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February 2009: Eyecatchers

February 2009: Eyecatchers

Don’t judge a book… Location: Charlottesville Price: $344,900 MLS#: 450920 Ladies and gentlemen, this one’s got character: Start at the front and you’d never guess that an attached greenhouse puts some BAM in the back. With three bedrooms, two baths, and a more than respectable 2,585 square feet, this demure Cape Cod might come across […]

February 2009: D.I.Y. Diary

February 2009: D.I.Y. Diary

We did our level best, but the results were less than level. Next time around, we broke down and hired a drywaller. We are more than a little proud of our D.I.Y. ethic, but on a couple of occasions, we’ve taken the big step of admitting that we’d be better off hiring someone for a […]

February 2009: Instant Decorator

February 2009: Instant Decorator

Got condensation? Mom was right: Use a coaster! Now that you’re a grownup, no longer will a folded-up newspaper suffice for functional décor. For a simple fix, put that paper (and a few other materials) to use and make a set of decoupage coasters that would make even Mom proud. Materials: Four ceramic tiles, craft […]

January 2009: D.I.Y Diary

January 2009: D.I.Y Diary

Where once there was a wall, we had a gap in the flooring. We put down a plywood subfloor (top) and then laid slabs of soapstone, sanded and polished (bottom). We dubbed our latest endeavor the Thanksgiving Challenge because of the rush we felt to get it done before a dozen turkeys—er, loved ones—arrived for […]

January 2009: Eyecatchers

January 2009: Eyecatchers

Head of the class Location: Louisa Price: $324,700 MLS #: 456973 “Gracious” is the word that comes to mind here, even if the phrase “former maid’s quarters” is a bit too patrician for your taste. (The FMQ is now an office, by the way.) This is a lovely 1912 foursquare in the town of Louisa […]

January 2009: Around the House

January 2009: Around the House

Top table lamps Matt Pamer, a local graphic designer with concert posters and C-VILLE covers in his portfolio, guides us to three of his favorite table lamps from Charlottesville stores.       Gargoyle lamp from Artifacts “The combination of the plain shade and the ornate gargoyle base shouldn’t work well together, but it does,” […]

January 2009: Green Scene

January 2009: Green Scene

  Join the club Calling all county dwellers: Are those weekly trips to the McIntire Recycling Center getting to be a drag? Are you, in fact, putting them off until you have a mountain of glass and plastic that brings shame on your family and clutters your porch? Ponying up for curbside recycling might be […]

December 08: Design, living and trends for home and garden

December 08: Design, living and trends for home and garden

  Speed racers Neither Zack Snider nor Dan Zimmerman, co-founders and licensed contractor and licensed architect and contractor, respectively, of local design firm Alloy Workshop, won the 2008 IRWIN Industrial Tools Ultimate Tradesman Challenge this year, but we’re proud of their lightning-fast drilling skills all the same. Snider and Zimmerman were two of 20 semi-finalists […]

December 08: Your Living Space

December 08: Your Living Space

Fit for a king (or queen, or full) Question for Anita Davis, owner of Pillow Mint: What do I need to know about buying the right sheets to fit my mattress? Answer: In terms of length and width, Davis says, the simple twin/full/queen/king system for sizing sheets is fairly standardized: just find the right sheets […]

December 08: Your Kitchen

December 08: Your Kitchen

Lie down with lamb While the term “lamb” usually connotes spring, in this hemisphere we’re much more likely to have fresh, local lamb in the late fall and winter.  Technically speaking, baby lamb would The Shebeen serves Sosatie with green lentils and yellow rice; choose pastured lamb for a stronger characteristic flavor. be born in […]

December 08: Your Garden

December 08: Your Garden

Deck the halls This time of year, nothing marries indoors with outdoors more than the particularly human practice of bringing greenery in to spruce up the house. It reminds us that not everything is dead just because the trees are bare. The Yuletide tree has center stage, of course, but wreaths, garlands, swags and kissing […]

December 08: A cook in the house

December 08: A cook in the house

Ashley Hightower is nothing if not driven. She’s got her own catering business, Dinner at Home; she and her boyfriend, Carter East, just started a second business as in-home personal trainers, Fitness at Home; and they’re both dedicated athletes who log miles running and biking. In their spotless house off Avon Street, where Hightower’s lived […]

December 08: A local holiday

December 08: A local holiday

Are you hoping for a kindler, gentler holiday season this year? Something that feels good AND looks good, no matter the temperature, and goes great with last year’s haircut? Trade the flashing lights for glimmering candles, and the plastic packaging for home-spun, hand-made gifts. While commercial messages may insist that season’s greetings are only available […]

December 08: Hot house

December 08: Hot house

  We think this place in the Rugby neighborhood looks just perfect for entertaining. No idea whether there’s an open floor plan inside, allowing hostess to chat while fixing cocktails—it’s more that the front porch looks so nicely sheltered for summer afternoons, and the house’s solid form and lovely trees are as inviting as could […]

December 08: Neighborhood on the line

December 08: Neighborhood on the line

The Willoughby subdivision holds a secret: Hidden in Joelle and Michael Meintzschel’s backyard is the treehouse of dreams.   At a glance Distance from Downtown: 2 miles Distance from UVA: 2.8 miles Elementary Schools: Jackson-Via/Cale Middle Schools: Walker & Buford/Burley High Schools: Charlottesville/Monticello Homes sold in first half of 2008: 10 Median sale price: $263,870 […]

December 08: News and ideas for sustainable living

December 08: News and ideas for sustainable living

Red and green go green: LED Christmas lights will make the Yuletide less power-hungry. Green lights If you’re headed out to pick up a zillion-pack of Christmas lights with which to festoon every corner of your house and a tree in every room, skip the standard incandescents and opt for LED lights instead. At a […]

November 08: Your Living Space

November 08: Your Living Space

  From start to finish Question for Tim Swetman from Swetman’s Amish Furniture & Gifts: When choosing among finishes for wood furniture, how do you test them out before making a commitment? Answer: It’s tough to tell from the can whether your finish of choice will look lovely or lousy on your wood furniture. Unfortunately, […]

November 08: Your Kitchen

November 08: Your Kitchen

  Marooned under marshmallows A holiday table seems one-dimensional without the rich orange of ipomoea batatas, referring to both yams (moist and dense, distinct skin) and sweet potatoes (dryer and mealier, monochromatic inside and out). When properly prepared, these tubers don’t need the sickly sweet marshmallow cloak to be festive—instead simply season them sweet or […]

November 08: Your Garden

November 08: Your Garden

  Death in the garden If life draws us into the garden, death—not to be too dramatic about it—waits there too. That’s part of the gardener’s education. Take leaves, for instance. As the great Brit Graham Stewart Thomas wrote, with admirable English restraint, “If you garden hand in hand with leaves—either green and growing or […]

November 08: Design, living and trends for home and garden

November 08: Design, living and trends for home and garden

  Let’s go do the hop If you’re itching to fulfill your cultural quota, now’s your chance to bounce through the local studio scene and score some tasty bites to boot: November 15 and 16, 10am-5pm, the Artisans Studio Tour returns for its 14th year of crafts and snacks. Offering tourgoers the chance to see […]

November 08: Hot house

November 08: Hot house

  We’ve long admired this house on JPA—it’s an island of tranquillity on its well-traveled corner. It’s not just the stone construction and cottage profile that make it so romantic; it’s the exuberant garden that surrounds the house and pushes back against the JPA traffic. A small bridge over a stream, gravel walks, flowering things […]

November 08: News and ideas for sustainable living

November 08: News and ideas for sustainable living

  Setback to where you once belonged At a recent Houses That Work seminar, where local builders gathered to learn about building energy-efficient houses, the topic of thermostat setbacks came up. Setbacks are simply the automatic settings that let you program your heat system to run cooler at certain times, like when you’re asleep or […]

October 08: Hot house

October 08: Hot house

  We appreciate subtlety now and then, and this place in Johnson Village has it in spades. Seemingly a standard rancher given some tasteful Craftsman-style updates, it wears its flared porch columns and front roof gable with a quiet pride. Ornamental trees help it blend with its setting, and the low, mostly rail-less porch—furnished with […]

October 08: News and ideas for sustainable living

October 08: News and ideas for sustainable living

  Crozet’s latest LEED dwelling Back in our April issue, we wrote about a house Upstream Construction was building in Crozet for Brian and Joan Day. It’s notable not only because it’s a custom house with many green features, but because the Days are both environmental professionals who decided to open their house to the […]

October 08: Design, living and trends for home and garden

October 08: Design, living and trends for home and garden

  Future fab This month’s surfer: Jane Fisher, CCDC executive director What’s on her browser: inhabitat.com What it is: A photo-heavy blog, coming at you live from the future of design. Green living, high-concept prefabs, interior design, super-stylish treehouses: It’s all here. You can also sign up, as Fisher did, for a daily e-mail from […]

October 08: Your Garden

October 08: Your Garden

  Rain reprieve Weather comes at us fast—immediate as a hurricane—but it doesn’t last long. A month ago, we were on the verge of severe drought after an encouraging spring and early summer; yet as of this writing we’ve had several good soakings from northbound tropical storms, and all of a sudden the idea of […]