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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.


Home and Style

The Palmer Centennial House, an arts-and-crafts-style home at 288 Lincoln Parkway, has been chosen as the 20th Decorators’ Show House to take place next spring, the Junior League of Buffalo has announced. The three-story home was designed by architect Ulysses G. Orr in 1910 when the street was known as North Lincoln Boulevard. Highlights include a large first floor with…

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The last weekend in July is always reserved for Garden Walk Buffalo; hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 28-29. The free two-day event, now in its 24th year, is self-guided and includes more than 360 gardens. No tickets are required. Free maps can be downloaded online. Maps and merchandise can be found at two main headquarters during the hours of the walk: Evergreen Health…

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Name: Louise Sano, 41. Who she is: Owner of Global Villages, a shop at 216 Grant St. that specializes in home accessories, jewelry and other gifts from artisans around the world, and Global Chic, 242 Grant St., a clothing boutique that also sells African wax print fabrics. She is on the board of the Girls Education Collaborative and the Westminster Economic Development …

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For our latest Reader Challenge, we asked for photos of unique garden art in your yard – that animal figurine, offbeat sculpture or other decorative item that stands out and makes people smile. We received a bunch but we needed to narrow down the options. Thank you to everyone who participated in the challenge. Now it’s readers’ turn to vote. This week you have four …

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The backyard at Julia and Tony Favorito’s Linwood Avenue home has paths that take you through a formal garden. A side section that takes you into a potager (kitchen garden). And a hand-built sphere that takes you back to geometry class. Triangles. Hexagons. Pentagons. When you study the round structure or, better still, step inside it – and, yes, you can do that – that’…

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Readers voted on their top choice for our last Reader Challenge: outdoor pillows. Now we are working on a new one. This week is your chance to show off a single piece of unique garden art in your yard – that one animal figurine, offbeat sculpture or other decorative item that stands out and makes people smile. Nothing too serious or ordinary, please. Email your ph…

Gardening

Caroline Lockhart has found some interesting ways to personalize the one-story rental she shares with her husband, John, in a Town of Hamburg complex. First, consider Maxine the mannequin, a birthday gift from her daughter, Kelly Kooken, that is displayed in a corner of the living room. Then there are the small dollhouses she designed and furnished herself that now serv…

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Name: Fotini Galanes, 53. Her first name is pronounced Foe-tee-NEE Who she is: Mom to 15-year-old Martino. Artist, muralist and creator of My Mark Matters, a global, interactive humanitarian project for which she received an Arts Services Initiative of WNY (ASI) DEC Grant with the support of the Park School of Buffalo. (Read more on her website.) The Williamsville South…

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The Lancaster Garden Walk throughout the Village of Lancaster and Town of Lancaster is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 21 and 22. An evening tour is scheduled for 8:45 to 11 p.m. July 20. Tour-day headquarters include: Two Chicks and a Rooster, 732 Aurora St., Petals to Please, 5870 Broadway and Simply Italiano, 85 Central Ave. The 15th annual Village of Willia…

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The pillows on the front porch of Pamela Langowski 's home in the Town of Elma earned the No. 1 spot among readers. The photo received 79.5 percent of the votes. Langowski, who moved into her house just shy of two years ago, said that her mix of colorful pillows is her attempt at curb appeal  – to create a visual treat for walkers-by. “I love being outside and part o…

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There’s a new garden walk in town. On Saturday, 42 gardens on Buffalo’s East Side will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free and self-guided, the walk includes both residential and community gardens. Brochures with maps are available now at GardensBuffaloNiagara.com and at the Central Library and eight other city public libraries. How did it evolve? Mast…

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Kathy Northway has enjoyed decorating her Village of Hamburg home through the years, and often gets the itch to rearrange the furniture. Northway, a retired global studies teacher who worked at Frontier Central High School for 25 of her 37 teaching years, described her home in an email for our Home of the Week online feature: “My house is a warm and inviting home; pe…

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Name: Mary Pabst, 59. Who she is: Her field is fine art sales and custom picture frame design, a business she has been in since age 17. A resident of Clarence, she works at Vern Stein Art & Frame in Williamsville. She and her husband, Steve, have two grown children. Passions include interior design and gardening. The Pabsts' home was featured as a Home of the Week o…

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Grab a bottled water and some walking shoes. Garden tour season has heated up. The following are scheduled for July 14 and/or July 15 (with one kicking off with an evening tour July 13). • The City of Tonawanda Garden Walk is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 14. A Friday Night Lights tour will take place from 9 to 11 p.m. July 13. Look for maps online and at city ha…

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For our latest Reader Challenge, we asked for photos of fabulous outdoor pillows on porches, patios and other outside settings. We received some beauties but not as many submissions as in previous challenges. We can only imagine the excuses. “I was too full to do anything after the Taste of Buffalo.” “My iPhone told me its storage is full.” “The dog ate my throw pill…