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Program works with homeowners to promote pollinator-friendly planting

Program works with homeowners to promote pollinator-friendly planting

The Woodstock Pollinator Pathway is currently working with 52 homeowners and properties around town. “We help people find the right plant hosts,” said Ellie Reese of the Woodstock Land Conservancy. “For caterpillars, say, only milkweed will host a Monarch butterfly. We’re stressing the need for much more than just nectar plants.”

Heat pumps are ready for their day

Heat pumps are ready for their day

Heat pumps can keep a home warm and cool, run on electricity and are extremely efficient. As such, they have been embraced by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Winterize your house, winterize your mind

Winterize your house, winterize your mind

Winter is approaching here in the Hudson Valley. You must prepare your wardrobe, your furnace, your insulation – but also your mind. Others can help with the first three areas, but I am an expert on the fourth. Follow these 14 easy steps for mental winter preparation:

Hudson Valley designers show how far wallpaper has come

Hudson Valley designers show how far wallpaper has come

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.