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Cindi Kisiel-Smith and her husband, Ray Smith, enjoy as much time as they can at the cottage they bought and renovated in Wanakah. Although they are residents of Lilburn, Ga., Kisiel-Smith has many fond memories of Wanakah. She spent her childhood summers in a nearby cottage owned by her mother, the late Loretta Kisiel, who was born and raised in Buffalo. After her moth…

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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 books to French country decor, Stephanie Hollis combines the things she loves to create a cozy home. Here is how Hollis, an English teacher at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, described the place for our Home of the Week online feature: "My home embodies a cozy French country cottage with its decor and old-fashioned charm. What made me really …

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Siblings Philip Mure and Roberta Mure have an extensive collection of clocks in their Mayville home in Chautauqua County. Most came from garage sales and thrift shops. Here is how they described their old Victorian for our latest Home of the Week feature: "This Victorian house is beautifully decorated inexpensively with garage sale and thrift shop finds. How many houses…

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In fall 2017, we launched an online feature called Home of the Week. This lets readers inside homes throughout Western New York. Since then we have featured a lake house, lofts, a cabin, old city houses, rural homes, suburban homes, townhouses and a penthouse apartment. The Buffalo News continues to look for more homes to feature and the stories behind them and their dé…

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Thomas W. Burkman, Ph.D., research professor of Asian Studies, emeritus, at the University at Buffalo, lives in a custom-designed home on Grand Island. This is where he and his wife, the late Lani J. Burkman, a pioneering scientist in the study of male infertility, raised a family. The property is called Heatherlea – named for two grown children, Heather and Wesley. The…

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Two years ago, empty-nesters Pamela and Ray Witte moved from their two-story home in the Northtowns to a ranch-style home closer to the Southtowns. The Buffalo News recently reached out to Pamela Witte, a longtime interior designer and member of the Interior Design Association of Western New York. Here is how she described their home and her approach to decorating fo…

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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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Kathy and Jim Szramkowski have lived in their farmhouse in the Southtowns since 2004. She’s a teacher’s aide at Iroquois Middle School; he’s a letter carrier. They have two grown children, ages 32 and 33, and their first grandchild is due in March. They love to entertain and are hosting Thanksgiving for 20 people. Here is how Kathy Szramkowski described the place for…

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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 season upon us, The Buffalo News continues to look for more homes to feature…

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When looking for all the notable features at Peter C. BonSey and Jan Hamilton’s home in Snyder, it’s not always what you see. Sometimes, it’s what you don’t see. There’s no clutter, for starters. They are minimalists. There’s no typical front yard. A vegetable garden is planted off to one side of the driveway; BonSey estimated it produced 230 pounds of produce thi…

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Kathryn and Andrew Engel have lived in their Victorian home with large front porch since 2011. The Engels, both of whom work for local banks, share their home with two children and one dog. Here is how Kathryn Engel described their home in an email for our popular Home of the Week online feature: "Happy 118th birthday! This Victorian home is situated in the Lumber Ci…

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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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With its sunny interior, white slip-covered sofas and new backyard pool, Ron and Amie Maranto's home in the Town of Tonawanda is ready for summer. There's even an outdoor tic-tac-toe game made from a tree stump and rocks for 5-year-old Dino. Here is how Amie Maranto described how they feel about their home for our latest Home of the Week online feature: “We are homeb…

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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 …