Katie Lydon, originally from London, founded her downtown New York interior design firm in 2002. Educated at Wimbledon Art School in London and then Cambridge University, Katie’s interiors reflect her knowledge and passion for antiques and architecture as well as an eye for contemporary art and design. She believes that a balance of classic and modern pieces creates a home that is at once timeless and exciting.
Alison Spear, AIA, lives between NYC and the Hudson River Valley with her family. She is a LEED certified architect and designer with a home in Duchess County on Obercreek Farm – owned and run by her husband, Alex Reese. Ms. Spear holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University.
Sabine Rothman is the former Editorial Market Director for the Hearst Design Group, where she oversees a team of editors who produce stories for Elle Decor, House Beautiful and Veranda magazines.
Even though Benoist F. Drut—Managing Partner at Greenwich Village gallery Maison Gerard since the late 1990s—has an academic background rooted in the facts-based practice of law, he prefers to collect by intuition.
An oft-published style authority, Randy Florke is a successful, well-known decorator, author,magazine contributing editor, realtor and entrepreneur. As Contributing Editor to Country Living magazine for 14 years, he has had numerous decorating projects and more than a dozen articles featured in the magazine.
Darren Henault’s extraordinary talent for creating luxurious, livable spaces has won him awards, accolades, and the attention of the most important design publications in the world. His clients include celebrities, business leaders, and the social elite who rely on his innate ability to fulfill their visions.
Claudia Hanlin founded the Wedding Library 19 years ago to provide the best resources for party planning in the tri-state region. She provides highly personalized event planning, impeccable design services as well as bespoke stationery and gifts. The company plans events worldwide.
A former partner of the legendary design firm Parish-Hadley, award-winning designer Brian J. McCarthy founded his eponymous firm Brian J. McCarthy, Inc. in 1992. Since then, he has worked on projects and residences around the globe.
With a Masters Degree in Economics and International Policy and over 15 years working in the financial sector, Kirsten certainly did not set out to become a co-founder and partner in a hospitality company.
David Mann, founder and head of New York’s MR Architecture and Décor, (a firm known for straddling the line between both disciplines, and a perennial fixture on AD’s top 100), wanted to use the retrospective as an opportunity for improvement.
Mieke ten Have is a New York City based design and interiors journalist, stylist, and consultant. Formerly the Home Editor of Vogue magazine, she is a contributor to Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, House & Garden, and Cultured magazine.
John Stern is President of Storm King Art Center, a 500-acre outdoor museum located in the Hudson Valley where visitors experience large-scale sculpture under open sky. John splits his time between his home in Mountainville, New York and New York City, where his wife, Sarah E. Lawrence, is the Dean of the School of Art & Design History and Theory at Parsons School of Design.
Based in NYC, Juan studied architecture in Mexico City and Australia and works mostly as an interior designer for a wide range of international clients. For the last 17 years, Juan and his partner David Usborne have had different weekend homes in the Hudson Valley,
Karen Klopp is Founder of What2WearWhere.com, a blog that simplifies dressing for today's busy women. "We take the guess work out of dressing, the legwork out of shopping, and the panic out of packing."
Georgina Schaeffer spent more than fifteen years working for shelter and society magazines as a writer, editor, and stylist, including posts as Executive Editor at Quest magazine and Senior Editor at Town & Country.
With a background in art history and after many years working in fine and decorative arts, I’m currently busy working on multiple interior projects including a penthouse loft in TriBeCa with amazing Hudson river views, a Chelsea pied-à-terre in London Terrace Towers overlooking the High Line, as well as an apartment on Central Park West. It seems to be about views and light right now…
As the hustle and bustle of New York City fades in the distance, you exhale and embrace the magical Hudson River vistas that look onto the emerald-green Catskill Mountains. Embrace atmospheric river-hugging towns that deliver world-class art and antiques paired with charming inns and innovative eateries. There are mountain villages packed with vintage bookstores and a delightful throwback, small town charm. Think skiing. Hiking. House museums overflowing with centuries-old charm. Heaps of history paired with a forward-thinking eye. The perfect long weekend, the perfect country retreat.
Either people love or hate mushrooms and I happen to be in the latter group. Chef Devon Gilroy forages, cultivates, grows beautiful and delicious mushrooms for restaurants and for this unusual CSA. - Sheila Bridges
One of the best farm stores around and they have a great CSA- Wonderful for fresh organic produce, breads, eggs, ice cream, etc. Addicted to the https://www.berkshirebark.com/pretzelogical that they carry. - Sheila Bridges
For creatively reimagined diner food. Local chef, owner and culinary talent Kristopher Shram trained in several Michelin star restaurant in Europe- moved back home and has been creating a new standard for diners since. PLUS, they deliver locally! - Sheila Bridges
Anthony Bellomo has a wonderful selection of interesting plants--tropicals, topairy, orchids, annuals and perennials. He has pots, garden ornaments and all things to make your garden complete. William Yeoward glasses and Christopher Spitzmilller's pieces. - Christopher Spitzmiller
"If we are lucky we’ll snag a table at The Corner Hotel in Tivoli for brunch. The owners (Brice Marden and his family) have done a fantastic job redecorating the hotel, which is also home to his outstanding personal art collection. It is set in a charming century-old building and the farm-to-table menu somehow seems to appeal to all members of the family—a rare yet important factor, for sure. More than likely I will see a familiar face in there, too!" - Katie Lydon
"My husband and I both love The Corner, the restaurant in Hotel Tivoli that features incredible farm to table food by Chef Devon Gilroy sourced from local farmers. The personal art collection of painters Brice and Helen Marden is woven throughout the restaurant and the hotel rooms upstairs." - Bettina Prentice
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"I used to love visiting the Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton and if you like Dia:Chelsea, Dia: Beacon is well-worth the drive. This 300,000-square-foot former industrial building, now houses one of the world’s most distinguished collections of contemporary art along the banks of the Hudson River." - Georgina Schaeffer
“Getting there is as beautiful as being there when you take the Bear Mountain Bridge through Cold Spring.” - Michael Bruno
“I love to stop at DIA: Beacon and see what’s going on there” - Alison Spear
“Many people combine a trip to Storm King with a trip to Dia. While you could spend a day (or more) exploring each, experiencing both allows you to see works by some of the same artists in two very different settings.” - John Stern
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“Biking through the Storm King sculpture garden is otherworldly, one of the great outdoor museums is in our backyard.” - Michael Bruno
"My friends have raved about (and created great instagram envy from) this celebrated sculpture park located in the town of Cornwall. The center boasts a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures nestled in the midst 500 acres of rolling hills, woodlands and fields of native grasses and wildflowers. Maybe I’ll see you there!" - Georgina Schaeffer
“Although it is self-serving to mention, I do feel that Storm King Art Center is an essential Hudson Valley destination. Our 500-acres have been sculpted over the past 58 years specifically to display outdoor artwork. It is a unique destination where visitors can experience large-scale sculpture and site-specific commissions under open sky.” - John Stern
“I like to bring a picnic and spend the afternoon wandering through this world class sculpture park.” - Claudia Hanlin
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