3 ideas for the perfect socially distanced road trip

3 Best Ideas for the Perfect Socially Distanced Road Trip

(BPT) – While it’s hard to know what’s around the corner, many travelers with wanderlust are thinking about heading for the horizon in 2021. And while travel may look different this year, there are lots of great socially distanced destinations on the map. Nokian Tyres is sharing some of the great places drivers plan to travel in 2021: Close the hood and head for Oregon Craggy coasts, vast volcanoes, lush vineyards, remote forests — it’s hard to match the geographical diversity of Oregon, making the Beaver State a cherished road trip destination. Eclectic Portland is a great home base. In […]

What are postbiotics and why should they be part of your daily routine?

What are postbiotics and why should they be part of your daily routine?

(BPT) – Many of us are looking for ways to be more proactive about our health. One way to accomplish that is by adopting more healthy habits to support our immune systems. “In addition to adequate sleep, exercise, eating a balanced diet and managing stress, it’s also important to support gut health,” said Keri Gans, a registered dietitian, certified yoga teacher and author of “The Small Change Diet.” “Most people don’t realize how gut health influences the immune system,” Gans said. “It may seem like these two things are two unrelated functions in the body. But it just so happens […]

Interest Rates Are Low, but Are You Ready to Buy a Home in Hudson Valley? – by Kei Kullberg, New York Mortgage Expert, Superior Mortgage Branch Manager / Loan Originator

Interest Rates Are Low, but Are You Ready to Buy a Home? – Kei Kullberg

When mortgage interest rates drop to historic or near-historic lows, a surge in mortgage refinancing usually follows. Existing homeowners scramble to save money on what is likely their biggest monthly expense. Interest Rates Are Low, but Are You Ready to Buy a Home in Hudson Valley? – by Kei Kullberg, New York Mortgage Expert, Superior Mortgage Branch Manager / Loan Originator – NMLS # 1740248 Home purchasing activity doesn’t always go hand-in-hand with rock-bottom rates, however. First-time homebuyers traditionally make up about one-third of all buyers, and low interest rates don’t usually boost that percentage. Low rates can make a […]

The Growing Appeal of Townhouse Living in the Hudson Valley – Presented by Hidden Meadow Townhomes Community in Somers, NY

The Growing Appeal of Townhouse Living in the Hudson Valley

The townhouse concept of living is nothing new. Townhouse living has been around for quite a while but its appeal has really taken off in the last several years. Larger urban and suburban population growth and changes in the general lifestyle choices for society in the twenty-first century have driven the growing movement towards townhouse communities. The Growing Appeal of Townhouse Living in the Hudson Valley – Presented by Hidden Meadow Townhomes Community Townhouse living is being embraced by people for a variety of good reasons. It’s definitely a trend that will only continue to expand. But what is it […]

Maintain Younger Looking Skin Reverse The Aging Process – with Dr Z. and Irina Damyanidu, Hebe Medical Spa – The Best Spa in Hudson Valley – Photography by Maxwell Alexander (Duncan Avenue Studios)

Maintain Younger Looking Skin to Reverse The Aging Process – Dr Z. and Irina Damyanidu – Hebe Med Spa

If you are already blessed with younger-looking skin, then consider yourself lucky. If you wish your skin looked younger than it does now, then all hope is not lost, as there are things you can do to reverse the aging process. Either way, once you have it, you need to do whatever you can to maintain younger-looking skin. Maintain Younger Looking Skin to Reverse The Aging Process – with Dr Z. and Irina Damyanidu, Hebe Medical Spa – The Best Spa in Hudson Valley – Photography by Maxwell Alexander (Duncan Avenue Studios) The first step is to minimize or completely […]

5 quick tips for improving the airflow in your home

(BPT) – With COVID-19 cases up in most parts of the country families are weighing the pros and cons of gathering. Experts encourage maintaining a steady flow of fresh, quality air within your home to help slow the transmission of coronavirus. Proper air circulation is crucial in any home, because airflow regulates temperature and creates a more pleasant and safe breathing environment. By contrast, poor air circulation can actually endanger your health. In fact, the levels of indoor air pollutants are often two to five times higher than outdoor levels, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Here’s how to improve […]

Veterans Day 2020: A different time, and a time to make a difference

Veterans Day 2020: A different time, and a time to make a difference

(BPT) – We hear a lot today about recognizing those people who have made a difference for our country and for our citizens. On Veterans Day, we recognize the many Americans who have made a profound impact on our nation and our future through their service in the U.S. military. In 1918, at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month of the year, World War I formally came to an end when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. That date, Nov. 11, would become known first as Armistice Day in recognition of those who fought […]

How to keep your house warm - even in freezing temperatures

How to keep your house warm – even in freezing temperatures

(BPT) – With the early arrival of winter, the grip of cold temperatures and snowfall that landed along with it, now is a good time to start thinking about keeping your home warm and cozy all season long. This winter, consider the strategies below to keep your house warm, even during the most frigid days of the year. 1. Help your HVAC system work more efficiently No matter what kind of heating system you have, you can take steps to keep it working at its best. Schedule annual heating tune-ups Change the furnace filter frequently Make sure ductwork dampers are […]

6 ways to focus on yourself in the new year

6 ways to focus on yourself in the new year

(BPT) – When setting New Year’s intentions, it’s easy to get caught up in a career or physical health achievements. You strategize to work extra hours or get to the gym a certain number of days per week, but that’s not always the right mindset for success. The key to external success starts within. Learning how to focus on yourself means putting self-care first to properly prepare yourself to take on your goals. Start with these tips as a guide to self-improvement in 2020. 6 ways to focus on yourself in the new year 1. Try new things Each year, […]

Upgrade your space without breaking the bank

Upgrade your space without breaking the bank

Whether you rent or own, a happy home means finding distinctive ways to continuously improve your space. A full renovation or re-design can be pricey, but making your home feel fresh and current doesn’t have to be. We’ve thought through cost-effective solutions to make your home a place you love. Upgrade your space without breaking the bank – (BPT) 1) Measure your moolah Understanding the budget is a crucial first step to any home project and money can be a sensitive subject. To conquer the awkwardness, download a finance app to get a sense of your spending habits. This will […]

How to Ensure You Get the Best Price When Selling Your Home by Maxwell Alexander, REALTOR®, Editor in Chief, Hudson valley Style Magazine

How to Ensure You Get the Best Price When Selling Your Hudson Valley Home

Whether you are selling your home to move to a new city or just to relocate to the other side of town, you will no doubt want to receive as much money for the property as you can. Luckily, there are a few tips you can follow to ensure your final selling price is as high as possible, such as: •    Stage the Home in Style When a prospective buyer walks into your home, they don’t want to see a space cluttered with all of your belongings. Nor do they want to see a home totally devoid of fixtures […]

Tips for Growing Your Small Business This Holiday Season

Tips for Growing Your Small Business This Holiday Season

(BPT) – Small businesses have a major impact on their communities: 67 cents of every dollar spent on small businesses stays in the local economy. But when it comes to growing their businesses, nearly one in four small business owners say marketing is one of their biggest challenges. As small businesses prepare for the holiday rush and Small Business Saturday on November 30, it’s important that they invest in digital marketing to reach new customers and stand out online. Below are a few easy, effective ways to grow your business during this busy time of year from Kim Spalding, global […]

Mother Nature inspires 'new neutral' home design trends

Mother Nature inspires ‘new neutral’ home design trends

Mother Nature inspires ‘new neutral’ home design trends (BPT) – Many interior designers gravitate toward grays or whites as a starting point when building a home’s look and feel, but a new trend is emerging. Homeowners are getting back to basics and finding ways to bring the outdoors in by using neutral earth tones as their blank slate. These wood tones have become the “new neutral” for those beginning their brand-new home design. No matter your style — modern, eclectic or anything in between — the toned-down hues of natural-looking wood surfaces are the perfect starting point for building a […]

Think outside: 5 ways to disconnect and enjoy the outdoors

Think outside: 5 ways to disconnect and enjoy the outdoors

Think outside: 5 ways to disconnect and enjoy the outdoors (BPT) – Life is hectic, full of demands at work and at home. Add digital distractions like computers, cell phones, tablets and more, and it’s no wonder many people are experiencing record-high levels of stress. One simple solution is to shift your perspective by spending more time outdoors. When you do an enjoyable activity outside, stress begins to melt away as you bask in the fresh air, sunshine, and beauty of nature. This doesn’t mean you have to be a savvy outdoor adventurer. There is a growing movement of people […]

2019 Bathroom Design Trends - Bathroom Design Ideas - Curbless Showers

2019 Bathroom Design Trends – Bathroom Design Ideas

5 latest trends in bathroom design (BPT) – Today’s homeowners are increasingly expecting their bathrooms to mirror some of the spa-like features that were previously seen only in hotels, resorts and luxury vacation rentals. Home television shows and websites like Better Homes and Gardens (bhg.com), ElleDecor.com and Houzz.com have showcased these once aspirational luxuries, while technical advances have made them more attainable. With the baby boomer population among the most active of renovating groups, those wanting to remain in their current homes longer have an eye toward safety and accessibility, but also luxury and style when upgrading their bathrooms. Here […]

5 smart ideas to refresh your deck

Top 5 smart and sustainable ideas to refresh your deck

Top 5 smart ideas to refresh your deck (BPT) – As the seasons turn, your focus begins to shift to the outdoors. Your deck or patio becomes your new living room — an ideal setting for memorable moments with friends and family. If you look at these spaces and long for a refresh, the time to start planning is now. You have options, and many you can do yourself with minimal effort. To start, if you don’t have a deck or patio, research materials carefully before making an investment. One prevalent building trend involves making the smart choice toward natural, […]

4 affordable bucket list trips for the summertime

4 affordable bucket list trips for the summertime

4 affordable bucket list trips for the summertime (BPT) – The country is filled with adventures to check off your bucket list this summer. From road trips to unique vacations, there’s something for everybody! With the help of your smartphone and dependable wireless service, you can stay connected and share the special moments along the way with family and friends. Here are four must-do summer endeavors that won’t break the bank. 1. Historic Route 66 – Historic Route 66 was one of the original American highways, extending all the way from Chicago, Illinois, to Santa Monica, California. From a weekend trip […]

Modern Rustic Luxury in Cornwall on Hudson, NY - Interior Design project by Duncan Avenue Design Studio

Why You Should Never Try to Sell Your Home without a Real Estate Agent by Maxwell Alexander

Why You Should Never Try to Sell Your Home without a Real Estate Agent by Maxwell Alexander, REALTOR®, Editor, Hudson Valley Style Magazine When trying to sell your home, it can be tempting to go it alone. However, when you take a look at some of the things that can go wrong during a real estate transaction, you will quickly realize why this is rarely a good idea. Indeed, there are a number of excellent reasons why you shouldn’t attempt to sell your house without the help of an experienced real estate agent, such as: 1.    Professional Real Estate Agents […]

How to Ensure You Get the Best Price When Selling Your Home by Maxwell Alexander, REALTOR®, Editor in Chief, Hudson Valley Style Magazine

How to Ensure You Get the Best Price When Selling Your Home by Maxwell Alexander, REALTOR®, Editor in Chief, Hudson Valley Style Magazine

How to Ensure You Get the Best Price When Selling Your Home by Maxwell Alexander, REALTOR®, Editor in Chief, Hudson Valley Style Magazine Whether you are selling your home to move to a new city or just to relocate to the other side of town, you will no doubt want to receive as much money for the property as you can. Luckily, there are a few tips you can follow to ensure your final selling price is as high as possible, such as: •    Stage the Home When a prospective buyer walks into your home, they don’t want to see […]

How to create a DIY planter box for growing your summer herbs

How to create a DIY planter box for growing your summer herbs (BPT) – Do-it-yourself projects are more popular than ever, and it’s no wonder why; they make for a great weekend activity and are a creative way to add handmade touches to your space. Whether it’s gardening, cooking, or simply being creative, summer is the perfect time to combine your favorite passions into a DIY project. Chris Lambton, garden and yard care expert, suggests a seasonal project to kick off the summer months that is not only fun to create, but also will be useful for months to come. […]

5 simple steps to getting started with solar panels

5 simple steps to getting started with solar panels

5 simple steps to getting started with solar panels (BPT) – With more Americans “going green” than ever before, you’ve probably already started thinking about doing it yourself. Perhaps you’ve increased your recycling efforts, started using more Energy Star appliances and light bulbs or upgraded to other greener technology options. Chances are, you also may be thinking about using solar energy to power your home, but don’t know where to start. It may be easier than you think to have solar panels installed in your home. According to residential solar experts, here are the steps involved in going solar. 1. […]