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Well-Spent: The Home and Body Edition 


As those March winds blow, refresh your shelters—home and body—with these seasonal finds. Stay inside under cover of a cozy lambswool duvet. Give the couch a new pillow, the wall a new mirror, the dog a new bed, and the birds a new house. Book a massage that transports you to a blissful meadow in Nirvana, New York. We've got your cure for cabin fever, and it's all from local shops, designers, and makers. Take that, groundhog.

Lighten Up

Lighten your space—and mood—with Suspended Dice Lamps by Milne, Inc., on the Rondout in Kingston. The giant dice were a local vintage discovery repurposed by Milne. Canted up on dark metal shafts, they appear to be caught in midtoss. The lamps stand three feet high and are topped with linen lampshades: Without the dice, they'd dress up any interior; with the dice, they're a witty visual pun. $675/pair. Milneinc.com

Sit Back and Relax

Stare those trees into budding if you want, but you might as well stare at a pillow. Just make it a handblock printed pillow by Accord-based Materia Designs. Made of sustainably woven Belgian linen, these are printed with subtly striking graphic designs using custom-mixed inks. At 20 inches square and filled with down inserts, they're like comfy art. Available at the studio by appointment until May, when the new showroom opens. $265 to $365. Materiadesigns.com

Contemplate Your Pretty Self

Nectar in High Falls is a festive emporium of global furnishings and treats that changes by the container shipment. Just arrived: a bountiful cache of droll, handsome mirrors framed in reclaimed wood and made in India. They come in all shapes and sizes, from miniature temple windows to glorious sun rays. Add one (or five) to a room and instantly lift the space. Small, $28 to $42; large, $200 to $950. Shopnectar.com

Eat More Noodles

Serve your weekend guests their soup (or pasta) in these bold, colorful ceramic noodle bowls from China, and they'll smile. The traditional pedestal shapes are adorned with geometric patterns in shades like daffodil yellow and rose red, or alphabets of snappy black letters. From Lounge Home Furnishings in Kingston. Available by the bowl ($16), or in sets of four or eight ($63 to $125). Loungefurniture.com

Bask in the Glow

Warm up the atmosphere with paraffin candles that bring a dose of Downton Abbey to our woods. At 10" high and in six dignified colors like butterscotch and caramel, they come a dozen to a box, which should last you until the sun comes back out. From Rural Residence in Hudson, a well-curated treat of a store (Hepplewhite, silver, taxidermy, gentleman's apothecary). Ruralresidence.com

Comfort the Dog

Give Fido a soft place to dream of chasing rabbits with a canvas dog bed by Utility Canvas of Gardiner. The 34" square is made of durable, enzyme-washed cotton canvas and dyed rich tones, like leaf green and tulip red, with smartly contrasting zipper closures. No dog in your life? Too bad, but these double as great floor pillows. Utility canvas makes functional and attractive soft goods and clothing. Dog bed covers, $146. Inserts sold separately, $35. Utilitycanvas.com

Bag a Plastic Deer

Nothing banishes those cold weather blahs quite like a neon-bright plastic deer's head on the wall. From Dream in Plastic in Beacon, these Urban Taxidermy Deer are cruelty-free trophy bucks, backed with powerful mineral magnets and keyholes for hanging. Stick them anywhere for the ultimate joke on rustic chic. Available in hot pink, right blue, neon green, gold, and yellow, they're big enough to hold your bulky winter coats. $12.99. Dreaminplastic.com

Have a Drink

Who needs ice anyway? You won't even miss the stuff when you've got these clever soapstone cubes. Stick these Sparq Whiskey Rocks in the freezer for a few hours and then plop in your drink to keep it cool for hours. Plus, you get to pretend you're dropping stones into your friend's glass. From Germantown Variety in, yup, Germantown, where everything's made in the USA. Germantownvariety.com

Sleep In

Spring may be just around the corner, but on those chilly mornings it still feels miles away. Stay in bed without the guilt under a chemical-free, pure virgin lambs- wool duvet. The optional organic sateen cotton cover is velvety soft; the wool is warm in winter, cool in summer, and naturally resistant to dust mites, mold, and mildew. There are cotton duvets as well. Available at New Baby New Paltz, these Vermont-made luxuries come in sizes from toddler to California King. The covers come in endless prints and colors. $133 and up. Newbabynewpaltz.com

Be Kind to Living Things

Those birds are just as cranky as you are, they just hide it better. Cheer them up with a spiffy new handmade birdhouse. Slab-built of a special grade of porcelain, they come glazed in saturated shades like dark orange, tangerine, turquoise, and lime green. This a pure Catskill town product: crafted by L & M studio and available at Lovely, and they make great shelters for wrens. With two sections, they're easy to clean. Matching porcelain planters come in small and large—white on the outside, colored on the inside. $100 and up. Lovelycatskill.com


Fight those long winter blahs with some top-notch pampering and healing, and turn that tired bod the living, breathing embodiment of the new season.

At Village Apothecary in Saugerties, Woodstock, and Lake Katrine, a quintet of salves by L. Naturals includes local plants like white pine and birch, joined by curatives like eucalyptus, St. John's wort, calendula, and comfrey. Herbalist Lauren Raba uses unrefined shea butter and essential oils and keeps them free of parabens and synthetics. Not only do they smell good, but they also do the body good. $17.99 per 2 ounce glass jar. Villageapothecaryrx.com

The increasingly precious commodity known as local honey has made its way into scrumptious body products by the Phoenicia Honey Co., available right on the town's Main Street at Tender Land Home. Bask in the fragrant goodness of a bergamot and lavender infused bath soak, then invigorate your skin into a happy frenzy with a brisk, sweet sugar scrub. Locally sourced and crafted in small batches, these are decadent elixirs. $15. Tenderlandhome.com

A lifetime's worth of education and training has gone into the healing practice of Dr. Andrew Colyer, DC, CSCS, DAAPM, FIAMA, PAK­—and his list of loyal and grateful clients is just as long. At his Red Hook-based Advanced Health and Wellness, mind and body are tended to with subtle precision, using methods from kinesiology to Japanese Onnetsu infrared therapy to chiropractic to nutrition and homeopathy. One-hour initial appointment, $160. Drandrewcolyer.com

Experience a traditional Ayurvedic massage ritual right in Mount Tremper at the Emerson Spa. In addition to a whole range of massages, the spa offers a soothing Indian head massage; Shirodhara—third eye pour with warm infused oil; a detoxifying Bindi herbal body treatment; and a combination Ayurvedic massage called Nirvana—after which you'll probably want someone else to drive you home. $60 to $245. Emersonresort.net

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