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.

 

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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Indian Ridge Campground For Sale

Indian Ridge Campground goes on the market for $829K.

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Port of Call: Catskill Point Marina and Restaurant For Sale

Catskill Point Marina and Restaurant goes up for sale.

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Staycation at Buttermilk Falls: The Ultimate Antidote to Winter Blues

Sitting on banks of the Hudson River, Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa in Milton offers many attractions in one place.

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Artist Kelli Bickman's Vibrant Live/Work/Gallery Space in Saugerties

Reappropriating the three stories of a former Odd Fellows Temple, artist Kelli Bickman has created a vibrant live/work/gallery space.

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Deck Out Your Digs at These 9 Hudson Valley Home Goods Stores

A roundup of Hudson Valley home goods stores at a range price points, just in time for your spring refresh.

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6 Hudson Valley Resort Projects Under Development

While going to battle with town councils and local residents make large-scale development projects a length, arduous process, several Hudson Valley resort plans are moving forward in 2019. Here are five resortsto watch.

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Dope Design: The Emerging Dispensary Design Sector

Tomorrow's Marijuana Dispensaries are a Far Cry from Yesterday's Head Shops
Sleek medi-spa or shaggy stoner’s den? Chain pharmacy or psychedelic head shop? With the decriminalization of marijuana sweeping the Northeast, dispensaries are bound to be cropping up all over the place. And proprietors and interior designers are mapping out new territory in this emerging design sector. Since 2016, when medical marijuana became legal in New York, the state has been seen as “unusually restrictive,” according to The New York Times. The conditions qualifying users for medical permission number only 12. At this point, there are some 21 active dispensaries in the state. But that’s all about to change. The number of states that allow marijuana use is poised to go up in 2019 thanks in part to pro-legalization wins in the 2018 midterm elections. Among these most-likely-to states, according to Forbes, is New York, where Governor Andrew Cuomo went from calling pot a “gateway drug” to making pro-cannabis moves like creating a task force drafting legal cannabis legislation for 2019 and releasing a Health Department report that estimated legal marijuana sales of between $248.1 million and $677.7 million in revenues for the state in the first year (depending on tax and usage rates). The Governor called the end of marijuana prohibition one of his priorities for 2019. Herbal Remedy Once changes in the law take effect, opportunities will open for designers familiar with the regulations and strictures governing dispensary design. One of these is interior designer William Caligari, whose eponymous firm located in Great Barrington has worked on many residences, the Canyon Ranch spas in Lenox and Tucson, Arizona, and on Berkshire Roots, the first medical marijuana dispensary in the Berkshire County city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. In the space—a former bowling alley, auto body shop, and Salvation Army store—Caligari wanted to create a feel that was less boutique and more Berkshires. That involved bringing in an outdoorsy vibe with soft green hues reminiscent of moss and trees, grass-style carpet, and sunset-orange chairs. “Our intent was to bring authenticity to the interior by drawing from the natural features of our region, as a means of promoting authenticity and professionalism in the business,” Caligari says. “An over-designed facility would have been out of place, out of scale, and not in keeping with the community’s identity as a working city.” Some of the dispensaries he researched were “a little flashy and super expensive to build out.” As with many retail projects, function was primary for Caligari. “Once we understand the functional needs and the budget, we gain an understanding of the aesthetic direction and build a concept,” he says. “In a commercial setting, everything needs to support the product and the brand; the public perception should be about the brand and the product, not an unrelated, cool interior design element.” He also considers traffic flow and durability of materials. Caligari used indigenous fieldstone. He combined that with painted shiplap walls, natural pine planks, and soft warm light (a perfect 2800 Kelvin). “The moss art elements are meant to convey the Berkshire landscape and the Berkshire hills, as well as the product,” he says. “It’s all totally relevant to the region.” That includes the parts of New England that were heavily industrial in the past. “I’ve always been enamored with the 19th-century brick mill buildings. My grandmother worked in one,” he says. “That’s where the design’s steel comes from, with the exposed Phillips head screws.” From Stoner Vibes to Professional Chic In some cases, a first-hand knowledge of the product is helpful to a designer. The aptly named Megan Stone was a legal medical marijuana user in 2006-7 when she was studying interior design in Southern California. She frequented a dispensary and she was offered a job in sales. “Within a matter of a couple shifts as a budtender and interacting both with the product and the clientele, it changed my entire perspective about who really uses cannabis and what it does, especially for people who are truly sick,” she says. “It was about changing perceptions.” The store’s owner let the budding designer and bud-ista do some store renovations. “I saw first-hand the impact that our attention to the environment had for customers,” she says. “It can feel so much more respected and it brought some integrity to this experience that people weren't finding anywhere else. That's when the light bulb went off and I was like ‘I want to design these sorts of businesses.’” The mustiness associated with this sector added to its appeal. “There's nothing in the world that needs a makeover more than cannabis,” she says. Instead of an atmosphere aimed at the “typical stoner,” she says she wanted one that was more professional. Seeing an underserved market in a growing industry, she started The High Road Design Studio in Tempe, Arizona, which has designed dispensaries in 10 states, and, soon [March], will became the proprietor of Royal Highness, a dispensary in Palm Desert, California. “Some of our best work has come from those states that had the most restrictive cannabis laws,” she says, “because that's really where the work is to be done as far as putting a new look on this industry and re-introducing this product into society as medicine and as a public health-positive instead of a drug for the stoners.” Is there enough work for designers to specialize in cannabis dispensary design? Even after legalization occurs, there’s a lag time. “Once a state passes a law, it takes some time before we as designers begin to see the work of it,” Stone says. “There's typically a rule-writing period and as people understand the rules, they have to go out and secure real estate locations and go through the application process for a license.” That’s the point at which she has usually been approached as a designer. Brand-Driven Design As with any retail environment, it’s all about the brand. When it comes to medical marijuana, it’s also about the law. “First and foremost, we have to start with the regulations of the market that the client is in,” Stone says. “Every state has them and even inside of the state, it can be very different from city to city as far as who can shop your store.” Restrictions vary widely. For example, Texas has a very restrictive medical marijuana program. Stone explains, “the three people who have licenses to have cannabis must be vertically integrated, meaning you must grow, manufacture, process, and sell the product.” Points of entry should be secure yet welcoming. There are “shrinkage” and employee theft to be dealt with, and labelling and education affect displays. The conditions that qualify users for medical marijuana also affect design choices, Stone says. Texas, for example, only allows medical pot (and only in the form of CBD oil) for intractable epilepsy. “So, for the near future, nobody is walking into my client's dispensary that doesn't suffer from epileptic seizures,” Stone says. “That right there dictates a lot about the environment we create. Compare that to a state like Arizona where you have medical cannabis, but there are about 90 licenses, so there's a decently robust program.” A common qualifying condition such as chronic pain usually spikes the number of qualified card carrying patients in the state. Therefore, the store might feel “more recreational” because it is designed for a larger segment of the population. “Zoning regulations around where you can put a dispensary are enormously crippling to what you can ultimately build,” she says. “It's very hard to make a very welcoming, beautiful upscale boutique if your city or county is forcing you to be zoned into an industrial area town.” “Our design focuses on telling the brand's story,” Stone says. “We really appreciate working with clients who have a strong vision, a strong direction, and are somewhat of a owner/operated entity because we really do an awesome job of finding what makes people authentic and special and creating that into a really inviting, exciting, comfortable, efficient environment so that can take many shapes depending on who that client is and how they inspire us.” With brick-and-mortar stores and malls closing nationwide, Stone says that cannabis, despite being such a specialized and niche market, is “something new in the retail landscape for people to get excited about.” ...

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Make, Thrift, Mend Founder Katrina Rodabaugh's Germantown Homestead

Seamstress, designer, and slow fashion-ista Katrina Rodabaugh tackles the renovation of a vintage Germantown farmhouse with the same creativity and craftiness she does her textile work.

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Element Interiors Founder Builds His Modernist Opus in Olivebridge

Designer Leslie Stephenson brings out the natural beauty of surroundings with his modernist designs. Moving to and designing in the Hudson Valley is the "cherry on the top" of this designer and builder's career.

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The Women Behind Catskill Farms

Meet Amanda Krupunich and Breanna Rodriguez: Sullivan County natives, Fashion Institute of Technology grads, millennials, best friends, and the engine that drives Catskill Farms.

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Tips for Designing the Perfect Outdoor Living Space

Andy Guattery, General Manager at Michael's Appliance Center in Middletown, offers advice for designing

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Villa Vosilla Boutique Resort in Tannersville

A Cozy Basecamp for Your Next Hunter Mountain Adventure
Just minutes from the foot of Hunter Mountain, Villa Vosilla offers a world of comfort and fun unto itself. With a full spa, gym, and game rooms galore unwind after a long week of work or a highly focused day on the slopes.

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Designer Francis Rick Gillette's Ever-Evolving Hudson Loft

Gallerist, interior designer, and all-around aesthete Francis Rick Gilllette is a devotee of lasting beauty and constant reinvention. That dynamic tension is on display at his ever-changing live/work loft in Hudson.

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4 Places to Apply for Affordable Artist Housing in the Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley there are several buildings and organizations dedicated to creating artistic communities and providing creatives with live/work lofts at below-market rents. Here are four places accepting applications for affordable artist housing.

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Fabric-ator: 5 Upstate Textile Makers

A Local Source for Everything from Rugs to Tablerunners
o keep you snuggled up and happy all year long, we've rounded up 5 textile companies based in the Hudson Valley that sell everything from napkins to bedding to rugs in lush fabrics that far exceed our comfort quota.

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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Rug

Narrowsburg-Based Rug Designer Liza Phillips Gives the Dirt on Rugs
Sullivan County-based luxury rug designer Liza Phillips offers 5 nuggets of wisdom on how to pick the right rug to tie together your space.

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Rock & Roll Sanctuary: The Woodstock Home of Celebrity Photographer David McGough

Paparrazo David McGough documented rock n roll's coming of age in America. Now his Woodstock home is a shrine to art, music, and memorabilia.

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8 Holiday Gift Picks from Hudson Valley Shopkeepers

Home Goods for Homebodies
The owners of 8 home goods boutiques in the Hudson Valley share their favorite gifts for the 2018 holiday season.

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