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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 ‘dining room’
Posted: February 2nd, 2013

suite lake view

What a view of Lake Erie though those doors! I took this shot in a Harborcreek home where three bedrooms suites offer similar vistas.

This residence is one of those hidden gems on Lake Erie — for more info, read my column in this week’s House to Home. Click here.

Check out our local garden feature by super local gardener Sue Scholz — it’s Time for gardens shows in tri-state area.

Catch up on all our fun decor features — especially some great ideas from Mary Carol Garrity on what to do with those 1950s rooms that blend living and dining rooms together in one space. Read Dining room becomes multipurpose masterpiece and Budget renovation delivers rich results.

Check out the rest of our stories below. Happy Super Bowl weekend!
Plants OK in ‘igloo’
Time for garden shows in tri-state area
2 crisp, clean ideas for winter centerpieces
Rock-A-Bye Eco Baby

Pam Parker has written about real estate and home decor in the tri-state region 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: July 14th, 2012

Sarah Sheppard and Sabrina Fischer, of the Sassy Peacock in Erie, tell people how to decorate — stage — their homes for sale. They’ve done it for quite a few people and practice what they preach. Sabrina and her husband, Ron, benefited from an objective look at the house, thanks to Sarah. The Fischer home sold in a day. Read Sarah’s article about staging here in House to Home.

The difference in changing up your decor when your home is for sale is in depersonalizing and de-cluttering. I visit hundreds of homes for sale every year, and staging makes a difference in what buyers see.

If buyers see what they want, they’ll buy it. If they don’t see what they want, they’ll move on to the next house.

The best way to keep buyers interested in your home is to show off clean rooms with no clutter and just enough furniture to make it interesting. You want buyers to see the room, not all your stuff. In the dining room above, Sarah and Sabrina removed three pieces of furniture and a rug to show off the floors and walls. It was effective. The home sold the day after it listed. For more tips on how to de-clutter and prepare for an open house — read this article in House to Home.

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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