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Display Name: Ginevra123
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I just want to echo the fellow Baltimorean commentors who bring up the formstone. I think some of the people commenting here probably don't realize that the "stone veneer" probably actually IS fake, i.e. made from an engineered material to look like stone. This sort of siding were put on in the 1940s because they were inexpensive and low-maintenance during the war when raw materials were more scarce and expensive. It's ugly -- that is not debatable! -- dated, and not in keeping with the house's history. The best thing to do is have it removed. It can definitely be done -- the brick underneath can be restored or repointed even if it is in bad condition.
But it will be expensive and so I can totally understand why that might not be an option for you now. Look into possible historic tax credits and see what costs would be involved, but if it ends up being out of your budget, there's nothing wrong with painting. The stone veneer has no value whatsoever.

My 1922 house currently has really ugly fake brick made from asphalt shingles put over what is presumably the original wood siding. It went up in the 30s for the same reason people used formstone. Replacing it is not in the budget right now, as much as I'd love to, so I totally get where you're coming from!

Can I Paint Over Exterior Stone Veneer? Good Questions
4/11/13 05:04 PM

I made a recipe for a squash bisque that called for 2 tablespoons or so of arborio rice tossed in to give it creaminess. Since then it's become my go-to trick for all puree soups.

How to Make Creamy Tomato Soup Without the Cream: 3 Brilliant Tips
1/22/13 12:48 PM

Yeah, another cat owner here who specifically sought out a tight-back sofa because my last cushions were ruined by my kitty who loves to sleep on the top of the sofa. There's only so much re-fluffing you can do. All cushions had a permanent cat-shaped dent in them!

Pillow Back Sofas: Cozy and Easy to Clean
12/14/12 01:04 PM

I don't know...I'm kind of with those earlier posters. If my neighbors politely wrote me a nice note or knocked on my door, I'd be more than happy to put down some rugs etc. But I'm not so inclined to go out of my way to accommodate someone who resorts to angry, passive-aggressive notes.

What To Do When You Are the Noisy Upstairs Neighbor? Good Questions
11/6/12 02:13 PM

Ward 5 represent!

This apartment is NMS but it is well done and I do have to say that one of the things I love about Apartment Therapy is that it is a place I can go and not feel bad about the fact that Ikea is just about all I can afford! There are PLENTY of other websites, blogs and publications for the wealthy design snobs out there. I like to see what people can do on a budget and in sometimes temporary/rental situations.

Stefanie & Taylor's Black and White Luxury DC Loft House Tour
10/10/12 11:38 AM

When we bought our house, the inspector insinuated that the ductless range hood was pretty pointless. But because our stove was positioned against an outside wall rather than an interior wall, we didn't need to add ducts, just vent it outside. It was a much more cost-effective solution when we remodeled the kitchen.

All About: Ductless Range Hoods Range Hood Spotlight
9/18/12 03:09 PM

I am about as wood-purist as they come, but even I do not care for this floor-to-ceiling knotty pine paneling. I have never seen an example where it does not look stuffy and claustrophobia-inducing. I would paint either the ceiling or the walls -- probably the walls -- or at the very least white wash it so some of the grain can come through, but as others have pointed out this knotty pine is not good quality wood. If you paint wood paneling you will still have wood paneling. It is not like you've drywalled it over. You just won't be able to see the knots.

Paint is also not forever. It takes a lot of elbow grease (or just money) to remove. But it can be done.

That being said -- if I could see the setting and the rest of the house, I might make an exception for a rustic, authentic cabin in the mountains of Vermont. It could possibly work. I just can't picture it and haven't ever seen any examples I like.

Help My Mom Decide: The Great Wood Paneling Debate
8/15/12 09:52 AM

So awesome!
My house was built in 1921 and when we bought it my husband used a combination of state land records databases and a family member's subscription to to find out about the original family. It turns out one of the children from that family is still alive and living in a nursing home. We wrote him a letter and he wrote back several times and sent us photos. It is really fascinating.
There are services you can pay for to have someone track down the history like this for you -- here in the DC area there is one company but I think they charge $800-$1000! All you really need to do is look through the public databases your state runs on property/deed/land records history and run the names through

1939 to 2012: A Home Loved Through the Decades
8/15/12 08:42 AM

OLD BAY!!!!!

What's Your Favorite Regional Condiment?
8/14/12 11:46 AM

My tiny front yard is currently a sea of mulch (not red, mind you) with some baby shrubs and slow-growing native groundcover spotted throughout. What can I say. It was a patch of weeds and poison ivy before and I had to start from scratch. Too shady to plant grass. Would have had to wait till the fall anyway. Sorry if my garden offends you!

I can get on board with the red mulch and plastic flowers, but some of these just get a giant WTF from me. Just be glad that people are planting flowers. Who cares if they "match?!"

Dyed Mulch & Other Gardening Pet Peeves A Way To Garden
8/13/12 12:38 PM

I want to echo what Kate S. and the others said with regard to Indian food -- huh? Fennel seed?
In my mind, I felt my Indian cooking really elevated to a more authentic level when I started cooking with ghee instead of regular vegetable oil. That was the key ingredient that seemed to make a noticeable difference for me.

As for the other Asian cuisines, I hate to say it, but a lot of times the missing ingredient is...MSG. I have traveled throughout Asia a bit and my colleagues and I used to joke that if you have a dish that tastes particularly delicious, you know it is because there is MSG in it!

What You're Missing: The Essential Secret Ingredients of 5 Asian Cuisines
8/8/12 10:51 AM

I have an Ikea microwave (Framtid, and dishwasher (the cheapest one, whichever that was). I like that the microwave doubles as an extractor fan and it seems pretty effective in that regard -- no grease on the dishes in my open-shelving layout. It fit right in with the cabinets without any problem and looks quite nice. I don't like that the microwave itself is not very powerful compared to my lower-wattage previous microwave and does not have a timer function.
The dishwasher was $200 so you can't really expect much for that price. It gets my dishes clean just fine, but is very, very loud. Luckily my kitchen has a door, but I wouldn't recommend it if your kitchen opens up to any living space.

Do You Have an IKEA Kitchen Appliance? Share Your IKEA Appliance Reviews! Reader Intelligence Request
7/5/12 05:18 PM

People who are anti-microwave clearly have never lived in a warm climate without air conditioning :). I use mine all the time to re-heat leftovers -- but I'm a vegetarian who eats a lot of pasta, soups, stews, etc. It sits above my oven and doubles as a range hood so no counter space sacrificed.

How Do You Feel About the Microwave? Reader Survey
6/28/12 11:23 AM

Agree with the others -- why on earth would you want to "deal with" parquet flooring? You should embrace their vintage and craftsman quality and choose decor that complements, not hides, them.
And yeah -- this is your FIRST APARTMENT. You're still in college. It takes years and years to have the beautiful homes that are showcased here on AT. Start by developing your style and likes and dislikes and collect things you like when you see them.

Budget Solution for Parquet-Style Flooring? Good Questions
6/25/12 10:46 AM

Impressive, but yeah...I kind of like the before better too. Everything in the remodel is so....brown.

Kitchen Before & After: Theresa's 11-Day Gut Overhaul Reader Kitchen Remodel
6/18/12 07:23 PM

If you have moisture damaging your home it is probably the result of improper drainage/grading that is leading to water draining into your home rather than away from it. As a previous commenter mentioned, you may need to hire a contractor to take a look and possibly install a french drain or other mechanism for diverting stormwater. Plants are actually often the solution, not the problem, because they absorb water that runs off from your roof or from a higher grade in your yard and slow down the flow of water during storms. Other stormwater techniques such as rain gardens sited AWAY from your foundation, rain barrels attached to your gutters, etc, can also help.

Before you plant anything, have someone examine and address your moisture problem. Then plant whatever you want there so long as it works for your climate and the amount of sun you get.

Plants that Won't Cause Water Damage? Good Questions
5/29/12 03:41 PM

Make sure you get a WaterSense labeled toilet!

Bottoms Up: The Pros Picks for Top Toilets
5/21/12 03:32 PM

I read that article yesterday and it annoyed me. The evidence he cites are recipes which say things like "cook for 5-10 minutes until a golden color." No, onions will not caramelize in that amount of time, but they will turn golden, so why is that wrong?

That being said, there are a lot of bad, inaccurate recipes out there. It drives me crazy too!

Why Recipe Writers Lie About Caramelizing Onions Slate
5/3/12 12:31 PM

My first thought with that brilliant shade of yellow of the foliage was a ginkgo, but a hornbeam also makes sense.

Either way -- DO NOT PLANT BAMBOO. I repeat: do not plant bamboo. It takes over completely and you ultimately regret it but you will never, ever be able to get rid of it.

Help Identifying These Trees for My Zone 5 Garden? Good Questions
4/19/12 05:11 PM

I am also in the midatlantic (MD) and I have had luck with clematis and black eyed susan vine. Hard to tell from your photo, though, how much sunlight you get in that particular spot. The vines will grow but may not flower if there is not full sun.

On The Hunt For The Perfect Climbing Vine
3/19/12 03:51 PM