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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 ‘Remodeling’
Posted: November 2nd, 2013

HTH_110213parkerThere are front doors, and then there are front doors. When you walk through the front doors of the featured home at 412 Frontier Drive in this week’s House to Home, you’ll see a unique entry that welcomes visitors to something special — inside and out. Read the entire story here.

This three-story home that Nancy Placidi has listed offers a lot of neat features: multiple French doors, two fireplaces, a finished lower level, hardwood flooring throughout and an award-winning

More stories this week include:

And check out all the open houses with our open house locator map here. Happy house hunting!
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: October 26th, 2013

ChalkboarThe temperatures are driving us indoors, and some great ideas are popping up for decorating.

Chalkboard wall coverings and ideas for chalkboard decor are spicing up homes. Mary Carol Garrity wrote a terrific column that appears in House to Home this week, and local decorators Marie Feltz, of Decorating Den, and Sabrina Fischer, of Sassy Peacock Galleria, gave us some art to illustrate the idea that chalkboards can be fun at any age.

They take writing on walls (and doors and everything else) to new levels. Lots of great ideas — gifty type things too — in that article. Read it here.

Sue Scholz writes about some funny-looking milkweed, but there’s nothing funny about the need for milkweed. It helps the butterflies, and the world needs more butterflies. Read Milkweed branches out into new blossom.

We have a lot more in House to Home this week. Check out:

» Give life to a dead-branch centerpiece for Halloween

And check out all the open houses with our open house locator map here. Happy house hunting!

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: October 20th, 2013
Lovell

Lovell Place includes a network of 10 interconnected buildings between 13th and 14th streets.

In one of those mixed-use building stories that worked out really well, Lovell Place is home to history and much more.

The owners, Rick Griffith’s company Moxie Ate LP, bought the place in 2011. I toured it last week for an article in House to Home, but I saw it long before it became a success. I had the privilege of touring the old washing machine factory with Steve McGarvey, and I will never forget it.

He had a birthday party there, and over the years, that place became everything he said it would. McGarvey died in 2005 at age 36, but his vision is alive.

Right now, the northwest building opened up 37 more apartments. The city block of buildings is a thriving expanse of apartments and commercial space. It’s gorgeous. You can see the buildings and the apartments during an open house Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They were going fast when I was there. People were signing leases while I was touring.

For more information, call Karen McLellan of Altair Property Management at (814) 217-9250. Read my complete article hereHouse to Home includes a lot of great fall ideas — here are the articles:

» Dahlias add divine color to gardens – Sue Scholz meets a gardener who has lots of colorful dahlias.

» Fall into living color – Mum’s the word.

» Shelves increase storage, add more visual interest – Shelves can display more than just books.

» Free, easy ways to improve your soil – Make your soil work for you.
» Furnace maintenance heats up 4th quarter – What to do right now.
» Readers suggest causes of metered power surges – Power up reasons for surges.

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: 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: 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: November 10th, 2012

I have fallen behind on printing fast-selling homes in the region in House to Home, but don’t think they’re not selling. A lot of homes have sold in days.

If you’re thinking of selling, check out my article here. Fast-selling homes are always clean, neat and priced to move — not negotiate. Click on the links below to read other stories in House to Home that discuss French country style, edible garden plants — thanks to Sue Scholz and Kal Darres and plenty of other topics!

» Fast-selling homes are priced to move
» Pick a favorite interior décor theme
» Green holiday décor on a dime
» Chefs prepare wild edibles
» Remodeling for the holidays?
» Filtered Water, Everywhere
» Ceiling fans heat homes, too

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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