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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Entries in inspiration (25)


Big and squooshy

It's grey and rainy in my neck of the woods. Good for the garden (the heirloom tomatoes are growing gangbusters), but it really makes me want to curl up on the sofa with Spot and take a snooze. From a design perspective I'm in Cloud Cuckoo Land today, dreaming about spectacular houses that I'll never own, filled with furniture that's way beyond my snack bracket. So, Roche Bobois' inspirational interior shots are just the ticket - Up top you have the big and super squooshy new Voyage Immobile sectional designed by Cedric Ragot. Love all the kooky stripes on the sofa, let alone that art installation/giant pickup-sticks game, though the floor lamps are a wee bit alien-ish for my liking. Then there's the stripe-tastic Rythme modular sofa designed by Studio Missoni Home (the rug and tables are by the SMH too), but, what I really want to know is, where the heck did they find that insanely huge hi-gloss orange and khaki spinning top?


Blue mondays

Is Monday your most favourite day of the week? Errr, possibly not. So, to get everyone through the gloom and chill of this particular Monday I thought we could totally do with some inspiring shots by photographer Tom Mannion. I don't even remember how I stumbled across his jaw-dropping work, but as soon as I'd had the chance to have a good rummage through his stunning portfolio I knew I wanted to post this series of shots. A quick e-mail and then Tom said yes. Cool!

Anyways, I love the mix of blues (turquoise is Pantone's colour of the year, btw) and the slightly surreal feel of the shots, all beautifully styled by the v. talented Faye Toogood for Elle Decoration. Time for some dotty paper lanterns, don't you think?


Galliano rocks a tree

Ah yes, time for a bit of glamour. I don't know about you, but a good dose of something spectacular is just the kind of kick in the pants I need. And today's inspirational kick is courtesy of fashion designer extraordinaire John Galliano, who created his version of a Christmas tree without an evergreen twig in sight. Instead Galliano's tree is smothered in orchids, butterflies and a rather chic leopard, all fashioned from papier-mache and inspired by the Orientalist vibe of his Fall/Winter '09 collection for Dior. If you'd like to take a gander at the tree you'll have to stop by Claridge's hotel in London, where it'll be on display until Jan 6th. Looking around for snaps of the project I discovered Galliano's original sketch, which gives a lovely peep inside the creative process, and just had to include too. Oh, and I have to thank Laird for the tip on this! Via Bornrich.


861 or 80?

Are you a square feet or square metre person? Do you count rooms and then add a 1/2 for a bath, and never include a basement? Oh, the strangeness of real estate... This space by Italian firm Poliform revels on the smaller side of things with an 80m squared plan (or 861 feet squared, depending on how you're feeling). Love the look of the place, though their assertion that it's a low budget project might not wash with everyday peeps like you and me. For more, check out the website here to see the rest of the interior, though be warned, the site is rather annoyingly wiggly.




The one that almost got away

The week has just run away with me, and where are we? Thursday? Sheesh... It has been bananas with propping for shoots, deadlines for a few different projects and puppy pre-school for Spot. Our car is crammed full of props including a bunch of bathroom mirrors, a sink and other random bits and pieces, all of which have to be returned before the end of the week. Anyone have a magic wand handy?

I can identify with anyone who descibes herself as a magpie, which is one of the reasons I wanted to share fashion designer Alice Temperley's very eclectic looking studio space. I have a feeling it doesn't always look as beautifully styled as this, lol, but can totally imagine her working away on a collection here. That bombastic rug is one of Temperley's designs too; Ophelia from The Rug Company. For even more inspiration, check out the We Like section of her website, which includes a cool video tour of Portobello Road Market (one of my most favourite places in London). [Image: Rachael Smith. Via the Guardain]