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I recall a conversation with my mother several years ago. We were discussing different occupations and what they contribute to society. I made a flip comment about decorators, something to the effect of, “Yeah, take decorators. How can some people be looking for a cure for cancer while others are selecting throw pillows?” My mother quickly put me in my place. “I d…

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What is art? Art is Ingres The Valpincon Bather. Art is the best floor director I ever had while working in TV news. When I had trouble seeing the teleprompter, he brought all three cameras in so close I could almost touch them. He had a heart as big as Texas. Art is my mom’s steam buns. Art is Andrea Bocelli singing Nessun Dorma. Art is chef Masaharu M…

So you’re looking for the perfect movie to see with your best girl. First, understand that the idea of taking a date to a movie is flawed, at best. The reason you’re on a date with someone is because you want to get to know him/her. At the movies, she’ll have to shush you before you can finish your story about the time your brother Donny tried to rob the Mr. Softee t…

Home

For Joe and Kathy Curatolo of Clarence, a summer cottage in Crystal Beach, Ontario isn’t just a home — it’s a lifestyle. The Curatolos’ “Rose Cottage” — built in the earliest days of the Crystal Beach Tennis & Yacht Club development, where Crystal Beach amusement park once stood — sits at the point where the old Comet roller coaster once reached its …

Home

The treehouse…that magical safe haven in the sky where imaginations run free and kids rule the roost. A secret hideout where you can keep watch of the enemy, whether it’s the school bully or your neighbor’s little sister. Unlike the makeshift forts our dads cobbled together with salvaged two-by-fours and a hunk of sheet metal — when best friends communicated thr…

Shopping

Vintage. Secondhand. Antique. Repurposed. Upcycled. Previously loved. Or, to put it bluntly, used. We’re talking furniture, but this isn’t the stuff of your grandma’s garage sale. Today, local shops are selling quality, handcrafted, brand name furniture and accessories that look like new and are built to last, at a fraction of the original price. Each of them take…

Home

Rob Karp is a bearded, gravelly-voiced 30-something with a downstate accent, a permanent flannel and a dozen tattoos. He’s prone to fist pumps for emphasis, and tends to leave his Subaru Forrester at home in favor of a ten-speed to navigate the city. He's not necessarily what you'd expect from a real estate agent with $5 million currently under contract. While Karp…

We took a look at recent homes on the market in WNY — all with listing prices of around $200,000 — to find out how they compare. Are there towns and suburbs where you can get significantly more house for your money? What about acreage and other amenities? And how do property taxes, from town-to-town, affect the bottom line? Turns out there was quite a variation; as wit…

This beast has an insatiable appetite. It demands to be fed at all times. Like the boiler of a locomotive, it eats and burns, eats and burns. My house feeds on money like a dog scarfs bologna. Every day, a new section of my home rings the dinner bell. When the temperatures hit record lows this winter, the furnace decided it needed a new zone valve. If you’re wondering…

Feature

Imagine uprooting your family and starting over in a new country, hoping for a better life. Assimilating to a new culture, needing to learn a new language, just to survive day-to-day life. For many of Buffalo’s newest residents, this is the reality. The city’s refugee population continues to grow, especially on the West Side, and it’s hugely diverse; Lafayette Hig…

Good interior design entails more than picking out a paint chip and a couple of funky throw pillows. The following tips will help you create spaces so beautiful you may just never want to leave the house. 1. Build around one piece Whether it’s a hand-painted vase, a tapestry that’s been in your family for generations or a unique fabric, an “inspiration piece” ca…

Just as everyone has a hairstyle, a speaking style or a bowling style, there’s your home style. A quick Google search of “homestyle” yields something fried or with gravy. Anecdotally, (and thanks to cable TV) we know that’s not true. One’s home style is a deeply personal expression of their tastes in decor and a reflection of the energy they wish to convey …

Home

Some folks call them the Charlie’s Angels of real estate. They may not take on crime-fighting tasks via speakerphone, but they did work as a team to double their volume in the first year of business, and are on pace to double it again this year. The Elizabeth Stablewski group of Nothnagle Realtors in Orchard Park was formed two years ago to offer home buyers and sellers …

Food + Drink

Tending good bar takes more than mixing a decent drink, particularly in a city that ranks #10 in the nation for bars per capita. Many of Buffalo’s favorite bartenders are so popular because of their ability to make you feel at home from the very first time you walk in; an elusive skill that can make or break a bar experience. From the entertaining trivia night at Foundin…

Food + Drink

There are brands I love: Heinz Ketchup (“Slow Good”), Hellman’s (“Real Mayonnaise”), Coca-Cola (“It’s the Real Thing”), and my favorite brand of wine, Robert Mondavi. I don’t remember exactly when I had my first glass of Robert Mondavi, but I do know it was in the 1970s. Mondavi wines are available at a range of price points, and I’ve found all o…