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When it comes to finding unique and interesting places to stay in Buffalo, “everything old is new again.” Repurposing the city’s robust collection of industrial and residential structures into boutique hotels is giving travelers an alternative to the familiar chain names. Inn Buffalo, a nine-suite inn on Lafayette Avenue, welcomed its first guests in March. While the se…

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Marilyn Cappellino is neither a chef nor a teacher. But she is an enthusiast of food and all things family. Plus she has an excellent way with words. “I’m a writer and have been since the 1980s,” said Cappellino of East Amherst. “But I put my career on hold to take care of family. During that period, my grandson, Jonathan, who loved to cook and was turning 6, asked me f…

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We collect. Tastes evolve. Families morph. In time, even once-stylish rooms need an update. Done right, a new look will convey effortless style without a hint of the process that produced it. Although it’s difficult for most of us, hiding that process is a talent shared by good interior designers. During the height of Buffalo’s November blizzard, Jonathan Casey scramble…

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Matt Muenster is the face of HGTV’s current do-it-yourself hit, Bath Crashers. With his wry sense of humor and boy-next-door charm, he helps participants transform old and outdated bathrooms into spa sanctuaries in just three days. As a licensed contractor and an interior designer, Matt uses creativity, technology and efficiency to design the perfect bathroom. He has also …

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‘Tis the season: the shopping, cooking, baking and, oh yes, the decorating. While some find holiday prep overwhelming, other homeowners and professional decorators truly love the season — and show us how they make their homes beautiful (and how you can, too). Kim and Bob Greiner As board members for the Festival of Trees, the annual fundraiser to benefit Women and Ch…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…