I’ve moved. No, not from the house in the ’burbs I’ve called home for many years. It’s my column that has moved – from the Friday Home & Style section where it has appeared for 10 years to Home & Style Sunday, which launches today.
What you’ll find in this new section? How about five pages devoted to fashion, decorating, design, entertaining, trends, grooming, real estate, new products and outdoor living. And, of course, my From the Home Front column.
The Friday Home & Style section will continue with a focus on smart tips and doable solutions to make your home a better place to live – inside and out. Topics will range from how to spruce up that ho-hum hallway to how to plant a bountiful vegetable garden the whole family will enjoy.
We are fortunate to have garden expert Sally Cunningham writing every Friday – honestly, the woman never takes a week off – and her Great Gardening column will remain. So, too, will our weekly Garden Notes listings of area garden clubs and events. As gardeners of all ages and skills gear up for the growing season ahead, there always is something new to learn and talk about. Get ready.
But back to Home & Style Sunday. Today’s cover story takes a look at the season’s new dresses. Who isn’t ready to shed some layers and slip into some spring clothes? Last weekend, while standing in a muddy field in the pouring rain at a lacrosse game, I couldn’t believe that just a few days earlier it had been warm and dry enough to locally photograph a model in a sleeveless maxi dress. She didn’t even shiver as she strolled down the street in the Village of Williamsville during the late afternoon. (That is our model, Kennedy Copeland from Susan Makai’s Personal Best, on the cover and in the photograph at left.)
Two days later on that cold, rainy morning, I wished I had not removed the fleece gloves and knit hat from my car for the season, thinking “it” was over. Winter, that is.
So, yes, it will be nice to buy a new spring dress or two or dig out a favorite one from last year. Spring and summer dresses are just so easy – and there’s a style for any woman who wants to wear one. I remember a retailer once said this of the versatile warm-weather dress: “Don’t ask ‘Where can I wear it?’ Ask ‘Where can’t I wear it?’ ”
We also are looking forward to sharing some entertaining stories with you in this section – who doesn’t enjoy a great get-together, mishaps and all? – as well as features on local homes. We will look at their design, history, decor and residents, current and possibly past. Talking to homeowners about their houses and what they have done with them never gets old.
In fact if you, or someone you know, has a home that might make an interesting story, please let us know. Through the years we have featured a log home, bungalows, cottage, 32-foot Carver cruiser, farmhouse, geodesic home, riverfront ranch, sprawling mansions, comfortable condos, quirky digs and others. Clearly, we can’t get enough of this stuff.
The Buffalo News will continue to periodically feature local homes that have been uniquely designed, decorated, restored or renovated. If you would like to have your home considered – or you know of one – email a description and possibly an attached image or two to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or mail it to: Susan Martin, Home & Style editor, The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, N.Y. 14240.
When contacting us, please be sure to include your name and phone number. Houses can be big or small, old or new but, believe me, they do not have to be perfect. Single-family homes, condominiums, apartments, lofts and townhouses will be considered. If interested, please know that the homes we choose to be featured will be photographed by a News photographer, so you have to agree to that. Following an interview, we’ll use your name but not your address in the article.
New season, new section – and possibly a new dress? Let’s have some fun.