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We recently wrote about Donna Stepien and Ignacio "Nacho" Villa’s 462-square-foot home made from shipping containers in Buffalo’s Black Rock neighborhood. After publication, readers posted a few questions and observations on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We reached out to Stepien and Villa via email for their answers and responses to a few of them: 1. Isn’t it …

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Two days after Christmas, Alexis Mucha submitted photos to Home & Style of her parents’ home in Lockport – a three-bedroom ranch transformed, as she described it, into a Santa wonderland. Her parents, Jim and Lesley Mucha, have spent close to 30 years building a collection of more than 200 Santas from a variety of artists and sources, such as Germany, Sweden, Russia…

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Nancy A. Gaglione, who runs Interior Design & Space Planning, calls her ranch home of three years in Snyder "a dream." Here is how she described the place for The Buffalo News "Home of the Week" online feature, her second home since downsizing in 2013: "Being in the design world is great fun. It's challenging and exciting to fulfill your clients' needs. "Doing…

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Our latest "Home of the Week” online feature does not highlight an entire home. Instead, we feature the master closet. It’s January, after all, and many people have resolved to do some organizing around the house – with closets at the top of their list, no doubt. This is no ordinary closet, however. Below you will read about a two-story walk-up master closet at a hom…

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Buffalo native Alycia Ripley has a lot of nice things to say about the home that her mother, Maria Rizzo, has created in Clarence. Among her mother’s many DIY projects: installing the faux-tin ceiling. Recycling an old damaged mantel and buffet and refinishing them. Crackle painting the breakfast buffet. Performing a plaster treatment on the kitchen and foyer walls befo…

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Local interior designer Barb Reformat, vice president of the Interior Design Association of  Western New York, and showroom designer at Tiles International in Orchard Park, recently submitted photos of the two-bedroom, 2½-bath townhouse she and her husband bought in 2017 and completely remodeled. Here is how she described the place in The Buffalo News' "Home of the Week…

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For some people, it’s true: You can go home again. At the Buffalo home of Dr. Joseph Capuana, a dentist, and Jan Capuana, a registered nurse, many years have been spent transforming the house that Jan Capuana grew up in – first as a place to raise their own children and now as one to welcome their grandchildren. She is the decorator with a knack for shopping consignment…

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Robert Mattison and his wife, Heather Rease Mattison, are the owners of Graestone Manor - described on the website as "Western New York's Most Haunted Bed & Breakfast." The restored Victorian property sits along the Erie Canal in Niagara County and is the site of paranormal investigations, including a sold-out ghost hunt on Oct. 31. It was featured Oct. 8 in a se…

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A circle of ghosts with glowing eyes. A 7-foot animated clown with a creepy laugh holding a screaming doll by its ankles. A neon “Bates Motel” sign. And the word “Help” written in red on the front door, under the not-so-subtle message: “You’re next.” These and other Halloween decorations at Samantha Muscato’s City of Tonawanda home range from Pinterest-inspired homem…

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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 t…

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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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Samantha Muscato lives in a five-bedroom, three-bath house she bought a couple years ago on her favorite street in the City of Tonawanda. The home, which was built in 1877, was on the Victorian Home Tour in August, presented by COT Neighbors United. She described how it all came to be in an email for the Buffalo News' Home of the Week online feature. "When I was a…

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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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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…