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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Principally speaking

Where, oh where, has the week gone? All my best laid plans of it being a quiet week have literally been chucked out the window, and now it's practically the weekend for heaven's sake! Getting back on track, I wanted to show you lot the pics of the principal bedroom and bathroom from the House & Home feature (shot by Angus Fergusson, of course), so without further ado, here we go.

That first pic shows the bedroom under construction, when we'd knocked out the teensy old closets. Now the walls are all papered with grasscloth from Design by Color, the upholstered headboard and bedskirt are in my fave David Hicks designed Hexagon House Chenille from Lee Jofa, and the cream velvet curtains are from inVU Drapery. The ceiling fixture and lamp on the left of the bed are both vintage, while the one on the right (as well as the shades for both lamps) was snapped up at HomeSense. The closet now runs wall-to-wall, and is the Pax system with Vinstra doors from Ikea, and really, we couldn't live without all that built-in shoe storage, lol. The night tables were a sweet $10 each from Value Village, and the dresser was from Frontier, both were refinished to match in that khaki tone by Beresford's. On the dresser is a kooky vintage lamp, enamelled boxes from AT Design, and above there's a lovely West Elm mirror.

The bathroom was tiny, filthy and all pink, so we knocked out the walls and made it 18" wider to make the space that bit more generous. The vanity is KraftMaid kitchen cabinetry, the integral sinks and counter is Corian, and the walls are tiled in a Carrara marble lookalike porcelain tile called Montova, and yep, it's all from Home Depot. The sconces are from CB2, the mirrors are from Walmart (really), and the towels are Ikea. All the plumbing fixture and fittings in the space are from Kohler, and include the swish Oblo wall-mount faucets, the Purist Hatbox toilet (you can just about see it in the reflections) and the ceiling-mount WaterTile shower head. Oh, and I have to give a shout out to Home Depot Installation Services, as well as our contractors Cera Stone, for all their amazing work on the bathroom!

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Reader Comments (10)

Your shoes and shirts make a very attractively styled closet....The cieling fixture is fabulous.

July 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChania

It's all too cool! All those shoes...you could give Carrie a run for her money! Looks great. Love the bedside lamps.

July 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWill

I can't believe how budget-friendly your bathroom is, especially given how fabulous it looks. And your bedroom looks amazing, all the pattern and texture turned out to be subtle and calm. Beautiful!

Finally got my new issue of H&H and loooove your feature! The house looks fabulous (& great shot of you and David!) and now I'm inspired to tackle my bedroom too. :)

July 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjen r

It must be so satisfying to see everything completed. Are you ready to rest for a bit or are you itching for the next project!

July 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

Hey arren!
When you purchase a vintage light fixture- do you rewire it? and if so where do you get it rewired......I have a fab sputnik that needs some TLC.

July 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersc

Arren, the bedroom and bathroom for the House & Home feature you designed is gorgeous.   The Corian® vanity and sinks in the bathroom are beautiful – I would have never guessed that the room used to be “filthy and all pink” by looking at the end result of your work.  Great job!  Christine from DuPont

July 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

Love how you mix Walmart, Homesense and thrift store finds with the high-end Lee Jofa fabric - all works together beautifully!

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa@decor happy

hi! i bought a copy of house & home yesterday & was blown away by your home! i absolutely love it & might have to copy the wallpaper in your living/dining area. fabulous!

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

Super love your bedroom! looks so cool and calming,simple yet cozy aspect shows in this room.You really transformed your space and Done so well, organized as well.thanks for sharing...wonderful post!

July 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria Bellow

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