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Novelist Margaret Atwood said, “In the spring, at the end of the day you should smell like dirt.” For those of the soil, there’s nothing more satisfying than watching something you’ve planted grow and thrive. For those on the garden and landscape volunteer team at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House in Buffalo, there’s the added satisfaction of maintaining the pass…

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When the Bills ended their 18-year playoff drought last season, it electrified the city and brought us together the way only Buffalo sports can. It’s that spirit the Buffalo History Museum celebrates with “Icons: The Makers and Moments of Buffalo Sports,” which opened in November. The interactive exhibit showcases artifacts from the museum’s collection — as well as item…

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It’s just been named the top nature preserve in WNY, yet many longtime residents have never heard of it. Friends of Reinstein Woods executive director Meaghan Boice-Green and her team are working to change that. “We’re open year-round from sunrise to sunset and offer a true four-season experience,” said Boice-Green. “You can visit in summer to observe turtles and wildfl…

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Astronomy may be one of the oldest natural sciences, but it’s also the perfect new hobby. Between all of the planets, moons, comets, galaxies and twinkling stars — there’s just so much to see. “You can look up night after night and it’ll never be the same. Something different will always wow you,” Gene Timothy of the Buffalo Astronomical Association (BAA) said. But a…

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Pets and privacy. For most homeowners, a fence serves the dual purpose of keeping Fido safe in the yard and carving out space away from the outside world. Practical, yes, but functional doesn’t have to mean bland. Charlie Reid of Picket Fence and Exteriors in East Amherst said most of his customers look to find a balance between affordability and curb appeal. Beyond mat…

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A scenic drive up New York State Route 425 will lead you to a charming crossroads of new and very old: the Wilson House at Lake and Main Street in the Village of Wilson. The restaurant and inn, which boasts a rich history, opened its doors again in the spring after an extensive renovation. For new owners Jon Pashong and Chris and Tim White, the goal was to bring the bui…

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Caroline Barr describes it as a lightning bolt: The moment she realized she was supposed to be a designer. From there, she says, everything sped up. She got her degree at arts-focused Villa Maria College; moved to Cape Cod; began working at a small furniture store and secured her first clients; then brought that experience back to Buffalo to be closer to family. Her wor…

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When Carrie Zepp’s dad’s health declined to the point where he required extended hospitalization, it meant an hour’s drive each way between her parents’ home and Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo, which put a lot of stress on Carrie and her parents. But then someone told them about Grace Guest House. “It’s a beautiful, warm and welcoming house with phenomenal staff and vo…

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There’s a two-story brick building with a bright red door near Larkinville, just down the road from Flying Bison Brewing Company. Like most structures in the awakening former industrial district, its century-old neighbors have long been reduced to rubble-filled lots, and its own walls have enclosed countless establishments including a saloon and a shoe store, then for deca…

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Your refrigerator is suddenly making a strange humming sound. Your dishwasher goes through the motions for 90 minutes, but your plates and cups are still filthy. Your Blu-ray spits the disc back at you like a baby tasting asparagus for the first time. If you’re like me, your second thought when it comes to home appliance repair is the inconvenience. Your first is, “Oh l…

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Chris Naugle remembers his first investment, a modest house in Gasport in 2006. He laughs about it now — with his wife, Lorissa, the Lockport native works with over 100 hungry, inexperienced property flippers, coaches, contractors and project managers at FlipOut Academy in the Eastern Hills Mall, with their own television series soon to follow. But that first property i…

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Sure, the kitchen sink is a place to wash your dishes and prep your meals. But it also serves as a design focal point that should harmonize with your appliances, countertops and cabinets. Whether you’re building a new kitchen or remodeling an old one, think about the look you’re going for —sleek or homey, contemporary or nostalgic — and choose a sink to match. The 20…

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Chris Naugle knows what you are going to ask. When is the show going to air? It was supposed to be in February, then March. Now it’s scheduled to premiere June 24 at 2 p.m. on HGTV. Chris and Lorissa Naugle’s Williamsville enterprise has caught fire in Western New York, with local media attention surrounding the debut of their home-flipping TV pilot featuring Buffalo, “…

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This distinctive French Second Empire brick home is an architectural standout in the historic Fargo Estate district on Buffalo’s West Side. The neighborhood’s heterogeneous mix of long-time residents, young entrepreneur types and refugees is mirrored by homeowner Vanessa Fineberg’s diverse and vibrant tastes. The 33-year-old’s playful design style is evident throughout …

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Sometimes the most interesting and dynamic things come from some of the most unassuming spaces. Custom lighting designer Andrew Emerson of Emerson James is a perfect example. Though he works out of a sparse, unadorned warehouse space on a residential street in Lockport, he produces some fantastic, and extremely unique designs. “It’s a creative outlet for me,” Emerson sa…