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Home of the Week: A 'loving work in progress' in University Heights

Jan Capuana and her husband, Joe, are always working on their house in the University Heights neighborhood. One highlight is the train in the family room that runs on tracks that Joe, a dentist, installed near the ceiling. Their four grandchildren love it.

Here is how Jan, a registered nurse, described the place for our Home of the Week online feature:

"I am 64 and have lived in my University Heights home since I was 18 months old. I moved out at 22 and married my husband, Joe. Ten years and three children later, we purchased my childhood home from my mother and have been there since.

"Our home is a loving work in progress. Over the years, Joe’s countless home improvement projects have made it beautiful and functional.

"I am the decorator. I search everywhere (love consignment finds!), looking for pieces that add personality and joy to each space.

"A favorite spot is our bright living room which includes a Peter Fowler original painting of my late mother and built-in window seat, adorned in polka dot, striped and bird pillows, overlooking our front garden.

"A favorite among grandchildren is the family room, where Joe built tracks along the ceiling for a train that whistles and smokes as it moves around the room!," she wrote.

The family room with train. (Photo courtesy of Jan Capuana)

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 at least 10 images (in .jpg form) of the interior and exterior to

It’s OK to separate the images into several emails.

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. We will not print your exact street address, although we do like to include the town, city or neighborhood in which you live.

If you have difficulty submitting images, please email

* In case you missed our last Home of the Week:

Home of the Week: The feel of French country in the suburbs

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