Hudson Valley Style Magazine is Lighting the Way! Featuring exclusive cover story and interview with Hudson Valley’s Own Lighting Designer Stephanie Reppas (October Design, Hudson, NY. She creates amazing light fixtures from reclaimed materials found all over upstate, New York. Her projects are true work of art and an explicit definition of the authentic Hudson Valley Style. – Editors Maxwell & Dino Alexander
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We are excited to welcome and feature the work of Designer Stephanie Reppas – Owner of the October Design Co., based in Hudson, NY. Stephanie creates industrial-rustic lighting and décor from reclaimed materials found around Upstate NY.
(BPT) – It’s your home’s focal point. The site of some of your best moments and the base of operations for entertaining — it’s your kitchen, and no room in your home is more valuable. A magnificent kitchen defines a home, and bringing your kitchen to this level means capitalizing on today’s top trends. Many of the trends that will define kitchens for the year appear first at KBIS, the kitchen and bath industry convention held every year in January. More than 600 brands attended this year’s event, and here are the five trends that stood out from the show […]
Create Your Own Natural Fragrance / Aromatherapy Mist with Organic Essential Oils! DA Aromatherapy Collection gives you the power to be your own natural fragrance & aromatherapy designer at your fingertips. Select Your Top Notes These are the first and most noticeable notes when you first smell the fragrance and include fresh, clean and sparkling citrus and herbaceous, grassy and minty essential oils. Select Your Mid (or Heart) Notes They open up your natural fragrance’s true character, last longer, make a bigger impression and include floral, fruity and spicy essential oils.) Select Your Base (or Dry Down) Notes They are Earthy, Woodsy, Musky and […]
Escape with 2018’s most in-demand color (BPT) – Whether you’ve been a loyalist to the same shade of green for the last decade or if you’re an evolving follower of trends whose color choices have shifted over the years, the trending color of 2018 is sure to surprise and intrigue you. Indeed, black is back. But how was this classic shade named the trending color of the year? While many assume the choice is random, trending colors are based on many influencers, but where do they really begin? Trending colors arise from consumer preferences, which are formed by societal influences, […]
(BPT) – When homeowners get the urge to remodel and renovate their homes, two rooms immediately top the list: the kitchen and the bathroom. In the last decade, we’ve seen something of a renaissance in home bathroom design. From an innovative use of materials to radically reimagined bathtubs and toilets, today’s bathrooms offer a dream space with comfort and convenience in a stylish package. This dream, however, comes with a price tag. A mid-range bathroom remodel that includes a steel tub, a pressure-balanced shower, ceramic tile floor, vanity and integral sink could cost almost $20,000, and that’s for a 5-by-7 […]
(BPT) – Ready to tackle your next home remodeling project and showcase your Do-It-Yourself (DIY) skills? Or maybe you’re an aspiring DIYer, hoping to channel your creative spirit and try your hand at the next home improvement project? Now is the time to get started. According to experts from the National Association of Home Builders, the amount of money homeowners spend on remodeling projects is predicted to grow nearly 5 percent in 2018. Some of these dollars will be spent on large comprehensive rebuilds and others will be spent on smaller fix-it-up projects. No matter the spend, it’s a good […]
(BPT) – Barn doors moved out of the farmyard and into the house a long time ago. Recently, however, they have become an even more popular and useful feature in residential design. It’s not hard to see why. “Many homeowners hear the term ‘barn door’ and think of reclaimed, rustic wood, which may not be a look they’re interested in,” says Linda Jovanovich of the American Hardwood Information Center. “But contemporary barn doors offer many more aesthetic choices than their traditional image suggests. We’ve noticed a trend toward the use of solid, fine-milled hardwoods like walnut and cherry for sliding […]
(BPT) – Transforming the unremarkable into the extraordinary need not be an impossible task. More and more homeowners are finding that lavish looks are both attainable and affordable. Their imaginative design professionals are making it happen, using cypress to create their clients’ dream homes. “Wood is a classic and timeless building material,” says Stephen Logue of the Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association. “And many people are discovering that the inherent beauty of cypress, a species so often chosen for outdoor applications, adds a luxurious look to indoor living spaces, for anything from walls and ceilings, to exposed beams and so much […]
Fall Color Harmonies by Maxwell Alexander Design from the Fall Issue of the Hudson Valley Style Magazine
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(BPT) – Vacation is supposed to be fun and relaxing, but more than half of Americans say vacations cause them stress, and 46 percent say stress interferes with their enjoyment of traveling, according to a survey by HomeAway. Vacation stress comes from crowded airports, making transportation arrangements, booking lodging and more. However, staying organized while traveling can help relieve some of the stress of juggling so many details. These tips will help you stay organized while traveling, and feel more confident and in control of your vacation plans. Prior to departure Make an itinerary with important information, such as flight […]
(BPT) – Known for their versatility, barn doors have been popping up in homes across the country – in contemporary and rustic designs. Read on to discover why adding a barn door is an ideal winter home-improvement project. Transitions in open floor plans As homeowners seek more open floor plans, interior doors are evolving. Barn doors meet homeowners’ desire for fluid room flows by seamlessly connecting adjacent rooms, allowing the flexibility to close spaces off or join them. “The rolling feature of barn doors creates a fresh look in any home,” says Brad Loveless, product development manager for Simpson Door […]
(BPT) – It’s no secret the holiday season can be one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year. What is one of the biggest sources of stress? It’s cleaning on a deadline, especially while guests are on their way. But with the right plan in place, even last-minute pre-entertainment cleaning can be efficient and stress-free, says Debra Johnson, Merry Maids home cleaning expert. In an online survey conducted this spring by Toluna, more than half of respondents admitted that most of their cleaning takes place just before guests arrive. With a bit more focus, this preparation can […]