The Borrowed Abode

Tags for The Borrowed Abode: rental

A DIY/ Home Decor blog focused primarily on decorating rental homes and apartments.

Easy DIY Slipcover for IKEA Jules Desk Chair

Authors: Jane

When I completed my Janery Studio Makeover, I did a lot of simple projects to make the space look and feel a little more finished.  One was the simple slipcover I created for my Ikea Jules desk chair that I use when I’m sewing.

The swiveling wheels and the $39 price tag made this a great find for the sewing studio, but the...

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Doctor.

Authors: Jane

Every time I walk into the kitchen, my eyes automatically dart to the back door, looking out onto the porch to see if Doctor wants to come back inside from his perch on my yoga mat.

And then I remember.  He’s not there.

We said goodbye to Doctor two weeks ago, in the same room of the same hospital where we said goodbye to Charlie...

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Finding an Affordable, Modern Crib Made in the USA

Authors: Jane

Soon after finding out I was pregnant, I started a private Pinterest board for nursery ideas.  I was mainly stalking the internet in search of the perfect mid-century style, American-made crib for the little sapling’s nursery.

Why an American-made crib?

Not only do I feel we should support American manufacturers, I’m leery...

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A Friend for Merlin: Meet Amber, Our New Standard Poodle

Authors: Jane

Most people who don’t know us would caution that Ryan and I should avoid getting a new dog just four months shy of our first baby being born.

But Ryan and I aren’t always like other people, and three weeks ago we brought home a friend for Merlin.  Amber, a 1 year old Standard Poodle, has already melted our hearts and added...

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The Scenic Route From a Music Degree to the Corporate World

Authors: Jane

I recently wrote this essay as the backbone for a speech I gave, and since this blog is somewhat my online journal, I’ve decided to share it here.

I dropped out of college 6 weeks before graduation – and it was probably one of the best decisions I ever made. 

While it sounds disastrous, I like to say that I was simply taking the...

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Review of Our American-Made Tuft Needle Mattress

Authors: Jane

Did you know that $600 could get you an American-made, eco-friendly mattress – in the mail – that is actually super comfortable and well made?

You can, and I promise you that this is for real. This is not a sponsored review, just a super enthusiastic happy customer one.

Until a few weeks ago I had no idea such an option...

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Bedroom Updates: Upgrading to a King Size Bed

Authors: Jane

We got a new bed, and my back couldn’t be more excited.

I don’t know if it’s pregnancy or just the fun of getting older, but my back has been bothering me a lot lately. My recent business trips were torture, because the airplane seats wreak havoc on my lower back. So when I noticed I was waking up with less back pain in hotels and at my...

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Our Biggest Project *or* How Ryan Spoiled our Baby Announcement

Authors: Jane

So, this is the big project that we’ve been working on here at the borrowed abode. It’s definitely our biggest project yet!  If you’re thinking “oh good grief, another blogger having a baby” . . . and you just don’t dig it – no worries. Skip to the bottom where I promise not to become a mommy...

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Doctor’s Story: Considering Chemo For a Cat With Cancer

Authors: Jane

In an surreal twist of fate, the dreaded “C” word – cancer – has already returned to our borrowed abode, this time striking our awesome little cat, Doctor.

Two months ago, noticing that our cat Doctor was losing weight and acting more lethargic, we took him to the vet for blood work. I had a gut feeling that he had cancer, but I...

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State of the Blog: A revised update!

Authors: Jane

In my last blog post – “Why I’m Giving Up on my Design & DIY Blog“ – I think perhaps I worded the title wrong, so I’ve gone back and revised it to “Why I’m Embracing Imperfection In My Design & DIY Blog.”

Thank you all who read it and took the time to email or comment. I wrote it on a whim after...

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