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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Fun with Mikey

I've had a blast over the last couple of weeks, prop styling on a cookbook that will launch in September (shout out to the crazy/cool authors, Julie and Lisa!). The crew on the shoot was just stellar - photography by Michael Alberstat and food styling by Ian Muggridge - and the whole shebang is being put together by Bruce Mau Design. I can't wait until it hits the shelves, and hopefully I'll be able to share a few of the snaps with you when it does.

Michael and I have known each other for years, and have worked together a fair bit too (there's a bunch of shots we did together in my portfolio here), so I wanted to share some of his glorious interior shots with you. He is ace with light and has such an eye for style. Take a boo below and you'll see what I mean. The first is a glossy and modern Ikea kitchen that I designed and we shot for the now sadly defunct Wish Magazine (it was on CityLine too). The second is from Wish as well, and shows Suzanne Dimma's swish kitchen (as you probably know, she's now the big kahuna at House & Home). The third is a lovely dining room shot for House & Home, and the final is a really fab bedroom snapped for Wish. Enjoy, and make sure to check out the rest of Michael's portfolio here.


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Swedish present

After that construction nastiness let us speak of other things, of cabbages and kings. Well, more importantly, my excitement for the new Ikea catalogue!

I was at the launch last night which was a huge laugh, take a look at the pics below (thanks Madeleine). The smarty-pants at Ikea have taken over a downtown Toronto storefront, on swanky King Street, to showcase all their new gear. Highlights include lots of black in both matte and gloss finishes, new kitchen cabinetry in Pop-y colours and cowhide rugs. In fact, it's open through the weekend, so if you want to take a look head to 143 King St East - I'm going to have to go back and check it out without the hordes of people. 



Quick Pick

Am I allowed to start shopping for a house that's months away from being finished? Of course! I was tooling though Ikea today, shopping for an event I'm working on, when this glossy beauty stopped me in my tracks. It's the Norrsten dining table (a minimalist combo of black glass and aluminum), and it might be just the ticket to switch it with the vintage Saarinen-lookalike table we currently have. Oh, but that means I'll have to start looking for new chairs too...


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