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Buffalo Magazine: Home & Style

The sun flows into Vanessa Fermani’s living room through giant bay windows, drenching the space in a natural glow that extends up to its sprawling cathedral ceilings. Collections of cozy pillows on the couch and window seat invite picking a spot to curl up. Filled with rustic accents that warm up the white backdrop, the room looks spotless at a glance—but the mother of fou…

Buffalo Magazine: Home & Style

You just penciled three holiday parties into an already jam-packed December calendar, but want to look effortlessly at your best for all of them. One surefire way to pull it off without losing too much valuable time or money? Stop into a blow-dry bar for some pro hair help. A blowout is more than just having a stylist blow dry your hair (though it’s worth noting that’s …

Buffalo Magazine: Home & Style

The holidays are here! But in spite of our excited anticipation, many of us would admit to wishing to simplify the season so there’s less stress and more joy. Certainly, we all love the idea of swapping the humming anxiety about getting it all done for being present in the moment and savoring special times with loved ones. If this sounds appealing, consider trading the …

Buffalo Magazine: Home & Style

“What do you want to be this year?” It’s a Halloween season kick-off question that ushers in either feelings of grief or giddiness depending on personal views towards costumes as catastrophes or crowning moments. Sometimes the answer comes after wandering the aisles of pop-up costume retailers set up in empty department stores. But for others, the response is borne of a…

Buffalo Magazine: Home & Style

The 1990s saw the creation of the metrosexual stereotype: A young, hip, well-groomed man who cared as much about his outward appearance as he did other parts of his life. It was a natural reaction to the grit and grime, “tough guy” image of the time. Though the term has fallen by the wayside (along with any negative bent once tied to it), the elements metrosexual repres…

Buffalo Magazine: Community

At its barest, a stage is an empty platform surrounded by seats. But at its best, it becomes another world—set in a spaceship, tomb, bedroom or battlefield—with a rapt audience forgetting, for a moment, what’s real and what’s imagined. That transformation takes place courtesy of a talented group of veteran set designers who transport theatergoers through time and space …

Buffalo Magazine: Home & Style

Elizabeth Hays describes herself as a naturally happy person, and her husband and herself as dreamers. For them, and the family they’ve created, their Buffalo residence on Soldier’s Circle near Delaware Park aptly represents their values and sensibilities. The Hayses have come a short distance—but a long way—from their former home around the corner on Bird Avenue, where…

Buffalo Magazine: Home & Style

Wake up feeling tired and stiff? We’ve all been there. Often, we’re not sure where to turn for solutions, and answers can be conflicting. Salespeople, it seems, will always say you need to replace your sleep setup—mattress, pillows or sheets—but what’s the real deal? In the end, it comes down to comfort. If you’re waking up feeling anything but well-rested, that’s the b…

Buffalo Magazine: Home & Style

The kitchen is the heart of the home: it’s where people gather. But its central hub status also makes it a natural landing spot for all sorts of stuff. Here are a few pro tips and tricks to help maximize your space from Jamie Shaner, a professional organizer with Home Solutions of WNY, Inc. Gather like with like In order to get an honest assessment of what you’re working…

Buffalo Magazine: Home & Style

As the glorious profusion of blooms on display from Memorial Day through to the first frost confirms, Western New York growers are passionate about their gardening. And local horticulturists-in-the-know deftly rely on thoughtfully planted containers to inject dazzling variety and colorful spectacle to their seasonal landscaping. Container gardening continues to grow in …

Buffalo Magazine: Home & Style

The small business resident of The Foundry talks about garbage picking, trusting your gut and more. Best part of your work? Creating new objects tends to be cost-driven when produced and end up being of lesser quality. Bespoke objects resonate on such a deeper level in my work and for consumers. In the case of upholstery, a lot of times I’m redoing a family heirloom. It …

Buffalo Magazine: Home & Style

Thoughtful interior designs do so much more than please the eye. They can maximize space, solve problems and help foster the home environment you want. While engaging with a pro was once exclusive to those with huge budgets or square footage, today’s professional interior design services are far more diverse, offering greater flexibility than most people realize. Whethe…

Buffalo Magazine: Home & Style

You’ve likely already peeked inside Billy and Pat Sandora-Nastyn’s home without realizing it. Flashes of their Hamlin Park house guest star in a host of videos on the duo’s YouTube channel (Billy & Pat)—and pop up in the occasional social teaser photo for Daddy’s Plants, the lush houseplant business they launched last year. Spotting beautifully preserved woodwork or…

Buffalo Magazine: Shop Local

Art can make your place feel like a home—especially when it has meaning. Here in Buffalo, we’re proud of where we live, so it’s only right that we display our city love. Local graphic designers have created beautiful pieces to do just that, highlighting our classic sites, buildings and even our favorite foods in a clever, visual way. Here are a few of our favorite pieces a…

Buffalo Magazine: Home & Style

Buffalo’s turn-of-the-20th century prosperity gifted the city with an architecturally rich housing stock—many of which endure today, along with their signature craftsmanship. Replete with eye-catching woodwork, grand fireplaces and sprawling floorplans, these stately houses pack period charm in spades. But turning one of these more than 100-year-old properties into a ho…