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Display Name: Terry in Silver Spring
Member Since: 9/26/08

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A "Cajun air conditioner" (there are other names) is when you put a box fan in the window and blow outwards all day long, then turn it around the blow into the house all night.

It's not as good as an air conditioner, but will do in a pinch.


No AC? No Problem! Try This Quick Trick to Keep Your Cool
7/21/14 11:08 AM

Why does a two bedroom apartment need 3.5 baths? I can understand 2.5, one for each bedroom and a powder room near the living area for guests. I don't get the third full bath.


Anne Hathaway's Brooklyn \"Closet\" for Sale Design News
6/12/14 12:39 PM

I love that sofa. Any ideas if it's for sale online?


Rachel & Dustin's Continuous Color Scheme Small Cool Contest
6/10/14 01:53 PM

" she is tasked with making Glass cool for the masses."

Before she can make them cool, she'll have to make them seem less creepy.


Google Glass' New Head: Fashion Expert Ivy Ross Design News
5/29/14 01:03 PM

I agree with both people commenting before me. Another less dangerous problem? Anytime you're sitting out on your deck, you're gathered around an old grill. It's going to be hard to scrub that thing on a deck, so you'll have a stinky, ashy center piece.


DIY Patio Grill Table Made from Skateboard Decks Handmade America
5/20/14 10:25 AM

Also, look in neighborhoods that are convenient but not considered prestigious or hip.


Be a Negotiation Ninja: 5 Ways to Save on Rent (Without Getting a Roommate)
5/13/14 12:03 PM

I just turn around after I get up out of bed, grab the top sheet and blanket(s), give them a good shake, let them settle into place, then tuck/smooth down the ends. It's not a big deal.


One Simple Trick to Making Your Bed Every Day Comment of the Day
5/13/14 09:27 AM

Every once in a while, I put a big scoop of Oxyclean in the bottom and run the dishwasher on a long cycle with no dishes, glassware, or cutlery in it. Works like a charm.


How To Clean a Dishwasher Cleaning Lessons from The Kitchn
4/22/14 10:10 AM

Where does she eat? At the desk? Or maybe off a tray?


Small Space Lessons: Floorplan and Solutions from Laura's Living Better With Less
4/14/14 08:36 PM

You'll see the pineapple as a sign of hospitality throughout the original colonies.


A Brief History of the Hospitality Pineapple
2/28/14 12:08 PM

It looks as if they've left enough room on the platform to double their house if the mood ever strikes them.

Nice little cabin. My one complaint would be the headroom over the bed. It'd be nice to be able to sit up or even stand up.


Tim and Hannah's Affordable DIY Self-Sustainable Micro Cabin House Tour
2/3/14 02:05 PM

Other old homes in the DC, some open for tours:

Harmony Hall: 1723 In Fort Washington, just southeast of DC http://www.nps.gov/haha/index.htm

Mount Vernon: The first part was built in 1735, but of course it was expanded a lot over the years.

Billingsley House: 1740. On the Patuxent, not far from Upper Marlboro. http://history.pgparks.com/sites_and_museums/Billingsley_House_Museum/History.htm

Mount Calvert: 1790 On the banks of the Patuxent River near Upper Marlboro. Gorgeous spot, lots of archaeological digs around it with displays in the house about the digs. http://starspangledtrail.net/things-to-do/a-guide-to-public-archeology-on-the-patuxent-river/mount-calvert/

Riversdale Hall: 1801. Maryland suburbs, not far from the University of Maryland. Home of one of the Lords Baltimore. http://www.pgelegantsettings.com/Our_Sites/Riversdale_House_Museum.htm

Snowhill Manor: 1799. In Laurel. http://www.pgelegantsettings.com/Our_Sites/Snow_Hill_Manor.htm

Those are off the top of my head. Biased toward the Maryland suburbs since that's where I live.


A Period-Appropriate Update (& Wonderful Wallpaper) in DC's Oldest Home Architectural Digest
1/30/14 02:16 PM

The oldest building in DC is the Old Stone House in Georgetown (3051 M St., NW). It's a part of the National Park Service and you can tour it.

I think there are a few older houses out in the suburbs, but that's the oldest one within the actual boundaries of DC.


A Period-Appropriate Update (& Wonderful Wallpaper) in DC's Oldest Home Architectural Digest
1/30/14 02:05 PM

I'm glad she bought white slip covers and dyed them rather than trying to bleach down the brown then re-dye. OMG, that would be a mess.


Before & After: From Dark and Dated to a Daring Dyed Sofa
12/18/13 12:04 PM

With birds, the size of the opening can be very important in determining if your preferred species moves into a birdhouse or not. I wonder if the size of the opening is similarly important in this case. Put in a certain size, you get helpful pollinating organisms, put in another and you get critters that are going to drill up your house.


DIY Garden Gift: 99% Free Home-Made Bee Cozy The Gardenist
12/4/13 10:54 AM

"SaveOnCrafts: This online craft store is a good one to check for inexpensive glass jars, baskets, and storage tins when you want to buy in bulk. Shown: Mason Jars with Metal Lids, $1.50 each or $18 for a case of twelve."

Just go to your local hardware store (or even Target or KMart) and buy Mason jars. A case, depending on the size of the jars, runs just over $10 and you don't have to pay shipping.


Best Pantry Organizers: Space Savers & Food Storage
11/22/13 08:38 AM

I bought a book about 14 yrs ago in the bookstore of the British Library for my niece called Ah Said Stork. It's gorgeous and she (and later her little sister) LOVED that book. I tried to buy it in the US to give as a gift, but couldn't locate it. I highly recommend that book if you can find it.


20 of the Most Beautiful Children's Books in the World
10/29/13 09:13 AM

I enjoy the posts that compare products that have actually been used/handled/seen by the writer. The series last year on mattresses was GREAT. I wish you could do similar comparisons with other products, particularly those that may be more frequent purchases.


What Would You Like to Hear More About?
10/24/13 08:55 AM

What a wonderful kitchen! It's the kind of place I'd like to spend time and the cook meals.


An LA Kitchen with a Greenhouse Vibe The Kitchn
9/6/13 09:17 AM

I rented a little one bedroom apartment in a four-plex in Galveston, Texas. Everything was old hardwood with a lovely patina and the apartments shared a backyard on a saltwater bayou, complete with a dock. When I moved in, the rent was $200/month and eventually rose to $250/month. Trash/water included. The whole apartment was smaller than my current living/dining room combo, but I loved it. Lots of great parties in that backyard, as well as fishing and crabbing from the dock. Hurricane Ike took down the building.


The Cheapest Rent I Ever Had
9/5/13 10:40 AM