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HOME & GARDEN

Charm

COTTAGE-STYLE

A CHARMING COTTAGE GARDEN AND HOME HIGHLIGHTS THIS YEAR’S 86TH HISTORIC LOCAL GARDEN WEEK TOUR

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he Rivanna Garden Club Committee for this year’s local Garden Week tour is tapping into the Danish “hygge” trend (pronounced “hoo-ga”) that is super hot in today’s home fashions. This year’s tour will be showcasing some properties that exemplify the hygge lifestyle, which is defined largely as one centering around all things “cozy.” Complete with a cat curled up by the fireplace and a kettle always on the stove for a cup of tea and biscuits, the Boninti home, with its red façade framed by lush green vegetation, exudes cottage-style hygge charm and exists in its own quaint paradise. When the homeowners, Fran and Andrew,

purchased the property in 1981, they fell in love with the landscape and all of its little quirks, from the hilly grade and partly riparian surface, the streams winding throughout the property and the oak trees left from its earlier days as a dairy farm. On its three acres, they built the home where their family grew and where the gardens have far surpassed their original intentions, creating their own slice of heaven. In 2005, the home underwent a major renovation, nearly doubling in size. Since then, the only major project was seven years ago when they had the front lawn removed and redesigned by Susan Viemeister to incorporate paths and garden beds—the only area not

WORDS BY SARAH PASTOREK | INTERIOR PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREA HUBBELL GARDEN PHOTOGRAPHY BY R. L. JOHNSON 92

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Charlottesville Wine & Country Living Spring 2019  

Charlottesville Wine & Country Living Spring 2019