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Name: Erin Kent, 48. Who she is: Interior designer, owner of Erin Kent Interiors, which she launched in 2011. Previously worked at Bassett home furnishings and Schuele Paint Co. Board member of the Interior Design Association of Western New York. Involved in past Buffalo Home Shows and Decorators’ Show Houses. Residents of North Tonawanda, she and her husband, Scott, ha…

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Liz Seefeldt's blue-and-white place setting was the No. 1 choice after readers recently voted in our latest Reader Challenge – to create a stunning spring/summer place setting. Out of four finalists, her place setting received 54.8 percent of the votes. After the voting closed, we called and asked her to share some details. Here is what she said: “Blue-and-white is a…

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The newest addition to Paul and Peggy Koppmann’s covered deck behind their Grand Island home is a pair of cushioned swivel chairs. “We can just swivel around and look at the garden,” said Peggy Koppmann who, like her husband, is a master gardener. The deck is a lovely place to be on summer days and evenings, too, thanks to string lights on a dimmer and solar lights. …

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Peter BonSey and Jan Hamilton have been in their Snyder ranch for about 20 years. You won’t see clutter here, but you will find some smart, space-saving ideas. Ideas also can be found in their garden, which is on the Snyder-CleveHill Garden View, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 8 (details below). Here are a few things they have done inside their home: “Our home is quite diffe…

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Name: Brian J. Straka, 25. What he does: Director of Portfolio Recruitment & Selection, 43North, which runs an annual startup competition to attract new companies to the Buffalo Niagara region. The Western New York native graduated from Kenmore West High School in 2010 and Canisius College in 2014 with degrees in management, marketing and entrepreneurship. He has be…

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Buffalo is one exuberant gardening city, widely known for Garden Walk Buffalo, America’s largest garden tour, and increasingly for all the other community garden walks and open gardens. But even gardeners who decorate their porches and yards just for themselves and summer gatherings have advantages in Western New York. Our garden centers and nurseries offer fabulous flo…

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For our second reader challenge, we asked for photos of stunning spring/summer place settings. We were expecting to see single place settings, but some readers set the whole table. Either way, we appreciate all who participated. Now it's time to vote. This week we are giving you four choices. We ask for your email address to avoid multiple submissions ... not that our read…

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When Bev and Tony Tylenda decided they wanted to add a backyard structure for storage, they knew they didn’t want a standard shed. So they decided to build an English-style cottage behind their Clarence home. That was four years ago. Today the 396-square-foot cottage, officially known as an accessory building, has a front porch and is surrounded by perennial beds and a …

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Karen White-Walker has a very special place to do her writing – in a quaint structure behind her 722-square-foot home on Lake Ontario. White-Walker, a columnist and playwright who has been writing for 45 years, described the place this way for our online Home of the Week feature for the Home & Style section of The Buffalo News: “My home is a humble cottage that i…

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Name: Ali Eagen, 33. Who she is: Owner/designer, made by anatomy (all lowercase), which specializes in custom-designed and reconstructed wedding dresses. She shares studio space at Hotel at the Lafayette with photographer Erica Eichelkraut Zilbauer, of City Lights Studio. She and Zilbauer also run Buffalo Indie Weddings, which Eagen described as “a local bridal organiza…

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Phyllis and Ken Wells have the perfect place to relax, entertain and enjoy their Parkside neighborhood: the wraparound porch on their 1910 American four-square house. “It’s a gathering space,” said Phyllis Wells who, as the oldest of nine siblings, has a special connection to the house. Her family, including her parents Russell L. and Rosalia Russo, lived in the home fr…

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Earlier this month we called out for colorful front doors. This week, we're looking for photos of a single, eye-catching place setting for spring/summer – like the one above. It can be for inside or outside, bright or neutral, vintage or contemporary ... anything you dream up. Think you have a real stunner? Email a photo to homeandstyle@buffnews.com. We plan to have rea…

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Dean and Jody Wienke have worked hard to transform their City of Tonawanda home into the place it is today. Both are do-it-yourselfers who learned along the way and came up with creative ideas for fixing up and decorating the house, inside and out. They raised two children in this house – Brittany and Taylor – both of whom are getting married in the coming months. Jo…

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Name: Nellie Gardner, 60. Who she is: Horticulturist at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House Complex, where she manages the landscape, assists in programming, and educates and coordinates “an amazing group of volunteers.” She is spearheading the landscape restoration at Graycliff, the Wright-designed Martins’ former lakeshore summer home. A gardening consultant, lec…

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In recent days 39 readers voted online for their favorite colorful front door. Callie Banko’s pink door was the top choice. It received 48.7 percent of the votes. The color: Coral Odyssey, by HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams. Banko, who works in marketing, had this to say about the door on her Colonial-style home in West Seneca: “We have lived there only about a year…