This holiday season is shaping up to be unlike any that we’ve experienced. Though there may be difficulties aplenty, try not to let them dim our festive spirits. Instead, let’s view our challenges as an opportunity to support and uplift our neighbors and communities.
Today, ask residents what they love most about the Hudson Valley and you’ll receive myriad responses, many of which center around the same ideals as the aforementioned artists: the parks and outdoor recreation, the views of the Catskills from the Hudson, the strong arts and culture presence, rolling pastures that yield farm-to-table cuisine unlike anywhere else—and then reapply the same responses under an autumnal lens.
Spring became summer and as case numbers bobbed along, vacation plans withered. But gardens sprung up, as more homeowners took to fixing their landscapes and outdoor spaces. The mindset became, “If we can’t fly away on vacation, how can we bring that getaway feeling to our home?” Front porches received a fresh coat of paint and a hanging basket or two, while backyard living rooms became an alfresco extension of the home, featuring hardscaped patios with comfortable seating made for socially distant conversation, plus cozy firepits, sleek wetbars, and more. Water features, like garden ponds, waterfalls, or even large-scale babbling brooks further established the summer oasis setting.
Disregard old memories of what wallpaper used to be—those shabby chic floral patterns and shades of dusky rose striping. To the delight of interior designers, who have been nudging clients to be more open minded, wallpaper has made a comeback in the design world, and it’s no longer just for historic B&Bs or formal dining rooms. From mural papers that fill an accent wall with a breathtaking vista, to contemporary patterns like palm fronds, modernized toile, or bold-hued illustrations, homeowners are welcoming a change from solid painted rooms.