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Home of the Week: Counting blessings in Amherst

The outside of Judie and Bob Pufpaff’s Amherst home is decorated for Easter. Groups of plastic eggs are displayed on the tufts of the clipped juniper in the front yard, which she calls her “bonsai tree.” A 3-foot-tall Easter basket holds more eggs.

Inside, many angels and a collection of handmade panoramic sugar eggs are displayed.

Judie Pufpaff is an artist and member of the Williamsville Art Society, the Buffalo Society of Artists and the Buffalo Niagara Art Association.

She and her sister, Lois Pankow, used to make and sell their panoramic sugar eggs at the Broadway Market.

While house gatherings are on hold for now, this is how Judie Pufpaff described how much she has enjoyed the home for The Buffalo News “Home of the Week” online feature:

“I love my home because it is a warm, cozy place to gather with our family and friends for dinner and visiting.

“I especially enjoy baking specialty desserts, where my kitchen allows me to view the angel garden window, or visit with others through the window to the dining room.

“My passions are my family, my church, painting, gardening, and baking.

"One of the paintings is 'Count It All Joy' James 1:2, which is the way I live my life.

“Angels are everywhere present in my life, home, garden and hidden in all of my paintings.

“My husband, Bob, a retired art teacher and swim coach, is always supportive of my many interests as are our three children, their spouses and our grandchildren.

“I am grateful for all of the blessings in my life. Even during this time of worldwide crisis, there is much for which to be thankful,” she wrote.

Judie Pufpaff's art studio in her Amherst home. (Photo courtesy of Judie Pufpaff)

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

In fall 2017, The Buffalo News Home & Style section launched a digital feature called “Home of the Week.” It’s been highly popular. Who doesn’t like to peek inside other people’s homes – especially local ones?

Since launching, readers have regularly sent in photos and described what they love about their homes.

We have featured old city homes, townhouses, a riverside ranch, a rural cabin, a penthouse apartment and many more.

Now we are hoping to continue this feature – perhaps with a new emphasis on how homeowners and apartment dwellers are adapting their spaces during this time of “stay at home.”

How have you improvised a work-at-home space? A place for kids to do their schoolwork?

Perhaps you have carved out a space for yoga, exercise, a new hobby or just a quiet spot for reading. If you have organized or redecorated a room, we would love to see that, too.

Or maybe you like the place just as it is. We’re waiting to hear more about it.

Here’s what you need to do if you’re interested in submitting your residence for Home of the Week: Tell us about your home in 150 words or less, and email 10 high-resolution images (in JPEG form) of the interior (and exterior, if you wish) to

It’s OK to send the images split among several emails. Please include your name and the city or town where you live. A phone number is also helpful.

We will contact those chosen to be featured on We will include your first and last names and the city or town in which you reside, but not your exact address and certainly not your phone number.

Single-family homes, condominiums, lofts and apartments are eligible. For this digital feature, we will publish some or all of the photos you submitted.

Questions? Problems submitting photos? Please email Home & Style Editor Susan Martin at

In case you missed last week's feature:

Home of the Week: Sanctuary in Snyder

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