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Why You Should Prioritize Natural Light in Your Home


August 13, 2019 | Ivy Publications

When it comes to designing or finding the perfect home, many factors should play into your decision. We asked the experts at Purple Cherry Architects what vital design elements should always be considered. They shared that natural lighting should definitely be assessed, as it can really shape one’s experience in a space. Check out this insight from Purple Cherry Architects Founder and Principal, Cathy Purple Cherry.

We can all relate to the emotional effect of natural light. On grey days, we might experience a funk or even serious depression. Natural light is a powerful influencer on our well-being, and when it comes through architecture, art is created. Stained-glass panels in ecclesiastical buildings represent the epitome of utilizing natural light as a tool to create a breath-taking display. On a residential scale, a simple orientation of a beautiful home can allow natural light the opportunity to create splendor within the volumes of interior spaces. Further, natural light can be transferred through a home with the application of interior windows.

Above, the power of natural light on the interior hall linking the family room to the library of this beautiful custom home.

In fact, there is a term to define the positive effects of natural light and other forms of nature on the human species. Introduced in 1984, the biophilia hypothesis suggests that humans possess an innate desire to see connections with nature and other forms of life.

The concept of biophilic design has influenced significant change in architecture in the last 20 years. Take for example, the layout of large-scale professional offices. Those of us born in the 20th century should remember the corporate executive offices that used to line the exterior walls of large suites. This allowed senior staff to individually own the natural light and view in their buildings while the rest of the supporting employees were left on the inner part of those floors with no connection to nature. As biophilic design was introduced, we discovered that by reversing such functional spaces, we could transfer natural light from the area of the open bullpen to inner executive glass-fronted offices. And, this has had a significant influence on the work productivity of the employees. Similarly, this design has been shown to have just as positive of an effect on homeowners.

So, before you say yes to a residence or begin building your next home, be sure to take natural lighting into consideration. I truly can’t imagine life without food, water and the wonders of natural light!

Cathy Purple Cherry, Purple Cherry Architects Founder and Principal

Above, the morning sun streams throughout this eastern facing custom window seat to bring warmth to the homeowner.

Photos by David Burroughs Photography; Courtesy of Purple Cherry Architects

Lead Photo from Purple Cherry Architects’ award-winning Harness Creek Pool House

Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in the heart of Virginia Wine Country. Wine & Country Life, a semi-annual life & style magazine, and Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in the region, are accompanied by the Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA—a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginian artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire, to locally made foods and award-winning Monticello AVA wines, as well as craft beverages for your next event. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and hands-on classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.

Veritas Hosts Final Starry Nights of the Season This Saturday!


August 7, 2019 | Ivy Publications

Perhaps the only thing that could improve a delicious wine tasting with friends and a panoramic Blue Ridge view would be live music. One annual event we definitely recommend checking out is Veritas Vineyard & Winery’s Starry Nights series, which is held on the second Saturday of every month throughout the summer.

Photo by Wine & Country

This popular outdoor concert series allows guests to sip local wines, dine al fresco, and spend the evening dancing, and enjoying live music and good company under the stars. With the final night of the season coming up this Saturday, August 10, featuring music from The Legwarmers, there has never been a better time to attend this fun summer event yourself. Here is a quick breakdown of the three different ticketed experiences—SUNS, MOONS or STARS you can choose from:

  • SUNS: Includes admission and a Veritas wine glass. This is perfect for those who want to bring their own picnics and enjoy a laid back evening on the lawn.
  • MOONS: Includes admission to not only the event, but also a delicious buffet dinner, as well as access to seating at the tables on the lawn. This is a great option for those who do not want to worry about having to prep food or bring chairs and picnic items to the event.
  • STARS: Includes admission, a three-course meal and a seat at a table on the deck overlooking the lawn. For those who want a more polished experience, perhaps for a date night or celebratory outing, this is the best option.
Photos courtesy of Veritas Vineyard & Winery

For the upcoming Starry Nights this Saturday, the MOONS will be served a late summer cucumber and tomato salad with basil, feta and a balsamic reduction, pecan smoked chicken with maple BBQ sauce served with a summer pasta salad, and roasted sweet potatoes and strawberry peach shortcake with an orange rose reduction and cocoa whipped cream. The STARS’ three-course meal will start with a crunchy summer vegetable salad with ricotta crostini, followed by a seared chicken with broken balsamic served with basil zucchini noodles with pine nuts, ricotta salata and orzotto. The dinner will be completed with a graham cracker cake, toasted mallow and chocolate two ways.

Photo courtesy of Veritas Vineyard & Winery

Whether you prefer to pack a picnic and enjoy an evening on the lawn under the stars or to make the affair more of a foodie outing, this event is a great way to celebrate the season. And, don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes, as most attendees find they can’t help but move to the great bands that are booked for each event. You can find tickets on Veritas Vineyard & Winery’s website. Please note, any tickets for the dinner options must be purchased in advance, and the STARS tickets are already sold out.

You can also learn more about Veritas Vineyard & Winery in Book Four of our magazine.

Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in the heart of Virginia Wine Country. Wine & Country Life, a semi-annual life & style magazine, and Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in the region, are accompanied by the Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA—a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginian artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire, to locally made foods and award-winning Monticello AVA wines, as well as craft beverages for your next event. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and hands-on classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.