Small Design Decisions That Offer Big Impact

by Cathy Purple Cherry, AIA, Founding Principal of Purple Cherry Architects. Photography by Jenn Verrier

There’s no denying that a massive, elegant chandelier makes a big visual statement in just about any room, as does a dramatic vaulted ceiling with floor-to-ceiling windows. But it’s not just the big, bold design decisions that make noticeable changes in your home’s look, feel, or functionality. Subtle design decisions also have the ability to create very impactful experiences.
In this article, I am delighted to offer ideas related to smaller design details that I know can make a big difference in your home. These ideas are beautifully illustrated in the photography of a residence my firm had the pleasure of working on with interior design firm W Design Collective and builder Brush Arbor Homes.

Tails and Trails: Dog Friendly Wineries in Virginia
How to Safely Bring Your Furry Friend on Your Next Adventure

text and photography by Gabriella Hoard-West

We often wish we could pack up our dogs and take them everywhere. Did you know that many Virginia wineries and wine trails allow you to bring your dog? There are 78 wineries in our state that allow your canine outside access. Navigate through Virginia’s scenic country and experience the beauty of our local wineries with your furry friend. Virginia offers over 300 wineries and trails for you to enjoy. To find dog friendly wineries, visit:

Building Business AND Community

From the Desk of Ann Marie Hohenberger, Marketing and Communications Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce

The idea of “doing well by doing good” has existed long before Ben Franklin coined the phrase. We see more companies than ever engaging in social impact activities. 

Chamber members often tell us one of their primary reasons for joining the Chamber is to become more engaged in the community. When we asked members why social impact is important, we heard that engaging with community needs is fundamental to their identity, business practices, and employee experience. 

Art Life

Special Feature: Taubman Museum of Art, Treasures of American Art: The Cynthia & Heywood Fralin Collection

Complementing and expanding upon many significant American works in the Museum’s permanent collection on view within the Fralin Center for American Art, Treasures of American Art shares more than 90 works from the private collection of Cynthia and Heywood Fralin.

The exhibition features 93 works from 64 American artists spanning the period of 1861 to 1975, collected over a period of 25 years by Cynthia and Heywood Fralin. It marks the first time all of the works will be on view together.

Collecting with Ken

American Petroliana with Antiques Roadshows Ken Farmer
American Petroliana When the Functional Becomes Collectible

i once had a car and advertising collector tell me, “When the smell of gas and exhaust from an old car sets in your system, you’re hooked for life.” Coming mainly from the folk art and American world, I’ve always been attracted to the colorful graphics of car gas and oil advertising. One of the earliest items we hung in our kitchen was a “Bonded Service” enameled sign issued by the America Automobile Association in the 20th century. We love the red, blue, and white colors and simple graphics.

All Creatures Great and Small
The Emu

This exotic bird has increased in popularity in Virginia and worldwide over the past several years. They are part of a small but growing form of alternative agriculture offering consumers meat, eggs, leather, oil, soap, and even feathers. Native to Australia, these gigantic long-necked birds can reach a height of 6’2”, making them the second tallest bird in the world, with adults weighing 40–135lbs. 

Albemarle Magazine


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