Beth and Craig Downing bought their Buffalo townhouse in January 2016 and moved in nine months later.
It was a challenge but Beth Downing's sister, Lynn Hayes, and niece, Kelly Zimmerman, stepped in to help with everything from choosing the materials to decorating.
In an email, Beth Downing, senior director of finance and administration for Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, described the process of making the townhouse truly their own:
“It was a year of renovations, a lot of angst picking out tile, flooring, colors, etc.– family members that are good at this stuff to the rescue…
“Result: A beautiful, lakefront townhouse with unique, practical features: pocket door in bedroom/master bathroom; wall of barn doors; walk-in pantry; laundry area with pull-out bins for separating laundry plus a fold-out ironing board.
“Next, anxiety about how to decorate this beautiful modern house with the many collectibles saved from recently deceased parents and items packed away for years from grandparents – aforementioned family to the rescue again …
“Result: A beautiful blend of new and old that (HGTV star) Joanna Gaines would be proud of.
“So why do I love my home? It is a beautiful blend of new and old, full of memories of family recently passed and those long gone – created by family members still here whom I love dearly and couldn’t have done without them.”
Do you love your house enough to show it off like Beth Downing did? This could be your chance.
The Buffalo News is looking for other beautiful local homes and the stories behind them and their décor.
Those chosen will be displayed in a weekly feature at buffalonews.com and could be chosen as Home of the Month with a three-page spread in a Sunday edition of The Buffalo News.
If you are interested, tell us about your home in 150 words or less, and email 10 images (in .jpg form) of the interior and exterior to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those chosen for BuffaloNews.com will be contacted by Home and Style Editor Susan Martin. A phone number is helpful. Single-family homes, condominiums, lofts and apartments are eligible.
The News will include your name and the city or town in which you reside but not your exact address.