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Home of the Month: Winter wonderland in Amherst

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 York natives bought the house just outside the Village of Williamsville in 2016.

“The land that used to be flooded with overgrown trees now is the cozy location where our family of three – including our teacup Yorkie, Daisy – enjoys board games and family dinner each Sunday, hosting guests for weekend brunch, and styling each unique space so that it evokes feelings of warmth and joy,” said Heidie Buffomante, assistant principal at Hoover Middle School in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District.

While Heidie Buffomante points out rugs, window treatments and other finds purchased from Target, Kirkland’s, TJ Maxx, Tuesday Morning and Hobby Lobby, she and her husband are also committed to supporting small local businesses. Some of their favorites for shopping new, vintage or repurposed items include Molly + Kate in Hamburg, Nigh Road Farmhouse, also in Hamburg, and Tattered Tulip in Lockport.

“We work to bring in pieces built, created or designed by local vendors, artisans or small businesses,” she said. “Being thoughtful about what you bring into your home not only functions to welcome others but is also a conversation starter into the genuine people working towards the resurgence of Buffalo in their small business pursuit,” she said.

At the time the house was under construction and available for purchase, the Buffomantes were foster parents and looking for a home that offered more space than their approximate 1,200-square-foot starter home. The 2,700-square-foot new home built by Granite Home Builders also offers plenty of space for entertaining and hobbies.

The second floor has a "wrapping room.” “I take great pride in creating personalized gifts and wrapping them as a finishing touch. Now I have an inspiring place for doing that,” she said.

A large living space at the top of the stairs features a wall filled with Adam Buffomante’s sports memorabilia and a trunk for storing his well-organized, lifelong collection of sports cards. A carpeted dormer room, also on the second floor, is an ideal place for young visitors to play.

Heidie Buffomante, who has a passion for styling – and restyling – said that she became interested in decorating while at home recovering from a traumatic brain injury in 2014.

This month, her decor has a winter wonderland theme, with lots of white, cream, bleached wood, warm gold and silver. Even the Christmas stockings are ivory or soft gray. These seasonal accents blend right in with the cream linen-covered sofas, antique white furniture and cream velvet drapery panels.

Everything has a place. “We don’t have clutter,” Adam Buffomante said.

The couple paid $290,000 for the house and then invested in additional items including custom closet storage, custom window shutters and the kitchen backsplash.

The couple used peel-and-stick wallcovering to create an accent wall. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Some highlights of the home:

• The couple created an accent wall in the living room with peel-and-stick wallcovering in a pattern called “Reclaimed Wood” by Devine Color purchased from Target. In tones of gray, the faux pattern mimics distressed wood.

• The kitchen features cream-colored cabinets with a dark wood kitchen island; granite countertops; stainless appliances; recessed lighting, and a backsplash created from mini subway tiles. A pair of tractor seat stools at the kitchen island adds a fun touch, while accessories on display include MacKenzie-Childs hand-painted ceramics in the Courtly Check pattern mixed with finds from Hobby Lobby and other stores. A hot cocoa station is located near the stove.

A black-and-white checked table runner from Kirkland’s and a checked pillow from Eddie Bauer are found in the adjoining dining room and echo the pattern of the MacKenzie-Childs ceramics.

• A once dilapidated window transformed by Michele DePasquale of Buffalo Pallet Art serves as a backdrop for seasonal displays, including a pair of vintage-looking wooden skis from Michaels. In the fall, Heidi Buffomante hung a wreath on the frame. Soon, she will refresh this and other accessories throughout the home.

“My style changes and I move things,” she said.

Her husband added: “I’ll come home and the pictures will be changed around."

The kitchen. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

The blue print

A peek inside the Buffomantes’ home:

Layout: Living room opens to dining area and kitchen. First floor also features a master bedroom with bath and custom closet, a half bath and a laundry room with office area. Second floor features a large open living space; a large dormer room with closet; a guest bedroom, and another bedroom they use as a gift-wrapping room. There’s also a basement.

Colors: A neutral palette of grays, whites and creams with metallic accents for the holidays.

Furnishings: Antiques, items that look like antiques, some new pieces – including finds from

Accessories: Framed wedding and family photos; sports memorabilia; locally purchased items, some handcrafted.

Floors: Hand-scraped hardwood, for a slightly distressed appearance. Area rugs.

Window treatments: Custom white shutters. Drapery panels on rods, including white velvet in the master bedroom and cream velvet in the living and dining rooms.

The master bedroom. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

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