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It's the season for mums. Earlier this month we asked four floral and decorating experts to share some ideas on how to decorate with them. After that, we invited readers to send us photos of how they display mums outside their own homes. Below, you will see mums planted in a window box and in a flower bed. You will see them combined with other plants in containers. A…

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Barbara Buchnowski recently shared photos and a description of her year-round home in Sunset Bay, in the Town of Hanover in Chautauqua County. “Sunset has approximately 1,600 residents, and has transformed from the 1930s and '40s of mostly summer rental cottages to year-round living. It’s a tight-knit community that looks out for one another, and we have a blast especia…

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We finally get the memo: Our protracted summer is passing and we have jobs to do. It’s time to bring some plants inside and store others. It’s time to cut back some perennials and improve the vegetable and flower gardens. You can still improve your lawn. And there is lots of time to prepare the landscape for winter. First things first 1. Tender plants: Take inside now …

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Jan Capuana and her husband, Joe, are always working on their house in the University Heights neighborhood. One highlight is the train in the family room that runs on tracks that Joe, a dentist, installed near the ceiling. Their four grandchildren love it. Here is how Jan, a registered nurse, described the place for our Home of the Week online feature: "I am 64 and h…

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Name: Gina Lattuca, 53. Who she is: Chief communications officer at the SPCA Serving Erie County, where she has worked for 29 years. The 1984 graduate of Maryvale High School earned an English degree with a communications minor from SUNY Fredonia and now serves on its alumni board. She is very involved in her church, the Chapel at CrossPoint, Getzville. ("I'm very passi…

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Some people love fall mums. Others ... not so much. Still, those oh-so-familiar mums are easy to find, easy to transport and, quite frankly, look right at home alongside pumpkins, corn husks and all those colorful leaves that will soon be covering your lawn and flower beds. While some people plant hardy garden mums in the ground, others use readily available mums to …

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Name: Therese Deutschlander, 38. Who she is: Owner of Thin Ice gift shop, 719 Elmwood Ave., which opened in 2006 and specializes in one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, pottery, home decor and more from 200 local and regional artists; president of the Elmwood Village Association; founding member of the Elmwood Strip merchants group. The Lancaster native graduated from SUNY B…

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Johanna C. Dominguez doesn’t just provide a home for her four cats. She also gives them a safe and special place of their own outdoors. It’s called a catio – or cat patio. Sirius, Weasley, Tovenaar and Merlin can enter the screened-in, multilevel structure through a cat door installed in her house. The enclosed structure measures about 13-by-4 feet and stands 9 fe…

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Liz Seefeldt has always loved decorating. In 1990, she received an associate in occupational studies degree from the interior design program at what was then called Bryant & Stratton Business Institute. While she never did anything with the degree, she always helped friends decorate their homes. A couple years ago she launched a small decorating business in which sh…

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Name: Jessica Brown, 39. Who she is: She is a certified public accountant, lawyer and director of administration and finance for the City of Buffalo. She also teaches an accounting class at Bryant & Stratton and enjoys reading and working out. She grew up in North Tonawanda and is the mother of 3-year-old Eleanor. What she's wearing: Green pleather skirt and ivor…

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Last week we asked members of the Interior Design Association of Western New York to share their favorite decorating tips. This week we tracked down three other members and asked them this: What are some details that really make a difference in pulling together a room? Here are their responses: Michelle Peller White, Chochkey's. "I have always believed that acc…

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Renata Toney, marketing strategist at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, grew up on the East Side of Buffalo. She now owns a home there that has been in her family for nearly three decades. Here is the story she shared for The Buffalo News "Home of the Week" online feature: “After living in North Buffalo for 23 years, I returned to the East Side five years ago. I recl…

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Fall is a time when many people turn their attention to the inside of their home. “Back-to-school time has always meant new beginnings to me. A fresh start. The urge to freshen things up and change things around my home is strong as the days get shorter and cooler,” said Julie Deuble, lead designer at Sierra Unlimited Construction and president of the Interior Design As…

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Showy sunflowers? Dramatic daylilies? Ravishing roses? We're looking for photos of beautiful blooms from WNY gardens. Do you have a favorite photo you snapped in your own garden, either recently or earlier this season? Please share it with us. We're putting together an end-of-the-summer gallery, and your photo could be included. Submissions can be emailed to homeands…