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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posts tagged ‘Christmas tree’
Posted: December 21st, 2013
winerooms

This wine room is in a home on Volkman Road in Millcreek. Nedra Lehrian of RE/MAX Real Estate lists this one.

In the final countdown to Christmas, this week’s House to Home includes tons of holiday gift and decorating ideas. Plus, I visited a growing trend in homes — wine decor that’s attracting a lot of attention. I’ve seen more wine rooms, wine coolers and wine novelties in the past few years than I ever imagined.

It’s a national trend, and with Wine Country all around us, it’s easy to get caught up in it on the regional level. Read the full story here.

This week’s House to Home also includes:

You can click on the articles above, or check out our flipbook right here. Have a great holiday!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

 

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Posted: December 7th, 2013

HTH_120713parker41House to Home takes a look at some favorite stories from 2013.

A lot of the developments I have written about when they were brand spanking new are 10 or 20 years old, and that really stings. At any rate, I have seen some wonderful houses this past year. To see all my faves, click here.

One I have to shout out about is Christopher and Christine Cedzo’s residence — the castle — on the bend of Uhlman and Naeff roads — photo by Matt Kleck at left. I wormed my way into this house because Marnie Mead and Tom New insisted I had to see it. No one knew who owned it, but I was on a mission. So I drove up and left my business card in the door with a note. Thankfully, Christine Cedzo didn’t think of me as a crazy stalker. Instead, she sent me an e-mail, and away we went. What a great family and a great story. Read it here.

Check out all our great articles this week in House to Home:

In case you missed it, the Greater Erie Board of Realtors (GEBOR) honored Mary Huffman as the 2013 Realtor of the Year on Friday during the Realtor luncheon. Huffman has been a Realtor for almost 20 years. She started her career with RE/MAX Real Estate Group in 1994 and moved to Marsha Marsh Real Estate in 2010. Read that story here.

Christine Yamrick invited me to attend the real estate luncheon — it was fabulous — and I got the latest news from all of those who are in the know. Check out the live chat on GoErie.com Tuesday at noon — I will be sharing a wrapup of the year in real estate.

Happy house hunting.

Pam Parker has written about real estate, home improvement and decorating for more than 20 years. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: November 30th, 2013

Christmas tree 2013I was off a few days this week, but here’s one of my accomplishments — the tree at left. Yay! We plugged it in, and it worked. I can’t say that for the little tree in the family room, but one down and one to go.

And I still have some decorating to do on the living room tree — ribbon, the angel … but it’s up and it’s good! This football reference reminds me to congratulate the Cathedral Prep Ramblers on a win last night, and good luck to the McDowell Trojans against powerhouse Pittsburgh Central Catholic — they play at the Vet Stadium today at 1. You can check out the live Varsity blog. Click here at game time. And I will post scores on my Facebook page.

This week, we have plenty of great stuff in House to Home.

Wrap up your own centerpieces  — Sue Scholz teaches us how to make our own centerpieces with things that might just be out in the backyard. They’re easy enough that I might give it a try.
‘Granny pods’ keep generations together  — this idea moves another generation into the house but maintains separate spaces, and it sounds pretty terrific.
Amaryllis becomes holiday flower tradition  — they’re beautiful but take the rap for being difficult to grow — not so says this gardener.
Old skis get new life as furniture – a clever guy in Colorado is turning skis into Adirondack chairs and more. And making a successful business out of it.
Scrapbook serves favorite recipes – my daughter made one of these for me as part of a class project when she was in 8th grade. It’s one of my favorite gifts, and she collected recipes from a lot of family members. I use it all the time.
Moroccan style influences interiors – rich fabrics and colors can work in any decor.
LEDs light up the holidays – more expensive than the average bulb but lasting a whole lot longer, don’t pass over the LEDs.
You can click on the articles above, or check out our flipbook right here.

Enjoy decorating, and don’t forget houses are always for sale. I’m keeping an eye out for you.

Pam Parker has written about real estate, home improvement and decorating for more than 20 years. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: November 16th, 2013

3545 Julie CourtThis week in House to Home, we visit Love Farms — a community of homes in Millcreek Township that still seems new to me — even though homes were built between 1992 and 1998. Right now, five residences are for sale at 3545 Julie Court, 3518 Julie Court, 3555 Julie Court, 3561 Dominic Drive and 3567 Anne Marie Drive. Read my full story here.

We have a lot of informative stories in our online and print issues as well. Check out the entire issue here.

» Garden clubs present beautification awards – Sue Scholz shares some winning gardens.
» Add some fun decorating to Thanksgiving – more than gourds and pumpkins.
» Update a family room with less wood – cool ideas that take 1980s right into the present.
» Cash still reigns in real estate – buyers with cash are growing in numbers.
» What to do with all those souvenirs — group them in fun displays — or put them on your Christmas tree!
» Year end house hunting tips – lots of advantages for year-end buyers and sellers.
» Paint ceramic tile to bring it up to date – you can paint tile if you do it just right.
» Let the kids make Thanksgiving place cards –fun crafts for the kids.
» Check your electrical outlets – maintenance of plate covers and more is a safety issue.
Be prepared to invest in maintenance – home buyers need to budget for more than the mortgage.

Pam Parker has written about real estate, home improvement and redecorating for more than 20 years. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: December 1st, 2012

After having the pleasure of watching Sandy Blazek of Trellis decorate Packard Manor Estate, we put up our Christmas tree. I looked at Packard tree photos and scoured Martha Stewart articles that would show me what to do with what I had. So technically, Sandy Blazek and Martha Stewart helped. I have glass ornaments, shiny stuff, angels, silver and gold stars, snowmen, sports ornaments, collectibles, antiques, Ninja turtles, Disney, and I think you get the picture. I put it all on the tree that my husband and I cut freshly from the halls of Macy’s. It needed something — color. I could almost hear Martha and Sandy shout “Ribbon!”

So off I went in the Parker sleigh to get enough red ribbon trimmed in gold to bundle the house. Cheap stuff. I wrapped the tree in it with folds that catch light and add dimension. It still needs a topper because I have melted the insides of most of the angels we used in the past. And I broke a few of them too. Dr. Parker, my husband, runs the nutcracker, ornament and angel hospital here. He can only do so much.

If you need some true tree inspiration, check out this week’s cover story in House to Home. It suggests adding craft store finds like silk roses, hydrangeas and magnolias to your tree branches and topping it off “with richly textured ribbon.” Hmmm. I think I need more ribbon! It’s a good thing.

Happy decorating!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

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