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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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Posted: May 17th, 2014

Houzz porchNo — this is not my front porch, but we have that exact pot — two of them, in fact, by the front door. I bought them years ago.

And we do have pillars. Our porch is also covered. My husband and I decided to replace the front-porch furniture this year, and that prompted an all-out search for what we could do to dress it up.

I enjoy sitting out here and looking at all the greenery Mother Nature has furnished. And, what to plant, what to sit on and what looks good sent us to all the home and garden stores and www.Houzz.com for ideas.

I’m still not sure what I want, but we are making progress. Coleus is the plant that grows really well in those pots by the door. So I am in search of it. And I am a fan of geraniums because they have never let me down, and they keep the bees away.

One thing I love to read while on the porch is of course our very own House to Home.

This week, my article takes you to the Yellow House in Girard. You can spend a week or a month at the house on the second floor. Jack and Kathy Watts restored this historic mansion’s second and third floors. Guests will discover views of green acres — farmland galore — to love from all the windows and the cupola. The peaceful surroundings are just the ticket for unplugging. Read my story. and watch the video by Jack Hanrahan at Historic Girard home opens for rentals.

Sue Scholz tells us about all the cutest Lego gardens right here in Erie. Read about it at Learn about Lego gardens at the Erie Zoo, and Meadville decorator Marie Feltz won a national contest. She tells us about it in The story behind a first-place office design.

Other stories in House to Home include:

Check out our Open House locator right here.

And, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

I’m going to do some planting on my front porch, and I am thinking of wild color — maybe just the pots. Maybe the flowers. Maybe more. I’ll share it next week. Have a happy home and garden weekend!

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 GramPam to two. She has written about real estate, home design and home interiors for more than 20 years.

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Posted: May 10th, 2014

back patioIt’s been a long time since I could sit and write on the patio or front porch, and the past two days — I have been on both to write this blog. I have always loved porches — from sitting on my grandmother’s front porch on a busy street in Greenville, Pa., to the patio my parents had to the one I installed on an old house in northwest Millcreek to this house.

Now that everything is getting green, the view is terrific. Like most folks, we are a little worried about some of the plants, shrubs and trees that the polar vortex may have decimated. I see some new plantings in the future here at Chez Parker.

In this week’s House to Home, I offer some inexpensive gift ideas for Mother’s Day — some are free. Read my column here.

Sue Scholz tells us about all the rhododendron tours coming up. Mine don’t look ready for tours in the near future, but other folks must be having better luck. Read her column here: Rhododendron show coming up. Other stories you’ll want to read include: 

Check out our Open House locator right here.

And, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, and especially to all the women who have mommed me over the years. Thanks! Enjoy the weekend.

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 GramPam to two. She has written about real estate, home design and home interiors for more than 20 years.

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Posted: May 3rd, 2014

sharks2I love to hear interviews with real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran, 65, of “Shark Tank” because she tells it like it is.  In an ABC-TV interview on “Nightline Prime,” she noted that homes are disappearing fast in the current market, and there’s no time to waste thinking about making an offer — because someone will beat you to it. She sees bidding wars in big cities.

Here’s a link to the video of how the network followed a few families on their home-buying journeys.

Local Realtors don’t see the problems big city Realtors do, but most folks will say inventory could always be better because buyers need and want a selection. Perfectly staged, move-in ready, accurately-priced homes get offers within days. Also, the new construction market is booming — something Corcoran agrees is happening due to the pent-up demand for new homes.

Want to check out the local scene? Here’s what’s in House to Home  today:

I wrote about five homes for sale in Woodshire — located on the east side of Sterrettania Road. Here’s a link to my story. Other stories include:

Check out our Open House locator right here.

And, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

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 GramPam to one. She has written about real estate, home design and home interiors for more than 20 years.

 

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Posted: April 13th, 2014

Yep, I am sitting on my porch writing this today. It is 66 degrees, and the birds are singing. Speaking of 3559a31d-cd93-4cdb-a3f2-8d7799b00435porches, get a load of these from Architect Magazine. This house was an award winner for the Hufft Project — a Kansas City and New York collaboration where designers showcased their stuff and sent me an e-mail about it.

This Springfield, Mo., house is appropriately called the the Porch House — it started out as a farmhouse that ended up with 10-foot cantilevered canopies. Click here to see more of the story.
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Closer to home, you can admire the porches on the the historic home I visited for my column in House to Home on Saturday.

It has an incredible backyard with an enclosed sunporch and multiple screened in porches overlooking a pond. The historic home at 5333 Lake Pleasant Road includes 3,535-square feet. Built in 1867, it’s been in the Shattuk family for seven generations. It is listed at $395,000. Read my article here. For more info, call Mary Smrekar of Coldwell Banker Select at 453-4578. HTH

If you missed House to Home yesterday, you can catch up with all the articles below:

» Add a touch of magic to your garden by Sue Scholz

» Eggsactly what you need for Easter

» Shooting birds with the BirdCam Pro

» How to grow strawberries
» Experts’ tips can help your lawn bounce back

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 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 GramPam to one. 

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Posted: April 5th, 2014
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The spacious living room in the home at 3717 Beech Ave. includes plenty of room for a table and chairs. See the house during an open house April 13 from 1 to 3 p.m.

This week, House to Home  delivers this cute and clever charmer at 3717 Beech Ave., and it has some fun finds. Just look at this front door.
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Read the entire article here.

Sue Scholz delivers a terrific story on a contest that encourages all of us to find 18 trees in a local scavenger hunt. Read her article here. Additional articles in House to Home include:

» Gardeners invite everyone to find trees
»How to tackle your spring cleaning

You’ll also read about Deadbolt protection, how fireplaces can help sell your home, who is raising chickens in the backyard and the behind the scenes of home inspections.

Check out our Open House locator right here.

And, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

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 GramPam to one. She has written about real estate, home design and home interiors for more than 20 years.

 

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Posted: March 29th, 2014
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The daffodils are fighting their way up through the ground. I visited mine yesterday. It’s a sweet sign that spring will sprout. And there’s plenty to love about homes, gardens and homes for sale this weekend in House to Home.

Marsh Madness ends this weekend — the Marsh team is giving away a lot of prizes at open houses. Don’t miss the home at 5214 Larae Drive. It’s adorable. Read all about it in my article Marsh Madness ends this weekend.

Last year, I wrote about some grandparents in Oklahoma City who created kids’ kitchens out of old entertainment centers — thanks to Erie Times-News photographer Andy Colwell. Well we have our own folks in Erie making kitchens and selling them at Connecting Hands. Liz Allen told me about it, and these folks are doing it all for charity.

Connecting Hands, a local nonprofit group, hosts a sale today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Connecto Electric warehouse, 3716 McClelland Ave. That cute kitchen at left is about $125. Pam Will and her husband, Jeff, own Connecto. They started the garage sales along with  Lil Laskowski  and about 30 volunteers. Today’s sale benefits Edinboro Women’s Services. To donate, call Pam at 898-2546 or 323-3396. To volunteer, call Paula at 450-4827.

Other features in House to Home include:

Author’s home blends architectural styles
How to give your home a contemporary design
Make a hanging garden
When to replace a furnace
Create unique crafts using yesterday’s newspapers
How to make household concoctions
Treasures: Pewter plaque’s origins remain a mystery without further examination
This houseplant offers color, personality
Dust off your organizing skills with these tips
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 on

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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: March 8th, 2014

Cochran StretCute. Charming. Architectural beauty. That’s the lure of the Glenwood area. And it’s close to everything. The Glenwood YMCA is within walking distance along with the ice rink, the Zoo, shopping at Liberty Plaza and Tops. And much more.

If you’re not busy Sunday from 1 to 3, it would be a perfect time to peek in on five homes for sale in that region — all listed under $200,000. More are for sale up there. Ride from Wood Street to State Street, and ask your Realtor — a lot of homes are for sale. Homes are minutes from the Millcreek Mall and downtown. When I looked for my first house, the Glenwood area was my first choice.

To read my article in House to Home click here.  Check out our Open House locator right hereAnd, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

Other articles in House to Home include: 

Blue Abiqua Drinking Gourd hosta of the year – Sue Scholz shares the beautiful hosta of the year and all the garden news.
5 essentials of fruit tree selection
How to arrange living room furniture
Quiz reveals color preference
Revving up design from the scrap heap
Ask Angie: When should air ducts be cleaned?

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: March 7th, 2014

Relish shamrockCheck out this cool beach-glass shamrock pendant from Relish in Erie. You can see it and more here.
If you want to buy something green for Saint Patrick’s Day, you can buy more than green beer. And something that lasts longer!

Jewelry is available in shamrocks, claddagh and trinity pendants, rings and earrings. It’s a great idea for kids and adults.

Or, get a shamrock plant

Last year, I learned that the 3-leafed shamrock is a symbol for the Holy Trinity. I’ve had a few of shamrock plants. The varieties that I had bloomed with beautiful white flowers all year long, and they thrive outdoors. I found mine at Wegman’s for as little as $4, and if I would remember to water them, mine would still be healthy. My first one grew as big as a shrub outside. Here’s a link to a story that Sue Scholz wrote in 2013 about the various shamrock plants available and how to care for them.

If you’re looking for Irish jewelry, contact your favorite local jeweler or one of the following to see if they have the gems you are looking for.

Relish Inc.
3835 W. 12th St., Erie, PA 16505
814-836-1827

Tipperary West
3026 Cherry St., Erie, PA 16508
814-459-5797

Belvedere Celtic Imports
1656 W 8th St., Erie, PA 16505
814-454-3362

Happy Saint Paddy’s Day shopping!

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 GramPam to one. Her paternal grandmother’s family came to America from Ireland. 

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Posted: February 15th, 2014
Whispering Woods
Breaking news in real estate: This past week, Whispering Woods Golf Club/Course went up for sale — the 7-year-old course is an award winner. Its beautiful rolling hills offer a terrific view year round to the many homes and condominiums hat surround the course. Listing agnet Connie Britton, of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, said there is interest already — the asking price is $2.7 million. Two homes with a lot of land are also for sale. Read my article Surprising finds in Erie real estate.
Other stories in House to Home this week include:
» Design yourself into a corner
» More suburbs are growing sweet on bees
» Wool covers stools, chairs and benchesPam 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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