The Borrowed Abode

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

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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Why I’m Embracing Imperfection In My “Design DIY” Blog

Authors: Jane

Note:  Originally titled “Why I’m Giving Up on my Design & DIY Blog – I changed the title after I realized it didn’t convey the right message. I’m not ending the blog, just revising my approach.

This June marked my five year anniversary of this blog, which I originally created to be a rental decorating...

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Why I’m giving Up On My “Design DIY” Blog

Authors: Jane

This June marked my five year anniversary of this blog, which I originally created to be a rental decorating and DIY blog.  In those five years I’ve seen so many changes in the blog world, and seen so many even younger blogs become famously successful almost overnight.

At first, I saw my traffic climbing steadily through 2012,...

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Janery Update: Family first

Authors: Jane

Sometimes life really has a way of throwing up detours when you try to reach your goals. And this year’s many detours seem to be following a theme – cancer.  Can I just say how much I hate that one illness?

But let’s back up.  I’ve been feeling guilty lately that I had all this hype about the new Janery website...

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Janery Studio Chat, Episode 1: A peek at the Charlie Cushion process

Authors: Jane

Hello, hello! I’m excited because today I have my first Janery Studio Chat video blog for you.  So many times I’ve wanted to make a video to share something, because it’s easier to talk and demonstrate on film rather than to try and write it all out in a long post.

Well, I did it – Ryan helped me record my first...

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How is it now? DIY Fabric-Covered Storage Boxes

Authors: Jane

Do you ever see a DIY project that looks good in photos, but makes you wonder how it really is, if it really holds up over time?  I’ve done my fair share of DIYs that turn out both good and bad, and I thought it would be awesome to check in from time to time with updates on how some of the more popular projects turned out.

I creat...

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DIY Try: Overdye a Thrift Store Wool Rug

Authors: Jane

I recently tried a project I saw on Pinterest – dyeing a thrifted wool rug to make it less ugly and more awesome, in an attempt to have a budget-friendly large rug for our basement TV room.   I had mixed results, which I imagine is often the case when a budget-friendly solution seems too good to be true.

If you want to see my...

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How To Make A Rustic Vertical Wine Rack

Authors: Jane

Today I’m excited to share a fun guest post tutorial by Matthew Lyons from the blog HomeDaddys.com.  Thanks, Matthew, for sharing this great project!

Say what you want about IKEA but the Swedes know how to make some killer wine racks. The VURM (where do they come up with these names?) that my wife and I purchased in 2009 has...

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