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Stepping into Meghan and Bill’s North Buffalo home, two adorable Goldendoodles—Doodle and Darby—enthusiastically greet you before eventually plopping down in their favorite spot in front of the fireplace. That’s when the calm, subtle coastal vibe sets in, and it becomes hard to imagine a time when the 1924 home was considered the eyesore on the block. Relocating from Virginia

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Few American architects are held in as high regard as Frank Lloyd Wright—and even fewer regions in our country can claim as rich a Wright legacy as Buffalo-Niagara, home to seven of the finest examples of his venerated portfolio. Integral to the illustrious master architect’s vision was how he viewed the relationship between architecture and landscape. Wright once observed,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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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 they

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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

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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

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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 popularity, and it’s not hard to appreciate

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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

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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. Whether you’re

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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 stained-glass

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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

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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 home that’s both beautiful and modern-day functional comes with

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When silver white Western New York winters start melting into spring, many homeowners’ thoughts turn to home projects and redecorating before summer entertaining begins. And every other year, spending an afternoon at the Junior League of Buffalo’s Decorators’ Show House is the perfect way to get some added inspiration on the latest trends. As a Show House preview, Buffalo

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Jill Atkinson admits she is a little “borderline OCD” when it comes to clean spaces. “I feel I’m most productive when the spaces around me are clean,” she explains. A former teacher, she founded Neat Freaks in 2004 to fill the summer work gap. It’s since grown into one of WNY’s leading cleaning services (and has become Atkinson’s full-time

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With any home improvement project, people want the most bang for their buck. But the needs and wants of a couple in their 50s might be completely different than their needs at 70 or 80. Because of this—and the large boomer group that’s come of age (and is renovating!)—home designers have coined a new term: aging in place. The

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Usually the result of one of the three Ds–divorce, downsizing or death–estate sales are a way to liquidate someone’s belongings, not just get rid of some stuff around the house. With the goal of unloading as much as possible, you can expect to find anything from wingback chairs to wax paper…and hopefully some great bargains along the way. Whether

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Most of us have Christmas trees and wreaths down pat by now—this year, capture the spirit of the season with unique holiday decor in less traditional places. From a Christmas vignette atop a tall armoire to jolly linens in a guest room, it’s a snap to spread holiday cheer throughout your space. Raising the bar An easy way to

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When you hear the words “drawbridge” and “castle,” what comes to mind? Most people think of a childhood fairytale, but for Noel Sutton, the newest owner of 21 Mayfair, these words mean one thing: home. Sutton recently offered Buffalo Magazine a rare look into one of the city’s most exclusive properties: E.B. Green’s architectural masterpiece, the Mayfair Lane Castle.

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With an estimated 6,000 employees commuting to Larkinville daily—and events like Food Truck Tuesdays exposing the area to countless more WNY residents—Larkinville is now officially Buffalo’s next hot residential neighborhood. A number of residential units are complete, and many more are under construction. At the Hydraulic Lofts at 500 Seneca, Savarino Companies has 97 apartments. Fully occupied, there’s a

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What do Octo Mom, Snookie and Mayhem from the Allstate commercials all have in common? They were once very popular Halloween costumes. If these seem like random choices, it’s because they are. But some people, like Dave DeJac of DC Theatricks in Buffalo and Mike Smilanich of George and Company in Williamsville, have made it their business to track