Hudson Valley Home & Garden

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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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Nesting, By Chance and Design

Nesting, By Chance and Design

Amber Winick's Aleatory Design Approach
Writer and design historian Amber Winick rolls the dice at her house in Croton- on-Hudson, leaning into whims of chance to curate an ever-changing home environment.

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Designer Aude Bronson-Howard Is a Curator of Stories

The multitalented force of fashion, film, and home design on developing her aesthetic vision and launching her interior design studio upstate
Aude Bronson-Howard learned to speak the universal language of design at a young age. At 19, she was hired by the Yves Saint Laurent company, where she became the in-house stylist for the brand's US photo editorials for over a decade. Then, she dove headfirst into the world of costuming for feature films, using her diverse knowledge of fabrics and styles to enhanced the story-building of directors such as Martin Scorsese, Harold Ramis, and Nancy Meyers. Most recently, her career has taken her to the interior design world, and this spring she's launching ABH Home Design upstate with the design of a new construction home in Bearsville.

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Selling Smart: 5 Tips for Listing Your Home in a Competitive Market

The Upstate New York real estate market is white hot. But that doesn't mean selling your home is foolproof. Follow these 5 tips from Lisa Halter of Halter Associates Realty to successfully list your home in a competitive market.

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Home Is Where The Art Is

Anat Shiftan and Jamie Bennett Renovate a 1960s Cape to Suit their Art Practices
Artists Anat Shiftan and Jamie Bennett's studio spaces have ranged from office spaces to standalone backyard studios, so when the opportunity arose to transform a dated midcentury cottage into their new live in studio space, they didn't hesitate.

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Makers' Market | May 2021

From furniture to high-karat jewelry to beautiful table and games, this month's Makers Market showcases handcrafted treasures for every occasion. Upstate Jamboree Game Rentals Hudson Valley & beyond (845) 377-5191 As featured in The New York Times! Upstate Jamboree offers elegant game rentals for weddings and events. Handcrafted from sustainably-harvested local lumber in the Hudson Valley. Full service offering white-glove delivery, set up, and breakdown.  FN Furniture PO Box 1 Stone Ridge, NY 12484 (845) 688-8380 Instagram fnfurn Zero-waste, body-fit, durable furniture designed and handmade in the Hudson Valley. Weatherproof pieces too! Joane Cornell Fine Jewelry 9 Main Street Chatham, NY 12037 (917) 971-4662 Instagram @joanecornellfinejewelry Hand-forged fine jewelry made in the Berkshires. 22-karat and 18-karat, all variations of silver. Lots and lots of color. Michael Puryear Furnituremaker 46 Longyear Road, Shokan, NY (845) 943-5975 Michael Puryear is a world-renowned furniture-maker who combines contrasting colors and textures with a fusion of linear and curved forms, accentuating the wood’s natural character. ...

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7 Must-Visit Public Gardens in the Hudson Valley

Get Your Annual Garden Inspiration at these Meccas of Horticultural Expertise
Everything is blooming. Celebrate the rejuvenation of spring and the plenitude of summer with a visit to these seven masterful gardens in the Hudson Valley. Ranging from Asian-inspired to traditional English gardens and sanctuaries for native species, these gardens vary wildly but all offer an inspiring setting for a peaceful stroll or a romantic jaunt.

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Willow Deep Studio: Stained Glass and Gold Leaf for the Modern Life

Brenna Chase’s Rosendale Studio Preserves the Art of These Historic Crafts
After a decade in the New York City music industry, Brenna Chase realized she was ready to turn the tables and claim the creative role for herself. Instead of music, however, Chase chose to pursue the historic arts of stained glass and gold leaf, and started her own workshop, Willow Deep Studio in Rosendale in 2018.

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When Function Defines Form

Michael Puryear’s Custom-Built Furniture Is a Lively Conversation Between Materials and Environment
Owning a piece of furniture that feels customized to your home and personal needs is something that many people rarely experience. But it’s a feeling that world-renowned Shokan-based furniture maker Michael Puryear wants his work to elicit for every client who commissions his work.

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Upstate Rug Supply: Century-Old Rugs for the Modern Collector

With her company Upstate Rug Supply, Joanna Mahserdjian curates a selection of 100-year-old hand-woven Persian and Caucasian rugs that she has hand-picked from dealers, private collectors, estate sales, and auctions across the US.

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Name in Lights: Field + Supply Heads to Broadway with a Pop Up at ABC Home & Carpet

If you really want to blow all your money while being blown away by craftsmanship, the biannual Field + Supply event in Kingston is your golden ticket. The craft fair was founded in 2014 by high-end interior designer Brad Ford, whose weekend place in Accord led him to explore the area and find a long and varied list of beloved places and makers. In the past six years, the event’s vendor roster has grown to include textile makers, woodworkers, ceramicists, botanists, vintage curators, craft beverage makers, and just about any other artisanal good you can think of, from both near and far. The event had a few homes before settling down at the reclaimed waterfront industrial site Hutton. The last F+S event there in October 2019 hosted close to 200 vendors and drew thousands of hot cider-sipping, hat-wearing browsers. Then, last spring when the pandemic foiled their plans for their Memorial Day weekend fair, F+S got creative and coordinated a VIRTUAL Market in July, featuring several days of online “booths,” maker livestreams, and other programming. The site drew 15,000 online shoppers from across the country in four days. So, they repeated the event again in the fall, before rolling the concept into a yearlong online marketplace. A high-end Etsy of sorts, before it got diluted by all the crap. And while an in-person spring market is tentatively slated for late May, Field + Supply has not stopped making moves. They recently launched a pop-up at the flagship ABC Carpet and Home location on Broadway in Manhattan. (Somebody write Brad Ford’s mom and tell her he’s made it to primetime.) A collaboration with ABC’s team of aesthetes, the pop-up shop offers a curated selection of wares from over 30 Field + Supply veteran vendors, including ceramics from Kingston-based Demetria Chappo and Woodstock-based Emberken; lighting from Lowland Studio;  and farm-to-body skincare products from Hudson Made. Categories include textiles, furnishings, lighting, tabletop, decor, beauty and wellness products, and some foodstuffs. “We are thrilled to collaborate with ABC Carpet & Home to curate a selection of products from Field + Supply partners who share a commitment to beautifully designed, hand-crafted products,” says Ford. “I have long admired abc Carpet & Home’s vision and aesthetic, so am honored to work with their team to introduce our vendors’ collections to a wider audience of design lovers.” ABC is the titan of the design world and a gold standard of taste. This collaboration affirms Ford’s efforts with Field + Supply and is sure to catapult the brand, and its pool of vendors, a new level of recognition on the national design scene. “Like Field + Supply, ABC finds joy in discovering exceptional, new makers that exemplify fine craftsmanship and a commitment to sustainability,” says Colleen Newell, executive vice president of Home at abc carpet & home. “We love to share their unique and inspiring stories with our loyal audience who seek out simple, yet stunning design and impeccable quality.” The pop-up will run through mid-June, with a series of virtual and live maker events and activations that will be hosted during the three-month partnership. ...

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Autobiography of Transitional Objects

Artist Paula Lalala Creates A Home From Her Art
Artist and Cornwallville resident Paula Lalala turned her perfectly preserved childhood home into a museum that has hosted her multidisciplinary artwork for the past 20 years.

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Creating a Rain Garden with Native Plants

According to John Messerschmidt, owner of Hudson Valley Native Landscaping, you can do your part to mitigate the effects of excess rainwater on your local stormwater systems by planting a rain garden. Here, he shares a few of his favorite native plants for rain gardens that will capture water and provide food and shelter for butterflies, song birds, and other wildlife.

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Trustee To Utopia

An Art Colony Descendant Tells The Story Of Her Ohayo Mountain Home
Descendant of a Woodstock art colony Laurie Ylvisaker tells the story of her farmhouse inspired home on Ohayo Mountain.

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Byrdcliffe Bliss

An artist-musician couple find a historic cottage in Woodstock fit for downsizing
Expert guidance from Dorothea Marcus and Halter Associates Realty helped the Keithlines find their new home in Woodstock, which perfectly fit their price personal style and everyday needs.

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Split-Level Satisfaction

Designer Megan Oldenburger's Seven-Year Passion Project in Woodstock
The Woodstock home of interior designer Megan Oldenburger showcases her considerable renovation savvy, her eye for design, and the artful aesthetic she’s honed as both designer and artist.

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The Case for Period Furniture

Matthew Pastre Keeps Craft Alive with his Federal-Style Woodworking
Matthew Pastre is part of an elite few period woodworkers in the world, who share tips and techniques through niche groups and guilds and specialty publications, keeping alive traditions on the brink of extinction. “We’re kind of nerds,” says the Legrangeville craftsman with a laugh. “We’re a different breed, let’s put it that way.” For Pastre, who has been woodworking for 40 years, it was the Federal style—with its lithe lines and delicate use of veneer—that caught his eye while flipping through the pages of Jeffrey Greene’s American Furniture of the 18th Century: History, Technique, Structure. Before the rise of the Federal period, and with it of veneer work, pieces were constructed of a single species of wood. Furniture was monochrome, large, heavy, imposing. “Then Federal came along, mixing all this color and types of wood,” Pastre says. “The lines were cleaner. And the veneer work—you could use veneer in a way you couldn't use solid wood, to embellish the grain and the features of that particular tree to a degree that was unheard of. A whole different world opened up to me. So I just ran with it and thought I was going to make a million dollars,” he says with a good-natured laugh. Twenty years later, Pastre still speaks about the style with boyish wonder, though he’s been disabused of his lofty monetary expectations. Before opening his shop The Federal Case, he worked for years as a general contractor on high-end residential projects, doing custom cabinetry whenever the job called for it. “Specialty trim, built-ins, kitchen cabinets—you name it, I did it. Onsite or in a shop,” he says. “It was tough on the body. In my 40s I said, ‘Hey we gotta do something else here,’ and I decided to do the woodworking full-time. I was a little naive thinking I was going to be able to do this for a living just because I did well with houses. This is a different animal altogether.” The Federal period that Pastre emulates started after the Revolutionary War, the first proprietary style of the young nation. It is characterized by lighter lines and daintier silhouettes than its predecessors. Veneer replaces carving as the medium for embellishment and dimensionality, with the grain of the wood taking on a new aesthetic importance. “What I do is a take on what was going on 240 or so years ago,” he says. “A lot of methods are the same, but I do incorporate some of the more modern technology.” Machines do some of the work that would historically have been performed by apprentices or, in some cases, slaves, but technology makes up a small part of a process that is highly labor-intensive, any way you cut it. Buying veneer in dry, brittle sheets called flitches, Pastre must soak, steam, and smooth the pieces before they can be laid out for a pattern or cut to shape for an inlay design. It is a demanding and finicky process. “It’s like working with a potato chip,” he says. “They will crack. They will break. It’s very, very intense.” He sweeps often. Pastre crafts his own pieces and also collaborates with clients on custom commissions, making everything from end tables to dining tables. “I started with that sense of craft and the heirloom thing about being passed down—all that romanticism about cabinet making,” Pastre says. “Well the business is completely different now than it was in the 17-1800s. So I had to get with it and learn how to make a living.” Over time (and in the absence of a wood stove), he learned to turn his scraps into cutting boards, which he sells at local farmers’ markets. The markets offer a much needed jaunt outside the shop and a good opportunity to network.“It’s a very humbling profession. It definitely tamed me,” Pastre says. “As a young guy, I was going to conquer the world, but it doesn’t work out like that. I’m off selling cutting boards and I do well. It’s something people can touch, they can take it home. And it’s not a couple thousand dollars, it’s a couple hundred. Then some people say ‘Do you do this?’ and I say, ‘Yes, I do.’ And they say, ‘Do you fix furniture?’ and I say, ‘Yes, I do.’” And so, work flows from work. He has been in his 700-square-foot shop nonstop throughout the pandemic. As soon as he finishes one project another takes its place. “I’ve built a good client base with local people in the area and designers,” Pastre says. “Out of the blue, someone will say, ‘Hey, can you make this?’ and off we go.” ...

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Rock Solid Rebirth: A Stone Cottage Rehab in Staatsburg

Chris Mottalini and Nepal Assathawasi have turned a decaying stone cottage in Staatsburg into a cozy, country chic home for their family.

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Interior Design Spotlight | Simone Eisold

Simone Eisold brings an appreciation of color and rich texture from her years in the menswear industry to her interior design projects.

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Hudson Valley Events

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Newburgh Mall Carnival

Thu., June 17, 5-10 p.m., Fri., June 18, 5-11 p.m., Sat., June 19, 12-11 p.m., Sun., June 20, 12-10 p.m., Mon., June 21, 5-10 p.m., Tue., June 22, 5-10 p.m., Wed., June 23, 5-10 p.m., Thu., June 24, 5-10 p.m., Fri., June 25, 5-11 p.m., Sat., June 26, 12-11 p.m. and Sun., June 27, 12-10 p.m. — Enjoy midway fun for the whole family with rides and games for...

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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.