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(By Matt Pamer)

C-VILLE Kids! Do as I say: Completely ineffective parenting phrases

Among my parenting “I’ll never dos” (pronounced before actually becoming a parent), was this list of inanities I swore I’d never say. I call these the “BISSOs” after that pinnacle of parenting parlance: Because. I. Said. So. Unfortunately, like most of my pre-parenting parenting pronouncements, I have violated this one early and often. Deep down […]

C-VILLE Kids: Careful what you say, our girls are listening

C-VILLE Kids: Careful what you say, our girls are listening

Here’s a familiar scenario: Preschool-aged girl walks into a room sporting a pink tutu, butterfly wings, and a plastic tiara. She’s wielding a fairy wand and spinning on child-sized high heels emblazoned with the cameo of a Disney princess. She seems delighted with both herself and her appearance, and you can’t help but notice she […]

Winter C Magazine: Pregnancy part deux

 If you’re like most new mothers (except for freakishly fit Heidi Klum, who seems unfairly untouched by this dilemma), around your little bundle’s first birthday you’ll start considering the following predicament: Do I (1) get really serious about fitting into my pre-pregnancy jeans now or (2) screw the waistline because I’m going to try to get […]

NEW! Fall 2011: From Here to Maternity

NEW! Fall 2011: From Here to Maternity

 One of the surest ways to make new friends is by having a baby. The pregnant belly is like a beacon for new buddies. You’ll end up with 25 new Facebook friends from your prenatal yoga class alone, and later find yourself at a park, shouting all the gory details of your labor and delivery […]

Summer 2011: From Here to Maternity

Summer 2011: From Here to Maternity

 Every year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture releases a frightening statistic: the lifetime cost of raising a child. It’s enough to scare any would-be parent into celibacy. According to the USDA’s 2009 report, the financial burden born by the average middle-income family from birth to the time the kid is kicked to the curb at […]

Spring 2011: From Here to Maternity

Spring 2011: From Here to Maternity

 For some women, the urge to have a baby comes on strong and seemingly out of nowhere. One day, they’re climbing the corporate ladder and enjoy-ing a life of spontaneous weekend getaways and the next, they’re dreaming of knitted booties and Stroller Fit classes. It can be that dra-matic and sudden. For a spouse or […]

Winter 2010: From Here to Maternity

Winter 2010: From Here to Maternity

 One of the biggest decisions to make before getting pregnant is how and whether you’ll continue to work and at what intensity. Maybe this is an easy, all-or-nothing answer for you (or maybe you don’t have a choice), and you’ll either continue to work full time or you’ll stay at home full time.  If it’s the […]

October 2010: Toolbox

 Nothing is more frustrating than embarking on a home repair or improvement project and discovering you don’t have the right nail, nut or hanger for the job. Having to schlep to the hardware store for one measly 10 cent screw is never satisfying. You can avoid this recurring problem by stocking your toolbox with a […]

October 2010: Your kids

October 2010: Your kids

What I’ve learned from writing this column about clever home design for kids is that it’s not merely about organization. The families featured here this past year have inspired me with their thoughtful solutions to give kids exactly the kinds of spaces they need to live, play and work in their own unique manner. It […]

Fall 2010: From Here To Maternity

Fall 2010: From Here To Maternity

 Here’s the myth: Once you’re pregnant, your sex life tanks, you can’t take any medication for your headaches and you can forget about dancing the night away or any other rigorous exercise.  Here’s the truth: Your sex life actually can be fantastic during pregnancy, because pregnancy hormones make your sensitive parts super sensitive (read: The […]

September 2010: Design for a new age

September 2010: Design for a new age

Visualize yourself at home in your senior years. What do you picture? Probably you see a place of comfort and vitality, with views of some golden pond or spaces for beloved hobbies. What you likely don’t imagine (or want to) are lonely or cramped quarters, orthopedic beds and strangers snoring next to you. Assisted living […]

August 2010: Your Kids

August 2010: Your Kids

Problem: Designing a bug-free, fresh air play space “We feel really strongly about our kids being outside as much as possible,” says Whitney Morrill, mom of two and architect, owner and founder of design firm Woollerton Edifice PLLC. “But we needed to give them a sanctuary from Charlottesville’s heat and mosquito mafia.”   Particularly between […]

NEW! July 2010: Toolbox

As its name suggests, the utility knife is very, well, useful. Sometimes called a “box cutter” because of its superiority to a pair of scissors for splitting thick packaging tape and cutting open boxes, the utility knife has multiple purposes. The razor blade—most often retractable—can be used for cutting drywall, laminate flooring or carpeting; scraping […]

June 2010: Kids

June 2010: Kids

Kids on kitchen duty Problem: Getting the kids to help themselves Kate Bennis and Hal Movius designed their kitchen so that Anya, 4, and Luke, 6, can set their own table. Transferring from more cramped quarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a few years ago, Kate Bennis and her husband, Hal Movius, were thrilled to find an […]

March 2010: Redrawing history

March 2010: Redrawing history

SEE MORE Click here for a gallery of more photos from Cox and Galfione’s home.  “Our kids have left. Why are we doing this now?” That’s what local architect Giovanna Galfione says she and her husband, Maurice Cox, asked themselves repeatedly before embarking on a two-year, two-phase project to renovate their 100-year-old home in the […]

February 2010: Toolbox

February 2010: Toolbox

Whether you own your own home or rent an apartment, the putty knife is up there with the screwdriver as a must-have tool. That’s true even if you’re the type who calls a handyman just to hang a picture for you. With its flat blade and sturdy handle, the putty knife is like an industrial-strength […]

The Paper Chase Challenge

The Paper Chase Challenge

Ted Nelson’s chair for a new age Ted Nelson, architect and owner of Design Build Office and a 2002 graduate of the UVA Architecture School, says it took hundreds of hours to design, test and complete his newspaper chair.  Architect and builder Ted Nelson takes a seat in his paper project. The chair is comprised […]

Four local designers turn trash to treasure

Four local designers turn trash to treasure

Willie Drake makes the most out of being a mountain man Willie Drake, founder of world-renowned Mountain Lumber Co., a reclaimed wood and millwork company in Ruckersville with a showroom in the Main Street Market, says he fell in love with salvaging abandoned wood timbers from old barns and factories “long before I was an […]

Reduce, reuse, redesign: A fresh take on recycling

READ THE FEATURE • The Paper Chase Challenge [with video!]: Three designers, three weeks and a whole lot of waste paper  • Four local designers turn trash to treasure • What’s old is new again: Local items to attract your eye and your eco-consciousness. It started as a source of self-gratification and ended up a celebration of sustainability. […]

January 2010: Toolbox

January 2010: Toolbox

The workhorse tool in my house is the cordless power drill. That’s true even though most of the bits for boring holes, grinding and sanding are collecting dust in the garage as our serious D.I.Y. home improvement projects are behind us (for now anyway).    Mostly we use the bits for easily driving and removing […]

Smoking ban a boon for business?

Smoking ban a boon for business?

The list of potential cost savings from the smoking ban is long: lower rates of fire, general liability, unemployment and workers’ compensation insurance; better worker retention; and less wear and tear on carpets, paint and HVAC systems. The anecdotal evidence and public conjecture about the relative revenue to be generated from smokers versus nonsmokers is […]

December 2009: Feeling at home in Neal Deputy's adaptive apartments

December 2009: Feeling at home in Neal Deputy's adaptive apartments

In 1996, when architect Neal Deputy adapted the original Coca-Cola Bottling Works (CCBW) Building on 10th Street NW into four residential apartments, there wasn’t much like it for renters in town. Almost 14 years later, such “loft-style” apartments—former industrial buildings converted to residences with large open floor plans—are more common. The rage that began in […]

November 2009: Toolbox

November 2009: Toolbox

Charming the snake Think of the plumbing snake not only as a cool, money-saving D.I.Y. tool, but also as an investment in foregoing many future embarrassing moments. Because if you have to call a professional at 10pm (in tears) on the night before hosting your entire family for Thanksgiving dinner after thinking it would be […]

FOOD & DRINK ANNUAL 2009

FOOD & DRINK ANNUAL 2009

Read up and drink it up: • eggs • peppers • goats • apples • tomatoes • cucumbers • peaches • goat cheese • microgreens • beer • wine • take-out   For many, many reasons—for the good of  our communities, our environment, our bodies—our food intake should start with the local produce, meats and […]

The cucumber guy

The cucumber guy

There are local farms with cute monikers and logos that we all recognize, and then there’s Rob Brown. You might not know his name, but if you’ve toured the Monticello vegetable gardens, you know his work —he was a gardener there for seven years until this past February. You probably also know his booth at […]

Fancy, free range eggs

Fancy, free range eggs

‘‘We’d like to get an egg a day out of everybody,” says Kathryn Bertoni. “ That would be a 100 percent lay rate.” From happy hens to their hands: Cathryn and Michael Bertoni offer their CSA subscribers egg shares from their free-range flock. After six years of operating Appalachia Star Farm, which offers “egg shares” […]