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Home Goods for Homebodies
When winter settles over the Hudson Valley, some people strap on their snowshoes and stride fearlessly out into the cold, while others prefer to cozy up at home by the fire, reading a book or listening to a record.
We asked local Hudson Valley shopkeepers to share their top gift picks for the nesters of the world. Here are eight holiday gift ideas for your favorite homebody. And no, they are not all throws (just 2 of them :).
1. Bluecashew Kitchen Homestead, Kingston
Stagg EKG in Copper, $179.99
The Stagg EKG electric pour-over kettle checks all the boxes. It looks amazing, is excellently styled, AND performs like a champ—heating to and holding at your preferred temperature for an hour. The digital variable temperature control is on point. and the new copper finish is so swank. It's a great gift for coffee perfectionists and fans of the tea leaf.
2. Bosco’s, Saugerties
Gift Pick: Cirrus Throw, $148
My favorite piece of the season is a gorgeous brushed cotton Cirrus throw from Coyuchi. Named for its cloudlike softness, this throw is woven in Germany using thick, 100% organic Turkish cotton yarn, and brushed for softness. It is the perfect wrap on a cold winter's night.
3. Reservoir, Beacon
Gift Pick: Reservoir Signature Mug, $28
Keep warm this season! Snuggle up with Reservoir's best-selling Signature Mug. Beautifully handcrafted in upstate New York, and Scandinavian in style, this mug has a tapered neck to keep your morning coffee hot longer. Purchase alone or for a limited time this season, we're offering a gift set with More Good's delicious Chai Tea Set.
4. Wares, Beacon
Gift Pick: Siri Siri Table Runner, $85
I'm not really one for fancy tablescapes, but this table runner by Five | Six Textiles really pulls a table together without being too formal. It's made from indigo and natural cotton ikat textiles, woven into small strips and then sewn together. The cotton is dyed, spun and woven by hand in Cote D’Ivoire. We have multiples of the same style at the shop, but each one has its own weave pattern with slight variations, so each runner is really one-of-kind. Plus, since it's 100% raw cotton it's also super durable, and you easily can clean it if there's any wine spills.
5. Exit Nineteen, Kingston
Millennial Pink Globe Lamp, $175
This is one of our top picks for this holiday season because not only is it a beautiful object to display but also emits an ambient light and is fun to study! This bold and elegant 12” globe lamp comes in over 10 different colors, all available here at Exit Nineteen. Illuminated with an energy efficient LED bulb that uses up to 90% less energy than traditional bulbs, the globe lights can be powered using a USB connection or via a standard plug socket.
6. Clove & Creek, Kingston
Scrimshaw Knife Kit, $50
Scrimshaw is an early American art form originating from the whaling industry in the late 1700s. While out to sea, the whalers would etch drawings into bone and afterward would rub tobacco juice into the carvings reveal the drawings. Our kit is a nod to the maritime history of the Hudson River and the Rondout neighborhood. It comes complete with a bone knife, India ink, etching supplies and drawings, and is made in the USA. (Closer runner up: Bathing Culture Body wash, pictured at the top of the page, is our new obsession, peppery with a rich lather.)
7. Minna, Hudson
The Dash Towel, $28
Handwoven in Oaxaca, Mexico, this tea towel is a classic yet modern addition to any kitchen or bathroom. Soft enough to function as a hand towel, and durable enough to soak up spills around the kitchen this is the ultimate blend of form and function. Finished with a rustic edge and fringe.
8. Fred, High Falls
Brushed Mohair Throw, $298
Woven in New Zealand from 100% pure fine Mohair fiber, this beautiful throw features a luxurious high pile and soft hand. These throws make an exceptional gift. Available in a rainbow of sumptuous colors, they are perfect for adding warmth to a favorite living space or at the end of the bed. Currently in stock at Fred, are the navy blue, pesto and cream colors.
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When Lisa Halter started her own real estate agency in 2014, she did it with a clear mission—to open a "kinder, gentler real estate office." She brought over 15 years of experience in Hudson Valley real estate and a forward-looking approach to Halter Associates Realty. In just four years, the company has expanded to 27 agents. In addition to their empathetic, client-centric ethos, Halter agents leverage advanced digital marketing capabilities and hyper-local market knowledge to buy and sell faster and smarter.
Halter's experience isn't limited to the realm of real estate. Prior to selling homes, she worked for over two decades in digital marketing and graphic design, earning awards for campaigns in London and New York City. That digital marketing edge and keen eye for design aided Halter in meeting the modern demands of clients once she broke into real estate.
Halter has no plans to rest on her laurels now that Halter Associates is thriving. Her long-term goal "is to continue to grow and serve our community, and our agents, while maintaining an open line of communication with our buyers and sellers," she explains. Halter understands that buying or selling property often accompanies a major life change, which needs to be handled with care. "It's all about transitions in our lives, whether it's a household growing with the birth of a child or the death of a loved one," Halter says. "Although we are in sales, we need to be so much more for our clients, to help them through their life changes in a thoughtful and meaningful way."
433 Tongore Road, Kingston:
A Marbletown Modern/Country Marvel
Ulster County real estate is the bread and butter of Halter's business, and thanks to the area's abundance of natural beauty and charming towns, it's an easy sell. Marbletown is one such picturesque community. Situated less than 20 minutes from Kingston, Marbletown encompasses the hamlets of High Falls and Stone Ridge, known for their idyllic locales along the Esopus Creek, farm and flea markets, wellness centers, dreamy B&Bs, and Stone Ridge's Main Street Historic District.
This country-meets-modern home is on a quiet country road just down the street from the Marbletown Town Park, with its pavillion, playground, and soccer fields. Originally built in the 1940s, the three-bedroom, two-bath cottage sits on 2.5 acres of land that's a slice of Zen-like paradise perfect for relaxation.
The grounds include a brand-new heated, saline pool with a retractable cover, a six-person hot tub on a bluestone patio, a cedar outdoor shower, a koi pond, fire pit, and organic garden with raised beds.
That's just outside. The 1,886-square-foot interior features a host of modernized amenities, including a custom kitchen with granite countertops, a butcher block prep island, stainless steel appliances, and a wine cooler cabinet. The open-concept floor plan smoothly combines kitchen, dining, and living areas, and is well-suited for entertaining, with cedar plank and hardwood floors throughout. The first floor includes an screened-in porch, as well as a laundry room and additional full bath.
On the second floor, the master bedroom is an oasis within the home, separated from the rest of the rooms and adjoined by a private meditation room. All three of the home's bedrooms are bathed in sunlight from skylights and large windows. Throw open the sliding glass doors, step out on the wrap-around deck in full view of the new pool, and consider yourself at home.
Listed at $659,000, this is a turnkey haven with every indoor and outdoor luxury you could want. Visit the Halter Realty Associates website for more information.
Gravitas and Charm in Kingston
"Kingston is the best kept secret in New York State," declares the Hudson Valley's doyen of real estate, Win Morrison. He would know. As owner and founder of Win Morrison Realty, he has nearly 40 years of experience in the local real estate market. Since the '80s, his agency has thrived selling and developing properties in Ulster, Greene, Columbia, Dutchess, Orange, and Sullivan counties. Although Morrison has extensive expertise and experience throughout the region, with established offices in Kingston, Woodstock, Saugerties, Phoenicia and Catskill, he's chosen Kingston as his home base, both working and living in the historic Uptown district. "The restaurants, the theater, and the art in Kingston, as well as the surrounding areas, are really equal to none," he explains. The town's unique history as the state's first capital and its ties to the Hudson River add gravitas to the city's already plentiful charm.
Having had a hand in the resurgence of Kingston over the past thirty years, Morrison knows its history—and its potential—like the back of his hand. He sees the entire city, from the quaint Stockade district all the way down to the working waterfront as ripe for investment. "The big positive has been the rejuvenation of Wall Street in Uptown, Broadway in Midtown, and the Rondout," he says. Morrison is especially proud of helping to spur the rejuvenation of the Stockade in Uptown, bringing investment and renewal from outside to polish a gem in Kingston's crown of neighborhoods. "Because of its historic value, we sold many of the buildings Uptown and were able to increase the value of the properties by finding buyers and investors outside of the area," he explains, adding that he also "sold just about everything that was on the waterfront" as well.
Within a city of untapped potential, Morrison sees both the waterfront and north Kingston as particularly under-developed."The area between Kingston and east Kingston is prime for more high-end development," he surmises, and the river frontage formerly known as the Brickyard and Sailor's Cove are "prime, prime, prime locations." In fact, he says, "the Kingston waterfront is virgin territory."
53 Allison Court
Kingston is also perfect for high-end contemporary residential development. Win Morrison Realty's listing at 53 Allison Court is a beautiful example of the area's affordable luxury. Located near the Hillside Acres section of Kingston, this private mini-estate has five bedrooms and three baths, soaring high ceilings, and wood floors. Sleek quartz and stainless steel finishes complete an open plan kitchen with modern appliances. Built in 2002 the property also features a pool, garden and cabana, exemplifying how Kingston offers unparalleled country living within a short drive of an vibrant urban arts, culture, and culinary scene.
53 North Front Street
With a historic flair that typifies the Stockade district's character, this c.1900 flat-roofed building is a great example of the city's commercial potential. Ornate corniced eaves set off the roofline, with decorative windows and a street-level portico below. The three-story building is also well-positioned in the heart of Uptown's bustling shopping district to be at the forefront of the city's revival. The building's mixed-use format, with a restaurant, office, and storefront at street level and four apartments above, exemplifies the work-life balance most people strive to achieve. Morrison jokes, "In two more years, there's not going to be anybody left in Brooklyn, because they're all moving up here."
Visit the Win Morrison Realty website for more information on these or other properties....
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In the Northeast, homeowners have begun to embrace a new trend: living inside out. By inviting sunshine and warmth into your space and blurring the lines between the coziness of the interior and the nature beyond, you can reclaim the light you deserve. Intentional selection of personalized windows and doors is the key bringing the outdoors in and transforming your quality of life.
Garden Buffs, Get Your Greenery Fix on September 22 & 23
Calling all green-thumbed, nature-lovers of the Mid-Hudson Valley. September is a great time to get outside and visit the region’s beautiful gardens as you scheme and dream up next year’s garden plans. The Garden Conservancy will hold Open Days and Digging Deeper events in Dutchess and Ulster Counties on September 22 and 23, respectively.
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