The Borrowed Abode
A DIY/ Home Decor blog focused primarily on decorating rental homes and apartments.
7 DIY Rug Options for Renters Or the Noncommittal
- Published on Friday, 11 April 2014
When you’re decorating a room, rugs are a fantastic way to make a huge impact on a space – the bigger, the better. However, the prices of large rugs can intimidate a renter who’s decorating a temporary space, or a homeowner who is on a tight budget.
Now that I’m trying to finally decorate our basement TV room,...
Basement TV Room Makeover: Searching for a Large Rug
- Published on Wednesday, 09 April 2014
Now that the Janery studio makeover is complete, I’m ready to tackle the Basement TV Room with my creative energy. It’s is a long, tiled room that takes up most of the basement real estate.
I’ve started and stopped work on it in the past, because our needs for the space kept changing as the Janery workspace was...
Why Janery Donates to Programs for the Homeless
- Published on Monday, 07 April 2014
Each year I donate a portion of sales from Janery to programs for homeless people and pets. I donated approximately $500 of my 2013 profits to the cause, and I hope to significantly exceed that number in 2014.
As the parent to four previously-homeless pets, it’s fairly obvious why I support animal rescue. But the reasons for my...
2014 Project Status: February / March
- Published on Friday, 04 April 2014
In an attempt to get things done, I kicked off 2014 with a big ambitious project list for the Borrowed Abode. I decided to share updates every other month. I need to post these updates, because seeing the list, and how much I have left to do, helps keep me motivated.
I finally finished the studio – so that’s one...
How We’re Preparing Financially for Pet Emergencies
- Published on Wednesday, 02 April 2014
I used to have a very logical and frugal plan for my pets’ veterinary care in old age: if they were diagnosed with anything terminal, I would keep them comfortable but not treat the illness. After all, only crazy people spend thousands to prolong their pet’s life, right?
This past fall I had to eat my words when my dog Charlie was...
Why We Chose Full Grain Leather for Upholstery
- Published on Monday, 31 March 2014
After sharing that Ryan and I got our sofa back from the upholstery shop, I wanted to discuss the reasons why we chose to use real leather instead of any other material. Also, did you know there’s several different “grades” of leather, with some of them being really crappy? Before this, I had no idea!
This has been...
Our Reupholstered Petrie Sofa is Back!
- Published on Monday, 24 March 2014
I returned home from my business trip to Las Vegas last week just in time to take delivery of our reupholstered sofa!
It’s amazing what a difference it makes in the room. I was worried that it would be too dark, after having such a bright white couch, but it’s nice and warm without being depressing.
In case you’re new...
My Vintage Kilim Rug Dilemma
- Published on Wednesday, 19 March 2014
I don’t think you ever met one of my favorite Craigslist scores, my bright red Kilim rug. I found it years ago when I moved to my first apartment in the DC area, and it was a ridiculous deal – only $25. I love the bold colors and patterns; it’s one of the least fussy vintage rugs I’ve ever seen.
Room Tour: My Janery Sewing Studio is Finished!
- Published on Wednesday, 12 March 2014
My Janery Sewing Studio is finally . . . wait for it. . . finished! Just in time for me to enter it in the Creating with the Stars contest at East Coast Creative. So exciting!!
And you know what? I feel like this is my best propaganda yet to convince you that, when you rent, you can still customize a space to make it suit your needs a...
Studio Update, Part 14: Converting My Sewing Table to Drop-Leaf
- Published on Wednesday, 12 March 2014
For months I’ve wanted to convert my handmade 7 x 4 foot sewing table into a drop-leaf table, simply because its massive size is sometimes more than I need in my 10 x 10 sewing studio.
Because the table was built from a thick sheet of plywood, trim molding, and screw-on Ikea desk legs, it was easy to modify.
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