The Borrowed Abode
A DIY/ Home Decor blog focused primarily on decorating rental homes and apartments.
How is it Now? Upcycled Window Frame Jewelry Organizer
- Published on Monday, 02 March 2015
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...
Honey Lemon Ginger: A hot drink for cold flu season
- Published on Friday, 27 February 2015
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...
How To Hack an Elfa Closet to Create Decorative Wooden Shelves
- Published on Wednesday, 25 February 2015
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...
The Nursery: Creating Decorative, Useful Closet Bookshelves
- Published on Monday, 23 February 2015
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...
Sapling Status: 1 Month Old
- Published on Friday, 20 February 2015
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...
Organizing the Awkward Space Under the Bathroom Vanity
- Published on Friday, 13 February 2015
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...
American Frame Review
- Published on Wednesday, 11 February 2015
I finally found an affordable solution for custom framing, and I’m so happy with it that I wanted to share. Please note this is not a sponsored review of any sort.
For years I’ve had art prints waiting to be framed, but I’ve never done it because I wasn’t sure how to find affordable custom frames. I got a quote at Michael’s once about 6...
Cataloging Wedding Baby Shower Gifts
- Published on Monday, 09 February 2015
When I started receiving gifts in anticipation of our new baby, I wanted to find a way to remember them. At each of my baby showers people wrote lists of the gifts I opened, but many of the gifts included lots of small pieces of clothes and other tiny items that were hard to list in detail. I wanted to remember what came from whom...
The Nursery: Building Lightweight Window Cornice Boxes
- Published on Friday, 06 February 2015
When it came to window treatments in the nursery, I knew I wanted to skip the floor-length curtains and instead just have cornice boxes or fabric valances at the top. I thought that valances would bring some color and structure to the windows without taking up too much space in the room. Since we have blinds installed, we didn’t need c...
DIY Project Fail: Two-Tone Mid-Century End Table
- Published on Monday, 02 February 2015
Do you ever get tired of seeing all the perfect before & afters of DIY projects? Let’s be real for a minute and admit that not every DIY attempt results in a project you actually want to use in your home.
Today I’ve got just such an example, and I’ll share the process I went through as well as the end result, and...