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There is something special about dogs. Their fur absorbs human tension, their feet announce the coming of a friend, their tails celebrate seemingly insignificant moments, and their eyes see the good inside every person. They can’t talk, but they sure can listen. Having a dog nearby makes almost everything better. That’s the premise behind therapy dogs, special volunteer…

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Brandy Dulak and her husband Drew first considered taking in a foster child five years ago. The Grand Island couple has one biological child and, after adding another child through private adoption, the Dulaks felt they had more love to give. “We are a Christian family, and we believe, as part of our faith, that we are called to take care of children who need homes,” Br…

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “refugee?” Polling data released by the USA for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees found that the “public is largely unaware of the scope of the international refugee crisis and where the needs are greatest.” Although we often hear about the public’s opinion on refugees, we seldom hear about th…

Between 2010 and 2014, Buffalo took in approximately 12,700 refugees, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Ninety percent of those who arrived since 2013 are from militant strongholds including Burma, Somalia, Iraq, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Bhutan. “If you walked out of the camp, you were arrested,” said Mya Ye, a refugee from Thailand who resettled here thr…

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It’s the time of year when the days grow shorter and the to-do list gets longer. And as friends and family gather, it’s natural to want our homes to shine. In an already-busy/expensive season, consider easy-on-the-wallet, no-hassle displays to infuse your home with a welcome dose of holiday cheer. To achieve “dollar store chic,” look for affordable versions of the trend…

The holidays are the most social time of the year, and you need to be on top of your game when it comes to making conversation. There can be some challenges, however, like when you ask your long-lost high school friend when the baby’s due (you know where we’re going with this one) or you get stuck in a corner with your neighbor’s boss’ wife, you’ve exhausted all conversati…

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In a day and age where we text kids to come down to dinner, and spouses FaceTime from separate rooms in the same house, technology is an integral part of families’ day-to-day lives. While tech can seem like it’s competing with family time, it can also be a good thing. Today there are more apps than ever to help families stay organized, sync schedules, communicate and shop.…

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As a feature unique to Northeastern and Great Plains states, basements are often cited as the thing people miss most when they move to other regions. That’s because for many households, this space has evolved into a family-friendly area of the house that adds essential square footage. The first time Jason and Kelly Hernandez of Orchard Park walked through their 1918 hou…

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When Rex Ryan was hired to become the head coach of the Buffalo Bills, his wife Michelle had a new home to furnish when they moved here. “We had used Ethan Allen when we lived in Maryland, and I really like the quality of the furniture,” she said. Initially she went to the Amherst store to buy a new sofa for her family room. She had already ordered a new dining room …

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Out of necessity, Ellen Rosenfeld, a former Miami-based real estate property lister, began home staging — temporarily decorating spaces so that when potential buyers viewed them, they’d see an ideal. Often these properties needed a little “love.” With her artistic flair, Rosenfeld, who studied housing/interior design at Florida State University, adds value to attract bu…

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Today’s kitchens are more than just a room for sharing meals – they’re also an entertainment area, a party hub, a place to plug in and a space to relax. As the heart and focal point of the home, they need to be practical as well as pretty. We talked to local kitchen design experts to see what’s in style, in demand and indispensable. Here’s a floor-to-ceiling breakdown. …

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All trends come and go, and when it comes to decorating, local designers reiterate that everything old is new again. Metallic finishes in rustic colors are everywhere and give furniture a coveted industrial look. Wallpaper, and its more earthy sister grasscloth, is also in high demand. For years, tan and beige reigned supreme as the go-to neutral, but recently gray has …

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It’s mere hours into your long-awaited vacation, and the pangs of doubt are creeping in. Is the back door locked? Did you turn on the security system? Your day at the beach is suddenly a worryfest. If you’re inclined toward homeowner anxiety disorder, smart home technology may be the answer. By combining everything from security to lighting to home entertainment, users …

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Earth tones. Linens. Neutrals. Patterns. Nature-inspired. Stripes. Burgundy. Blues. Browns. And on and on. The choices for curtains, draperies and window treatments may seem overwhelming, but don’t feel intimated by the choices. Get excited! The right curtains can add sparkle, grace and vibrancy to a room. Interior designer Michelle Peller White owns Chochkey’s and is p…

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Anyone can see the recent explosion of artisan wares, distilleries and craft breweries all sporting the “Made in Buffalo” moniker. But what you might not realize is the number of locally made products being mass-marketed across the country and in some cases, around the world. If you want to fully support WNY ingenuity and entrepreneurship, consider adding these to your sho…