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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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Name: Anne Marie Biron, 38. Who she is: Owner of Four Honey Bees Cottage, a gift and home furnishings store at 306 Main St., East Aurora. The Western New York native is mother of four,  ages 8 to 14. What she's wearing:  Opting for a dressy look, she wore a black lace jumpsuit from a boutique in Armonk, N.Y.; dangling earrings from her store, and red-soled black pump…

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Two years ago, empty-nesters Pamela and Ray Witte moved from their two-story home in the Northtowns to a ranch-style home closer to the Southtowns. The Buffalo News recently reached out to Pamela Witte, a longtime interior designer and member of the Interior Design Association of Western New York. Here is how she described their home and her approach to decorating fo…

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Name: Hayley Carrow-Janecki, 31. Who she is: Fine artist specializing in oil painting and textiles; owner of Ró, a shop at 732 Elmwood Ave. in the Elmwood Village featuring mid-century authentic and inspired home decor. The Western New York native graduated from Alfred University with a bachelor of fine arts degree. She and her husband, contractor Nick Janecki, live in …

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Just in time for holiday gift-giving: Tickets are available for the 2019 Decorators’ Show House – including a combo gift ticket to see the house before and after its makeover. This year’s site: The Palmer Centennial House, 288 Lincoln Parkway. The arts-and-crafts style home was designed by architect Ulysses G. Orr in 1910. The combo ticket, $25, is for admission to b…

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Last fall, we launched an online feature called Home of the Week. This lets readers inside homes throughout Western New York. In the past year, we have featured a lake house, lofts, a cabin, old city houses, rural homes, suburban homes, townhouses and a penthouse apartment. Now, with a new fall/winter season – and the holidays – upon us, The Buffalo News continues to lo…

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Name: Dan Urtz, 27. Who he is: Buffalo resident and actor who plays Charlie Brown in the Theatre of Youth production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (Dec. 1-16). A native of Verona, N.Y., he graduated from Niagara University in 2014 with a bachelor of fine arts degree in theatre performance and has been acting in and around Buffalo ever since. What he’s wearing: "Laby…

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Name: Caitlin Deibel, 31. Who she is: Marketing manager at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House, 125 Jewett Parkway, since 2016. She has a bachelor of fine arts degree in fashion design from Syracuse University, with a minor in communications. She’s also a visual artist. What she’s wearing: A Pendleton quilted barn coat with plaid lining from eBay; First Standard Co. me…

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Kathy and Jim Szramkowski have lived in their farmhouse in the Southtowns since 2004. She’s a teacher’s aide at Iroquois Middle School; he’s a letter carrier. They have two grown children, ages 32 and 33, and their first grandchild is due in March. They love to entertain and are hosting Thanksgiving for 20 people. Here is how Kathy Szramkowski described the place for…

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Name: Erin Lalley-Bauer, 31. Who she is: Owner of Fern Croft Floral, 291 Bryant St. The Hamburg native graduated from the Art Institute of Boston and has a background in graphic design. She has a 7-year-old daughter, Bayla Bauer. What she’s wearing: Suzie Winkle blouse from August Market, East Aurora; black jeans from Everlane.com; boots from Clarks, Walden Galleria;…

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Name: Alessio Alessandro Yots, age 2 (in human years). Who he is: A 13.9-pound Havanese pup and social media star with a wardrobe to match. A former shelter dog, he lives in the Mattress Factory Lofts in Buffalo’s Hamlin Park Historic District with Louise and Tom Yots. He is photographed daily in one of Tom Yots’ “Adventure with Alessio” Facebook posts – always with a B…

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From the life-sized “Tin Man” in the dining room to the quirky sculptures in the garden, one gets the idea that every day has a touch of Halloween to it at the home of Charlie and Barb Mulloy. Vintage hats, clothing and handmade jewelry are part of the decor. Pumpkins take on facial expressions with springs, buttons and other objects. Even the outdoor sculptures are …

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Name: Mary Jean Jakubowski, 57. Who she is: Library director of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library system since June 2011. She joined the system in 1992 as a librarian and has since held a variety of positions, including chief operating officer and human resources officer. She graduated from Medaille College and holds a master’s degree in information and libra…

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Last fall, we launched an online feature called Home of the Week. This lets readers inside homes throughout Western New York. In the past year, we have featured a lake house, lofts, a cabin, old city houses, rural homes, suburban homes, townhouses and a penthouse apartment. Now, with a new fall season upon us, The Buffalo News continues to look for more homes to feature…