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Giving away unwanted items has been a long and honored tradition for people throughout Western New York. But with Habitat for Humanity ReStore, you’re going one step further — you’re helping build homes for people in need. “We’re helping to create a world where everyone has a place to live,” said John Walzak, ReStore manager. “Instead of throwing things away, give it to…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

As a Southern transplant, I’ve learned to survive Buffalo winters. The best part? Appreciating the glorious days of summer when they finally arrive, in a way I never could before. When the thermometer edges toward 70, I understand why Buffalonians flock to the lake, the festival, the outdoor concert. At the same time, I know many soak up all that summer has to offer in the…

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When some of us think “wallpaper,” we get a soothing vision of quaint floral or fruit prints from our grandmother’s kitchen. Or, if you’ve ever tackled renovations on an older home, discovering layers upon layers of old wallpaper to painstakingly remove, it may be a word that’s not quite so sweet. But one look at today’s options for the centuries-old decorative techniqu…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

Every two years, dozens of local interior designers volunteer their time to transform a historic Western New York home, each tackling a single room to showcase his or her unique style. The freshly designed Decorators’ Show House then opens to the public for three weeks to raise funds for local charities. After the three-week tour period is over, the home typically converts…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

As Lisa Parks prepared to retire from her career as a public school teacher, she and her husband, Michael, contemplated their next steps. Eventually, they decided to open a bed-and-breakfast and, after exploring several properties, settled on 288 Linwood Avenue: a stunning circa-1870, Second Empire-style home they believe was designed by Oscar S. Lang, the general contract…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

If you’re ready to make the leap into houseplants but aren’t sure where to start, a fun, crafty option is to grab a friend and head to a Plant Nite. Held at Western New York bars and breweries, these hands-on parties invite participants to get their hands dirty as they create a take-home tabletop garden of succulent plants, rocks, and accent items like colorful mosses or f…

Over the past few years, tracking the vacant downtown industrial buildings that have been transformed into residential housing has become a challenge. It’s amazing to think that just 15 years ago, residential lofts in Buffalo barely existed; the first major conversion opened for tenants in 2002 at The Lofts @ Elk Terminal in the Cobblestone District. It was a big risk f…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Niagara Street is quickly becoming Buffalo’s newest “it” neighborhood, resulting in a major uptick in upscale apartments. In addition to a flurry of business activity, including Resurgence Brewery, Ru’s Pierogi, Body of Trade and Commerce Gallery, and more recently Love in Motion yoga studio and Bootleg Bucha kombucha brewery, the area has attracted a slew of residentia…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

Do you envy participants on home makeover TV shows or salivate while flipping through shelter magazines? Everything looks so dazzling and new, but you can’t justify the expense of an interior redo. Don’t despair. You can jazz up any room with style swaps that carry a powerful punch. Pamela Witte, owner of White Orchard Home Furnishings in Orchard Park, said some of her …

Buffalo Magazine: Home

If you’ve redone your kitchen or purchased an appliance in the last decade, chances are it has a stainless steel finish. Stainless has been the leader in kitchen décor for many years, and a sparkling new kitchen with granite counters and shiny appliances was the preferred style for many consumers. As always, times — and trends — change. Available in a variety of colors,…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

When Larry Ball, a Cassadaga retiree and part-time farmer, decided to add a solar system to his new home, his financial advisor cautioned him that the savings may not be worth the cost. But Ball knew what he was getting into. His new solar system — bought to supplement his existing solar and wind turbine systems — has allowed him total energy independence. The result…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

Houseplants finish a room like no other knick-knack, throw pillow, or accent lamp. Healthy green leaves complement any color scheme and style, from a Norfolk pine in a woodsy, rustic study to a simple orchid in a minimalist, Zen-like sunroom. They add a touch of life — literally — with foliage that filters the air and brings the outdoors in. But for people who wouldn’t …

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If the eyes are the window to a person’s soul, says architect John Wingfelder, the front door is the window to the soul of your home. Many homeowners take pride in creating a unique look for their front door,  a literal and symbolic welcoming or “statement.” A look at the choices folks are making reveals the vast array of materials and technology available to today’s homeo…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

In a different angle on recent “coming home” stories, interior designer Philippa Radon has officially moved to Buffalo after first visiting here with her husband Peter, a Lackawanna native, almost 20 years ago. “I felt instantly at home here, even as my flight landed for the first time on a snowy tarmac,” recalled Radon, a native of the U.K. In 1989, she moved to Los…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

From a modest second-story converted pigeon coop in Wyoming County, far from the recognized centers of architectural discourse, a Western New York firm is drawing widespread praise for its progressive work designing rural dwellings, and for its environmentally conscious design of a research facility on the edge of the rainforest in Madagascar. The firm has also taken on…