Staging a House for Sale: 10 Steps to Home Staging Success by Designer/Realtor Maxwell Alexander

Staging a House for Sale: 10 Steps to Home Staging Success by Designer/Realtor Maxwell Alexander

In a strictly rational world, buying a home would be largely an economic decision. Homebuyers would weigh the properties carefully, comparing factors like appreciation potential, relative value, and quality of life. But in the real world, the home buying experience is quite different. In the real world, home buyers shop with their eyes, and with their hearts, and that makes home staging an essential part of the sales process. And since so many home searches now start online, staging a house for sale is as much about websites as open houses. If you want to stage your home for a […]

Custom Lighting Design - Modern Rustci Interior Design - Luxury Hudson Valley Home for Sale - Almax Realty - The Best Real Estate in the Hudson Valley

Luxury Summer Paradise with Heated Pool and Organic Garden, right here in the Hudson Valley!

Listing Information provided by: Alexander Maxwell Realty  / Listing Agent: Dino Alexander (Licensed Real Estate Broker) / Phone: 845-518-2750 / Web: almaxrealty.com Welcome to the Luxury Summer Paradise/Winter Wonderland in Rock Tavern, NY! This luxury home has been completely rebuilt in 2010 and further improved with trendy modern rustic style interiors and exquisite landscaping design featuring Hudson Valley-native shrubs, trees, rocks, and grass, heated pool with LED lighting and standalone jacuzzi tub. Wake up to the sunrise shining through double glass doors on the east side of the house and watch the warm sunset rays shining through plenty of energy-efficient […]

Portrait of a Perfumer by Helena Palazzi

Portrait of a Perfumer by Helena Palazzi

If you have ever heard of or read Marcel Proust “Remembrance of all Things Past” you are most likely also familiar with the famous passage where he recalls long-forgotten childhood memories from one tiny bite and smell of a madeleine cookie. The first time I was invited into Janette Bower’s study, where her compositions come together, I was allowed to sample one of her perfumes in the making. Upon my first scent, I was immediately brought back to my own childhood; remembering my mother and her ever-present large purse where she kept various mysterious items such as a small flowery […]

8 Great DIY Tips for Shooting Your Own Real Estate Photos

8 Great DIY Tips for Shooting Your Own Real Estate Photos

8 Great DIY Tips for Shooting Your Own Real Estate Photos by Maxwell Alexander (Duncan Avenue Real Estate Photography Studio) Real estate listings with pictures are more likely to get noticed, leading to a faster sale. Getting the best pictures involves hiring a professional real estate photographer, but not every seller has a budget to accommodate that. Some agents have a photographer on retainer who will take the pictures for you, but most of the time you are on your own. Remember that the most important thing is to have pictures available. People want to see the general appearance of […]

Exploring Mohonk Mountain Lake and Labyrinth Trail - Photo Story by Maxwell Alexander

Exploring Mohonk Mountain Lake and Labyrinth Trail – Photo Story by Maxwell Alexander

Exploring Mohonk Mountain Lake and Labyrinth Trail – Photo Story by Maxwell Alexander If Hudson Valley is the official Fall Capital of the World, then Mohonk Mountain House would be the capital’s city hall. There is no better place to watch the fall fiery of colors than on a hiking trail around the Mohonk Lake. Even though I live in the Hudson Valley for quite a few years and have been exploring New Paltz are for a while, this was my very first sight of the Mohonk Mountain House or the surroundings to be exact and it was pretty impressive. […]

Modern Rustic Home in Woodstock, NY - Interior Design Project by Jennifer Lynn - Interview by Maxwell Alexander, Editor-in-Chief, Hudson Valley Style Magazine - Photography by Leyla Cadabal

Modern Farmhouse in Woodstock, NY – Interior Design Project by Jennifer Lynn

Modern Farmhouse in Woodstock, NY – Interior Design Project by Jennifer Lynn Interview by Maxwell Alexander, Editor-in-Chief, Hudson Valley Style Magazine Photography by Leyla Cadabal. Just last week I’ve had an opportunity to sit down with Designer Jennifer Lynn, the Owner, and President of Jennifer Lynn Interiors.  I’ve been watching her work on social media for a while now and was eager to get to know what inspires her amazingly inviting and beautifully classic interiors.  “My true passion has always been interior design but arrived at this place in life down a long windy road.  As an educator for 17 […]

Hudson Valley Style Home Renovation Project - Woodstock, NY

Featured Hudson Valley Style Home Renovation Project: O’Connell’s Summer Residence in Woodstock, NY

Featured Hudson Valley Style Renovation Project: Myles & Desire O’Connell Summer Residence in Woodstock, NY Interview and Photography by Maxwell Alexander, Editor in Chief / Hudson Valley Style Magazine Myles & Desire O’Connell Brooklynites Myles and Desire O’Connell were frequent visitors to the Catskills and the Hudson Valley, up until they bumped into each other on a hike near Woodstock. Soon after, Myles proposed to Desire on the top of the Panther Mountain in Shandaken. It was a matter of time for them to start thinking about putting their roots down (even just for the Summer season as it usually […]

Priceless pics: 5 ways to capture better photos on your next vacation (BPT) - If you’re already planning your next fun vacation, congratulations! New places, people and experiences await. Whether you’re into adventuring, sightseeing, bonding with friends and family or just relaxing, anticipating an upcoming vacation can be a great way to soldier through the colder days of the year. Being able to look forward to new destinations can make our regular, staid work routines easier to navigate. Part of the appeal of a vacation can be the chance to gather meaningful photos that preserve treasured memories. That's true whether your goal is fun family memories at a theme park or breathtaking shots of exotic flora and fauna. Regardless of your level of expertise and destination, you can bring home better photographs if you use the following tips on your next journey. • Don't rely on your smartphone. It may come in handy for occasional snapshots, but pictures meant to preserve precious memories call for an actual camera such as a DSLR or mirrorless that enables creative, high-quality images, better low-light performance and faster auto-focus. • Invest in a capable camera lens. Regardless of the quality of your camera, the functions enabled by your lenses will dictate the scope of photos you’re able to take. Whether you’re shooting inside, outside, close up or far away, your lens will make the difference between a professional-grade photo and something best left in your camera roll. Fortunately, a range of high-quality, multi-use lenses are available from Sigma at prices that won’t ruin your vacation budget. Don’t pack your bags without including the tools that can help capture the best shots of your life. • Choose highly photographic locations. Naturally, you’ll feel more inspired to get out your camera when vacationing in a visually compelling locale. Research places that will motivate you and challenge you to use your skills. The New York Times reports that travel companies are increasingly offering photo op excursions especially for hobbyists, thanks in part to the popularity of photo-sharing apps. “The travel industry is catering to this growing interest in a fun way,” says travel consultant Janine Yu. “After all, what more enjoyable way to learn how to improve your camera skills than by exploring a great destination at the same time?” • Time photo sessions for optimal natural lighting. When planning your travel agenda, slot in plenty of time to take advantage of the daylight hours. The so-called “golden hours” most optimal for photographers are the two to three hours after sunrise and before sunset. • Protect your equipment. If you’re flying, plan to carry on your camera bag. If airline restrictions require it to be checked, insure it well against loss and damage. Choose a sturdy but lightweight bag that offers padded compartments for your camera body, lenses and flash units, seeking ergonomic features that make it comfortable to carry. Disassemble and cushion all removable parts to protect them en route. Remember your charger, lens wipes and cleaning supplies, but limit your lithium batteries to two to meet TSA restrictions. • Learn the best techniques for photographing people. You could spend years studying this topic, but basic strategies might include starting with a 50mm prime lens for its wide capabilities, and perhaps switching to an 85mm prime for more classic portraiture. Shooting at a speed of 1/125 sec or more helps you avoid blurry eye and facial movement. Note that all skin tones look best in early morning or early evening light. Great photos are one element of your vacation you can enjoy long after you've returned to your normal routine. Make preparations ahead of time that allow you to capture the best possible images while you're off on your next adventure.

Priceless pics: 5 ways to capture better photos on your next vacation

Priceless pics: 5 ways to capture better photos on your next vacation (BPT) – If you’re already planning your next fun vacation, congratulations! New places, people and experiences await. Whether you’re into adventuring, sightseeing, bonding with friends and family or just relaxing, anticipating an upcoming vacation can be a great way to soldier through the colder days of the year. Being able to look forward to new destinations can make our regular, staid work routines easier to navigate. Part of the appeal of a vacation can be the chance to gather meaningful photos that preserve treasured memories. That’s true whether […]

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

Villa 9W and Five Elements of Feng Shui

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 […]