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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{giving it} Tivoli Model 10 Clock Radio

{giving it} is all about my take on what makes a good gift. Every day I blearily wake up in the shower to the dulcet tones of a weather-proof Tivoli PAL radio, so I'm thinking that perhaps it's time to replace the infernal beeping of my alarm with something more soothing, aka their Model 10 Clock Radio. Love the simplicity of the design, and well, I'm already sold on how good a Tivoli sounds, so I guess it just comes down to colour? The Model 10 is available in 6 finishes (the anodized aluminum below is my pick), plus 3 fancy-schmancy designer finishes. Click here to find out where to get your hands on one.


{giving it} Sukat Makkaralla glassware

{giving it} is all about my take on what makes a good gift. Today I have kitchenware on the brain, since I've been pulling together a look book for a kitchen shoot next week. And that's when I stumbled on Marimekko's latest line of glassware - Sukat Makkaralla. What the what? Yep, the name is kind of a mouthfull, but translate it from Finnish to English and it means "socks with sausage" or - I think this probably conjures up a better visual - "socks rolled down", which is what inspired designer Anu Penttinen to give the colourful glassware its ruched design. Click here to get in touch with Marimekko Vancouver, who'll happily ship just about everywhere. 


{giving it} Owl table lamp

{giving it} is all about my take on what makes a good gift. I spotted this little chap in West Elm the other day while I was checking in with Alex Bates, West Elm's creative director, hearing all about what'll be in store for Spring and Summer (believe me it's lovely, keep an eye out for more on that front soon). Anyway, back to the Owl table lamp - I think it's super-duper cute and would look completely charming just about anywhere. And I don't know whether I really have to say this, but almost anyone I know would love to get a table lamp for a prezzie.


{giving it} Breville Dual Disc Juicer Processor

{giving it} is all about my take on what makes a good gift. I have a very good friend (hello SP) who is an absolute health nut and is constantly cajoling me into drinking 'healthy' freshly juiced concoctions involving wheat grass and kale. Yep, I know they might be good for me - oh, all those antioxidants. let alone getting more alkaline - but the taste, well, just lets say it's an acquired thing. So, I was uber-happy to hear that Breville's handsome new Dual Disc juicer can handle all the wheat grass and kale that SP can throw at it, plus it can also do soft fruits like berries and such to create fresh smoothies. Now that's more my cup of tea. Click here for more info.


{giving it} Cromwell & Cruthers shave oil

{giving it} is all about my take on what makes a good gift. Since I've been travelling so much we're starting off with an absolute essential - and great little stocking stuffer - Cromwell & Cruthers shave oil. Made of essential oils this little bottle will replace a can of shaving foam in your luggage (always an unwieldy thing to shove in a suitcase) or sit pretty in your medicine cabinet, and it only takes a dime size of oil for a perfectly close shave. Click here to find out where you can get your hands on it.