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Behind the Scenes: Maids to Measure

We are all about supporting small businesses around here, and this next one is a true gem! Located in London, England, Maids to Measure is a one stop shop for all things custom bridal party and we’re lovin’ on every inch. With photos from Claire Graham, there’s more where this came from right here. And you might want to hold tight because we’re going behind the scenes!

SMP: Tell us a little about Maids to Measure!
Maids to Measure is a specialist Bridesmaid company that allows brides to come to the studio and design their own dresses!
Alternatively brides can order dresses already designed (and named after the bride) through our website (or through one of our wonderful stockists).

SMP: You’ve designed some of the most uniquely beautiful pieces I’ve ever seen. Where do you get your inspiration?
We’re lucky as its the brides themselves that bring their own inspiration to the appointments and we convert them into dream dresses for their maids, catering for all shapes and sizes.

We’re constantly evolving and always welcome new ideas. We recently launched 6 new colours with Ciate London which have proven very popular (iced frappe, empress, apples & custard, ferris wheel, cookies & cream, regatta).

SMP: What’s it like to run your own dress shop?
There’s never a dull moment! I set up Maids to Measure with my sister India when from our own experience we found their were little options for fashionable bridesmaids. We’d find a dress but not in the right colour of vice versa, with Maids to Measure you can choose any design have it in any colour, size length or fabric etc allowing the girls to create unique dresses.

SMP: What was the turning point in your business where you knew it would really take off?
It started with us working from home, just doing friends weddings and then friends of friends and before we knew it we had random people contacting us, from then it simply snowballed and we knew our idea and concept had legs!

SMP: The most difficult part of entrepreneurship?
Never switching off, I live and breath bridesmaids and I think thats what it takes. Even when Im away I cant relax but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

SMP: One thing you wish you knew when first starting out?
Theres no end, once you have the website done or say the first collection completed you just want to update and change things again, always wanting to improve and better everything constantly.

SMP: Do you have any tips for someone hoping to follow in your footsteps?
You need to be prepared that it becomes your life and you have to be super organised, not just in terms of work but also for a work/life balance. Id be on my laptop 24/7 if I didn’t specifically schedule in lunch/dinner with friends or family, after all its them that have supported us on this journey.

SMP: What’s one thing you’d tell someone who’s hoping to start their own business?
You have to bee passionate about what you’re doing and have 100% conviction that its going to work, any doubts will cause problems down the line. Theres an amazing event by Flourish & Prosper that has some amazing speakers sharing their business stories, which I cant wait for.

SMP: Three things every fashionable woman should have?
Knowledge! of what to spend on (shoes and bags) and what to save on (jeans and jersey), the latest apple product and the confidence to wear what you want, how you want.

SMP: One thing you just can’t live without?
My fiance Andrew!!!

Photography: Claire Graham | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Maids To Measure

DIY Fall Flower Arrangement

There’s evidence out there that states waking up next to fresh flowers on your bedside table is a way to improve your energy throughout an entire day. When I saw that, I knew we had to save September’s foraged arrangement for my bedside table. September’s flower harvest is by farm my favorite! It’s full of all sorts of goodies (and we’re breaking them down below!) XO The girls at Petal Floral

MaterialsDahlias
Lace Hydrangea
Coleus
Amaranthus
Queen Anne’s Lace
Straw Flower
Autumn Blooming Clematis
Pokeberry

This month’s tip | go ahead and ask a local farm if you can clip from their fields. It makes for such a gorgeous array of colors and smells to fill your rooms!

Photography: Hello Love Photography

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The Vault Files’ Home Tour

This right here is proof that big style doesn’t necessarily equate big space. Gaby’s Toronto abode may be small, but what it lacks in square footage it makes up tenfold in beautiful details. With photos from our beloved Heidi Lau, we couldn’t squeeze all the lovely in one post, so you definitely want to peruse through the rest. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to give my bedroom a coat of black paint!

From Gaby… What I love the most about the living room is that it’s inviting and comfy. I like people to feel comfortable and at ease, and I think that I achieved that with the living room. Whether I’m just hanging out with friends, playing with my son, reading or working, I love how relaxed I feel in this space and I love the view of the city, both during the day and night.

For a long time I didn’t have any coffee table in this space and I was surprised at how big of a difference it makes. It really grounds the space and not only it’s great for entertaining but for working too! 

I was seriously obsessed (still am!) with the Thibaut tanzania wallpaper but it was just way off the budget, so I thought, why not try to recreate it myself? Worst case scenario I’d just paint over it, plus, since it’s an irregular pattern, you really can’t make a mistake, right? I’m so glad it turned out! I actually think it turned out better than what I thought, so every time I come home I feel super happy and proud when I see it. Proves that there’s always a way to get what you want with a little creativity and effort ;)

The bench is the perfect size for this small entryway, and it’s there for practical purposes as we take our shoes off when we come home. 

I love to entertain and have people over, so even though this table may seem big for the space, I wouldn’t get rid of it for anything in the world! It’s great for entertaining large groups, for working, tackling handy projects… I constantly get reminded how great it is to have a big dinning table! The rug is probably my favourite rug in the apartment, and the chairs are a great find from Ikea, yeap, most people find that surprising too!

I joined the ladies on the One Room Challenge to “transform” this little powder room into something prettier and I’m glad I took the challenge because this bathroom really needed some love. I love the drama of a black wall and the unexpected gallery wall takes it up a notch ;) It’s incredible what a little bit of paint and some decor touches can do.

I’m all about black and white and a tiny bit of colour here and there so I guess it’s safe to say that the colours in my bedroom are a true representation of my style. I have changed the pillows so many times, but it’s been a year with this combo and I’m still in love with it like I was on the first day I got them so I guess I’ve found myself! 

After seeing so many great spaces with black walls all over Pinterest and online publications, and after seeing the results of painting the powder room black, I decided to go for it for my bedroom and I’ve never regretted the decision. Though I have to confess, I was afraid at first given how small the space is, but fortunately I get lots of natural light and it seems to work. Now if I could just find a cream juju hat to hang over the bed, I’d be set! :)

When you’re on a budget, a little creativity goes a long way, so I covered the top of this super simple ikea bedside table with marble contact paper and changed the knob for a more modern look. I couldn’t love the results any more! 

Photography: Heidi Lau | Blogger: The Vault Files

FOYER:
West Elm Torres Runner | Target Bench | Aurelia Coral Pillow | Black Rooster Sunburst Mirror | DIY painted wall | Ampersand Studio Be present Print

POWDER ROOM:
Serena & Lily Broad Stripe Dhurrie | Benjamin Moore Twilight Zone | Anthropologie Encased Elephant Hook | Rejuvenation Brass Cover plates | Rejuveantion Mission Drawer Pulls | Illume Gilded Amberleaf candle | Waterstone Succulent | Rifle & Paper Good Luck Clover card | New York Postcard | Zebra print from watercolor by Splodge Podge | Indigo Gold Letter B | Max Wagner Pink Balloon Photo | Jaime Derringer Bright Abstract Print | La Paperie Print Shop Balloons over Manhattan | Twamies Togl Print | NYC Taxi card | The Vault Files Shop Two Pink peonies | Splodge Podge Feather Print from Painting | Amber Alexander Feathers card | Amber Alexander Dragonfly Print | The Vault Files Peony Print | Idea Bookshelf Print | La Paperie Print Shop Paris Photography | Syndey Opera House card | The Vault Files Pink Ranunculus | Green Snake by me | Idea Bookshelf Print 

DINING ROOM:
Esale rugs persian rug | Pier One Table | Ikea Chairs | West Elm Capiz Chandelier | West Elm white ceramic vases | Ikea picture ledges | West Elm Acacia console table | Target Gold Lamp | Ikea Tree Poster | Sydney Postcard | The Vault Files lemons print | The Vault Files Beach Umbrellas print | Kelly Wearstler Card | Idea Bookshelf Print | Jennifer Flannigan Art | The Vault Files Lemons and clementines print | Kate Long Stevenson Painting | Cocoa & Hearts Painting | Bench bought in Kuala Lumpur

LIVING ROOM:
West Elm Tillary Sectional Sofa | West Elm Studded pillow | Mimosa Lane pillow | Be Still Grey Ikat Pillows | Stone Textile Studio Grey diamond Pillow | Gypsia Blue Ikat Pillows | Ikea White Cushion cover | Koshi Black and White Art Prints | Hand painted abstract art | Ikea Coffee Table | West Elm Souk Rug | West Elm Square Tray | Domino Book | Tom Ford Book | Nate Berkus Things That Matter Book | Taschen MODA Book | Dwell Studio Bronze Urchin | The Sartorialist Closer Book | Jennifer Flannigan paintings | Jenny Andrews-Anderson Painting | Moroccan Pouf | Ikea Ribba Frames

BEDROOM:
Ikea bedside table with marble contact paper | West Elm Small Pillar Lamp | The Vault Files Flower print | Jonathan Adler Zebra Dish  Bowl | CB2 clear console | CB2 chair | Made by Girl Influential Print | The Vault Files flower print | West Elm Marble Shelf | Aurelia Kelly Wearstler Confetti Cream Cushion Pillows | Aurelia Kelly Wearstler Bengal Bazaar Apricot Lumbar Pillow | Anthropologie Knob | Target glass vase | Ikea Hemnes Dresser (painted) | Restoration Hardware Faux Fur Throw