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Donna Dunn

Hello, Central Virginia HOME readers! I’m glad to meet you, and I am honored to serve as the new editor for the magazine.  

Allow me to introduce myself: I am a Chatham native who graduated from James Madison University and lived in the Shenandoah Valley for about a decade before moving to Lynchburg in 2005. I’ve written and edited for many publications, as well as for video, internet and corporate communications. 

I am proud to call Central Virginia home. The beauty of our rolling hills and wildflower meadows is only matched by the lovely spirit of the people I’ve met here. My husband and I have been fortunate to get to raise our two children here. 

This issue of HOME brings you a slice of what is wonderful about this region. Let me highlight a bit of what you’ll see.

First, be sure to check out all of your readers’ favorites for 2022. These are local businesses and organizations you count
on for all things home! Consider it your go-to source for your next project.

Next, a must read: a local home that will make you want to move in. The Sawyer family built a gorgeous getaway that offers some of the best views around. The unique siding, the walls of windows and all the architectural details make this one of my favorite showcase homes.

You’ll also draw inspiration from our articles on banquettes, stylish upholstered benches that can elevate the coziness of your dining space, and how to upcycle an old bookcase for an innovative new use. And good news…color is back! We explore how to inject vibrant hues into the more neutral palettes that have been most popular in recent years.

Since it’s fall, we want to share how to make the most of the season. Whether you’re looking for the perfect game day recipe or planning a gathering around a firepit, you’ll find just what you need for cooler weather. It’s also a great time to upgrade your grass with sod, especially now that those blistering summer days are done. 

Finally, be sure to check out our entertaining story on secret rooms. I don’t know about you, but I love the idea of exploring an older home and finding something truly unexpected. This article also looks at ways you can create your own hidden spaces — for security and for fun.

I hope you enjoy reading these articles as much as I did. Happy fall, my friends!

Donna Dunn

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