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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Entries in art (18)


Fast love

Just a quick one - The rain has just stopped bucketing down (finally) and I must pop out and get that grass seed done. Yesterday we ran out of daylight prepping the soil and digging out all the bleedin' weeds on out on our hands and knees so it's now or never! The lovely print below arrived in the mail yesterday from some wonderful friends in Scotland and totally made my day (thanks Sara, Steve and Eve!!!) so I thought I'd let you see it too. It's the Love print in Poppy Red by Bold & Noble in the UK (take a boo in the April issue of Living Etc to see more of their work). Yes, they will happily ship to Canada and they also have some luvverly kid's alphabet prints too, so they're definitely worth checking out.


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Ready for a thank-you

Normally, we have a drawer somewhere in the house dedicated to cards and ribbon (giftwrap is stored elsewhere, lol), but in our current state - still in set-up mode at the new house - lawd knows where all that gear might be. We always try and keep a bunch handy for thank-you's and birthdays, so I tend to grab them whenever they catch my eye. These lovely cards, illustrated by Meg Mateo Ilasco and printed on walnut veneer, definitely stopped me in my tracks this fine Friday a.m.

Meg has her own web store where you can find more of her work (here); and make sure to check out her new Utile line too, which is pared back and graphic and all about organizing. The Boheme Veneer designs below: Vases and Vessels (my fave), Hanging Rattan Chairs and Macrame Pattern sell for $5 US each, or $14 US for 3. And yes, Ms. Mateo Ilasco will happily ship to Canada.


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In bed with art

Here are a couple of shots that I wanted to share that appeared recently in Report on Business magazine. I had great fun styling this gig and working with photographer Michael Graydon, as well as with the fab folks at RoB (Hi, Clare and David!). The concept was to create bedrooms inspired by some incredible artwork and, I have to say, I do love the results.

It might look all calm and restful, but we shot in the midst of a snowstorm just before everything shut down for the Christmas Hols. Yes, it's a real Edward Burtynsky in the second shot; 'Nickel Tailings No. 36' to be exact. Clare managed to borrow the piece for a couple of hours for the shoot, and it was very gingerly hung on the studio wall. Strangely, we couldn't get our hands on the real 'Pic Island' by Lawren Harris (lol) since it's hanging in the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. For more info, and to check out all the sources on the shoot, click here.


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