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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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Last fall, Judy and Alan Duchan moved into Canterbury Woods Gates Circle, after selling their home of 43 years in the Parkside neighborhood. This is how Judy Duchan, a retired University at Buffalo professor, and Alan Duchan, a retired economist at Canisius College, described their new apartment at Canterbury Woods, a continuing care retirement community: "Our 2,000-…

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Name: Olivia Cinquino, 17. Who she is: Daughter of Joy Testa Cinquino and David Cinquino. Senior at Amherst Central High School. Co-captain of the girls’ varsity field hockey team. Member of the Photography Club and Ski Club. Restaurant hostess. What she is wearing: Thrifted St. John’s Bay lightweight jacket purchased for $6 and American Eagle black jeans purchased f…

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This summer we launched a feature called Outdoor Spaces that ran online weekly at BuffaloNews.com and also in the Sunday Home & Style print edition. We saw lovely porches, decks and patios at homes throughout Western New York – along with many glorious gardens. You can see some of the highlights in our photo gallery. We're not done yet. Even though summer is draw…

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Courtney Gorman said she fell in love with her home the moment she saw it. Since buying it nearly six years ago, she has furnished and accessorized it with meaningful family pieces. She also has made several updates and, inspired by her late mother, developed a love for gardening. Here is how she described her background, her home and the style in which she has decorate…

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With three daughters ages 16 to 21 getting set for the new fall semester, chickens running around the backyard and rain threatening a long-planned photo shoot one afternoon in mid-August, Arno and Susan Tapani talked calmly about the home they have owned for 17 years. This is a home they have renovated, enlarged and continue to redecorate – and one that has been a gathe…

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Name: Robert P. Reeder, 72. Who he is: An interior designer for 40-some years working in different parts of the field with both architects and other residential designers, including the late Florence Cooper. A Cheektowaga native, he and his wife, Rebecca, are Amherst residents with one grown daughter, Alexandra. He is a graduate of the New York School of Interior Design…

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Like other seasoned gardeners, Donat Sadkowski knows how to plant a garden that offers endless color – from the yellow daffodils in spring to the pink plumes of Filipendula rubra in early July to the white climbing Clematis paniculata that blooms in September. “It looks like snow,” Sadkowski said. Different varieties of coleus change color as the season progresses. L…

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Tom Harty and Mary Jewett Harty have lived in their Snyder home for nearly three decades. For our Home of the Week online feature, Tom Harty submitted photos of the exterior of their home in four seasons, as well as some interiors. Here is how he described their home in an email: "You know you live in a good Western New York house when your grown children look forwar…

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Name: Erin Grajek, 41 Who she is: Associate vice president of marketing and visitor experience at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. The East Aurora native lives in Orchard Park with her husband, Mark Jakubowski, and their 3-year-old son, Myles. What she’s wearing: Skinny dark denim jeans from Calvin Klein purchased for $20 at Marshalls; white MICHAEL Mic…

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Nick and Beth Buscaglia said they are so busy preparing their garden in the spring that they sometimes pull a car onto the lawn, turn on the headlights and illuminate the front garden so they can work after the sun goes down. “We work in the garden nonstop in May and June – day and night, as they say,” said Beth Buscaglia, an architect. July is a particularly busy mo…

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This weekend's tour of residential gardens has a new name, new activities and new neighborhoods to visit. The former Black Rock-Riverside Garden Tour has grown into the Northwest Buffalo Tour of Gardens. “It now includes some of North Buffalo, so we’re really excited," said Mary Ann Kedron, president of the Black Rock-Riverside Alliance and committee member of the Bl…

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Name: Gretchen Meyers Wochensky, 38. Who she is: Self-taught jewelry designer who calls her business Peg’s Hardware, named after her grandmother Margaret “Peg” Criqui. Her jewelry is handcrafted from natural metals and stones and sold online. She and her husband, Al Wochensky, live in East Aurora and are parents to 4-month old Oliver, whom they call Ollie. What she’s…

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The frog statue above, stretched out on its belly near the hostas, received 44.7 percent of the votes in our latest Reader Challenge. This was the chance for readers to submit photos of their favorite garden decor. After we narrowed it down to four finalists, readers voted. Pam Lojacono, of Getzville, submitted the photo at the encouragement of her daughter, Victoria. S…

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Most gardeners talk about plants and flowers. Dick and Jeanne Phillips talk about the thousands of rocks and minerals displayed in their yard: albite, fluorrichterite, blue calcite, amazonite and pyrite – known as fool’s gold. Oh, there are plenty of flowers in their beautiful gardens – coneflowers, daisies, black-eyed Susans, dahlias – but the Phillipses said they plac…

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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. So far we have featured a lake house, a cabin, urban homes, rural homes, townhouses and an apartment. The Buffalo News continues to look for homes to feature and the stories behind them and their décor. Here's what you need to do if you’re int…