» Checklist for picking the perfect chair
» Great Backyard Bird Count is this weekend
» Earplugs reduce equipment noise
» Coffee table book spotlights designer
We got you covered on color this week, too. Sabrina Fischer, of Sassy Peacock Galleria, tells us not to be afraid to use the Pantone Color of the Year — it’s purple — well, radiant orchid. A few of the other articles this week include:
Happy house hunting!
Happy house hunting!
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:
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 LifeStyle, Her 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.
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.
» ‘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!
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.
Monday 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:
at St Peter Cathedral.
Gabriela Montero will perform a unique rendition of Mozart’s E-flat Major Piano Concerto with the orchestra.
Disney’s Pixar movie music will include “Toy Story,” “Up” and much more.
A Tribute to Motown
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 mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.
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:
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.
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!