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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.

Explore Wethersfield Estate and Gardens

Explore Wethersfield Estate and Gardens

It could be one of Dutchess County’s best kept secrets. The Wethersfield Estate and Gardens is off the beaten path — well, gravel road — near the village of Amenia. Just the right amount of privacy and bucolic splendor make it the perfect getaway for an early 20th century industrialist, particularly one who enjoyed horse riding and generally communing with glorious nature.

House blessing practices throughout the ages

House blessing practices throughout the ages

Buildings, like people, come with psychological baggage, which tends to accumulate over time. One need not believe in ghosts in a literal sense to appreciate the idea that the strong emotions expressed in a space – and especially any dire deeds committed there – might leave a lingering psychic impression, perceptible to sensitive types. Your living space may not be haunted by malevolent spirits, but if you feel “stuck” there in some way, you might, perhaps, be trying to move through someone else’s pile of clutter besides your own – as if your own weren’t enough, right? Exorcism is probably not warranted, but a periodic house-cleansing ritual might make you feel somewhat better.

Remember your password with a poem

Remember your password with a poem

Another day, another massive data leak. Someone with bad intentions now has access to one or more of your online accounts. You should change your password. Why not make this perennial inconvenience of modern life an opportunity for committing a few edifying lines of verse to memory?