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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’
Posted: December 21st, 2013

Front Door

Millennials — those kids born between 1980 and 2000 — have flocked to California in a new tech boom reminiscent of the old tech boom.

Finding affordable living quarters is still a problem. NPR shared a story on a dozen young professionals who have created their own community of sorts. You can read and/or listen to the story here

The NPR story references that the San Francisco Chronicle reports that mansions are finding new life with group living where friends and acquaintances room together in one home — a much more affordable option to renting an apartment or buying a home in California’s expensive real estate market.

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
winerooms

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 14th, 2013

holiday house Last year, Sandy Blazek, of Trellis, arranged for me to see Packard Manor at Chautauqua Institution while she was decorating. This year, she took me to the home of Rob and Rebecca Hower. What a delight!

The couple shared that they had a great time building their home, and it has a lot of unique features — brick arches, a beautiful wine room on the first floor, and one of the nicest kitchens I have ever seen.

In the lower level, a terrific bar accents one part of the home while a basketball court — and I mean a basketball court — consumes a big section of the basement. Now that looks like fun. Read the entire article here in House to Home, and thanks to the Howers for sharing.

This week’s House to Home also includes:

» Branch into evergreen ideas Evergreen ideas for holiday decorating – great ideas for leftover branches from Sue Scholz.
» What to give gardeners – gifts you’ll love for gardeners and birders.
» Nothing beats live Christmas trees  — a terrific story about how growers keep farms full of trees for our holiday decorations.
» Ceiling height important when installing shower head  — rain showers require more than just buying the cool shower head.
» What does your Christmas tree say about you? – Marie Feltz shares how to personalize your Christmas tree.
» DIY homemade snow globes, gift tags, holiday decorations – some things you can do on your own. And they look pretty terrific, too.
You can click on the articles above, or check out our flipbook right here. Have a great holiday weekend — only 11 more days till the big guy in the red suit shows up! Ho Ho Ho!
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: 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: 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: January 26th, 2013

HTH_012613parker31Here’s an opportunity to see some very expensive homes — all in one afternoon. Read my full story here in House to Home. The picture here is from the million-dollar home on Manchester Farms Road.

I was lucky enough to see these homes with just a dusting of snow, and what a treat.

Dennis and Lorraine Dolan’s 1860s home at 550 Dutch Road once belonged to Spike and Kay Payne Spicer. Builder David Haller bought it in 2006 and remodeled the entire house. It has become a beautifully restored 4,400-square-foot residence listed at $699,000 with Kathe Rafferty of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.

Less than a mile away, a home at 6715 Manchester Farms Road is open to the public — a million dollar home built in 1994 by John and Bobbi Kozlowski. John Kozlowski, a builder who owned Bernard Brick, and Bobbi Kozlowski, an interior designer and former bakery owner, meticulously designed the 4,500-square-foot ranch that sits on 12 secluded acres. Kathe Rafferty lists this one at $1,125,000. We have a lot of other great stories — click on them below:

Our local columns include:

Rainforest Sunrise is Hosta of the Year – Our expert gardener Sue Scholz shares another hot selling hosta — a real beauty.
Small updates make big change – Sabrina Fischer shares an Erie home’s kitchen with a beautiful update — that preserved cabinetry and flooring.

And our other trending tropics cover:
Sink into contemporary kitchen update – apron sinks — are they for you? 
Cut glass etched place in history – get out your cut glass — it’s never out of style.
Some wall cracks cause for concern – find out if  that crack in your house is dangerous or not.
Emerald’s time to shine – color of the year can work in your home.
Area rugs boost color and texture in rooms – add a little color and fun to any room with a splashy rug.

Pam Parker 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, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one. She has written about real estate and home decor every week for more than 20 years. 

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Posted: April 12th, 2012

Thanks to Toby Froehlich of Coldwell Banker Select Realtors for the update on real estate sales in Erie County.

It’s good news. In the first quarter of 2012, 371 homes sold compared to 320 homes last year. The average sold 2012 price of $136,371 beats the 2011 first quarter average of $127,203.

The only bad news — for buyers that is — records that home inventory was down. House hunters had 1,094 homes to choose from in the first quarter of 2012 while 1,298 homes were on the market in 2011.

Check out goerie.com/homes for all your real estate needs

 

 

 

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Posted: October 29th, 2011


If you never had the pleasure of visiting a saltbox, here’s a photo of one. The Evans Road home I wrote about looks a lot like this piece of history, and it  is on some impressive Millcreek acreage. And it includes a barn. I’m a sucker for barns.

House to Home is full of great stories. You can read my story here.



We have a great article on skulls. While skulls aren’t my personal taste in decor, the novelty is fun and it’s not just for Halloween.  This skull ice bucket on Amazon is pretty cool at $14.87.

T- shirts with skulls — they were practically illegal when my kids were little — now, they’re everywhere! And we have a story on goldleafing chocolates. MMM. Enjoy the weekend saltboxes, skulls, chocolate and all.

Freebies winners: Congrats to Charlene Heinning of Mayville, winner of the powder lifter — a salon service at Charisma, and to John Chacona, winner of the Modern Family calendar. Thanks for your comments!

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Posted: October 16th, 2011

Who in their right mind argues with God’s rule of Sunday as a day of rest? Not me. Not today, at least. On this ultra quiet morning, I recall all the Sundays where I herded my three kids (the three little Eckerts, I always called them) off to Sunday school, Mass and donuts at H&K Donut shop. They loved the sprinkle donuts. Or, I made homemade pancakes in the little kitchen of our old house, and then it was on to the rest of the day’s activities. This time of year, someone was playing basketball in a league at Family First and there was always a school adventure to collect leaves. I learned a lot about leaves.
Amid today’s quiet, I kind of miss some of the hubbub, but now my adult kids are busy in their own right. My youngest works almost every Sunday and my oldest, who is finishing up his final year of graduate school at Gannon, moved back in last night for the first time in six years. He moves to Fla. in January. My daughter, my big-city girl, works in Pittsburgh.
Today, my husband and I will have coffee and watch Sunday Morning on CBS, and I love that show. In the days when the kids were little, I rarely caught more than a glimpse of Charles Kuralt.
I need this quiet Sunday — the first one we’ve had in months, really. And next week will make up for it. All three of my kids will be at home for an entire weekend for the first time (other than a holiday) in six years. I already have the urge to hustle them off to Sunday school, Mass, and donuts at H&K Donut shop. I don’t think they’ll tolerate that idea, but pancakes and coffee in the kitchen are in order. I can’t wait.

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