Thanks to Global Warming and the Climate Change, Spring is coming to Hudson Valley earlier this year. Hudson Valley’s wine industry and eco-conscious tourism are booming thanks to this shift in climate. But what is the other side of the equation? The area becomes slightly warmer and proximity to the ocean, rivers, and lakes create perfect humidity and temperature condition for growing wine grapes. At the same time, these conditions are very comfortable for ticks and mosquitos as well. Mosquitos and ticks aren’t just annoying bloodsuckers, they’re also dangerous because of the diseases they carry. To avoid getting bitten, you […]
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 […]
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. […]
Congratulations to all of the 2018 Hudson Valley Style Magazine Awards Winners!
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 […]
by Maxwell Alexander, CEO & Founder, Landida™ Smart Landscapes A luscious green lawn used to be a source of pride and a symbol of achieving the American Dream, well, at least for Babyboomers. They loved sugary drinks with artificial colors and flavors and dumped millions of tons of pesticides in their front yard to keep the grass greener on their side of the road, and neighbors jealous across the street. Good news for the Planet: the new generation of homeowners is in town! Millennials are way more eco-conscious, know that climate change is an actual thing, they prefer being healthy and cannot stand […]
Selling Real Estate in Style by Dino Alexander Want to sell your home quickly and for top dollar? Staging with Style can help. Staging is presenting your home in its best and most appealing light to the majority of home-buyers. In theory, staging isn’t hard or costly, but in reality, many homeowners find it difficult because it’s often hard to see something objectively when we love it. An easy way to see effectively staged homes is to visit decorated models. Decorating a model is expensive, but builders are willing to invest the cost because they understand just how well a […]
Hudson Valley Homes and Estates really do have a lot of character, not to mention that the architecture, landscaping and natural setting is truly stunning. With the backdrop of the Hudson Valley, it is a prime location for aerial drone photography. With years of experience, it is safe to say that Duncan Avenue Photography and Design Studio works diligently to make sure that our clients get the result they want out of their aerial photography and this is especially the case if they are trying to sell or market their property. With breath-taking photographs and a friendly team who will […]
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 […]
Hudson Valley Style Magazine Spring 2018 Preview – Duncan Avenue’s Villa 9W Photo Story by Maxwell Alexander
10 reasons to plant a tree this spring (BPT) – Did you know planting a tree is one of the easiest and most powerful things you can do to have a positive impact on the environment? It’s true. Trees clean the air, prevent rainwater runoff, help you save energy and even combat global warming. And they’re a snap to plant! No horticultural degree required. With Arbor Day just around the corner in April, there’s no better time to give Mother Nature a little TLC by planting a tree. From the single homeowner in Nebraska planting a maple in her backyard […]
Maxwell Alexander | HOME™ Unique and Sophisticated Home Decor Line is inspired by Nature and the idea of a mind travel through the Universe and provides an opportunity for visual meditation in every space or landscape. The aesthetics of this collection are meant to bring elements of peaceful harmony with the solid yet comforting and infinite rounded edges, shapes and surfaces. Each item in the Collection is hand carved and unique. Materials are plaster of Paris, steel wire, and gold leaf. Some of the items are available for sale from the Shop on this website or from fine art retailers in the greater […]
We are excited to welcome and feature the work of Designer Stephanie Reppas – Owner of the October Design Co., based in Hudson, NY. Stephanie creates industrial-rustic lighting and décor from reclaimed materials found around Upstate NY.
Create Your Own Natural Fragrance / Aromatherapy Mist with Organic Essential Oils! DA Aromatherapy Collection gives you the power to be your own natural fragrance & aromatherapy designer at your fingertips. Select Your Top Notes These are the first and most noticeable notes when you first smell the fragrance and include fresh, clean and sparkling citrus and herbaceous, grassy and minty essential oils. Select Your Mid (or Heart) Notes They open up your natural fragrance’s true character, last longer, make a bigger impression and include floral, fruity and spicy essential oils.) Select Your Base (or Dry Down) Notes They are Earthy, Woodsy, Musky and […]
(BPT) – Ready to tackle your next home remodeling project and showcase your Do-It-Yourself (DIY) skills? Or maybe you’re an aspiring DIYer, hoping to channel your creative spirit and try your hand at the next home improvement project? Now is the time to get started. According to experts from the National Association of Home Builders, the amount of money homeowners spend on remodeling projects is predicted to grow nearly 5 percent in 2018. Some of these dollars will be spent on large comprehensive rebuilds and others will be spent on smaller fix-it-up projects. No matter the spend, it’s a good […]
Fall Color Harmonies by Maxwell Alexander Design from the Fall Issue of the Hudson Valley Style Magazine