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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 ‘decorating’
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: December 21st, 2013
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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 23rd, 2013
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The living room of David and Deanne Bardo’s town home on Peach Street includes hardwood flooring and triple doors that open to an outdoor balcony.

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The open floor plan includes a terrific kitchen with quartz counters.

This week, House to Home visits with Deanne Bardo, proud owner of a Union Square town home at 12th and Peach streets. She and her husband and family sold their Fairview home to move to downtown Erie. Read my entire article here.

We could see plenty of activity in that area. Thanks to Deanne for sharing!

This week, our writers check out some terrific ideas:

Black and gold garden book makes great gift – If you have a Pittsburgh fan, check out this great book that Sue Scholz read.
Make fun, easy holiday decorations – Sassy Peacock’s Sabrina Fischer shows us how.
Other stories include:

Greystone Mansion features over-the-top décor
Fire up your backyard
Top 10 kitchen remodeling trends
Working with shades of gray

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: August 10th, 2013

housebHouse to Home shares a $155,000 beauty this week and takes note of more than 85 luxury homes in the region priced from $400,000 to more than $3.5 million.

Read my column Homes stand out in region Check out all our articles this week:

» Self-taught gardener shares tips, secrets Sue Scholz visits a beautiful Belle Valley home and garden.
» Take time to choose couch that fits Sarah Sheppard shares how to choose the right couch for your living room or family room.

» Fan cools old-fashioned way –Whole house fans still do the trick.

» Use nesting tips to attract bluebirds  — bring blue beauties to the backyard.
» Decorating just a little makes a difference – update a room with just a few accents.
» Old-fashioned fruit gets new life – Quince regains its historic popularity.
» Hospital gardens promote healing  — greens and florals make patients smile.
» Is free-standing tub a good idea?  — hot trend puts the bathtub front and center.

 

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

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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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Posted: November 9th, 2012

You gotta love “the one holiday at a time” philosophy at Nordstrom. The company’s Facebook page lit up again with delighted fans this year when Nordstrom announced that it will continue the practice of celebrating Thanksgiving and then Christmas. Nordstrom promises no Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving.

I kind of liked hearing holiday music this week, but I respect Nordstrom, which is running its semi-annual sale and offers some pencil skirts I like for $20 and up.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: December 3rd, 2011

Is this an awesome bath? Homeowners gutted two tiny rooms to make it work, and the entire story is in House to Home today.  In another story, a couple builds a house that needs no furnace. It’s the passive house trend, and it’s not new, but it is different.  And if you’ve seen old houses with bomb shelters, out houses, smokehouses, brick hearth rooms and other unique spaces throughout, here are some great ideas on what to do to make the oddities work for you. How about a wine cellar?

Lots of holiday ideas for decorating have been inside our pages for the last few weeks and next week, too. I’ll be featuring the Boothby Inn, which is for sale in Erie, Pa., on Dec. 10 and another Erie landmark on Dec. 17. The decorating in these homes is extraordinary — holidays or anytime. Thanks to the owners for sharing, and don’t miss these stories the next few weeks in House to Home.

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