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What’s the latest style in kids’ rooms? We found three adorable bedrooms to share. Twin boys’ vintage superhero room Laura Murphy, mom of three young boys and owner and designer of Pear Design Studio (Pear-design-studio.com) in Grand Island, included her 8- and 5-year old sons in the process of designing their superhero-themed bedroom from the very beginning. Murphy expl…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

Thinking about adding a fireplace to your home — inside or outside? Things are heating up in the hearth industry, and most of those toasty trends don’t involve an igniter or a pack of matches. Today’s fireplace choices are many: gas, electric, wood-burning and pellet are the typical options. Each has advantages, but Bob Kladke, owner of Black Hat Chimney & Firepl…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

There are roughly 8,000 components to every home — and when you build your own, you are in control of almost all of them. From major decisions like the floor plan, roof and siding, to relatively minor elements like electrical outlet covers and the number of pantry shelves, the customer is in the driver’s seat. “What I’ve seen — and it’s evident on HGTV shows like House …

When it comes to diving into a home remodeling project, homeowners take their time. Often, a long, long time. Procrastination seems to come with the territory. Of some 7,000 folks who shared detailed kitchen remodel plans on the home design website Houzz last year, just one-third had actually taken the first step. Usually, it’s a major lifestyle change that finally i…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

You’ve heard it before: Buying a home is one of the biggest financial transactions you’ll ever make. Talk about pressure. Before you proceed to make that weighty decision, if you’re like most buyers, you’ll first want to decide on a real estate agent who will help you through the process. Why use an agent? A 2013 survey from the National Association of Realtors reveal…

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For Joe and Kathy Curatolo of Clarence, a summer cottage in Crystal Beach, Ontario isn’t just a home — it’s a lifestyle. The Curatolos’ “Rose Cottage” — built in the earliest days of the Crystal Beach Tennis & Yacht Club development, where Crystal Beach amusement park once stood — sits at the point where the old Comet roller coaster once reached its apex. The origin…

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The treehouse…that magical safe haven in the sky where imaginations run free and kids rule the roost. A secret hideout where you can keep watch of the enemy, whether it’s the school bully or your neighbor’s little sister. Unlike the makeshift forts our dads cobbled together with salvaged two-by-fours and a hunk of sheet metal — when best friends communicated through two…

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Rob Karp is a bearded, gravelly-voiced 30-something with a downstate accent, a permanent flannel and a dozen tattoos. He’s prone to fist pumps for emphasis, and tends to leave his Subaru Forrester at home in favor of a ten-speed to navigate the city. He's not necessarily what you'd expect from a real estate agent with $5 million currently under contract. While Karp l…

We took a look at recent homes on the market in WNY — all with listing prices of around $200,000 — to find out how they compare. Are there towns and suburbs where you can get significantly more house for your money? What about acreage and other amenities? And how do property taxes, from town-to-town, affect the bottom line? Turns out there was quite a variation; as with al…

Good interior design entails more than picking out a paint chip and a couple of funky throw pillows. The following tips will help you create spaces so beautiful you may just never want to leave the house. 1. Build around one piece Whether it’s a hand-painted vase, a tapestry that’s been in your family for generations or a unique fabric, an “inspiration piece” can be a gr…

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Some folks call them the Charlie’s Angels of real estate. They may not take on crime-fighting tasks via speakerphone, but they did work as a team to double their volume in the first year of business, and are on pace to double it again this year. The Elizabeth Stablewski group of Nothnagle Realtors in Orchard Park was formed two years ago to offer home buyers and sellers a …

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Western New York is like “a big secret." At least that’s how Christie Rothschild, the president of the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors sees it. She joked, “We should do more PR on what a great place it is to live.” Well, the “secret” is starting to get out. In the last year, Forbes magazine put Buffalo at the top of its list for most affordable cities and Kiplin…

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Let’s face it; very few husbands are good at everything (even though they might argue otherwise). When it comes to home repairs, they usually fall into three categories: 1) those who tackle any project with ease; 2) those who think they can; and 3) those who call an electrician to change a light bulb. “I definitely have my limitations and know pretty quickly if a job is…