The Borrowed Abode

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

Sapling Status: One Year Old A Tiny Party!

Authors: Jane

This past weekend we had the first of two little birthday celebrations for Maple.  Yeah. . . my little munchkin is 1 year old already, and I’m having a hard time accepting how fast this first year flew by!

We had a sort of flamingo theme for Maple’s party, and it was a blast.  I was busy hosting the party so I didn’t...

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The Great Gray Paint Debacle Comes To An End!

Authors: Jane

On Monday night I finished painting our walls in the final choice of light gray paint.  I’d finished the first coat Sunday, and we thought we liked it then.

On Tuesday morning, as the light streamed in we liked it.  On Tuesday afternoon, as the light moved away to a softer glow, we liked it.  On Tuesday night, as the night sky ca...

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The Great Gray BLUE Paint Debacle Continues

Authors: Jane

My moods have been on a roller coaster ever since we started this “simple” painting project a week ago.  Yes, the house has now been in painting-prep disarray for over a week, and it’s driving me batty.

Yesterday I told you that I thought we’d found a good compromise with a pale gray – Sherwin Williams...

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The Great Gray Paint Debacle of 2016

Authors: Jane

What was supposed to be a quick weekend painting project to kick off the new year has become the Great Gray Paint Debacle of 2016.

First, an update on the living room. After some debate, we decided to stick with the first dark gray that we chose. It’s looking good.

I thought that choosing the right dark gray for the living room...

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Trying to Find the Perfect Gray Paint for our Living Room

Authors: Jane

On New Year’s Weekend of 2014-15, Ryan and I discussed changing the paint in our living room. We’d enjoyed the Tate Olive accent walls for several years, but after reupholstering the sofa in brown leather, replacing our white chairs with wooden ones, and switching out the glass and chrome Barcelona table for a baby-safe...

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Removing Wood Glue: Testing a Non-Toxic Solution

Authors: Jane

I tested out a trick for easily removing wood glue with a non-toxic solution on a vintage dresser, using something I already had in the house.  Here’s how it turned out!

This summer we added a new dresser to our master bedroom.  It’s a gorgeous vintage piece that I fell in love with a year ago, when I spied it in our f...

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Balancing Business and Motherhood: My Interview on the Sarah R. Bagley Podcast!

Authors: Jane

Balancing Business and Motherhood: My Interview on the Sarah R. Bagley Podcast!

Do you listen to podcasts?   Today I’m discussing Janery and family, and essentially how I’m balancing business and motherhood on the Sarah R. Bagley podcast.

I listen to several while I work, and Sarah’s is one of my faves! It’s a...

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Introducing Winter Botanicals: The 2015 Janery Holiday Pillows

Authors: Jane

Every year I create a limited edition collection of holiday pillows. This year I designed a line of “winter” pillows that can carry your decor into the cold new year.

I released them last week and have less than a dozen remaining, so if you love them, now is the time.  Once they sell out, they’re gone forever!

PS:...

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Why are handmade products so expensive?

Authors: Jane

Did you ever look at the price tag on a handmade item and wonder why handmade products are so expensive?

When I’m selling at art shows or craft fairs I sometimes hear “I could get it at Target for half that price.”   I don’t take offense, because I know I thought the same before I started Janery, my handmade...

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A New Janery Mini Collection: “Bricks” for Yellow Brick Home

Authors: Jane

This summer I needed to choose some new patterns for Janery pet beds, but I wanted to go outside of my choices, which are largely dictated by my style.

I asked Kim, the talented pet portrait artist and DIYer at Yellow Brick Home to collaborate with me on choosing some new patterns, and I was ecstatic when she said yes! I love her style...

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