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From their sixth-floor penthouse apartment at Canterbury Woods Gates Circle, Judy and Alan Duchan enjoy pointing out the views through the large, expansive windows: Gates Circle, Chapin Parkway, City Hall, the Richardson Towers, the Central Terminal, the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and, on a clear day, even the Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls, Ont. The Duchans have dec…

Fashion

Name: Elisabeth M. Rossow Who she is: Attorney and public defender who represents poor and marginalized people accused of crimes. The North Tonawanda native graduated from City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law in 2013 and currently represents cases for the Assigned Counsel Program and handles criminal appeals. What she's wearing: Vintage Louis Féraud suit …

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Do you get the organizing bug in January? For our first online Reader Challenge of the year, we are looking for photos of successful organizing projects – of any size. It can be a drawer, desktop, cabinet, closet, bookcase, playroom ... anything of which you are proud. It doesn't have to be a recent organizing project, either. It could be one completed in the past that …

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Name: Stephen Seerey, 61. Who he is: Assistant branch manager, M&T Bank, Elmwood Plaza Branch, 709 Elmwood Ave. He has been with M&T for 13 years; eight years at this branch location. What he's wearing: Suit from the 1905 Collection at Jos. A. Bank; no iron Supima cotton pinpoint dress shirt from Lands' End; bow tie from J. Savage Goods of Buffalo, a gift pur…

Gardening

Name: Karyn Agle Sullivan, 44. Who she is: Co-owner of Agle's Farm Market, 7952 Gowanda State Road, Eden, and Henry W. Agle & Sons Inc., a fifth-generation farm, along with her two brothers, Matthew and David, and their cousin Jonathan. Henry W. Agle & Sons is a wholesale business with 95 acres of vegetable crops and 1 acre of greenhouses. In addition to selling…

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When it comes to decorating the home she shares with her husband, Daemen College President Gary A. Olson, Lynn Worsham goes all out for the holidays. “I’m a believer in more is better,” she said. She is referring to the Christmas trees on the main floor of the college-owned residence that she has packed with their own collection of ornaments, ribbons, flowers, oversi…

Lifestyles

Angela Vacanti loves the farmhouse style. She decorates the entire house incorporating Christmas decor that reflects that – much of it purchased through the years from Kissel Country Tin in North Tonawanda. She and her husband, Joe, have lived in their home in North Tonawanda for 18 years. They have two grown children and three grandchildren. One guest room is called…

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Growing up, the thought of having an artificial tree seemed like sacrilege. But as an adult with kids and dogs, the idea of keeping one more thing alive in my house (and cleaning up after it later) was just too much to handle. So, we became an artificial tree household. Yet it just didn't feel like Christmas without that authentic pine tree smell. Candles and other scen…

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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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If you want to give a gift to someone with a yard or garden, I have ideas for you. None of them require mall shopping or time online. A few could lead you to visit a pretty garden center or nursery, and the rest can be done by telephone. Your gift will be a hit. My qualifications for this? I love getting presents and for 30-plus years people knew that my passion was gar…

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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…