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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Nice shoe

Today I'm shooting with Tracy Shumate for an upcoming Trendwatch for Canadian House & Home Magazine. She is the kind of effortlessly cool girl that we could have all done knowing in school (to raise our cred), but Tracy has another side to her too: she's quite eccentric scavenger. Her studio is filled with objet trouvé set up in clever vignettes on almost every surface. The shot below, a perennial favourite, is of a shoe Tracy found on the train tracks - I'd love to see it blown-up and framed in a simple white gallery frame. The faded glamour of the shot really gets to me, and what ever happened to the wearer?



Living the (fantasy) life

Palm Springs. Can we move there? I get almost compulsive about a place one we've visited, constructing a fantasy life that involves buying a place, settling in and becoming a local. Lisbon and Rome are on the list, but it's Palm Springs where I practically lost my marbles - It's cool, quirky, and about as laidback a place as you can find. Other than emptying that imaginary bank account, the closest we'll get to moving down there is scoping the interiors of the Parker Palm Springs hotel (designed by Jonathan Adler, and which has a lobby I'd happily try and cram into my carry on, take a look below).





Quick Pick

Am I allowed to start shopping for a house that's months away from being finished? Of course! I was tooling though Ikea today, shopping for an event I'm working on, when this glossy beauty stopped me in my tracks. It's the Norrsten dining table (a minimalist combo of black glass and aluminum), and it might be just the ticket to switch it with the vintage Saarinen-lookalike table we currently have. Oh, but that means I'll have to start looking for new chairs too...



My other house is a castle

I'm not really sure what it is about this shot that draws me in. Sure, the e15 Shiraz sofa is chic, simple and just slouchy enough to be truly lounge worthy, but it's more the vibe of the shot - kind of a 'Granny left me this castle, but I'm a modern gal' feel that's just so refreshing.



I heart Barbara

Barbara Hulanicki is a total style/design hero for me. It all started when my stylish Mum used to head up to the Biba store in Kensington for a fashion fix in the Seventies and bring home beautifully packaged products stamped with that curlicue Biba logo. Fast forward to this year's ICFF in NY and I got to meet Barbara, and her assistant Likorish, at the Graham & Brown wallpaper stand where I was marvelling at all the gorgeous patterns on display, including a new collection by her. Viva in Black Gloss was one of my favourite patterns.