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n P U B L I S H E R ’ s note Here in vibrant, beautiful Charlottesville and Albemarle County, each new season brings opportunities to refresh, revamp and restyle the way we dress, eat and live. As we move into spring, there’s much to love: warmer temperatures, longer days, greener landscapes, the scents of spring…everything seems to come to life again. Yes, spring is a time of new beginnings. And, in this spirit of new and fresh we bring you: Charlottesville HOME magazine. As a home resource and idea publication, each new issue will showcase local style— how we design, build, furnish, landscape and live in our homes. Our talented team of writers and designers hopes to inspire and inform you with ideas and tips on life at home, inside and out. We’ll deliver the latest and greatest from the Charlottesville world of home and garden— what’s new, who’s growing, and where to find the latest design trends, household furnishings, services and professionals to enhance our homes and lives. This area boasts such a strong community of builders, designers, craftsmen, repair companies and home décor retailers and designers; savvy Albemarle County residents know the value of using local professionals to create personal home spaces, and we’ll show you where to find these professionals. In creating this premier issue, we’ve been overwhelmed with the positive response we’ve received from the residents of the Charlottesville area and its businesses. The advertisers in this publication and the experts consulted in our articles know the value of all this diverse area has to offer, and we appreciate their commitment to this first issue. Now, read on! I hope the ideas, tips and businesses presented on these pages of Charlottesville HOME will inspire you to do something new and fresh this spring.






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features BL URR E D L I N E S I N Y OU R L AW N

Softening the edges where hardscapes meet landscapes BY C o ry M o r g a n


A lot hinges on your decision BY Cat h e r i n e C h a p m a n M o s l ey


A design duo makes over a stylish mid-century home BY Lau r e l F e i n m a n


Tabletop essentials every hostess needs BY M e r i d i t h I n g r a m Cover photography by David Duncan at the home of Bill and Elizabeth Hutter.

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14 P O P C U LTU RE: ADD A T O UCH OF MOD Adding modern accents to your traditional home

45 WHAT’S HAPP E N I N G IN LOCAL REA L ESTATE Baby Boomers’ influence on the market

33 GARDEN H I D E AWAY S Clever backyard retreats

17 C UL I N A RY CORNER: S T R AW B ER R I E S How to use strawberries after your visit to the patch


36 T H E COLORS O F S P R I NG Fresh new colors for your home

BY Cath e r i n e C hap man M os ley

BY M itz i B i b le

48 G A R D E N D AY 2 0 1 4 Beautiful homes and gardens welcome you

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n editor ’ s note It seems like spring is when we like to get our house in order— essentially hitting the “reset” button and rebooting our home after a long winter. After so many grey months, it’s a breath of fresh air to bring the colors of spring inside our homes. As the beautiful Albemarle region is waking up from its long nap, find ways to include this season’s top hues in your décor in our spring color report. I’m eager to share with you the stylish showcase home we’ve chosen to feature in this premier edition of your HOME magazine. It’s a fantastic mid-century modern home that’s been completely redesigned by an interesting couple you’ll want to meet. Then, we’ll teach you how to add touches of mod to your favorite rooms no matter your home’s architectural style. In this edition of HOME, you’ll find articles brimming with practical advice and fresh approaches to problems you might face every year. Set off on the right foot as you step into your garden for the first time with tips about how you can soften hard edges around your lawn. Be inspired by from our preview of the homes featured on this year’s Historic Garden Day tour. And, see the potential for creating a backyard retreat—a little place you can call your own. There are so many opportunities to celebrate in your home this spring: Easter, Mother’s Day, graduations and bridal showers. Now is a good time to assess your table linens and find

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out which key pieces your table linen wardrobe needs. Then, once you’ve got your table set, choose a sunny strawberry dessert (or host three different occasions so you can try them all!) to serve your guests at your beautiful table. We already feel right at home in Charlottesville. Thank you for inviting us in,




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Living on the Edge Softening the lines between hardscapes and landscapes

BY Co ry M o r g a n

As our yards are returning to their warm-weather glory with the arrival of spring, many of us will be itching to enjoy the outdoor spaces we’ve missed all winter. In recent years, the trend of embracing gardens, patios and lawns as extensions of the home has expanded how people think of and use their yards. With homeowners looking for more ways to develop their yards, features such as decks, fire pits, pools and patios have become increasingly common. Though these elements (generally referred to as hardscapes) serve great purposes, they can create visual discord with their hard lines and rigid looks if they are not balanced and buffered with proper landscaping. Hardscapes and landscaping are often addressed as separate projects. But by treating these two huge elements as separate entities, you could be limiting your property’s overall aesthetic potential. If you were instead to take a step back and imagine your yard, driveway, garage, porch, patio, deck, sidewalks, pool and everything that surrounds them an extension of your home, the results could be surprising. Literally softening the edges of your hardscapes by utilizing good landscaping techniques can blur the lines between the two, creating a visual flow and elevating your property to resort-like status. c h a r l o t t e s v i l l e h o m e m a g a z i n e . c o m



The Lay of the Land

As with any project, it is important to plan ahead and have a good understanding of the way your structures and yard work with each other and what you hope to accomplish. Maybe your home sits on the side of a hill and you are having problems with erosion control. Perhaps you have rows of shrubbery around your front porch, and all that’s needed is proper pruning to smooth over any rough edges. Or it could be that your driveway appears long and awkward and requires some spicing up to eliminate that “runway” feel. Embrace the natural flow of your land and imagine how you could work out some of the blockier corners or bare areas. All Hands on Deck

Some of the more common hardscapes are patios and even low-lying decks. When planning for landscaping additions here, start by going out and sitting on your patio or deck and take note of where your gaze is naturally drawn. This should be the focal point of any landscaping work. Keep in mind that your entire yard will be viewed as one large presentation 10

that does not end with the perimeter of your deck or patio structure. For this reason, it is important to make sure one area flows into the next. This might mean planting colorful border trees and shrubberies all around the exterior of your yard as sort of a backdrop for your presentation. Larger plants such as crepe myrtles, Japanese red maples, redbuds and dogwoods are wonderful choices that add a variety of color. Evergreens such as junipers and cypresses are also great picks that will provide year-round greenery and make excellent privacy borders. With the taller vegetation in place, you can begin layering smaller plants in the foreground and around your hardscapes to relax the look of their rigid lines with lighter, airy foliage. Many herbs will help you achieve a delicate look around your ground-level deck or patio without a lot of maintenance. Look for dill, thyme, Russian sage, lavender and rosemary to supplement soft texture (not to mention the added aromatic and culinary benefits!). Adam Crouch, Sales Manager for J.W. Townsend Landscapes, suggests using low-growing plants with

a spreading habit. He adds, “Plants like Liriope muscari, Pachysandra terminalis or Helleborus orientalis are all great choices to do the job and they look good year-round.” Another trick to creating a relaxed atmosphere is to avoid a precise pattern in your plant groupings. Dan Gregg of Grelen Nursery suggests that “when planting groupings, plant odd numbers of plants until you get to groupings larger than five, at which point even numbers are ok as well.” Intermingling your shorter flowering plants and grasses can give your bed a more natural look, and allowing the plants to fill in on their own will mean less weeding down the road. Consider the layout of your particular hardscape and what areas might especially benefit from landscaping. Turn the severe corners where a sidewalk meets a driveway into an eye-pleasing flower grouping with a fluid, curved border. Buffer elevated features, such as a trellis or stair railing, with taller plants that won’t be dwarfed next to them, or even consider a climbing plant, such as clematis, to add interest above ground level. C h a r l o t t e s v i l l e h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 4

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For elevated decks, when the structure is at least 4 or 5 feet off the ground, there are a few additional factors to consider. From your perch, you’ll be gazing at a downward angle on your yard and plantings. Again, establish taller plants first, and then work your way down to medium and low-lying choices. Consider shrubs that will grow to be bushy and tall enough to fill in the space between the deck and the ground, such as arborvitae for an evergreen choice or hydrangea and rhododendron to provide a bright pop of color. Don’t hesitate to bring flora up onto the deck as well. Container gardening is an easy and low-maintenance way to break up the wood-on-wood monotony of a large deck. Group several containers of various heights together, or create a terrace effect by placing pots of trailing plants like sweet potato vine, verbena, begonia and nasturtium up a flight of stairs. Under the deck itself, the most practical choice may be stone mulch (with weedcloth beneath to keep undesirable “volunteers” at bay) since the lack of sunlight prevents hearty grass growth. Available in many colors and textures, there is certainly a stone mulch variety available to complement your hardscape. Stone mulch is also very effective at slowing erosion, making it a great choice to incorporate into landscaping for aesthetic and practical reasons. Slippery Slopes

Our area is known for its hills, and in some spots it would appear as if every home is built on an angle. Many homeowners struggle with slope retention and erosion. Fortunately there are elegant ways to deal with these hard-to-landscape problem areas, and the results can be beautiful. c h a r l o t t e s v i l l e h o m e m a g a z i n e . c o m


Before proceeding with landscaping slopes, you must consider the soil type and how steep a slope you are dealing with. Ground covers are great choices for hillsides as their root systems will help provide a sturdy “grip” to the soil. Furthermore, many ground cover species require little maintenance and provide a great wispy look that stays year-round. Look for things like junipers, creeping thyme and mosses. To provide height and color, gardenia, nandina, loropetalum, liriope and rhododendron will be successful on slopes. “Terracing walls is a great way to create usable space in an otherwise sloping yard,” says Angela Fink, Sales Coordinator for J.W. Townsend Landscapes. “In our experience, using a master craftsman to construct a natural stone or brick wall yields a structure that is a thing of beauty.” Forming terraces, which involves removing sections of dirt and inserting retaining walls to create a functional structure, can be difficult as you want to make certain you have a proper foundation and support for your slope. A common choice for these walls is to apply stucco over a concrete, brick or block base. In addition, stacking smaller walls into tiers or creating a serpentine wall adds visual interest. Combining outdoor stairways with your terraced walls is also a great strategy. You may even decide to include some stepables (plants that tolerate foot traffic) between your stairways and flagstone or paver walkways. Dwarf mondo grass, creeping Jenny, Irish moss and many varieties of mint are all great selections.

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If you’re lucky enough to have a pool, it’s important to address how it fits with the landscaping. A pool area with great landscaping can become a gorgeous, spa-like destination in your own backyard. For the most part, pools can be treated much like other hardscape structures, although there are a couple of things to consider. To add another dimension to pool landscaping, raised planters can be a great option. Not only do they add height and visual interest, but can also provide welcome seating. Try filling poolside beds with sun-loving plants such as salvia, blanket flower, daylily and purple coneflower. Also think about adding tall ornamental grasses, such as pampas or pink muhly grass, to give your pool the appearance of an oasis. They may look fluffy, but are actually quite hearty. Non-Plant Elements

Good landscaping takes all of these factors into consideration; great landscaping goes beyond selecting the right plants and mulch, however. Consider using non-plant elements in order to elevate your yard to the next level and give it a resort-like status by adding an unexpected statement piece. If you find yourself craving that “something extra” in your yard but aren’t ready to undertake a big project, look to features that are ready-to-install that you can simply landscape around. Effects such as a small fountain, a grouping of boulders, a garden bench, or a pair of large urns overflowing with flowers can add a lot of character with minimal effort. Take the opportunity to select a piece that reflects the desired overall atmosphere for your yard, whether it’s an oversized lantern for a Zen look, a masculine log bench for a rustic elegance, or a simple yet contemporary water feature for a modern flair. Use mulch or groundcover around the base, then work your way into low-lying 12

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plants like phlox and lantana, then on to slightly taller choices such as coleus or hosta to layer in bright greens, working upwards with taller plants like hollyhock and dahlia. Use the plants you already have incorporated into other landscaping to frame this centerpiece and give a dramatic yet unified effect. Do keep in mind that when it comes to statuary and other non-plant elements, too much can definitely give your yard a cluttered look; don’t overdo it! Putting it all Together

The sky’s the limit when it comes to landscaping around your home. The bestlooking homes and yards combine all types of landscaping styles and strategies to fit the natural layout of their spaces. And they also reflect what homeowners really want to get out of their spaces, whether that’s entertaining with barbeque on the patio, spending a day of fun in the sun in the pool, or simply spending a quiet afternoon taking in the beauty of your garden. Keep these principles in mind to create a comfortable and enjoyable space for you and your family. J.W. Townsend L andscapES

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SHINE ON! BY L au r el F ei n m a n

Whether your home is filled with heirloom antiques or hand-medowns, any style of dĂŠcor can pull off a touch of whimsy, a bit of other worldly sophistication and some sparkle. Accents in acrylic, chrome and lacquer add a little spunk to your home and bring you a smile every time your gaze falls upon them.


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A Clear Winner

Acrylic furnishings (sometimes called by their brand names Lucite or Plexiglass) add a playful accent to your room without adding visual clutter. These ghostly furnishings have the uncanny ability to disappear while highlighting other items that rest on or under them. Elegant and with a contemporary edge, clear acrylic brings colors and shapes in your room to life and visually maximizes your space. Something you should know: Acrylic scratches easily and requires a tender touch to keep it gleaming. A clean, damp microfiber cloth keeps your acrylic sparkling. It’s a good idea to designate a cleaning cloth to be used only on your acrylic so you don’t accidentally smear a cleaning solvent from another job on your item. Never use chemical cleaners or glass cleaners on your acrylic. Oops! Got a scratch? Novus Polish (www.novuspolish. com) removes scratches and haze to restore your acrylic to its former glistening glory.

TRY IT! An acrylic coffee table in the living room reflects light and won’t compete with other furniture around it. A pair of crystalline table lamps with translucent bases brightens the buffet. Feeling timid? A beautiful lamp set upon an acrylic riser brightens any dark corner.

Perfectly Polished

Modern and cheerful, chrome is a forward-looking metal that adds a sleek touch to any room. Often overshadowed by other silver-toned metals like nickel and pewter, moderately priced chrome holds its own in your living room just as well as it holds your robe in the bathroom. This cool metal reflects light like a mirror and everyday items such as wastebaskets, coat racks and desk utensils take on a retro swanky Palm Springs vibe when finished in chrome. Caring for chrome: Chrome is a durable material that needs only a little upkeep if it is kept away from water. Simply dust with a soft cloth and clean occasionally with a nonabrasive cleaner. Make sure the cleaning agent is safe for your chrome by testing it on a small area that is hidden from view.

TRY IT! A chrome office chair is a glamorous mid-century sparkler when it’s upholstered in plush velvet. Pull up an avant-garde side table next to your favorite spot on the sofa. Just can’t go big? A chrome vase holding a single bloom gives your bedside table just a touch of Hollywood glam. c h a r l o t t e s v i l l e h o m e m a g a z i n e . c o m


Shiny and Bold

If you haven’t gotten yourself a lacquer tray yet, you must! Every home needs at least one. These handy multitaskers corral odds and ends on the desktop, upgrade beverage and snack service at refreshment time, and hold a stack of books plus a drink on the ottoman. Lacquer works equally well in either very traditional or very modern décor. Lacquered wood finishes are durable and can be found in an array of bright colors and metallics. Antique lacquered boxes and tableware are sometimes inlaid or carved, but today we tend to use the word to refer to wooden items painted with a super high-gloss paint finish. Lacquer looks best when it has something in a contrasting texture nearby. Hard as nails: Due to its high-shine, every fingerprint and smudge shows up in sharp relief on lacquered surfaces. But, all you usually need to do to clean it is to wipe the item down with a soft damp cloth and then polish it to dry with a soft, dry cloth. Never use paper towels or pretreated cleaning cloths on lacquer.

Don’t Gloss Over the Details

Try one new fun thing in every room of your home this spring. An acrylic container by the phone holds your reading glasses and a pen. A chrome-dipped light bulb peeks from under the pendant over the kitchen sink. And your car keys always have a home when resting on a lacquered tray on the hunt board. By adding touches of these glossy accents throughout your home, you’ll freshen things up for spring without committing to a total makeover, adding a little something unexpected to your stylish home.

TRY IT! A shiny fire-engine red Chippendale-style chair in the entry hall begs to become your new favorite pocketbook perch. A lacquered waste bin and bathroom accessories set elevates your washroom to a serene spa. Still faint at heart? Try a classic white lacquered jewelry box on your dressing table.


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Strawberry Season Looking forward to a rite of spring BY Lu cy Co o k

Each year after a long chilly winter, we cherish the arrival of spring fruits and vegetables. The first tip of asparagus to break ground, a pea tendril curling around its support, bright white strawberry blossoms ready to turn into juicy red fruits all signal the arrival of spring. One of my favorite rites of spring is strawberry picking. I usually demand a trip to the strawberry patch each Mother’s Day. Local, fresh strawberries are always the best for flavor and for nutrients. Like other seasonal fruits such as tomatoes, the varieties available in the supermarket are grown for their ability to ship, not their good taste. Local berries trump store-bought for that reason alone! The good news is that they’re easy to grow in strawberry pots at home and there are many varieties that will bear fruit all summer, extending their growth season.

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The best way to shop for berries is to actually pick them yourself. When picking berries, keep in mind that the fruit does not ripen further after picking. The next best place to pick berries is at the farmers market. Look for berries that are a uniform rich red color. Smaller berries usually have a better, more concentrated taste. Strawberries won’t last long after being plucked, so it’s best to use them within a few days. As soon as they’re home, spread them in a shallow covered container (they don’t like being stacked) and put

them in the fridge. Wait to wash and hull them until right before use. Any berries that aren’t used within a few days should be frozen. Wash and allow them to dry, then freeze them in a single layer on a baking sheet before transferring them to a freezer bag. Most strawberry recipes are for desserts, although strawberries are also great in a fruit salsa over grilled chicken or fish! I’ve included three desserts that make strawberries the star. Each of these recipes requires a little advance planning but they are all simple to make and will be so pretty on your springtime table. Enjoy our local strawberry season. It goes by too quickly!


Strawberry Tiramisu (Serves 10) This dessert is traditionally a mocha flavor, but springtime calls for a change to strawberries! Serve this pretty recipe instead of strawberry shortcake. Despite its many steps, cooks of any skill level can easily master this recipe. Note: this dessert contains raw eggs, which may be dangerous to the elderly, children under age 4, pregnant women and individuals with compromised immune systems.

STEP THREE: ASSEMBLE AND CHILL Serving dish (layer the dessert in a footed trifle bowl or a pretty


casserole dish)

2/3 cup water

Berry syrup

2/3 cup sugar

1 7-ounce package savoiardi (Italian ladyfinger) cookies, divided

1 pound strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced

Mascarpone mixture, divided

4 Tablespoons framboise (raspberry-flavored) liqueur Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil.

Strain the strawberries from the liquid syrup, reserving both. Dip half of the cookies for a few seconds in the syrup and place a single

Cook two minutes at a full boil, then remove from heat and stir in the

layer of cookies in the serving dish. Spread half of the mascarpone

strawberries. Let the mixture cool, then stir in the liqueur. Set aside to

mixture over the cookie layer, then spread half of the reserved

cool and thicken while you work on the next steps.

strawberries on top of the mascarpone mixture. Repeat with the

STEP TWO: THE CREAMY FILLING 4 eggs, separated

remaining ingredients, ending with the remaining strawberries. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 6 hours.

1/2 cup sugar


8 ounce container mascarpone cheese

2 ounces slivered almonds, toasted

1/2 cup whipping cream

To toast: spread the nuts in an even layer on a baking sheet. There’s

Beat egg yolks with ½ cup sugar until thick and light yellow in color.

no need to add oil because the nuts have their own. Roast the

In another bowl, beat mascarpone and whipping cream together

almonds in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 8-12 minutes (give

until soft peaks form. Fold the egg yolk mixture into the mascarpone

the tray a little shake halfway through toasting so they don’t burn).

mixture and blend.

Transfer the nuts immediately to a plate.

In a clean bowl with clean beaters, beat egg whites until stiff peaks

When ready to serve, top your chilled tiramisu with toasted almonds

form. Fold the egg whites into the mascarpone mixture.

and enjoy!


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Strawberry Basil Ice Cream (Makes one pint serves 2-4) Friends may question this flavor combination—that is, until they try it! The basil is steeped in the milk, creating an interesting flavor that complements the berries. Be sure to use fresh basil for this recipe. For best results, put the bowls of your ice cream maker in the freezer overnight before blending. 2 egg yolks 3/4 cup sugar, divided into 1/4 and 1/2 cup portions 2 cups half and half, divided 1 pound strawberries, hulled

Strawberry Panna Cotta

1 teaspoon lemon zest

until light and fluffy. Set aside.

Panna Cotta (Italian for “cooked cream”) is a silky eggless custard, served cold with fruit or chocolate sauce. Panna Cotta is a perfect dessert for dinner parties because it can be made a day or two in advance and kept refrigerated until serving. If you’ve never had it, this is a great time to try it!

Heat one cup of half and half with the remaining sugar plus one sprig

8 ramekins or small molds

2 generous sprigs basil, divided Whisk the yolks and 1/4 cup of the sugar together in an electric mixer

of the basil until bubbles form around the edge of the pan. Remove from heat and let the mixture steep for 5 minutes. Discard basil.

6 cups fresh local strawberries, cleaned, hulled and divided 2 cups milk 1 cup whipping cream

With the mixer running, carefully drizzle the hot milk mixture down the

1/2 cup sugar

side of the bowl and into the yolks a little bit at a time (otherwise, you

2 envelopes unflavored gelatin

risk making scrambled eggs!). Return this mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until it thickens, about 5 to 10 minutes.

(Serves 8)

Slice all of the strawberries into halves and divide two equal portions of halved berries into separate bowls. Puree half of the berries in a food processor and refrigerate the other half,

Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl, then add the

reserving for a later step. Press the processed berries through a

reserved berries and cream. Stir and refrigerate the mixture until it

fine mesh strainer to remove seeds.

is very cold, 4 hours or overnight. Finely chop the remaining basil and add it along with the

In a heavy saucepan, stir together the milk, cream and sugar. Sprinkle both envelopes of gelatin on the surface and let stand

lemon zest to the ice cream maker and freeze according to

for 10 minutes. Over low heat, stir the mixture until the gelatin

manufacturer instructions.

dissolves, about five minutes. Remove the mixture from heat and fold in the strawberry puree. Divide the mixture evenly among ramekins or molds and chill for at least 8 hours. An hour or so before serving, make the sauce: Reserved berries ½ cup local honey ½ cup water Peel of one small lemon, grated Place the remaining berries, honey, water and lemon in a heavy saucepan and heat just to boiling, gently pressing on the berries while stirring. Transfer to a small bowl and cool to room temperature. Serve the panna cotta by unmolding desserts onto a puddle of strawberry sauce.

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CHOOSING KITCHEN CABINETS Not necessarily an open and shut case By C at h er i n e Ch a p m a n M os l e y

It’s often said that we spend more time in our kitchen than in any other part of our home. It’s a natural gathering place, the hub of the house where the day’s events usually start and finish. So, it’s no wonder we take the greatest care and effort in making our kitchen comfortable and efficient. Whether working with a kitchen renovation or starting from scratch, our choice in kitchen cabinetry is the biggest decision in the process. The cabinets will set the tone for this very special room and this important decision will also drive the budget and layout of your new kitchen. You may choose from stock (prefabricated and ready to install as is, with no customization), custom or semi-custom kitchen cabinets. But homeowners who want a truly special kitchen designed specifically for their needs will want to install custom or semi-custom cabinets.

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ustom cabinetry is any cabinetry that has been hand-built by a professional woodworker to fit a specific purpose or in a specific place. It is truly a one-of-a-kind product, and the homeowner and the builder choose the materials, finishes, details and trim work. Semi-custom cabinetry lies somewhere between stock cabinetry and custom cabinetry. These cabinets are ordered from the manufacturer with your specifications and tend to be better constructed than most stock cabinets. With most semi-custom cabinets, homeowners still have a variety of choices in materials and door styles, though there is a limit to those selections. Semi-custom cabinets are usually finished and ready to install in 4-6 weeks, a much shorter lead-time than custom cabinets, which can sometimes take up to 10 weeks to construct. Homeowners can select features and storage solutions that suit their needs with either option. It all boils down to a matter of personal style and budget. “Customized storage solutions are where customers splurge,” remarks J.R. Rexrode, sales manager at Blue Ridge 22

Builder Supply. “People want their cabinets to look good on the outside and work smart on the inside,” he says. Above all, homeowners want efficiency and a clutter-free kitchen. In addition to Lazy Susans built into corners and spice racks built into cabinets around the stove, newer “smart” features often requested by customers include appliance garages, breadboxes and skinny vertical spaces to hold pans, muffin tins and cookie sheets. As we’ve grown more eco-friendly, many homeowners also request pullout recycling bins. And of course, homeowners who crave order have many options for clever interior storage. Your builder can outfit your drawers and cabinets with dividers that will precisely contain your items. “Drawers can be designed specifically to hold silverware, cutlery or dishes. And tiered drawer organizers can offer twice as much storage within one drawer,” notes Rexrode. Another popular trend is appliance camouflage—in other words, “hiding” the appliance behind a cabinet door, creating a streamlined look in the kitchen. “You can add a cabinet panel over your appliances so they’ll fit in with nearby

cabinets and read as another cabinet,” says Jeff Barratt, owner of Jeff Barratt Woodworking. Both Barratt and Rexrode agree on the importance of the design process. “Preparation and planning for the project is paramount,” explains Rexrode. And, Barratt advises, “There needs to be a detailed design process (that is separate from the build process). Take your time as you plan your kitchen, whether you’re using a professional kitchen designer or doing it yourself.” Barrett cautions that if you don’t plan well when using semi-custom cabinets, awkward transitions can occur around appliances and existing features in your kitchen, because the size of semi-custom cabinets are a standard depth that might not coordinate with the size of your oversized refrigerator or stove. Of course, if you use completely custom cabinets, they’ll be built into the space and the proportions will be correct. Barratt says, “You are investing in something that looks original. The overall feeling says ‘This is a wellthought-out design that was done by a custom workshop,’” even if it was a semi-custom job. C h a r l o t t e s v i l l e h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 4

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Door Styles

Where architecture is concerned, many architectural styles of homes lend themselves very well to particular designs of kitchen cabinets, and one of the ways your cabinets express themselves is with their doors. For instance, a Cape Cod or Dutch Colonial style house will make a different architectural impression than a Queen Anne Victorian or an Italianate home. Homeowners who like to adhere to period details might make selections in wood or door panel styles that are consistent with these styles. Of all the choices, both Rexrode and Barratt agree that white (or off-white) Shaker-style cabinet doors are one of the most popular selections among homeowners. The Shaker-style is casual and gives an airy, clean look to a kitchen, and translates well in both traditional and modern homes. Hinges and Hardware

Cabinet hinges are an easily-forgotten detail that requires your consideration when installing new cabinetry. These small but useful devices are the reason we can open and close our cabinets and store things away behind closed doors. There are a couple of things to consider before you choose yours. 2 4

There are basically two types of cabinet door hinges: those that are visible even when the door is closed, and those that are almost invisible because of the way the door is placed onto the cabinet. Mortise hinges, also called “butterfly hinges,” are commonly used visible hinges and their design is very simple. As their name suggests, they contain two metal plates, connected by a pin, giving them the appearance of a butterfly when their “wings” are opened. They are among the strongest door hinges and are usually an economic choice. They are easy to install and a wide variety of metals and decorative details are available. European hinges, also called concealed hinges or cup hinges, are made up of two parts. One part is the hinge cup and its arm; the other part is the plate that is mounted on the door. These hinges cannot be viewed from outside and it is possible to purchase this type of hinge with a self-closing mechanism, meaning that if someone leaves the door ajar, the hinges will make the door close automatically! And then, there’s the fun part: choosing your cabinet door hardware. Knobs, drawer pulls, and even latches, come in a wide variety of materials, styles and price points. How you accessorize C h a r l o t t e s v i l l e h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 4

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your new cabinet doors is a matter of personal taste. Recently, manufacturers report seeing customers shifting away from polished nickel and pewter to oilrubbed iron and antiqued bronze. Brass and copper are also making a comeback in kitchens. Drawer pulls can be associated with certain architectural styles or historic periods. You don’t need to be locked into those choices, but you should be aware of how different styles look together. If you are interested in being historically accurate in your selections, one fascinating website to study is Before you go shopping for cabinet door hardware, be sure to measure the distance between any pre-drilled holes your door fronts might have, because pulls can come in many different lengths and sizes. Whether your budget and style allows for fully custom or semi-custom kitchen cabinets, you can find plenty of options to design your kitchen as a space that is uniquely your own, suiting the needs of your family and your preference in dÊcor for many years to come.


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Style by Design

A Reimagined Mid-Century Modern Home

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Hidden away in Colthurst Farm, not far from Barracks Road, Ann and Jerry Sole have completely redesigned and renovated a stylish mid-century modern home. Perched atop a ridge on a beautifully wooded lot, the backyard bows deeply away, offering the Soles unobstructed views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from virtually every room. Ann and Jerry lived in Pasadena, California for 20 years and in New York City for 10 years prior to that. But before those big city adventures began, Ann, a native of Lynchburg, attended UVA and always knew she wanted to return home to Charlottesville one day. In fact, while she was a student, Ann lived in various houses on nearby farms. Ann reflects, “I was already familiar with this area and have such great memories of happy times here during my college days.” Ann recently retired from Mattel, where she was the design director for the collector’s line of none other than Barbie. It’s fair to say that in Charlottesville, Ann has designed her dream house. But besides the azaleas and rhododendron, don’t expect to see a lot of pink. Ann and Jerry kept the color palette neutral, using mostly shades of white, pale wood and grays. Walls are painted with refreshing “Decorators White” from Benjamin Moore, allowing the home’s details—and the outdoors viewed from huge floor-to-ceiling sliding doors—to take center stage. c h a r l o t t e s v i l l e h o m e m a g a z i n e . c o m



erry is a Michigan native and worked for many years as a publicist in the film industry, both in New York and Los Angeles. When Ann and Jerry became parents, Jerry stepped away from the film industry and changed careers. He studied at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in order to start a small catering company. Then, in an organic things-leading-to-other-things kind of way, Jerry began doing kitchen design work. Jerry explains, “Ann and I designed kitchens in two homes we lived in out of necessity. My small catering operation was a guerilla-style home operation and I needed the space to be highly functional.” That led to work with a wide range of Pasadena clients who had heard of his work—all done from a chef’s point of view. As Ann’s retirement and their son’s graduation were drawing near, the Soles decided it was time to seriously consider leaving California and moving back to the East Coast. Ann had always wanted to design the interior of a mid-century modern home and was determined to find one. Ann jokes, “I thought … midcentury modern … in Charlottesville? Talk about a needle in a haystack!” While still living in Pasadena, Ann put out feelers and contacted Tim Michel, an old UVA friend who is now a local realtor. Ann found the Colthurst Farm house online. It turns out that Ann and Jerry had looked at the house next door the year before. The same builder built both houses in the mid-’60s. They passed on that house, as they weren’t yet ready to commit to an ambitious cross-country move. But by 2011, they were ready to buy, so they flew to Charlottesville to view this new listing. The couple immediately saw the home’s potential and put in a bid. 2 8

The home, originally designed by architect Rex Whitehurst in 1966, was decorated in traditional Virginia style—complete with crown molding, chair rail and Williamsburg-esque furniture. Ann and Jerry were able to look beyond that particular style of décor and see themselves living here in the fashion and style they had in mind. “I’m a self-taught designer and Ann’s a trained designer from the Parsons School of Design. We both like to think that we can appreciate the potential of a home. Ann and I think a lot alike and we really enjoy working together,” explains Jerry. So, the decision was made. “We did a ‘reverse Beverly Hillbillies’ and happily packed up the truck and left sunny LA to move to the foothills of Virginia,” teases Jerry. Ann’s sister Betty Driskill is an architect in town and was helpful in connecting the dots between the couple and their future partners in the project. Ann and Jerry drew upon their own design talents and interviewed a couple of builders that Betty and others suggested. Ultimately, they selected John Diven at Shelter Associates, LTD. “J.D. has a long history of building beautiful homes, and he came through the door at our first meeting loaded with ideas. Some we had thought of, but many we had not. We got a great feeling from J.D. right off the bat,” recalls Ann. The Transformation Begins

Trading a pair of Colonial six-panel solid wood doors and carriage lanterns for an ultra-modern glass awning and an 8-foot red-framed single pane set of doors, the Soles began working C h a r l o t t e s v i l l e h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 4

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their magic on their new home. One of the first things the couple addressed was the front porch. They removed a well-worn small bluestone porch and installed a much larger modern concrete porch and steps, which Ann designed. The home’s open floor plan boasts light-filled rooms and oilrubbed pale oak floors from Mountain Lumber in Charlottesville. True to mid-century style, the home features a sunken living room, welcoming you into the home from the foyer above. As you step down into the living room, your eyes are immediately drawn to the fireplace at the far end of the room. Its façade, originally covered in painted wide plank panels, is now clad in narrow horizontal charcoal grey limestone tiles from Ann Sacks. The fireplace actually opens into two rooms—the living room, and the master bedroom on the reverse side of the wall. Running the length of the room are built-in bookcases brimming with stylish objects and books, giving pops of color to an otherwise white landscape. Underneath the bookcases runs a 10-foot-long Phillippe Starck sofa, Jerry’s favorite spot in the house. Jerry says, “This is where I usually land when I want to relax and watch all the TV shows and sports that Ann dislikes.” Many of the furnishings for their new home were purchased while they were still living in the Los Angeles area because there is a wealth of mid-century modern furniture and design stores there. She says, “As I was contemplating which direction I wanted to take this house, I thought about going ‘Lilly Pulitzer/Palm Beach’ and I easily could have. But ultimately, I decided to go with a classic mid-century style—not glam, not Hollywood Regency.” c h a r l o t t e s v i l l e h o m e m a g a z i n e . c o m

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Ann admitted to doing equal amounts of shopping in specialty boutiques and browsing online on sites like Design Within Reach and Remodelista. Once they relocated, the couple filled in with furniture purchased locally. A pair of vintage mid-century Lane bedside tables came from a local auction house, and some chairs and stools came from vintage shops in Charlottesville and Ruckersville. Around the corner from the fireplace are built-in shelves that house a stereo system and books. As you pass by, you are led into an open area featuring an office workspace and a pair of leather chairs facing the bedroom fireplace. Also visible is the master bedroom, a few stair steps above this home office and lounge area. Jerry explained that the built-in book cabinets in the office area were already there, but the office work surface came from a remnant of the Caesarstone quartz countertops from the master bath renovation. Besides the items on display in the bookcases, the only thing adorning the office walls is a small, brightly colored painting of a dog walking on the street in the long shadows of afternoon’s light. Private Spaces

The leather chairs warming by the fireplace in the bedroom were handmade by the craftsmen of an eco-friendly company called Cisco Brothers, which uses “green” materials and building methods. They are headquartered in Los Angeles and now also have showrooms at High Point, North Carolina’s furniture market. At the top of a short flight of steps above the office space are the master bedroom, a stylish dressing room, and a spa-like master bathroom. Ann and Jerry took out a few walls and transformed the area that had previously been Jack and Jill bathrooms to create this spacious master suite. The illustrations that line Ann’s dressing area are from artist Robert Best. Ann explains, “Robert is a great illustrator and a talented colleague of mine who, with my support, took over my job at Mattel when I retired.” The master bathroom is awash with natural sunlight streaming in from numerous windows, plus a skylight overhead that the couple had installed. Jerry recalled that when they first moved in, the holly bushes outside were overshadowing the windows and blocking all the natural light. Jerry says, “It was the most depressing room in the house! I bought a chainsaw, watched a bunch of YouTube videos on how-not-to-kill-yourself-with-a-chainsaw and I leveled those ugly bushes!” The warm gray striated limestone floors in the master bath resemble wood, and were first seen by Ann and Jerry in Pasadena while they were pulling together ideas for the remodel in Charlottesville. Local installers struggled with the flooring, because after they were installed, salt leached onto the surface—severely marring the finish. But J.D. came to the rescue. “This was the biggest struggle we faced during the remodeling: how to bring back the beauty of the bathroom floors?” After weeks of trial and error, J.D. fixed the problem with a mineral solution he had used a few years back on a project that involved exterior brick stains. “This is just one example of how using an experienced builder can really pay off,” says Ann. The custom bath cabinets were designed by the couple and built by David Marshall of Albion in Earlysville. The white tile used in the master bath came from Wainwright Tile and Stone. The tub, sinks and fixtures came from Ferguson in Charlottesville. Though beautiful and serene, these private spaces in Ann and Jerry’s home are not meant for entertaining their friends. For that, one must go to their home’s central gathering place: the kitchen. 3 0

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Jerry says that of all the kitchens he has designed over the years, “This one is, by far, my favorite.” Ann and Jerry completely reconfigured the kitchen, moved walls and changed its footprint—keeping only the previous homeowner’s professionalgrade Wolf gas range and stovetop. Ann took space from a closet that previously sat behind the pantry to house the 42” built-in refrigerator, thus creating much needed counter space next to the range. She moved the washer/dryer unit from the pantry area to the master bedroom closet, thereby considerably enlarging the kitchen pantry space. The couple also removed a wall between the kitchen and the dining room, added a much larger skylight, replaced upper cabinets with stainless steel open shelving from Ikea, and added a new single-pane door leading to the grilling area outside. “The new door brings in lots of light, as do the windows that line the kitchen,” Jerry explains. Man-plus-chainsaw, 2…overgrown bushes, 0. Lit by a combination of an overhead skylight, plentiful windows and electric task lighting, the kitchen is bright and airy. The wood grain on the pale-stained maple cabinetry is thoughtfully matched so that the long corridor of cabinets and pantries translates as seamless. The cabinetry was designed by the couple and built by Reico Kitchen & Bath. Counters are topped with a marble-like Caesarstone quartz, and the contemporary cabinet hardware is by Ikea. Jerry chose open shelving in the work zone of his kitchen, adding to its professional chef’s kitchen aesthetic. Jerry cooks for a local catering company and has his own personal chef business







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called Aha Cuisine. Ann and Jerry also host frequent dinner parties where guests can enjoy being a part of the preparations as they mingle while Jerry cooks. The Soles purchased Kitchen Aid appliances from Ferguson in Charlottesville. The white tile backsplash is from Wainwright Tile & Stone. At the far end of the kitchen, a flight of stairs leads down to the basement. The stairwell was once rimmed with traditional iron handrails, but Ann and Jerry replaced them with a modern railing of their own design. Randy and Steve Teeter from Custom Ornamental Iron in Waynesboro built the new railings (and the modern railings that line the deck off the living room). The new kitchen rail features opaque Plexiglas panels that almost give the appearance of alabaster, as light streaming in through the nearby door glows behind them. Jerry remembered what a meticulous process it was to have the panels installed. “I remember watching Wade, J.D.’s lead carpenter, slowly warm the edges of the panels with a blowtorch, just a few inches at a time, and then carefully smooth by hand each little section. It was well worth the effort, we think.” Ann says that her favorite place to work is at the kitchen peninsula the couple installed after they removed a portion of a wall and opened up the space to flow directly into the dining room. Galvanized steel utility stools, sporting faux-fur slipcovers 3 2

to soften and warm their appearance, tuck out of the way when not in use. An oversized vintage French movie poster hangs on the wall behind the dining table—memorabilia from Jerry’s days as a publicist for a company that distributed foreign art films. Welcome, Guests

Just beyond the dining room is a full-sized guest bathroom in the hallway, just outside a comfortable guest bedroom. When designing the bathroom, Ann decided to pull out the tub and install a spacious shower in its place. All eyes are immediately drawn to a translucent lemon-yellow Philippe Starck stool sitting in the corner—the only burst of color in the otherwise neutral room. The flooring in the guest bath consists of pale blue penny tiles from Wainwright and the bathroom sink and faucet are from Duravit. Prominently displayed in the light-filled guest bedroom is an oversized House of Cards set, designed by Charles and Ray Eames in the 1950s. Each card features six slots and players can interlock the cards in a myriad of ways in order to build their dream house. One can’t help but wonder if Ann and Jerry Sole didn’t approach their classic mid-century modern home in much the same way—arranging and rearranging the various components until they constructed their ideal home. C h a r l o t t e s v i l l e h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 4


The Garden Shed Grows Up Think Beyond a Place t o Stash Your Tools By M i t z i B i b l e

Our childhood imagination that made a backyard tree house or playhouse so much fun is still alive in all of us. It’s just that as adults, we’re more practical about it. Bring back that youthful creativity and transform a utility structure into a place to call your own.

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Let’s face it: sometimes we dream about having our own haven where we can exercise, or make crafts, or work, or even just socialize with a couple friends without stepping on Legos or shouting over a blaring television set, or having family members pass through dropping all the wares of their day in our special space. A backyard shed could be the solution! Now available in more architectural styles than ever before, the garden-variety garden shed, if you will, now has many different uses. Retailers say that most customers request a basic garden shed for an answer to their outdoor storage problems and a place to keep their tools. But lately, many have been seeking specialized sheds for alternate uses…and those uses may surprise you. “Outdoor storage buildings can make great man caves, studios, workshops, personal rooms, cabins, meditation rooms, and more,” said Loren Shetler, owner of Capitol Sheds in Ruckersville. People have begun to see untapped potential in garden sheds for pool houses, billiards rooms, home gyms, sunrooms, home offices, or even guesthouses. Now with so many options for size, doors, windows, angled roofs, and even electrical and plumbing, some people are choosing to construct a backyard shed to house their hobbies—with all those special touches that fit each function. Take a look at the options available for sheds today and you may find why these stylish outbuildings are making their way in to more backyards. c h a r l o t t e s v i l l e h o m e m a g a z i n e . c o m

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Nowadays, the styles of sheds can range from a very traditional carriage house, to a modern chalet with a peaked roofline and elaborate trim, to a resort-like villa. There’s even a two-story cottage with Williamsburg-style dormers—a perfect compromise for couples, where each can have their own level, keeping hobbies separate but enjoying the space together. Even simple barn and A-frame-style buildings come with interesting details and options. People can closely match the look of their home and really pick and choose what they want to customize it and make it their own. Once a style is decided, size is the next big factor to consider. The structures are usually ordered in 2-foot increments (for instance, a basic A-frame can range from 4-by-6 to 14-by-36). Be sure to discuss your structure’s intended use with a retailer because they know what works best for a particular purpose. For example, a 12-by-20 building is the minimum size recommended for a woodshop because if you go smaller than that, it will be 33

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difficult to work with a full sheet of plyboard. If you hope to use the space to rebuild a vintage car, you will need room for a workbench, enough height to open garage doors, and ample space to navigate around your vehicle with tools as you work. So, perhaps you’d need a 14-by-28 size shed for your workshop. If you dream of having your own home gym and plan to place a weight set out there, retailers will need to know your plans so they can reinforce the floor for adequate support. Another factor you’ll want to consider is the exterior siding. Shetler says it is easy to add wood or vinyl siding to the exterior of your garden shed to match the color and style of your home. Some homeowners even choose to add brick or rock veneer. Then come the extras: there are an abundance of window and door styles, different types of shutters, and even shelving, skylights, vents, ramps, window boxes and porches. Let the Sunshine in

Although sheds can be outfitted with electricity, one of the most popular ways people customize sheds is to request more windows and doors to let more light in and sometimes even avoid an electric hookup altogether. Artists have ordered buildings with windows on every side so they can work while bathed in all-natural light. Chalets and sheds featuring dormers are popular styles for this reason. Shetler advises that buildings can be ordered with electrical wiring already installed, but you will need an electrician to attach the fixtures. Ordering the building with wiring is not recommended unless you plan on finishing the interior walls. Installation Intel

People always want to know if a building permit is needed for utility structures. In many cases, if the structure is less than 200 square feet (and doesn’t have electrical or plumbing installed), you may not need one. Shetler says that any shed larger than 200 square feet will need a zoning permit. Sheds larger than 250 square feet may require footers. Localities have different requirements and zoning ordinances. Retailers can work with customers to make sure all the requirements are met during installation. They can also recommend electricians, plumbers and landscapers. Set-up and installation of a shed is fairly quick. Shetler says that a factory-ordered, customized structure can take around three weeks for delivery. Mine, Mine, Mine

With the exchange of ideas the Internet allows, there is no shortage of inspiration to help you decorate your special space. Like rooms in a home, you can choose a theme and decorate from the inside out. One place where creative ideas converge from social media, blogs, and decorating gurus is www.scoop. it/t/garden-sheds. Here, you can find ideas about how to decorate with antiques (think cozy cottage with a whitewashed, distressed look on the walls and cabinets); create a gardener’s delight with vines, trellises, and birdhouses; or paint the exterior with the color and logo of your favorite sports team to customize your man cave! If you decide to finish the interior, consider using OSB, a type of sub wall, with insulation, suggests Shetler. He says it is a better choice than drywall because if the structure were to be moved, its finish could crack. Many people add paneling over 34

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the OSB, then paint or paper the paneling. Shetler says he has known customers who have used a polyurethane spray to protect the interior of the buildings against moisture—a good idea for an out-building that is not climate-controlled. On the outside, depending on what type of installation your building requires, you may be able to install a rock foundation or use shrubbery to cover any open areas underneath. Some people choose vibrant paint colors to attract attention to their building, while others prefer an unfinished, natural look and allow vines to meander around and provide camouflage. Some will add a fountain, rock garden, rows and rows of flowers, and dainty furniture, while others will add a simple paver pathway leading from their home. A personal space is about personal style, so it should reflect your own. Keep it Up

Like your home, these little buildings must be maintained to extend the life and enjoyment of your hobby hut. A roof should be replaced every 15-20 years and homeowners should keep an eye on the shingles for leaks, add fresh coats of paint when the structure shows wear, and seasonally clean it if it is vinyl. To protect your siding, don’t prop tools or equipment against it, which can trap moisture and encourage hideouts for critters. Unlike your home, however, these buildings can be remarkably portable. Shetler reminds us that these building are built to be moveable. So, even if you change residences, you can always pack up your special space and take it with you.

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Hot for Spring How Will Your Home Wear Spring’s Top Colors? BY C a r r i e Wa l l er P h ot o g r a p hy by M a ll o r y B e n e d i c t

We’re lighting up at the first signs of green poking up from the ground and breathing deeply those wisps of a springtime breeze! Because no season is quite so colorful as spring, we’re breaking down some of the hottest hues of 2014 with a few simple tricks to bring each vibrant shade into your home. Whichever shade you choose, do so with gumption and fearlessness. Using color in your home is a simple, affordable and amusing solution that happily discourages formula or finality.

FREESIA WITH CELOSIA ORANGE Although perhaps more often associated with summer, shades of light umber and canary yellow are already peeking out from shop windows and shelves. These optimistic colors immediately evoke feelings of joy, making them natural solutions for a springtime home refresh. Businesslike colors such as black, grey and navy will get an attentiongrabbing energy boost when paired with these sunny shades, while natural cork and wood tones will bring these colors down to earth and soften their glow. 36

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PLACID BLUE These calming colors melt easily into spring and will travel with you into summer. Pair these airy blues with neutrals—colors like gray, tan or a subtle combination of both. Or, a match-up with bright white brings in a celestial vibe of where clouds meet sky.

VIOLET TULIP WITH HEMLOCK Depending on their particular depth, moody purples can come off looking warm or cool. Whether you go pastel or for a fully saturated hue, be sure to own it! Pair your purples with mature shades ranging from gray to green. Like the stems on these wildflowers and the moss on bark, a gray-green color like hemlock keeps violet and lavender from looking like they belong in your child’s Easter basket.

SAND AND PALOMA There is such a thing as too much color. If a circus-tent effect is starting to permeate your home, try switching out brighter accents with flattering shades of grey, silver, tan and gold. Balancing bold colors with neutrals is always a great idea, especially if your “new neutral” is a metallic!

RADIANT ORCHID WITH CAYENNE In terms of design, this mauvelous color is best taken in small doses. Bright red, adjacent to purple on the color wheel, keeps this lush lavender-undertoned shade from skewing toward something you’d find in Barbie’s dream house. c h a r l o t t e s v i l l e h o m e m a g a z i n e . c o m



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Table Linens

Make Memories at Mealtime BY M er i d i t h I n g r a m

When I bring out cloth napkins for a meal, my teenagers eye them with suspicion. I don’t do it often, but when I do, I’m sending my family a message that we are going to slow down and spend some time together. We are not going to eat standing up in the kitchen, we are not going to eat slumped in front of the TV (even though some circumstances call for this). And I hope someday they look back and know that those cloth napkins, along with the many large and frequent home-cooked meals, were just another way for me to love on them. When we domestic engineers employ table linens—the good tablecloth, pretty placemats and cloth napkins—we are saying that this meal we’re sharing matters. It’s an occasion. And this mindset shouldn’t be limited to one season (I’m looking at you, Thanksgiving and Christmas!). While spring offers lots of special occasions for dressing the table, like Passover Seder, Easter, Mother’s Day, end-of-the-school-year celebrations and graduations, it’s also time for fresh starts, spring cleaning and getting organized. Take time this spring to assess and update your table linen wardrobe just as you would your personal wardrobe. Even if you only use linens for an occasional meal, you’ll be stocked and ready to make memories in your home with the people you love.

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Must-Have Base Layers

Think of your linens the way you would your clothing. Basic, quality pieces can be accessorized to create different looks. But just like any great outfit, the underpinnings can make or break the look. If you are going to use a tablecloth, know that the foundation of the most beautifully laid table is the oft-neglected table pad. Not only does a table pad protect your table from scratches, burns and spills, but it also provides a better drape for your tablecloth. The extra padding can also eliminate the clinking and clanging of tableware being placed and passed, taking the gentility of the affair up a notch. Table pads come in a variety of forms, materials and sizes. You can order a high-end custom-fit table pad at most local furniture stores or online; these are usually made from some variation of a vinyl-coated fiberboard with a velvety underside, and can cost up to several hundred dollars, depending upon the size of your table. Made to fit precisely over the tabletop, these pads can be folded and stored when not in use. Another option is the “table silencer� which is a thick, drapey tablecloth itself, made of felt or a flannel-type cotton/polyester blend. Like a large, quality tablecloth, silencers tend to be a little pricey. For a few dollars, you can pick up a trim-to-fit table pad, made of vinyl backed with a polyester padding, at just about any big box discount store. Or, some pros suggest using a blanket (think smooth wool or microfleece) as a table pad. Since this is your base layer, choose the best white or offwhite tablecloth you can afford for your formal dining area in a cotton or linen fabric that looks and feels best to you. Make the investment and commit to take care of it, because with

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this blank canvas, you can create many different looks for years to come. To enhance the look, drape a smaller round cloth over the larger one on a round table, or a square cloth over a round or rectangular table. You can even layer several square cloths set on a diagonal down the length of a rectangular table. While they certainly do not have to match your walls, patterned tablecloths add an instant design element to your room. Another bonus? Patterns are more forgiving of stains and wrinkles. In building your linen wardrobe, you might consider a solid, formal cloth for your dining room and a fun, patterned cloth for a kitchen table that gets more regular, casual use. There are new styles of laminated fabric placemats that give the upscale look of heirloom table linens with the modern convenience of wipeability. Or stick with placemat and napkin sets for the kitchen and forgo a table cloth here entirely. Remember that when a tablecloth is in place, placemats are not necessary. A table runner is a versatile piece to include in your linen wardrobe because you can use it in creative ways. It can

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translate as formal or informal depending upon its composition. It can be placed over a tablecloth, layered with other table runners of varying widths and lengths, placed widthwise along the table to create “placemats for two,” and it can stand alone. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to change the look of your tabletop to suit your whimsy. A Proper Fitting

Without a good fit, all efforts are for naught. Before buying a new tablecloth, measure your table’s length and width (or diameter for a round table), then add the desired number of inches you want the cloth to hang on each side to those dimensions. This will determine the size of the cloth that is ideal for your table. Drop is a matter of preference, but there are a few things to consider: the shorter the drop, the more informal the look; any drop less than 6 inches just won’t work; and drops longer than 15 inches might get tangled in diners’ laps. Whatever the drop, it should look proportional to your table and hang to about lap level. For example, if your rectangular tabletop is 56x74, and you want a 10-inch drop, add 20 to each measurement (76x94) and shop for that size (or something really close to it). While tablecloths come in a variety of standard sizes, you should also know that sometimes your favorite tablecloth isn’t made in your desired size. For example, I have found it difficult to dress my 60” round dining table. And don’t forget to account for any table leaves—you might want to have one tablecloth that fits with the leaf, and one that fits without, if budget permits. 42


Placemats and napkins are the jewelry and scarves for your table. For starters, buy as many of each as you have place settings of your dishes, and maybe, at least for napkins, a just-in-case “plus two.” Have fun mixing and matching textures and patterns, always aiming for contrast among the elements as you would when decorating any area of your home: solid with pattern, smooth with texture, large-scale print with small-scale print or stripe and vice versa. The style options for placemats run the gamut of traditional linens and cottons, in all manner of shapes; to woven natural fibers; to vinyl-coated polyester—and even silicone that’s been die-cut into cool shapes. Quilted placemats are another great choice because their hefty padding quiets the table. Plus, they are machine washable and don’t have to be ironed within an inch of their lives to look good! Before you buy a whole new set of placemats and napkins that you’ve spent time fussing with for a perfectly-coordinatedbut-not-too-matchy-matchy look, don’t forget the dishes at home in your cupboard. Those are your dishes, not the ones set in the store’s display. Your dishes play a major part in these decisions. If you have solid, plain dishes, you can be a little more adventurous; patterned dishes on patterned linens can certainly work, but this takes some finesse to avoid pattern overload and a clash of colors and styles. Patterned napkins are the most fun, flexible and forgiving option for casual dining. While blends wrinkle less, nothing beats 100 percent cotton because it softens over time (like them crisp? Iron them with a little spray starch). When considering different sizes, use this as a guide: larger napkins are used for C h a r l o t t e s v i l l e h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 4


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formal dining and smaller napkins are for informal occasions. Dinner napkins are usually 20 inches square (sometimes up to 22 inches), luncheon napkins about 17 inches square, and cocktail napkins from as small as 6 inches square to 10 inches square. Though some might disagree, the size should suit your preference. That your most festive napkins are luncheon-sized shouldn’t stop you from using them for a casual Cinco de Mayo dinner. Cocktail napkins, meant to be used while standing at a party, cradling a cocktail and an appetizer plate, easily fit the small hands of children—you could even toss one in a lunchbox for a reusable, eco-friendly napkin (just don’t send one you’d be sad to never see again should it accidentally be tossed in the lunchroom trash bin). If you are entertaining more people than you have matching napkins, don’t be afraid to mix it up. As long as the patterns or colors coordinate, your eclectic napkin presentation will look clever and intentional!

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A Note about Care and Cleaning

Yes, caring for linens can take more time than using disposables, but we’re making memories here. And in the case of everyday napkins, we’re also being a little more eco-conscious. Simply pretreat easy stains with a little water-and-dishwasher liquid combo and toss it all in your laundry bin until your next load. You may have to research cleaning tricks for tougher stains, but that information is easy to acquire online. Iron napkins during your guilty pleasure TV show; make a little room in the coat closet to hang your folded and pressed tablecloth from a sturdy hanger. Or if you want to be a total pro, roll your ironed linens around a sturdy cardboard tube, the likes of which you find at a fabric store, which will prevent creases. With these simple tasks done, you’ll be ready to dress any table. The teenagers may roll their eyes, but that’s okay. Sit back and enjoy a meal… together. c h a r l o t t e s v i l l e h o m e m a g a z i n e . c o m


Table Tips: Monogrammed Linens

If table linens are a staple in any well-appointed home, then monogrammed table linens are the icing on the proverbial cake! Anyone, from new brides to young families to empty nesters, can appreciate the special touch monogramming lends to linens. Options for monogram thread color, font and style are endless; which letters you incorporate, as well as where to place these letters, are also matters of personal preference. Refer to these guidelines to help make these decisions. Monogrammed table linens make great gifts! (Psst! Mother’s Day is May 11!) ■ Single-letter

monograms should feature the first initial of the last name. ■T  raditional three-letter monograms use a person’s first, last and middle initials, in that order, usually in a script font, with the last-name initial slightly larger than those that flank it. A more modern look in a block font uses the three initials in a row (first, middle, last), all the same size. ■F  or couples, one popular choice is to use the initials from the couple’s first names on either side of the initial of their married last name. ■P  lacement of the monogram on table linens depends entirely on your personal style and how you like to set your table. Follow these general guidelines: Napkins: place monogram in the lower right-hand corner, straight or on the diagonal; or in the center of the napkin so that the design is in the preferred position when folded or placed inside a napkin ring. Placemats: place monogram in the lower right corner, straight (to the right of the plate); or the top center of the mat (above the plate); or the middle (under the plate). Tablecloths: monogram corners on the diagonal; or make a bold

statement and place a large monogram in the center.

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The Boomer Effect ON REAL ESTATE Riding the wave into the future of local real estate

BY C at h er i n e Ch a p m a n M os l e y

Charlottesville consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the country, but it’s also been highlighted as a great place to retire once savvy city-goers tire of larger metropolitan areas. Kiplinger, the Wall Street Journal, and even, a website ranking Charlottesville in the top 21 best towns for Baby Boomers, all highlight the area’s strengths (that its residents already know all about): the university, the vibrant arts and culture scene, its scenic beauty and history, and the burgeoning wine industry, to name a few. Charlottesville is a college town with a growing appeal to retirees fleeing the congested, high-priced suburbs of Northern Virginia and the Northeast. Baby Boomers from Washington, Philadelphia, New York and other big cities seem delighted to find this combination of livability, affordability and sophistication. c h a r l o t t e s v i l l e h o m e m a g a z i n e . c o m


Leading the Way

“Baby Boomers influence the real estate market simply because there are so many of them who own a home,“ says Amy Cochran, Realtor and co-owner at Avenue Realty, LLC. Jonathan Kauffmann, Founder and Principal Broker at Nest Realty, agrees. “The numbers show that Baby Boomers make up 35 percent of the adult population, so there’s no denying they impact the overall market,“ he says. Baby Boomers comprise the demographic born between 1946 and 1964 and are nearing retirement (if not already there). This generation represents nearly 80 million Americans. They are also known to have a significant impact on the economy due to their numbers and their natural demands for consumer goods. Obviously, they continue to have a powerful impact on real estate trends and are changing the face of the industry once again. “Baby Boomers are known as the generation of hard, loyal workers,” explains Cochran. “Many Baby Boomers have been in their current home for decades. They have lived the American Dream of home ownership. Now, they 4 6

are ready to relax and enjoy their golden years. And they expect more in their retirement homes. Many are looking to live in communities that offer community centers, exercise facilities, pools, walking trails, social groups, and a good location.” Denise Ramey, GRI, ABR, Director of Relocation with Roy Wheeler Realty Co. echoes these sentiments. “These buyers typically have assets and good credit,” says Ramey. “They know what they want and can qualify for the purchase. The process of buying, selling and financing isn’t as daunting to this segment of the market.” Ramey also notes that many Boomers invest a lot of time volunteering in their communities; Boomers make good neighbors and are an asset to their community. Some Baby Boomers may own two or three homes—at least one of which may be a rental. Other Boomers may have had their IRAs or 401ks hit twice—once when the bubble burst, and again during our most recent economic collapse. This segment of the Boomer population may be fighting to hold on to what they have. They may have adult children or aging parents they are helping.

And ironically, while the Boomers did give rise to what pop culture loves to call “McMansions,” there is evidence that Boomers are now opting for an easier, maintenance-free lifestyle. This might mean choosing smaller homes on smaller lots or choosing a more convenient floor plan. Think of it as “smart-sizing” instead of “down-sizing.” Ease, Efficiency And Amenities

Many former UVA students are now Boomers ready to retire and move back to this area. Ramey says, “They remember the charm of the city, the proximity to the mountains, the great restaurants, and the cultural opportunities that the university affords the community.” Many people end up buying homes similar in size to the ones they are leaving. “Grandparents want room for the grandkids to come visit. A home office or studio is important to many of these buyers. Ensuring there is space to enjoy hobbies is a priority,” explains Ramey. Overall, the market indicates that there is less interest in extremely large homes. Kauffmann observes, “Demand for homes in the 6000-plus square foot range is not C h a r l o t t e s v i l l e h o m e S p r i n g 2 0 1 4

nearly as strong as it was 10 years ago. I believe this is a reflection of buyers being more concerned about energy costs and also not wanting to overextend themselves.” These conscious-minded homeowners are interested in energy efficiency and an effective use of space. Kauffmann says, “When Boomers are looking to smart-size their homes, they look to see if rooms or spaces can be used multiple ways. It’s not uncommon for buyer in today’s market to rule out homes because of ‘wasted space.’ With the rise in energy costs, buyers look more closely at how floor plans are laid out. In many cases, we see formal living rooms and formal dining rooms become less important [to home buyers] because those are the type of spaces that are used only a few times each year.” Boomers lead active lives. They want to be close to doctors, activities, restaurants, shopping, golf courses and walking trails. But they aren’t ready for assisted living. They want safe neighborhoods and walkability. Whether downsizing or smartsizing, it’s convenience they are seeking. “These buyers like to travel and want less to maintain,” adds Ramey. “Townhomes that offer maintenance included are also popular with this demographic, as are detached homes with smaller yards to maintain.” Ramey says that homes with fewer levels and stairs are also desirable to this population. Above all, Boomers want ease. Many of these new, smaller maintenance-free homes offer custom features that allow for “aging in place.” Popular Boomer construction elements include: main-level master bedrooms; doorways wide enough for (potential or eventual) wheelchairs; showers on the main level of the home; taller toilets; fewer steps; and pulls and levers versus knobs that can be difficult to maneuver with arthritis. Ramey says that Wintergreen and Massanutten sell many homes and condos as vacation homes and investment properties. Some Boomers choose to live there part-time and others enjoy the income from rentals. Ramey says, “We also see second and third home buyers in the neighborhoods surrounding the university.” Parents of current and future UVA students sometimes purchase homes and condos near the university as investments for their children to live in while attending school. Given the quality of life and amenities of the area, it’s no wonder Charlottesville is popular with Boomers. Thomas Jefferson wrote of its appeal in 1787: “I am as happy nowhere else and in no other society, and all my wishes end, where I hope my days will end...Too many scenes of happiness mingle themselves with all the recollections of my native woods and fields, to suffer them to be supplanted in my affection by any other.”

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Historic Garden Day in Southern Albemarle

Three of southern Albemarle County’s finest historic properties, all dating to the Jefferson era, highlight the area’s early architecture, beautiful landscapes and rich agricultural heritage. Co-hosted by the Albemarle, Charlottesville and Rivanna Garden Clubs Sunday, April 27, 2014, noon to 5 p.m. Monday, April 28, 2014, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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Visitors will tour the elegant brick home at Redlands, c. 1798, which has remained in the stewardship of the same family since the original land grant of 1730. It features fine woodwork and furnishings of successive generations.

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Bellair Farm

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Bellair Farm has been in continuous agricultural production since the 18th century. Tours of the community supported agriculture (CSA) areas will offer examples of how sustainable strategies can preserve a historic farm while connecting consumers to the land, their food and their farmer.

The Garden at ESmont After a meticulous four-year restoration by the current owner, Esmont, c. 1816, retains many of its original features, including ornamental plasterwork and a parquet floor, complemented by an exquisitely decorated interior. The house, along with several outbuildings adapted to new uses, will be open.

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These properties are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and are part of the recently designated Southern Albemarle Rural Historic District. This is a driving tour. Properties are not handicapped accessible due to multiple staircases and uneven walkways. The tour cannot accommodate buses due to parking access and narrow country roads. For information regarding tickets, tour schedules and other activities in our area during Historic Garden Week, please visit c h a r l o t t e s v i l l e h o m e m a g a z i n e . c o m








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