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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Light reading

Another day shooting on The Style Department, a hot one for sure; with the mercury hitting 30C. The space looked lovely by the time we were all done (such a talented bunch makining it all happen), and it's always a pleasure to work with Suzanne Dimma.

Tonight, before heading out on the town, I wanted to post a great lighting resource - Niche Modern. Their pendants are outstanding, and we'll be in the market for something stunning in the new place. Hmmm... The Plum tint of the Pharos pendant is so on trend.




Trash talk

Today is a busy one - Meetings at Flare this morning about the October issue and upcoming features, a couple of last minute questions about Style Scout for the National Post this Saturday, and then shooting for the new season of The Style Dept (debuting on HGTV this Fall). Phew. In the meantime there's a couple of minutes to squeeze in lunch and a quick post...

As a kid I trained in fashion and then eventually segued into decor, so I always enjoy a hot bit of fashion-y craziness, especially when it translates into interiors. This Aubusson style flat-weave wool rug by Vivienne Westwood for The Rug Company shows, basically, Dame Westwood's trash. Now that's some design chutzpah.



Style commitment

I shop all the time for work, and then I shop for fun too, yet the theme is constant - always looking for great new things. For me it's retail therapy, but on a grand scale. So last night found me in Pottery Barn (we were out buying essentials for the semi-1 bedroom) having a look at their Fall release, and I must say I was very impressed. PB seems to have really stepped up their game with lashings of high gloss finishes, intense colour, and pattern. There seemed a real commitment to decorating, and to do it well, with high contrast pairings of black and white (an enduring trend), orange and a fresh green. The patterns were Moorish and Swedish in influence, and natural elements (raw wood, lots of texture) help to keep everything grounded. Loved, loved, loved it. So of course I had to buy something - a super black glossy lampshade that had just arrived.

Below is a shot from their new catalogue, intense and very cool.



Open doors

The idea of buying things that last has really been on my mind lately, at the ICFF the idea of 'anti-throwawayism' was quite the trend across the board. Fast fashion, and now fast decor, is here to stay, but hopefully people will look for better quality in everything they buy - its just more sustainable.

I came across this glam cabinet by Somerville Scott & Company this morning and just loved the attention to detail; the lacquered hits of red and green, and metallic leaf, against the ebonized walnut are wonderful. For most of us this is totally out of our snack bracket, but an investment piece like this - that mashes up art, design and craftsmanship - will stay fabulous for years to come.





Living concentrated

It's Monday and, after an intensive weekend of moving and two (yes, two) yard sales, we are finally in the rental apartment - our temporary home during all the upcoming renovations on the new place. The rental is petite to say the least, I'd call it a semi-1 bedroom, but it'll suit us just fine. Between the apartment and a storage unit our whole house has been kind of boiled down to fit. It's times like this that I feel like a goldfish (don't they only grow as large as the bowl allows?), and David is already saying that we should stay in the apartment and not move into the house - after all, who needs any more space? Crikey... I'll post pictures of the apartment later.