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! […]

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

Going green: a smart real estate strategy that adds value

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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 […]

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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 […]

Top exterior trends to inspire your 2019 home projects

Top exterior trends to inspire your 2019 home renovation projects

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Top exterior trends to inspire your 2019 home projects (BPT) – Thinking of adding a deck? How about replacing the tired, worn siding on your house? Now that the weather is colder, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a hot beverage and start planning your 2019 home projects so you can nail the budget and settle on the look you’re after. “Updating your home’s exterior can make an older home look more modern, but it can also make a new build feel warmer and more established,” says Kristine Swint, an in-house design expert at Royal Building Products. “Whether […]

Landida Smart Landscapes

2018 Style and Design Awards Nomination: Landida Smart Landscapes

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2018 Style and Design Awards Nomination: Landida Smart Landscapes America is Converting to Smart Landscapes Climate Change is here and those who want to survive are adapting! Let’s adapt to the new reality in style! To be exact in modern,  sophisticated, sustainable, environmentally friendly and fashionable style! Landida™ landscapes are designed to reduce or completely forgo the use of precious energy, fresh water, harmful pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers. Yet they are human and pet-friendly, visually pleasing, evergreen, eco-conscious and virtually maintenance free.

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 […]

Landida™ Smart Landscapes

The American Dream sans Green Turf Grass Lawn

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by Maxwell Alexander, CEO & Founder, Landida™ Smart Landscapes A luscious green lawn used to be a source of pride and a symbol of achieving the American Dream, well, at least for Babyboomers. They loved sugary drinks with artificial colors and flavors and dumped millions of tons of pesticides in their front yard to keep the grass greener on their side of the road, and neighbors jealous across the street. Good news for the Planet: the new generation of homeowners is in town! Millennials are way more eco-conscious, know that climate change is an actual thing, they prefer being healthy and cannot stand […]

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 […]

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

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. […]

10 reasons to plant a tree this spring - Hudson Valley Style Magazine

10 reasons to plant a tree this spring

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10 reasons to plant a tree this spring (BPT) – Did you know planting a tree is one of the easiest and most powerful things you can do to have a positive impact on the environment? It’s true. Trees clean the air, prevent rainwater runoff, help you save energy and even combat global warming. And they’re a snap to plant! No horticultural degree required. With Arbor Day just around the corner in April, there’s no better time to give Mother Nature a little TLC by planting a tree. From the single homeowner in Nebraska planting a maple in her backyard […]