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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guest blog / Julia Black: Getting into Auggie

Recently I was invited to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Auggie, a splendid children’s boutique in the charming Yorkville neighborhood. The delightful shop and its big sister fashion store next door, Augustina, are top-notch destinations for your holiday shopping. At Augustina, the stupendous in-house brands have recently expanded to include fragrances, jewellery and leather goods, and over at Auggie you will find all sorts of darling gift ideas such as vintage Babar and Winnie The Pooh framed prints, 3 Sprouts organic canvas storage bins, durable Beatrix backpacks, and so much more for your child and home — all of which can now be ordered online here. And while toasting the 1 year-old Auggie I was so happy to find out store owner, Cristina Burgess, and her sister (and graphic designer) Genevieve will soon be adding a super-marvelous kid's bedding collection that includes sheet sets, duvets, pillows and quilts to the mix. So, while we all venture out to tackle our last-minute shopping lists, I hope you get a chance to enjoy all the holly-jolly goodness found at Auggie and Augustina. Happy shopping!


Stepping out in Tokyo #1

A few weeks back I found myself in Tokyo, meeting up with my world travelling other half (you can check out his kid-friendly travel blog here) and my little sister (aka Blink London). Well, it was BRILLIANT, and what an absolute culture shock too. We hit all the sights, shopped ours socks off, and generally wandered around checking out as much as possible. One of the neighbourhoods that we thoroughly enjoyed was Nakameguro, a jumble of streets and alleys filled with a boho mix of fashion and interiors shops, much of them vintage.

Oooh vintage, such a magic word... Anyway, of course we spent the whole day just in this one 'hood and found a slew of cool stuff. Those first three shots are from Hiige which was all about vintage Scandi gear (we scored some great fabric which'll be sewn into cushions soon). Pics 4 and 5 show Hatago International, next door to Hiige, an ultra cool mini shop jammed to the gills with vintage airline paraphenalia. Jantique is next in the pics, and was like hitting a French or Belgian flea market, and then finally Acme Furniture, which was a great mix of vintage industrial gear (lots of it from the US) as well as new pieces. For more, read my sister's fashion-y take on Nakameguro here.


Frocks and rugs

While I'm knee deep in projects for the Toronto International Film Festival I thought I'd take sec and share these snaps with you. Gorgeous, no? They're shot by Vivianne Sassen and styled by Yasmine Eslami and were snagged from the current Liberty magazine (have a look here). The story, to me at least, shows how seamlessly fashion and interiors seem to creatively bounce off one another, with incredibly lush and inspiring results. Oh, and of course it isn't just about the clothes. Each of the rugs, and even that rather barmy chaise lounge, is for sale.


It's (not) a wrap

Fashion designer Diane von Furstenburg is best known for her iconic wrap dress, but here's something altogether non-fashion related from DvF that was just too jammy not to share. Diane (along with best friend and interior decorator Olivier Gelbsmann) is in the midst of working with Claridge's, a posh London hotel, on re-designing 20 suites and rooms that are all expected to be finished by the end of this year. Here's a few snaps from the four rooms that are ready so far, one of which - the Piano Suite - rents out for an eye-watering $13,850 a night. I'm all over the nutty prints and high-contrast shenanigans, but what do you think? [Images: Claridge's]



Give me Mercy and give me Liberty

I'd heard that Richard Lyle and Jennifer Halchuk of fashionably cool clothing line Mercy were having a Sample Sale, but what I didn't realise (until the v. stylish Nathalie Atkinson kindly emailed me) is that they're also selling some of the gorgeous Liberty fabrics they've used in recent collections. Umm, hello, Liberty fabric (and others) starting at around $25 a yard! I'm starting to get palpitations thinking about all the smashing pillows I could make, or maybe a quilt, perhaps upholster a chair seat or two... The Sample Sale runs from now until Sunday in Toronto - click here for the studio address - and if I elbow you while rummaging through bolts of fabric, I'm sorry.