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Buffalo in Bloom volunteer scouts will be canvassing streets through July 21 and awarding outstanding front gardens with a Buffalo in Bloom sign. Visit buffaloinbloom.com.... The Western New York Iris Society will hold an American Iris Society accredited Japanese Iris Show and Exhibition from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Eastern Hills Mall, Clarence. Horticulture and flow…

When the temperature rises and the layers come off, the bracelets come out. Bracelets always are a popular accessory in summer. Especially this summer.“So many people are wearing bracelets now. People call it ‘charmed arm,’ ” said Lauren Topliffe, who works at Eastern Hills Mall in Clarence.Bracelets simply make sense in warm weather, some women say.“I always wea…

Some old chairs have very strange added parts that can confuse today’s collectors. A Windsor chair from the 18th century might be made with an added piece at the end of the arm because it is a “writing arm” Windsor. There can be a drawer beneath the seat of a Shaker sewing chair. Many types of chairs were made into rocking chairs with the addition of pieces of curved…

Gardening in the shade is one of the larger challenges that most gardeners face sometime – if not today, then eventually. Landscapes and gardens evolve; change is the norm. Roses and coreopsis that flowered profusely in a young garden become spindly and barren as trees mature. Hostas diminish as an oak tree’s roots invade its space. Different plants suit now-shadier si…

The 10th annual Jamestown Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s Secret Gardens Tour of six gardens in Lakewood, Busti and Jamestown will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at participating gardens on tour day. For additional garden and ticket purchasing information, call 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org....The Parkside Co…

The fourth annual National Garden Festival kicks off today and runs through Aug. 4. Visit www.nationalgardenfestival.com for the schedule of local garden walks and tours, bus tours, weekday Open Gardens, speakers, workshops and more....The Interior Design Association of Western New York will present its “Trims to Treasurers” sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Saturd…

Most people enjoy getting to know their neighbors. When it’s Lake Erie right outside your door, it takes some time to get acquainted.“The lake has a million personalities. When it’s angry, it gets crazy,” said Chris Mattioli, who shares this recently expanded home with his wife, Leanne, and their 7-month-old daughter, Halston.For that reason, landscaping, windows, …

Early June is an odd time for gardeners, no longer spring but not quite summer. In the flower garden, it’s typically an in-between period, when perennial gardeners sometimes complain there isn’t much color. This color gap happens especially in gardens that depend on traditional flowers – between the spring bulbs and lilacs time and the moment the roses peak; between …

Whenever I think about window treatments, an anecdote from one of my favorite childhood books, “Amelia Bedelia” by Peggy Parish, always comes to mind.If you don’t know Amelia, she is a kooky housekeeper who, in every book, misunderstands her employer’s directives. In one scene, Amelia is asked to “draw the drapes,” but rather than pull the curtains closed as he…

Susan Perry knew that hanging curtains on the deck of her Lockport home would make it more homey. But there was another reason she decided to add them.“Because I sew, I love colors, patterns and textures. I have to have fabric around me,” said Perry, who chose a large floral-print outdoor fabric. The home-sewn curtains hang on clip rings from a rod attached to the perg…

When Mark and Janice Stevens turned some trash-strewn, city-owned lots into vegetable gardens several years ago, they became urban-farming pioneers. Since that time, the Wilson Street Urban Farm in the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood has increased its agricultural output more than twentyfold.The Buffalo News’ Brian Meyer talked with the couple about ongoing efforts to pro…

The Lewiston Region Tour of Kitchens & Homes will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Event includes six homes each with a chef , food sampling and tablescapes; dessert- and wine-tasting reception and vendor market at the Barton Hill Hotel. Tickets are $27. See www.TourofKitchens.net for information, or call 745-9583....Youngstown Garden Club will hold …

As the gift-giving season approaches and shoppers venture out to local stores and holiday arts and crafts shows, the question arises: Where will buffaloes roam next? That’s buffalo, with a lowercase “b,” and the popular bison is popping up on much more than coffee mugs, shot glasses and T-shirts.Stitched or etched, painted or stenciled, buffaloes present themselves o…

By Jura Koncius / Washington Post

Fri, Oct 12, 2012

Bedroom-closet-organizing systems are a major part of the $1 billion organizing business. You can go DIY in adjustable wire or wood systems or hire a firm to custom-design and professionally install rods, shelving and drawers. “An unorganized closet is like a refrigerator with no shelves,” says Ginny Snook Scott, a vice president at California Closets. “The appliance…