Reimagine Your Workspace - 5 Secrets of Productivity and Feng Shui by Maxwell Alexander

Reimagine Your Workspace – 5 Secrets of Productivity and Feng Shui – Maxwell Alexander

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Reimagine Your Workspace – 5 Secrets of Productivity and Feng Shui by Hudson Valley Style Magazine Editor, Designer Maxwell Alexander Just a few months ago we featured Villa 9W – one of the Duncan Avenue Design Studio projects and analyzed it from the Feng Shui perspective. I like using Feng Shui concepts to make overly complicated scientific ideas more relatable and down-to-earth. It is fascinating how our knowledge of home design circled back thousands of years just to see that we’ve had it all figured out! Well, another thing just happened: the new generation of the workforce (Millennials) is in! […]

Design is where ideas meet reality. - Maxwell Alexander

Cosmic Intelligence of Design – Visual Essay by Maxwell L. Alexander

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In this visual essay, I am making an outline of a thrilling journey of intellectual exploration of reality through Design. As per the notion that was given to me by my favorite School of Visual Arts mentor Sarah Giovanitti, I am a Designer with a capital “D” and until very recently I couldn’t grasp the full extent of this concept. I have been putting together my thoughts about this for a while now, but just a few minutes ago we came back from our favorite coffee shop where something amazing happened: We had a breakfast and were sitting in the […]

Real estate insight: Green home improvements boost value, shorten sale time

Going green: a smart real estate strategy that adds value

Posted Leave a commentPosted in 2019 Trend, Bathroom Design, Design, Energy Efficiency, Environment, Health & Wellness, Home, Homes and Gardens, Hudson Valley Real Estate, Kitchen Design, Landscaping, Organic Living, Real Estate, Responsibility, SmartScaping, Sustainability, Sustainable Design, Wellness

Real estate insight: Green home improvements boost value, shorten sale time (BPT) – Are you thinking of selling your house and want to know some of the best ways to boost your home’s value, demand top dollar and potentially inspire a bidding war? Whether you’re selling in a few months or a few years, there is one strategy that gets noticed in real estate markets across the United States: green home improvements. Green homes can sell faster and for more money than comparable houses without eco-friendly features. Better yet, green homes are increasingly in demand. More than half of people […]

Winter is a great time to make your home come to life - Interior Design and Plantscaping Tips from Maxwell Alexander

Winter is a great time to make your home come to life – Interior Design and Plantscaping Tips from Designer Maxwell Alexander

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Winter is a great time to make your home come to life with these Plantscaping Tips – by Designer Maxwell Alexander, Editor in Chief, Hudson Valley Style Magazine Plants are a powerful but underused tool in interior design. Their green, leafy bodies can add life to even the coldest rooms and they are versatile enough to be able to be included either as a major feature or as a last minute detail. But as living creatures they are, plants can be tricky to work with since they need good lighting, settings, and the right planters to look their best. So […]

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High-tech appliance trends from the House Beautiful Whole Home Project Concept House

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High-tech appliance trends from the House Beautiful Whole Home Project Concept House (BPT) – On a tree-lined street in the Brookhaven neighborhood of Atlanta, a house built with the goal of better living through design opens its doors to the public this fall. Each space was created with comfort, peace and serenity in mind, from the decluttered entryway, to the intuitive kitchen with luxurious state-of-the-art appliances designed to easily bring healthy choices to a family’s nightly dinner and provide flexibility in food preparation, to the laundry room with (seemingly) space-age appliances that make the chore a breeze, to the fitness […]

Psychology of Visual Perception: Interior Design Tips to Make a Small Space Seem Big by Maxwell Alexander

It’s all about Psychology of Visual Perception: Interior Design Tips to Make a Small Space Seem Big

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It’s all about Psychology of Visual Perception: Interior Design Tips to Make a Small Space Seem Big by Designer Maxwell Alexander, Editor in Chief / Hudson Valley Style Magazine Whether you live in a small apartment in New York City or want to make the most of a compact room in your suburban Hudson Valley home, decorating to amplify the feel of square footage is a must. Here are three design tips to help you do just that. Maximize light and use of mirrors What causes a room to appear spacious? Light. To make your home’s smallest areas feel bigger, […]

3D printing is reimagining the way you see your bathroom

3D printing is reimagining the way we live today

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3D printing is reimagining the way you see your bathroom (BPT) – When additive manufacturing technology — better known as 3D printing — was first invented more than 30 years ago it was intended to make the product design and manufacturing process more efficient. At that time, 3D printing was used primarily as a way to create prototypes to validate and perfect product design, but the inventor, Chuck Hull, had no idea how it would change the way we live. Today, 3D printing has evolved beyond product prototypes only used by industrial designers and engineers. Manufacturers all over the world […]

Selling Real Estate in Style by Dino Alexander - Spring 2018 - Hudson Valley Style Magazine

Selling Real Estate in Style by Dino Alexander

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Selling Real Estate in Style by Dino Alexander Want to sell your home quickly and for top dollar?  Staging with Style can help.  Staging is presenting your home in its best and most appealing light to the majority of home-buyers. In theory, staging isn’t hard or costly, but in reality, many homeowners find it difficult because it’s often hard to see something objectively when we love it. An easy way to see effectively staged homes is to visit decorated models.  Decorating a model is expensive, but builders are willing to invest the cost because they understand just how well a […]

Hudson Valley Style Magazine Spring 2018 Preview - Duncan Avenue's Villa 9W

Villa 9W and Five Elements of Feng Shui (Continued)

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by Dino Alexander (CEO, Duncan Avenue Group) Building site for Villa 9W was carefully carved into the East side of a hill with glass atrium and direction of the roof almost precisely facing South and the direction of the Hudson River. Looking at Bagua (or Pa Kua) – Feng Shui energy map, we see that Villa 9W is oriented towards Fame and Reputation Life Area (or a better translation “The Light Within You”) and the Feng Shui Element Fire. Furthermore, 2-story-high iron fireplace takes a center stage in the atrium that amplifies connection to the energy of Fire. Interestingly, this […]

Hudson Valley Style Magazine - Lambs Hill Feature - Duncan Avenue Real Estate Photography Studio

Hudson Valley Style Magazine – Summer 2018 Preview – Lambs Hill Feature – Photo Story by Maxwell Alexander

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Hudson Valley Style Magazine – Summer 2018 Preview – Lambs Hill Feature – Photo Story by Maxwell Alexander

VVilla 9W - Architectural Marvel and a Modern Luxury Vacation Getaway in the Hudson Valley

Villa 9W and Five Elements of Feng Shui

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Villa 9W and Five Elements of Feng Shui by Dino Alexander, CEO Duncan Avenue Group Principles of Taoism as a religion emerged around the 4th century BC in the work of Chinese philosopher and writer Laozi. Practices and traditions of balancing the natural energy (chi) in the environment are closely linked with concepts of Taoism and historically were widely used t orient spiritually significant structures and places of worship and took in account references to local topography, bodies of water, astronomical position and directions of Earth’s magnetic field. Over the period of hundreds of years, these traditions and principles have […]

Hudson Valley Style Magazine Spring 2018 Cover - Dino Alexander - Selling Real Estate in Style

Hudson Valley Style Magazine – Issue No.7 – Dino Alexander – Selling Real Estate in Style

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From the Editors: Spring is finally here! Time to wake up and get it done! We are trying to spend as much time outdoors as possible before the Summer heat waves are here.  Spring in Hudson Valley is magical and it’s a perfect time for the Hudson Valley Style to shine through even brighter! Maxwell Alexander & Dino Alexander

Hudson Valley Style Magazine Spring 2018 Preview - Duncan Avenue's Villa 9W

Hudson Valley Style Magazine Spring 2018 Preview – Duncan Avenue’s Villa 9W

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Hudson Valley Style Magazine Spring 2018 Preview – Duncan Avenue’s Villa 9W Photo Story by Maxwell Alexander

Lighting the Way - Hudson Valley Designer Stephanie Reppas

Lighting the Way – Hudson Valley Designer Stephanie Reppas

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Lighting the Way – Hudson Valley Designer Stephanie Reppas Interview by Maxwell Alexander Max: Congratulations on the amazing cover shot, Stephanie! We are proud to have you lead the Winter Edition and shine the light on your beautiful work. When and how did Hudson Valley become your home, and how did you realize your lighting design talent? Stephanie: I moved to the Hudson Valley in 2008. Before that, I lived in NYC, which was amazing, but after a few years I really missed having space and quiet. I’d read an article in The Times about the village of Sleepy Hollow. […]

The Golden Rules of Renovation - Nate Berkus - Hudson Valley Style Magazine

Tricks of the trade: How to maximize your kitchen renovation

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Tricks of the trade: How to maximize your kitchen renovation The golden rules of home improvement (BPT) – Considering a kitchen renovation but not sure how to get the most out of your space and budget? Expert tips can help you focus your plans so you get the kitchen of your dreams for less money and less stress. “Redesigning your kitchen is a big investment,” says A-list designer Nate Berkus, Artistic Advisor of LG STUDIO line. “It’s not just about the money; you’re also investing a lot of time and emotion. There are so many decisions to make, and you […]

5 Smart Technology Upgrades to make the Bathroom the Brainiest Room in the House

Posted Leave a commentPosted in 2018 Trend, Design, Energy Efficiency, Health & Wellness, High-End Design, Hudson Valley Style Magazine, Interior Design, Sustainable Design, Wellness

5 Smart Technology Upgrades to make the Bathroom the Brainiest Room in the House (BPT) – Smart technology has found a place in virtually every room in the home, even the one where we take care of our most low-tech needs. In fact, thanks to innovations like sensor-operated, self-cleaning toilets, moisture-sensing ventilation fans and digital shower controls, it’s possible to turn an ordinary bathroom into the brainiest room in the house. If you’re ready to upgrade your bathroom with the latest smart technology, here are five elements to put at the top of your must-have list: 1. Smarter shower From […]

Walnut Street (Hudson Valley, New Windsor, NY) Design & Renovation Project by Duncan Avenue Design Studio

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Walnut Street (New Windsor, NY) Design & Renovation Project by Duncan Avenue Design Studio By Maxwell Alexander, Executive Editor, Hudson Valley Style Magazine This Kitchen really worth its own cooking TV Show! The kitchen is the heart of any home and this particular kitchen is 16 ft. long and is a perfect playground for a seasoned cook or aspiring cooking TV show host. It’s not just the size of the kitchen, but also the amazing contemporary features that are also spectacular. Industrial Style Concrete Countertops Concrete Countertops have gained a lot of attention recently. They are very flexible in design […]