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).

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October Abode: On stands now!

This month’s Abode features a city home with a cool, uncomplicated palette; a sleek white kitchen in Farmington Heights; tips from Rebecca Schoenthal on choosing art for your home and more! Here’s everything you’ll find inside: Architect Cathy Purple Cherry makes good. The Fralin Museum curator schools us on buying art. 21st century gadgetry. Designer […]

Alexandra Bracey says her favorite room in her own home is the living room. “While we spend the most time in the kitchen or the den (which is my office and the TV room), I love the comfort of the living room,” she says. “From our antique Serapi rug to the custom blue velvet Milo Baughman chairs, this room contains some of my favorite pieces.” Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

City style: At home with Alexandra Bracey

Until moving back to Charlottesville two years ago, designer Alexandra Bracey spent most of her life—professional and otherwise—in larger cities, having attended the New York School of Interior Design and working there as a senior designer for Alan Tanksley. No wonder, then, why the Washington, D.C., native says she’s more “city” than “country.” “While I […]

Photo: Amy Jackson

Tucker Yoder steps back into the kitchen

“I take good stuff and try not to screw it up.” That’s chef Tucker Yoder in 2013, the year C-VILLE Weekly named him as a rising star chef. It was a humble response for a man overseeing the Clifton Inn’s Relais & Chateaux kitchen, but it was as clear then as it is now: Rather […]

Photo: Ryan Wheeler

Apple pie for president!

How do we like them apples? In cobblestoned layers beneath a tender, flaky crust, that’s how. Which is why, this fall, we’re voting for a slice from The Pie Chest, which owner Rachel Pennington packs with Granny Smith apples first marinated in a cinnamon and sugar mixture, then sautéed in a caramel made with Southern Comfort and baked in a […]

September Abode: The eyes have it (special issue!)

September Abode: The eyes have it (special issue!)

This month’s issue of Abode is on stands now—with a peek inside not one but three local houses, a look at a western Albemarle landscape designed in phases, a chat with designer Alana Woerpel and more. Here’s what you’ll find: Landscape architect Mary Wolf‘s recent work. Warming up to the idea of new insulation. Designer Alana […]

In Stanardsville, a 700-acre organic beef farm and horse pasture required expansion into organic orcharding and a master plan for the barn complex and living quarters. Photo: Wolf | Josey

For Mary Wolf, landscape architecture affords variety

Just as a home has a history, so, too, does a landscape. Only, a landscape’s story, as Mary Wolf attests, is multilayered. Take, for instance, her grandmother’s property, a Civil War battlefield site where she spent her weekends growing up. The appeal of that spot of land—that it connected our national, geological and human history […]

Alana Woerpel says her favorite room in her own home is the sunroom. "You can be inside and outside all at once, sitting on cushy upholstered furniture yet surrounded by woods, rhododendrons and a mossy courtyard with a fountain," she says. "The real treat is when it snows. It's like being in the middle of one of those glass globes with the white flakes swirling around you. Magic." Photo: Amy Jackson

Natural instincts: At home with designer Alana Woerpel

Designer Alana Woerpel says she’ll tackle anything. When asked what she’s afraid to DIY, she says there isn’t anything she won’t do. “On my most recent whole-house installation I found myself re-installing ill-fitting toilet seats for the client,” she says. The can-do attitude (not to mention good taste) pays off—her work has been featured in […]

Photo: Caleb Davis and Abe Granger

C-VILLE Family, er, Village is on stands now!

Naming your kid is a pretty big deal. If, as they grow up, you look at them and think, “Well, you’re not a D’Artagnan at all,” it’s fairly difficult to about-face. Publishing, on the other hand, isn’t like that. So when, as we were putting together this issue, we stumbled upon a moniker that communicated […]

Photo: Jackson Smith

Rock on! A local drummer delivers the hits

Penny Shuster started playing the drums in fifth grade, with the snare in her school band. But she made the switch to a drum set last year, when she started at St. Anne’s-Belfield School, because it afforded her more opportunities to play different kinds of music. “Plus,” Shuster says, “it’s cooler.” She takes lessons at […]

Photo: Bill Mauzy

August ABODE: On stands now!

In this issue, you’ll find a an artist-architect, a symmetrical Fluvanna pool, Vinegar Hill’s second act and more. Here’s what’s inside: Jessie Chapman‘s visual approach. Vinegar Hill’s second life in film. Why your home might benefit from a portico. Michelle Adams‘ design influences. A pool we love! A city home in need of reconfiguration.   […]

Image: Jessie Chapman

Jessie Chapman connects sketch and structure

In a way, one might say Jessie Chapman is getting back to basics. While many architects have gotten out of the practice of sketching their designs as the use of computers becomes more prevalent (and more time-effective), she prefers to put pen to paper. She says it helps her see more carefully. “When you draw […]

Michelle Willis Adams says her favorite room in her home is the light-filled family room. “I enjoy looking out at the ever-changing colors of the treetops,” she says. Photo: Eze Amos

Early inspiration: At home with designer Michelle Adams

A second-generation interior designer, Michelle Willis Adams grew up “assisting” her mother, who had a design business in New York and Rappahannock, Virginia. She can remember sitting at her mother’s clients’ kitchen tables, “listening to them discuss fabrics and furniture arrangements,” she says. “I also remember browsing many antiques shops and going to auctions with […]

Photo: Stephen Barling

The water’s fine (and we have pool envy!)

Designer Ann Nicholson admits she borrows inspiration from unlikely places—Edgemont, a historic Albemarle residence possibly designed by Thomas Jefferson; a pool house in the Hamptons belonging to designer Tory Burch. But the pool at Lowfields Farm in Fluvanna, where she resides with her husband? That was all her. Installed by Charlottesville Aquatics, the double lap […]

Photo: Jen Fariello

Summer C-VILLE Weddings: On stands now!

Here’s what you’ll find in the latest issue of C-VILLE Weddings: a month-by-month guide to planning, a DJ’s top songs, Albemarle’s new venue, real Charlottesville weddings and a sweet proposal at C’ville Pride Fest. Albemarle’s newest venue comes with a layered history. What to consider when hiring a caterer. Candy Girl answers: Who should be in […]

Photo: Katelyn James

Sweet romance: A soft palette warms a winter wedding

Maggie Gill and James Pacana March 12, 2016 It’s fitting that Maggie and James were married at a vineyard. The day the couple got engaged, they had been visiting one Loudoun County winery after another as, unbeknownst to Maggie, James’ surprise proposal was thwarted by a bachelorette party at each location. Once he was finally […]

Photo: Tom Daly

Easy like Sunday morning: Simple details let love shine

Eileen Sagini and Jamil Jadallah | May 1, 2016 Eileen played hard to get for a little over a year before agreeing to go on a date with Jamil. They had a great time. “I wasn’t surprised,” she says, “because I liked him even when I was avoiding him.” The couple were together six-and-a-half years […]

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Hit list: Work with your DJ to tailor your tunes

Though DJ John Garland once had clients text him a picture of a wedding attendant from whom he shouldn’t take requests, coming up with a playlist is typically pretty stress-free. But that’s just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to hiring a DJ. Garland says, regardless of which DJ they’re interviewing, couples should […]

Photo: Jen Fariello

Higher love: Three ideas for big-day hair

Even though updos are typically seen as a more formal style, we challenged hairstylist Brianna B. Adams to create three carefree, romantic options for inspiration. Model Amber Griggs wears earrings by Ana Cavalheiro ( and a gown from Sealed With A Kiss ( Makeup by Nikki Benedikt of The Spot Beauty Shop.

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#lovewins: An unexpected romance turns into marriage

Lisa Green and Amy-Sarah Marshall met four years ago, during the planning phase of Charlottesville’s first Cville Pride Festival, which Amy-Sarah founded. “I was a very happy single person, owned my own home and my dog and I had everything happily where I could find it,” says Lisa, a planning commissioner with the City of […]

Photo: Virginia Hamrick

July Abode: On stands now!

A tour of Lynn Easton’s home (inside and outside), a chat with Bob Paxton, a look at solar paneling—the July issue of Abode is on stands now. Here’s what’s inside: Bob Paxton‘s early influences. A place in the sun—you can afford it! A modern log cabin with room for improvement. Nancy Wardle takes inspiration from […]

Designer Nancy Wardle says her favorite room in her house is the den. "[It's] where I enjoy relaxing and [where] I used my favorite colors." Photo: Amy Jackson

Ecclectic influences: At home with designer Nancy Wardle

From her childhood, spent in places like Peru and Venezuela, to adulthood, interior designer Nancy Wardle has spent a lifetime soaking in the riches of travel and allowing those disparate adventures to spark her creativity. “The abundance of art in Peru including silver and goldsmiths, alpaca weavers and woodcarvers, the quality of the fabrics produced […]

Dalgliesh Gilpin Paxton's renovation of this Keswick home—which required a reconfiguration of interior and exterior spaces to open the home to the landscape—was featured in an issue of Architectural Digest. Photo: Philip Beaurline

Staying power: Bob Paxton makes a lasting impression

With a body of work comprising Colonial Williamsburg, Monticello, the Virginia Governor’s Mansion, the Lincoln Memorial and various estates, the intent of renowned architect and preservationist Milton Grigg when he began his Charlottesville firm in 1933 was clear: Create structures that are both beautiful and long-lasting. Architect Bob Paxton is one of three principals currently […]