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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4 Rental-by-Owner Properties to Obsess Over Before Your Next Vacation

While there’s a wealth of sites to choose from when starting your hunt, the folks at New York Rental by Owner Vacation Rentals are advocates for the model that lets you rent a space—as their name implies—directly from the owner, ensuring fair pricing (no traveler fees), strong communication between property owners, and transparency from the moment a trip is booked.

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FineHome Source: A Gathering for Discerning Tastes

Looking to build your dream kitchen? Does your home need an appliance upgrade? Maybe it’s been years since you indulged in new furniture. Whether you desire to remodel, repair or upgrade your home, you’ll find vendors to talk to at the FineHome Source—An Exceptional Home Show that takes place on September 28, from 10-5 pm at the Millbrook Bandshell in Millbrook. “It’s a great place to bring together people we like to work with, so you can go to one place and meet people who design mechanical systems, home elevators, custom furniture, appliances and more,” says Jimmy Crisp, founder of the FineHome Source show and owner and principal architect of Crisp Architects in Millbrook. Since founding the show 12 years ago, Crisp said the amount of exhibitors and vendors have doubled. “You won’t find shammys for your car at this type of home show, but you will find things that go into a fine home,” he says. “We have new vendors this year, including one that makes padded fireplace benches and they are sold all over the world. And we have a water garden vendor who can make beautiful koi ponds in your backyard.” Nothing says fine home like an incredible work of art hanging on the wall and The 2019 FineHome Source show will feature a Plein Air Art Event & Auction.  There will be exhibitions and demonstrations throughout the day and food vendors offering locally made ice cream and wine made by local vineyards. Don’t miss the wine and cheese tastings! The show is free to attend, but a $2 suggested donation will benefit The Millbrook Rotary Shelter Box program. “The Shelter Box comes with a tent, cooking materials and blankets for a family to live in, sometimes for weeks, after a disaster,” said Crisp. “The high school group Interact will be there to explain the program.” For more information, visit FineHome Source's website. ...

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Tent, Deconstructed: Math and Nature Redefining an 'Open House'

Making a Home Between the Amazing, Sublime, and Domestic Space
Inspired by geometry and nature, two architects redefine the concept of “open house.”

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Unearthing Seed Secrets: An Excerpt from Amy Goldman Fowler's 'Melon'

In her latest book, writer, gardener, and seed saving activist Amy Goldman Fowler shares the tips for growing, picking, and eating melons.

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Enlightened Landscaping

Tips and tricks to make your landscape beautiful and eco-friendly all year round.
John Messerschmidt, owner of Hudson Valley Native Landscaping based in High Falls, shares tips and tricks to make your landscape beautiful all year round.

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Roommates: The Evolution of Retirement

Continuing care retirement community, Woodland Pond at New Paltz, offers a share program amongst friends.

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Trying to Make Your House Perfect For The Holidays? You Might Want to Start Now

Understanding Way Interiors Design's Timeline to a Stress-Free Home Transformation
As summer winds down and department stores are barely even pulling out Halloween decorations, you might roll your eyes at the thought of preparing anything for the Holiday season already. But, when it comes to your home, and the decision to make thoughtful design choices in time for that joyful (if-stressful) time of year, it’s actually exactly the right time to make moves. Wendy Racer of Way Interiors Design advises folks looking to transform a space (or a whole floor) to begin the process in the late summer, to leave the necessary time for your designer to give you the look that matches your aesthetics, budget, and lifestyle. "There is a specific timeframe that a lot of clients don't think about and don't know about—because why would you?” Racer says. “Christmas is far away in everybody else's mind. Except the stores are preparing, which means we need to prepare.” And she strives to make the most out of that time; Racer’s firm has a 15-step process that she swears by to make sure her clients can get everything they want without any of the extreme home make-over stress. "We start with the initial consultation and then we sit down and go through exactly what the rooms are that you need, every single thing that you're getting rid of and what you're keeping, and then what your style is, what your budget is," Racer says. "And we go over all those little things in our initial consultations." By the time the presentation is finished—which transparently outlines pricing, contractors, furniture, fixtures, and just about anything else that will go in the space—you’re already well on your way into the fall and Wendy is hard at work collecting the pieces of your future home. "I present to my clients a 100 percent complete project, based off of what we've talked about. So, say it's one room or say it's the entire floor: I give them a completely finished presentation,” Racer says. “So that's the fabric on the sofa. That is the flooring, if there's flooring that needs to be changed, and that's the lighting. But that can also mean a 10 to 12 week lead-time for a sofa, especially a custom sofa, and everything else I'm holding back on until I need to order them. And a lot of people think that things don't take this long.” Part of the appeal of this structured timeline and complete installation is the chance to have an exciting, but stress-free “HGTV reveal” moment with a client. After all, it can be incredibly nerve-wracking to see new pieces slowly make their way into your home without having all the other materials assembled—it’s like having only a few pieces of an intricate puzzle. “When you get it all piece by piece, you can't see the full picture. It's like a thousand times more stressful,” Racer says. “When you wait for everything, it's all put together and it's just done for you. And you can walk through the space and say ‘Oh, I get it now. I was contemplating this, I wasn't sure, but now I see it. Now it's here and this is perfect.’” Interested in transforming your home before the holidays? Reach out to Way Interiors Design for more information. ...

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The Hudson Company Provides A Hands-On Approach to Creating Your Dream Space

Closing the gap between your dream space and reality is just one of the obvious benefits of working with a locally-owned business like The Hudson Company— knowing that someone as committed to your project as you are will be with you every step of the way.

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At the Heart of the Universe

Inside The Family Home of a Musician and a Daoist Priest
A peak inside the handbuilt home and temple of a musician and a Daoist priest and their thoughts on building a creative, spiritual space.

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The Mountain Top Arboretum Provides Sanctuary for Native Trees and Plants

In Tannersville, Mountain Top Arboretum offers a safe-haven for native flora and its admirers.

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The Gardens at Rhinebeck’s Development Readies for Its Grand Finale

For years, Rhinebeck has been an alluring community for residents and tourists alike. It’s home to such attractions as the Poets Walk, Burger Hill Park, Ferncliff Forest, the Wilderstein Historic Site, the historic Beekman Arms and Delamater Inn, antique marketplaces, art galleries, an independent theater and bookstore, incredible eateries and many mom-and-pop shops. Because of its growth in popularity with those who want to call this quaint town ‘home sweet home,’ there has been an urgent need for newly constructed housing. Answering the call is The Gardens at Rhinebeck, which is now in its third, and final, phase of development. “It’s a bittersweet feeling,” Gardens at Rhinebeck Developer David Silver says. “Our company has put 100 percent of its efforts into this project for the past nine years. We are so proud of the product that we have created, and the owners are thrilled with their purchases, making it easier to wind down.” There’s still time to purchase a unit of your own. This final phase of The Gardens at Rhinebeck consists of 28 condominiums (of 76 built in total), including seven three-bedroom units. “This community offers an opportunity for people to downsize or age-in-place conveniently,” Silver says. “It allows long-time residents to stay in the area and enjoy homes that have been designed and built for comfort and easy living. But most of the available units have sold out very quickly.” The Gardens at Rhinebeck condominiums include solid-wood kitchens with high-end appliances, and many other custom options to pick from. “The homes are built with energy-conserving ZIP System construction sheeting and open cell spray foam insulation that keep energy costs down,” Silver says. They also include gas-fired tankless hydronic Noritz boilers which provide instant flow of hot water on demand, CAT 6 wiring for smart devices, a residential interior sprinkler system, Hardi plank low-maintenance clapboard siding, propane heating, underground utilities and municipal water and sewer. Life at The Gardens at Rhinebeck includes the use of a clubhouse, fitness center, pool and tennis courts, as well as large paver patios for each unit. “Your low maintenance fees cover landscaping, snow removal, garbage pickup, building insurance, exterior maintenance and amenities,” Silver says. Built less than a mile walking distance from Rhinebeck Village, the units range in price from $575,000 to $660,000. For more information, visit their website....

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History with Modern Flair: Gorgeous Uptown Kingston Victorian for Sale

Who wouldn’t want to own a piece of Uptown Kingston history? This 1850 Victorian combines the grand, historic details of the past and tasteful modern amenities to make an ideal space for history buffs that still love their creature comforts. Located right on Fair Street and close to everything the area has to offer, the Boice House is the former home of Hewitt Boice, the owner of the quarry that provided the material for the Brooklyn Bridge. The street itself also features the Boice’s original hitching post and mounting block. “You won’t believe you’re right in Uptown Kingston, walking distance to the farmers market and award winning restaurants,” says Alexis Li, Associate Real Estate Broker at Halter Associates Realty. “This unrivaled home is unlike anything you will find within Kington city limits.” In 4,464 square feet, this turn-key five bedroom, three bathroom home features four living levels with large light-filled spaces, original plaster walls, and high ceilings. There’s also two kitchens, five original fireplaces, and an insulated attic playroom—complete with curved pine walls, projection screen, monkey bars, and windows that guarantee lots of natural light. Finishing details include Greek revival moldings, hand carved wood railings, wainscoting, and posts throughout, a huge stained glass window, and newly sanded and oiled original wide quartersawn oak floors. Still, each historic call-out to the past still manages to work in tandem with the modern features including lighting fixtures, heated floors, and a free-standing Jotul gas stove. The updated bathrooms also include a jacuzzi tub and open showers. If you’re in the market for a separate living space for guests or family (or the chance to have some extra income by renting a space out) this house also has a finished 1,088-square-foot basement apartment with its own entrance. The apartment also boasts a modern kitchen, polished concrete floors, and open layout, fireplace, and modern full bath. If you have a green thumb or just love to entertain outdoors, you will fall in love with the enormous garden, the soothing swimming pond, and outdoor courtyard area (made with original Kingston Brick). “The current owners renovated a new cedar-sided addition which overlooks the garden and outdoor entertaining area,” Li says. “It’s just heavenly. French doors from the chef’s kitchen lead to a new blue stone patio. The outdoor amenities are unbelievable, especially for an in-town location! The fully-fenced garden sanctuary is complete with a free-standing sauna house, swimming pond, studio, in-ground trampoline, cedar outdoor shower, and cedar built-in banquet surrounding a bonfire. We’re really excited to present this new listing!” If you're thinking 110 Fair Street might be your dream home, check out the listing and reach out to Alexis Li....

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Farmhouse In Shades of Blue

Though he’s made a career behind the scenes, Barrie Blue reveals himself at home in his historic converted barn in High Falls.

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Community Gardens Help Neighbors Grow Together

A look at the various community gardening initiatives in the Hudson Valley.

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A Victorian Abloom in Rhinebeck

Interior designer Marla Walker refreshes a historical Victorian in Rhinebeck with her distinctive flair and love of wallpaper.

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The Horticultural Legacy of Master Gardener Beatrix Farrand

A celebration of the horticultural legacy of pioneering master gardener Beatrix Farrand.

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Ride On! Pine Ridge Dude Ranch in Kerhonkson Thrives

If you're looking for a fantastic staycation with an authentic Hudson Valley flavor, look no further than the Pine Ridge Dude Ranch in Kerhonkson.

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WNYC Radio Host Alison Stewart Finds Inspiration in Her Woodstock Cabin

WNYC radio host Alison Stewart takes a circuitous route to finding her dream home.

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An Excerpt from the New Edition of Margaret Roach's Away to Garden

Making Mosaics (Underplanting)
An excerpt from Margaret Roach's recently updated hands-on primer A Way to Garden.

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West End Lofts in Beacon, NY: A Hub for Artists

Already a flourishing center for creatives, Beacon will soon up the ante with a brand-new, affordable housing development devoted almost entirely to the arts.

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Deer Mountain Inn: A Relaxed Yet Refined Refuge in the Catskills

Since the Deer Mountain Inn property in Hunter was purchased in 2013 by Charles and Deborah Royce it has experienced a quiet but total revival. The inn is fully booked nearly every weekend of the year by out-of-towners in search of a peaceful refuge, camaraderie, comfort, and life’s finer things.

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A Bright Idea: Niche’s Spring Factory Lighting Sale

Head to Beacon April 27-28 for this Blowout Lighting Sale
The makers at Niche in Beacon spend their days meticulously crafting hand-blown glass lighting in a range of sleek, fluid pendant shapes, and mesmeric gem tones that reimagine the interaction between light, color, and glass. These dynamic, functional art pieces have become a favorite of high-end designers for their bold and luminous charm. Devoted fans of Niche know that each spring and fall, the lighting gurus host their semi-annual Factory Sale. Next weekend, April 27 through 28, you can immerse yourself in the gleaming glass beauty, watch the artisans in action with live glass-blowing demonstrations, and pick up something transformative for your own space at a whopping 50 to 80 percent off. “I’ve worked here for years and I still get amazed by the sight of it all,” says says Niche Marketing Manager Britney Malave."It’s unlike anything else. We have extremely high standards and each piece that goes out in an order must be as close to perfect as possible—and of course, when you make anything by hand, not every piece comes out that way. At the Factory Sale, you might find a pendant with an air bubble or two, but if you love handmade products, the right little bubble can give it its own personality.” Niche founder and CEO Jeremy Pyles designed his first glass pendant shade in 2003 when he needed just the right light for his East Village homeware store. Pyles takes great joy in being part of the Beacon arts community and welcomes the public in twice a year for a behind-the-scenes look at their glass-blowing studio. “It’s like a Willy Wonka experience—a glimpse inside our glass-blowing factory doesn't happen very often, but when it does, everyone enjoys it,” Malave says. Head over to the renovated century-old foundry and world-class Hudson Valley makerspace to learn more about glass-blowing and take home your very own piece of Niche. Learn more about the Spring Factory Sale. Niche Spring Factory Sale 310 Fishkill Avenue, Unit 11, Beacon, NY Saturday, April 27, 9am-4pm Sunday, April 28, 10am-2pm ...

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Spillian Hosts the 5th Annual Trout Tales Event April 26-28

Since buying the 5,000-square-foot Guilded Age mansion, which was once part of a summer compound for the Fleischmanns Yeast family, Leigh Melander and Mark Somerfield have transformed the property into a luxurious destination for revelry. This April they host the 5th annual Trout Tales event, a celebration of Catskills history, fly fishing, and cuisine.

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Robin Rice's Live/Work Loft in Beacon

Photographer, gallerist, chef, world traveler, and budding DJ Robin Rice has found a home for herself and her art in one of the 200 renovated spaces in The Lofts at Beacon.

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A Contemporary Catskill Ranch for Sale

A 1975 five-bedroom home for sale in the heart of the Catskills.

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Luxury Accommodations + Adorable Animals at The Gray Barn

Woodstock Animal Sanctuary's New Boutique Chic Five-Room Inn
Want to plan a weekend getaway to enjoy some adorable farm animals, while eating clean vegan cuisine, and reveling in luxury accommodations? Head to the Woodstock Animal Sanctuary in High Falls for a weekend retreat at the newly built Gray Barn.

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Chronicles of a Life:  The Art of Sergio Castillo @ Rockland Center for the Arts

Chronicles of a Life: The Art of Sergio Castillo

Sept. 7-29 — The works of Sergio Castillo, from Rockland’s Living Museum, chronicling his life...
Route 66:  Outside In @ Rockland Center for the Arts

Route 66: Outside In

Sept. 7-29 — Route 66: Outside In presents photography of time erased and nature’s erosion...

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