Design Hudson showcases upscale Upstate living

The second annual Design Hudson festival returns May 24 through 26, spotlighting the architecture, home furnishings, food, art, fashion, creative resources, flair and talent of the Hudson community. An Opening Night Party beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 24 launches the event with a visit to the historic and seldom-open Oliver Bronson House, where the historical architecture will be juxtaposed with contemporary furniture, art and home decor created by Hudson businesses and artisans. Music and drinks are included in the $50 admission fee.

On Saturday and Sunday, go at your own pace on a self-guided tour of the Bronson House and other architecturally significant Hudson homes, each with a room that showcases the work of a local designer. Tickets for the Designer Showcase Home Tours cost $20.

On Saturday at 2 p.m., Hudson Hall at 327 Warren Street will host “I Live in a Painting: The Power of Place,” a panel discussion around the theme of the New Hudson River School and the influences of color, landscape and time. The panel will include representatives from the Olana State Historic Site, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and artists from Hudson Hall’s concurrent exhibition “Hudson Athens Lights.” Admission is free.


From 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sawkille Spring will host an Open House celebrating the opening of their newly expanded showroom in Rhinebeck. On Saturday night, businesses along Warren Street and beyond will be hosting special events in their spaces to highlight their unique collections of furniture, art, fashion, scents and more. Hudson’s vibrant historic district contains more than 50 antique dealers, 30 art galleries, 25 home furnishing stores, 25 fashion stores, 40 restaurants, bars, music venues and performance spaces, so “Inspiration on Every Block” is promised to the visitor.

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Design Hudson
Friday-Sunday, May 24-26
Various venues, Hudson