Best of Hudson Valley: Home & Garden

Scroll down for Readers’ Picks or click hereHome Décor ShopHammertown, RhinebeckA lifestyle store with multiple Valley locations, Hammertown focuses on cultivating a home environment you’ll love to live in. Refined furniture, organic surfaces, delicate glassware, natural bath soaps, and so much more stock the space here, but what puts the shop head and shoulders above the rest are their design services, catering to a “modern country” perspective and detail-oriented down to the finishing touches.845.876.1450;
Garden ShopVictoria Gardens Landscaping and Nursery, RosendaleSpecializing in shade and deer-resistant plantings, with an emphasis on hard-to-find specimens like hellebore and Japanese forest grass, this gardener’s paradise welcomes both green thumbs and newbies. Nursery plants are grouped to mimic actual gardens (hello, inspiration), and the stock is constantly refreshed to supply the landscaping division. A gift shop stays open through the holidays, offering pottery, garden ornaments, trellises, and cool indoor-outdoor recycled rugs.845.658.9007;
Lumber StoreWilliams Lumber and Home Centers, Rhinebeck , Hyde Park, High Falls, Hopewell Junction, Hudson, Red Hook, Pleasant Valley, TannersvilleEscape the aisles of a big-box store and head to this independent with branches across four counties (Dutchess, Ulster, Greene, and Columbia). The enormous flagship location in Rhinebeck is known for its breadth of lumber and building materials like shiplap, kiln-dried spruce, and Douglas fir, not to mention interesting moldings and green building products. If you’re looking for the perfect shade of paint for your purchase, head to the Hyde Park location, where you can munch on free popcorn while you play with their color-matching paint machine.845.876.WOOD (9663), Rhinebeck;
Place for Something Old and Something NewBlue Bird Home Décor, TroyRun by a young creative, this community-forward decor and design shop features a collection of repurposed furniture, antique finds, and original artwork (much of which is made by the shopkeeper’s own mom). From handmade embellishments and textures to vintage lighting fixtures, each item is curated to help you better define your personal space, regardless of whether it’s more farmhouse-rustic or industrial.518.365.2138;
Kitchen Cabinet SelectionCabinet Designers, KingstonKnown for its handcrafted approach to design, this 30-plus-year-old company helps homeowners think out-of-the-box with an extensive selection of custom, semi-custom, and stock cabinets. Choose from traditional, transitional, and modern styles by leaders in the field and enjoy complimentary cabinet tune-ups with hinge and hardware adjustments for a year following installation.845.331.2200; www.cabinetdesigners.comHome Design ArchitectDaniel Contelmo Architects, PoughkeepsieThree years ago, Daniel Contelmo Architects, whose designs are inspired by the great Hudson River estates, was a well-kept secret. Then everything changed. At the suggestion of a friend, he entered Westchester Home’s Design Awards competition and took home the highest honor. Since then the firm has won 40 design awards for their architecture, interior designs, and landscape designs; been featured in national magazines like Better Homes and Gardens; and become nationally recognized among residential architects. To top it off, Contelmo’s a really nice local guy, born and raised in Wappingers Falls.845.214.0802;
LightingLAM Lighting & Design, GoshenIf only you could see the lights you choose for a certain room in that certain room. At LAM, you can: its showroom is set up like a multi-room house, making it easier to picture the lighting in your own humble abode. It’s also a one-stop shop for fans, accessories — even light bulbs. Plus, LAM’s design professionals can visit you to personally design lighting for both inside and outside your home.845.294.1144;
Nursery SelectionWillow Ridge Nursery and Garden Center, FishkillDo you make your own compost, or are you still afraid of worms? Whether you’re an experienced or a novice gardener, you’ll appreciate the striking selection of plants and trees. Staff can assist you in making good choices for your property — perhaps something that won’t appeal to deer or other wildlife? Even landscape design, delivery, and installation are available. So let’s talk mums, and get started on fall color.845.896.6880;
Place for Plumbing SuppliesN&S Supply, FishkillThe go-to place for contractors and other service professionals, this fourth-generation biz is also homeowner friendly. Just tell them what your project entails and the staff (most of whom have been there for years) will advise on the materials you need, from no-nonsense plungers to fancy faucets. Fishkill in Dutchess is the home base, with an impressive bath showroom complete with state-of-the-art tubs and showers, but you’ll also do just fine at locations in Ulster, Putnam, Columbia, and Greene.845.896.6291;
SunroomsHudson Valley Sunrooms, BeaconContemplative Victorian and Georgian conservatories? Check. A polished-looking, curved roof of glass? Check. Just interested in energy-saving windows for your home or business? HVS can do that, too. In fact, they’ve offered affordable options and professional service to match each customer’s unique style for the past 33 years. If you’re looking to lighten up your living space, these are the experts for you.  845.339.1787;
Turnkey Kitchen RemodelingRhinebeck Kitchen and Bath, Rhinebeck Envisioning a new kitchen or bathroom can start off fun, but you know what those rooms are full of? A swarm of details. Coordinating them becomes more than a full-time job, and to say that a turnkey operation helps keep a family intact during the demolition might not be overstating. The folks here assure that your expectations (dreams, too) come to fruition in a manner that is both timely and respectful of the allotted funds. They’ll listen patiently to your ideas and translate them into plans, then execute and install them as they have done thousands of times before.845.876.7926;


Alfandre Architecture
New Paltz; 845.255.4774


Tom McMahon
McMahon’s Contracting, Inc.
Gardiner; 845.255.2881

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Furniture Store

Millspaugh Furniture
Walden; 845.778.1500

Gift Shop

Oliver Anne Boutique
Montgomery; 845.457.5683

Hardware Store

Williams Lumber and Home Centers
Rhinebeck; 845.876.7011
(plus seven other locations)

Housewares Store

Hammertown Barn
​Rhinebeck; 845.876.1450


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Plant Nursery/Garden Store

Adams Fairacre Farms
Poughkeepsie; 845.454.4330
(plus three other locations)


Real Estate Firm

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Fishkill; 845.896.9000



Bonnie Massa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – Hopewell Junction Office
Hopewell Junction; 845.227.8510

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