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Susan Martin

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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While picking up sticks in the yard last week wearing boots and the long down coat I’m ready to burn at this point in April, I decided enough is enough. I’m going to pretend it’s really spring, not just technically spring. I’m ready to fake it, force it, will it. No more chunky turtlenecks, mile-long scarves or dark hosiery. Fewer hearty soups; more cold salads. When…

Gardening

Lewiston GardenFest is accepting applications from vendors as well as local residents interested in showcasing their gardens during this year’s event, 10 a. to 5 p.m. June 16-17. Go online for details and to download applications. Application deadline for vendors is May 1. The application deadline for residents to participate in open gardens is May 5. GardenFest is present…

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Six years ago, Meg Keller-Cogan and her husband, Clark Cogan, moved to Buffalo and settled into a house that immediately felt like home. Here is how Keller-Cogan described their home in an email to The Buffalo News Home & Style section for our “Home of the Week” online feature: "Our E.B. Green designed home was built in 1900 as a simple Craftsman design. "…

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As we wait, wait and wait some more for spring to fully arrive, who isn’t eager to swap those winter boots and coats for some sandals and sundresses? Time will tell if there will be any big trends across Western New York this spring and summer. Some warm-weather favorites are more timeless than trendy, after all. Still, looking back through our News’ archives from th…

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This time of year I always get geared up for spring projects. I make lists. I look around at things that need to be done. I plan. Or I try to plan, anyway. This week, I wondered this: What does a professional organizer do this time of year? So I called one. Linda Birkinbine runs a local business called Keep it Organized. She said of late she has been giving some a…

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East Aurora Garden Club will meet at noon April 9 at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Main and Maple streets, East Aurora. Kristy Schmitt, director of education at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, will offer a hands-on presentation, “Indulge-Delectable Botanical Luxuries,” which will include a chocolate tasting and making essential oils and bath salts. Guests a…

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Sherry Campbell and her husband, Brian Lewandowski, grew up in Cuba, N.Y., and have always liked old houses. Former renters, they bought a home in Lancaster in 1995 that needed a lot of work — both inside and out. They did much of the work themselves — with the help of family and friends. Other projects, including the roof and electrical work, were done by professionals…

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Love stripes? Saturday could be your day. Last year J.Crew named March 31 National Stripes Day. Sure, the retailer made up the holiday – stripes are very big at J.Crew (including on earrings and frames on sunglasses) – but, then again, who needs a special day to cheer all things striped? This is especially true this time of year when stripes celebrate spring any day you…

Home and Style

Jean Marie and her sister, Nancy Patrus, live in a 1,100-square-foot ranch in the Town of Hamburg. Marie (her real last name), 71, is a retired medical massage therapist. Patrus, 65, was a barber. They grew up in Pittsburgh. Marie later lived in Arizona, while Patrus remained in their hometown. Living together in their retirement years is the best, Marie said. “When …

Gardening

Have you made plans to celebrate spring by heading out to Plantasia, the garden and landscape show? It’s happening March 22-25 at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Artisan Hall in Hamburg. This year’s theme is “Cityscapes into the Night.” Among the highlights: • Landscaped theme gardens that I read cover 15,000 square feet ‑ that’s more than the area of three basketba…

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Whether it’s entertaining a crowd around their supersized kitchen island or enjoying coffee for two in their third-floor bedroom suite, Sandra and Paul Wilkins are surrounded by the things they love: artwork, books, movies, music and a view out their windows of a revitalized Main Street that once looked more like a ghost town. No longer. And the Wilkinses have been part…

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Molly Dohm and her husband, Mike Allen, live in a three-bedroom, 2½-bath home in East Amherst. Married in 2016, they are the home's second owners. Here is how Dohm described the house in an email to The Buffalo News Home & Style section for our Home of the Week online feature: “My husband and I purchased our first home two years ago and have truly loved decoratin…

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Come March, green is on my mind. It’s not just because of St. Patrick’s Day. It’s more because spring is coming and that means lots of green. Green sings spring. Or, as interior designer Alexandra Stoddard once wrote: “Green is young leaves, grass, ferns, trees, moss, watercress, jade ... limes, peapods, spinach, parsley, asparagus and artichokes.” I like some shades…

Gardening

The African Violet and Gesneriads Society of Western New York will meet at 7 p.m. March 20 at the Greenfield Health and Rehabilitation facility. Contact Judy Oneil at judyoneil1945@gmail.com for detailed directions. Western New York Rose Society will meet at 7 p.m. March 21 at St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 750 Wehrle Drive, Amherst. Steve Styn will pre…

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Passions for interior design, fine art and gardening come together in the Clarence home of Mary and Steve Pabst. The parents of two grown children, the couple recently remodeled their home of 25 years. "We made it a 'grown-up' house," said Mary Pabst, who works at Vern Stein Art & Frame in Williamsville. She described their home this way in an email to The Buffal…