Building an Eco-Conscious, Feel Good, Functional Clothing Company in the Wake of Loss

A year and a half ago I lost Jo, my wife, childhood sweetheart, and mother of our two joyful children. At 39, our kids were opening their worlds to possibilities, and Jo and I were tenaciously building our careers – Jo shaping public education around the country and I running my celebrity/luxury goods photography business – in New Paltz, our little corner of the Hudson Valley. But soon our lives flipped upside down as Jo’s undetected liver condition brought us into hospitals – where we stayed for months before she unexpectedly passed. Our time in the hospital was shorter than […]

Simple ways to beautify your outdoor space and enjoy time at home

Simple ways to beautify your outdoor space and enjoy time at home

(BPT) – Whether it’s a quaint patio, a simple garden, a rolling expanse of land or the many possibilities in between, the backyard is the perfect place to unwind. As people spend more time at home, creating a personal outdoor sanctuary is more important than ever before. Fortunately, you don’t need a lot of time or space to create an outdoor escape you’ll enjoy for months to come. Here are some simple, affordable ideas for transforming any space into an outdoor oasis where you can release stress and reconnect to Mother Nature: Step 1: Pull up a chair A place […]

Bringing the indoors out: 2020 outdoor living trends

Bringing the indoors out: 2020 outdoor living trends

(BPT) – 2020 outdoor living trends are all about enjoying your backyard alfresco — but with the comfort and ease, you expect from your indoor spaces. Today’s outdoor spaces are transforming into an extension of the home. The current outdoor design also takes into account the look and feel of your entire home, including the interior and exterior, building materials and surroundings. Connecting with nature: Biophilic design Biophilic design is achieved when natural elements are incorporated into space, helping people feel connected to the natural environment. It creates a calm, tranquil space and reduces stress. Biophilia makes sense for indoor […]

The benefits of Natural Hand Sanitizers

The Benefits of using Natural Hand Sanitizers

One of our major concerns in our health and keeping us void of germs and bacterial infection is with the help of hand sanitizer dispensers. With all the deadly diseases and pandemics that we have encountered in the past, it is very important for us to stay protected and maintain the cleanliness of ourselves and our surroundings not just on what our eyes can see, but even those that we cannot. Check out this natural hand sanitizer.   In our daily lives, we should be aware of where the most contamination and spread of the virus is possible. Crowded and […]

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 […]

Indoor survival guide for guys

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. […]

Created by pioneering artist and Bard College professor Harvey Fite in 1978, Opus 40 is a world-famous nonprofit sculpture park and museum with more than 60 acres of meadows, forested paths and bluestone quarries — including 6.5 acres of earthwork sculpture — in the heart of the Hudson Valley in Saugerties, NY. 

Hudson Valley Style Holiday Shopping Ideas: Opus 40 Gift Shop

Created by pioneering artist and Bard College professor Harvey Fite in 1978, Opus 40 is a world-famous nonprofit sculpture park and museum with more than 60 acres of meadows, forested paths and bluestone quarries — including 6.5 acres of earthwork sculpture — in the heart of the Hudson Valley in Saugerties, NY. Opus 40 welcomes guests four days a week from May through November and is available for educational field trips, guided tours and weddings all year long; the site also plays host to nature walks led by Audubon educators, art workshops, and live music and theatrical performances — all […]

6 Ways to Save Time and Money This Holiday Shopping Season

6 Ways to Save Time and Money This Holiday Shopping Season

No matter what holiday shoppers are looking for this season, there are two things on everyone’s list: saving time and saving money. Whether you’re making memories with friends and family, or enjoying some JOMO (joy of missing out) cozied up with a holiday flick and treat, we all wish we had more time over the holidays. Picking out the perfect gift for everyone on your list can also be a drain on your free time — and your wallet — with The National Retail Federation predicting that holiday spending will increase approximately 4% this year. This holiday season, simplify your […]

Feeling overwhelmed? 5 tips to make time for self-care

Feeling overwhelmed? 5 tips to make time for self-care

Ever feel like the days just get away from you, and you don’t have time to do the things you need to do, much less want to do? Often wish you could just spend your evenings or weekends on your personal goals, practicing self-care or just relaxing? There are many ways you can take control of your time and take better care of yourself. Sometimes it’s a question of prioritizing what you want to do — and outsourcing the rest. Feeling overwhelmed? 5 tips to make time for self-care – (BPT) Simplify meal prep and cooking. Unless cooking is enjoyable and […]

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

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 make sure you keep these tips in mind to breathe style and nature into your home’s interior. Planters are more than just containers Plants and planters go together like […]

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 […]

Your 2020 guide to climate-friendly holiday gifting

Your 2020 guide to climate-friendly holiday gifting

(BPT) – Each year, many people count down the days to the holiday season and save their money for festive decorations and gift-giving. In fact, the average American will spend over $1,000 on holiday gifts, according to the National Retail Federation. But before you start checking gifts off your list, consider how you can do even more this year. A gift that is ENERGY STAR certified not only has the latest features and styles, but also saves energy and prevents climate change. It’s a gift that does a world of good for your loved ones and the planet. Cutting-edge electronics […]