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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Webisode 2: A bit of an Ikea design mission

Oooh, I feel like there should be a drumroll or something, since here's webisode #2!!! I thought it would be fun to see if Tamara Robbins Griffith and I could take an Ikea sofa - the really rather lovely Karlstad in white tufted leather - and take it in two different and stylish directions. This is the result - Tamara embraced pink and glamour, while I went for a boho well-travelled vibe. What do you think? Major thanks to everyone involved, especially photographer Angus Fergusson, who's studio we invaded (you can see his fab shots below). Btw, that sofa is so new it's actually not quite in stores yet in Canada, but keep an eye out, it'll definitely be there soon...


Julia Black: Manga meets chic

What do you get when you combine the brilliance of a young female cartoonist inspired by Japanese Manga comics (remember Sailor Moon?) with my fave Scandi retailer? You get Ikea's latest textile collection, Charlotta. The line of 5 patterns was designed by Asa Ekstrom, who dreampt of becoming a Mangaka (a Manga cartoonist) from the age of 13, and trained in both Sweden and Japan before releasing her first Manga comic strip. Each of the Charlotta patterns is an imaginative, magical and lively mash-up of Japanese and Swedish styles, mixing Japanese woodcuts, origami and Vikings (one even goes so far as to let Godzilla rampage through some of Scandinavia's most historical buildings). So, whether you fancy new cushions, new drapes, a tea cosy, or you just love a bit of Manga, grab a couple of yards of Charlotta and get sewing.


Spring awakening

Funnily enough my sister posted about Spring 2010 this morning over on the her fashion reporting blog, Blink London, and I'm loving all the vintage chintz and mod florals she's been seeing. So, yep, here's a taste of Spring from me. In fact, to be exact, it's a taste of April, which is when Ikea's outdoor lines hit the floor (and sell out in minutes as usual, lol). The shot shows a sneak peek of a collection called Blanko, and the mix of bright white, cherry red and a lovely turquoise-y blue - the key colours for Ikea's Spring/Summer look - is totally whetting my appetite for warmer weather.


Julia Black: Pop-Up Colour

In light of all the pop-up shops that have been, well, popping up lately, I've felt a lovely buzz around the city like never before. The only problem is that this dampening, dreary winter weather throws a blanket on all the energy we have. I know, when you look outside it appears cold and grey, but the fix is in, and it's colour! Just look to the latest from folks like Jonathan Adler, CB2, Ikea and BoConcept for tons of helpful inspiration, and decide on a New Year's resolution to get more pops of colour in your life. Have a look below at snaps of BoConcept's collection for 2010. Oh, and btw, BoConcept has a store in Vancouver and are about to open a brand new location in Calgary in the next few days.

To read more posts from Julia click here, and to check out her cool blog click here.


Every day is a holiday

Wouldn't that be nice? Yes, we're rushing headlong into that busy time of year. So, rather then letting things look like Christmas has exploded in your house why not take a more pared back approach to the whole shebang? Talking of pared back, you should definitely pop in to Ikea to rifle through their Holiday collection. The line this year is simple, fresh and graphic, like the cool Kallt light fixtures below that - I think - are fab enough to leave up all year round. Thankfully they haven't forgotten the nuttier side of things, just take a gander at these hilariously quirky gift bags printed with what looks like a veritable army of elves. I think they'd be just the ticket filled with chocolate covered almonds and tied up with a scrap of red ribbon. There, I just sorted out all the folks on your impossible-to-buy-for list.