The Borrowed Abode

Tags for The Borrowed Abode: rental

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

The Scenic Route From a Music Degree to the Corporate World

Authors: Jane

I recently wrote this essay as the backbone for a speech I gave, and since this blog is somewhat my online journal, I’ve decided to share it here.

I dropped out of college 6 weeks before graduation – and it was probably one of the best decisions I ever made. 

While it sounds disastrous, I like to say that I was simply taking the...

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Review of Our American-Made Tuft Needle Mattress

Authors: Jane

Did you know that $600 could get you an American-made, eco-friendly mattress – in the mail – that is actually super comfortable and well made?

You can, and I promise you that this is for real. This is not a sponsored review, just a super enthusiastic happy customer one.

Until a few weeks ago I had no idea such an option...

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Bedroom Updates: Upgrading to a King Size Bed

Authors: Jane

We got a new bed, and my back couldn’t be more excited.

I don’t know if it’s pregnancy or just the fun of getting older, but my back has been bothering me a lot lately. My recent business trips were torture, because the airplane seats wreak havoc on my lower back. So when I noticed I was waking up with less back pain in hotels and at my...

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Our Biggest Project *or* How Ryan Spoiled our Baby Announcement

Authors: Jane

So, this is the big project that we’ve been working on here at the borrowed abode. It’s definitely our biggest project yet!  If you’re thinking “oh good grief, another blogger having a baby” . . . and you just don’t dig it – no worries. Skip to the bottom where I promise not to become a mommy...

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Doctor’s Story: Considering Chemo For a Cat With Cancer

Authors: Jane

In an surreal twist of fate, the dreaded “C” word – cancer – has already returned to our borrowed abode, this time striking our awesome little cat, Doctor.

Two months ago, noticing that our cat Doctor was losing weight and acting more lethargic, we took him to the vet for blood work. I had a gut feeling that he had cancer, but I...

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State of the Blog: A revised update!

Authors: Jane

In my last blog post – “Why I’m Giving Up on my Design & DIY Blog“ – I think perhaps I worded the title wrong, so I’ve gone back and revised it to “Why I’m Embracing Imperfection In My Design & DIY Blog.”

Thank you all who read it and took the time to email or comment. I wrote it on a whim after...

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Why I’m Embracing Imperfection In My “Design DIY” Blog

Authors: Jane

Note:  Originally titled “Why I’m Giving Up on my Design & DIY Blog – I changed the title after I realized it didn’t convey the right message. I’m not ending the blog, just revising my approach.

This June marked my five year anniversary of this blog, which I originally created to be a rental decorating...

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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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