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Linwood Preservation District and Friends has announced the 2018 Historic Linwood Tour of Homes will be held on April 29. This self-guided walking tour of homes in Buffalo's Linwood Avenue neighborhood is held biennially. A dozen structures will be on the tour, which will be held from noon to 5 p.m. This tour commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Linwood Historic …

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As the youngest of 14 children growing up in the city, Maureen King said she always dreamed of one day building a home in the country to raise a family. Her dream came true. Today she and her husband, Ken – who grew up in Elma – and their two teenagers live in the Town of Wales. They made the move after living in the suburbs when their kids – son Riley, now 16, and Andr…

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Here is something I thought about after visiting the Town of Wales home of Ken and Maureen King last week: Tall vases of flowers are lovely but, as I saw here, there are spots for smaller-scale arrangements, too ‑ whether the flowers are real or faux. Think round or square vase. Big blooms. Short stems. While taking a tour of this soon-to-be-revealed February Home of th…

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February is orchid season for orchid lovers, and it could be for you too. First come the shows all over the country, attended by thousands. If you can travel, the New York Botanical Garden is presenting its 16th one (through April 22). If you’re getting to the Philadelphia Flower show, also see the thousands of orchids at Longwood Gardens (Kennett Square, Pa.) until March …

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The Buffalo Area Daylily Society will hold its “Souper Bowl” meeting Feb. 25 at the East Aurora Senior Center, 101 King St., East Aurora. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Program begins at 2 p.m. Mike Shadrack will present “A View of Daylilies from the Hosta Side of the Garden.” All welcome. Free admission. Soups and other refreshments. Hamburg House and Garden Club will meet…

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Rosalyie Hutchins loves to decorate ... seasonally and sometimes several times a season. She takes the hands-on approach - painting, embellishing, moving things around. “Ideas just pop in my head at 2 a.m.,” she laughed. She also finds inspiration on Instagram and Pinterest. Here is what Hutchins, who is retired, told us about her East Amherst home for our online “Ho…

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Rosalyie Hutchins enjoys decorating her East Amherst home for the season - and doing so on a budget. From making decorative wall flowers from card stock to adding a little glitz with rhinestone ribbon, some of her best ideas pop in her head in the middle of the night, she said.

Fashion

Another New York Fashion Week has come and gone, with no shortage of buzz surrounding it. Some designers have left the New York lineup to show their collections in Paris. Others chose not to stage a traditional runway show at all, opting instead – as Vogue pointed out – to present their collections in “pleasant, Instagram-friendly” environments. Carolina Herrera, who…

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Scene Garden Club will host a lecture by herbalist Jackie Swift at 10 a.m Feb. 19 in the Concord Senior Center, 40 Commerce Drive, Springville. The presentation, “Organic Kitchen,” will be followed by a workshop at 11 a.m. on making butter. Fee is $5. Participants are asked to bring a wooden spoon and rubber spatula. Call 592-2764. Smallwood Garden Club will meet at 7 p…

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Something happened in recent years when I wasn’t paying too much attention: Barn doors became hugely popular as inside doors. Some authentic. Many not. Oh, I knew they were out there. I just didn’t realize they were out there in so many places. They showed up on HGTV’s “Fixer Upper.” Home Depot and Lowe’s continue to offer oodles of barn-style doors on their websites…

Gardening

Winter doldrums, the time of wishing and waiting – that’s February for most gardeners. It’s a fine time for planning and reading, but there are some practical things to do as well, both outdoors and in. First, go outside when the sun is shining. You can go do these things outside when it’s cloudy too, but a February warm-up is the time you’re most likely to put on the w…

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Our dog Cody is no more a Westminster show dog than I am an Olympic athlete. Still, to us, he’s a real winner. Forget that we don’t know exactly what breed he is – what with the short legs, long body, floppy ears and unruly tuft of hair on top of his head. His records at the veterinarian identify him as a Spaniel mix, so we’ll just go with that. Cody has quirky habit…

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Michael and Rosemarie Tucker, both retired, call themselves "amateur decorators." They display folk art and old fishing tackle in their waterfront home and also enjoy architectural antiques such as trade signs and mill work. Here is what they wrote for the News’ Home of the Week online feature: "We moved from a large contemporary home in Youngstown to the Grand Islan…