Hudson Valley Home & Garden

Home & Garden

Hudson Valley homes are set in an ideally balanced location—it’s an easy commute to the city, but it’s also far enough away to enjoy nature and the outdoors. The cultural diversity of the Hudson Valley towns and cities complement the serene natural setting, with mountains, rivers, lakes, and trails. Local residents enjoy homes and properties that range from historic buildings to modern houses with innovative architecture and design. Hudson Valley real estate is sought after for its spacious, comfortable, and distinctive homes.

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Kitchen Confidence: Anna Stockwell's Renovated Hurley Home

Kitchen Confidence: Anna Stockwell's Renovated Hurley Home

In the reno of her c.1840 Colonial in Hurley, recipe tester, chef, and food writer Anna Stockwell makes the kitchen her command center.

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Pastime Vintage: An Artist Restores a Quirky Cottage in Cortland Manor

Greg Daigle sees beauty in bygone things and lovingly restores what he finds into objets d’arte.

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Blind Buck Valley Farmstead: A Go-to Getaway for Peaceful, Picturesque Farmstays and Glamping

Blind Buck Valley Farmstead is a 200-acre working farm and accommodation run by three sisters who have been hosting groups of families and friends in the quaint rolling countryside of Salem, New York since 2016.

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Inaugural Hudson Valley Women Who Woodfire Tour

This New Event Showcases 12 Ceramics Artists in 3 Studios Over 2 Days
The first annual Hudson Valley Women Who Woodfire Tour from May 21 to May 22, 2022 will offer an opporunity to tour the studio spaces of three local women ceramicists and their visiting artists, purchase one-of-a-kind works, as well as offer an intimate on-site look at the inner workings of accomplished artists in the field of contemporary ceramics.

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Garrison's Historic Bird & Bottle Inn Now Open for Dining

Established in 1761, Dutch Colonial classic the Bird & Bottle Inn was a key waypoint for Hudson Highlands travelers before, during, and after the revolution. In the 1940s, it rose to prominence as a culinary destination frequented by celebrities, foodies, and starlets. After a painstaking renovation by local entrepreneurs and developers Marjorie Tarter and Brendan MacAlpine, the Bird has reopened to the public for dinner and weekend brunch. The hotel will open at a later date, with private events and weddings also to resume.

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Kingston Design Showhouse Announces 2022 Location & Opens Applications

The location of the fifth annual Kingston Design Showhouse has been announced. The 2,800-square-foot, c.1920s Victorian in Uptown Kingston is replete with historic details from original woodworking and tiles to pocket doors and stained glass. It's recent history as a commercial property provides a creative design challenge, including the installation of a brand new kitchen and a second bathroom.

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Bellfire Farm: An Artist-Built Hideaway Nestled in the Catskills

An intimate back-to-the-land experience for those seeking starry skies and miles to roam
Artists Mina Teslaru and Rich Tazzara have transformed their little corner of the Catskills into an artists’ retreat and off-grid glamping getaway for recharging and reconnecting with the natural world.

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Cantine's Island and the Hudson Valley’s CoHousing Movement

An Experiment in Community Consensus
This month we visit the Cantine's Island, a flourishing intentional community in Saugerties that is one part lifestyle, one part old-fashioned neighborhood, as a departure point for exploring the broader Hudson Valley cohousing movement.

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Beating the Oil Tank Blues

Newburgh’s Optima Environmental Services Helps Homeowners Head Off Oil Tank Disasters
Newburgh-based Optima Environmental Services provides environmental, regulatory, and construction solutions to families and businesses throughout New York State.

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Can’t Miss Makers Coming to Field + Supply Spring MRKT

Chronogram's shortlist of must-see makers for the Field + Supply's Memorial Day weekend fair at Hutton Brickyards in Kingston.

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Head to Walden This Arbor Day for Angry Orchard’s Fourth Annual Arbor Day Tree Giveaway

If your green thumb has been itching to get out and enjoy the springtime planting season to its fullest, Angry Orchard is throwing an Arbor Day giveaway you definitely won’t want to miss. Next Friday, April 29 from 12pm to 6pm, head out to Angry Orchard’s historic 60-acre orchard in Walden for its fourth annual Arbor Day Tree Giveaway of 250 ready-to-plant apple saplings.

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Enduring Interiors: Hadas Dembo’s Narrative Approach to Creating Authentic Homes

For interior designer Hadas Dembo, guiding new homeowners through their upstate design adventures has become something of a specialty. The principal of the Manhattan-based interior design firm Mise en Scène Design, Dembo has actually been a resident of Columbia County since the early 1990s. With equal fluency designing apartments in Manhattan and rambling upstate properties, Dembo has developed a flair for combining old world details with contemporary objects, creating spaces that feel both enduring and spontaneous.

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Forest of Dreams

Hudson Valley Forestry Transforms Wild Woodlands into Well-Managed Forests
Neither logging company nor tree service, Hudson Valley Forestry offers ecologically minded forestry mulching with a mind toward creating a beautiful, tidy, and maintainable forest for homeowners.

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Impermanent Architecture

A Hand-Built Woodstock Home 50 Years On
In the 1970s, artist Yehuda Ben-Yehuda hand-built an 1,800-square-foot house on the Little Beaverkill on five acres Woodstock that his daughter, Noa Jones, now calls home.

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The Holistic Landscaper: How to Integrate Native Gardens with Your Local Ecosystem

Now that spring has finally arrived, it may be tempting to trundle off to the nursery and load your car up with pots of black eyed susans, bee balm, and echinacea to beautify your garden and create a happy home for your local pollinators. But you will be much more successful if you consider the area surrounding your yard first and make decisions that enhance the health of the local whole ecosystem.

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Build Your Own Wood Shed: A Perfect Weekend Activity

With a wood shed plan from Glenn’s Sheds, a bit of carpentry know-how, and good old-fashioned elbow grease, you’ve got yourself a project that will reward you for years to come.
With the weather finally starting to warm, opportunities for outdoor activities—from nature walks to gardening to finally cleaning out the garage—are popping up like daffodils. If you’re looking for an endeavor that will get you outside, a DIY carpentry project like a shed from New Paltz-based Glenn’s Sheds will reward you with a sturdy structure to store firewood for many seasons to come and some much-needed bonding time with your friends or little ones.

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House SFW in Rhinebeck

Southern Grace in a Northern Space
Southerners Rachael Stollar, Erin Fearins, and Ward Welch bring their lived-in luxury design sensibility to a retail space in downtown Rhinebeck.

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What Buyers Want

The Must-Have Features Upstate Home Buyers Are Clamoring For
To learn more about what makes today’s buyers tick, we polled the in-the-know team of agents at leading Woodstock and Kingston based real estate brokerage Halter Associates Realty. Here are the six most popular features they told us that upstate home buyers are asking for right now.

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Pandemic Charm Quilt

Fashion Designer Arlena Armstrong and Producer Matt Petock Embrace Life Upstate
Arlena Armstrong and Matt Petock transformed an overly colorful contemporary cabin in Accord into a stylish refuge.

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8 New & Soon-to-Open Hudson Valley Hotels for Your Next Upstate Getaway

Upstate getaways are back ON. And we head into spring/summer 2022 with 8 new and soon-coming Hudson Valley hotels for your next weekend trip, romantic retreat, or rejuvenating staycation.

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Seaside Style: Gather Brings Elegant Beach-Inspired Home Goods to Katonah

“My inspiration is villages by the sea,” says Suzanne Martin of the concept for her home goods boutique Gather, which opened in Katonah last October. “Montauk, Malibu, seaside Italy, or Portugal.” Martin isn’t new to retail, or to Katonah. She has owned Rubysue, a women’s clothing boutique right next door to Gather, for 22 years, and she’s also on the board of the Katonah Chamber of Commerce. “This spot came available, and I’ve always wanted to get into more of a lifestyle shop/home decor, but more item-driven rather than a whole interior design,” she says. “Beautiful objects and pottery—things you want to give as gifts or just have around in your own home.” In a stroke of serendipity, the retail space that opened up fit Martin’s vision perfectly with terracotta floor tiles and stucco walls. “It reminded me of being by the beach, so I brought that vibe here,” she says. “It’s like a little studio. The door is on the side, down a little alley. Entering it feels like you’re being transported to a little village by the sea, it’s so special.” Martin’s breezy, beachy, modern style is a change-up from the big, dark wooden furniture and formal New England horse farm stylings found in much of Westchester. “Everything is very fair in color or white and ethereal,” she says. “A lot of people have moved here from the city and they decorate in more minimal style. It’s a nice addition to Katonah without overlapping with anyone else that is in town.” Martin carries handblown glassware, ceramics, candles, straw baskets from Africa, stonewashed linens—all with a focus on sustainability and ethical working conditions. “I am sourcing a lot of things from the Hudson Valley as well as from all over the world,” Martin says. “I look for things that resonate with me and match the vibe of the shop from companies whose ethics I believe in. I definitely want to work with more handmade, small-batch products, not mass-produced things that you could get on Amazon or in bigger box stores.” Some of the local artisanal products Gather stocks include hand-dipped beeswax candles from Newburgh-based Alysia Mazzella, cutting boards from Hudson-based KHEM Studios, and ceramics from Erica Recto. Martin also carries carafes, cocktail glasses, and furniture from Danish company Ferm Living; runners, napkins, and dish towels from Lithuanian brand Linen Tales; dinnerware, glasses, and linen sheets from Hawkins New York; and vegan, botanical skincare products from Palermo Body. And she is always on the lookout for new products and local artisans. Martin does all the buying for both Gather and Rubysue, as well the photography and social media, and running the home goods store. “Even when I’m not at work, I’m working,” she says. “It’s a lot, but I love it. I love having a business in Katonah. The town is very vibrant. I am very lucky to be here and on the board helping to plan events.” Come spring, the Chamber’s monthly Katonah Art Walks will resume, which Martin is looking forward to. In the meantime, she’ll keep busy stocking shelves, sourcing products, and developing a combined Rubysue/Gather online store. Stay tuned for details. ...

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Cat's Out of the Bag: Little Cat Lodge Will Open in Hillsdale in April

At the Foot of Catamount Mountain, this New/Old Inn will Off Year-round Family-friendly Lodging
In March 2021, seasoned New York City restaurateurs Matt Kliegman and Noah Bernamoff purchased the former Swiss Hutte property in Hillsdale. The nearly 100-year-old, seven-acre property, which sits at the foot of Catamount Mountain, which reopen in April as a four-season, family friendly inn with 14 guest rooms plus a 75-seat onsite restaurant, 45-seat bar, swimming pool, saunas, and hiking trails.

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The Greek Revival Farmhouse of Joseph Gosler and Sheila Wolper

Evoking Eden: A Writer and an Artist Revisit the Past in Ancramdale
Author Joseph Gosler and artist Sheila Wolper have retired to their weekend home, a Greek Revivl-style farmhouse on 12 bucolic acres in Ancramdale.

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Colonial Game Days @ Matthewis Persen House Museum

Colonial Game Days

Thu., June 30, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Fri., July 1, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sat., July 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Visitors to the Persen House are invited to try their hand at...
History At Your Fingertips @ Matthewis Persen House Museum

History At Your Fingertips

Thursdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Sept. 3 — Enjoy a new experience at the Persen House in 2022! Visitors can...

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Hudson Valley Properties

Whether you are looking for a chic loft apartment or a spacious home for your kids and family near sprawling farmlands, Hudson Valley real estate offers a diverse range of properties. Hudson Valley houses are located in areas that are rich with history as well as new developments, from industrial cities to rural backcountry.

Hudson Valley Architecture

The architectural landscape of the Hudson Valley is characterized by one-of-a-kind properties, like the historic estate of Frederic Church in Hudson, Olana, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s estate and library in Hyde Park. Some Hudson Valley homes are historic, dating back to the region’s settlement in the 17th century, while others have been retrofitted with modern, sustainable, energy-saving renovations.

Hudson Valley Landscaping

Hudson Valley landscapes offer an idyllic backdrop for the region’s homes. The area’s fertile land produces seasonal, flowering trees and bushes, distinctive regional flowers and plants, and wild vegetables, like ramps and garlic. The region’s emphasis on locally grown products and gardening culture includes a wide range of agricultural and gardening organizations that offer tips and tools for building and maintaining a home garden, like the Hudson Valley Seed Library and the Hudson Valley Gardening Association.