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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 ‘garden’
Posted: May 17th, 2014

Houzz porchNo — this is not my front porch, but we have that exact pot — two of them, in fact, by the front door. I bought them years ago.

And we do have pillars. Our porch is also covered. My husband and I decided to replace the front-porch furniture this year, and that prompted an all-out search for what we could do to dress it up.

I enjoy sitting out here and looking at all the greenery Mother Nature has furnished. And, what to plant, what to sit on and what looks good sent us to all the home and garden stores and www.Houzz.com for ideas.

I’m still not sure what I want, but we are making progress. Coleus is the plant that grows really well in those pots by the door. So I am in search of it. And I am a fan of geraniums because they have never let me down, and they keep the bees away.

One thing I love to read while on the porch is of course our very own House to Home.

This week, my article takes you to the Yellow House in Girard. You can spend a week or a month at the house on the second floor. Jack and Kathy Watts restored this historic mansion’s second and third floors. Guests will discover views of green acres — farmland galore — to love from all the windows and the cupola. The peaceful surroundings are just the ticket for unplugging. Read my story. and watch the video by Jack Hanrahan at Historic Girard home opens for rentals.

Sue Scholz tells us about all the cutest Lego gardens right here in Erie. Read about it at Learn about Lego gardens at the Erie Zoo, and Meadville decorator Marie Feltz won a national contest. She tells us about it in The story behind a first-place office design.

Other stories in House to Home include:

Check out our Open House locator right here.

And, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

I’m going to do some planting on my front porch, and I am thinking of wild color — maybe just the pots. Maybe the flowers. Maybe more. I’ll share it next week. Have a happy home and garden 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, stepmom to three and GramPam to two. She has written about real estate, home design and home interiors for more than 20 years.

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Posted: May 10th, 2014

back patioIt’s been a long time since I could sit and write on the patio or front porch, and the past two days — I have been on both to write this blog. I have always loved porches — from sitting on my grandmother’s front porch on a busy street in Greenville, Pa., to the patio my parents had to the one I installed on an old house in northwest Millcreek to this house.

Now that everything is getting green, the view is terrific. Like most folks, we are a little worried about some of the plants, shrubs and trees that the polar vortex may have decimated. I see some new plantings in the future here at Chez Parker.

In this week’s House to Home, I offer some inexpensive gift ideas for Mother’s Day — some are free. Read my column here.

Sue Scholz tells us about all the rhododendron tours coming up. Mine don’t look ready for tours in the near future, but other folks must be having better luck. Read her column here: Rhododendron show coming up. Other stories you’ll want to read include: 

Check out our Open House locator right here.

And, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, and especially to all the women who have mommed me over the years. Thanks! Enjoy the 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, stepmom to three and GramPam to two. She has written about real estate, home design and home interiors for more than 20 years.

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Posted: May 3rd, 2014

sharks2I love to hear interviews with real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran, 65, of “Shark Tank” because she tells it like it is.  In an ABC-TV interview on “Nightline Prime,” she noted that homes are disappearing fast in the current market, and there’s no time to waste thinking about making an offer — because someone will beat you to it. She sees bidding wars in big cities.

Here’s a link to the video of how the network followed a few families on their home-buying journeys.

Local Realtors don’t see the problems big city Realtors do, but most folks will say inventory could always be better because buyers need and want a selection. Perfectly staged, move-in ready, accurately-priced homes get offers within days. Also, the new construction market is booming — something Corcoran agrees is happening due to the pent-up demand for new homes.

Want to check out the local scene? Here’s what’s in House to Home  today:

I wrote about five homes for sale in Woodshire — located on the east side of Sterrettania Road. Here’s a link to my story. Other stories include:

Check out our Open House locator right here.

And, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

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, stepmom to three and GramPam to one. She has written about real estate, home design and home interiors for more than 20 years.

 

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Posted: April 13th, 2014

Yep, I am sitting on my porch writing this today. It is 66 degrees, and the birds are singing. Speaking of 3559a31d-cd93-4cdb-a3f2-8d7799b00435porches, get a load of these from Architect Magazine. This house was an award winner for the Hufft Project — a Kansas City and New York collaboration where designers showcased their stuff and sent me an e-mail about it.

This Springfield, Mo., house is appropriately called the the Porch House — it started out as a farmhouse that ended up with 10-foot cantilevered canopies. Click here to see more of the story.
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Closer to home, you can admire the porches on the the historic home I visited for my column in House to Home on Saturday.

It has an incredible backyard with an enclosed sunporch and multiple screened in porches overlooking a pond. The historic home at 5333 Lake Pleasant Road includes 3,535-square feet. Built in 1867, it’s been in the Shattuk family for seven generations. It is listed at $395,000. Read my article here. For more info, call Mary Smrekar of Coldwell Banker Select at 453-4578. HTH

If you missed House to Home yesterday, you can catch up with all the articles below:

» Add a touch of magic to your garden by Sue Scholz

» Eggsactly what you need for Easter

» Shooting birds with the BirdCam Pro

» How to grow strawberries
» Experts’ tips can help your lawn bounce back

Check out our Open House locator right hereAnd, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

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, stepmom to three and GramPam to one. 

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Posted: April 5th, 2014
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The spacious living room in the home at 3717 Beech Ave. includes plenty of room for a table and chairs. See the house during an open house April 13 from 1 to 3 p.m.

This week, House to Home  delivers this cute and clever charmer at 3717 Beech Ave., and it has some fun finds. Just look at this front door.
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Read the entire article here.

Sue Scholz delivers a terrific story on a contest that encourages all of us to find 18 trees in a local scavenger hunt. Read her article here. Additional articles in House to Home include:

» Gardeners invite everyone to find trees
»How to tackle your spring cleaning

You’ll also read about Deadbolt protection, how fireplaces can help sell your home, who is raising chickens in the backyard and the behind the scenes of home inspections.

Check out our Open House locator right here.

And, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

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, stepmom to three and GramPam to one. She has written about real estate, home design and home interiors for more than 20 years.

 

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Posted: March 29th, 2014
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The daffodils are fighting their way up through the ground. I visited mine yesterday. It’s a sweet sign that spring will sprout. And there’s plenty to love about homes, gardens and homes for sale this weekend in House to Home.

Marsh Madness ends this weekend — the Marsh team is giving away a lot of prizes at open houses. Don’t miss the home at 5214 Larae Drive. It’s adorable. Read all about it in my article Marsh Madness ends this weekend.

Last year, I wrote about some grandparents in Oklahoma City who created kids’ kitchens out of old entertainment centers — thanks to Erie Times-News photographer Andy Colwell. Well we have our own folks in Erie making kitchens and selling them at Connecting Hands. Liz Allen told me about it, and these folks are doing it all for charity.

Connecting Hands, a local nonprofit group, hosts a sale today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Connecto Electric warehouse, 3716 McClelland Ave. That cute kitchen at left is about $125. Pam Will and her husband, Jeff, own Connecto. They started the garage sales along with  Lil Laskowski  and about 30 volunteers. Today’s sale benefits Edinboro Women’s Services. To donate, call Pam at 898-2546 or 323-3396. To volunteer, call Paula at 450-4827.

Other features in House to Home include:

Author’s home blends architectural styles
How to give your home a contemporary design
Make a hanging garden
When to replace a furnace
Create unique crafts using yesterday’s newspapers
How to make household concoctions
Treasures: Pewter plaque’s origins remain a mystery without further examination
This houseplant offers color, personality
Dust off your organizing skills with these tips
Check out our Open House locator right hereAnd, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

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 on

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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: August 3rd, 2013

HTH0803House to Home visits a lakefront beauty this week, and what a great Millcreek property. Read my story here about 5075 Saybrook Place, listed by Marsha Marsh. It is Barrett C. Walker’s home, and the Walker School of Business at Mercyhurst University is named for him.

At left is a photo of the incredible family room. The bottom photo is the front.  Check out more of our articles here:

» Fly over to ‘Butterflies in the Park’ Sue Scholz shares news from the Carrie T. Watson Garden Club and much more.
» Find your seat, make it neat with style Sabrina Fischer shares some upholstering secrets.
» Water causes cracks in concrete patio Prevent cracks, and fix the ones you have.
» Use navy to anchor your home décor Navy makes a statement. 
» Sink choices, sizes overflow Check out all the sinks before you choose.
» Fruitful gardening Will you get fruit or not, and can you start a tree from seed?
» Flowers, nectar, ants attract hummingbirds Bugs, yes they love bugs.

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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: July 20th, 2013

parker6When country homes look this good, you may never want to leave the Ponderosa. Check out this great 10-acre property in House to Home this week.

At 2095 Dublin Road, 10 acres of beautiful landscape welcome anyone looking for a country property, and it offers two ponds, a home, pastures, fenced paddock and an indoor riding arena in an 80-by-100-foot barn, but it can be just as comfortable for folks who enjoy snowmobiling or anything else that requires some wide open spaces and a big building for storage of toys.

Two ponds are part of the view from the the front lawn at 2095 Dublin Road.

The home was built in 1994,and it includes four bedrooms and two full baths.

Thelower-level bath features a contemporary glass bowl atop a vanity.Outside, several decks add space to enjoy the view.

The home lists at $299,900 and includes electric heat, central air, well, septic and an attached three-car garage with a staircase to an open loft.

For more information on this country property, call Brian and Carol Johnson of Re/Max Real Estate at 449-0752.  Additional stories in this week’s House to Home include:

Pam Parker has written about homes, real estate, remodeling and home furnishings 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 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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