How to Make Your Hudson Valley Rental Feel Like Home

According to Statista.com, “The share of Americans who rent their home is 27%, the share of non-homeowners who can’t afford to buy a home is 43%, the share of renters living in single-family homes in the US is 42%, and the share of renters under 30 years old in the US is 49%.” Maybe you are a new renter or someone who has been renting for a while and you want to make your rental feel more like home. Consider the following tips to transform your rental space into the comfortable space you love coming home to. Embellishing the Walls […]

Everyone Can Save on Vital Energy Costs

Everyone Can Save on Vital Energy Costs

(BPT) – It’s something everyone in the U.S. needs and uses in their everyday lives — energy to keep the lights on, appliances working and homes cool or warm enough to be comfortable. Now that Americans are spending more time at home, energy needs — and costs — for households across the country are going through the roof. And unfortunately, energy costs tend to be higher for families already struggling with lower incomes and job insecurity, along with other challenges due to the pandemic. According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, low-income, African-American, and Latino households and renters […]

Thanksgiving Home Decorating with Dino Alexander

Thanksgiving Home Decorating with Dino Alexander

Thanksgiving is a time of year in which families from all across the nation gather together and enjoy the presence of each other and give thanks for the fact that we live in this great country and have the means with which to celebrate in this manner. It is a great time that is representative of the hand of friendship that was extended to us in the past and the season of harvest. Thanksgiving Home Decorating with Dino Alexander Photography by Maxwell Alexander Thanksgiving takes place during the autumn season, which makes it an ideal time to decorate in the […]

5 Affordable Ways to Dress Up Your Home Office Space with Kei Kullberg

5 Affordable Ways to Dress Up Your Home Office Space by Kei Kullberg

Spending a lot of time working from home these days? I hear ya! As a mortgage broker here in the Hudson Valley, I see how the area basically turned into a “work-from-home capital” of North-East, just because seems like everyone moved out of New York City… 5 Affordable Ways to Dress Up Your Home Office Space Paid Content by Kei Kullberg, NYS Licensed Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS# 1740248 So the last thing you want is for your home office to look drab. You need a space where you can be excited about starting your workday. Design a home office that […]

Exclusive Interview with Dr. Zainab Mogul-Ashraf (Dr. Z) of Hebe Medical Spa Interview and Photography by Maxwell Alexander

Exclusive Interview with Dr. Zainab Mogul-Ashraf (Dr. Z) of Hebe Medical Spa

Exclusive Interview with Dr. Zainab Mogul-Ashraf (Dr. Z) of Hebe Medical Spa Interview and Photography by Maxwell Alexander Maxwell: Thank you for the interview opportunity and an amazing photoshoot, Dr. Z! I must say you are a natural when it comes to modeling. Great job! Please tell us a little bit about yourself and how did the idea of Hebe Medical Spa manifest in your life. Dr. Z: Well thank you! 🙂 We have done a few photoshoots the last couple of years and I can say I definitely feel more comfortable with it now! Not so much in the […]

Infographic: Americans are getting back on the road again

Infographic: Americans are getting back on the road again

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of Americans in many ways, including making families from coast to coast cancel or postpone their vacation plans. However, a new survey, conducted on behalf of Toyota, reveals that nearly half of U.S. adults are planning to get out and take a trip again soon and a road trip is a way to get there. (BPT) – Infographic: Americans are getting back on the road again The survey also shows how attitudes about travel — from destinations to modes of transportation — have changed since the pandemic began. How do Americans feel about […]

4 Simple Ways to Keep Indoor Air Fresh at All Times

4 Simple Ways to Keep Indoor Air Fresh at All Times

Americans today are more focused on cleaning and sanitization — not to mention the air they breathe — than ever. Indoor air quality has already been a growing concern in the United States for some time. According to a study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, indoor air quality can be worse than the air outdoors. You may not realize that simply by doing normal things like cooking, cleaning, personal hygiene, or enjoying a hobby, invisible pollution is being added to the air. With social distancing measures, people are spending more time at home, so being proactive […]

Five Smart Social Media Marketing Tips for Real Estate Agents by Realtor Maxwell Alexander

Five Smart Social Media Marketing Tips for Real Estate Agents

The world of real estate has changed enormously in just a short period of time. From the challenges of the housing bubble and subsequent bust to changes in the way people buy houses and qualify for mortgages, real estate agents have faced endless challenges. The new technology-powered social media is moving forward with lightning speed (literally!), and it has become an essential part of almost every industry including the real estate business. COVID-19 pandemic has supercharged the process of going 100% virtual because let’s face it – no one wants to touch those business cards and flyers anymore! Five Smart […]

Airbnb Rental or a Dream Home? A Historic Hudson Valley Farmhouse for Sale

Country Kitchen Decorating Ideas for an Authentic Hudson Valley Style Cooking Experience

Country kitchen decorating ideas are for any person who gets pleasure from the warm, earthy feeling of the simplicity of nature. Decorating a country kitchen is among the most popular types of interior decorating. This is because of the overall feeling of being welcoming and friendly that country kitchen decorating has to offer those who own the kitchen, as well as any guests and visitors. If you are considering the country and kitchen and decorating ideas, then you will need to decide if you’re going to be limiting it to your kitchen, or if you’ll be spreading it throughout your […]

Cocktail railing and more: 5 trends for your deck

Cocktail railing and more: 5 trends for your deck improvement this summer

Discover 5 fresh ways to frame your outdoor space (BPT) – When determining the look of your outdoor living space, decking is only half of the equation. In many cases, it’s the deck railings that are most visible and the design element that makes the first impression. “Railings serve a necessary safety function, but they also play an important aesthetic role,” explains designer Alison Victoria, star of HGTV’s “Windy City Rehab” and “Rock the Block.” “They frame an outdoor space and define the setting’s style and personality.” Following are five fresh ways to frame up your outdoor space for maximum […]

Summer 2020 Fashion Edition - Hudson Valley Style Magazine

Summer 2020 Fashion Issue with Luisa Löffel

Coming soon to Amazon Bookshelf near you! In the Summer 2020 Fashion Edition, Hudson Valley Style truly goes global with amazing fashion photography by Alla Rodionova and Art Direction + Style and Makeup by Marina Welz. Together with the fashion model Luisa Löffel, the amazing “House of Chicks” team tells an inspiring and fashionable story of an albino girl of African descent who was born and raised in Germany. Look for the printed book on Amazon!  

The water is open: 5 tips to relax and recharge on a boat this summer

(BPT) – Looking to get away this summer while social distancing? With annual traditions such as camps and sporting events cancelled, the best way to seek relief and recharge with your loved ones may be to “Get On Board” for a summer on the water. Recent data suggests that interest in fishing and boating has grown amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a recent Harris poll, 1 in 5 Americans said they’re more likely to try these activities than they were prior to the pandemic. And among parents, the statistic is 1 in 4. Numerous marine dealers across the country […]

Boost your home's curb appeal

Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal with Sustainable Building Materials

(BPT) – Looks matter and first impressions count! So to pique the interest of potential buyers, refresh your home’s exterior and boost the curb appeal with new siding. In-the-know design pros are choosing cypress siding for the upgrade. It looks great and can last a lifetime, no matter what Mother Nature might have in store. “Cypress siding offers the complete package,” says Zack Rickman of the Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association, www.CypressInfo.org. “It’s not only beautiful, but it also offers proven outdoor performance by naturally repelling insects — like termites and carpenter bees — and minimizing decay, chemical corrosion, and other […]

Bringing the indoors out: 2020 outdoor living trends

Bringing the indoors out: 2020 outdoor living trends

(BPT) – 2020 outdoor living trends are all about enjoying your backyard alfresco — but with the comfort and ease, you expect from your indoor spaces. Today’s outdoor spaces are transforming into an extension of the home. The current outdoor design also takes into account the look and feel of your entire home, including the interior and exterior, building materials and surroundings. Connecting with nature: Biophilic design Biophilic design is achieved when natural elements are incorporated into space, helping people feel connected to the natural environment. It creates a calm, tranquil space and reduces stress. Biophilia makes sense for indoor […]

Hot trends in kitchen remodeling

Hot trends in kitchen remodeling

Year after year, the most popular home improvement project for American families remains the same: remodeling the kitchen. Today, kitchen makeovers are more ambitious than ever, with homeowners willing to spend larger budgets to upgrade both the aesthetics and the functionality of what is, after all, the most used room in the house. “Many architects, designers, and homeowners are specifying hardwood as an essential part of any kitchen refresh,” notes Linda Jovanovich, of the American Hardwood Information Center. “That’s because wood not only offers a wide variety of looks and design possibilities, it also exemplifies the kind of material today’s […]

What's next in outdoor living? Top trends for 2020

What’s next in outdoor living? Top trends for 2020

(BPT) – The appeal of all things al fresco has never been higher with homeowners across the country investing more time and money than ever before into their outdoor spaces. Based on insights from decking contractors, retailers and home design experts, industry leader Trex Company has compiled its annual outdoor living forecast, predicting the top design trends for 2020 and beyond. “It’s always fascinating to compare the trends reported by our customers with those projected by the industry at large,” said Leslie Adkins, vice president of marketing for Trex. “This year, we also engaged celebrity designer Alison Victoria to take […]

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Top 5 Reasons Why It’s Time to Sell Your Rental Property in the Hudson Valley

Owning rental property offers a wide range of benefits and is an excellent source of steady cash flow for many people. However, you may want to consider selling your rental property due to a variety of reasons. Discussing all of your options with a financial advisor can help you make the best decision for your situation.  5 Reasons Why It’s Time to Sell Your Hudson Valley Rental Property by Licensed Real Estate Broker Dino Alexander, CEO, Alexander Maxwell Realty Here are five of the most common reasons why now is the best time for you to sell your rental property. […]

Millennials are taking over the real estate market, but what are they shopping for?

Millennials are taking over the real estate market, but what are they shopping for?

Millennials are taking over the real estate market, but what are they shopping for? by Dino Alexander, Principal Broker, Alexander Maxwell Realty Here at Alexander Maxwell Realty | Best Hudson Valley Real Estate, we define “millennial” as a lifestyle choice and not just as a simple age bracket. But what about the actual millennial generation that is taking over the real estate market these days? Much is made of the home-buying habits and attitudes of the millennials, which has become the largest generation with the most purchasing power in the United States. Can millennials afford homes? Do they even want […]

Staging a House for Sale: 10 Steps to Home Staging Success by Designer/Realtor Maxwell Alexander

Staging a House for Sale: 10 Steps to Home Staging Success by Designer/Realtor Maxwell Alexander

In a strictly rational world, buying a home would be largely an economic decision. Homebuyers would weigh the properties carefully, comparing factors like appreciation potential, relative value, and quality of life. But in the real world, the home buying experience is quite different. In the real world, home buyers shop with their eyes, and with their hearts, and that makes home staging an essential part of the sales process. And since so many home searches now start online, staging a house for sale is as much about websites as open houses. If you want to stage your home for a […]

Shaping our future with AI / The 3 pillars of AI

Shaping our future with AI

The Pillars of AI (BPT) – Artificial intelligence (AI) is impacting everyone’s lives more and more. The latest technology increasingly helps daily tasks and routines become simpler, leaving consumers with more time to spend on other priorities. What do you want from the AI-powered devices and systems in your life? A core set of elements drives AI, enabling products to be smarter and more responsive, with one goal: improving consumers’ overall quality of life. Here are a few recent innovations that showcase AI in action today: Proactive — AI anticipates problems LG Electronics has developed an advanced AI customer service […]

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Could European EcoCapsule become a Solution for the Housing Crisis in the United States?

As a Designer, I firmly believe that Beauty will eventually save the World and looking at this egg-shaped aesthetically pleasing product of Design I feel that Europeans might be the new saviors of the American Dream that is currently experiencing a bit of a relevance problem. The Ecocapsule could be the first commercially available technological solution that will disrupt humanity’s understanding of how sustainable/eco-friendly housing looks like, with a shift from heavy, static and inefficient boxes of all sorts, to the sleek, compact and energy-efficient appliance-like personal pods that for sure look like a visitor from the future. But what […]