Design Strategies to Decrease Clutter, Increase Calm

by Cathy Purple Cherry, AIA, Founding Principal of Purple Cherry Architects
photography by Steve Buchanan, David Burroughs, and Durston Saylor

As the calendar year comes to a close and we begin to look ahead to the New Year, many feel the pull to organize, declutter, and bring order and calm into our lives. And it’s for good reason—the benefits of a well-organized home are thoroughly documented. Studies have shown that the state of our home can significantly affect our emotions and mental health. As the saying goes, “tidy home, tidy mind.”


by Gabriella Hoard-West
photography by Robert Llewellyn

Paperwhites have become a sign of hope to people worldwide. In the garden and the wild, this perennial returns each year on its own. The blossom heralds the end of winter’s reign as the first flower spirits emerge from Earth’s slumber.

Finding Hope

Hope’s Legacy Equine Rescue is a sanctuary for horses and people.
photography and text by Gabriella Hoard-West

Usually, the most impactful things are not expected. It all started during my studies. What in the world am I supposed to do for this assignment?
I had always been aware of Hope’s Legacy Equine Rescue. My family had several friends with connections to the executive director, Maya Proulx. We also reached out to maya and the rescue to find our own two miniature horses that we ultimately adopted. Despite the connection, it had never occurred to me to volunteer. After all, I’m in college; I have my own farm and plenty things on my plate. I wasn’t exactly seeking out more extracurricular activities.

Building Business AND Community

From the Desk of Elizabeth Cromwell, President and CEO of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce

Our business community is still reeling from volatility in a post-pandemic, maybe-recessionary environment. Some sectors are booming, while others would be booming if only they could resolve the supply chain issues. Others are less bullish and struggle to hire staff and make ends meet. Sometimes it’s easy to forget to pause and reflect that we’re still here, and we’re still moving forward at an admirable clip.

Collecting with Ken

Shining a Light on Antique Lanterns
with Antiques Roadshow’s Ken Farmer images
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Brunk Auctions

Light a candle.

Back in the mid-1970s, when we first started going to country auctions, we discovered that the auctioneers usually sold the real estate first, then sold the items from the house and the barns. This process was a treat. Sometimes the estates would be untouched and have material items from generations dating to the late 18th or early 19th century—furniture, art, glass, and china. Next, the outbuildings contents—looms, spinning wheels, yarn winders, farm implements, and sometimes candle molds and candle drying racks would be auctioned.
As we start decorating our home for the holidays, let’s consider those early Germanic and Scotch-Irish settlers. In today’s world, when we search for a spice- or pine-scented candle for the holiday table and “atmosphere,” we head out to a gift shop or visit the internet. In comparison, early Americans were almost entirely self-reliant. Candles were expensive, so they made their own when possible.

All Creatures Great and Small

A Turtle Dove

The turtle dove, also known as the mourning dove, is one of the most common birds in the United States. They do well in habitats around people, which is why their mournful cooing is a familiar sound outside many American homes.

Albemarle Magazine


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