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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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Even good gardeners and horticulture professionals struggle with this question: “How can I keep this plant alive over the winter?” The problem is not about knowing what the plants need – science is clear on temperatures, moisture, care for most plant groups. The problem is: How can we provide the right conditions in our houses, basements, garages or yards? We don’t have…

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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…

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There's still time to email us a photo of your interesting headboard for this week's Reader Challenge. The headboard can be inherited, upholstered, dreamy, dramatic, rustic, contemporary, handcrafted or something you have re-purposed as a headboard. Through the years of visiting local homes for stories, we have seen some very creative headboards. Email your photo to …

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Thom Knab lives in one of the cottages on Buffalo’s West Side. Knab, an elementary school art teacher for Williamsville Central Schools, boys volleyball coach at Williamsville South and president elect of the National Art Education Association, has lived there for almost 10 years. His garden has been on Garden Walk Buffalo. Here is how he described his home for The …

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No matter how long we try to prolong the season, let’s face it: Mostly gardening time is over… except for cleaning up, putting away, and preparing for next year. This is the Top 10 To-Do list for wrapping up the season. 1. Clean up Remove and discard any flower, fruit, or vegetable plants that were diseased or insect-infected. Also discard weeds that have gone to se…

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Name: Novi Paluch, 44. What she does: Founder/owner of Sasmita Batik Indonesia, which has been in the Market Arcade, 617 Main St., for eight years. The boutique specializes in handmade clothing, jewelry, fabrics and crafts from home industries mostly in Indonesia but also Cambodia and Thailand. A native of Indonesia, she lives in North Buffalo with her husband, Rocky. S…

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For our latest Reader Challenge, we asked for photos of fall vignettes. After we narrowed it down to four, readers voted. Courtney Gorman's display received 82.4 percent of the votes. "I love to decorate," she said. Her outdoor display includes such seasonal items as cornstalks, a variety of pumpkins, mums, a friendly ghost and planters filled with grasses, pepper…

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Susan Cherry Redino and her husband, Rick Redino, have lived in their Eggertsville home for 32 years. She is an interior decorator who calls her business Cherry Tree Design – Lost & Found. He owns a metal recycling business. They have two grown children. Here is how Susan Redino described their place in an email for The Buffalo News’ Home of the Week online feature.…

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Name: Donald J. Siuta, 67. Who he is: Founder/director/owner of Art Dialogue Gallery, which he opened in 1984. An artist, Siuta helped establish Western New York Artists Group in the mid-1990s and is director of its Artists Group Gallery. He has served on various committees and boards, including the Buffalo Society of Artists and the Buffalo Arts Commission, where he he…