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Susan Martin is Home & Style Editor at The Buffalo News. She is a native of Western New York and graduated from St. Lawrence University and Syracuse University.


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One of the most popular features we have run for many years in the Home & Style section is the Home of the Month, which features a local home and the people who live there. It currently appears in a Sunday Home & Style print edition and also online at buffalonews.com – along with a gallery of photos by a News photographer showing interior and exterior shots as we…

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Hamburg House and Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Hamburg Community Center. Carole Melnik of A Snail’s Place in Elma will demonstrate a holiday floral design using a vegetable. A business meeting will follow. For club information, call Nancy Kalieta at 826-7462. Amherst Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 25 in St. John Lutheran Church, 6540 Main St…

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The timing couldn’t have been better. While at the hair salon recently, I noticed that the woman sitting in the chair next to me was looking at a page in People magazine filled with photographs of red boots – and several celebrities wearing them. Just then, a woman walked around a corner of the salon wearing a pair of rain boots. Knee-high, shiny and very much red. …

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Cheektowaga Garden Club will meet at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Cleveland Hill faculty dining room on Mapleview Road, Cheektowaga. Use the playground entrance. Mark Carra, of Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, will present “Hummingbirds – Their Behavior and How to Attract Them.” Guests and new members welcome. Smallwood Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in Williams…

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Just point to the kids. It’s because of them that Lisa and Tim Walsh eventually bought a house in Lockport, leaving behind their home of 23 years in Lancaster. Their children – now ages 17 to 25 – had classmates from Canisius High School and Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart who lived in Lockport, so the family traveled there frequently. Through their kids, the …

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Last week I bought some white pumpkins. Not large ones for carving but a few smaller ones to add a touch of fall. It felt a little weird walking past all the orange pumpkins at the garden center – were they glaring at me? – but I found myself drawn to the white ones, some of which were more creamy colored than others. White pumpkins and gourds are hardly new. I f…

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East Aurora Garden Club will meet at noon Oct. 9 in St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Main and Maple streets, East Aurora. Parking is in rear lot. Mary Ann Jumper will present a slide show on the 12th World Association of Floral Artists flower show, “Flowers In Paradise,” which took place in Barbados. Guests are welcome. Call 980-3202 or 652-4985. Kenmore Garden Club w…

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As I continue to slowly work my way down my fall To Do list, I am reminded that low-cost solutions are often the best. Consider the case of our floppy family room pillows. We have had the pair of 20-by-20-inch decorative pillows with removable covers for quite a few years. I love the pattern, they work nicely in the room and the covers are machine washable. But, as t…

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Black is getting some competition from brown and navy as go-to neutrals this fall. But what if your wardrobe is already filled with black pants, jackets, leggings, tops, dresses and shoes – all in good shape? You can still freshen up your look for the cold months ahead by adding some new colors to your existing wardrobe: bright blue, soft pink, cabernet, lilac, hot pi…

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Mum time already? My annual outing for fall mums is quickly approaching. Once I get them home, I’ve tried to get a little more creative in recent years, rather than just plopping them on the front porch and remembering to water them when necessary. Placing them in clay pots, around which I tie a bunch of raffia for a rustic touch, has always worked for me. So has plac…

New York Fashion Week is over, and fashion writers and bloggers have reported on hemlines, hues and the hottest collections for Spring 2018. But we don’t want to forget about the headgear and hats – from the sporty to the costume-like. Shown here: a selection from the New York collections, which ended earlier this month.       …

Hamburg House and Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Community Center, Hamburg. Bonnie Bullivant will present “Easy to Grow Houseplants.” Business meeting to follow. Call Nancy Kalieta, 826-7462. Amherst Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 27 in St. Johns Lutheran Church, 6540 Main St., Williamsville. At 10 a.m. Lois Shriver, chairwoman of the Amhe…

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There are styles one can always count on seeing on the red carpets, and Sunday’s 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards were no exception. Low-plunging necklines? Check. A few colorful tuxes? Check. Black, red and white glamorous gowns? Check. Check. Check. Fashion-watchers had more to take in, however, as the stars arrived for the big night. A few not-to-b…

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Smallwood Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at Williamsville United Methodist Church, 5681 Main St., Williamsville. Nancy Kalieta, former volunteer coordinator at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens and president of Hamburg House and Garden Club, will present "The Victorian Language of Flowers." The Federated Holland Garden Club will meet at 11 a.m. Sep…

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County Master Gardener Program will host three fall gardening classes in September: Making Hypertufa Containers (10 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 9 in Hamlin Park, East Aurora); Making Kokedamas: Japanese Moss Balls (7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the CCE office, 21 S. Grove St., East Aurora); and Overwintering, Propagation and Making Cuttings (7 to…