Ariel, Dan, Bruce (the dog), and Boots and Toby (the cats) live in a PMQ, or “Private Military Quarter,” in New Brunswick, Canada. Dan is in the military and Ariel is a full-time blogger — her blog is aptly named, “PMQ for two.” Ariel fills the pages of her blog with her bright and colorful interiors and DIYs. The couple has been in this particular PMQ for about a year; they had the choice between three different homes, and thanks to location and an updated unit that includes an extra bathroom upstairs (practically unheard of for a PMQ), they chose this one. This is the third PMQ they’ve lived in, each one totally opposite of Ariel’s bold style — meaning she gets a (very) blank slate to infuse with her colorful touch each time they move in, to create a proper home out of the somewhat dull spaces.
She recently revamped the home’s master bedroom and is sharing her before and after transformation of the room as well as the incredible makeover of an IKEA dresser (that now has a faux bone inlay thanks to Ariel’s DIY prowess). Ariel admits that, “There’s nothing special about our PMQ or our bedroom when you compare it to normal homes, but when you compare it to military housing we really lucked out with the renovation. We have more floor space on the main floor, and that extra powder room upstairs has made the world of difference.” We love how she made her small space work for her family while feeling eclectic — but not at all overcrowded — and how she added subtle details to a once architecturally plain bedroom. While Ariel knows they’ll be moving again in a few years, it’s such a great exercise in creativity and a shining example of Ariel’s ability to take a less-than-inspirational space and infuse it with personality and style! —Rebekah
Image above: “The most challenging part of this bedroom is the layout. It’s a long and narrow room, so there are really only two options for placing the bed. The closet takes up one wall, the window takes up another, and the door opens in such a way that I have very few options for placing anything else in the room. There’s no room for cute benches or chairs in here, it’s the essentials in a very small space,” Ariel explains.