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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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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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Samantha Muscato lives in a five-bedroom, three-bath house she bought a couple years ago on her favorite street in the City of Tonawanda. The home, which was built in 1877, was on the Victorian Home Tour in August, presented by COT Neighbors United. She described how it all came to be in an email for the Buffalo News' Home of the Week online feature. "When I was a…

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The Adirondacks are a favorite destination for Dean and Jody Wienke. In between trips, they enjoy a bit of the Adirondacks in the backyard of their City of Tonawanda home. Their 10-by-14 screened-in gazebo, designed and built by Dean, features Adirondacks-themed decor, much of it vintage. Old signs, wooden skis, snowshoes, paddles, fishing gear and Dean’s maternal gr…

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Robert J. Kochanski, a retired Buffalo English teacher and guidance counselor, lives in a condo at 800 West Ferry that was once part of Darwin R. Martin’s two-floor penthouse. Darwin R. Martin, the son of Darwin D. Martin, grew up in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House, 125 Jewett Parkway. (You can view a timeline of the Jewett Parkway property and its restoration on the …

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Ken and Kathy Cathers have lived in their 100-year-old home in the Town of Lockport for 25 years and have made many improvements to the house and property, including to the old barn. They have two grown daughters and four grandchildren. Here is how Ken Cathers, who retired from Ivoclar Vivadent, an Amherst dental manufacturer, described their place in an email for our H…

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As Father’s Day approaches, we’re asking readers – all readers, any age – to tell us about the one special item that they inherited or received as a gift from their father or grandfather. It could be an article of clothing, an accessory such as a watch or cuff links, even a book, photograph, heirloom or something you use daily. Please email a description by June 4 – and…

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In 2017 Tula Economou and her husband built a 1,539-square-foot home in Ellicottville on 13 wooded acres. It has three bedrooms and two baths. They both grew up in Western New York but now live in California with their two daughters. In fact, California is where the couple met. This is their second home, and they get back as often as they can. Here is how Tula Eco…

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Cindi Kisiel-Smith and her husband, Ray Smith, enjoy as much time as they can at the cottage they bought and renovated in Wanakah. Although they are residents of Lilburn, Ga., Kisiel-Smith has many fond memories of Wanakah. She spent her childhood summers in a nearby cottage owned by her mother, the late Loretta Kisiel, who was born and raised in Buffalo. After her moth…

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From books to French country decor, Stephanie Hollis combines the things she loves to create a cozy home. Here is how Hollis, an English teacher at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, described the place for our Home of the Week online feature: "My home embodies a cozy French country cottage with its decor and old-fashioned charm. What made me really …

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Siblings Philip Mure and Roberta Mure have an extensive collection of clocks in their Mayville home in Chautauqua County. Most came from garage sales and thrift shops. Here is how they described their old Victorian for our latest Home of the Week feature: "This Victorian house is beautifully decorated inexpensively with garage sale and thrift shop finds. How many houses…

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In fall 2017, we launched an online feature called Home of the Week. This lets readers inside homes throughout Western New York. Since then we have featured a lake house, lofts, a cabin, old city houses, rural homes, suburban homes, townhouses and a penthouse apartment. The Buffalo News continues to look for more homes to feature and the stories behind them and their dé…

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Thomas W. Burkman, Ph.D., research professor of Asian Studies, emeritus, at the University at Buffalo, lives in a custom-designed home on Grand Island. This is where he and his wife, the late Lani J. Burkman, a pioneering scientist in the study of male infertility, raised a family. The property is called Heatherlea – named for two grown children, Heather and Wesley. The…

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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…