Two weeks back we spent a few days in the lap of luxe design, nestled in serene nature in the model home of Hudson Woods, a new Catskills development near Kingston. Set amidst forests, meadows, and sweeping mountain views, the home – one of many in the development – offers modern, Scandinavian-style design that blends seamlessly with the natural surroundings. The furniture and furnishings are an imperative part of what Hudson Woods is doing; a way to embrace culture and craftsmanship, and to collaborate with local makers in helping Hudson Woods tell their story and simultaneously giving them exposure for discovery. They're taking an "anti-development" approach in a sense that they're wanting to take as little away as possible from nature, and they do just that. Waking up in the comfort of the home and nature, it's hard to think up a better way to live.