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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 ‘decor’
Posted: January 14th, 2014

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Photos from http://www.surefit.net/ show how you can add some bright winter white to a room in a hurry.

We have a white couch — one of the most impractical purchases we ever made, but it has brightened our living room for almost 10 years. We got it at a going out of business sale. Cheap. And you can’t put a price on something that brightens your life. It shines in our living room day and night. This may sound stupid, but since our city gets only 160 days of sun according to a science web site– click here to see it — we need to brighten everything we can.  Ouch — 160 days! But then again, we did have sunshine on all those bitterly cold days we just survived. And we have had some remarkably colorful sunrises and sunsets — even though we’ve been under cloud cover.

Back to the living room — it gets rare traffic, so a white couch was a great find. But an even better find are slipcovers that can give you white bright upholstery at a moment’s notice. Designers often suggest these as a away to change up your interior, but you don’t have to invest in white slipcovers. Put some white flowers out or a bright pillow.We had a gold pillow in our living room at one time. And a red-striped one. I think they may have moved to other homes.

I never had much luck with slipcovers, but my mom used them on everything. In those days, I think it was more to protect the furniture than to enhance it. But now, we can do both. We can brighten up a room in a hurry with bright accessories.  Sheryl Boltze, creative director at Sure Fit, also suggests:

- Create conversation friendly furniture arrangements — I struggle with this. I like the idea, but I still struggle.
- Use plush and soft fabrics.
- Add some nature-inspired, outdoor elements to a room. Right now, I have two poinsettia plants in my living room. Hope that counts.
- You can drape warm throws over furniture — we have those in the family room, but not the living room.

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: June 22nd, 2013

Cherry StreetHomes on Cherry Street have long commanded attention, and the home at 4417 Cherry Street is a must-see listed at $168,500. Read my story on it here in this week’s House to Home.

It’s also the weekend of the Garden Conservancy Tour — check out Sue Scholz’s column on how to Tour fantastic area gardens this month

Other stories include:

» Cast-iron style returns to kitchens, baths – the old farmhouse sink style is back in a big way.
» Artwork redecorates rooms – great ideas on how to pull a room together with small photos and much more.
» Singin’ in the shower, music in the bath – music is easier to incorporate into the bath with new gadgets.
» You can make inside window awning – if you always wondered how to make these neat window treatments, here’s the how-to.
» Tips on how to work with interior designers – you can afford to ask for help.
» What’s tops in countertop choices – concrete and glass top the list.

Pam Parker has written about homes, remodeling and real estate 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 the mom of three and stepmom to three. 

 

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Posted: June 8th, 2013

HTH_061313parker99Estate is the proper term for some of the beautiful homes in the subdivision off of Asbury Road known as Asbury Woods Estates.

This weekend in House to Home at the Erie Times-News, read my story At home in Asbury Woods Estates

about the listing at 4846 Appaloosa Court. The photo at left is the stunning library the homeowners created in their lovely home.
You’ll get some great patio furnture tips from Marie Feltz of Decorating Den’s story Choose color, comfort for outdoor living and take a look at some other terrific articles that include:

»Increase counter space with cool tools

»Get great ideas on a bathroom renovation

Check out all the open houses this weekend! Homes are selling and there are plenty of great places to see this weekend!

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

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Posted: May 25th, 2013
WilkinsIt’s a whole lot of house fun this Memorial Day weekend in House to Home at the Erie Times-News. Check out my story on a $1.1 million dollar home here. Walls of windows, incredible views and a sports court!
You’ll get much more with a Sassy Home article from Sabrina Fischer, terrific ideas on gardening from Sue Scholz and much more this weekend.  Click on the links below and enjoy your weekend.
Pam Parker has written about real estate, home improvement and remodeling for 25 years. She 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 and stepmom to three.
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Posted: May 18th, 2013

photo (7)In House to Home this week, you must read the story on the Atlanta Botanical Gardens — it’s only in print so no links today.

Also, Sue Scholz pays tribute to Donna Davis of the Presque Isle Garden Club. Read her story here.

Check out all our stories this week:

» Enter Historic Homes Contest
» Homeowners want automated security
» 10 tips to make fridge shine
» Homemade, natural remedies keep pests at bay
» How to take care of oak trees

Pam Parker has written about real estate, home improvement and remodeling for 25 years. She 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 and stepmom to three.

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Posted: May 11th, 2013

The ReservesI’ve been to The Reserves off Arbuckle Road before, but right now there are five houses for sale in that region, and all are impressive. Here’s a link to my story in this week’s House to Home. That hubba-hubba great room at left is inside 275 Edgewater Circle — open house tomorrow. The list of homes for sale is at the end of this article.

We have plenty more on the local front. Click on the articles below:

» High Point market puts accent on statement makers – Meadville’s Marie Feltz gives us the news 
» Orchids mimic animals at weekend show Sue Scholz is going to the orchid show this weekend at the ice rink — you’ll see more than flowers
» Chalk one up for paint flowing at flower shop I visited Le Jardin in Edinboro — some must see decorating ideas.

Here are details on houses for sale in The Reserves:
275 Edgewater Circle
• $649,900
• 1.18 acres
• 3,210 square feet
• Built in 2005
• Five bedrooms, four baths
• Karen Antonio, of Howard Hanna, is the listing agent. For a closer look, attend an open house Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., or call Antonio at 825-6097.

329 Forest Run
• $595,000
• 1.04 acre
• 2,860 square feet with additional 1,962 square feet on the lower level where a wine cellar, complete bar, 25-by-43-foot movie theater are part of the package.
• Built in 2007
• Four bedrooms, three and a half baths
• Tim Smith, of RE/Max Real Estate Group, is the listing agent. Call him at 882-2498.

260 Edgewater Circle
• $775,000
• 1.53 acres
• 5,108 square feet sits on a creek and includes natural cherry woodwork, crown molding and much more.
• Built in 2005.
• Five bedrooms, four and a half baths
• Marsha Marsh, of Marsha Marsh Real Estate, is the listing agent. Call her at 440-8181.

200 Edgewater Circle
• $829,000
• 1.47 acres
• 3,936 square feet overlook a lush landscape along with an impressive patio and much more.
• Built in 2005
• Four bedrooms, three full baths, two half baths
• Loretta Schaal and Nedra Lehrian, of RE/Max Real Estate, list this home. Call them at 833-9801.

Schaal and Lehrian also have an older ranch listed for sale in the same vicinity. Here are the details:

250 Arbuckle Road
• $339,900
• 2.61 acres
• 2,588 square feet sprawls out in an impressively updated home that includes expansive outdoor living, a spacious four-season room and an in-ground outdoor pool.
• Built in 1955
• Three bedrooms and two full baths
Pam Parker has written about real estate, home improvement and remodeling for 25 years. She 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 and stepmom to three.

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Posted: May 4th, 2013

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If you have never seen the Niagara Pier condominiums, get to the next open house fast when there is one. The units — all located right off the Bayfront Parkway — have become popular real estate lately. Read my story here in House to Home.

Other information in House to Home includes:

» Garden club plant sales in full bloom
» Hay-fever season sign of pollination
» Grow your own organics
» Plant native grasses to save water
» Color your door, entry hall
» Tilling soil for yard art
» Designers provide privacy tips for open floor plan

You’ll go down in history!

Share some Erie history with us! The Erie Times-News celebrated 125 years of delivering the news on April 12, and we are celebrating all year. We want to hear your stories of home restoration. Click here for all the details on our Historic Homes contest. Reminder: This is a web contest, so you must submit everything on the Internet. The grand prize winner gets a weekend stay in one of the oldest brick buildings in North East — The Grape Arbor Bed & Breakfast.

Pam Parker has written about real estate, home improvement and remodeling for 25 years. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three and stepmom to three.

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Posted: April 27th, 2013

TAB_HtoH_04272013_H01Check out House to Home this week and get a park view right now — buy one of four homes for sale on West 24th Street priced from $75,000 tp $104,900. These two-and-a-half-story  homes include a lot of square footage and great views.  Read my story here.

The rest of our stories include:

» Right plants yield big results in small gardens
» Sputnik blooms, recalls 1950s space race
» Cattin’ around town plants ideas
» Pizza oven tops off backyard patio
» Tongue-and-groove returns to home décor
» Backsplashes make big impressions

You’ll go down in history!

Share some Erie history with us! The Erie Times-News celebrated 125 years of delivering the news on April 12, and we are celebrating all year. We want to hear your stories of home restoration. Click here for all the details on our Historic Homes contest. Reminder: This is a web contest, so you must submit everything on the Internet. The grand prize winner gets a weekend stay in one of the oldest brick buildings in North East — The Grape Arbor Bed & Breakfast.

Pam Parker has written about real estate, home improvement and remodeling for 25 years. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three and stepmom to three.

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Posted: April 20th, 2013

TAB_HtoH_04202013_H01Don’t let this morning’s early snow scare you inside. The sun will shine today and tomorrow — it’s a great weekend to hit 140 open houses. In House to Home, you’ll find a lot of them this weekend. Read my story – open up to 32 pages of open houses andh ere’s a link to the open house map.

More great House to Home stories include:

Sue Scholz has a terrific story on how to Grow colorful gardens you can eat. She interviewed Rosalind Creasy, edible landscaping expert, who will speak at Mercyhurst University Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Taylor Little Theatre, 501 E. 38th St.  That photo at left is one of Creasy’s edible gardens. Sure looks good today — no snow on those chairs. Here are some of the other terrific stories:

 

You’ll go down in history!

Share some Erie history with us! The Erie Times-News celebrated 125 years of delivering the news on April 12, and we are celebrating all year. We want to hear your stories of home restoration. Click here for all the details on our Historic Homes contest. The grand prize winner gets a weekend stay in one of the oldest brick buildings in North East — The Grape Arbor Bed & Breakfast.

Pam Parker has written about real estate, home improvement and remodeling for 25 years. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three and stepmom to three.

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Posted: March 23rd, 2013

WC3-300x291Always wanted to tour the homes on Millionaire’s Row? Now’s your chance.  Take a peek at residences and churches on the tour this week in House to Home. Then buy your $10 ticket for the April 25 tour. It sells out every year. The Watson-Curtze mansion, at left, is on the tour. Read the full story here.

Check out all of House to Home right here:

At the art of it all – customize your living space with custom art from a local artist. Take a look at what Sabrina Fischer of Sassy Peacock Galleria did for clients. The custom painting on the wall below is exactly what the client wanted — and completed by a local artist. You can do it too. At the art of it all
Award-winning seeds promise living color
Erie’s Sue Scholz tells us about the AAS winner seed packages we can start indoors, and she gives us a glimpse of the colorful beauty that awaits.
Hello Kitty wall graphics – the 40-year-old cat with no mouth is as popular as ever! 

Midcentury home is fine fit for young couple – 20 somethings love ranches, and they have vision.
Sink includes smart divide – the perfect kitchen sink is out there. Why didn’t someone think of this sooner?
1960s foam home is far-out, sculpted dome – part cave, part art — it’s worth a look.
Adventures with backyard chickens – OK — it’s not for everyone, but backyard farms are gaining fans. Cluck cluck!
Pottery dates to 1920s – sometimes Grandma’s vase is worth a bundle, and sometimes it came from Woolworth’s, but it’s still beautiful.

Happy Saturday!

Pam Parker has been writing about real estate, homes, home improvement and decor for more than 20 years. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her 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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