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Just Between Us… Dear Friends,

volume 19 issue 4 PUBLISHERS

april 2018 Robin Johnson Bethke Jennifer Bryerton

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Robin Johnson Bethke EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jennifer Bryerton

The big day is nearly here. Five years into our new home, we’re ready to start


the fun remodeling projects we’d hoped to do sooner. Since we moved in, we’ve

SENIOR EDITOR Sarah Pastorek

done a lot of delayed maintenance that the previous owner never got around

ONLINE EDITOR Madison Stanley

to, like replacing poor plumbing, removing trees that damaged the house, or replacing aged appliances. Not nearly as much fun as planning a space just


Barbara A. Tompkins

for mom and dad like a new master bathroom! For a room with not much


square footage, there are an amazing amount of decisions so I’ve been busy

researching and clipping photos. Here are some tips I’ve learned along the way


in my 20+ years of homeownership. Begin by making a detailed list of all the decisions—from the type of bathtub

Susan Powell Allison Muss, Carter Schotta, Jenny Stoltz


to grout color—and decide early on how much you’re going to DIY. It is wise

Becky Calvert, Jennifer Carroll, Diane

to know your limits. Plan your budget and set aside another 10–15 percent for

DiCarlo, Rick Epstein, Doug Jenner,

unexpected costs or little upgrades you may want to add along the way. Do

Whitney Woollerton Morrill, Beth Seliga,

some research and share this with your contractors who can help you choose

Kathy Sena, Madison Stanley, Krissy Vick

where your investment will have the biggest impact. Design for efficiency—a solar water heater and a low flow showerhead will be easy on the environment


Christine DeLellis-Wheatley

and future utility bills. Consider accessibility that will make aging in place


easier and/or more comfortable for elderly visiting relatives. Explore every

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space, and take advantage of odd nooks. We’re building handy shelves into the


wall studs. It’s also useful to check out friend’s homes similar to yours and see what upgrades they’ve incorporated or lessons they’ve learned. For instance, when it comes time to resell, you will want to be comparable to like homes. Consider choosing your most expensive pieces, in my case tiles, tub and vanity, in neutral colors to accommodate the next family’s tastes. And, last but not least, design something that you will really love. The next few months we’ll be living in construction—tarps, piles of tools, delays, shopping and dust, lots of dust. Our kids are excited though. The girls think that once it’s done they won’t be forced to look at any more inspiration photos (Ha! Their rooms are next!), and the boys are eagerly anticipating their very own “Property Brothers” experience where they will don goggles and wield sledgehammers to “help.” Home projects are part of the joys and stresses of every family home, check out our guides in CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home to find just the right expert to help with your spring home project.

Happy Spring!

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Contents TABLE OF



Food & Family H-4 Better Dining Out Experiences

Cool Stuff H-8 Products for the Garden

Décor Inspiration H-10 Wallpaper Trends


Editor’s Pick! From spring home resources and fun products to family-friendly food recipes, our NEW quarterly flipped edition has everything you need to dig in this spring.

Dig In! H-12 Why It’s Beneficial to Get Kids Involved with Gardening

RESOURCES 2018 Green Home Guide Local Resources for Families


H-8 So Love This! “My love for all things gardening began when my mom gave me my first pansie plant. I’m looking forward to the garden products (pg. H-8) and sweet article (pg. H-12).” — Christine, office administrator



{living well food & family}

“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.” – Michael J. Fox

Yannick Fayolle For Blue Ridge Pizza Co. Owners Yannick & Nikki Fayolle, It’s a Full-Time Passion

words and photos by Beth Seliga

For Nikki and Yannick Fayolle, Blue Ridge Pizza Co. is a full-time passion. With its wood-fired pizza oven, the couple is able to travel around the area to parties, farmers markets, festivals, events and more to serve up their homemade pies. Similar to other area food trucks, local produce is a key component for their menu. In addition, seasonal ingredients picked from their own garden add the perfect personal, and delicious, touch to their service.

Whom do you admire? Daniel Humm. A native of Switzerland, he is a high-end chef and restaurant owner whose restaurants focus locally sourced ingredients. (His restaurants have received four stars from The New York Times, seven James Beard Foundation Awards, three Michelin Stars, and the #1 spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.)

Do you have any current projects? What are they? We are excited to share that we are in the process of building a new truck for BRPCO! That’s our main project for now, and it is big enough to take up the majority of our time, which I am sure you can imagine.

What traits do you find admirable in others? I have always respected someone who has the traits of humbleness, honesty and integrity.

What was your favorite book as a child? The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. It’s about a little boy who would come to a tree to eat its apples and play. As the boy grew older though, the tree gave more and more, and the two loved

Where do you love to eat out? What do you order? Monsoon is a favorite of ours. I always order the beef noodle soup! What is the best advise your parents have ever given you? My parents have encouraged me to follow my dreams and

each other.

supported me along the way.

What technology could you not live without? A thermocirculator (or a portable water circulating system for supplying a constant temperature on the food truck).

What is your favorite go-to snack? Banana and a protein shake.


April 2018

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Let your little practice his or her writing while out to dinner. This 3-pack of activity boards includes a chunky dry erase marker to practice writing both uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers 1 to 25, among other fun activities. Available for $9.99 at Toys “R” Us.



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{living well food & family} Can you share a recipe that is quick and easy to make with kids that they will love? Pizzadillas (hybrid of pizza & quesadillas!) Ingredients: Your choice of tortilla (We prefer corn, versus flour.) Homemade roasted tomato sauce Your choice of cheese Any additional fixings you might like (veggies, meats) Directions: Add your toppings to your tortilla and then warm up on skillet. Once you see the cheese start to melt, fold the tortilla (or top with another corn tort, since they’re so small), and let it turn a pretty golden brown on both sides. Once done, let it rest before cutting and serving! If you could have a super power what would it be? Teleportation would be cool!

Why is it important to teach children about healthy eating? As the world continues to evolve, I think it’s important that our children understand where their food comes from, and to experience it firsthand. With all of the organic farms growing around the nation, it is important that we bring our kids out to them to be able to experience what goes into true sustainable farming. What advise do you have for parents when eating out with kids? We are all lucky in the Charlottesville area. The majority of the restaurants locally source their produce and protein, which is amazing! It’s great for parents to have such an array of places to choose from for their kids to eat healthy meals. Beth began as a sports photographer with her work appearing in Sports Illustrated, USA Today and Pro Cycling, among other publications. She has since switched to the quieter and subtler passion of capturing the look of love and the inner beauty of her subjects. See her work at

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Asparagus Frittata Ingredients • 12 large eggs • 3 tablespoons half and half • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper • 3 ounces Gruyere cheese or Swiss cheese (cut into small cubes) • 1 tablesppon extra virgin olive oil • 1 shallot, finely chopped • 8 stalks of asparagus, sliced into two- inch pieces • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen peas • 1/3 cup diced baked ham Directions Heat oven broiler and set oven rack to about 5–6 inches from top of broiler. Heat oil in a non-stick oven-safe skillet over medium-low heat, add asparagus and cook for two to four minutes. Stir in ham, shallots, red bell pepper and peas. Cook for two more minutes.

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Whisk eggs, half and half, salt and pepper together, and then stir in the cheese. Slowly pour the egg mixture into the skillet with the ham and asparagus. Begin to cook on medium heat and use a rubber spatula to stir and scrape the bottom and sides for about three minutes. The eggs will appear very wet at this point. Let the pan sit on the heat for about 30 seconds without stirring to set the eggs. Place skillet under the broiler for three minutes until frittata looks puffy and light brown in spots. Take out of oven and let sit for another five minutes. The eggs will continue to cook. Use rubber spatula to loosen frittata and flip onto a serving plate. Slice into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature.

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{living well cool stuff}

Looking for a pair of durable garden gloves that give good coverage? These 100% cow leather gloves have forearm gauntlet sleeves that offer increased protection from thorns while also featuring Thomas Jefferson’s famous garden quote. Available for $44 at The Shop at Monticello.

Havahart’s Deer Off Waterproof Deer Repellent Stations are proven to repel deer. With their patented weatherproof housing that protects the repellent from the elements, you will only have to apply once to your garden for seasonlong protection. They are not only odorless to humans but also safe for vegetable gardens. A 6-pack is Available for $15.99 at Havahart.


Want to liven up your porch or deck railings? The Milano Rail Planter by Bloem features four planters for a unique


stacked look while also making the most of your available space. Available for $37.99 at Fifth Season.

Looking for an upgrade to your garden markers? You’ll love these waterproof gardening clogs, or Sloggers, so much


you’ll find yourself wearing them everywhere. Offered in a wide

hammers it flat and stamps it for easy gardening

assortment of fun prints, you’ll want a pair for every day of the

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{inspiration home}



Easy Changes for a Fresh, On-Trend Look

For a time, interiors have been focused

scene to a room – even more so than paint.

on paint, but now the beautiful art of

Choosing the style, color, size and vibe to

wallcoverings are becoming the stars of

suit you is key. When it comes to design,

the show - not necessarily fully wrapping

it’s always best to choose what makes you



happy. For example, draw attention to an

touches of style that reflect your design

accent wall in the living room or perhaps

personality. Wallpaper can add color,

the wall behind a bed, then paint the

texture, a pattern or even a painterly

rest of the room in a light neutral color



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For the serial decorator who may want a new look in a child’s bedroom in a year or two, peel-and-stick wallpaper may be the way to go.

found in the wallpaper pattern. Another

in wood trim or to paper stair risers.

choose lush botanicals or bold geometric

popular treatment is to finish the top part

There are interesting texture options,

patterns, petite farmhouse florals or eye-

of a room that has wainscoting. Be playful

too. The choices range from materials

catching images that look to be hand-

with a pattern in a small powder room

other than paper, like sophisticated grass

drawn. There are so many choices in both

or line the back of bookshelves or glass

cloth and other fabrics, to papers made

design and application. For the serial

kitchen cabinets to add drama and a fun

to look like dimensional wood planks

decorator who many want a new look in

surprise. Just one roll of paper can have a

or antique tin tiles, rustic faux stone or

a child’s bedroom in a year or two, peel-

big impact if you use it to frame sections

brick finishes. Stick with tradition, and

and-stick wallpaper may be the way to go.

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{inspiration home}

Dig In!


April 2018

by Becky Calvert

Why It’s Beneficial to Get Kids Involved in Gardening From increasing outdoor time together, adding exercise, incorporating lessons in patience, teaching science and more, there are a number of good reasons and benefits to engaging your children in gardening. And who knows, maybe growing their own foods will also entice your little ones to try something new and fresh.


{inspiration home} Gardening is, first and foremost, an exercise in patience. It can take months before the tomato seeds you planted produce their first fruit. Thankfully, not


all vegetables need such a long growing




season; and along the way, there is plenty of gardening work to do that will keep the kids engaged while they wait for those tomatoes to ripen. Thankfully, children are curious by nature and are generally eager to help with many of the necessary tasks along the way. Giving children ownership is one of

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have some say in what gets planted.

grocery store and picking out foods they are curious about. “Get carrots with the greens still attached or spinach with the roots when grocery shopping,” he advises, letting the kids see what the plant looks like in a more natural environment

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instead of prepped and ready to eat in a plastic bag. This begins to give them an idea of what they would like to grow for themselves. Having their own tools also helps


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{inspiration home} tasks like working in compost, weeding,

acidic or alkaline to help you determine

in will help the soil drain while keeping

thinning sprouts and watering. This can

how to best augment it. It can take a few

it from drying out completely between

help remove the novelty of gardening,

weeks to process, but if you’re eager to

waterings. Organic gardening—gardening

advises Harden, by teaching them what

jump in this spring, you can always wait

with natural fertilizers and pest control—

the regular chores of a garden are, so that

until the fall to test your soil, which gives

can be a bit more challenging than using

as they get older, they will be naturally

whatever amendments you give your soil

chemicals but is better for pollinators, the



time to settle in. The local Virginia Tech

soil and, of course, your family. Consider

how the worms they see in the garden

Extension office can help with testing

starting a compost bin for an resourceful

are beneficial, how the bees and other

your soil. There are also some DIY tests

boost to your soil quality.

pollinators help the garden produce food.

you can do that can be quite fun with kids.

In early spring, try planting snap peas,

When planning your garden, keep it

Using a cup of soil, put two tablespoons

greens, carrots, radishes and lettuces

simple. If this is your first time gardening,

of soil into a non-reactive container. Add

from seed directly into the ground. As the

it is better to start small. You can expand

½ cup of vinegar. If the soil fizzes, you have

weather warms up, plant squash, okra,

the garden over time. Stick to a few

alkaline soil with a pH of about 7–8. If the

pumpkins, watermelon, cucumbers and

varieties, choosing plants that will do best

soil doesn’t fizz, add a few tablespoons to

beans from seed directly into the ground.

in your garden. Tomatoes need 6–8 hours

another container and add distilled water

It is also a good time to purchase pepper

of sunlight a day, so if your garden is more

until the soil is muddy. Add ½ cup baking

and tomato plants. You can purchase

shaded, keep that in consideration. Read

soda, and if your soil fizzes, you have

starts of other plants, particularly squash

the instructions that are on the seed

acidic soil with a pH of about 5–6. If your

and cucumbers, but you’ll find they grow

packet or on the plant marker before

soil doesn’t react, you most likely have a

quickly and easily from seed. Tomatillos—

committing. It’s perfectly okay to ensure

neutral soil, which is good!

the main ingredient for Salsa Verde—

engaged. Talk



success by purchasing starts, particularly

Soil in our area tends to have a lot of

are another easy-to-grow plant that is

on plants that have longer germination

clay in it, which means it holds water, but

resistant to most pests and diseases while

periods and need to be started inside in

doesn’t necessarily drain well; and when

offering a bit of a dramatic appearance to

late winter months, like tomatoes and

it dries out, it becomes hard and brittle. To

the garden. Don’t be afraid to plant a few

peppers. Ideally, you’ll want to have your

help augment it, add in organic material

varieties of tomatoes—large beefsteak

soil tested to determine whether it is more

like compost or humus. Working these

tomatoes for sandwiches, romas for sauce

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Percy J. Dillard Painting & Drywall

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{inspiration home} and sweet cherry tomatoes for a snack

either. Flowers, particularly ones kids can

while working in the garden. Kids love

pick, are always a good choice. Zinnias

cherry tomatoes, so if you want to ensure

are a colorful addition to the garden, easy

some make it into the house, a second

to grow from seed and make a fantastic

cherry tomato plant is always a good idea.

cutting garden. Sunflowers are another

Warm days in late winter and early

fun choice while marigolds are a hardy

spring can lead many an eager gardener

natural pest deterrent, making them a

to planting early, only to lose an entire

common companion plant for tomatoes.

crop due to a late frost. Warm air can be

Herbs are another great addition to

deceiving, but it is ground temperatures

the garden, while often acting as natural

that you need to pay attention to in

pest deterrents. Basil is known as a

gardening. There are some plants that

natural companion plant for tomatoes. It

will do well with cool ground temps, but

is an annual while many other herbs like

warmer weather plants like tomatoes,

oregano, sage, chives, sorrel, rosemary and

peppers and squash need the ground to be

thyme are perennials. These herbs will fill

consistently warm before they do much

in over time, so when planting them in

growing. In our area, late April to early

the garden, be sure to give them room to

May is a good time to begin planting your

spread out. Mint is easy to grow but will

summer garden.

also easily overtake a garden and is best

There are some plants, such as

left to container gardening.

lettuce, carrots and radishes, that you can

Once your garden is planned and

continue to sow throughout most of the

planted, it will still need regular attention

season, although you might want to skip it

with watering, thinning seedlings and

during the hottest months of the summer

pulling weeds. Rain barrels, which collect

(July and most of August) and pick it back

runoff from your roof and gutters, are

up as it begins to cool down.

great for gardeners. Rain water, unlike

Don’t limit your garden to just food

water from a hose, is untreated and


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April 2018

85th Annual

Historic Garden Week Virginia’s Historic Garden Week is back for another year of exploring our state’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks. This eightday event allows visitors to view some of Virginia’s spectacular gardens during peak spring blooming season in addition to homes decorated with over 2,300 flower arrangements created by the members of the Garden Club of Virginia. With over 30 tours taking place between April 21–28, Historic Garden Week is Virginia’s oldest volunteer tourism project, and the nation’s only statewide house and garden tour. Tours in the Albemarle County area on April 21–23 will include the historic Castle Hill, Chopping Bottom Farm and the Ben-Coolyn Estate. Today, there are over 47 Garden Clubs of Virginia with over 3,300 members who help make Virginia’s Garden Week possible every year for the past 85 years. Tour guidebooks, schedules and ticket purchases are available at

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{inspiration home} Got

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soft, which is better for your plants. It’s

once moved a marigold every single day

also free, and when wells and municipal

in her little plot. They are hardy plants,

water supplies run low in a drought, rain

but not quite hardy enough to withstand

barrels can be utilized for watering plants.

an enthusiastic toddler moving them

Another bonus of rain barrels is when the

every day for weeks on end. She never

spigot gets left open on a rain barrel, it’s

noticed that the marigold at the end of

not nearly as devastating to your water

the summer wasn’t the same she started

bill as a hose left on overnight. Gardens


prefer to be watered in the cool of the

replacement, but she was oh, so proud of

day rather than in the full sun, which can

that marigold in her garden patch.





evaporate the water quickly, so an early

It is also important to remember when

morning or later afternoon stroll in the

gardening with children that one doesn’t

garden with a watering can could easily

have to be too particular with planting—

become a regular family activity.

rows don’t have to be perfectly straight

Harvesting, the absolute best part

and seeds might get spilled. Gardening is

of a vegetable patch, should be a family

meant to be fun. If your child gets bored

affair. Encourage your child to nibble on

with the task at-hand and wants to do

items as they move through the garden;

something else, there is always another

this is why a second cherry tomato plant

task they can do, such as building a

is so helpful. A child who may turn their

scarecrow or making plant markers.

nose up at a salad on the dinner table may

If your yard isn’t big enough for a

find themselves enthusiastically nibbling

garden but you still would like to engage

fresh baby lettuces straight out of the

your child in growing plants, a container


garden is also a good way to add color to

As with anything done with young

your deck, porch or front steps. Just as

children, there may be some behind-

you would let your child choose items

the-scene tasks performed when they

for growing in a garden, give them some

aren’t looking. As a toddler, my daughter

ownership of the container garden.

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NEAT & CLEAN Cavalier Window Cleaning Cavalier Window Cleaning is an ecofriendly, fully licensed and insured business, offering window cleaning, home repair and power washing services. See ad page 59

TECH HELP Total Home Technology Consulting Total Home Technology offers complete evaluation of home audio video, computer networking, telephone, lighting control, security and home automation needs. Referral assistance for dealers and contractors per client’s needs. See ad page H-10

BUYING & PROTECTING Calvert, Becky – Sloan Manis Realty See ad page H-9

Grout & Carpet Wizards A locally owned and operated business, Grout & Carpet Wizards offers tile & grout, carpets, oriental rugs, commercial properties and microseal services, as well as offers free estimates. See ad page H-20 Gardening, which seems like a simple act of growing things in the dirt, can


teaches them patience and the value of


working at a task that doesn’t have an

Owner-operated specialty food store that connects local farmers and artisan food producers with consumers. Feast also offers catering services for weddings and other functions. See ad page H-7

be lessons in math, science and history (where some of those foods come from!). You can continue their education by taking those foods into the kitchen and teaching your child how to cook with them. It may

Rebecca’s Natural Food

start with a patch of dirt and a few seeds,

For those living a natural food lifestyle, Rebecca’s Natural Food offers education and support, as well as healthy dietary supplements, health and beauty products, and a variety of natural foods. See ad page H-5

but it can grow into something much bigger with a little bit of effort and love.

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Group Underwriters Agency Inc. See ad page H-11

Leffler, Greg – State Farm Insurance See ad page H-16

introduce your child to new foods. It

instant reward. Along the way, there can

Durham, Trey – Keller WilliamsGlenwood

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Tucker, Griffin & Barnes Law See ad page H-9

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Charlottesvillefamily's HOME April 2018  

Volume 19 Issue 4

Charlottesvillefamily's HOME April 2018  

Volume 19 Issue 4