Monthly Archives: September 2019

What Is a Retaining Wall?

A “retaining wall” holds back (or “retains”) the soil behind it. The pressure behind a tall wall, holding back tons of soil and water, can be enormous; considerable knowledge and experience is needed before undertaking such a project. Even a well-constructed wall would be compromised over time if the builder were to fail to provide […]

Decorating a Bare Wall in the Bedroom

A big, blank wall can be an intimidating decorating dilemma. You know the wall needs something, but you’re not sure of what. In a typical bedroom, the closet occupies one wall, another wall has the dresser running down its length, and a third has the head of the bed—with or without a headboard—pushed up against it. At […]

How to Tell If a Wall Is Load-Bearing

What Is a Load-Bearing Wall? Load-bearing walls support the weight of a floor or roof structure above and are so named because they bear a load. By contrast, a non-load-bearing wall, sometimes called a partition wall, is responsible only for holding up itself. If you have remodeling plans that include removing or altering a wall, […]

DIY Accent Wall: 3D Geometric Wall Art

Want to make a dramatic statement in the nursery without putting a dramatic dent in your budget? Made entirely from inexpensive, cardboard crafting boxes, this modern nursery masterpiece couldn’t deliver more bang for the buck: An on-trend, eye-popping, 3D focal point for less than $200? Consider our jaws dropped. Created by the budget-friendly wedding experts at A Practical Wedding, […]

17 Ways to Decorate Your Outdoor Walls for Warm Weather

How to Decorate Your Outdoor Walls  Outdoor rooms are a huge decorating trend for a good reason. They are one of the best ways to put untapped yard space to excellent use while enhancing home enjoyment during the warm weather months. Decorating your outdoor walls will make time spent in your al fresco living space […]

How to Build a Detached Deck

Backyard decks offer the promise of outdoor parties, fun, and food, or just serious one-on-one time with nature. An outdoor deck is the flat, stable, dry surface that sets the stage for barbecue grills, chairs, and outdoor rugs. But if the prospect of building a full-scale attached deck feels daunting, consider an easier alternative: building a […]