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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.


Mister Rogers must be pleased. Today, his comfy cardigans are sported by tots, teens and trendsetters all over the neighborhood.The cardigan sweater. Transgenerational. Transseasonal. Practically unisex.Who could have guessed that the style popularized by the Earl of Cardigan in 1854 would become so timeless? So tireless?Traditional styles look as updated today as eve…

The home is full of design challenges that can boggle the mind. Decorating the 35 square feet of wall above the sofa is one of them.Should you invest hundreds of dollars in art work? Hang a mirror? Try your hand at arranging family photos? Or do nothing and tell friends you're a minimalist?The least expensive solution may just be the simplest: Move the couch."Many peo…

You can't resist touching the exquisite shawls found in Pamela M. Palma's studio. And no wonder. The textile designer uses luxurious yarns to create her wearable works of art.Ms. Palma, who opened a local company called Illusions in 1987 after receiving a degree in design from Buffalo State College, creates hand-woven and hand-painted clothing, accessories and wall ha…

All of us sleep. Most of us prefer to have some privacy while doing so. And the rooms we choose for slumber, generally, are pretty personal places.Guests may poke their heads inside the bedroom to collect their coats after a party, naturally. But the boudoir rarely is the setting for cocktails or dinner, unless, of course, such a gathering happens to be an intimate li…

IT'S HOOPS SEASON again, and you don't have to be Calvin Klein to notice a style change on the basketball court.Some very tall men are running around in baggy shorts and Lycra girdles.OK, so maybe they just look like Lycra girdles. But have you checked out the Syracuse University Orangemen's uniforms lately?Derrick Coleman, Billy Owens, LeRon Ellis all are wearing the…

YOUR LIVING room is less than lovely. Your bedroom, borderline blah. Your dining room, downright drab.It's time to update. But you, like most amateur decorators on the planet, may not be sure how to spend decorating dollars.So we asked five local professionals to help spend it for you -- whether your budget is $50, $500, $1,000 or $5,000. Oh, what a wing chair can doF…

IF FEELINGS of dread creep into your Sunday nights -- and not even watching an episode of "Murder, She Wrote" can snap you out of it -- you may be suffering from the Sunday blues.But remember this: You're not alone."The Sunday blues are a small emotional land mine planted in our week, waiting to explode at a moment when we are vulnerable," Judith Sills writes in the J…

MICHAEL J. FOX in Nikes with electric laces. Michelle Pfeiffer in a sexy red gown. Steve Martin in a cowboy outfit -- with chaps cut from a shaggy bathroom rug.Not all looks become legends on the silver screen, but when it comes to watching the people who set the stage for fashion, the movies are a great place to start."Blaze" takes us back to the late 1950s, when a L…

MICHAEL J. FOX in Nikes with electric laces. Michelle Pfeiffer in a sexy red gown. Steve Martin in a cowboy outfit -- with chaps cut from a shaggy bathroom rug.Not all looks become legends on the silver screen, but when it comes to watching the people who set the stage for fashion, the movies are a great place to start."Blaze" takes us back to the late 1950s, when a L…

COUNTING THE DAYSJUST WHEN YOU thought all the fun of the holiday season was over comes this cause for celebration: January is National Prune Breakfast Month.OK, OK, we know what you're thinking. Just how much jubilation can one person stand, right?Besides that, there's barely enough time after Christmas to gear up for Man Watchers Week (Jan. 14 to 20); National Print…

On top of the ratingsWho's got the best hair -- on the air?Connie Chung, who anchors the CBS news program "Saturday Night With Connie Chung," and Kimberly Foster, who plays the feisty Michelle Stevens on CBS' "Dallas," received praise from one local style-watcher.Chung's glossy hair, which is cut one length in back and slightly layered in front, "looks sophisticated and f…

Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?Some of today's watches have less to do with time than with style -- even status. Oh sure, the darn thing has to get you to the church on time, but wrist watchers look for something more.They want sports watches, novelty watches, designer watches. They want a watch that will take them 12,000 feet in th…

IT'S CHRISTMAS morning, and the lights are strung, the gifts unwrapped, the carols sung. Now's the time to sit back and relax; the holiday rush is over.Or is it?If the next few days find your doorbell ringing with holiday well-wishers, some last-minute party and decorating ideas may be in order. Sure, the house -- in all its holiday splendor -- already looks festive (…

WAS A TIME when Christmas trees were green, lights blinked, and trimmings consisted of strands of cranberries, familiar ornaments and a big, shiny star.Today, traditionalists continue to string popcorn, cut out paper snowflakes and deck trees with an eclectic but treasured assortment of decorations. But a new variety of Christmas tree has taken root everywhere from fl…