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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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Pat and Rich Dowling are planning for the future by making sure the home they bought in 2015 not only reflects their decorating tastes but also allows them to continue to live there as long as possible as they age. In an email, here is how they described their updated ranch for our weekly feature on BuffaloNews.com spotlighting local homes: “As we approached age 60, …

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The Junior League of Buffalo and The Buffalo News are seeking proposals for the proceeds from the 2017 Decorators’ Show House, which was held last spring. Qualified 501(c)(3) not-for-profit agencies in Buffalo and Western New York are encouraged to apply. Typically only one agency is selected; proceeds from this year's Show House amounted to $215,000. A preliminary appl…

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As the holiday season unfolds each year so, too, do the tablecloths. How did it work out for you this Thanksgiving? Was your tablecloth clean and pressed and ready to go? Or was it wadded up in a drawer with a cranberry stain from last year? Storing tablecloths in a way that keeps them wrinkle-free and at the ready can be tricky. Last weekend, as I wrestled with the fre…

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Photographer Wayne Geist has a cool name for the weekend house he built in Portland in Chautauqua County: Turtle Rocks. The three-bedroom house sits on a 4-acre, cliff-side, forested lot on the shore of Lake Erie. It was completed in February. Its name is derived from the limestone formations on the beach at the bottom of the cliff. Geist described how the home came to …

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There always seems to be a faux fur trim loose in one of our closets, one that can be easily reattached to the hood or collar of the coat or parka to which it belongs, if the wearer so chooses. Faux fur trims on winter outerwear are nothing unusual. Neither are the faux fur pillows and throws that accessorize many home interiors these days. Still, as the temperatures…

Lancaster Garden Club will be at Westwood Park from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 26 to help children decorate ornaments. Members will prepare Visions of Sugar Plums-themed decorations at 9 a.m. Nov. 27 for the Victorian Christmas event at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site.  The club will decorate the Lancaster Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29. Hamburg House…

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When Jim and Kate Shotwell decided to find the right house for the next stage of their lives, they knew what they were looking for. After doing some updates in their Amherst residence, they are feeling right at home. Kate Shotwell, a retired teacher from Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda schools, shared this description with The Buffalo News: “We moved to our current home ab…

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The Junior League of Buffalo and The Buffalo News are seeking proposals for the proceeds from the 2017 Decorators’ Show House, which was held last spring. Qualified 501(3)(c) not-for-profit agencies in Buffalo and Western New York are encouraged to apply. Typically only one agency is selected; proceeds from this year's Show House amounted to $215,000. Decorators’ Show H…

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Thanksgiving is all about tradition. The homemade stuffing. The buttery mashed potatoes. The pumpkin pie you make using Lake Shore Solid Pack canned pumpkin because that’s what your grandmother used. It’s not just the food many people look forward to year after year, either. It’s the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Turkey Trot. The hand-lettered place cards c…

Cheektowaga Garden Club will meet at 6:45 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Cleveland Hill faculty dining room, Mapleview Road, Cheektowaga. Members will bring their own supplies to create Thanksgiving centerpieces. Garden therapy at Garden Gate will take place at 10 a.m. Dec. 2. Smallwood Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 in Williamsville United Methodist Church, 5681 Main St.…

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Rebecca Kassay has a name for the three-level home she shares with her husband, Stephen, in Lewiston: Reno on the river. That’s “reno” as in renovation. And, after four decades living there, she said she loves her house. Finally! Here’s why, as she explained in the e-mail responding to our search for local homes to showcase in our new Home of the Week feature on Buf…

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The cold weather has arrived. Thanksgiving is Nov. 23 - coming up fast. We won’t give you the countdown to Christmas quite yet, but we will offer six tips to help you prepare for winter and the busy holiday season ahead. 1. Evaluate outerwear: You're probably already wearing a warm coat, but by now we should have pulled together all of our cold-weather garb. Of cours…

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East Aurora Garden Club will meet at noon Nov. 13 at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Main and Maple streets, East Aurora. Parking is in rear lot. Barb Klein, design specialist at Seneca Greenhouse, will present a demonstration and workshop on creating holiday centerpieces. Guests welcome. Call 980-3202 or 652-4985. Kenmore Garden Club will hold a business meeting at 10 a…

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I’m not sure where I bought the snowman mug or when exactly it entered our home, but I do remember telling our then-young daughter these words: Every kid should have a snowman mug. This mug was pretty much used for hot chocolate – topped with marshmallows, of course. We did not have a set of these mugs. Only one, and it was hers and hers alone. After the snow melted,…

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We hear a lot about the tiny house movement these days, but Bonnie Bowen knew nothing about it in 1994 when she bought a cabin in Cherry Creek. At 616 square feet, it exceeded the square footage usually used today to describe a tiny house (less than 400 square feet), but there is no doubt Bowen is living if not tiny, then certainly small. Here is how she described her y…