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Home of the Week, Nov. 20: Shotwells go vintage in Amherst

When Jim and Kate Shotwell decided to find the right house for the next stage of their lives, they knew what they were looking for. After doing some updates in their Amherst residence, they are feeling right at home.

Kate Shotwell, a retired teacher from Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda schools, shared this description with The Buffalo News:

“We moved to our current home about four years ago. Family needs were the top consideration when deciding which home to purchase. We needed a first-floor bedroom and room for our six grandchildren (ages 6 to 15), who all live in the area. The home we bought has a first-floor master suite, bedrooms for the grandkids, and a room that we made into a craft room (our favorite room!),” she wrote.

“The home needed much updating inside and out. We spent the first year working on the interior and then moved on to the exterior,” she added.

A farmhouse, apron-front sink and vertical plate rack are found in the new kitchen. (Photos courtesy Kate Shotwell)

After updating their Amherst home of four years inside and out, Jim and Kate Shotwell couldn't be happier.

As for the furnishings: “Our home is 95 percent vintage, antique, thrifted and inherited. Most everything in our home has special meaning to us in some way."

But the home is not “finished.”

“We believe that a home needs to evolve, just like people, so we are always arranging, replacing, painting, and searching for that just right piece. Our family spends much time at our home and we couldn’t be happier,” she said.

The grandkids love the craft room.

Do you love your house enough to show it off like the Shotwells did? This could be your chance.

The Buffalo News is looking for other beautiful local homes and the stories behind them and their décor.

Those chosen will be displayed in a weekly feature at and could be chosen as Home of the Month with a three-page spread in a Sunday edition of The Buffalo News.

If you are interested, tell us about your home in 150 words or less, and email 10 images (in .jpg form) of the interior and exterior to

Those chosen for will be contacted by Home and Style Editor Susan Martin. A phone number is helpful but not necessary. Single-family homes, condominiums, lofts and apartments are eligible.

The News will include your name and the city or town in which you reside but not your exact address.


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