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Martin and Janeen Burruano moved from their home in North Tonawanda, where they raised three children, to a ranch in Wheatfield that has a main house and an apartment. In an email, Janeen Burruano described what motivated them to move and offered additional details for our online Home of the Week feature: “I feel our home is unique in that it offers hope to families …

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Whether it’s organizing the closets, shopping for new lamps or rearranging the furniture, people often feel motivated to spruce things up around the house come January. For many people, cleaning out the clutter and organizing top the list. This time of year I always get in the mood to move stuff around. Lamps, artwork, pottery ... nothing is safe when I enter a room. …

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We’re in the depth of winter. Extreme cold challenges people and animals. Discarded holiday trees are collecting on the roadsides. The piles of snow make pickup difficult for road crews but most towns have programs to collect the trees and turn them into mulch. If you live in a house and have a yard you have an alternative to putting the tree on the curb, and you can pr…

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Jaime Wolniewicz is a big fan of HGTV's "Fixer Upper." It's where she copied many ideas for the home she bought in February 2016. "You grow up hating how your mother has HGTV on all the time  - and then you become that person," said Wolniewicz, direct marketing manager at Seneca Gaming Corporation. She bought the four-bedroom, two-bath Cape Cod in West Seneca at age …

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When Adam and Heidie Buffomante moved from their starter house to a new larger one, they didn’t need to hire a moving company – or even rent a U-Haul. Their new house is located right next door to their old one. “We carried things across the lawn,” said Adam Buffomante, dean of students at the Charter School for Applied Technologies middle school. The Western New Yor…

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After years of living in Craneridge near Kissing Bridge, Donna Evans-Deyermond and her husband, Calvin Deyermond, decided to move to Buffalo. After renting an apartment on Richmond Avenue for four years, they decided city living was indeed for them. The house they bought just over two years ago has two other apartments in it. It also has a large yard. This was a must si…

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It’s winter. It’s cold. For many, it’s turtleneck time. “I’m a turtleneck kind of person,” said Vania Escauriza, 37, a Buffalo-based designer who runs Vania & David, 1007 Elmwood Ave., along with her husband David Martinez. For others, it’s never turtleneck time. “I never wear them. Neither do my friends. My mom wears them, and my older aunts wear them,” said …

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Goodbye greenery. Hello ultra violet. Pantone Color Institute has named this shade of purple its color of the year for 2018. All this talk about ultra violet got me thinking about shades of purple in general. I recall the day my mother hauled off and painted the master bedroom a shade of purple. I was probably age 5 or 6, but if I close my eyes now and try to picture…

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A man walks into a garden center. It’s Dec. 24. He asks the sales person, “What should I get for my … ?” Here the story can go several ways. The gift could be for (a) his wife because he is late (again), (b) a dinner party, (c) his mother in the senior residence, (d) his tennis partner who gardens, or (e) his niece the new chef. He doesn’t know anything about plants, and h…

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Sometimes people fall in love with a house when they aren't even in the market for one. Such is the case with Steve and Maureen Bowen. They were living in Toronto at the time ... but not for long after seeing this house up for sale. Moving was nothing new to the couple. Steve Bowen, a now-retired information technology executive, was often transferred during his career.…

Lifestyles

This is not only the most wonderful time of the year, it's the most Buffalo time of the year. Let's celebrate that in our holiday shopping. Museums, galleries, even hospitals have decked their gift shops for your shopping pleasure. Treat yourself to a stop at one of them. The reasons are many. First, it's fun. You might not have two hours to devote to perusing …

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There’s nothing new about ugly Christmas sweater theme days, contests and websites. People have been throwing ugly sweater parties for years. In fact, Dec. 23 is the date of the 16th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party in Vancouver, B.C., which has been called “the birthplace of the original ugly holiday sweater party.” So with National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day arrivi…

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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, …

Gardening

The next two weekends are good times to buy a cut Christmas tree, preferably fresh from local farms. The Western New York Christmas Tree Farmers Association lists 17 member growers in Erie County and seven in Niagara County and surely there are others who aren’t yet members. You might consider hurrying out to a farm this year a little sooner than in the past. While a snowf…