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Elements of Design
Top 5 Interior Design Trends for 2021

by Cathy Purple Cherry, AIA, LEED-AP, Founder and Principal of Purple Cherry Architects

Our clients rely on the Interior Design team at Purple Cherry Architects to fully understand today’s design trends, to anticipate the design trends of tomorrow, and to have a solid working knowledge of quality and price point for a range of furnishings and accessories vendors. We take this responsibility seriously.

Thus, twice each year, the interior design team and I pack up and head south to High Point Market. Held in High Point, NC every six months, the Market is the largest home furnishings industry trade show in the world, with more than 10 million square feet by roughly 2,000 exhibitors throughout approximately 180 buildings. Serious retail buyers, interior designers, architects, and others in the home furnishings industry can be found in High Point because if you can’t find it in High Point…it probably doesn’t exist.

So what did we learn on our most recent High Point Market visit? Here are the top five emerging trends we observed, which any savvy designer should have on their radar.

Keswick Hall Renewed

images courtesy Keswick Hall

Keswick Hall, one of Virginia’s top destinations since 1912, has reopened, following the completion of a new guest wing, infinity pool and cabanas, red clay tennis courts, and reimagined resort grounds. In addition, the renewed Keswick Hall will feature a new signature restaurant, Marigold, helmed by acclaimed Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. For this project, owners Molly and Robert Hardie tapped the architecture firm Hart Howerton, distinguished lighting design firm, L’Observatoire International and renowned landscape architects, Nelson Byrd Woltz to work together to redefine the art of American hospitality and help to marry the resort’s classic style and sophistication with luxurious comfort and modern amenities.

“It has been no small undertaking to transform this special and iconic retreat, and we are so proud to unveil the new Keswick Hall,” said owners Molly and Robert Hardie. “We poured our hearts into thoughtfully redesigning the property, and we feel confident that our passion for this project will be embraced by everyone who visits.”

Collecting with Ken: 

Old Paint with Antiques Roadshow’s Ken Farmer

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, stunning paint-decorated furniture was created throughout Virginia. What exactly is paint-decorated furniture? In my mind, it includes any form that has a painted design based on an existing tradition or the artist’s creativity. This decoration could be as simple as overall sponged polka-dots or a complicated series of colorful geometric patterns. Artists and artisans produced objects that were pleasing both to their eyes as well as the eyes of the people who were willing to pay for them. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, stunning paint-decorated furniture was created throughout Virginia.

Building Business and Community

From the Desk of Elizabeth Cromwell, President and CEO of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce
Our Changing Workforce: Employee Retention, Salary and Job Benefits, Candidate Expectations, and Hiring

A recent eye-opening press release caught my attention and accurately illustrated the current state of our local and national workforce hiring shortages. In October, “…we plan to hire more than 100,000 people…many of whom will have an offer in hand within 30 minutes of applying,” stated Nando Cesarone, President, US Operations for UPS. UPS also indicated that those who accept offers could be on the job within two hours of job acceptance.

Who’s Who of REALTORS®

Please visit the Who’s Who of REALTORS® tab for the Fall 2021 Directory of the leading Real Estate Professionals in our area, including links to each member’s website and contact information. To become a member of “Who’s Who” contact Eden at or call 434-989-9668. albemarle’s Who’s Who of REALTORS® is published twice yearly, appearing in the April/May and October/November issues.


All Creatures Great and Small
The Heritage Standard Bronze Turkey

photo Jack Looney •

One of the largest breeds of heritage turkeys, Bronzes have also been the most popular turkey variety in American history.

albemarle Moment

photo Robert Llewellyn •
From the book Remarkable Trees of Virginia

Remarkable Trees of Virginia, with 176 of Robert Llewellyn’s photographs and descriptions by Nancy Ross Hugo, was published in 2008 by Albemarle Books. Llewellyn had met the garden columnist of the Richmond Times-Dispatch a few years prior when she was considering creating a book about Virginia trees. Their collaboration would result in three publications, the “inaugural project” being a four-year effort to document one hundred of Virginia’s “largest, oldest, most historic, beautiful and beloved trees”—resulting in this magnificent “keepsake book.”
This remarkable collaboration between a noted garden writer and an accomplished nature photographer are presented in this elegant, four-color volume with astounding effect. This wealth of recommendations required project co-coordinator Dr. Jeffrey Kirwan, a Virginia Tech Emeritus Professor and Extension Specialist, to log 20,000 miles traveling to visit each tree to whittle down the nominees to the one hundred included in the book.

Title: Remarkable Trees of Virginia
Photographs: Robert Llewellyn
Words: Nancy Ross Hugo
Publisher: Albemarle Books
Distributor: University of Virginia Press
Year: 2008
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 216 pp
Images: 176 color photographs
ISBN-10: 0974270725
ISBN-13: 978-0974270722

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