The Borrowed Abode
A DIY/ Home Decor blog focused primarily on decorating rental homes and apartments.
A Night in Richmond’s Jefferson Hotel
- Published on Thursday, 12 December 2013
Have you heard of the Jefferson Hotelin Richmond, VA? It’s an incredibly beautiful and historic five star hotel in downtown, and every year I’m fortunate enough to get to stay there at least once for business travel.
Speaking of work: If one thing’s been consistent these last few years, it’s that, when the...
The Biggest Sale of the Year at Janery!
- Published on Monday, 09 December 2013
It’s our biggest sale of the year!
Shop Janery and save 15% off your entire purchase with the code BIGSALE13.
New Catnip Cuddlers and Merlin Mats (lightweight dog beds) have been added just in time for holiday gift giving, like these Scandinavian-inspired patterns:
Catnip Cuddlers: Lightweight beds with catnip in the stuffing!
Today in Arlington: GRUMP Holiday Market
- Published on Saturday, 07 December 2013
It’s craft fair time again! Ryan and I loaded up the car late last night in preparation for the GRUMP Holiday Market in Arlington, Virginia.
The show runs from 11 to 5, today only! If you’re local and want to pick up something from Janery, come on by.
You could grab this rad lumbar pillow!
My friend Rachel from Funnelcloud...
The Financials of a Craft Show: Profit and Costs
- Published on Wednesday, 04 December 2013
Have you ever wondered what financial profit sellers make at craft shows? If you’ve tried to search for it online, you’ve probably come up short.
I’m an information junkie, so I’ve read a ton of blog posts on craft shows over the last few years. The blog world is overflowing with solid advice on craft show preparation, branding, boot...
Two Thanksgiving Adventures
- Published on Tuesday, 03 December 2013
Did you have a good Thanksgiving? We had a good one, but it was the usual whirlwind of travel and activity and splitting time between multiple families. Here’s a roundup of our adventures!
We brought Charlie with us this time, because we didn’t want to leave her home for the dogsitter to worry about since she’s sick...
8 Awesome Handmade Shops for Holiday Gifts
- Published on Tuesday, 26 November 2013
I always try to do the bulk of my Christmas gift shopping with small and handmade businesses. It’s fun to support artisans and local entrepreneurs while giving a truly unique gift that won’t be found in the mall. It’s an added bonus that, with strategic shopping, you can avoid the mall altogether!
So here are a few...
Shopping on Etsy? How To Avoid Sweatshops Factory-Made Products
- Published on Thursday, 21 November 2013
If you love Etsy but don’t know that some sellers are offering sweatshop and/or Made in China goods, then this post is for you.
Etsy is a great marketplace for handmade and unique products. I love shopping on the site; it’s made it so easy to support individual artists and small businesses. Unfortunately, factories and m...
Handmade Stocking Stuffer Gift: Fabric Scrap Bookmarks
- Published on Wednesday, 20 November 2013
I’m trying to get an earlier start than usual on making a few little holiday gifts. One idea I had was to make some fun fabric scrap bookmarks for people who still read from real, paper page books.
I gave it a try and it was just as easy as I’d hoped it would be! This project can be done in under an hour if you have the...
My Gift Giving Plan a Janery One Day Sale!
- Published on Tuesday, 19 November 2013
I usually spend all year casually collecting great holiday gift ideas for friends and family, but for some reason I don’t purchase those gifts until a few weeks before Christmas. Then I’m rushed, and . . . well, that takes some of the fun out of it.
This year I decided to be more ahead of the game, so last week I made a...
5 Ways to Make Your Rental Feel Like Home
- Published on Monday, 18 November 2013
Sometimes I do freelance writing on the side, and this summer I had the opportunity to work with a large real estate website to write some rental decorating posts.
I was pretty excited about what I wrote, because freelance work doesn’t usually cover the topic of rental decorating. Then the project was delayed. . . and I thought...