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Our latest "Home of the Week” online feature does not highlight an entire home. Instead, we feature the master closet. It’s January, after all, and many people have resolved to do some organizing around the house – with closets at the top of their list, no doubt. This is no ordinary closet, however. Below you will read about a two-story walk-up master closet at a hom…

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Buffalo native Alycia Ripley has a lot of nice things to say about the home that her mother, Maria Rizzo, has created in Clarence. Among her mother’s many DIY projects: installing the faux-tin ceiling. Recycling an old damaged mantel and buffet and refinishing them. Crackle painting the breakfast buffet. Performing a plaster treatment on the kitchen and foyer walls befo…

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Local interior designer Barb Reformat, vice president of the Interior Design Association of  Western New York, and showroom designer at Tiles International in Orchard Park, recently submitted photos of the two-bedroom, 2½-bath townhouse she and her husband bought in 2017 and completely remodeled. Here is how she described the place in The Buffalo News' "Home of the Week…

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Robert Mattison and his wife, Heather Rease Mattison, are the owners of Graestone Manor - described on the website as "Western New York's Most Haunted Bed & Breakfast." The restored Victorian property sits along the Erie Canal in Niagara County and is the site of paranormal investigations, including a sold-out ghost hunt on Oct. 31. It was featured Oct. 8 in a se…

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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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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 t…

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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…