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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!)

Lace Hydrangea
Queen Anne’s Lace
Straw Flower
Autumn Blooming Clematis

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

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

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 

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

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

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

Behind the Blog: The Vault Files

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the sweet Gaby of the fashion and lifestyle blog, The Vault Files, on multiple occasions. Which means that I can personally attest to the fact that she’s kind of the best. She’s always exquisitely dressed, at the ready to offer some great blogging advice, and I feel lucky to call her a friend! With photos from Heidi Lau, we’ve gone behind the blog (and it’s oh so good!)

SMP: Tell us a little about The Vault Files!
I like to believe that The Vault Files is a peek into my life and how I live it. I have a passion for fashion, healthy leaving, fitness, decor, and all things creative, so I try to share these passions with my readers to hopefully motivate them! Whereas it’s a recipe that I love, a great online find, personal styling tips, or just my thoughts on how to live a meaningful life, I like creating a positive space that I hope is inspiring for others.

SMP: What made you decide to start a blog?
I know this is totally cliché and boring, but the answer is no other than the opportunity of having a creative outlet. I was in a position where I wasn’t going to be able to work for 18 months or so, and I had just graduated from Fashion Marketing so I thought that blogging was a great alternative to put to practice what I had just learnt, to somehow fulfill my passion for fashion, and to do something meaningful for me.

SMP: What’s one thing you’ve learnt along the way?
Since I started the blog I’ve learnt so many things! It’s been a learning experience at so many levels and that’s exactly one of the things I love most about it.

SMP: If you could go back in time, what would you do differently?
I don’t think I’d do anything differently as I feel like I’ve grown both as a person and as blogger in this process and I wouldn’t be the blogger I am today if it wasn’t for the experience, the ups and downs, and the mistakes. Having said that, I wish I would have started my blog on WordPress!

SMP: One piece of advice you’d give to a blogger just starting out?
On a personal note I’d say to find your own voice, and once you find it, keep it and to stay true to who you are and your values. I think it’s super important to avoid comparing yourself to what others are doing, and always be consistent, hard working, and network as much as possible. If you enjoy blogging and you believe in yourself, keep doing it even at times when you think no one is reading. The hard work will eventually pay off and you’ll grow as a person and as a blogger while doing so, so never give up!

On the technical side, I think that no matter what category your blog falls in, starting on WordPress, investing in a good camera, and learning photoshop are great pillars!

SMP: Your most embarrassing blog moment?
I honestly can’t recall one. I’m sure I’ve made a ton of mistakes, but that’s how you learn right? Now, don’t make me look back at my archives, I really don’t want to look at those early days layouts ;)

SMP: What was the tipping point in your business that made you feel your blog was going to thrive?
I hope there’s more in the future for The Vault Files, but being able to land a couple of projects because of the blog has been amazing and everything you dream for. The fact that I’m here today, sharing my home and some words is pretty big for me :)

SMP: What color do you think will stand the test of time?
I’m a neutrals girl at heart, so this question is an easy one: Black and/or White. For both decor and fashion, you can never go wrong with the classics.

SMP: One thing you simply can’t live with out?
Taking photos is one of my favourite things to do and it gives me tremendous pleasure and joy, so I’m going to say my camera. And because I would be lost without my computer, my MacBook Pro is just as important :)

SMP: Three things every woman should have in her closet?
One great black bag, a perfect fitting black blazer that can dress up your jeans-and-tee outfit, and a black dress you can always count on!

SMP: Your favourite online design resource?
Lately I’ve been enjoying Domaine a lot. I also like Rue Mag and of course Design Sponge and Apartment Therapy.

Photography: Heidi Lau | Blogger: The Vault Files