Caite White

Caite has been at C-VILLE since 2007, when she started as a part-time proofreader. Over the next six years, she held the positions of Online Editor and Special Sections Editor. Currently the Special Publications Editor of C-VILLE, she oversees content in special issues and special publications (ABODE, C-VILLE Kids, Knife & Fork and C-VILLE Weddings).

A central core flanked by two identical wings, V House reflects the homeowner's longtime interest in classical architecture. Photo: Gordon Beall

May Abode: On stands now!

In this month’s Abode, learn about Charlottesville kit homes’ past, present and future; see why lighting is better in threes; explore an Ivy landscape that matured over 30 years and—we saved the best for last—peek inside V House, a palatial Albemarle estate designed in Jeffersonian tradition. And then some! Here’s what’s inside: A dank downtown home […]

Photo: Virginia Hamrick

Brighten up: When it comes to good lighting, layering is key

Good things come in threes: primary colors, books in a trilogy and, says designer Kori Messenger, lighting. “There are three layers of lighting: ambient, accent and task lighting,” she says. “We like to see all three in a space if possible.” In a recent client’s home, Messenger and her designer partner at Foxchase Design, Nicole […]

What’s next? Four of UVA’s architecture school grads tell us where they’re headed

What’s next? Four of UVA’s architecture school grads tell us where they’re headed

Now that they’ve made it through the program, we asked a few of UVA’s architecture graduate students to tell us where they’re headed come May 21. Jennifer Hsiaw Undergraduate school/degree: U.C. Berkeley, BA Architecture; MIT, MEng Structural Engineering Graduate degree/concentration: Master of Architecture Summary of your thesis: My thesis is looking at high-tech corporate campuses […]

Photo: Andrea Hubbell

April Abode: On stands now!

This month’s Abode is historic—peek inside a 19th-century farmhouse, explore an updated 1850s James River estate, find out the best way to preserve wood detailing in your home and more. Here’s what you’ll find inside: A Lewis Mountain home evolves in phases. When to restore or replace. A new Bundoran show home. A 300-acre James […]

Photo: Virginia Hamrick

April Abode: An alternate design house event takes shape at Bundoran Farm

Every year since 2009, the Shelter for Help in Emergency has hosted its Design House event, taking a local home that’s on the market and transforming it with the assistance of some of Charlottesville’s best interior designers, landscape designers and local vendors. Proceeds from tours of the home benefit the nonprofit, which provides safe environments […]

Photo: John Robinson

K&F: Grit’s new dessert bar is a sweet menu addition

The only thing better than one dessert? A whole assortment of desserts. Grit recently added cakes, brûlées and tarts to the coffee shop’s menu of small plates. Currently only available at the Stonefield location (and only on weekends), the bite-sized selection will pair with the restaurant’s heavily curated beer, wine and cocktail program. “We’re focused on […]

Photo: John Robinson

K&F: This time, Melissa Close-Hart’s kitchen is all her own

Melissa Close-Hart rarely eats breakfast—who has the time? The Junction chef is often in her Belmont restaurant kitchen by 8am and sometimes doesn’t leave until 12:30 in the morning. Such is the price of running the kitchen at one of Charlottesville’s most anticipated restaurants. In the works since 2014, its doors officially opened in January, […]

Photo: Virginia Hamrick

March Abode: On stands now!

The latest issue of Abode features a Shenandoah Valley home with everything to hide, a minimalist kitchen in Albemarle, the best performance fabrics and more. Here’s what’s inside: Belmont’s newest eatery. An addition at Western Albemarle High School. Recycled countertops and—what?—wooden tiles. Performance fabrics inside the home. How to give your boxwoods the best chance […]

Photo Virginia Hamrick

February Abode: On stands now!

The February issue of Abode features a historic home overlooking the James River (it once belonged to a relative of Thomas Jefferson—yes, that Thomas Jefferson!), a mix-and-match kitchen in Ivy, a primer for wallpaper and more. Here’s what you’ll find inside: A house on Riverside Avenue breaks the mold. Why wallpaper is your new best friend. […]

Photos: Virginia Hamrick (left) and Stephen Barling

Paper perfect: Why wallpaper is your new best friend

Love it or hate it, there’s an undeniable appeal to a papered wall. Unlike paint, wallpaper adds detail and dimension that a solid painted wall can’t achieve. And, says Kenny Ball Antiques designer Chloe Ball, it gets an unnecessarily bad rap. “If walls are primed properly, it’s not harmful and easily removed,” she says. (She […]

Photo: Mike Kropf

Winter C-VILLE Weddings: On stands now!

This issue of C-VILLE Weddings is overflowing with love: seven beautiful weddings, a memorable rehearsal dinner, big-day gift ideas and more. Here’s what you’ll find inside: Friday weddings: Yay or nay? Candy Girl answers: Should I invite a friend I just met? Bold invites with a graphic kick. Cakes, baby—it’s what outside that counts. A local […]

Photo: Lindsey Zovko

Lean on me: Seven Charlottesville weddings we love

Each of the next seven weddings have one thing in common: love. Now you’re probably thinking, Isn’t that what all weddings have in common? And the answer is, of course, yes. But in the case of these weddings, the love was pouring in from all sides—friends, family, guests—and throughout the whole planning process. One bride’s […]

Old Met appealed to the couple for a few reasons, including the downstairs bar and dance floor and what Caroline calls its “simple elegance.” “We knew the chandeliers, circular windows and curtains would be the perfect backdrop for our reception,” she says. Photo: Kate Thompson

Hip hip hooray: A stylish day redefines DIY

Caroline Moyer and Samantha Kardos  |  May 29, 2016 What’s the best way to ensure your big day feels special and personal? Enlist many helping hands, as Caroline and Samantha did for their spring nuptials. “A lot of our wedding felt DIY’d because we had so many amazing friends and family members who volunteered their talents […]

The bride and groom wrote their own ceremony (vows included) and had their friends officiate and perform readings. Photo: Meg Runion

Warm wishes: An autumn wedding overflows with love

Jenny and Brendan | October 29, 2016 As they started the task of planning their wedding, Jenny and Brendan began with a basic question: big wedding or small? Ultimately, they opted for the former, realizing that the bigger the big day, the more love they’d get to share with friends and family. And the decision paid […]

Photos (from left) Jillian Michelle, Paris Levinovitz and Meredith Sledge

How sweet it is: Five cakes we love

Among the many details you’ll have to decide on when it comes to your wedding day, there’s one important one that should never be overlooked: cake! From bold color to deceptively simple, here are a few local choices we’re digging (into). Go big (above, left) This eight-tier from Maliha Creations featured vanilla butter cake with a […]