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We recently asked readers to share their most memorable holiday mishaps – those unexpected happenings that occur despite best intentions. Here are a few of the early responses, some edited. (It’s not too late to share your own. Just send an email to smartin@buffnews.com. Please include your full name and the city or town in which you live.) Here we go: From Shanno…

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In this season of generosity, sentimentality, and often good times, we might stop to consider the needs of another close relative: Mother Earth. I am happy to see that many retailers are doing that to some extent, offering products related to reducing, reusing or recycling. From garden centers to trendy gift stores (Thin Ice on Elmwood Avenue among them) you’ll see gift…

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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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Renata Toney never expected that one day her home address would change from North Buffalo back to the East Side. But circumstances change, opportunities arise and sometimes – after living elsewhere – one feels a pull to a place from the past. Five years ago, after living in North Buffalo for more than 20 years, Toney bought the East Side home that had been in her fam…

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It’s been 10 years since The Buffalo News asked readers to share their most memorable holiday mishaps – what we called the calamities, chaos and close calls that happen despite good planning and best intentions, especially when entertaining. The headline was “Wreck the Halls” – and did we receive stories! We heard about a cooked roast landing on the kitchen floor, dr…

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Holiday home tours are a tradition around here. Here are three favorites from which to choose this month: Secrets of Allentown Tour of Homes The Secrets of Allentown Tour of Homes is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 8, with starting times at noon and 1 p.m. It is presented by the Allentown Association and the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site. …

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The Junior League of Buffalo and The Buffalo News are seeking proposals for proceeds from the 2019 Decorators’ Show House, which was held last spring. Qualified not-for-profit agencies in Buffalo and Western New York may apply. A preliminary application is required and must be received at Junior League headquarters by noon Dec. 4. Application and details for submitting …

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At last it’s time to spread the winter mulch, if you have some to spread. In an ideal end-of-season sequence, gardeners often gather mulch materials, stash the bags nearby, wait until the soil freezes, and then spread it over the dormant perennials or the woody plants’ root zones. Unfortunately, neither professionals nor homeowners usually have the luxury of such timing…

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Name: Chris J. Handley, 36 Who he is: Actor, singer, teacher and coach who will star as Buddy the Elf in the MusicalFare Theatre production of “Elf the Musical” (Nov. 13-Dec. 22). He is associate artistic director at Alleyway Theatre, where he is head of the Alleyway Theatre School of Western New York. In May he will take over as executive artistic director at Alleyway.…

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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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Cold weather wreaks havoc on the skin. We asked a few WNYers who spend quite a bit of time outdoors – or with their hands in water – to share some of their skincare strategies as well as the products they depend on. Here are their edited responses. Lizzy Dugan, owner of Salon Elizabeth, Elma. Professional hair and makeup artist specializing in bridal beauty. For …

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For some people, it’s true: You can go home again. At the Buffalo home of Dr. Joseph Capuana, a dentist, and Jan Capuana, a registered nurse, many years have been spent transforming the house that Jan Capuana grew up in – first as a place to raise their own children and now as one to welcome their grandchildren. She is the decorator with a knack for shopping consignment…

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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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Warm and sunny one day. Cold and rainy the next. Dressing this time of year in Western New York can be problematic. Some people make it look easy – perfect layering strategy, stylish rain boots, midweight coat for ducking out of the office at lunchtime ... We reached out to several of the stylish WNYers who have appeared in The Buffalo News’ ongoing fashion series "7…

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A circle of ghosts with glowing eyes. A 7-foot animated clown with a creepy laugh holding a screaming doll by its ankles. A neon “Bates Motel” sign. And the word “Help” written in red on the front door, under the not-so-subtle message: “You’re next.” These and other Halloween decorations at Samantha Muscato’s City of Tonawanda home range from Pinterest-inspired homem…