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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 h…

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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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When Christine Burnett talks about how she and her husband, David J. Hickok, went about fixing up their turn-of-the-century Buffalo home, she refers to a tip from HGTV/DIY Network star Nicole Curtis: Rather than following the latest trends, stick with a classic look that matches the era of your home. That’s exactly what they did – whether it was scooping up a dining roo…

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Peter J. Heffley was looking for a home where he could easily entertain friends and colleagues and display his expanding collection of artwork. He found it in a former cape-style home in Amherst, a 1940s-era house that underwent a major renovation about 30 years ago. Since buying it in 2005, he has remodeled, redecorated and filled it with pieces collected over time.…

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Lots of people dream about downsizing to make their lives simpler. Thom Knab did it. Ten years ago, he moved into a one-bedroom home in Buffalo’s Cottage District. It measures less than 1,000 square feet and now has a mature garden with no grass in the backyard. It also has no driveway or garage, but Knab does not consider that a huge disadvantage. One adjusts. An…

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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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Mike and Rose Tucker have been collecting for years. He’s always been keen on old fishing gear, including lures, reels and creels. She’s fond of vintage kitchenware, such as utensils, gadgets and pottery. These and other collections – folk art, antique furniture, architectural pieces – are artfully displayed throughout their renovated ranch on Grand Island. The resul…

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Maria and Tom Tarapacki share the story about how, after the exterior of their home was re-sided and spruced up, the mail carrier was so startled by the transformation he had to double-check the address to make sure he had the right house. The exterior makeover is just one of the projects the Tarapackis have tackled during the past five years. The couple, who married in…

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From their sixth-floor penthouse apartment at Canterbury Woods Gates Circle, Judy and Alan Duchan enjoy pointing out the views through the large, expansive windows: Gates Circle, Chapin Parkway, City Hall, the Richardson Towers, the Central Terminal, the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and, on a clear day, even the Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls, Ont. The Duchans have dec…

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When it comes to decorating the home she shares with her husband, Daemen College President Gary A. Olson, Lynn Worsham goes all out for the holidays. “I’m a believer in more is better,” she said. She is referring to the Christmas trees on the main floor of the college-owned residence that she has packed with their own collection of ornaments, ribbons, flowers, oversi…

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Daemen House, the home of Daemen College President Gary A. Olson and his wife, Lynn Worsham, features elegant holiday displays from their own collections throughout the first floor, where official receptions are held. Lynn Worsham, a retired professor, does the decorating.

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Last fall, we launched an online feature called Home of the Week. This lets readers inside homes throughout Western New York. In the past year, we have featured a lake house, lofts, a cabin, old city houses, rural homes, suburban homes, townhouses and a penthouse apartment. Now, with a new fall/winter season – and the holidays – upon us, The Buffalo News continues to lo…

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From the life-sized “Tin Man” in the dining room to the quirky sculptures in the garden, one gets the idea that every day has a touch of Halloween to it at the home of Charlie and Barb Mulloy. Vintage hats, clothing and handmade jewelry are part of the decor. Pumpkins take on facial expressions with springs, buttons and other objects. Even the outdoor sculptures are …