For the Love of Wood - Infographic by Hudson Valley Style Magazine

For the Love of Wood – Why our World needs Wood

Why our world needs wood (BPT) – More than 30 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly established World Habitat Day, an important step in acknowledging that everyone deserves a safe place to live. However, housing availability in many cities is at a crisis level, where families have to choose between daily essentials and keeping roofs over their heads. Half of U.S. renters are living paycheck to paycheck because they’re spending more than 30 percent of their incomes on housing, according to the 2017 America’s Rental Housing Report — and that’s not just an issue felt in the U.S. but also […]

5 simple ways to bring more color to your home

5 simple ways to bring more color to your home

5 simple ways to bring more color to your home (BPT) – When you look at your home’s interiors, do you find yourself craving a refresh? If so, there’s no better time than the New Year to update your home with thoughtful design touches that embrace the power of color. Color is a key component of interior design and a useful tool for updating any space. What’s more, colors can convey many emotions — from calm to energetic — helping you create rooms that are perfectly reflective of your personal tastes. Even though the possibilities are endless, color can be […]

Infographic - Indoor survival guide for Guys by Hudson Valley Style Magazine

Beat Winter Boredom – Indoor Survival Guide for Guys

Indoor survival guide for guys (BPT) – The winter months are known as a leading cause of indoor stir-craziness. Colder temperatures, rain, sleet, snow and shortened daylight hours all mean we spend more time inside than we would like. This poses a particular challenge for guys, who after months of hibernation are surely climbing the walls. The male head of the family needs some creative outlets that will keep him from driving the rest of the house — not to mention himself — crazy. Here are some outside-the-box ideas to support inside pastimes for guys to help maintain sanity. B.Y.O.B. […]

Happy Holidays from all of us at Duncan Avenue Group!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Duncan Avenue Group!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Duncan Avenue Group! Thank you for being who you are, and all of the amazing support! We couldn’t do anything without you and we are looking forward to another wonderful year together! Sincerely, Max & Dino

Hudson Valley Style Magazine Fall 2018 Cover: Lauren Racanelli

Fall 2018 Cover Story: Lauren Racanelli – The New Generation of Homebuyers. Interview by Maxwell Alexander

Fall 2018 Cover Story: Lauren Racanelli – The New Generation of Homebuyers. Interview by Maxwell Alexander Get Your Copy of The Hudson Valley Style Magazine Fall 2018 Issue >> Max: Hi Lauren! Thank you so much for the amazing cover photo shoot and for shedding some light on how Hudson Valley’s Real Estate market is evolving, but first, please tell us about yourself and why you call Hudson Valley your home. Lauren: Thank you! I am a NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, specializing in residential home sales in the Hudson Valley.  My main focus are counties like Orange, Dutchess, Putnam […]

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

Selling Your Home? Why Hiring a Realtor Should Be Your First Move

Selling Your Home? Why Hiring a Realtor Should Be Your First Move by Dino Alexander, NYS Licensed Real Estate Broker, Principal Broker — Alexander Maxwell Realty Today’s online world means it’s easier than ever to list your home yourself. At first, this may seem like a great idea. You’ll save on real estate agent commissions, and you’ll have complete control over the whole selling process. However, this isn’t the whole story. Going it alone means you’ll miss out on the invaluable knowledge and experience that a realtor can offer. Here are just some of the reasons hiring a real estate professional should be the first […]

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! […]

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 […]

Top exterior trends to inspire your 2019 home projects

Top exterior trends to inspire your 2019 home renovation projects

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 […]

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, […]

5 ways to host a no-hassle holiday celebration this season - Hudson Valley Style Magazine

5 ways to host a no-hassle holiday celebration this season

5 ways to host a no-hassle holiday celebration this season (BPT) – The holidays are supposed to be a joyous occasion, filled with warm memories of family and friends. When it’s your turn to host, however, the holidays can quickly turn into a stressful blur that involves cleaning, decorating and cooking all before the guests even arrive! Hosting loved ones doesn’t have to be this way. Try these five tips for a no-hassle holiday celebration and enjoy being fully present for the fun this season. 1. Cater in or stock up on pre-cooked holiday favorites Kick back and relax with […]

How to put your own touch on modern bathroom design

How to put your own touch on modern bathroom design

How to put your own touch on modern bathroom design (BPT) – Home design continues to evolve but one element remains true: The bathroom is often the oasis within the home. A secluded bathroom is an ideal spot to experiment with modern designs without undergoing a major renovation. Below are a few tips on how to incorporate contemporary elements into an existing bath. Accessorize simply Choose simple and polished accessories that complement the aesthetic of the room. Incorporate sleek, angular towel bars or an elegant robe hook to create a clean layout that is functional and design forward. Incorporating modest […]