Voile fabric and Craftsman homes have one thing in common: The Internet has no idea what they are.
We've partnered with Google's analytics team to answer your most searched design questions, and it turns out, we could all use a refresher course on everything from, well, what Craftsman homes are to just how high you should hang your curtains. Here's what they said are ten of the most common questions, the answers you need to know.
According to , architect brothers Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene were influenced by the English Arts and Crafts movement and Oriental wooden architecture when they first built Craftsman homes at the turn of the century in Southern California. Low-pitched roofs, tapered columns, multipane windows, knee braces, exposed rafter tails and beams, stone details, single dormers, and a front porch are characteristic of Craftsman architecture, which is often painted in earthy colors.
You'll need fabric that's about four inches wider and 16 inches longer than your window, according to . Press half an inch of fabric on each side. Fold it in another half an inch, then sew along the edges.
Soak the object in a mixture of equal parts vinegar and salt for at least half an hour. As points out, you'll never know exactly what color you'll end up with – though this mixture will likely result in a turquoise, blue, or green finish.
Blogger 's instructions for crafting a mirror frame are simple enough for novice carpenters, yet sophisticated enough for any space. Using a miter saw, cut four pieces of molding at a forty-five degree angle. Paint the back of the molding so it won't be reflected in the back when the mirror is installed. Apply Liquid Nails to the back of the bottom piece of the mirror, then add the side pieces, followed by the top piece. Ta-da!
Think of 19th-century patio furniture, and wrought iron pieces should come to mind. The durable material is made to withstand the elements. Called "wrought" iron because iron workers use tools to work (or wrought) its curves, the material is more lightweight than cast iron, according to .
If you're simply covering a small-to-medium-size window (36-60 inches wide),
According to – you know, the fabric store where "Project Runway" contestants shop – "voile" is the French word for veil. It's a breathable, lightweight material that creates a free-flowing effect.
4-6 inches above the window frame is an appropriate guideline, according to .
It really takes a change in mindset to banish clutter for good. First of all, give yourself permission to throw stuff away – and only keep the stuff you really love. Think of cleaning as more of a habit than a weekly activity. If you take out the trash regularly, and use small chunks of time to complete small tasks head-on, clearing away clutter feels a lot more manageable. From there, we have just one word for you: storage.