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

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

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

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 […]

Photo courtesy of Victoria Pearson for House Beautiful

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

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

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, […]

Landida Smart Landscapes

2018 Style and Design Awards Winner: Landida Smart Landscapes

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.

Fall-ify your routine: Transitional skincare tips and tricks

Fall-ify your routine: Transitional skincare tips and tricks

Fall-ify your routine: Transitional skincare tips and tricks (BPT) – With fall in full swing, it’s time to reconsider your skincare regimen. Autumn’s cooler temperatures and lower level of humidity can lead to an uptick in dry skin and overall skin health changes. Researchers found that climate factors have the potential to influence skin health, especially skin’s moisture levels and textures, and that consumers should alter their skincare from season to season. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to smoothly transition your skincare regimen to fall without overhauling your entire beauty product collection. Here are five simple tips to […]

3D printing is reimagining the way you see your bathroom

3D printing is reimagining the way we live today

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

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)

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 […]

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

10 reasons to plant a tree this spring

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 […]

Dr. Erik Brower (Innate Chiropractic) - The Gift of Health - Interview and Photo Story by Maxwell Alexander

Dr. Erik Brower (Innate Chiropractic) – The Gift of Health – Interview and Photo Story by Maxwell Alexander

Dr. Erik Brower (Innate Chiropractic) – The Gift of Health Interview and Photography by Maxwell Alexander Max: Hi, Erik! Thank you for the cover story in our first holiday issue! It was a life-changing experience for both Dino and me to find out about Innate Chiropractic. Please tell our readers about yourself, what you do and the role your practice plays in the local community. Dr. Erik:  Innate Chiropractic was founded in Newburgh, New York in November of 2010. Our mission is to assist individuals and families in gaining victory over their health and having better lives through neurologically based […]

Bria Tavakoli: Wellness is the New Beauty. Hudson Valley Style Magazine Interview and Photo Story by Maxwell Alexander

Bria Tavakoli: Wellness is the New Beauty. Interview and Photo Story by Maxwell Alexander

Bria Tavakoli: Wellness is the New Beauty. Interview and Photo Story by Maxwell Alexander Max: Hi Bria, thank you so much for the opportunity to shine the light on your life! I’ve known you for years, but please, tell us about yourself 🙂 Bria: I’m Bria Tavakoli. I have been leading yoga retreats in the Hudson Valley for nearly 8 years now. I teach yoga full-time in New York City. I also offer Reiki healing sessions and more fitness-oriented core/Pilates sessions. Max: This is our wellness issues. What is wellness and beauty to you? How has your definition and understanding […]