Home Sweet Home

There’s no place like home, especially when it suits your lifestyle. As the spring Real Estate market approaches, find out the target market for your house if you plan on selling. If the potential buyer for your home is who you were when you purchased the house, it is time to bring it back to showcasing the architectural features of the house itself, not its contents. Think of it as a job interview for your house. It needs to dress the part to make a good first impression by editing and staging each room.

Safe Harbors of the Hudson
Safe Harbors of the Hudson

The concept of home is a loaded topic invested with meanings, emotions, experiences and relationships. It is also a universal subject, to which most individuals can relate and includes the activities involved in the creation of domestic spaces; creating private or shared domains that afford us a sense of intimacy, comfort, sustenance, shelter, as well as places of fear and alienation. Safe Harbors Ann Street Gallery’s latest group exhibition, ‘Home Sweet Home’, explores domesticity and various perspectives on the contemporary home. Themes covered in this exhibition consider not only traditional codes of domesticity, but alternative narratives and gender roles.

The works on display in the exhibition reflect all facets of domestic spaces. Viewers will find images of people who occupy these spaces; the personal possession or material objects of the home which are functional or purely decorative; paintings, sculptures, and installations that reflect domestic life and the related issues concerning the idea of a home. Curated by director Virginia Walsh, the exhibition runs until March 23.

Ann Street Gallery

104 Ann Street, Newburgh


Uncoverd by Leslie Graff featured at the Safe Harbors Ann Street Gallery 'Home Sweet Home’ exhibition in Newburgh
Uncoverd by Leslie Graff featured at the Safe Harbors Ann Street Gallery ‘Home Sweet Home’ exhibition in Newburgh

Functional Eclectic Style

In today’s world of environmentally conscious and minimalist mentalities, decorating has morphed into functional, practical pieces with statement pieces mixed in for fun. The big box stores provide the functional component. The unique pieces are pre-owned and require more of a ‘thrill of the hunt’ mission of search and rescue.

The Hudson Valley offers an abundance of Vintage/Antique stores. Many of my favorite local antique stores are revitalizing the notion of grandma’s doilies and period furniture. These oldies are still goodies but these stores offer more contemporary, up-cycled and custom decorative items. There is inspiration in the styling of vignettes in each store to suit any décor.


Did you say shopping road trip?

To celebrate all the Hudson Valley has to offer to the “vintage hunter”, four local stores are teaming up to for Hudson Valley Antiques Weekend, Friday – Sunday, February 22-24th, Retro Modern Antiques, Clinton Shops Antiques, Newburgh Vintage Emporium and The Antique Barn at Water Street Market are participating and offering in house discounts. There will be 4 grand prize ($100) winners for participants who visit all 4 venues throughout the weekend.


Retro Modern Antiques
331 Route 94 south, Warwick


Clinton Shops Antique Center

84 Clinton Street, Montgomery


Newburgh Vintage Emporium

5006 Route 9W, Newburgh


Antique Barn Water Street Market

10 Main Street, New Paltz


Upcoming events:

Staging Tips for Selling your Home
Friday, February 22, 1-3pm

Mount St. Mary College Desmond Campus for Adult Enrichment, 6 Albany Post Rd, Newburgh, NY, 845-565-2076