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Folly Celebrates 5 Chic Years


April 28, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Folly, a local home furnishings boutique and interior design studio co-owned by Victoria Pouncey and Beth Ann Kallen, recently celebrated five years in the community. The Barracks Road store continues to delight shoppers with a fun mix of new and vintage furniture, home décor and gifts.

Folly celebrated five years in chic style with shopping, Sweethaus cupcakes, champagne and special guests. Social media influencer Natalie Reddell of Commander in Chic attended the affair with her #goldenhashtag, and Neely and Chloe visited for a special trunk show with their beautiful bags and shoes, and even embossed on-site during the event (below, bottom left).

We were so pleased to be able to celebrate with Folly, and we cannot wait to see what the next five years will bring!


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.

Celebrate the Virginia Steeplechase Tradition


April 25, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Each spring and fall, Virginians don their “afternoon dress” or “Sunday best” to celebrate the state’s steeplechase tradition with posh horse races. Social affairs, these events are filled with fashion and tremendous tailgate spreads, complete with lawn games and farm-to-table food and drinks. The sport is one of elegance and beauty as equestrians race over lush fields and hills. This season, the custom continues with the Foxfield Spring Races on Saturday, April 28, and the Virginia Gold Cup on Saturday, May 5.

(Below, bottom photo by Richard Clay, courtesy of VA Gold Cup)

The proximity to the horses on race days make for an exhilarating experience. Reaching speeds around 45 miles per hour, the horses test the limits of speed and agility and tradition includes spectators placing friendly wagers on their favorites and then raising their glasses to the fastest. In addition to the competition on the field, hat and tailgating contests are added entertainment.

No matter the season, this 250-year-old tradition continues to excite and entertain equestrian lovers. Be sure to check our Facebook and Instagram for special ticket giveaways for upcoming races.

To learn more about Steeplechase, click here. Scroll on to see our horse race fashion guide!

(Below, bottom photo by Chris Weber, courtesy of VA Gold Cup)

From broad-rimmed hats embellished with lively accessories to bright seersucker suits, the preppy fashion showcased at Virginia horse races is always a staple of the events. We put together some of our must-have pieces to help you plan the perfect look.

For Her (1–3) & For Him (4–6):

  1. Spring/summer dress: Forever Holiday Dress from Verdigris
  2. Broad-brimmed hat: “The Vineyard” hat with “The Traveler” scarf from Wine & Country Collections
  3. Pearls: Morganite & Akoya Pearl Stud Earrings in Gold from Ana Cavalheiro Fine Jewelry
  4. Watch: Tissot Quickster Chronograph Quartz Watch from Schwarzschild Keller & George
  5. Bow Tie: Lewis Bow Tie by Collard Greens from Natty Beau
  6. Button-up shirt: Mint Crinkle Plaid Print Long Sleeve Shirt by Stone Rose from Verdigris

Original story by Abby Meredith


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.

A Celebration of Garden Design & Bunny Mellon


April 20, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Garden enthusiasts looking forward to this year’s Historic Garden Week will enjoy New York Times bestselling author Meryl Gordon‘s new biography, Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend. Mellon, who has designed many notable gardens, designed the White House Rose Garden for her friend John F. Kennedy in 1962. Charlottesville Wine & Country will have Gordon’s new book available for purchase this Sunday at our booth at Castle Hill Cider, the headquarters for the Historic Garden Week tour in Albemarle County’s Keswick Hunt Country. Scroll on to learn a little more about Gordon’s new book and her recent visit to Charlottesville!

(Photo of Gordon below by Nina Subin)

Earlier this spring, fans of Mellon and her horticulture legacy packed the ballroom at the Farmington Country Club to hear Gordon speak about her new book at the Albemarle Garden Club’s Design Forum. Gordon was accompanied by the Oak Spring Garden Foundation’s president and distinguished botanical researcher, Sir Peter Crane, as well as the head volunteer of the Oak Spring Garden Foundation, Lady Elinor Crane.

Gordon crafted her new book by pouring through pages of letters, diary entries and calendars, and interviewing over 175 people in order to better understand the woman behind the reputation. During her talk, Gordon delighted the audience with anecdotes about Mellon’s relationships as well as Mellon’s reputation for being notoriously press shy in her lifetime.

In addition to talks by these distinguished guests, attendees enjoyed refreshments and a book signing with Gordon. Visitors were able to shop the Albemarle Garden Club‘s boutique as well as several popular local retailers, such as Tourterelle Floral Design, Folly, Kenny Ball Antiques and Blackwell Botanicals. From hand-crafted jewelry to beautiful topiaries—a style loved by Mellon—attendees were able to browse a plethora of beautiful items.

Mellon was an avid horticulturist, American aristocrat, style icon, philanthropist and art collector. In addition to her work in the gardens of the many homes she and her family owned in France, Antigua and throughout the United States, including in New York City, Virginia and Massachusetts, the acclaimed garden designer’s portfolio also includes the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden and Louis XIV’s Versailles kitchen garden.

During his talk at the Design Forum, Sir Crane shared that although all of Mellon’s homes were in constant cultivation by professional teams, Mellon was never without a pair of secateurs (pruning scissors) and was meticulously detailed. He noted that in the autumn, Mellon’s lawns were raked free of leaves only to then be decorated with the most beautiful fall foliage to create an idyllic scene. (Photo below from Mellon’s beloved Oak Spring Farm Estate, courtesy of the Oak Spring Garden Foundation)

Sir Peter and Lady Elinor Crane also shared insider information about The Oak Spring Garden Foundation’s preservation of Mellon’s home and gardens at the Oak Spring Farm Estate. The foundation cares for the private estate and hosts scholars through garden internships and programs.

In addition, the foundation has made Mellon’s extensive private library of over 16,000 volumes of horticulture literature—dating as far back as the middle ages—available to pre-approved visiting authors and scholars and is in the process of making the collection available online to increase public access. Below is a photo from the stunning gardens at the estate. (Photo below from Mellon’s Oak Spring Garden Library, courtesy of the Oak Spring Garden Foundation)

We were so pleased to be able to attend this annual event and learn more about the distinguished Bunny Mellon and her influential contributions to horticulture and botany while supporting a wonderful cause. The proceeds from the event benefited the Garden Club’s civic projects, including the Bog Garden at Booker T. Washington Park, the City Schoolyard Garden, the Nature Camp Scholarship, the ARC Natural History Camp and the McIntire Botanical Garden.

To enjoy more of Virginia’s gardens, be sure to save the date for the Garden Club of Virginia’s upcoming 85th Annual Historic Garden Week on April 21–28, 2018. Our local home tours in Orange and Albemarle Counties, and at the University of Virginia, are open April 21–23.

If you would like to find more book events/signings with Meryl Gordon, you can see her full schedule here. She has an upcoming appearance in Washington, D.C. on April 16, and you can also find her new book at our local Barnes & Noble in the Barracks Road Shopping Center.

 

*Lead photo from Mellon’s Oak Spring Garden Library, courtesy of the Oak Spring Garden Foundation


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.

Tour Exclusive Estates During Historic Garden Week


April 18, 2018 | Ivy Publications

The Garden Club of Virginia’s Historic Garden Week returns for its 85th year April 21–28 throughout the state of Virginia. We are so excited for this wonderful event and love seeing the stunning gardens and homes showcased in our local area.

The Albemarle Garden Club, The Charlottesville Garden Club and the Rivanna Garden Club will host five beautiful property tours in Albemarle County—Ben Coolyn, Chopping Bottom Farm, Castle Hill, East Belmont and Grace Episcopal Church—on Sunday, April 22, from 10am–5pm.

Ben Coolyn, pictured below, is a 145-acre farm, home to a house built in the 1870s as well as graciously restored and cultivated grounds. While the home will not be open for touring, guests will surely enjoy seeing the parterre garden rooms, arboretum and other beautiful garden features.

Chopping Bottom Farm, a newer home built to complement the other historic homes of the Keswick area, is owned by Annie and Tony Vanderwarker. Visitors will be able to tour the home, gardens and writing studio of Mr. Vanderwarker during the tour.

(Photo below at left by Steve Trumbull, photo below at right by Terri Nicholaou)

Castle Hill, pictured below, includes a two-part home dating back to 1764. With the original home being built by Dr. Thomas Walker, godfather to Thomas Jefferson, this home is filled with historic significance. Visitors will be able to tour both the home and its surrounding gardens. Click here to see our behind the scenes tour of the manor on the blog.

East Belmont Farm includes a home dating back to the 1800s, both a formal and cutting garden, and charming converted farm buildings, including a stone apple barn that was recently converted into a guesthouse.

Grace Episcopal Church, the final property on the tour, dates back to 1745. However, visitors on the tour will see the structure built in 1896 along with the 11 acres of cemetery that date back to the late 1880s.

(Photos below by Steve Trumbull)

During Sunday’s tours, Castle Hill Cider will serve as headquarters. Visitors will be able to purchase tickets, catch a shuttle to the Castle Hill estate (the other properties have on-site parking), shop 35 beautiful local boutiques and enjoy snacks and lunch whilst learning about the area’s history, architecture and horticulture from local experts. Charlottesville Wine & Country will be one of the featured boutiques at Castle Hill, so be sure to stop by for a copy of the new book and to see our collection of local artisan-made accessories that are perfect for outdoor entertaining. Click here to see our boutique at last year’s event.

Our local garden tours will include additional Albemarle and Orange County homes and gardens. On Saturday, April 21, prior to Sunday’s tours, the Dolley Madison Garden Club will host three stunning home tours in Orange County from 10am–5pm—Eastern View, Belle Terre (below, top left) and Bloomsbury (below, top right).

Eastern View, which sits on 92 acres, offers a home originally built in 1839 that now includes 15 rooms, 4.5 bathrooms and a two-story guesthouse. Belle Terre, the youngest of the homes, built in 1991 in Georgian Revival style, includes five working fireplaces and sits on 100 acres. While Bloomsbury, a Queen Anne house that is also the oldest dwelling in Orange County, was built by a Surveyor of George I, Col. James Taylor II and now boasts period artifacts. While the landscaping has not been restored to the original design of the home, guests will be able to see a preserved horseshoe-shaped garden that was used as a bowling green.

In addition to these homes, Morven Estate and House Gardens will be open for tours from 10am–5pm on April 21 in Albemarle County. This former 7,379-acre private estate was left to the University of Virginia Foundation in 2001 and is now used for educational, charitable and other UVA approved events. Both the 1820 three-story brick manor and beautiful grounds will be open for touring (weather permitting).

(Photos below by Bridget Bryant, courtesy of the Dolley Madison Garden Club)

On the final day of our local garden tours, Monday, April 23, visitors will be able to tour the University of Virginia Pavilion Gardens and Serpentine Gardens from 10am–5pm. Restored by the Garden Club of Virginia between 1947 and 1965, the Pavilion Gardens, pictured below, are enclosed by Jefferson’s serpentine walls. In addition to the gardens, four pavilion homes will be open for viewing: Pavilion III, Pavilion V, Pavilion VII and Pavilion IX, as well as a student lawn room.

Click here for tickets and more information about Historic Garden Week. We hope to see you at this year’s special event!

(Photo below by Dan Addison)

*Lead photo by by Steve Trumbull

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.

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.

New Luxury Apartments Splash on the Scene


April 6, 2018 | Ivy Publications

The Woodlands of Charlottesville recently finished an exciting expansion, complete with 159 new apartments, doubling the coveted luxury apartment community, which has been at full occupancy in recent years. The Woodlands offers a resort-style experience in Charlottesville with fabulous amenities. Click the video below to see the newly completed flats and townhomes and the beautiful Woodlands community in Jefferson’s Virginia.

You can see more of The Woodlands in Charlottesville Wine & Country Living or by visiting their website.

Video and Photos Courtesy of The Woodlands of Charlottesville

Drone footage by Skyclad Aerial


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