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Name: Tyra Johnson, 42. Who she is: Mother of 3-year-old Kyra, whose name is a combination of her own (Tyra) and that of her husband, Kelvin Hux (the “K”). Founder/owner of Blue Sky Design Supply, 978 Elmwood Ave., which specializes in sustainable interior finishes including Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and lifestyle products such as bamboo utensils and cleaning products. Th…

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After a four-month delay, Buffalo-area house flippers will finally debut their national television series on HGTV. Originally scheduled to appear in February, the premiere was postponed because of the Winter Olympics and Daytona 500. The first episode will air at 2 p.m. June 24, featuring a home on Tonawanda Creek Road in Clarence Center. "Risky Builders" features Ch…

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Last week we invited readers to submit photos of their colorful doors. We narrowed it down to three finalists. Now it's your chance to vote for your favorite. Thanks to all who shared their door photos. We ask for your email address below to avoid multiple submissions ... not that our readers would ever do that. :) Deadline to vote is 6 p.m. June 11. Check back June 14 …

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Linda Gellman’s garden in the Elmwood Village has been on Garden Walk Buffalo since 2010 – back when the garden was new and the plants small. But, like other properties on walks and tours, Gellman’s backyard today features much more than shrubs, herbs, trees and flowers. It’s the entire environment she has created. Peaceful, comfortable and, as she describes it, spiritu…

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I first spoke with Maria Tarapacki in February when we selected the Elmwood Village home she shares with her husband, Tom, as a Home of the Week. She mentioned that she was refinishing and repurposing a very old piano into a desk. Yes, you read that right. On Monday, I received an email from her. She was “finally finished” with this gargantuan project. Refinishing th…

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From the mural she painted in the dining room to the festive lighting display in the backyard, it comes as no surprise that Karen Culligan is an artist. Fun, creative and colorful are words that best describe the suburban home – inside and out. Here is how she described the place for our online Home of the Week feature for the Home & Style section: “My house was …

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Something is missing in many garden lessons. The instructor or writer addresses “right plant, right place” and goes on about site analysis: Know your sun or shade, soil, wind, and drainage etc. and choose plants that suit that location. What’s missing: how the plant behaves over time, as it grows. Does the plant stay compact? Does it get tall and floppy? Does it form a …

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Name: Stacey Moscato, 36. Who she is: Mother of 8-year-old Vincent. Owner of Peek-A-Boo Baby Boutique, 1446 Hertel Ave., specializing in new and “previously loved” baby and kids’ clothing up to size 8 ‑ as well as toys and accessories. What she’s wearing: Ripped, high-waisted black jeans from Urban Outfitters. Black tank (knotted at the waist) and mustard cardigan  –…

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We have seen purple front doors. Bright green doors. Pink doors. And lots of red doors. Maybe it’s our long, dark winters but people in Western New York aren’t afraid to take a spin on the color wheel when choosing a show-stopping color for their front door. Think you have a real stunner? Email a photo to homeandstyle@buffnews.com. We plan to have readers vote for their…

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Attorney Sally J. Broad and her husband, Ed, a retired Mercy Flight pilot, moved to North Buffalo 20 years after raising two sons in the suburbs. They have enjoyed maintaining the integrity of their old house while updating it for the 21st century. Here is how Sally Broad described their place for our Home of the Week feature: “Amazingly, it has been 20 years sin…

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As Western New Yorkers head outside to spruce up their landscapes, many of them also prepare to open their gardens to visitors during walks and tours scheduled all summer long. Below is a lineup. These weekend garden walks and tours throughout the Buffalo Niagara region are self-guided and held rain or shine. Many are free. This is an early list, so keep an eye on Buffa…

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Spring came late to Western New York and then, whoosh, everything leaped from the soil. Bulbs were glorious, but all too briefly. Sudden warm spells made some of them open too far and finish too soon. Perennials have stretched so quickly that many gardeners didn’t have time to divide or thin the clusters. The grass turned green, sending homeowners to stores looking for …