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Home of the Week: Colorful inside and out

The garden at Jim and Leslie Charlier’s home has been a must-see for years during the annual Garden Walk Buffalo. It has been featured in numerous national publications, including This Old House, Backyard Solutions and Fine Gardening.

This week, we take a look at the inside of their home, with its local artwork, colorful walls and handcrafted items.

Jim Charlier runs JCharlier Communication Design and is a former president (2006-2013) of Garden Walk Buffalo. He also writes a gardening blog,

Leslie Charlier is an international flight attendant. Their daughter, Margaux, is a college sophomore.

Here is how Jim Charlier described their place for our latest Home of the Week online feature for the Home & Style section of The Buffalo News:

“The house is a 1897 Dutch Colonial, defined by its gambrel roof and rounded half tower.

“Most artwork, inside and out, is either made by me, our friends or local artists – including the lightning-bolt-shaped lightning rod by metal sculptor Mark Griffis.

“We purchased the home, only one house in from Elmwood Avenue, in 2001. The previous owners had done a great job of modernizing the kitchen and utilities and had work done to each room – very tastefully – but just not our more colorful taste.

“It’s been called ‘the cartoon castle’ by some friends. We’re still friends,” he wrote.

Do you love your house enough to show it off like the Charliers 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 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 hi-res 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. 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.

*Click on the Home of the Week tag, below, to see more from our weekly series.

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