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With the first frost advisory behind us, thoughts turn to pulling out the sweaters. Or, perhaps better still, shopping for new ones. This fall, it shouldn’t be too difficult to land one or two sweaters that look nothing like the ones you already have in your closet. You’ll see sweaters with wrap designs. Sweaters with V-neck backs accented with ribbon ties. Pullovers…

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One of the most popular features we have run for many years in the Home & Style section is the Home of the Month, which features a local home and the people who live there. It currently appears in a Sunday Home & Style print edition and also online at buffalonews.com – along with a gallery of photos by a News photographer showing interior and exterior shots as well…

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Hamburg House and Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Hamburg Community Center. Carole Melnik of A Snail’s Place in Elma will demonstrate a holiday floral design using a vegetable. A business meeting will follow. For club information, call Nancy Kalieta at 826-7462. Amherst Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 25 in St. John Lutheran Church, 6540 Main St.,…

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The autumn leaves call for choices. Raking them can be a chore for tired homeowners who would rather do something else on the weekend. Raking leaves can be fun with children: As proof I have pictures of little Alice with cousin Elizabeth jumping in the piles. Raked leaves can be collected at the curb, at a cost to your city or village. (Only some towns compost them). Raked…

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The timing couldn’t have been better. While at the hair salon recently, I noticed that the woman sitting in the chair next to me was looking at a page in People magazine filled with photographs of red boots – and several celebrities wearing them. Just then, a woman walked around a corner of the salon wearing a pair of rain boots. Knee-high, shiny and very much red. O…

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If there were ever an autumn that begs us to plant bulbs, this is it. We’ve had lots of time. I’m imagining the garden center shelves are emptied. You all have new beds that will bursting with daffodils and crocuses next spring – right? But maybe not: I also know that new homeowners and gardeners start from scratch every year without much gardening knowledge, time, or m…

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Cheektowaga Garden Club will meet at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Cleveland Hill faculty dining room on Mapleview Road, Cheektowaga. Use the playground entrance. Mark Carra, of Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, will present “Hummingbirds – Their Behavior and How to Attract Them.” Guests and new members welcome. Smallwood Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in Williamsville …

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Just point to the kids. It’s because of them that Lisa and Tim Walsh eventually bought a house in Lockport, leaving behind their home of 23 years in Lancaster. Their children – now ages 17 to 25 – had classmates from Canisius High School and Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart who lived in Lockport, so the family traveled there frequently. Through their kids, the parent…

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Some of the showiest plants in the fall landscape are shrubs, and many of them are native. Shrubs are commonly called the work horses of the landscape, as they do important jobs as hedges, windbreaks, backdrops, focal points, foundation plants, or as the important middle layer between trees and grasses or perennials. Even more important, the right shrubs provide food, h…

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Last week I bought some white pumpkins. Not large ones for carving but a few smaller ones to add a touch of fall. It felt a little weird walking past all the orange pumpkins at the garden center – were they glaring at me? – but I found myself drawn to the white ones, some of which were more creamy colored than others. White pumpkins and gourds are hardly new. I first…

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East Aurora Garden Club will meet at noon Oct. 9 in St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Main and Maple streets, East Aurora. Parking is in rear lot. Mary Ann Jumper will present a slide show on the 12th World Association of Floral Artists flower show, “Flowers In Paradise,” which took place in Barbados. Guests are welcome. Call 980-3202 or 652-4985. Kenmore Garden Club will …

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As I continue to slowly work my way down my fall To Do list, I am reminded that low-cost solutions are often the best. Consider the case of our floppy family room pillows. We have had the pair of 20-by-20-inch decorative pillows with removable covers for quite a few years. I love the pattern, they work nicely in the room and the covers are machine washable. But, as t…

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I write about overwintering tropical plants with several emotions this week. I have gotten to know some Florida plant growers in recent years. Twice FNGLA (Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association) hosted garden writers from across the country to tour historical tropical plant gardens and growers, so we would understand and use more of their plants. Then they …

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Black is getting some competition from brown and navy as go-to neutrals this fall. But what if your wardrobe is already filled with black pants, jackets, leggings, tops, dresses and shoes – all in good shape? You can still freshen up your look for the cold months ahead by adding some new colors to your existing wardrobe: bright blue, soft pink, cabernet, lilac, hot pink…

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Some people lust after designer bags, take expensive trips to the salon and are only happy with the latest luxury car. Personally, I splurge on a new purse from Target once a year, wax my own eyebrows and plan to drive my eight-year-old Prius – the car I gave birth in, mind you – another 100,000 miles at least. For me to covet something, it has to be really good. It als…