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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Inedibly gorgeous

I was explaining this morning how the Holidays are making me feel - Christmas is the iceberg and I am the Titanic. I guess I'm feeling a bit of seasonal stress, lol. It's been a busy week taping a CityLine - you can catch the show this coming Monday - shooting book covers in studio and one outdoors on location (in a very balmy -10C), plus gearing up even more for the Interior Design Show. Oh, and not to mention I have a pile of cards that have to be written, addressed, stamped and posted. Oy.

In the meantime this e-card popped into my in-box this morning and was too delicious not to share. Cupcakes, yes, but look closer and you'll realise they're all made of fabric (though I think I still got a sugar high looking at the shot). Maybe Lelievre, the swish French fabric house behind the shot, should get into the buttercream icing and baking business?


Where I would rather be...

Well, today has been rather busy, and I still feel pretty darned awful from the cold I caught on my way to Italy last week. This morning I taped a CityLine, which will air next Monday (be sure to keep a eye out for it!), and tonight I'm off to Ottawa for a spot of work. Really, I'd rather be in bed - see inspiration shot below - dozing off between daytime tv, reading a good book or flicking through a mag.

Those lovely LOVE pillow cases are available from Lush Designs, though if you're a die-hard French- speaking cycling fan you could always switch them to spell VELO. I could have sworn that Urban Outfitters had something similar, but those guys seem to be doing a brisk business in Tiger, Elephant and Owl pillows instead.


Thieving from family

I've had a boffo couple of days, bombing around town in a truck filled with Thonet chairs, cafe tables, wedding bouquets, picnic blankets, apples and coffee cups for a shoot with Michael Alberstat, as well as shooting the reveal on a fantabulous (if I say so myself) condo makeover for CityLine. It has definitely been busy.

In the meantime, a few thousand miles away, my sister has been hanging out in Paris. It's work for her, but she still gets to head out to all the stylish places, including Merci, which she thinks is definitely worth a visit. This lovely must-see store has four floors, one for fashion and three for home (yay, I love it when home trumps fashion!), including a rather smashing courtyard with a dinky red Fiat, a cafe, bookstore and florist. Take a boo below at the shots to get a taste of the place. Yup, whenever I'm next in Paris (sadly, not anytime soon) I'll definitely be stopping in. Oh, and check out my sister's blog for Blink London - her fashion reporting service - here.



Gray matters

Luckily the weather has been grand, so bombing around town with the windows down and the stereo blaring the Black Kids has hardly been a chore over the last two very busy days. I taped a CityLine yesterday with Jeanette Hlinka and Karen Kayne that will air next Tuesday, have sorted out a Style Scout feature for this Saturday's National Post, as well as nailed down an upcoming Trendwatch for House & Home and worked on the Hershey's Milk Chocolate space. Phew.

Last night I spent an inspiring time at the Fall /09 womenswear preview at Holt Renfrew that included a capsule show by designer Joseph Altuzarra. I love hearing Holt's Fashion Director Barbara Atkins' presentation since she always puts everything clearly into perspective for the season, hitting on trends and high notes across all the lines that they carry (80's, big shoulders, statement necklaces, silver sequins, lots of leather and boots higher than you can imagine). But, if there's one thing in fashion that will definitely be having an effect on interiors, it's the prevalence of grays in every shade. I've waffled on about gray before here but wanted to share a bit more since we'll obviously be living with it for quite a while. In fact, I've picked Ralph Lauren Paint's dark and stormy Palais Royal for our media room.

The snap below shows a cool image by artist Damien Blottiere for Intelligent Life and is their pick of the perfect gray (Slate III by Paint & Paper Libray), which they contend can rub shoulders with any look, period or style you might pick for a space. What do you think?


A nice little before and after

Taking some mucky old thing and giving it a new life it quite the most fun side of my job. I'd mentioned a while back here that I was working on a nursery for CityLine and we'd scored a great vintage teak rocking chair through Kijiji (that involved a late night drive to someone's garage in the 'burbs, and it was a steal...). Well, the project is almost finished - the baby is due in 3 weeks! - so I'd popped in to pick up the chair at the upholsterer's, Mieda Design, and I hafta say; I do love how it turned out! The fabric we picked is definitely on the fun side, but remember people; it's for a nursery.

I heard from a few folks that the rocker might be by Georg Jensen, though we didn't find any labels when it was pulled apart. Dan from Mieda was super impressed with the construction; only four screws hold it together and the seat is counter-weighted with poured concrete (!). So who knows... But if you'd like one for yourself there's one on 1stbids currently up for sale here (if anyone has an account, could they let me know what they're asking?). Anyhoo, here are the shots!