—its ability to to bring people together. “Fire draws people in,” said Cherry, “gathering them together near the warmth and flames for comfortable conversations. With today’s modern fuel sources, fireplaces are showing up in many shapes and sizes for every style and in many different places, too. From the traditional stone wood-burning fireplace to the outside gas fire pit, or the contemporary line of flames flickering from polished stones to the slot of fire washing a sheet of glass, fire warms our hearts and deepens our conscious thoughts.”

As you enjoy your own fireplace this winter, think of how it could be enhanced even more with some creativity and design. Visit Purple Cherry Architects to see more of their beautiful projects.

This study fireplace above integrates large boulders, small pebbles and a cantilevered hearthstone to create a stone art wall similar to the work of Lew French. The fireplace hearth twists to face the desk for easy viewing. Photo by David Burroughs [Example of Purple Cherry Architects work (stone office fireplace).]

All photos courtesy of Purple Cherry Architects. Lead Photo by David Burroughs [Example of Purple Cherry Architects work (linear modern fireplace in master bedroom).]

 

 

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 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; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes all things home, from builders and real estate professionals to insurance, landscaping, utilities and more; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book with everything from daytrip ideas and home tips to directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook.

At Ivy Publications, we’re inspired by the belief that by utilizing technology, working efficiently and attending to quality, we create publications that honor the reader and build a real connection with our local businesses. This belief has led to prosperous and long-standing relationships with our clients, who entrust us with their advertising and have enjoyed great success utilizing our niche publications to effectively reach their target markets since 1998.

Vern Yip Comes to U-Fab


October 27, 2017 | Ivy Publications

Vern Yip came to Charlottesville’s U-Fab Interiors yesterday to speak to a house full of interior design enthusiasts. A graduate of the University of Virginia (UVA), Yip spoke fondly of his undergraduate years in Charlottesville as a pre-med student prior to switching gears and pursuing a master’s degree in architecture. He spoke about his personal journey, from being a child of Chinese immigrants and his years at UVA to his success as an interior designer and as a designer on numerous television shows like HGTV’s Deserving Design. He also gave design tips and inspirations from his book Vern Yip’s Design Wise: Your Smart Guide to a Beautiful Home and took questions from the audience, helping them solve design dilemmas.

During his visit, Yip was kind enough to talk to Wine & Country so that we could learn a little more about this incredibly talented designer and his beautiful new collection.

On his new fabric collection: Yip enthuses about the beautiful assortment of colors in his new collection—some “that are of the moment and some that are timeless.” He carefully chose “performance” fabrics for parents like himself who have children and pets. Yip says he wants his fabrics to be affordable with quality that can endure family life.

On his design style: To be “timeless and fresh,” is one of the main mantras behind Yip’s work. He says he wants his designs to last while being exciting. He also says that when designing rooms and a home, the core of the design should be the people who live there. Yip says you should love and want to come home to your personalized space and recommends not feeling obligated to follow trends.

On his time at UVA: Yip says the proportion, scale and balance behind the university’s architecture makes the grounds iconic. He believes Thomas Jefferson and UVA’s push for one to always be a student should be applied to interior design and that it is important to continue learning in both your field and other areas.

On what is next: Yip is shooting more episodes of TLC’s Trading Spaces, is in the process of writing a new book and is launching a wallpaper line in the spring.

Yip also shared a few tips on how to pick the right fabric for a piece of furniture:

  • Consider and understand the scale of the piece—how it fits into a room and amongst other furniture. He says this will help determine the scale of the pattern.
  • Consider the functionality of the piece—will you be sitting on it often? Will your kids eat on it? This will help you determine if you want a performance fabric. Yip says if you are choosing fabric for a piece that has less traffic, then you can choose from more delicate fabrics.

We were so pleased to be able to spend time and speak with designer Vern Yip as he showcased his new line of beautiful fabrics. Yip told us he was excited to be back in Charlottesville. He and his husband Craig agree that “Charlottesville Loves,” just as we agree that we can expect many more amazing designs to come from this talented UVA alum.


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.

Home Trends: Timber Framing


October 17, 2017 | Ivy Publications

There are so many ways to design a beautiful home. One home trend we love is timber framing. This vintage method has recently grown in popularity in residential homes, and the exposed wood looks stunning amidst our local setting. Purple Cherry Architects Founder and Principal, Cathy Purple Cherry, shared with us just what this trend entails:

“Before metal nails were invented, wooden buildings were assembled by notching wood to fit it together and pegging the wood with a wooden ‘nail’. This notching technique is memorialized in timber frame and log structures. The building method of notching (mortise) and pegging (tendon) wood has been around for thousands of years. Timber framing itself refers to the method of constructing a “frame” from heavy, large-cut square timbers. Framing a structure this way results in exposed timbers seen from the inside of a space. This method also results in one of the most beautiful building outcomes.

Photo by Tria Giovan, courtesy of Purple Cherry Architects (Example of Purple Cherry Architects work (auto barn))

Today, when timber framing is used, it is an intentional selection introduced to contribute to the beauty of a home on the inside. It exposes the bones of the house to the visitor’s eye. This then places all finishes and insulation to the outside face of the frame in a sandwich of structural plank boards, insulation, plywood sheathing and roofing material.

Photo courtesy of Purple Cherry Architects (Up-close 3D Revit rendering of their work)

One of the most fascinating things about a timber frame structure is that most people do not know that the timbers are fully cut, mortised and assembled off site at the supplier’s yard. These timbers then are numbered, disassembled and shipped to the job site for re-assembly. This allows the erection of the building to move very quickly, often within three or less days!” – Cathy Purple Cherry, AIA, LEED-AP/Founder and Principal of Purple Cherry Architects

Photo by David Burroughs, courtesy of Purple Cherry Architects (Example of Purple Cherry Architects work (indoor pool room))

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.

4 Lighting Styles & Trends to Try This Summer


August 1, 2017 | Ivy Publications

Whether complementing a space or serving as a dramatic centerpiece, decorative lighting is an essential style element of a room. Beyond illumination, lighting fixtures can instantly change the ambiance of a room from classic to contemporary and everything in between. Planning a remodel? The lighting experts at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery share four on-trend styles to consider for your next project!


Jewelry
– Lighting is often referred to as the jewelry of the home. Fixtures that incorporate sparkly jewels delicately strung along intricate metal framework, as showcased below in the Crystorama “Mercer” chandelier, elegantly make that statement quite literal. Whether used as a centerpiece for the dining room or to create a jaw-dropping experience in the entryway, this fixture design is a great conversation starter.

Pendalier – This new lighting design trend features a chandelier inside an oversized pendant—also known as a “Pendalier.” The Crystorama “Sylvan” chandelier by Libby Langdon Lighting below is a classic example of this design. This daring fixture can enhance a room without overpowering it. Adding a Pendalier to your home gives any space a dynamic and dramatic feel.

Crystal – The use of crystal elements in light fixtures creates instant glamour and casts a wide array of dazzling prismatic colors. Crystal can be incorporated in any fixture—from classic to modern—to complement your space. Known for their dramatic and elegant designs, Crystorama Lighting, like the Crystorama “Hollis” Pendant below, offers a wide array of fixtures with modern crystal expressions.

Mid-Century Modern – Clean angles, sleek form, simple yet beautiful geometric designs are characteristic of Mid-Century Modern. These lighting fixtures like the Crystomara “Bleeker” chandelier below can be used to brighten your living room, add a glow to your spa bath and illuminate your entryway without compromising style.

Whether you decide to take a chance on a new lighting trend or stick with a tried and true design, decorative lighting fixtures that illuminate your space and reflect your personal style are always on trend!

Photos courtesy of Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery


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.

Experience The Derry Cottage


April 4, 2017 | Ivy Publications

April 1–15, you can visit The Derry Cottage, Bundoran Farm by Natural Retreat’s 2017 show home. The interiors of this beautiful 3,606-square-foot home were designed by Wendi Smith of Leftover Luxuries and the home is decorated with local pieces from many artisans and businesses, including Patina Antiques, Etc., The Shade Shop, Yves Delorme, The Market at Grelen, Ferguson Enterprise, Crutchfield, Plow and Hearth, Floor Fashions, Relics to Rhinestones, Palette Paint and Home, and Blanc Creatives. Other contributions in the cottage are from Leftover Luxuries, Fox & Crow Antiques, Shenmont Antiques, Mallon & Bennet Antiques, Girl Garage Designs, Verve Home Furnishings, Greenwood Antiques and Laurie Holladay Interiors.

When guests walk through the front entry doors, they step into a beautiful open living room with wood floors, a fireplace and grand windows allowing for plenty of natural light. The floor is completed with soft rugs from Patina Antiques, Etc. and a chic animal hide from Relics to Rhinestones.

A blue and white pillow from Patinas Antiques, Etc. adds a pop of color atop the beautiful white couch. Two charming lamps from Wendi Smith Interiors with shades from The Shade Shop are perched behind the couch. Two re-upholstered chairs frame the fireplace and inspire the room’s decor. Hand dried and framed botanicals from 1941 from Fox and Crow Antiques and a stunning gold mirror from Wendi Smith Interiors liven up the wall above the mantle.

The Patinas Antiques, Etc. console table by the staircase hosts two lamp—also from Patinas Antiques, Etc.—with lampshades from The Shade Shop. Books and other decor from Wendi Smith Interiors add color and dimension to the space.

The cottage’s kitchen has ship lap on the walls, stone counter-tops and state-of-the-art appliances, including a built-in refrigerator and microwave, and a 36″ range with a hood vent.

The master bedroom, conveniently located on the first floor, includes an en-suite bathroom and plenty of windows to incorporate more natural light. The bed showcases Yves Delorme linens that complement the white lacquered console from Patinas Antiques, Etc. Pops of green can be seen in the patterned rug below the bed from Patinas Antiques and the corner cabinet from Wendi Smith Interiors. The additional furniture pieces were re-upholstered by Wendi Smith Interiors for this project.

On the second floor, guests will find a charming loft that can be used as a second living space. Both the console table in this area and the coffee table were created from recycled materials and are from vendors at Greenwood Antiques. The antique Guatemalan bench, and vibrant rug and pillows were all from Leftover Luxuries.

Two more bedrooms are also located upstairs and can be found charmingly decorated for children. The upper level also hosts a bunk room/office, two bathrooms and a guest suite with a full bathroom over the garage.

A finished basement with a game room and additional bedrooms, soapstone terraces, an outdoor porch with a fireplace, and a garage with an attached parking shed complete this five bedroom home with four full baths and two half baths.

All proceeds from the show home will benefit the Shelter for Help in Emergency. Additionally, all those who visit will be entered into a drawing for a free five-night stay in Bath County, Virginia, with Natural Retreats. Click here for more information on The Derry Cottage.

Photos: Courtesy of Mountain High Media

Venue: Bundoran Farm by Natural Retreats

Designed by: Wendi Smith of Leftover Luxuries

Decor Contributors: Patina Antiques, Etc., The Shade Shop, Yves Delorme, The Market at Grelen, Ferguson Enterprise, Crutchfield, Plow and Hearth, Floor Fashions, Relics to Rhinestones, Palette Paint and Home, Blanc Creatives, Leftover Luxuries, Fox & Crow Antiques, Shenmont Antiques, Mallon & Bennet Antiques, Girl Garage Designs, Verve Home Furnishings, Laurie Holladay Interiors and Greenwood Antiques.


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.

Wine & Country’s 17 Must-Dos in 2017


January 19, 2017 | Ivy Publications

As a new year begins, there are countless ways to take advantage of all the Charlottesville area has to offer. We have 17 Must-Dos that are sure to make the new year an unforgettable one.

1. Attend a Winemaker’s Dinner. This year, treat you and your partner to a winemaker’s dinner, where you will enjoy the best of local cuisine paired with the area’s wines. Consider a dinner at Early Mountain Vineyards, like the Winemaker’s Field Supper featured in the most recent book of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living. Or perhaps an upcoming event like the Valentine’s Day Winemaker Dinner at Veritas Vineyard & Winery. (Left photo by Paula Bartosiewicz)

2. Experience Barboursville Vineyards’ Octagon Wine. This age-worthy, award-winning wine, highly distinct in character, is a can’t miss for wine lovers. Join the list of those who have been served Octagon, including Queen Elizabeth II and President Obama.

3. Taste Orange Wine. King Family Vineyards and Veritas Vineyard and Winery have adopted this international trend to create orange wines. Known as the wine world’s fourth color, they are making a major comeback and are a must try in 2017.

4. See Nancy Bass’s Art. Countryside enthusiasts are charmed by her color palette and own livestock farm, purchased with painting in mind. You can see her exhibit, Life Size: Pieces of the Herd at Piedmont Virginia Community College starting February 10. (Photos by Rachel May Photography)

5. Throw an Outdoor Party. Take advantage of the beautiful mountain views Charlottesville has to offer and throw an outdoor party fitting to the season. Match your décor, refreshments and activities to a theme just as this hostess did with her hunting party in the latest book of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living. (Photos by Rachel May Photography)

6. Indulge in Executive Chef Gary Glaser’s Crab Cakes. You’ll leave raving about these scrumptious crab cakes at The Downtown Grille. Try them at the restaurant or make them yourself! Customers who dine at The Downtown Grille will receive a complementary copy of the latest Charlottesville Wine & Country Living featuring Chef Glaser’s crab cake recipe.

7. Try Gearhart’s Beer or Wine Infused Chocolates. Try a unique delicious twist on your palate with some of Gearhart’s infused chocolates. (Photos on the right by Jen Fariello Photography)

8. Travel Locally with the Inn at Willow Grove. This boutique hotel combines history, charm and luxury for the perfect intimate getaway.

9. Attend the Virginia Wine Expo. This March event is perfect for the wine lover. You’ll spend a weekend exploring an event filled with food, wine and great company. (Photos courtesy of the Virginia Wine Expo)

10. Shop Local Artisans. Among many of Charlottesville’s talented artisans are jewelry maker Elaine B., leathersmith Chuck Pinnell and violin maker Oded Kishony. Their one-of-a-kind handcrafted creations make perfect gifts or treats for yourself. (Top left photo by Rachel May Photography; Bottom left photo by Jen Fariello Photography)

11. Try a New Local Craft Beverage. Visit Nelson County for the new farm brewery, Wood Ridge Farm Brewery, taste the Virginia Distillery Company‘s whiskey, a mix of old world with new world traditions, or try the Scotch Ale that Starr Hill Brewery debuted this month. (Bottom left and right photos by Aaron Watson Photography)

12. Attend the Montpelier Hunt Races. Gather a group of great friends for a beautiful fall day of tailgating and horse races. Dress in style and participate in the hat contest, or put your focus on your tablescape for the tailgate competition. (Photos by Susan M. Carter Photography)

13. See Chamomile and Whiskey Perform. Take in the alt-country sounds of this Charlottesville-based band. Read about their journey from The Jefferson Theater to getting a record deal in the newest Charlottesville Wine & Country Living. You can see them Friday, January 27 at Starr Hill Brewery. (Photo by Jen Fariello Photography)

14. Visit the Blue Ridge Trails. Complete with 500 miles of hiking trails, 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail and 80,000 acres of designated, back-country wilderness, the Shenandoah National Park is a natural treasure. (Photo by Kelly J. Mihalcoe, LLC, courtesy of the Virginia Tourism Corporation)

15. Visit the Design House. This spring, see the amazing work of the area’s top interior designers and professionals while experiencing the year’s décor trends in the Design House 2017. You’ll also be supporting a great cause—the Shelter for Help in Emergency. Below is the 2016 Design House‘s stunning library designed by Foxchase Design. (Photos by Robert Radifera Photography)

16. Travel Abroad. Take your adventures to France this year and explore Burgundy’s wine region. Indulge in the rich history of the area and learn about the connections that Jefferson had in the town of Beaune, France, also featured in the latest issue of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living.

17. See a Performance by Victory Hall Opera. This new addition to the Charlottesville arts scene brings multi-talented singers to the modern stage. Check out their upcoming performance, Schumann Ghost House, in March. (Photos courtesy of Victory Hall Opera)

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.

Cozy Up to Christmas


December 19, 2016 | Ivy Publications

You’ve done it! The presents are wrapped, the cards are in the mail and your cookies are made. Now, relax and pour yourself some hot chocolate; turn down the lights and enjoy the lit tree with your reward…

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Christmas Eve is almost here, and it is time to prepare for dinner with your loved ones. A relaxing stroll through the woods collecting greenery, berries and pine cones is all you need to create a farm-to-table affair instantly. For that extra flare and for an easy way to add your personal touch, hand-make a beautiful menu to set beside each plate. Placesettings can be creative, too, when using pinecones you have found—natural or painted white.

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After dinner, get out the hot chocolate, share gifts and play games by the fire. It’s about enjoying the time with loved ones and basking in the real meaning of Christmas.

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Happy Holidays from Charlottesville Wine & Country!


Concept & Execution: Ayvazyan & de Beauvoir

Photography: 3 Cats Photo

Wedding Gown: Ayvazyan & de Beauvoir

Hair: Top Knot Studio

Makeup: Gohar Makeup

Flowers: A New Leaf Florist

Croquembouche Wedding Cake: Granatus Desserts

Robe: Zatik Studio

Jewelry: Fink’s Jewelers

Model: Jennifer Linke

Calligrapher: Simply Handwritten by Anna

Venue: Keswick Hall

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’s Kitchen Before & After


May 12, 2016 | Ivy Publications

By Victoria Pouncey

Have you visited the Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE) Design House 2016 in Keswick Estates yet? The Shelter is our area’s most important resource for providing services to women and children who are victims of domestic violence, most importantly operating a temporary emergency residential facility. Two tickets to visit the Design House provide a night’s shelter for someone in our community. Not only will you be supporting a fantastic cause but you will also see how a group of talented local designers transformed an empty house into a stunning home. Hopefully, you’ll be able to use these ideas in your own home.

The best way to understand the transformation is to look at before and after photos. My partner at Folly, Beth Ann Kallen, and I are the designers of the breakfast room. The Shelter also asked us to help stage the kitchen. Below are the before photos.The space had nice bones, beautiful hardwood floors, and high end appliances, but looked dated and lacked character.

Our first step was to paint – you can’t underestimate the power of paint. We selected a soft white for all of the trim and Sherwin Williams Snowy Owl for the walls. Luckily, the homeowners agreed to paint the cabinets as well, which made a huge and immediate impact on the space. We also removed the ornate carved details above the range and on the front of the island. Suddenly, it was fresh and light.

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The next step was to change out the builder grade light fixtures. Over the kitchen island we hung black drum shade pendants to coordinate with the existing countertops. In the breakfast room, we initially selected an open iron and brass fixture. However, after discovering the ceiling would need reinforcement to hang the fixture, we changed tactics and specified a large custom made drum pendant in the green and white leopard linen that matched the cushion cover fabric we used on the kitchen stools. Green was our accent color, and helped to make the breakfast room feel open and connected to the outdoor patio designed by the Market at Grelen.

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Next came the fun part– setting the table with an eclectic mix of placemats, china, linens and accessories, and hanging works of art. Our favorite piece is a map of London, framed in 18 sections, that measures about 10 ft. wide and 7 ft. high. I found the map in a shop in London– a city that both Beth Ann and I love. Beth Ann lived in London for a few years and I traveled there often when I worked for Christie’s auction house in NYC.

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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. During your visit, look for the before photos displayed in each room– you will be amazed and inspired!

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.