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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Finished out front

Okay, just a quick one - I'm having a barmy week, and next week will be the same - but I did want to share this while I had a sec. Take a look below and you'll see the finished front of the house!!! You'll have to excuse all the exclamation marks, but compared to the way it looked when we bought the place (take a look here), it's a MASSIVE difference. Major thanks go to our stellar contractors, Cera Stone, who pulled it all off on very short notice (thanks John!), and thanks too to our next door neighbours who kindly allowed us to park the skids of interlock bricks on their driveway while all the prep work was happening. Oh, the bricks - We went with the Charcoal Cobble Lite Paving Stone from Home Depot, laid in a nice and chic herringbone pattern, which works fantastically well with the facade of the house that the contractors painted in Farrow & Ball's dark and lovely Railings. I popped in a couple of close-up shots below so you could get a better look. And finally, how fantastic (and eco-efficient) are the Jeld-Wen windows and front door? Gotta fly, but what do you think?

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Reader Comments (21)

really really quite fantastic! Love the paving stones -- chic, simple.

June 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMargot Austin

Completely transformed. It looks fabulous. !!!!!

June 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChania

Wow I love it, it looks #&^$&@%! amazing!!

June 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercameron

Wow! Amazing! (Was trying to think of something more original but those words sum it all up!)

June 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjen r


June 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentervicky sanderson

Trs Chic!!! Merveilleuse!!

June 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

There are tons of this type of house design in my area. I usually overlooked them when we were house hunting. Never again!! I am just mesmerized by how you turned the facade and curb appeal from "ho-hum" to "va-va-va-voom" !!! You took a house that looked straight out of the 70's and made it look like it could compete with some of the trendiest designs in Toronto! Well done, Arren!! I am thoroughly impressed!!

June 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLee

I'm with Cameron. I may have sworn when I saw this! Looks great, Arren!

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWill

Incredible! I just recently found your website, and love what you've done with the place. Will you take us on a tour of the completed home? Exterior and interior shots would be most welcome! Congrats on the new place!

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike Thompson

What a change.
So nice. Way to make that wacky architecture shine. So dated before, so perfect now.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Thanks for all the kind comments, which put to rest one witty neighbour saying that the house looked like a funeral parlour! And yes, Mike, more pics to come of the completed interior of the house, which will also be featured in the August issue of Canadian House & Home.

June 28, 2010 | Registered CommenterArren

Love the dark colour! Looks sharp. And I especially like the herringbone pattern.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJustine

....WOW!...now I will have to read your whole blog in the hopes the inside is there!

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterColleen

Gorgeous...so sophisticated and so very you!

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersundeep

Great news, Arren! Now I have to get off my butt and subscribe to the magazine. I don't have ready access sadly here in the states.

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike Thompson

I love it! It looks amazing! Love the whole tour in House & Home too. I am so jealous of the amazing dresser you found!

June 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYolanda

Wow Arren.
Looks great. I think that's best before and after I've ever seen!

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlanna

Just saw the spread in H&H, Congratulations! You did a marvelous job on the place.

July 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChrisToronto


July 5, 2010 | Registered CommenterArren

very smart. Looks lovely!

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLucy, Blink London


The finished exterior of your home is so beautiful!!! I really love how you were able to envision that just a change in the colour to the outside makes it looks super modern and futuristic. Wow!

Reading about your blog entries about the renovations through the last little while is such a treat!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

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