Caite Hamilton

Caite has been at C-VILLE since 2007, when she started as a part-time proofreader. Over the last 11 years, she's held the positions of Online Editor and Special Sections Editor. Currently the Special Publications Editor of C-VILLE, Caite oversees content in special issues and special publications (ABODE, Knife & Fork, C-VILLE Weddings, Unbound, C-BIZ, and Best of C-VILLE).

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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.   […]

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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: 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 (anacavalheiro.com) and a gown from Sealed With A Kiss (sealedwithakissbridal.com). Makeup by Nikki Benedikt of The Spot Beauty Shop.

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 […]

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 […]

Ice cream dreams: Nine of the coldest scoops in town

Ice cream dreams: Nine of the coldest scoops in town

Ice cream dreams Nothing spells out s-u-m-m-e-r quite like a melty, drippy scoop of ice cream. Here are nine local options we’re digging right now (and always). Top row: Half Baked: Ben & Jerry’s (Barracks Road Shopping Center, 244-7438) Coconut: Kirt’s Homemade Ice Cream (Albemarle Square Shopping Center, 202-0306) Peach almond: The Market at Grelen (15091 Yager Rd. […]

Photo: Daniel Afzal

June Abode: On stands now!

Open concept, urban lots, a 5,000-square-foot weekend home and more, all in this month’s issue of Abode. On stands now! Keith Scott‘s design influences. Agnor-Hurt’s multi-age learning space. The open concept tide is still high. Kathy Heiner‘s favorite things. How to buy land in the city. Thank heaven for hell strips. This month’s featured home:  […]

Kathy Heiner, pictured here in a client's home with her French bulldogs, Otis and Willy, says her favorite room in her house is her bedroom. "I have dear friends who call it 'getting lost at sea,' when you and your children and your dogs are all piled on the big bed with laptops watching a movie or reading together," she says. Photo: Kip Dawkins

An interesting mix: At home with Kathy Heiner

Décor-wise, designer Kathy Heiner says homeowners should never scrimp on art. As she puts it, “Paintings, pottery and sculpture can transform a space, create interest and provide a topic for conversation.” And she practices what she preaches in her own home, where each wall is a veritable gallery of framed pieces—from prints and line drawings […]

Photo: Amy Jackson

C-VILLE Family: On stands now!

Welcome to C-VILLE Family (formerly C-VILLE Kids). Things might look a little different around here (we’ve made a few visual changes), but we’re still doing what we do best: introducing you to the coolest, most industrious kids in the area, keeping you up-to-date on health and wellness news and showering you with ideas for kid- […]