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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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Monday
May092011

TGIM

Yes, as in Thank God It's Monday and I'm finally finding time to pop up a quick post. Things continue to be crazy busy in my world (best quote from one of the kids in the midst of a shot for last week's HUGE photoshoot for Canadian Family's summer issue - "I need to go poo!").

Anyways, enough of that, how about some of this??? I was hunting for rugs designed by Christian Lacroix for Designers Guild and this happened to pop up instead and has suddenly become my latest design crush - The Dot-Grid Printed Cotton Mat by West Elm. Seriously, what's not to love?

 

Thursday
Apr282011

Shopping (and buying) a bit of vintage

I Tweeted this morning how my car is currently chockablock with outdoor pillows, vintage watering cans and Italian tiles. And yesterday I hefted, nudged and toyed around with pea gravel, fake grass, ivy and ferns (both real and not), a fake hedge, flowers (more of the real and not real business) and a rather handsome teak garden bench - All for a book cover shoot. Yep, it's been a little on the busy side over the last while.

Luckily it hasn't been all nose-to-the-grindstone, since there was time over the weekend to wake up early and hit the Meister Markt Collector Show with our friend Laura Muir, who luckily brought her camera along to record the proceedings. That vintage airplane poster was a real winner, but a bit too rich for my blood at $75. And then I saw a vase. Loved the design and the fact it's marked 'Italy' is a total plus, and the price? At just $20 I had to have it. We finished off the morning hunting for records to add to my other half's collection, then headed off for a well-earned greasy breakfast. Oh, and for more vintage fun, click here to see what caught Laura's eye. [Images: Laura Muir]

Thursday
Apr212011

Powered by the letter N

For me to get through a looong day, without any awful mishaps at least, I definitely need to set the ball rolling with an espresso. And to keep me really happy (and well caffeinated) it's just gotta be a short shot of the hot stuff from my Nespresso machine. We have their CitiZ hanging out on the counter, but now I'm a wee bit jealous, since they've just launched Pixie, a compact new machine that can brew a hit of espresso within 25 seconds of being switched on. Oh, and if that's not enough to pique your interest, Nespresso hooked up with a Parisian design crew called 5.5 Designers (seen below monkeying around) for a series of Pixie accessories, including insulated cups inspired by the aluminum coffee capsules.

Monday
Apr182011

Getting on the tube

Okay peeps, as a little bit of a sidestep from the normal stuff I post, I thought I'd give you the lowdown on a brand new HGTV Canada show that's just started casting and is need of, well, you!

Friends of mine at Proper Television are on the hunt for houseproud design savvy homeowners (not design professionals) that love their home and are opinionated about style. Into modern or traditional? Just survived a reno? Live in a yurt, a mansion or a condo the size of a walk-in closet? No matter. If you're picked to get on the show you've got the chance to win a cool $1,000.

Here are the deets -

If you live in Southern Ontario and think your home is something special they want to hear from you. Just email the following to casting@propertelevision.com by April 29, 2011: 

  • A short description of you and your home
  • A snapshot of you (jpeg if possible)
  • Up to 5 snaps of your home (jpegs if possible)
  • A daytime telephone number
  • Video isn't necessary at this point but if you insist, upload your vid to YouTube and send the link

Monday
Apr182011

Guest blog / Julia Black: An underfoot explosion

Julia Black: If I had to choose just one element of style that I love most it would have to be textiles. All that colour, pattern and texture is magnificent, though recently I’ve been especially attracted to what lies underfoot, so when I discovered Morris Etc. a new found obsession for rugs exploded.

Amy and Brett, the insanely talented Brooklyn-based couple behind the firm, have spent many a day working in design and media, but came to realize their true passion was handcrafted, one-of-a kind rugs. The collection is filled with predestined heirloom pieces in eye-popping fruit-punch combinations of bold stripes and neo-traditional patterns that'll definitely help lift us out of hibernation and catapult us into springtime. A big plus - Morris Etc. invites you to customize your own wool flatweaves, as well as shop their creations online, not to mention that you can stay connected with them here on Twitter, and via email updates (which will let you know when new shipments arrive). No matter what you’re obsessing about this season, don’t forget to treat your feet! [Images: Joyce Lee]

To read more posts from Julia click here, and to check out her cool blog click here.