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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Splash pad

With all the stuff I'm working on right now, things are varied to say the least - In no particular order (and without giving too much away); fairies, christmas trees, bedrooms, bathrooms, sofas and washers and dryers. Ah, the life of a freelancer!

Other than all of the above (it's making my head swim) I've had my mind on bathrooms. We have 3 in the new place to re-configure, re-design and re-consider. Size, space and style are all at play, let alone actually deciding on fixtures and tiles. Phew. So, I'm on the hunt for inspiration and found quite the sophisticated spot while flipping through Home Depot's new DreamBook magazine. Love the dark grey stone tiles and that free-standing bathtub is definitely an ultra glam statement. Take a look -


The getaway

An oppurtunity came up to escape the daily grind in Toronto and head to Palm Springs, California, (thanks T,D and J!) and we jumped at it. We're back at a fave place The Horizon Hotel for a couple of days, and well, we're loving it. The hotel was designed back in 1952 by architect William F Cody and was quite the spot for Hollywood starlets in it's day - it's all low-slung black and white buildings surrounding an anguler pool - V. cool indeed, and if you're ever out this way we highly recommend it.

Looking around I'm very inspired, so I'm trying to find ways to make our very dumpy back yard (look here) have the same feel. Hmmm, we probably can't do palm trees and cacti, a pool would blow the budget, and our view is of the back of a victorian semi, not the mountains...


Tick tock

Fonts, lettering and any kind of graphic layout just always get my attention when it comes to design. Back in my teens I had to choose between graphics and fashion - I chose fashion (fool!) and now look where I am, lol. Our old place had a few great graphic pieces that always got lots of attention, like the Last Night A DJ artwork that hung above the fireplace (take a look here). I guess the graphic thing runs in the family; my brother is head of Typography & Design at a top London ad firm (thanks again Christian for the sweet logo design you did for the blog!). He's also responsible for buying us the Last Night A DJ print as well as some other great pieces he's found for us over the years, hmmm, perhaps he should consider a second career as an art adviser?

The pic below shows a very modern take on an old fashioned flip-style digital clock that has a scattershot approach with lots of different fonts. The Font Clock is from Established & Sons, an ultra edgy Brit firm, and is designed by Sebastian Wrong. In Toronto check out Ministry of the Interior, they carry the line, as well as a mondo selection of other interesting gear.



Sweet petite

Who doesn't love a makeover? Canadian House & Home must've figured out that just about everyone does, as their Makeover special issue has just hit newstands with a resoundingly pleasing thud. There's ton's of great stuff to check out, but my fave is the feature produced by design smarty-pants Stacey Smithers. It's a quiet riot of creamy greys, warm acidy yellows and spicy pinks (yummy) that all adds up to quite the chic look - I could totally move in.

Now, fairs fair - Stacey is a mate of mine (I can hardly think of anyone else I'd rather share a highly calorific meal with, lol), but this place is quite the marvel compared with it's grubby past. You'll have to check the mag for those scary before shots, but take a peek below to get a taste of a young couple's sweet new home. Photography by Donna Griffith.


Quick pick

I have to tell you, this little monkey has been quite the handy tool during all that demolition. The Stanley FatMax Wrecking Bar is smaller and easier to handle than a full-size crowbar - perfect for getting into tight situations - and the banana yellow colour means it's easy to spot, even under a layer of dust and debris. Hit the Home Depot to pick one up, and stick it into your tool box for safe keeping - You won't be sorry!