Yearly Archives: 2011

2011 Rental Decorating Ideas Roundup

As one of my goals for 2011 was to discuss more rental decorating ideas on The Borrowed Abode, I thought it fitting to usher in the new year with a roundup of our most popular rental-related posts from 2011.  But if you’re a homeowner, you can peek too – because all of these ideas could be used in your homes, too!

Of course, our whole house is rented – so anything I blog about doing here is most likely landlord-approved.  (You’ll never read about a kitchen renovation on this blog!) But these are topics we tackled for those of you who have more difficult or restrictive landlords. Continue reading

{Decorating Dilemma} Should I move my sewing studio?

Just when I thought I had everything figured out in our house, my brain had to go and get another idea.

Should I move my sewing studio to the basement, and put it where I’m currently in the process of setting up a reading nook / computer & crafting station?

I already determined that moving my computer to the basement, and away from my sewing studio, was a good move. I needed to separate blogging and sewing.   But now I’m wondering if I should have accomplished it by putting my studio in the basement, and leaving the upstairs as my computer office / dressing room. Continue reading

Guest Posted: My Favorite Things

I’m a little late announcing this, becuase my computer died while I was on holiday, but last Friday I was given the honor of a guest posting spot over at Design Build Love!

The topic? My Favorite Things.  Every other guest blogger had a fabulous list of their faves in one category (and you should totally check them out) . . . but me? Nope.   I decided to just let ‘er rip with my most favorite things across the spectrum. So hop on over and check it out, especially if you’re wanting a peek at what I’m just crazy about.

Thanks, Ashley, for inviting me!


2011’s Most Awesome Projects

Thinking over what new resolutions, goals, and to-do lists to make for 2012 is straight-up exciting. Revisiting 2011 is a good way to gauge what successes 2012 may hold – and also a rare opportunity to look back and go “Dang, a lot happened this year.” In that spirit, I present The Borrowed Abode’s top projects of 2011!

Ryan’s Office Makeover

It was an exciting year at TBA what with Ryan and I getting engaged.  He planned to decorate his office, but his business trip gave me the chance to give him an engagement surprise using a paint color he had already selected, and some of our favorite vintage pieces from our favorite vintage store.  For all the details, check out the full post. There is more than meets the eye in this room seeing as it doubles as Ryan’s Dressing Room/Closet (Kind of like my studio). Continue reading