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When I think about velvet in the home, I think of the year I decided to sew emerald green velvet pillows for my mother for Christmas. I was in high school, had minimal sewing skills, but I thought it was just what my mother - and our living room - needed. During study halls, I would venture down to the Home Ec room and sew away. I don't recall much else about this ambitiou…

I remember one December day some years back when I piled my daughter and aunt into the car and headed up to Lewiston for the annual holiday tour of homes. Yes, I had laundry waiting for me back home, shopping to do and a long list of errands to tackle. But still we went  - and had a lovely, memorable afternoon. Home tours are fun any time of the year, but at Christm…

Whether you're hosting a Thanksgiving feast or a Christmas cocktail party, early planning not only smooths the way but also elevates your game. It enables you to better enjoy the adventure of holiday entertaining while adding memorable touches that make your guests feel extra special. It can help you stay calm, stick closer to budget, try out new decorating ideas and get t…

The Niagara Frontier Orchid Society will hold its Fall Orchid Show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. There will be orchid displays, growing demonstrations and orchid vendors. Your admission to the Gardens includes the Orchid Show. In addition, a seminar of national speakers …

New York State tree lovers and plant industry professionals have a new reason to be proud: Draves Arboretum in Darien was recently accredited by the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program, which was created by the Morton Arboretum and is the only international program that evaluates arboreta. Thanks to arborist and plantsman Tom Draves, Western New York can claim a destina…

The 2017 Decorators' Show House has been selected and it, like previous local Show Houses dating back to 1981, has an interesting story. Located at 766 Ellicott St., the August Feine House is currently empty but being restored as part of the Expansion Campaign for Kevin Guest House, located next door. For 44 years, Kevin Guest House has served as a healthcare hospitality h…

I've always gotten a kick out of the names companies give to nail polish and paint colors. I love the visuals that pop in my head when I come across a nail lacquer called Snazzy Hound (MAC, its creator, describes the color as a mid-tone gray) or a paint named Swimming (an aquatic blue, of course, from Sherwin-Williams). But since paint companies and trend forecasters are c…

A very big show is coming to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens bringing orchid lovers from across the country and offering you a chance to embrace this diverse and dazzling plant family. If you are a casual orchid fan, with a couple of moth orchids (Phalaenopsis) in your window or fond memories of Grandma’s corsage, prepare to be amazed: There is so much more…

A fall ritual at our house, as it is at suburban homes in wintry climes across the land, is to clear out the attached garage to make space for the cars. In our case, two cars. One (mine) has been happily at home in there all summer. Each night, I would pull into the right side of the two-car garage while my husband would park his car on the left side of the driveway.…

We live in a world of news-by-soundbite, and often there’s no time for in-depth thinking about what we hear - including about the weather. Yet for farmers, gardeners, garden centers and the landscape community there’s nothing more important than weather, especially when it comes to frosts and freezes. What does it mean when the meteorologist mentions a frost warning…