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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 ‘Sabrina Fischer’
Posted: March 22nd, 2014
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The kitchen looks into a beautiful, newer family room that spans across the back of the house. It includes plenty of windows and doors that bring in the professional landscape outside.

We all know I m an open house fanatic. Last week, we saw one of the cutest homes ever in the Frontier area — one of many regions I would love to live.

And you get a Madison Avenue address! It’s not NYC, it’s better. This is another great example of how you can’t judge a book by its cover. The front of the house is cute, but inside — it’s wow — with an extraordinary family room addition and backyard retreat — all hidden from that front view. Surprise houses are always my faves. Read my story here:  Darling and done right on Madison. Oh and don’t miss the custom cabinetry, family room and fireplace in the lower-level gameroom.

Spring fever 

Spring is technically here, but we are still fighting some snow, so snow matter — it’s time to decorate like the sun is shining and the windows are open. We have some great ideas you can do right now to snazz up your home for when we do open those windows. Here they are:
Check out Sabrina Fischer’s article on  Count on 7 kitchen choices for remodel
The power of paint – get creative
Looking into glass vanity sink top – this is clearly amazing
Unorthodox picket fences enhance your yard  — you’ll love these nature-made ideas
Spring pillows refresh home’s look – colorful pillows can make a huge difference in any room
How-to’s for a heavenly hallway – I love this story — we did little to decorate hallways over the years because kids often knocked pictures off the walls while racing through hallways.
Add majesty to any room with a wood cabinet  — if you have Grandma’s chest hidden in a basement, get it out and polish it up — it will look terrific in any room — open the doors and display your dishes and fun collectibles.

Outside, get ready for spring with Sue Scholz — she shares the Perennial of the Year
Casabubble – this is like living in a glass house. Fascinating — like a see-through tent $7,000 and up.

Check out our Open House locator right hereAnd, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

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: February 8th, 2014
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Want your house to sell in a hurry? Then take the objective advice of a professional Realtor or expert in interior design staging.  In this week’s House to Home, I share some of the tips we all forget when we put a house up for sale because — well — it’s our house, and we just don’t see anything wrong with it. Here’s the article.
Some of the suggestions hurt a little. I remember one couple told me their Realtor strongly recommended getting rid of  clutter. The homeowners thought they had, but they hadn’t. In another home, the owner insisted on leaving heavy (read ugly) draperies closed 24/7 in a room that had a wall of patio doors that looked out on the yard. People want to see the windows and doors — not the drapes.  If you want to sell your home, it has to have less of your personality and more of a model home appearance.

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:

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

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: December 6th, 2013

SabrinaWe all have those days where we are invited to a fun holiday party after work. It’s often impossible to go home and change.

Watch some tips from fashionista Sabrina Fischer of Sassy Peacock as she shows us how to go from office to Christmas party in minutes.

It requires packing a few things for the office, but she does a great job with suggestions. Thanks, Sabrina. Click on the photo to launch the video.

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: November 23rd, 2013
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The living room of David and Deanne Bardo’s town home on Peach Street includes hardwood flooring and triple doors that open to an outdoor balcony.

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The open floor plan includes a terrific kitchen with quartz counters.

This week, House to Home visits with Deanne Bardo, proud owner of a Union Square town home at 12th and Peach streets. She and her husband and family sold their Fairview home to move to downtown Erie. Read my entire article here.

We could see plenty of activity in that area. Thanks to Deanne for sharing!

This week, our writers check out some terrific ideas:

Black and gold garden book makes great gift – If you have a Pittsburgh fan, check out this great book that Sue Scholz read.
Make fun, easy holiday decorations – Sassy Peacock’s Sabrina Fischer shows us how.
Other stories include:

Greystone Mansion features over-the-top décor
Fire up your backyard
Top 10 kitchen remodeling trends
Working with shades of gray

Pam Parker has written about real estate, home improvement and redecorating 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: October 5th, 2013

lake havenHouse to Home invites you into a new subdivision and a whole lot more. Read about Lake Haven Estates in Harborcreek here. Lots are an acre plus, and the new subdivision is catching on with two new homes already built.

You’ll also find these stories:

Sue Scholz tells us about Pumpkin D’Lights and all the master gardeners involved. The show is tonight  from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Headwaters Park, 1927 Wager Road, just off the I-90 and Route 8 exit, and it’s a must see.

Sabrina Fischer of the Sassy Peacock tells us how to add some fall personality to our homes without breaking the bank. Read the story here

For more fall home and garden tips, check out:

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.
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Posted: May 31st, 2013

Linda StevensonLinda Stevenson retires today as the senior vice president of Women’s Business Development at PNC Bank — after 47 years in banking.

Linda will continue her incredible efforts as the leader of the ATHENA PowerLink® program.

I am proud to call Linda my friend and a role model for all women.

Linda started the ATHENA PowerLink® program in Erie and Crawford Counties in 2000. I have served on her committees and learned a great deal from her in meetings. She has empowered countless female entrepreneurs in our region.

The ATHENA PowerLink® program is a business mentoring program. For one year a team of advisers offers free services in accounting, law, marketing, finance, human resources and technology. I had the privilege of serving on the advisory panel for the Sassy Peacock. I have watched owner Sabrina Fischer become a mentor in her own right — a true mark of success for Athena.

A Harborcreek High School graduate and the 2010 Women’s Roundtable Woman of the Year, Linda will continue to help women-owned businesses flourish  in our region.

Best wishes, Linda, and many thanks for all you have done so far — with much more to come.

 

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 and stepmom to three.

 

 

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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: December 16th, 2012

The song “Santa Baby” by Eartha Kitt or Madonna offers a cute twist on what women want for holiday gifts. Here are the lyrics.

Convertibles, yachts, condos and Tiffany’s are out of reach for most men, but Sabrina Fischer, owner of the Sassy Peacock in Erie, offers some great advice to all the guys who visit her stores this week (and her own hubby)!

  • First off, do not wait until Christmas Eve to purchase a gift. It will stress you out and limit your options.
  • Ask her for ideas. She will be thrilled, and you will probably get a list with pictures. You can also ask her mother or a close friend.
  • Gift certificates/gift cards are always nice along with at least one item that you personally selected. Choose services that she would not buy for herself: cleaning services, spa services or salon services. Splurge on a spa day for her and a close friend.
  • Plan a trip for the two of you. Get a travel agent to help! A weekend excursion would be a nice treat for both of you.
  • Diamonds are a girls best friend or any other precious gemstone. Great deals abound this week.
  • Don’t buy her a gadget that you think will help her — especially if it’s one you really want. That is unless she asked for it.
  • Do not buy a piece of exercise equipment — unless she asked for it.

Hurry Santa baby, time’s ticking away!

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: December 15th, 2012

What a year of terrific houses and real estate stories in House to Home! If you want to hear about my favorites, click right here.

One of my faves discussed a horse farm for sale and Phyllis Turner and Sandra Jarecki gave us a galloping tour. Here are links to all of our stories in this week’s House to Home:

All of us at House to Home extend our thanks to readers for sharing homes and gardens with us.

I personally want to thank all of our local writers — Sue Scholz, Sabrina Fischer, Sarah Sheppard, Maria Minnaugh and Marie Feltz for giving us interesting ideas we can find on a regional level.

Thanks to all the Realtors who support us and the wonderful folks at the Erie Times-News who help put this publication and our GoErie.com website together every week: Christine Yamrick, Marnie Mead, Holly Waychoff, Kevin Cuneo, Sherry Rieder, Joan Benson Cacchione, Dave Papesch, Sandra Hartel, MaryBeth Ford, Rob Frank, Jason Kisielewski, Mike Regal and all our ad people, printers and newspaper carriers who bring it on home. Happy Holidays!

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 to three and step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: July 14th, 2012

Sarah Sheppard and Sabrina Fischer, of the Sassy Peacock in Erie, tell people how to decorate — stage — their homes for sale. They’ve done it for quite a few people and practice what they preach. Sabrina and her husband, Ron, benefited from an objective look at the house, thanks to Sarah. The Fischer home sold in a day. Read Sarah’s article about staging here in House to Home.

The difference in changing up your decor when your home is for sale is in depersonalizing and de-cluttering. I visit hundreds of homes for sale every year, and staging makes a difference in what buyers see.

If buyers see what they want, they’ll buy it. If they don’t see what they want, they’ll move on to the next house.

The best way to keep buyers interested in your home is to show off clean rooms with no clutter and just enough furniture to make it interesting. You want buyers to see the room, not all your stuff. In the dining room above, Sarah and Sabrina removed three pieces of furniture and a rug to show off the floors and walls. It was effective. The home sold the day after it listed. For more tips on how to de-clutter and prepare for an open house — read this article in House to Home.

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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