Ariel is known for her colorful and eclectic style, which she shares on her blog, PMQ for two, and Instagram. As a freelance content creator for other brands, and the Parties and Entertaining contributor for Brit + Co, Ariel fills her weeks with creative projects that brighten even the dullest of days. We recently shared Ariel’s cleverly DIYed military base home and before that a Before and After of her bedroom. Needless to say, we share Ariel’s love for color and decorating on a budget! Today we’re visiting Ariel one more time, as she gives us a tour of her new creative studio, a rental space that she shares with her friend Kassidy, a portrait photographer.
Ariel and Kassidy both live on CFB Gagetown, a Canadian military base outside of Fredericton, NB. As they both work in the creative field, sharing a studio space together felt like a natural option, and also a more cost-effective choice overall. The creative pair were originally looking for a space closer to the base but to their surprise, most rentals were out of their budget. A month into the hunt, they finally found The Ville Cooperative, a holistic community center that rents out classrooms of an old schoolhouse to various small businesses and start-ups. “The community here at The Ville is definitely eclectic. There are social impact start-ups, a Mexican food restaurant, a daycare, a karate studio, a dance studio across from us, two maker spaces […], a music studio, communal gardens, and so much more,” Ariel shares.
The main part of the school was built back in 1926 and features tin-pressed moldings and ceilings. The studio, which Ariel and Kassidy named Blush & Brass Studios, is located in a newer add-on — what it lacks in historical character, it makes up for in size. The space was also a blank canvas (or rather, a brown and yellow one!), which allowed Ariel and Kassidy to freely put their own mark on it. To keep their studio adaptable for various projects and end uses, the pair agreed to paint the walls white. “One of the reasons I wanted a space was to have a more neutral set-up that would be easier to use as a backdrop for branded content on other channels. My home looks like my home, but this studio is bright and light, so it’s easier to dress it up or down,” Ariel says. After a couple months of painting, organizing and decorating, Ariel now works from Blush & Brass Studios during weekdays, while Kassidy can be found working away in the evenings and on weekends. The arrangement is ideal, as both Ariel and Kassidy can use their shared space as they choose.
As a small business owner, taking the leap and renting a studio was a huge step for Ariel, as it created overhead expenses she didn’t have before. “I am most thankful to have found a space I can afford,” she says. “I feel like I’m here to get [things] done. I come here to be productive, power through assignments, and [be] creative.”Now that I’ve done it, I feel like I can do anything!” —Sofia
Image above: The first thing you see when peeping through the window in the door is the living area, centrally located in the middle of the studio. Ariel and Kassidy wanted their creative space to be a blank slate, but still welcoming and representative of both of them. To achieve an aesthetic they both agreed on, the duo created a joint Pinterest board — “we were relatively in agreement from the jump,” Ariel explains. She and Kassidy also decided to use DIY partitions, bookshelves, and rugs to delineate the large space and create purposeful flow.
Neon light – Homesense
Couch – HomeSense Canada
Pink pillows – IKEA
Velvet pillow – Homesense
Throw blanket + sheepskin – HomeSense Canada
Coffee table – Ariel’s DIY
Footstool – HomeSense Canada
Prints – Jenny’s Print Shop, here & here
Bookshelves – HomeSense Canada
Green bust – HomeSense Canada
Plaid rug – HomeSense Canada
Cupboard paint – FAT paint in Cascadia
Wall paint – Belle Mia MQ3-5 Behr Marquee
Shelves – DIYed using materials from Home Depot in the closet section
Pendants – Canadian Tire
All accessories – HomeSense Canada