Before & After: Ariel's Bright Dining & Sitting Room in Military Housing

Before & After: Ariel's Bright Dining & Sitting Room in Military Housing

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International Renter
My room makeover::
My husband is a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, and we live in base housing, which has very strict rules and regulations as to what you can do to decorate and personalize your space. Our entire Private Married Quarters (PMQ) has been styled and transformed to feel like ours, and the dining room and sitting room are our favorite. They used to be separated by a retro accordion door that didn't actually close, so we took it out to make the room flow. The rooms have been painted, styled and decorated the same way, so although they are two different spaces we consider it to be one room. Furniture is a mix of thrift store finds, IKEA hacks, personal mementos and family heirlooms. The wainscoting and borders are painted, so when we get posted all we have to do is paint the walls. The hunt for furniture and finishing touches was the most time consuming, and then of course moving things around until it felt just right, with period updates over time.
My makeover advice::
Make sure your walls are straight! We found out as we were going that the walls and ceilings aren't straight. How did we find out? Well, when we started using the square to measure the boxes we thought they looked a little wonky, so on a lark we checked our angles in the room and found out that nothing is actually straight. We adjusted our boxes accordingly.
What I love most about my new space::
I love that no one else has this kind of space, let alone in their PMQ! Not a lot of people take pride in their PMQ, and chose to view it as a way house. If I'm going to live somewhere I need it to feel like home, so putting in the effort is always worth it. We are unique amongst our friends in choosing to have the TV out of sigh and out of mind. We designed a space around our lifestyle, which involves hosting people quite regularly, and it does just that for us. It's colourful, playful, and unique while drawing on design elements that you don't usually find in a young twenty-something couples' house. I wish we could bring the house with us next time we move!
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