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, and C-VILLE Weddings).

Photo: Joel Codiamat

Family style: Local photographer takes a fashion edge to portraiture

Joel Codiamat has always had an interest in fashion (“It’s the reason I got into photography,” he said), but his take on family portraiture is giving him another opportunity to do what he loves: styling. Codiamat started doing fashion photography when he first moved to Charlottesville four years ago, but this past year, he began […]

Photo: Elli Williams

Kid’s best friend: Flocks of love

Having worked toward becoming a veterinarian since she was 3, when she started pulling lambs, 10-year-old Sadie Wentz already has a head start on some of her less-industrious peers. She’s the proud owner of 13 Suffolk-Hampshire Cross sheep, a 900-pound steer, and two dogs, and is responsible for everything from delivering baby lambs to treating […]

Chalk it up: Studio Eleven stocks Annie Sloan

Chalk it up: Studio Eleven stocks Annie Sloan

Type “Annie Sloan Chalk Paint” into Pinterest and you’re faced with pages of shabby chic eye candy. Of course, the low-VOC, odorless paint from England isn’t just for dressed-down DIY projects, and thanks to new décor store Studio Eleven, you can see for yourself. The Downtown Mall store is an exclusive chalk paint stockist (the […]

Photo: Beyond the Flavor

Recipe for success: PB&J Fund gets an upgrade

The idea that eating right is key to healthy, happy kids is not a new one. But cooking right? That’s a different story, and it’s where the PB&J Fund comes in. The local nonprofit gives kids and families access to kitchens where they can learn to plan and prepare nutritious meals and develop a healthy […]

Rachel Bishop. Photo: Adam Mohr

Inspired design: 20 questions with interior designer Rachel Bishop

Resides in: Charlottesville Best known for: Trawling local antique malls, refinishing furniture, and obsessing over design 24/7. 1. Antique or modern? 25 percent antique, 75 percent modern. 2. City or country? Country. 3. Which colors do you use most? Gray, white, and blue. 4. Which materials or textures do you frequently use? Bold patterned fabrics, […]

Cover me: When it comes to reupholstery, where do you begin?

Cover me: When it comes to reupholstery, where do you begin?

When C-VILLE’s Art Director found a 1940s-era chair in storage at his parents’ house, he wondered if its good bones and solid structure didn’t warrant a recovering. So he went to local designer Kelly Witt, who helped focus the project (nail head or braided trim? Stripes or solids?) and place an order for the fabric. […]

Photo: Ian Nichols

Erika Proctor: To the animal rescue

In the 13 years since she’s been an animal behavior specialist, Erika Proctor has fostered 387 animals—and she’s only kept three for herself. The founder of nonprofit organization Green Dogs Unleashed, Proctor realized how little is known about therapy dogs, so in 2007 she began establishing the Troy-based business to rescue special needs animals, rehabilitate […]

Photo: Ian Nichols

Stephen Pollock: The guitar guy

The Beatles’ appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” is to blame for Stephen Pollock’s love of music. “I was nearly 14 and had no idea what I wanted to do with myself until February 9, 1964,” Pollock said. “That was the evening of the first Beatles “Ed Sullivan” appearance. I, like a million other boys […]

Photo: Christian Hommel

A counter point: Wes Carter wants to top off your kitchen

After years of working with toxic chemicals in his bath tub repair and refinishing business, Wes Carter decided he wanted “a cleaner, less harmful occupation,” so he focused his attention on stone. “It could provide me not only with those options, but also a rewarding finished product,” he said. He opened Albemarle Countertop Company in […]

Before and after: This rusty fan got a new lease on life after Winston Yancey rescued it from a building and refurbished it. Photo: Courtesy Winston Yancey

Mr. Fix It: Spotlight on Winston Yancey

An old, rusty fan sat in a building for 30 years before, thanks to Winston Yancey Jr., it got a second chance. The fan, which once belonged to Yancey’s grandfather, had withstood winter’s cold and summer’s heat before Yancey rescued it and brought it back to life with 10 hours of elbow grease, no tools, […]

Photo: Christian Hommel

The new custom: Carpenter Jeff Saine solves problems in wood

Jeff Saine has worked with wood for as long as he can remember. In high school, he spent most of his time in the wood shop and even helped his English teacher build a Japanese-style house on Lopez Island in his native Washington his senior year. After graduating from college with a degree in anthropology […]

Renaissance man: Blacksmith Corry Blanc creates everything from gate hardware to kitchen utensils to custom furniture. Photo: Christian Hommel

Iron man: Spotlight on blacksmith Corry Blanc

Corry Blanc can’t remember the first thing he ever made. “Making ‘things’ is all I’ve ever known,” he said. A native of Georgia (he grew up in the Appalachian foothills in the northern part of the state), the blacksmith began welding after high school when he took a job at his uncle’s welding and fabrication […]

Photo: Katie Stoops Photography

Princess brides: Seven sparkling gowns befitting a royal wedding

Whether it’s a crystal-covered shoulder, a silk-jacquard print, or a romantic bolero, it’s that little something extra that makes your dress—and your day—even more magical. Just ask Kate Middleton (lace sleeves, anyone?). Pretty in petals ERIN HOFFMAN (above) Date of her wedding: May 29, 2011 Groom’s name: Paul Gray Where she got her dress: Priscilla […]

Photo: John Robinson

Feel the love: 10 couples we can’t get enough of

What’s love got to do with it? For these 10 couples, everything. Most of them say they knew right away that they’d found “the one,” but it’s what comes after—the day to day experience of being with someone who bites his nails, leaves dirty clothes outside the hamper, and never turns off any lights in […]

Illustration: Thomas James

We love this town: A friend indeed

It was peer pressure, ultimately, that led me to Charlottesville. In May of 2007, I had just graduated from James Madison University, and was entering my 22nd year in Harrisonburg, Virginia (which, by any account, is about four years too many). My two best friends whom I’d known since middle school were packing up and […]