The Borrowed Abode

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

Sapling Status: 2 Months Old

Authors: Jane

Happy 2 months to Maple! Once again the time has flown by, and I have a feeling it’s going to be that way every month.

Maple’s Updates:

This is the month where she discovered her smile. And oh, what fun it is to see her whole face crack open into a smile at the most random of times. She’s also been finding her giggle, though I h...

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Planning My New Basement Office

Authors: Jane

I’m in the process of planning my basement office space. I have a small work space for my corporate job in my living room thanks to my secretary desk, but the Janery office will be in the basement TV room.

For now my office has just the farmhouse desk I built and a file box, but there is more to come. These are the aspects I’m working o...

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Creating a Home Office in the Living Room

Authors: Jane

When you live in an apartment, space comes at a premium and you don’t always have an entire room to dedicate to your home office. But whether you use your office to work from home full-time or just to pay your bills, having a dedicated workspace is a necessary part of keeping your small space organized.

I had the luxury of a dedicated...

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Efficient Project Planning With Our Project Wall

Authors: Jane

When you have a long list of projects you want to tackle around the house, it’s hard to know where to start. And sometimes when you do start, you find that you’ve tackled the wrong projects first, making other projects more difficult than they needed to be.

When the project ideas start flooding my brain faster than I can execute them,...

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How is it Now? Upcycled Window Frame Jewelry Organizer

Authors: Jane

My upcycled window frame jewelry organizer has been one of my most popular and most shared projects to date. Therefore I thought it a good candidate for a “how is it now” update, where I share how a DIY project has actually held up with time and use.

I’ve made two of these jewelry display windows over the years, the first having window...

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Honey Lemon Ginger: A hot drink for cold flu season

Authors: Jane

For the last few days I’ve been drinking a lot of hot Honey Lemon Ginger drinks as I’ve been fighting a cold and sore throat. It’s one of my favorite cold-weather drinks which also makes a refreshing summertime sipper when chilled.

Because this easy drink is such a big part of my diet every winter, I thought it fitting to share here on...

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How To Hack an Elfa Closet to Create Decorative Wooden Shelves

Authors: Jane

On Monday I shared the Elfa closet hack that converted my standard Elfa closet system into a decorative bookshelf and clothes closet combination for the baby’s nursery. If you’re looking to blend decorative shelving with utilitarian clothes storage, this is a great compromise!

The main tip is to buy and stain solid pine boards to...

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The Nursery: Creating Decorative, Useful Closet Bookshelves

Authors: Jane

Even before her birth, Maple had amassed a huge library of books; some were gifts and some were saved from my childhood.   I planned to install bookshelves on one wall of the nursery but was reluctant to put too many large holes in the walls because we rent.

Before I came up with a solution, I cleared my clothes out of the nursery...

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Sapling Status: 1 Month Old

Authors: Jane

It’s hard to believe our baby is one month old today. It feels like she’s been in our lives forever, yet it also feels like we were at the hospital just yesterday.

I’m spending a lot of time cuddling her, just holding her tiny, warm body against my chest, resting my cheek against her head. And when I do this, I’m often in awe at the she...

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Organizing the Awkward Space Under the Bathroom Vanity

Authors: Jane

Tips for organizing the awkward space under the bathroom vanity and quickly preparing it for guests.

The new year is a great time to refresh your space, since the bad weather often has you stuck indoors. I get excited about it, because the weather inspires me to organize and clear the clutter out of spaces. Staying organized is...

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