Arren Williams is the name, and I'm a stylist, editor and trend reporter. You'll catch my work regularly popping up in print in the likes of the National Post, House & Home and elsewhere. I'm also a guest expert on Citytv's CityLine, and you can occasionally find me on HGTV as well as on ABC 7 News in Chicago.

To keep things fun I've tapped a couple of friends - Julia Black and Jenn Hannotte - to contribute their views on design too. Enjoy!


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All on the table

Now December is off and running it's definitely time to start getting into the Holiday spirit, so I thought I'd share a project I recently worked on with one of my fave photographers (and good friend) Angus Fergusson. It's three Holiday tabletops, each with an entirely different feel, and all sourced from the shelves at HomeSense.

Up first is probably the most trad of the lot, it's kind of a twist on candy canes and red and green, though the olive - instead of a boring old Christmas-y green - makes it feel much fresher. Oh, and isn't there something about the chairs that reminds you of wooden sleds? The next one is all about collecting, with a scatter of pitchers, a tea pot and cake plate, and loads of mercury ball decorations in a lovely robin's egg blue. And yes, that's an embroidered blanket on the table, rather than a tablecloth... Finally I thought some glam was in order for a New Year's table, so I grabbed a pair of hi-gloss black foo dogs (whish were too gorgeous to ignore), added in more black and white, then threw in that hit of colour in the picture frames that work perfectly as place markers. Time to pop the champagne!

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Reader Comments (5)

I love holiday decor and these tabletops are fabulous! I have to get my hands on those red cannisters. The black placemats are fab too.

December 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Gunn @lovelaughshop

Oh wow I love the top one! where did you find those amazing candles?

December 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisaMackay@wickednweird

All at HomeSense!

December 2, 2010 | Registered CommenterArren

I like them all. The top one for bringing together the seasonal with the traditional. The bottom two for unique way of personalizing the place settings, silver initials and Frames with guests names. And all of them the the inspiration of using what you have around the house already with a few seasonal items and viola .... it's Christmas with a stylish reflection of you own tastes. I love Home Sense always make a point of stopping in once a week.

December 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMignon

Another lovely project Arren! Happy holidays to you and yours, Lisa

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Canning

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