The Borrowed Abode
A DIY/ Home Decor blog focused primarily on decorating rental homes and apartments.
How To Clean Pet Accidents From Carpets (So they’re really gone)
- Published on Friday, 24 July 2015
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...
DIY In Progress: Modern Hairpin Leg Desk
- Published on Monday, 20 July 2015
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 ...
7 Inspiring Podcasts for Indie Business Owners Future Entrepreneurs
- Published on Monday, 13 July 2015
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.
DIY a Southwest Style Cactus Pillow – No Sewing Required!
- Published on Wednesday, 08 July 2015
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...
Sapling Status: 5 Months
- Published on Wednesday, 01 July 2015
The Little Sapling turned 5 months last week, and all I could think is – she’s almost half a year old!
If Maple’s 3rd month was all about “cooing”, her 4th was all about silence. She clammed up, except for talking to her toys when we weren’t in the room with her. On the day she turned 5 months, she started chatting up a storm with us,...
Roadside Find: A Mid-Century Wassily Chair Pair!
- Published on Monday, 29 June 2015
The other night I spied a Wassily style chair as I walked the dogs. It was just like the one in Ryan’s office, except with different upholstery.
Ryan’s Wassily Chair
This chair was sitting in someone’s yard, not as part of landscaping, but more like it was destined for trash. Since it wasn’t on the curb, I wondered what was...
Just Say No to Affiliate Links! My new advertising policy.
- Published on Thursday, 25 June 2015
The Borrowed Abode is going ad-free and ditching affiliate links*. I’ve only ever linked to products I use and love, but I’m getting rid of any affiliate linking to them because I’m tired of blog being overrun with affiliate links.
That’s the short version. Ready for the long one?
During my 6 years of blogging I’ve tried d...
Sew It: Decorative Waterproof Changing Pad For the Nursery
- Published on Thursday, 18 June 2015
Decorating a nursery? This easy-off decorative waterproof changing pad mat is a snap to make and super easy to switch out when things get messy during a diaper change.
When I was busily preparing for our baby’s arrival, my friend Katie warned me that “babies pee a lot, so skip the changing pad cover.” Katie was absolutely right, but I’...
Fetching Furniture: Our May Road Trip to Littleton, NH
- Published on Wednesday, 10 June 2015
Ryan and I drove north for Memorial Day weekend, leaving Maple in New Jersey with my in-laws, then continuing north to New Hampshire.
We stayed two nights, which meant we essentially drove two days for one day of vacation, but we have so much fun on our route to and from Littleton. We’ve got coffee shops and cafes to stop at every 2 or...
Introducing the All New JANERY Website!
- Published on Monday, 08 June 2015
Toss the confetti and pop the champagne, because the JANERY website has finally launched!
But before we go shopping, THANK YOU to all of you readers who have encouraged me along the way. You rock.
It feels good to finally accomplish this huge business goal. When you get to the website, I hope you’ll join the Janery VIP Club!