June ABODE! In this month’s issue…

Photo: Virginia Hamrick Photo: Virginia Hamrick

The June issue of ABODE is on stands now! Here’s what you’ll find inside:

  • A Q&A with local architect Christopher Hays, whose global travels inspire his work in Charlottesville and beyond.
  • An historic downtown property, the former Martha Jefferson Hospital goes residential—with 43 new places to live.
  • The latest trend in countertops? Color! But not in Charlottesville. Here, we’re all about tradition.
  • Interior designer Elfi Frankfurt loves the library in her Keswick home. Find out what else she’s interested in here.
  • A smaller 1920s cottage in the Fry’s Spring neighborhood makes room for two.
Though they were interested in renovated much of the home’s exterior, Schmalzbach and Forsberg wanted to preserve the wall of the windows that face the lake. Photo: Virginia Hamrick
Photo: Virginia Hamrick

A 31-year-old house at Lake Monticello was such an eyesore that homeowners Ken Schmalzbach and Karol Forsberg weren’t even sure it deserved a second look. But its site upped the appeal, and the couple enlisted architecture firm Wolf Ackerman to bring personality to the structure. Read more here.

A native fine fescue forms curving walkways along the woods’ edge, where a combination of existing serviceberry and dogwood, plus a sweep of sourwood, line the path. Shrubby “Grey Owl” Virginia cedar provides texture and a mellow blue-green color. Photo: Virginia Hamrick
Photo: Virginia Hamrick

When landscape designer Virginia Rockwell first saw the backyard of a home in Keswick Estate last year, it ended at a “sea of mulch” with no transition from the human zone to the natural. “The challenge here is [having] the house settle into the landscape instead of alighting on it,” she said. Find out more here.