The Borrowed Abode

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

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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Indie Business: Designing a Shop Blog Website

Authors: Jane

A lot of the behind-the-scenes work of rebranding a business and designing and launching a new website is busy but unexciting.  One of the biggest tasks has been the physical design of the new Janery website, which will include both my shop and my blog. Etsy has been a great starting point for me, but migrating to my own shop site...

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From the Studio: A Charlie Cushion Update

Authors: Jane

My Charlie Cushions are really, actually coming to Janery by the end of the month.  I am so very excited about this!

That’s why the blog has been a little quieter than usual.  Sometime this spring I finally accepted that the blog and my home DIY projects had to take a back stage to the business for a while, at least until I get...

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Hollin Hills Mid-Century Tour: An Interior Designer’s Home

Authors: Jane

Have you ever been in the house of an interior designer? When we walked into this 1951 house in the Hollin Hills Home & Garden tour, it was so evident that it was professional designed and decorated. Everything just had the right balance.

Sure enough, when we entered the owners’ home office, the design board and tile samples...

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Hollin Hills Mid-Century Tour: A Perfect Mad Men House

Authors: Jane

Today I’m taking you on a virtual tour of an amazing 1950′s style home in Hollin Hills – one of the paces we toured during the Home & Garden tour on Saturday.

Out of the 11 homes we toured, House 4 was one of my favorites.  Before reading the notes on the home, I had deemed it the perfect retro home –...

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