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Fans of home makeovers will be eager to see what design pros have dreamed up for Decorators’ Show House 2017. They have to wait until April 29, however, when the transformed house opens its doors to the public for its three-week run. But the biennial event, which dates back to 1981, is such a longtime tradition in Western New York that we decided to give readers a tre…

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Recent issues of Country Living and Better Homes & Gardens have landed on my desk, and I have no intention of sharing them. Why? Because both magazine covers are bursting with blooms – gorgeous flowers in pink, peach, purple, coral and yellow. I just love looking at them. Inside Country Living, the April issue, I find an article on repurposing old items as vessels…

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Gardeners are eager for spring, no doubt, but we must restrain our impulses to uncover the plants, pull back the mulch, and walk around the garden. You do not have to tie yourself to the living room chair, however. Some early yard and garden tasks and preparations are best done in March and many people miss the moment. Let’s get going on the early season planning and …

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East Aurora Garden Club will meet at noon Monday in St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Main and Maple streets, East Aurora. Park in rear. The annual cold potluck salad luncheon will be followed by the installation of officers. Guests welcome.  For meeting or club information call 980-3202 or 652-4985. Kenmore Garden Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Banchetti by Riz…

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The annual Buffalo Home Show opened at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Friday, March 3, 2017. It runs March 3-5 and March 10-12. It's open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

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Some Western New Yorkers visit Walt Disney World over the winter or spring school breaks. This weekend and next, a bit of Disney comes to Western New York Or, more precisely, to the Buffalo Home Show, where Mickey-inspired home furnishings will be on display. They are all part of the new Ethan Allen / Disney collection being showcased at the Design Home on the second fl…

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Last week the shorts and tees came out of the dressers. Joggers jogged and dogs ran in the parks. Some people as well as plants became confused. Is it spring already? While the record-warm days of mid-February felt great for most people, it was not a good thing from a horticulture perspective. Wine grape producer Rick Walker commented: "The winter weather certainly has …

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Western New York Iris Society will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Lancaster Public Library, 5466 Broadway, Lancaster. Neil Houghton, vice president of the Greater Rochester Iris Society, will present a garden photography workshop focusing on basic techniques that apply to any photos, especially Irises, from any camera, click and shoot, cell phone or high-end digital SLR. Cal…

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Recent warm days have me thinking about spring colors, which is why I really love the turquoise dining chairs I saw on the Better Homes & Gardens website. The turquoise spindle-back chairs – in different but complementary styles – surrounded a farmhouse-style dining table. Somebody better keep me away from the paint department at my neighborhood hardware stor…

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Winter is a great time to learn, plan and review, so I am presenting some basic gardening principles and practices this month. Most recently – if you missed a Friday – I covered groundcovers and vegetable gardening, especially the timing for spring planting and what to grow from seeds or seedlings. This week the topic is basic perennials: what everyone should know t…

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Recently, when perusing the Apartment Therapy website, I came across an old post entitled “Don’t Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON’T Need At Home.” Topping the list: Top sheet. “Forgoing a top sheet has made zero difference in my sleeping comfort, but a major difference in my laundry load and morning bed-making time. I’m a convert,” wrote contributor…

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Creative juices were flowing and so were the fabrics during New York Fashion Week, which ended Thursday. As designers presented their collections for next fall and winter, styles ranged from crisp white blouses to embellished eveningwear. Menswear plaids and autumnal shades of camel, gray, navy and, of course, black filled the runways but floral prints and colors more o…

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Sometimes I teach vegetable gardening, as it was my original gardening passion and the topic of my first book writing for Rodale. I have learned to clarify some basic premises to make vegetable gardening easier for new gardeners or the experienced-but-confused. One of the most helpful things to understand is which plants are worth starting from seed, and which ones do best…

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Smallwood Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in Williamsville United Methodist Church, 5681 Main Street (at Oakgrove), Williamsville. Donna Lipowicz will present "Floral Serenity: Orchids! Orchids! Orchids!" She has 20 years of experience growing and showing orchids and is a fourth-year student orchid judge. If you have a submission for Garden Notes, please send i…

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In celebration of red - and in time for Valentine's Day - here are some quotes on this vibrant primary gathered from BrainyQuote.com and other sources. These ran along with my Sunday story in the Home & Style section: “I love red. Red pants. Red suit. Red coat. Red anything.” – Brad Goreski, television personality/celebrity fashion stylist “When in doubt…