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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Vintage goldmine

On Sunday I headed cross border with a couple of friends to hit a fantastic junky 4th of July outdoor antique market in upstate New York. Hello, did we ever do well, and no, before you ask, I cannot reveal the exact destination since it was a complete goldmine of great stuff at crazypants prices (if I told you I would definitely be hung, drawn and quatered). Here's a few shots of what we ended up with, as well as the one that got away...

These mirrored vintage bulbs will look amazing in a shadow box, or individually set on little wood block stands. When the guy said "$5 each. or $20 for the box" they were immediately snapped up. Oh those flags. You can't really tell, but each one is hand sewn and gorgeously aged. One of my friends bought 3 (they were $5 each), and then we bugged her until she went back and bought a big pile of them to sit pretty in a tall vase. Here's the one that got away, 'cos we didn't have the room or the need - a lovely beaten up black and gold dresser, with mirror, that was tagged at $40 (I just hope it went to a good home!).

Then here's what I dragged home - I paid $2 for this cool little Charlie Chocks advertising doll from the '70's, that's now found a spot on a white dresser, and (okay, this a bit of an odd one) an acrylic portrait on canvas that was a score at $10 which, bizarrely, looks like me as a teen, right down to the floppy Hugh Grant hair and the dweeby glasses.

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Reader Comments (7)

Great finds! I guess if you aren't going to share where you went, I will have to investigate myself! Ha ha.

That dresser? Yeah, I couldn't have left without that so you did super well to resist! Nice finds.

July 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWill

I love that you found and bought that painting! Sounds like a fun day!

July 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjen r

I really want that old South African flag that you took in the picture, did your friend happen to pick that one up? It is the flag that flew when I was born there. I also love the little pink doll, nice find.

July 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline

That painting looks like an Elizabeth Peyton! You should SO tell people that she did your portrait as a high school graduation gift....

July 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCeri

Painting was a great find. I can't believe you won't tell us where this is!

July 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

I am sooo jealous! Love the New York flea markets. Its been too long. Maybe we should make a plan to meet in the Big Apple soon?

July 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLucy, Blink London

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