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Susan Martin

Susan Martin is Home & Style editor at The Buffalo News. She is a native of Western New York and graduated from St. Lawrence University and Syracuse University.


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The Junior League of Buffalo and The Buffalo News are seeking proposals for proceeds from the 2019 Decorators’ Show House, which was held last spring. Qualified not-for-profit agencies in Buffalo and Western New York may apply. A preliminary application is required and must be received at Junior League headquarters by noon Dec. 4. Application and details for submitting …

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Name: Chris J. Handley, 36 Who he is: Actor, singer, teacher and coach who will star as Buddy the Elf in the MusicalFare Theatre production of “Elf the Musical” (Nov. 13-Dec. 22). He is associate artistic director at Alleyway Theatre, where he is head of the Alleyway Theatre School of Western New York. In May he will take over as executive artistic director at Alleyway.…

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Local interior designer Barb Reformat, vice president of the Interior Design Association of  Western New York, and showroom designer at Tiles International in Orchard Park, recently submitted photos of the two-bedroom, 2½-bath townhouse she and her husband bought in 2017 and completely remodeled. Here is how she described the place in The Buffalo News' "Home of the Week…

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Cold weather wreaks havoc on the skin. We asked a few WNYers who spend quite a bit of time outdoors – or with their hands in water – to share some of their skincare strategies as well as the products they depend on. Here are their edited responses. Lizzy Dugan, owner of Salon Elizabeth, Elma. Professional hair and makeup artist specializing in bridal beauty. For …

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For some people, it’s true: You can go home again. At the Buffalo home of Dr. Joseph Capuana, a dentist, and Jan Capuana, a registered nurse, many years have been spent transforming the house that Jan Capuana grew up in – first as a place to raise their own children and now as one to welcome their grandchildren. She is the decorator with a knack for shopping consignment…

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Robert Mattison and his wife, Heather Rease Mattison, are the owners of Graestone Manor - described on the website as "Western New York's Most Haunted Bed & Breakfast." The restored Victorian property sits along the Erie Canal in Niagara County and is the site of paranormal investigations, including a sold-out ghost hunt on Oct. 31. It was featured Oct. 8 in a se…

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Warm and sunny one day. Cold and rainy the next. Dressing this time of year in Western New York can be problematic. Some people make it look easy – perfect layering strategy, stylish rain boots, midweight coat for ducking out of the office at lunchtime ... We reached out to several of the stylish WNYers who have appeared in The Buffalo News’ ongoing fashion series "7…

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A circle of ghosts with glowing eyes. A 7-foot animated clown with a creepy laugh holding a screaming doll by its ankles. A neon “Bates Motel” sign. And the word “Help” written in red on the front door, under the not-so-subtle message: “You’re next.” These and other Halloween decorations at Samantha Muscato’s City of Tonawanda home range from Pinterest-inspired homem…

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It's the season for mums. Earlier this month we asked four floral and decorating experts to share some ideas on how to decorate with them. After that, we invited readers to send us photos of how they display mums outside their own homes. Below, you will see mums planted in a window box and in a flower bed. You will see them combined with other plants in containers. A…

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Barbara Buchnowski recently shared photos and a description of her year-round home in Sunset Bay, in the Town of Hanover in Chautauqua County. “Sunset has approximately 1,600 residents, and has transformed from the 1930s and '40s of mostly summer rental cottages to year-round living. It’s a tight-knit community that looks out for one another, and we have a blast especia…

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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 t…

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Name: Gina Lattuca, 53. Who she is: Chief communications officer at the SPCA Serving Erie County, where she has worked for 29 years. The 1984 graduate of Maryvale High School earned an English degree with a communications minor from SUNY Fredonia and now serves on its alumni board. She is very involved in her church, the Chapel at CrossPoint, Getzville. ("I'm very passi…

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Some people love fall mums. Others ... not so much. Still, those oh-so-familiar mums are easy to find, easy to transport and, quite frankly, look right at home alongside pumpkins, corn husks and all those colorful leaves that will soon be covering your lawn and flower beds. While some people plant hardy garden mums in the ground, others use readily available mums to …

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Name: Therese Deutschlander, 38. Who she is: Owner of Thin Ice gift shop, 719 Elmwood Ave., which opened in 2006 and specializes in one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, pottery, home decor and more from 200 local and regional artists; president of the Elmwood Village Association; founding member of the Elmwood Strip merchants group. The Lancaster native graduated from SUNY B…

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Johanna C. Dominguez doesn’t just provide a home for her four cats. She also gives them a safe and special place of their own outdoors. It’s called a catio – or cat patio. Sirius, Weasley, Tovenaar and Merlin can enter the screened-in, multilevel structure through a cat door installed in her house. The enclosed structure measures about 13-by-4 feet and stands 9 fe…