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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 ‘home improvement’
Posted: October 12th, 2013

St. Mary

I was on St. Mary Drive less than a year ago to visit the home that Adelmo and Eleda Duchini built in the 1970s. It sold quickly

This week’s home for sale — which their daughter built — is right next door at 1208 St. Mary Drive. The most recent owners added a lot of living space including a 1,000 square-foot pool house that covers a hot tub and has one of the most incredible designs I’ve ever seen … for a pool house. Read the article here. Mary Magorien of Howard Hanna lists the house at $589,900. Here are a few photos of that pool house:

poolhousepoolhouseinte Our garden columnist, Sue Scholz, visits a tremendous community garden. Read about it in Celebrate the harvest with gardeners.

We also have lots of stories brewing for Halloween, home and garden. Check out:

And don’t forget the open houses! Check them out here.
Pam Parker has written about homes, home improvement, real estate and remodeling 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.
Posted: April 24th, 2013

flying saucer houseI am a follower of Gypsy Nesters — a baby boomer couple who sold their nest after the kids grew up. They pretty much travel the globe and tell us about it. An out-of-this-world discovery in Chattanooga, Tenn., is on their website. Here’s a slideshow that includes the home.

I love interesting homes, so to find out more, I discovered this funny video tour of the “utterly alien” house which “landed” in the 1970s. The accompanying voiceover suggests: “Get a glimpse of lifestyles of the upper middle class and not so famous” calling the living room “Area 55.”

Named among the World’s Wildest Houses on “This Old House,” it is described as the dream home of the late Curtis W. King who built it. The three-bedroom, two-bath house was sold in 2008 for a “down to Earth” $135,000 at auction.

That is a retractable staircase –quite an entrance for any Earthling or alien visitors.

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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Posted: March 16th, 2013

Woodbriar LaneIn 20 years of writing for House to Home, I don’t think I’ve seen so many nice condos and patio homes on the market at one time until now.

The picture is of one of my favorites behind Erie Day School, but there are some for every price range and plenty are open tomorrow for viewing. Read my full story here. One thing to keep in mind about condos is some developments do not permit For Sale signs, so if you, like me, ride through neighborhoods and figure nothing is for sale — check with a Realtor because right now nearly every condo development in the region has a few for sale.

A shout out to all the folks who sent me their favorites. We couldn’t accommodate everyone, but I will be doing this again. You can create your open house tour here. If the condos you want aren’t on the tour, call a listing agent, get an appointment and check out some great places to live — in all price ranges.

Check out all of this week’s House to Home right here:

Shamrocks bring Irish home – Sue Scholz gives us the dirt on shamrock plants and the schedule for this weekend’s Home & Garden Expo.
Fun and feasts abound on urban farm – a toddler and her family truly live off the land … and love it.
The Whole Gang’s Here – multiple generations are living under one roof — a growing trend that affects home design.
Fabrics for the Future – jute and other natural fibers aren’t just for rope anymore — they are in rugs and more — and they look great
Patterns refresh furnishings – a little print brightens any room in a hurry.
Implement 5 must-have decorating tools – five quick and easy tools to update your home decor.
Liven up laundry rooms – not just cellar dwellers anymore, laundry rooms become part of the main living space — and look good.
Pam Parker has been writing about homes, home improvement and home décor 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: March 9th, 2013

HTH_030913parker (23)It’s always nice to find a surprise in a house for sale. This week in House to Home, we visit  Pebble Creek, where the  home at 5471 Granite Lane has two full floors of living and separate entry points — perfect for a multi-generational Millcreek family. Read the full story here. The house is open next Sunday, and it lists for $249,900.

Check out all of House to Home right here:

Expo offers garden fun for kids and parents – Sue Scholz gives us the schedule for next weekend’s Home & Garden Expo.
Tips for attic storage ideas – I’ve ruined things in the attic. Protect your stuff.
Red is hot color that complements stainless – go bold — stainless can take it
Choose right pillow for better night’s rest – pillows do make a difference
Hidden kitchen conceals clutter – a small kitchen can provide everything you’d want
Pam Parker has been writing about homes, home improvement and home décor 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: March 2nd, 2013
515 Gordon LaneIf you venture out to open houses tomorrow, don’t miss the cute home at 515 Gordon Lane. Read my story on it wit this link – A lot to love at 515 Gordon Lane.
It’s a cute older home with some great new features — granite in the kitchen and more. Outside, it offers a .5 acre lot that has access to a stream.
It’s not far from the mall, close to everything and just a real charmer.  This one won’t last.

Check out some of our other articles in this week’s House to Home.

Fairy gardens fairly easy to fashion – Our super gardener from Erie — Sue Scholz — shows off some of the best gardens — even I could do some of these.  
Find safe bets at Las Vegas furniture mart – the latest and greatest furnishings hit the runway — cool stuff — wait till you see it
Plate features famous German church – this wooden plate is a beauty.
Find value for ‘Wedgwood’ – I remember when everyone had a little Wedgwood — some of it isn’t as valuable as we think.
Easy binding dresses up DIY photo albums – stir sticks — who knew?
Sink into food preparation – cool sinks — add an extra in the kitchen.
Find your style in magazines – sometimes it’s not easy to choose if you want contemporary or traditional — here are tips on how to find it.
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: February 24th, 2013
Fairy gardenFairy gardens are clever miniature garden ideas — and we have some magically creative gardeners, too. Check out the story by Sue Scholz about the cute dish garden Bonney Daubensock created in the picture at left. It’s all in Saturday’s House to Home. Or check out the link here.
We have some terrific decorating ideas this week — here’s a sampling:

Don’t let budget limit good design ideas
You can transform your home into a sanctuary that makes your heart skip a beat even if you have a limited budget. The secret? Knowing where to splurge and where to cheat to get the most from every dollar.
Thanks to this article, I am rearranging my living room and moving a Hoosier in to add height.
Turrets round out clever spaces – old homes offer cool architecture, but it’s not always easy to make it living space.
Food Network chef shares home kitchen design tips  — read this BEFORE you redesign your kitchen.
Storms generate interest in standby generators – tips to consider before you think about buying a generator.
Tips can prevent clothes-dryer fire hazards – easy ways to make sure your dryer is safe. Energy-efficiency brings in light – a homeowner converted his home into an eco house, and wait till you see it.

Pam Parker has written about real estate and home decor in the tri-state region for more than 20 years. She is the editor oLake 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: February 16th, 2013

HTH_020213parker2In this week’s House to Home, check out my article about how a grandma and grandpa converted media centers into kid kitchens. I was so impressed when Erie Times-News photographer Andy Colwell told me about this — I called these Oklahoma City folks up — terrific idea. Read it here. See the cool green kitchen she created at the bottom of this blog.

TAB_HtoH_02162013_H01Other features include:

Big-screen TVs become stars of home viewing – not just in the family room anymore.
Time for flowers – cool clocks become part of flower arrangements.
Speaker shares success – Sue Scholz tells us the Buffalo Garden Walk president will present photos in Erie from the 2012 walk — one of the largest garden tours in the country.
Enjoy urban oasis – couple turns postage stamp yards into garden-magazine-worthy landscapes.

Tips to go green inexpensively – easy and free.
Light up your home with ambience – little things made a difference.

Get energy-efficiency rebates now – home improvement time can save some $$.

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: February 9th, 2013

Luxury vinylI remember when flooring was very obviously a laminate, wood, stone, tile or something else. Not anymore.

I’ve seen incredible concrete and other materials that look like natural wonders. To catch up on what’s out there, read the cover story this week in House to Home right here. If that vinyl flooring story doesn’t surprise you — here’s another on leather — it’s on floors, doors and much more.

In the next few weeks, I’ll be taking you inside some breathtaking homes and showing you the ingenuity of a grandmother who made clever play kitchens for her granddaughters.

Check out all the stories this week in House to Home – click on the links below. And there are a lot of new listings out there to see.

Tree seedling sale begins in March
Digital prints become wall coverings
Room for Romance
Parents create housing for disabled
What you should know before buying antiques
Rustic reno makes one suite bath

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: 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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