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Friday, September 23rd, 2022

Living SMALL in Style

In the late spring of 1982, The Holiness Tabernacle Church, on a whisker under half an acre in Blacksburg, sold for $500. It is uncertain from there when it was transformed from a small house of worship to a small house of living. “It had 11 different types of flooring when I purchased it in

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Friday, July 29th, 2022

A Very Sensible House – lovingly restored through generations

When Dublin native Trish Hale married Dublin native Steve Hale, just shy of 50 years ago, she packed a suitcase, said her vows and went to Steve’s childhood home to set up housekeeping. “We moved into Steve’s...

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

The Hallmark Movie Neighborhood

Moms sometimes get to do what they want on Mother’s Day, and Kim Mann’s idea of a great day in 2021 was driving around Blacksburg looking at houses. “We went through several neighborhoods before parking in front...

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Monday, March 21st, 2022

When Curiosity Takes You Home

It was simple curiosity, along with a career in the housing industry, that brought Cassidy Jones and her family to their unusual home. “We actually lived down the street when this house came on the market,” she...

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Monday, March 21st, 2022

Tom & Christy Wallace ~ Real Estate Photographers

Google “real estate photography classes,” and you will find 2.8 million results. “Real estate photography courses” will net you 1.5 billion results (yes, that is billion!) Why the huge interest in taking pictures of real estate? The...

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Monday, March 21st, 2022

Putting Home Style “In Focus”

Mary Kate Gaines’ first bedroom style makeover occurred when she was in first grade. “My bedroom was my happy place,” she recalls, “and even at a young age I had an opinion of what I wanted it...

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Monday, March 21st, 2022

Under Cover: keeping a canopy of trees happy, healthy and hardy

Some trees are famous enough to be named. There’s the “Keffer Oak,” commanding a section of the Appalachian Trail just east of Route 42 in Newport. Virginia Tech maintains a Big Tree Registry, documenting the largest trees...

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Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022

The Not-So-Little House

While the 1960s are oft remembered for tumultuous civil unrest, along with “The Sound of Music” and emergence of The Beatles, on the economic and housing fronts, it was a prosperous decade. Though the average home was...

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Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

A Home Study in Contrasts

Welcome to a little horse farm, on a dirt road, with the requisite outbuildings, a couple beautiful horses, a view across open fields and a renovated house that includes crystal door knobs and chandeliers. Lipstick red is...

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Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

Where Rustic Meets Elegant Quite Comfortably

There’s one angle to log houses that awakens a passion for nature and a sentimental feeling toward this rustic home environment and its western flair. Visions of pioneers chopping down trees, sizing logs and building their own...

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