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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 ‘house’
Posted: January 25th, 2014

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This week’s House to Home is all about getting more color in your house. Thanks to Marie Feltz. Read her story Refresh with blues, reds.

Sue Scholz shares some great news from Grandview Elementary School about third graders trying to win a national contest. Click here to read the story.

We have much more than that in this week’s House to Home with some great remodeling examples thanks to homeowners with purrfect ideas … And lots more renovations to love. Check out:

If you are looking for a new home, House to Home has you covered. Check out  our Open House locator right here.And, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

Happy house hunting!

Pam Parker has written about homes, interior design 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 mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: January 18th, 2014

VolkmanI can’t tell you how many times I’ve ridden past the marvelous homes on Volkman Road, and said, “Wow.”

These majestic homes don’t go up for sale very often. The last home I saw belonged to John and Marianne Kanzius. It was awesome, and now we  get a peek at another one in this week’s House to Home.

The home at 6113 Volkman Road sits on 1.72 acres and offers more than 4,400 square feet of living space. Every inch of it speaks of elegance, and you can read the entire article here.   It’s listed at just under $700,000 by Loretta Dwyer Schaal and Nedra Dwyer Lehrian of RE/MAX Real Estate.

We have much more than that in this week’s House to Home:

» Greenhouse interest continues to rise – I’ve always wanted a greenhouse — well a conservatory maybe, but greenhouse gardeners are on the rise, and so is the production of greenhouses — from DIY to budget packages to big, fancy buildings.

» The art of buying art – This is a fun story — who doesn’t want to buy art? I’ve gotten great stuff — even at the Dollar Store.
» ‘Downton Abbey’ influences home, garden design – Always wanted the Downton dining room in your home? You’re not alone — the style is entering homes all over America.
» Special trees add pretty backyard color - Sue Scholz reminds us to bundle up and visit the backyard where colorful berries could be growing on branches — it’s worth a look.
» When woodpeckers come knocking  — Great insight into woodpeckers. I had one at my old home on Oakmont Avenue. He visited for years, or maybe it was more than one woodpecker. Oddly enough, he chose the attic window to peck — same time everyday — the sun glinted just right on that window and we think he saw his reflection. Not sure if it attracted a mate.
» Toilet duel between dual- and single-flush – The single flush is as complicated as we can get here at Chez Parker, but this is an interesting take on plumbing.
» Ventless fireplaces get mixed reviews  — Love ‘em or leave ‘em, but if you want a fireplace, these are a great idea.

» ‘Dollond’ telescope research offers curious history lesson – We all get a valuable lesson from an old telescope.
The real estate market is jumping, locally. Realtors report a lot of activity in that warm spell after the polar vortex. If you are looking for a new home, House to Home has you covered. Check out  our Open House locator right here. And, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

Happy house hunting!
Pam Parker has written about homes, interior design 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 mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.
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Posted: January 4th, 2014
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I was on vacation a good portion of the past few weeks, but when I returned, I found a host of great ideas for 2014′s House to Home articles.
First off, gray is the newest neutral to bump white off the charts. While varying shades of beige have been popular interior design colors for years, gray is making a return.
Gray is a background color that makes everything else pop. I have interviewed artists and architects who paint all the walls in their homes gray in order to give the accents a chance to shine. It really works. Read the article For furniture, gray is the new beige. Another notable trend is the return of gold fixtures — edged out by pewter, chrome and brushed nickel over the years, gold is reclaiming its glory in interior design.
Some of the terrific articles in this week’s House to Home include: 
What’s new in kitchen makeovers – Blend different countertops and cabinetry for an upscale look.
Huffman honored as Realtor of the Year – Mary Huffman was honored as Realtor of the Year at the recent Greater Erie Board of Realtors’ luncheon.
Gardeners planted great ideas in 2013 – Erie columnist Sue Scholz revisits the amazing accomplishments of local gardeners in the Erie region.
Check out decorating trends for 2014 – Minimalism has a place in every home — it’s a year where less is more.
‘Newspaper sidewalk’ is pressman’s legacy – This is a terrific story about a newspaper employee who turned historic news headlines and stories into a stunning sidewalk and patio at his home — now owned by appreciative younger homeowners.
Hardwood floors can be refinished 1 or 2 times – Hardwood floors can have many lives in older and newer homes with a new finish.

Deer and Dog’ glassware is from 1870s – Fascinatingly artsty glassware has some true value, and you might just find it at garage sales and in Grandma’s cupboard.

It’s a new year and time to freshen up our homes with great design ideas. Or if you are looking for a new home, House to Home has you covered. Check out  our Open House locator right here.

Pam Parker has written about homes, interior design 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 mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.
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Posted: December 16th, 2013

One day saleMonday is the day – from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. –$20 tickets are available at the Erie Philharmonic. Visit www.eriephil.org.  All tickets are just $20, but this cannot be combined with other offers. Order online, by phone at 814-455-1375,  or in person at 609 Walnut St.

Here’s the schedule through 2014. Click on the links to purchase tickets:

Dec. 17
Chorus Messiah
at St Peter Cathedral.

Jan. 25
Mozart and Mahler
Symphonic Series

Gabriela Montero will perform a unique rendition of Mozart’s E-flat Major Piano Concerto with the orchestra.

Feb. 15
Broadway Romance
Pop Series

March 08
Pictures at an Exhibition
Symphonic Series

March 22
Disney’s Pixar
Pop Series

Disney’s Pixar movie music will include “Toy Story,” “Up” and much more.

April 5
Carmina Burana
Symphonic Series

May 3
A Tribute to Motown
Pop Series
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 12th, 2013
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A wreath that has yet to make it onto a wall or door — and this is one that has made me laugh for more than a decade.

In the past few weeks, I’ve talked to a lot of folks who didn’t have trees up yet and had already decided to do less for the holidays than years past. A lot of those folks are empty nesters. And I have to say that I look back on the years that we decorated Chez Parker with a tinge of melancholy — but I’m OK with it.

The first year we lived here, I think we had trees in five rooms. Not big trees, but trees. Even the bathroom had a tree. The foyer had a fiber optic tree that I think was down to one leg, but we propped it up in a coffee can.

We put a sports tree in the lower-level family room because the kids hung out down there. We had all the favorite team ornaments and lots of blue and white because all the kids were in Millcreek schools. As the kids grew older and were less impressed with my decorating skills — and helped less and less — fewer decorations went up. Last year, I gave them all a bunch of decorations and holiday dishes, mugs and glasses for their own places.

Now, I’m joining a lot of my friends with fewer decorations in every room. Only two trees are up and one of them won’t light. The thing is — we’re fine with it. My brother and I recalled the years our parents scaled back, and we were the ones running over there decorating like crazy people thinking they must have lost their minds.  They didn’t lose their minds or their Christmas spirit. I think they had the good sense to stop racing up and down stairs with decorations. (My sister once cracked her head open dragging decorations around her house. She celebrated Christmas with staples in her head.) At Chez Parker, I told my husband this is the last year the totes filled with ho-ho-ho will go up in the attic.

And there is a splendid passing of the light-up-your-yard torch that I see — the kids are decorating like crazy this year. And in our neighborhood — and I am guessing a lot of neighborhoods — we have a Clark Griswold who has lights, figures and other holiday stuff in every square inch of the yards — front, back and sides — and house and windows. Even the mailbox is illuminated. Their daughter is in college. And that reminds me of a few quotes from “Christmas Vacation.”

Bethany: Is your house on fire, Clark?

Clark: No, Aunt Bethany, those are the Christmas lights.

And it’s visible from outer space. Thanks to all the Clark Griswolds out there.

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 4th, 2013

Saint NIcholas

Close Up of Sheet Music

Up on the rooftop. Click. Click, Click.

Last year, I wrote about celebrating Saint Nicholas Day, and this year — I am at a it again as an empty nester.

First a little history: The legend of Saint Nicholas is that he placed gifts in shoes that children left outside their rooms or by the fireplace the night of Dec. 5. Then the kids awake the next day to surprises. I’m going to have to put some extra effort into doing things for adult kids and GrandParker Little Miss Mia. No one lives at home so there are no shoes to put out.

My parents never did any of this, but I heard about it at St. George Grade School. I thought it was great fun, so I did it with my kids.

Before I went to bed on Dec. 5, I would put candy, jewelry, festive socks or even video games into their shoes while they slept. It also served as a wake up call to either buy them new shoes or get out the Fabreze or Windex to clean their shoes up. I also missed the date a few times and did it late — often no one was the wiser!

I’m shopping FTD and overnight mail ideas this year. There isn’t much that fits in a shoe that adult kids would want — well except cash  :) Or bling. Or new shoes for Little Miss Mia and my Kelly. I think I should speak to Santa Kim (my hubby) about celebrating Saint Nicholas Day. And remarkably — it falls on Fashion Friday this week!

I don’t have little kids anymore, but we do have a Nicholas who visits with my daughter. Enjoy Saint Nicholas Day!

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.

 

 

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Posted: September 8th, 2013

FerrandoOne of the nicest honors I’ve had this year was visiting the home of Bob and Carole Ferrando. The 5,000-square-foot home and 17-acres of property that skirts along Lake Erie is impressive, and the owners are delightful.

My visit with the Ferrandos was a nice behind-the-scenes look at an Erie car family’s day-to-day lifestyle. Thanks to Realtor Karen Euliano for the opportunity.

The Ferrandos built their home, carriage house and multiple seating areas along the bluff and beach in 1993, but it all looks brand new. It’s listed at $1.5 million, and it’s got that feeling of home in every square inch of it.

We have plenty of great features in House to Home - it came out yesterday, and I’m late to the party due to modem problems at home, but we are all fixed now, thanks to Time-Warner.

Check out garden news from Sue Scholz right here. And Meadville decorator Marie Felz gives us ideas on how to add a little luxe to rooms without spending a lot of money. Read it all here.

Open houses are easier to log onto than ever. Click right here for the full listing. We update every Thursday.

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 of three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: July 26th, 2013
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Kurt Steiner, in a 2006 photo by Rob Engelhardt of the Erie Times-News, will try to set a Guinness World Record at Discover Presque Isle.

Kerri Barron of the Presque Isle Partnership reminded us that a Guinness record could be set this weekend.

On Saturday, July 27th at 2 p.m., Waterworks Pond could be the site where Kurt Steiner breaks the Guinness World Record for stone skipping — all  during Discover Presque Isle.  Steiner is an Erie native who has also lived in Kane, and he ranks among the top stone skippers in the world.

Since 2000, Steiner has entered  21 pro events, won eight first-place titles and nine second-place titles. He held the Guinness World Record for stone skipping from 2002-­‐2007  with 40 skips.

Who beat him? Russell Byars, of nearby Franklin! With 51 skips on July 19, 2007. Byars is the current Guinness record holder.

From noon to 3 p.m., events will take place at the pond. Steiner will also offer stone skipping lessons and demonstrations after his attempt. For more information, contact Kerri Barron with any questions. kerri@discoverpi.com(814) 838-­‐5144.

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 GramPam to one.

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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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