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Upstate Learning Curve

Upstate Learning Curve

Bobby Bui and Gary Hemphill embrace a Mid-Century Modern in Woodstock.

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Silver Hollow Sanctuary for Sale

With 16 acres and three dwellings, this Willow property is a world of its own.
Over 20 years ago, John Ebeling and his wife Judith fell in love with restoring and updating historic homes in the Hudson Valley. From fixer-uppers in the western Catskills to stately Stone Ridge properties, the couple have renovated a diverse array of homes along their journey. But none of them have compared to the property on Silver Hollow Road in Willow, a quiet hamlet just outside the village of Woodstock. “In all my time buying and fixing up real estate I don’t think I’ve come across a property as complete as this one,” says Ebeling. Located on a quiet road just off of scenic Route 212, the 16-acre wooded property is a peaceful Catskill Mountain refuge. In addition to the completely renovated, three-bedroom, 1,900-square-foot farmhouse, there’s an updated c.1920s two-bedroom guest house, a 19th-Century barn-turned-studio, a picture-perfect pool and entertaining area, fenced-in garden, and six acres of manicured lawn dotted here and there with towering hardwoods and mature flowering bushes. “It’s very private. The property is surrounded by other large parcels and past those is state land,” says Ebeling. “You’re intimately connected to nature, but Woodstock is just 10 minutes away. To have that combo is really a home run.” Designed to the Nines The property’s previous owner had renovated the main farmhouse down to the studs back in 2011, but its look and feel needed some updating to bring it in line with contemporary tastes. “It was clear there was already a strong craft to the house,” says Ebeling. “We wanted to bring the design up to a more current feel to complement what was already here, and to go that extra mile.” Their design vision blends the quaint appeal of a historic New England home with streamlined, Scandinavian-inspired furniture, finishes, and color palette. They also added a suite of upscale touches that make the house feel like the epitome of cool country living. The kitchen is where the impact of the redesign really shines. One wall is outfitted in dramatic black shiplap siding, which the Ebelings chose to accentuate the glow of the passthrough fireplace. The dark hue contrasts with crisp white walls, the aged brass finish of lighting fixtures from Restoration Hardware, and bright white quartz countertops run through with striking gray veining. Other additions, including a Sub-Zero refrigerator and two beverage fridges, new kitchen island, the living room’s custom-designed wet bar, and expanded bluestone patio make the home an entertainer’s dream. Room to Roam With the cozy, two-bedroom guest house located just up the meandering drive from the farmhouse, there’s always space for friends and family to come and stay. The historic barn, which the Ebelings renovated into an open-plan office/studio, is tailor-made for the work-from-home life. They added heavy duty shiplap in a moody dark green to the walls, installed energy-efficient heat pumps, and added stone walls and a patio outside to help give the barn a classically rustic appeal that seamlessly blends with its surroundings. Among the 16 wooded acres are an array of well-landscaped spaces designed for outdoor enjoyment. There’s a quaint, fenced-in garden to occupy the days and a stone fire pit to build roaring blazes in at night. In the summer, the inground heated pool is clearly the place to be. Located just up the lawn from the farmhouse, the pool is surrounded by a graciously sized stone patio that’s perfect for entertaining. With impressive Catskill Mountain views from almost every angle of the pool, you might be tempted to hide away in Willow and just float the days away. 102-120 Silver Hollow Road in Willow is now on the market from Halter Associates Realty. To learn more about this listing or schedule a showing, contact Judith Steinfeld and Gary Heckelman at and ...

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Available Items: Odd-on-Purpose Objects, Art, and Furniture in Tivoli

Opened in June, Available Items in Tivoli represents the shared decades of experience in the design world of husband-and-wife team Kristin Coleman and Chad Phillips. The shop specializes in quirky handmade furniture, art, objects, and oddities, with an inaugural art show opening for Upstater Art Weekend.

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Red Robin Song Animal Sanctuary

A Bucolic Columbia County Forever Home for Farm and Domestic Animals
Since 2010, the Red Robin Song Animal Sanctuary in New Lebanon has offered a forever home to farm and domestic animals rescued from situations of abuse and neglect on a bucolic, 85-acre former dairy farm.

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Kitchen Confidence: Anna Stockwell's Reinvisioned Hurley Home

In the redesign of her c.1840 Colonial in Hurley, recipe tester, chef, and food writer Anna Stockwell makes the open 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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Women in Sculpture @ Rockland Center for the Arts

Women in Sculpture

Mondays-Saturdays, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 15 — RoCA is proud to present the Women in Sculpture exhibit as a...
Schoharie County Sunshine Fair @ Cobleskill Fairgrounds

Schoharie County Sunshine Fair

Tue., Aug. 9, 9-12 a.m., Wed., Aug. 10, 9-12 a.m., Thu., Aug. 11, 9-12 a.m., Fri., Aug. 12, 9-12 a.m., Sat., Aug. 13, 9-12 a.m. and Sun., Aug. 14, 9-12 a.m. — This 145-year tradition features live music, midway rides, a circus, Aquatic Acrobatic...

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