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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No parking allowed

Yes, our media room used to be a drive-down garage, but that all changed back in the '80's sometime (way before we bought the house) when, in a rather hare-brained scheme, the old owners bricked up the garage door and filled in the driveway to create a v. dingy basement apartment. Oh, it was a delightful surprise when we discovered that that there was only one layer of bricks and some rotten chipboard holding back all the in-fill, take a look here, which meant we had to do a major bit of re-construction.

Fast-forward to now and things are all peachy - That's a Gus* Carter sectional sofa, silk velvet pillows and woven cane hassocks from Constantine, and a fab hand-knotted floor cushion from Bev Hisey. The striped velvet curtains have been discontinued at Ikea, but you can still get your hands on the Kvartal curved curtain rail, as well as the wall-mount Besta Burs DVD storage (topped with a few of my fave collectibles). On the other side of the room you'll catch a white leather tufted chair, an end table, and more of the shaggy rayon rug, all from Elte. Then there's more of that great Ikea Besta media storage, working both as a stand for the LCD TV, and mounted on the wall (we had fun tricking it out with Dioder LED lighting strips). The paint colour is Palais Royal by the no-longer-available Ralph Lauren Paint line from Home Depot. And, thanks again to Angus Fergusson for doing such an outstanding job in shooting the house for House & Home!


One light, two sales

The light below was the latest find for our place, scored for the princely sum of $60 from a vintage store on Queen East last week. David cleaned it up (it was all tobacco-y, blech) and hooked it up in the living room, and then, well, we're just not sure - It's certainly cute, the copper finish is sweet and I'm totally digging the inset glass squares, but it just isn't big enough for the space. It'll stay up, but in the meantime the hunt is back on...

Onto other news of some pretty flashy sales that are upcoming. If you fancy a bit of modern furniture then Gus* will be having a Warehouse Sale in Toronto on March 28th and 29th (click here for more info). And, if anyone fancies a road trip, Design Within Reach has just announced a mondo Warehouse Sale at all their Annex stores, including the location in Cleveland, that will run from March 27th to the 30th (click here for info on all the Annex locations). Expect major discounts, bring an empty car (or a van!), and think about wearing elbow pads, lol. I Mapquested it, and Cleveland is a totally do-able 5 1/2 hour drive from Toronto...

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