Chiara Canzi



To keep things affordable, Alloy sourced a lot of the materials—cabinetry, plumbing fixtures—from IKEA, and mixed in other elements like butcher block counters and a stainless steel backsplash. Photo: Andrea Hubbell

Mellow yellow: A vibrant city kitchen stays surprisingly calm

Stephanie Tatel and Christian McMillen had only a vague idea of what they wanted their new kitchen to look like—nothing too firm or detailed, but they knew it had to be functional for a busy family of four. Enter Alloy, a Charlottesville-based architecture and design studio that specializes in construction and production. “We didn’t really […]

Photo: Christian Hommel

In the middle: A centralized kitchen undergoes an overhaul

“This was a typical ’60s ranch house,” said architect David Day of Kamilla Schenck’s Bellair residence. As the floorplan dictated, small rooms crowded the space, making the living and sleeping quarters feel disjointed, so the house was gutted. “The only things that remained were the main floor structure, the basement, the walls, and most of […]

Mary Beth Schellhammer, the owner of My Chocolate Shoppe on the Downtown Mall, invites customers to watch her craft her handmade chocolate treats, which range in style from the traditional, like old-fashioned caramels, to the hip, like her chocolate-dipped bacon. Photo: Elli Williams

My Chocolate Shoppe makes its debut on the Downtown Mall

Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but who says it needs to be a special occasion for you to treat yourself to some chocolate?  It’s finally here. A Downtown shop devoted entirely to chocolate. It’s as if it were custom made to satisfy my cocoa-infused taste buds. If there is anything in this world […]

A trained chef, Ingrid Cordano started designing her kitchen before anything else in the house. She wanted it to be an oasis for her, but a convenient gathering spot for her four-person family, too. Photo: Christian Hommel

From start to Finnish: A Belmont kitchen gets the Scandinavian treatment

Ingrid Cordano and her husband are experts in kitchen design. “This is the third kitchen we’ve designed during our marriage,” she said. And it shows. The Cordanos’ Belmont home is a modern treasure that feels fresh and light at first pass: long, straight lines converge into interesting architectural features punctuated by bright, lively colors. And […]

Wood is a unifying theme in the Nellysford kitchen--seen in beams overhead, lining the walls, and in the red oak floors. Granite countertops and white cabinetry modernize the space. An adjoining porch makes room for the whole family. Photo: Christian Hommel

Cabin in the wood: Rustic and modern mingle in this mountain home

In Dick and Sandi Averitt’s kitchen, beauty lives in the details. And the details in this mountain home are all wood: beams across the ceiling, paneling on the walls, and rich red oak floors running throughout the space. The Averitts’ cabin, their second home, underwent a complete renovation over the last 14 months that focused […]

Horse & Hound chef Luther Fedora mashes butternut squash and potatoes to complement a seared sea scallop wrapped in bacon. Elli Williams

Local chefs share their favorite seasonal ingredients

Where I come from in the Lombardy region of Italy, fall is gray, cold, and sad, but the produce brightens up the season, turning it into a time for eating at the family table. Now that I’m settled beneath the Blue Ridge, where the deep reds and golds transform the landscape every year, the local […]

Is necessity the father of invention? Orthopedic surgeons David Heilbronner (pictured) and Bruce Wilhelmsen started Bone Doctors Barbeque Sauce after Heilbronner’s hobby helped raise funds to send his daughter’s soccer team to Italy. Photo: Elli Wiliams

Bone Doctors’ sauce is the best way to slather up

The best embellishments add to—not detract from—whatever it is they’re embellishing. No one knows this better than David Heilbronner and Bruce Wilhelmsen, whose Bone Doctors’ Barbeque Sauce took more than two years to fully develop. Like most good stories, this one has humble beginnings. Seven years ago, Heilbronner’s daughter’s soccer team was raising money for […]

Photo: Ali Johnson

Made to order: A Glenmore kitchen gets a custom upgrade

Denise and Terry Pemberton caught the remodeling bug seven years ago. They settled into their Glenmore digs in 2006 and never stopped adding personal touches, building additions to each side of the home, and choosing one-of-a-kind furniture pieces. “We don’t mind tearing down a wall to see what’s on the other side,” said Terry, a […]