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In recent years, Western New York’s done a pretty good job at maximizing event opportunities during its pristine summer months. Eclectic affairs that should be spread over eight months are jammed into four, and attendees arrive at fall’s doorstep draped in festival fatigue. But WNY is also a bastion for the holidays. Snow coats driveways and side streets, smoke pipes fr…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

The holiday countdown is officially on. Whether you’re planning a first-time intimate dinner or throwing a major bash for the fifth time, hosting a holiday celebration of any size can be daunting. There’s menu planning, cleaning, shopping, decorating, cooking, music — the list goes on. Follow our tips and not only will you be a holiday hosting success — you might even enjo…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

With the merriest of holidays just around the corner, it’s time to think about what the well-dressed tree will be wearing this year. Since few have the inclination — or the budget — to start from scratch every year, trimming a spectacular tree is a matter of melding the traditional with the fresh…while trying not to break the bank. You can create a tree that will truly …

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Think holiday decorating in your own home is an undertaking? Imagine planning a large public space. It requires a delicate balance: décor needs to respect diverse ethnicities, religions, local customs and the architecture of the building — plus be visually appealing. One thing is key: the best decorations are the ones that spark a feeling – nostalgia, reverence, hope, joy.…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

If you are a child of the ‘70s or ‘80s, your most elaborate birthday party probably involved a few kids from school, a sheet cake and balloons — if someone remembered to pick them up on the way home from work. Today there’s an entire industry dedicated to children’s birthday parties, with businesses providing special entertainment (Face painters! Magicians! Exotic anima…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

For many people who regularly donate their time to serve others, inspiration begins at home. Peg Overdorf understands this well. As executive director of the Valley Community Association (VCA) and the powerhouse behind the development of Buffalo River Fest Park and Mutual Riverfront Park, Overdorf has made it her mission to give back to the community she was born and ra…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

When Chris Wojtowicz’s contracting business fell on hard times in 2008, he watched his income dry up overnight. So he teamed up with his wife, a former antiques dealer, to change his business model. Their new focus? Repurposing — transforming objects made for one use into something new. Think old dressers into bathroom vanities; antique mirrors into house signs. Peop…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

Freshly built homes are like haute couture — they provide the latest, trendiest and most sought-after features. And those features are fluid. As hemlines and pant widths change through the years, so do bathroom designs, cabinet colors and space-saving must-haves. Here are some of the features that today’s home buyers are demanding — and how local homebuilders are respon…

When Olivia Ebsary was renovating her Snyder home, she had a budget and wanted to stick to it. But the first thing she did to stay on budget was actually spend money — she hired a professional interior designer. Like many Western New Yorkers, Ebsary considers herself thrifty. A fitness instructor at Catalyst Fitness and owner of an online sewing business, Ebsary had dec…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

It was a simple request: find a few of the area’s hidden gems in the world of artisanal residential work. As it turns out, finding these master craftspeople wasn’t hard; Western New York is rich in talented, creative souls. The hard part was choosing from so many of them. Here are the stories of four local craftspeople, whose passions include metal, fire, wood, glass, pain…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

It wasn’t that long ago when the terms “Buffalo” and “downtown living” were as compatible as Sabres and Maple Leafs fans. Today, those three words describe the most sought-after accommodations in the resurgent local real estate market. Warehouses have been transformed into luxury lofts. Former utility company towers have been turned into high-rise rentals. An anomaly fi…

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The Allentown of today barely resembles the neighborhood Noel Sutton knew 16 years ago when he launched Sutton Development Group. The 37-year-old, who specializes in historic redevelopment, takes long-neglected homes and restores them back to the masterworks their architects intended, with all the modern conveniences required by today's homeowners. “The pinnacle of a…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

To some, “estate sale” is a verb, as in, “I’ve been ‘estate-saling’ since 1982.” It’s a unique way of shopping: part treasure hunt, part peek into someone’s home and history. For most estate sale aficionados, both are part of the appeal. Estate sales — typically staged as multiple-day shopping events, offering an entire household of items inside the home where it all…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

Since 1981, the Junior League of Buffalo and The Buffalo News have teamed up with local decorators, artisans and businesses to transform one of Buffalo’s grand old mansions to its former glory. For three weeks every other spring, visitors tour the completed historic house and all proceeds go to a local cause. This year’s Show House — the Edward H. Webster home at 164 Li…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

While driving down Jewett Parkway, Crescent Avenue or Woodward Avenue at dusk, even the most proper passenger has been known to crane her neck, peeking through the windows of stately homes whose curtains have not yet been drawn, to catch a glimpse of an ornately carved staircase…a chandelier dripping with crystals…or a wall of paintings befitting a gallery. But in the h…