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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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The Forthcoming Maker Hotel is a Design Destination Worthy of Royalty

A Sophisticated Riot of Textures and Textiles Makes this Hudson Hotel Irresistible
Though the pandemic has further delayed the grand opening of the Maker Hotel's guest rooms in Hudson, the rich blend of luscious textures, understated palette, global influences, and quality materials promise a high-end hotel experience worth the wait.

Tags: Lodging

5 Native Plants You Should Add to Your Garden This Spring

These gorgeous varieties are a delight for both the eyes and the Hudson Valley’s ecosystem
John Messerschmidt of Hudson Valley Native Landscaping recommends 5 native plants to add to your garden this spring.

Tags: Gardening

An Elegant Equation: These Wood Sheds Combine Design and Mathematical Precision

New Paltz-based Glenn’s Sheds will you keep your home cozy for years to come
With spring temps gloriously warming up, it’s easy to banish anything related to cold weather to the back of your mind. So out go the bulky sweaters, snow tires, and hearty stick-to-your-ribs stews. But according to Glenn Nystrup, owner of New Paltz-based Glenn’s Sheds, when it comes to your fireplace or wood-burning stove, spring is the best time to set yourself up for success on those far-off cold days. “Now is the best time to fill up your wood shed to prepare for fall,” Nystrup says. “No matter how much you hear about the wood you buy being dry, the only way to be sure is to season it yourself starting in the spring.” According to Nystrup, that’s because wood takes a while to dry, and it can vary greatly by type—from quick-drying ash to slow-drying oak, which he says can take up to a year to dry to its fullest potential. “It takes time for the cells within the wood to give up their moisture,” he says. “Only in this way can they be considered dry, and perform best when heating.” That’s where an outdoor wood shed with plenty of ventilation comes in. “I began building firewood sheds in 2012 because there was a need,” Nystrup says. “When I looked at what was being sold everywhere, I realized a more serious type was needed—a style that could maximize the drying potential of the firewood itself, and keep it dry and ready for years if need be.” He also felt a wood shed should add beauty to its landscape, whether it was located on an estate overlooking the Hudson or a rustic cabin in the Catskills. Nystrup had the exact know-how needed to put his theories into practice. His professional career as a math teacher educating students from preschool to college meant he was familiar with subjects like Trigonometry and concepts like the Pythagorean Theorem—all necessary in carpentry. “I love that I get to use a healthy portion of the math that I teach to students.” he says. “How exciting it is to take theory, write it down as two-dimensional drawings, and bring it to life as a three-dimensional work of art.” Nystrup started out by building firewood sheds for close friends and family. Many of them were battling the excess moisture and subsequent rot that storing wood outdoors under tarps can cause, which his open-air sheds remedied. “The sheds are designed for maximum drying, which ensures that you get the maximum BTU that each log has to offer,” he says. Soon, more people started to notice his minimalist sheds popping up, and a business was quickly born. Today, Glenn’s Sheds offers over 50 styles and sizes of firewood sheds, all designed by Nystrup and assembled onsite by his team. Designing and building wood sheds has also been an enriching activity for Nystrup to share with his young grandsons, who Nystrup has always included in his building projects from wood sheds to tree houses and more. “The process of sharing the building, the skill, and the knowledge with younger generations is a precious one,” he says. “It is more than the use of tools and materials that they learn. Knowledge is built. Connection is built. Character is built. And when one combines being with knowledge, true understanding is created.” ...

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(Stay at) Home Office: Designers on How to Create a Workspace in Lockdown

Millions of people around the world are stuck at home as we ride out the wave of COVID-19 and try to stem its spread. Working from home has brought new challenges, as people struggle to be productive away from the office and amidst domestic distractions. We talked to a handful of Hudson Valley designers to get their tips on how to set up a home office, or at least a temporary workstation.

Tags: Design & Decor

Space 428: Choreographer Jonah Bokaer's Church of Dance in Hudson

Choreographer Jonah Bokaer transforms a church into Space 428 in Hudson.

Tags: House Profiles

How to Grow a Victory Garden

Tips from Doug Muller at Hudson Valley Seed Company
During World War II, an estimated 20 million victory gardens produced more than 40 percent of the vegetables grown for that year’s fresh consumption. With the COVID-19 outbreak putting strains on the supply chain, and restricting people's movement, it may be time for a return to the victory garden movement. Here are some tips for how to plan and plant your victory garden from Hudson Valley Seed Company cofounder Doug Miller.

Tags: Gardening

Little Poland in the Catskills

A Zakopane-Style Chalet Near Hunter
Swapping the Carpathians for the Catskills, Benjamin Laroux’s Zakopane-style chalet brings the vernacular of the Southern Polish Highlands to upstate New York.

Tags: House Profiles

Green Acres: A Primer on Purchasing Land

Lisa Halter of Halter Associates Realty shares a few tips on buying land.

Tags: Real Estate

Art Forms Architecture: Grigori Fateyev's Poetic Approach to Space

Architect Grigori Fateyev is behind some of the most innovative new construction in the Berkshires, taking architecture's basic components and interrogating them to design spaces that elevate the human experience. He loves to surprise, and his methods are 100% sustainable. "All good architecture is green building, he says. "If it's not, what are you even doing?"

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The Pride of Rosendale

Trans Resident Angie Bouros Responds to Bigotry by Turning Her Home Into a Symbol of Acceptance
Over the course of two years, transgender Rosendale resident Angelina Bouros received four threatening and discriminatory letters for hanging the LGBTQ pride flag on her house. The threats culminated in the killing and dismemberment of her cat, after which Bouros decided to paint her house rainbow-colored to send a clear message that she would not be intimidated.

Tags: House Profiles

Pacama Handmade: Traditional Woodworking in a Modernist Context

Sleek, Timeless Hudson Valley Furniture, Handcrafted to Your Specifications
In a workshop in the foothills of the Catskills, Cedric Martin draws on inspiration from his Amish country roots and his love of modern art to create Pacama Handmade Furniture. The designs are his babies—but the size, color and finish are up to you.

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The Five Best Historic and Rustic Lodges in Hudson Valley

Discover the coziest hotels and resorts in the region, with prime access to the area’s attractions.

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An Acre of One’s Own

Artist Jean Feinberg Finds a Muse in a Neglected West Taghkanic Property
Painter Jean Feinberg gives new life to a one acre compound of dilapidated buildings and forlorn gardens in West Taghkanic, which, in turn, revitalizes her.

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A Star Reborn: Borscht Belt-era Starlite Motel in Kerhonkson, NY Gets New Life

The Starlite Motel’s retro neon sign stands alongside Route 209 in Kerhonkson, NY just as it has since the lodge’s inception in the ’60s. In this new era of upstate tourism, the Borscht Belt-era roadside lodge is making a comeback with a fresh update and laidback, personalized touches that cater to the modern traveler who wants to explore the dining, outdoors, and cultural offerings of the Hudson Valley.

Tags: Lodging

Sweet (Day) Dreams: 4 Upstate Rentals Ready for Your Spring Escape

With warm-weather vacation season just around the corner, we rounded up four vacation properties in the Hudson Valley and Catskills from New York Rental by Owner Vacation Rentals, which offers homeowners all over the state direct access to guests looking to book their next getaway.

Tags: Lodging

(Mini) Cabin Fever: Aspiring Upstaters Will Flip Over Catskill Farms' New Small Homes

When it comes to the available properties upstate, there’s a shortage of reasonably priced new or well-maintained homes. That's why Sullivan County-based design/build firm Catskill Farms is bringing back their line of compact 800 to 900 square-foot layouts. And just like the rest of Catskill Farms’ houses, they boast a trademark blend of rustic charm and minimalist, contemporary design.

Tags: General Home & Garden

A Mid-Atlantic Glassblower Finds a Warm Hudson Valley Welcome

Niche Modern's New Head of Production Pierre Bowring Brings His Craft to Beacon
It was a long and winding road that brought Pierre Bowring to glassblowing—first as a hobby and then as a profession—and it would take few more switchbacks and detours before he finally landed in Newburgh last year with his printmaker and book artist wife, Jeanne didid, working as the new head of production for high-end lighting brand Niche Modern. In addition to preparing for his first child, in his spare time the glass blower is working on line of artisanal barware, which he sells through his online shops, a few choice retailers, and soon at local makers markets.

Tags: Design & Decor

(Pre)fabublous: Ingrained Building Concepts Specializes in Energy-Efficient Timber-Frame Homes

Twenty years after founding his own Hudson Valley-based contracting company, Jason Jones has grown it from smaller jobs to full-service custom home-building, projects and acclaim flowing his way. A perpetual student, he says it's the holistic approach to each project that's key to his success: Even, or especially, as the boss, you keep that toolbelt on.

Tags: General Home & Garden

The Elements of (Modernist) Style: The Flat Roof’s Lasting Impact on Contemporary Design

A flat roof is one of the most economical choices you can make when building your home—and you have the greats of modernist architecture, like Mies Van Der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright, to thank.

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The Talented Christin Ripley: A Master Ebru Marbler in Catskill

An Ancient Artisanal Textile Technique Finds a Home in the Hudson Valley
In a Catskills shop ans studio, a Cooper Union-trained mistress of the marvelous art of marbling is busy helping build the community as a maker's hub and re-inventing the pillow. "The artists were the original gentrifiers," she says. But Christin Ripley, proprietor of Hand Printed & Sewn Here and Christin Ripley Studios, looks more like a revitalizer thn a gentrifier from where we sit.

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Catbird Cottage: A Hudson Valley Farm-to-Table Airbnb Experience

Chef Melina Hammer and photographer Jim Lafferty have tapped into their talents to create a meal-centric, farm-to-table Airbnb experience.

Tags: House Profiles

4 Luxury Home Rentals to Fuel Your Hudson Valley Vacation Dreams

Looking for your next Hudson Valley getaway? Red Cottage Inc. is a local vacation home rental agency that specializes in Upstate houses that are a destination on their own.

Tags: Lodging

5 Questions to Ask Before Building Your Own Home

Jennifer and Pascal Smith Couti from Atlantic Custom Homes, the Hudson Valley and Connecticut's independent dealer of Lindal Cedar Homes, answer 5 questions they use to help their clients determine what they need when starting on a home-building process.

Tags: Home Improvement

Modern Family: Building a Shared Home to Meet Everyone's Needs

When Erik Schmidt and Sequoia Neiro decided to build a shared home, they spent time considering the needs of everyone who would live there—children and adults—and let the design grow out of that.

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New Paltz Art Studio at Unison ONLINE @ Unison

New Paltz Art Studio at Unison ONLINE

Mondays, 4-5:30 p.m. and Tuesdays, 4:30-5:45 p.m. Continues through July 7 — NEW PALTZ ART STUDIO AT UNISON ONLINE • 8 WEEKS Monday classes...
Virtual Story Hours at Hudson Area Library @ Hudson Area Library

Virtual Story Hours at Hudson Area Library

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 10-11 a.m. and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Continues through June 27 — While the library building is closed to the public, we are still...

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