Feeling overwhelmed? 5 tips to make time for self-care

Feeling overwhelmed? 5 tips to make time for self-care

Ever feel like the days just get away from you, and you don’t have time to do the things you need to do, much less want to do? Often wish you could just spend your evenings or weekends on your personal goals, practicing self-care or just relaxing? There are many ways you can take control of your time and take better care of yourself. Sometimes it’s a question of prioritizing what you want to do — and outsourcing the rest. Feeling overwhelmed? 5 tips to make time for self-care – (BPT) Simplify meal prep and cooking. Unless cooking is enjoyable and […]

How to Know When You Should Sell Your Rental Property

Home Interior Design upgrades, suitable for the whole family

(BPT) – With a bustling household and busy family schedules, updates to the home are often a low priority compared to time spent with loved ones. Consider four home improvement ideas fit for the entire family, which require little time commitment and deliver long-lasting benefits. 1. Pick paint colors that age well. Paint can dramatically transform a space, so when you choose a color, pay attention to tones that age well. While kids are drawn to bright hues, reach for colors that are soft on the eyes. Choose colors that work in harmony, like whites and blushes; charcoals and blues; […]

How to Ensure You Get the Best Price When Selling Your Home by Maxwell Alexander, REALTOR®, Editor in Chief, Hudson valley Style Magazine

How to Ensure You Get the Best Price When Selling Your Hudson Valley Home

Whether you are selling your home to move to a new city or just to relocate to the other side of town, you will no doubt want to receive as much money for the property as you can. Luckily, there are a few tips you can follow to ensure your final selling price is as high as possible, such as: •    Stage the Home in Style When a prospective buyer walks into your home, they don’t want to see a space cluttered with all of your belongings. Nor do they want to see a home totally devoid of fixtures […]

5 ways to bring the outdoors in this fall

5 ways to bring the outdoors in this fall – Hudson Valley Style Magazine

5 ways to bring the outdoors in this fall (BPT) – With the weather cooling down and trees changing to vibrant colors, it’s no wonder many consider autumn their favorite time of year. Fall draws people outside to apple orchards and pumpkin patches and fills homes with the smells of seasonal baking. A recent YouGov survey commissioned by VELUX found that most people (over 69%) think exposure to daylight, fresh air and nature has a positive effect on their well-being, including reducing stress. Yet according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), people today spend 90% of their time indoors. Even […]

Exploring Mohonk Mountain Lake and Labyrinth Trail - Photo Story by Maxwell Alexander

Prepare for the unexpected: Travel tips for peace of mind

Prepare for the unexpected: Travel tips for peace of mind (BPT) – Do you have a case of wanderlust? Traveling is a great way to explore new places and try new activities, going beyond the ordinary to create lifelong memories with family and friends. But travel does come with risks. This is particularly important with the rise in adventure travel, where Americans are incorporating exciting experiences, like cycling and ATV tours, to their itineraries. More risks tend to be associated with these types of activities on trips, including unexpected accidents or injuries. “While the goal is to create happy and […]

Think outside: 5 ways to disconnect and enjoy the outdoors

Think outside: 5 ways to disconnect and enjoy the outdoors

Think outside: 5 ways to disconnect and enjoy the outdoors (BPT) – Life is hectic, full of demands at work and at home. Add digital distractions like computers, cell phones, tablets and more, and it’s no wonder many people are experiencing record-high levels of stress. One simple solution is to shift your perspective by spending more time outdoors. When you do an enjoyable activity outside, stress begins to melt away as you bask in the fresh air, sunshine, and beauty of nature. This doesn’t mean you have to be a savvy outdoor adventurer. There is a growing movement of people […]

Cutting the chaos out of your morning routine

Cutting the chaos out of your morning routine

Cutting the chaos out of your morning routine (BPT) – Mornings can be chaotic as you fight the clock to get out the door on time. This is especially true if you have a big family. Wouldn’t it be nice if rather than feeling like a stressful race, your morning routine was something you looked forward to? Starting your day on a high note is simple when you adopt some tips and tricks for simplifying your morning routine. You’ll save time, be more efficient and learn to cherish the first part of the day. 1: Select clothing the evening prior […]

5 items to clean for a sparkling kitchen

5 items to clean for a sparkling kitchen

5 items to clean for a sparkling kitchen (BPT) – You wipe down the counters, clean the floor and run the dishwasher regularly. Your kitchen appears clean on the surface, but there’s probably a lot that could use a refresh. It’s time to pay attention to frequently used but often forgotten items in your kitchen. Make sure to include these five kitchen items on the next round of cleaning so you get the sparkling kitchen you deserve. How to thoroughly clean your dishwasher Why would a machine with the main job of cleaning need cleaning itself? Because food debris and […]

4 Fabulous Ways to Green Your Beauty Routine

4 Fabulous Ways to Green Your Beauty Routine

4 Fabulous Ways to Green Your Beauty Routine (BPT) – Beauty routines, we all have them and no two are alike. Whether you are getting ready for work or for date night, your actions can actually benefit the environment too. No other state in the U.S. can match what California offers in terms of natural beauty, miles of coastline, stunning forests and idyllic weather and it’s up to each of us to do our part to keep it that way. From singing in the shower to styling our hair, we may be using more energy than we think, which can […]

5 smart ideas to refresh your deck

Top 5 smart and sustainable ideas to refresh your deck

Top 5 smart ideas to refresh your deck (BPT) – As the seasons turn, your focus begins to shift to the outdoors. Your deck or patio becomes your new living room — an ideal setting for memorable moments with friends and family. If you look at these spaces and long for a refresh, the time to start planning is now. You have options, and many you can do yourself with minimal effort. To start, if you don’t have a deck or patio, research materials carefully before making an investment. One prevalent building trend involves making the smart choice toward natural, […]

4 affordable bucket list trips for the summertime

4 affordable bucket list trips for the summertime

4 affordable bucket list trips for the summertime (BPT) – The country is filled with adventures to check off your bucket list this summer. From road trips to unique vacations, there’s something for everybody! With the help of your smartphone and dependable wireless service, you can stay connected and share the special moments along the way with family and friends. Here are four must-do summer endeavors that won’t break the bank. 1. Historic Route 66 – Historic Route 66 was one of the original American highways, extending all the way from Chicago, Illinois, to Santa Monica, California. From a weekend trip […]

Combine graceful forms and slender proportions for mid-century style

Combine graceful forms and slender proportions for mid-century style

Combine graceful forms and slender proportions for mid-century style (BPT) – Mid-century style celebrates the aesthetic influences of the 20th century, bringing clean lines, slender forms and high function to the interior space. From modernist architectural structures to furnishings that embrace rounded geometries and smooth contours, design elements from this period are rooted in a sense of history, yet seamlessly integrate into the present for a truly enduring, iconic look. Incorporate these elements to create a space that distills the essence of timeless sophistication and captures the je ne sais quoi of mid-century influence. Streamlined aesthetic Curate a distinguished, mid-century […]

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Selling Your Hudson Valley Home? Here are Five Factors That Impact How Quickly it Will Sell

Selling Your Hudson Valley Home? Here are Five Factors That Impact How Quickly it Will Sell by Maxwell Alexander, REALTOR®, Editor in Chief, Hudson Valley Style Magazine When you put your house on the market, it can be difficult to tell how long it will be on there before it is sold. This makes planning for other things, such as moving out and buying a new place, harder to do. Here are five factors that can impact how quickly your home will sell.  Neighborhood Appeal Consider your surrounding neighborhood. Is it close to restaurants or other local attractions? Is it […]

How to Know When You Should Sell Your Rental Property in the Hudson Valley

How to Know When You Should Sell Your Rental Property by Dino Alexander, REALTOR®, Principal Broker, Alexander Maxwell Realty Hudson Valley used to be a summer vacation destination for generation, however, the way we live and work has changed. Thanks to advances in technology, many are able to work form their home office and choose to live outside of busy cities like New York. In the same time, the number of vacation homes in the Hudson Valley and specifically in Catskills, Woodstock area has declined and many of summer homes became permanent residences. Alexander Maxwell Realty – Hudson Valley Real Estate […]

The 5 best ways to get your house ready to fight indoor allergies

The best ways to get your house ready to fight indoor allergies

The 5 best ways to get your house ready to fight indoor allergies (BPT) – Summer is not only a time for renewal around the house, but also for battling pesky allergies. While you can’t stop allergies from happening each summer season, there are easy ways to reduce their effects in your home. Home space expert Egypt Sherrod shares her tips for refreshing your home décor, while also reducing allergens and dust, for a total spring home refresh. 1. Fight back with asthma and allergy-friendly appliances Turning your home into an allergy-fighting fortress is key this spring. Look for LG’s […]

Hudson Valley Style Magazine - Spring 2019: The Real Estate Edition

Hudson Valley Style Magazine – Spring 2019: The Real Estate Edition

Hudson Valley Style Magazine – Spring 2019: The Real Estate Edition In the Spring’19 Issue of the Hudson Valley Style Magazine, we are introducing Duncan Avenue Group’s brand new enterprise: Alexander Maxwell Realty and the latest home design project by Duncan Avenue Studio. Thank you for getting a copy of the Hudson Valley Style Magazine! We appreciate your support! Editors Maxwell & Dino Alexander Hudson Valley Style Magazine™ is a flagship publication of the Duncan Avenue Group™ and Hudson Valley’s Premiere Style & Design Publication with a Global Audience with focus on highlighting examples of high-end design, style, sustainability, and social responsibility concepts in the Hudson Valley and beyond. […]