The Borrowed Abode

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

Amber Update: Time for plastic surgery?

Authors: Jane

Remember how we thought we were having trouble potty training our standard poodle, only to find out she had chronic UTIs that were causing the accidents? I’ve got some great news about Amber’s condition!

Right before our baby was born, Ryan and I took Amber the Poodle to the HOPE Center (veterinary specialist center) for an Internal...

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A Fabric-Inspired Mural for the Nursery

Authors: Jane

During the design planning stage of the nursery, I knew I wanted to have art above the crib for her to look at as she grows. When I was a small child, I remember spending a lot of time staring at the wall above my bed – usually when I was supposed to be napping, or sleeping, or when I was waking up in the morning. I had a nice room, b...

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Our Baby is Here!

Authors: Jane

I am so happy to share that our daughter, Maple Helena, was born last Tuesday morning, and we are head over heels in love.

Pretty much nothing went as planned with Maple’s birth, but I’m quickly learning that’s how things are with pregnancy, childbirth, and kids.  I only got to meet her for a minute before she was...

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The Nursery: A Meaningful Gallery Art Wall

Authors: Jane

When I set about planning the baby’s nursery, I immediately knew I wanted a gallery wall of fun art prints hanging over the changing table. I look forward to holding her up and talking to her about the art, pointing things out in the different prints. My mom did a lot of this with me, and I think it’s fun for a young child to h...

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An Easy, Temporary Dog Bathing Solution for Renters

Authors: Jane

If you’re a renter and a dog owner, chances are you struggle to bathe your dogs easily in your apartment. In the summer you may have access to an outdoor space with a hose, but in the winter there’s not much you can do, short of putting your pup in the shower and climbing in with them. At least that’s what I used to do, in all of the h...

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The Nursery: A tale of two dressers

Authors: Jane

One of the most stressful parts of creating the baby’s nursery was the dresser/changing table, or lack thereof.

You see, when we traveled to New Hampshire in October after losing my mom, we bought a beautiful mid-century dresser at our favorite vintage store. It was long and skinny and had tons of drawers, perfect for storing little...

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Our Poodle’s Potty Training Problem: Diagnosing the Cause

Authors: Jane

Amber the Poodle has brought so much joy to our lives since we adopted her in September.  She is so silly and Merlin is so happy to have a playmate again! It’s so good to see my old man (12 years!) playing every day.

However, about 5 weeks into Amber’s life with us, she started peeing in the house. We were confused, because we thought s...

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A Rocker for the Nursery: Updating a vintage family piece

Authors: Jane

For the last two months I’ve been working hard on one big decorating project – the baby’s nursery.  I’m so excited to finally share the details that went into making this space.

When I was initially dreaming of the baby’s nursery, I had my heart set on a vintage Danish modern rocker in a pretty wood tone. I grew...

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Moving My Office to the Basement

Authors: Jane

For the last few months, Ryan and I have been busy getting the house ready for the baby’s arrival.   Her nursery has moved into the space formerly known as my office/ dressing room, and with that I had to say goodbye to my beloved closet and workspace.  It was fun while it lasted!

After tossing around several ideas, we tried...

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6 Favorite Christmas DIY Projects

Authors: Jane

There’s still time to decorate for the holidays!  Here’s a few of my favorite projects from the past 6 years (wow, have I really been blogging that long?!).  I’m not decorating this year because I’m trying to finish the nursery before our little girl arrives, but looking back over my projects makes me look f...

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