5 Essential Steps to Choosing Wall Art – with Designer Maxwell L. Alexander

5 Essential Steps to Choosing Wall Art – Interior Design Tips

A blank wall can be dead space, especially if you’re not going for a minimalist style. You might want your home to look homey and vibrant, and you might have already decided that the blank wall needs to be filled with some kind of art. But how do you choose the piece? Here are five steps that should be in your decision-making process. 5 Essential Steps to Choosing Wall Art – with Designer Maxwell L. Alexander Measure the Space One of the most essential parts of choosing wall art that will look great is finding pieces that will be big […]

Interior Decorating Ideas to Help Boost Productivity in Your Home Office

Interior Decorating Ideas to Help Boost Productivity in Your Home Office

The overall look and feel of your home office can greatly affect how productive you are while working from home. And while designing for productivity can seem like a difficult task, there are ways to do it easily, even for those who don’t hail from creative backgrounds. As designer Maxwell Alexander explains, “Turning your bare walls into a stunning art gallery is not as daunting a process as you think, and you do not need a ton of money to make it happen.” With that in mind, here are some ideas that can help you turn your residential office into […]

Wall Art Ideas – Fine Art Photo Prints on Canvas – Shop Authentic Hudson Valley Style Decor

Choosing Home Decor for Your Hudson Valley Lodge or Cabin With a Rustic Theme

If you own a hunting lodge in the Hudson Valley, or just a country lodge or cabin retreat to get away from the daily stress of New York City life, then you have an opportunity to create an ambience totally different from your main city or town home. You can use a variety of appropriately designed and themed décor to create an atmosphere that is not only in keeping with your rustic home from home, but quite in contrast to that which you might normally have in your main residence. Choosing Decor for Your Hudson Valley Lodge or Cabin With […]

5 Elements of Interior Design – Wall Art Ideas

Five Elements of Interior Design

Whether you are working with existing furnishings and fabrics or “starting from scratch” with an empty room, you should always use the elements and principles of design as a guide in choosing everything. The elements are your tools or raw materials, much like paints are the basics to a painter. The elements of design include space, line, form, color, and texture. The principles of design relate to how you use these elements and are balance, emphasis, rhythm, proportion and scale, and harmony and unity. Element #1: Space Space defines the boundaries and sets the limits on the functional and decorative […]

4 Ways to Instantly Upgrade Your Interiors - Bathroom and Kitchen Design Tips

4 Ways to Instantly Upgrade Your Interiors

(BPT) – There’s a simple reason for the recent boom in home improvement: Everyone’s spending more time at home. Staying at home more makes it clearer what areas are lacking and reveals opportunities for upgrades. Fortunately, there are many ways to make a huge impact on the appearance of those rooms — instantly. Here are four ways you can easily enhance and refresh your existing interiors. 1. Start with the foundation If your room feels uninspired, refreshing the flooring can instantly transform it. Recent design trends favor using consistent flooring throughout the home, or at least on each floor, for […]

Beyond Aesthetics: Calming Wall Decor for Any Space

Beyond Aesthetics: Calming Wall Decor for Any Space

Photographer Maxwell Alexander has a keen eye when it comes to integrating powerful emotions and visual imagery—an eye that often transcends dimensions and different mediums, prominently displayed in his new series of fine art sculpture photo prints on simplida.com. A few years back, Maxwell Alexander created a series of sculptures inspired by the idea of mind travel through the Universe. He initially planned to produce a commercial run of these pieces to sell as home decor. However, as he was pulled in multiple directions by the rapidly growing collective of Duncan Avenue brands, Max put his passion project on hold […]

The Valley of Gold - Explore New Wall Art Collection by Photographer Maxwell L. Alexander

The Valley of Gold – Explore New Wall Art Collection by Maxwell L. Alexander

Winter Holidays is the most Magical Season of the Year. In The Valley of Gold Holiday Fine Art Canvas Prints Collection, Photographer Maxwell Alexander catches the beauty of holiday lights reflecting in vibrant holiday decor around the Hudson Valley. Wether it’s ornaments on the Christmas Tree or sparkling bokeh lights on the golden jewelry – authentic Holiday Magic is in the every piece of this collection. The Valley of Gold – Explore New Wall Art Collection by Photographer Maxwell L. Alexander And while you are doing your holiday gift shopping at Simplida.com, also stop by in the Christmas Village section […]

Bring Personalized Expression into Kitchen Design

Bring Personalized Expression into Kitchen Design

Personalizing a kitchen’s design is an opportunity to showcase true individuality. The space will feel like a true reflection of self when finished with handpicked details. Adding special touches throughout a space, from unique materials to striking statement pieces, can work together to form that cohesive, yet individualized feel. Merged aesthetic Merge classic and modern design elements, such as wood cabinetry or richly veined marble, with smaller personalized touches that help to bring the room together. To unite varying design elements, consider adding a mixed stone backsplash to complement a central color scheme. By rooting the color palette in opulent […]

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

Reimagine Your Workspace – 5 Secrets of Productivity and Feng Shui

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! They are very serious about health & wellness and in fact, (thanks to advancements in technology) work from the home office more than […]

Practical Tips for Choosing Artwork for Your Hudson Valley Office by Designer Maxwell Alexander

Practical Tips for Choosing Artwork for Your Hudson Valley Office by Designer Maxwell Alexander

Whether your business is a medical office, an engineering firm, or a high-tech organization, the right artwork can make the space look great. But great art does far more than just perk up your walls and cover up the empty space. Art has the power to motivate, to enlighten, and to transport – that is what makes it so wonderful. You may not have the money, or even the desire, to set up a museum in your waiting room or office, but you can still use the power of artwork to motivate your employees, soothe your patients and showcase your […]

5 Affordable Ways to Dress Up Your Home Office Space with Kei Kullberg

5 Affordable Ways to Dress Up Your Home Office Space by Kei Kullberg

Spending a lot of time working from home these days? I hear ya! As a mortgage broker here in the Hudson Valley, I see how the area basically turned into a “work-from-home capital” of North-East, just because seems like everyone moved out of New York City… 5 Affordable Ways to Dress Up Your Home Office Space Paid Content by Kei Kullberg, NYS Licensed Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS# 1740248 So the last thing you want is for your home office to look drab. You need a space where you can be excited about starting your workday. Design a home office that […]

Choosing Home Decorating Fabric - Home Decorating with Jessica Hill

Choosing Home Decorating Fabric – Home Decorating with Jessica Hill

If you are thinking about spicing up your Hudson Valley home with some fresh decor, choosing home decorating fabrics would be an important aspect of creating a particular theme. When picking a theme such as Victorian, Modern, or Oriental, the choice of fabric makes a difference to the overall theme. There are many kinds of home decorating fabric. If you are looking for fabric that compliments a particular theme, perhaps doing a little research regarding the theme would be helpful. If you decide to use a Victorian theme for your decorating project, whether you do one room or the entire […]

5 Tips for Making Your Bathroom an Ultimate Relaxation Experience

5 Tips for Making Your Bathroom an Ultimate Relaxation Experience

(BPT) – As Hudson Valley, New York residents are spending more time at home in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many are looking for ways to turn their living spaces into retreats of calm, comfort, and well-being. For some people, that’s meant major renovations. For others, it’s meant making select improvements designed to add more tranquility and/or enjoyment to their lives in what has become a somewhat uncertain world. It’s not so surprising then that home-improvement contractors listing their services on Houzz saw a 58% boost in homeowner requests in June 2020, relative to June 2019. “In terms of design, […]

Airbnb Rental or a Dream Home? A Historic Hudson Valley Farmhouse for Sale

Country Kitchen Decorating Ideas for an Authentic Hudson Valley Style Cooking Experience

Country kitchen decorating ideas are for any person who gets pleasure from the warm, earthy feeling of the simplicity of nature. Decorating a country kitchen is among the most popular types of interior decorating. This is because of the overall feeling of being welcoming and friendly that country kitchen decorating has to offer those who own the kitchen, as well as any guests and visitors. If you are considering the country and kitchen and decorating ideas, then you will need to decide if you’re going to be limiting it to your kitchen, or if you’ll be spreading it throughout your […]

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Home or Vacation Getaway in the Hudson Valley: Either Way The Hudson Villa is an Absolute Perfection – Home Tour with Realtor Miranda Weinberger

Welcome to the Hudson Valley, a place many have declared as the new Hamptons. Perhaps it offers even more. Dino Alexander, CEO and principal broker at Alexander Maxwell Realty in the Hudson Valley says smart New Yorkers are investing in this close-to-home paradise and are aware of its rising reputation. “We see luxury homebuyers are shifting their focus from the Hamptons and Long Island to the Hudson Valley and upstate markets to get a better bang for their buck and to alleviate concerns over the rising sea levels and effects of climate change.” A mini breakaway to the valley has led many […]

A quick guide to bedroom decorating by Designer Maxwell Alexander

A quick guide to bedroom decorating by Designer Maxwell Alexander

When decorating a bedroom, keep in mind that the end result should produce a distinct and memorable impression. Colors, space, and decorations all set a bedroom’s relaxation mood, and when put together well, can create a definite, pleasurable look. When it comes to the arrangement of items in a bedroom, symmetry is the most important factor. The bedroom is your personal space and should not be cluttered with too many objects creating a claustrophobic effect. For a room to seem personal, special touches should be added that reflect your special loves and interests. This includes your favorite colors, books, photographs, […]

Hudson Valley Home for Sale in Newburgh, NY - Alexander Maxwell Realty - Dino Alexander

Make Hudson Valley Your Home – Home for Sale in Newburgh, NY

Welcome to the beautiful traditional cape-cod style Hudson Valley home for sale in the heart of the Town of Newburgh. This home has been recently renovated with a modern rustic interior design style in mind and features sustainable/eco-friendly cedarwood finishes. Oversized 2 car garage, storage and workshop area, carport, and more than a half-acre yard space will give you plenty of room for at-home entertainment and an authentic Hudson Valley Style staycation. Set up a tent on your own front yard or drink your morning coffee in your rocking chair on the covered front porch surrounded by beautiful trees and […]

Spring 2020 - Fashion Edition - Hudson Valley Style Magazine - Viktoria Viktorenkova - Helena Palazzi - Maxwell Alexander

The Spring 2020 Fashion Issue has arrived!

Welcome to our very first Fashion Edition! Enjoy the amazing photography work by Helena Palazzi, Alla Rodionova, and Maxwell Alexander. Plus, read the interview with Dr. Brooke Bair of Luna Dermatology to find out what’s trending in skincare this Spring… Get your copy of the 2020 Spring Fashion Issue here >>

Maitopia - Modern Rustic Energy Efficient Retreat in Red Hook, NY - Photo Story by Maxwell Alexander

Fresh air, inspiring design, warmth and comfort… Maitopia Photo Story by Maxwell Alexander

Escape the craziness for a few days and keep a healthy distance from the rest of the World in Maitopia, Hudson Valley’s hidden modern rustic gem in the middle of the woods in Red Hook, New York. This beautifully designed passive glass & wood modern cabin offers elegant details and the warmth that only an upstate energy-efficient retreat could. With a soaking egg tub, fires at every turn and a year-round hot pool you will fall in love with the place and the towns nearby. Not to mention Hudson Valley parks and hiking trails that are open for business and […]

Focus your bathroom remodel with a striking visual statement

Focus your bathroom remodel with a striking visual statement

(BPT) – There is nothing more inviting than a luxurious, well-appointed bathroom, but no matter how ambitious the remodel, there are unique challenges that come with every project. Whether updating the guest powder room or redesigning the master bathroom of your dreams, from plumbing and lighting to budget and space limitations, there is a lot to be considered. One way to approach a project is by defining the space through singular choices that will move an everyday interior into a space to remember: an extraordinary marble vanity, exquisite lighting fixture, classic vessel sink or deep soaking tub — pivotal pieces […]

Hot trends in kitchen remodeling

Hot trends in kitchen remodeling

Year after year, the most popular home improvement project for American families remains the same: remodeling the kitchen. Today, kitchen makeovers are more ambitious than ever, with homeowners willing to spend larger budgets to upgrade both the aesthetics and the functionality of what is, after all, the most used room in the house. “Many architects, designers, and homeowners are specifying hardwood as an essential part of any kitchen refresh,” notes Linda Jovanovich, of the American Hardwood Information Center. “That’s because wood not only offers a wide variety of looks and design possibilities, it also exemplifies the kind of material today’s […]