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Home of the Week: Mannequin in the house!

Caroline Lockhart has found some interesting ways to personalize the one-story rental she shares with her husband, John, in a Town of Hamburg complex.

First, consider Maxine the mannequin, a birthday gift from her daughter, Kelly Kooken, that is displayed in a corner of the living room. Then there are the small dollhouses she designed and furnished herself that now serve as lamp bases.

She calls her plant-filled patio her "sanctuary."

She and John, her second husband, moved from a second-floor unit a little more than a year ago. Now in their 70s, they had sold their home in Hamburg about 10 years ago.

They have downsized, but she still surrounds herself with her favorite things.

Her husband worked for 42 years at the ConAgra flour mill on Childs Street. They have been married 18 years.

"He had to get used to all of the things I had around," said Lockhart, who for years worked at the now-closed Fashion Bug clothing store in Hamburg.

Here is how she described their home in an email for our Home of the Week online feature:

“I have combined country, one-of-a-kind creations and antiques to create a soothing and interesting home décor.

“I have unique pieces such as a teacup chandelier and lamp, Maxine the mannequin, a framed dress from the Vietnam War era as well as many other unusual items.

“My small porch is my sanctuary. I have combined beautiful plants to make a small space seem like a big space,” she wrote.

Do you love your house enough to show it off? 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 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. 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.

* Take a look at last week’s Home of the Week:

Home of the Week: Touches of whimsy in a Hamburg colonial


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