By Ashley Blanchard The afternoon light is spilling through the window while I sip hot tea and check email from my white sofa—a luxurious oasis in a house with two young boys. I look up to admire my bookshelves that…

By Erin Parkhurst The smell of warm pine needles returns me to the Midwestern summers of my childhood and the unfettered joy of exploring the woods; the insistent sweetness of magnolia recalls the anticipation I felt watching great blooms unfold…

By Erin Parkhurst For cooks who have decided to cast off old, worn-out pots and pans in favor of gleaming new cookware, a veritable feast of high-quality products awaits. Debi Shawcross, owner of Signature Menus (www.signaturemenus.com), chef, instructor, and author…

Need a special gift? Look no further than your own backyard. The Lynchburg area has some of the finest shopping around. for the special women in your life Marco Bicego Confetti Rings are exceptional enough to make a statement yet…

By Sarah Burton “In order to determine the best placement for decorative accents, consider all the architectural elements your home has to offer.” -Kerry Giles “If you’re like me and you don’t have any training, put together things you like.…

Lucy Cook, founder and co-owner of Magnolia Foods, learns the art of cookie baking—which comes in particularly handy around the holidays— from Amherst local Mary Hansen. Look Who’s Cooking in Central Virginia: Mary Hansen Cookie Baker Extraordinaire By Lucy Cook…

by Patricia C Held There is nothing like an evergreen to provide year-round interest, color and texture in a garden. Loyal, steadfast and true, the evergreen can be “the backbone of your landscaping,” says Martha Dudley, retail manager at Rainfrost…