The Borrowed Abode

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

Fair Trade Fashion and Ethical Shopping at Whole Foods

Authors: Jane

Did you know you can find fair trade fashion at Whole Foods? 

My location in Vienna, VA has always had a small collection of sustainable apparel – mainly casual wear- on end caps, but recently they’ve included nicer items like dresses.   When I travel I noticed that some locations have larger collections. In the Reno, NV...

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Handmade Business Secrets: Get product photos that rock!

Authors: Jane

If you’re selling your handmade products online, clear and pretty product photos are key to increased sales.  But how do you get those awesome images if you’re not a pro with the camera?   I’m sharing my secret today, in the hopes that it will save you the time I wasted.

Psst:  Before we get started, I’d like to...

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Modern, Rustic Design Inspiration at Three Ships Coffee Roasters

Authors: Jane

During our trip to Virginia Beach, Ryan and I tried out some new coffee shops and coffee roasters.  We do this on every trip we take, and it’s always exciting when we stumble on a roaster with some really interesting coffees. 

Three Ships Coffee Roasters in Virginia Beach is definitely one of those finds for us!  Their cold brew...

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Sapling Status: 6 Months

Authors: Jane

It’s official, Maple is no longer my tiny little newborn.  Long gone are the days of snuggles and naps on my chest, replaced by a tiny little alert human who wants to giggle and laugh and play all day. The other night she fell asleep in my arms, and I sat that way for another hour because it was so rare.

Speaking of sleep,...

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Introducing the Janery Southwest Modern Collection!

Authors: Jane

The new Southwest Modern collection is live at Janery today! If you’re part of the JANERY VIP club, you received an email with your secret code to save 10% on the collection through Sunday. And if you’re not a JANERY VIP, you can click here to sign up and still receive the code.

The Southwest Modern collection happened by accident....

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6-Foot Long DIY Hairpin Leg Desk

Authors: Jane

This weekend I finished building a 6-foot modern hairpin leg desk for my office, and I have some tips on how to build it and prevent sagging across the long table top. This isn’t an official tutorial because there are so many good ones out there already.

The desk turned out great, and the long design gives me plenty of space to spread...

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How To Clean Pet Accidents From Carpets (So they’re really gone)

Authors: Jane

If you’re a pet owner, it’s important to know how to treat urine stains and odors in your carpets. From house training a new puppy to dealing with an aging dog with a weakening bladder, accidents will happen at some point.

If the accidents aren’t cleaned correctly, however, you run the risk of repeat accidents and/or really smelly c...

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DIY In Progress: Modern Hairpin Leg Desk

Authors: Jane

It’s been a while since I shared a good DIY building project on this blog, but that’s about to change!  Home projects are progressing more slowly with a little human around, but I’m slowly tackling them when time permits.

I’m currently completing my new office corner in the basement, which I shared the plans for ...

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7 Inspiring Podcasts for Indie Business Owners Future Entrepreneurs

Authors: Jane

I love to listen to inspiring podcasts while I work in the Janery studio. Designing new products and patterns is exciting, but production sewing is repetitive.   I used to watch TV shows and movies, but I have found that they can be distracting, and they aren’t that inspiring – except for the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

Once...

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DIY a Southwest Style Cactus Pillow – No Sewing Required!

Authors: Jane

Southwestern style is hot right now, and what better way to bring that trend into your apartment than with throw pillows? It’s much safer (not to mention cheaper!) to pull trending themes into your space with small accessories rather than with large furniture or rugs that require a huge commitment.

Even if you don’t have a sewing m...

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