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Monday, September 15th, 2014

Gables, Shelties and Fairies, Oh My!

When Victoria and Steve Cochran bought their mountainside home in the New River Valley in 2001, it had at least 10 gables, but no shelties or fairies. Along with a classy, renovated kitchen, incredibly beautiful and functional master suite (or in-law quarters), multiple decks and gardens that will boggle the mind and delight your eye,

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Friday, August 1st, 2014

A Giles County Shangri-la ……….. Maybe

Jimmy and Joann Hammons were relaxing one day in the rockers on the front porch of their personal, circa 1950s, store building. A car went by on the 2-lane, back country road, slowed down, backed up slowly...

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Friday, August 1st, 2014

Straw Bale Gardens

I knew of growing vegetables in straw bales and using them to create raised beds or cold frame space, but the recipe for creating a straw bale garden was just recently shared with me. I’ve been working...

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Monday, June 16th, 2014

A Ring of Fire – Backyard Firepits are Hot!

By Joanne M. Anderson Backyard firepits are hot ~ literally and figuratively. They can toast marshmallows, cook a hotdog and melt the soles of your shoes. Dancing flames create a relaxing atmosphere for people to enjoy the...

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Monday, March 17th, 2014

Moving Up – Moving Down

Part of loving the beach is that seemingly endless view over salt water to the horizon in the distance. Part of loving their Blacksburg home and location is looking some 20 to 30 miles over forests and...

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Monday, March 17th, 2014

One Heavy Kitchen Remodel

Whitethorn shrubs grow well in Virginia and provide refuge for birds year-round. Lovely, off-white, bell-shaped flowers emit a lovely fragrance from evergreen bushes which can grow as high as 15 feet. It was from these attractive plants...

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Monday, March 17th, 2014

Fortune Tellers, Fishing Poles and the Future of NRV Real Estate

We’re all interested in the future – we want to know what’s next, what to expect, what to capitalize on. We all want an edge, an advantage. That’s probably why fortune tellers have been able to make...

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Monday, March 17th, 2014

Coloring Your World

Coloring never goes out of style or falls out of favor. You just trade up from a crayon to a paint roller, from a page to a wall. Color promotes emotional characteristics as well as perceived space,...

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Monday, January 13th, 2014

A Coordinated Collection

They say that dogs sometimes look like their masters. Ogden, 6, is a well-mannered, multi-tone shades of gray Aussiedoodle owned and cherished by Justin and Nicole Boyle of Blacksburg. They don’t look anything like him or vice...

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Friday, November 15th, 2013

Homes for the Holidays

The Trout home in the mountains of Giles County does not really need to be decorated for Christmas. The home and garage are crispy white. The roofs are fire engine red tin. Some of the trees bear...

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