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 Ralph Lauren Paint (4)


This, now that

These chairs last showed up on the blog here. And now, after refinishing the frames at Beresford's, and re-upholstered by Mieda Design in a lovely grey wool I scored at Kobe Fabric's outlet store, this is the result. We have a mis-matched set of 8 all together, set around a reclaimed scaffolding plank dining table that we built ourselves. That vintage lamp was a great find too - A good mate (hello Morgan) grabbed it at Rogue Gallery for me and then kindly passed it on. The wall colour is a stunning dark grey - Ralph Lauren Paint's Palais Royal - which you can pick up at Home Depot. It's nice to see what a lick of paint and a bit of fabric can do, no?


The uproar continues...

Mucho is happening on the house today (yay). Rod, my intrepid wallpaper guy, has started in on the grasscloth in the bedroom. It's a Gramercy wallcovering available through Design By Color and it's already looking mah-vellous. And Rod, ever the perfectionist, is carefully cutting the paper down so each wall has equal sized panels. Take a look below at the first few pieces up on the wall...

Downstairs in the basement we have the Ikea installers working their magic fitting the kitchen cabinetry into the laundry area. I'd planned out the cabintery last week with the Ikea Kitchen Planner - we went with the yummy hi-gloss Abstrakt white doors - then everything was delivered in super-zippy fashion. Now the work is happening very, very fast. A few hours ago all that was down there was this SmartDispense laundry pair from GE Profile, and by tonight most of the cabinetry will be finished. Phew! Oh, and btw - the latest Ikea catalogue smacked down on my doorstep this morning, so in a quiet moment (lol) I'll be leafing through and dog-earing all my new faves.

And then finally, that last shot is the media room, after we'd gone to town with the Ralph Lauren Paint in Palais Royal (take a look at the before here).



Living in uproar

After taking a bit of a breather from the reno side of the house project we're back at it, nose to the grindstone on the last push to getting everything nice and done. Yes, things are a little crazy - Everything has been pushed away from the walls and covered in plastic so our painter can get at the baseboards, doors and windows. Then, while that's going on, we're taking on the painting of the walls before the wallpaper happens (hopefully next week). That first snap below is a reminder of what the basement media room looked like in the midst of the reno, the second is where we're at today; the walls and ceiling are finally primed, all ready for some gorgeous Ralph Lauren Palais Royal to get slapped up. The rest of the basement walls and ceilings were primed too, and next we'll be taking on our mondo stairwell, where we'll be attempting the rather acrobatic job of priming and painting that space as well. Wish us luck!


So you say grey or gray?

Which is it? Unfortunately I tend to flip back and forth, which confuses both spellcheck and any editor I might be working with, lol. Whatever, it's a colour that people seem to have a penchant for these days. We'll be picking a dark smoky tone, either Palais Royal or Chrome from Ralph Lauren Paint, for the walls and ceiling of our basement media room. And I have a bit of a thing for grey/gray glass too - Somewhere in a box in storage sits a bunch of (fingers crossed) well wrapped vintage and new art glass that will be making an appearance shortly in the new place...

In the meantime, here's a swanky set of grey/gray glass vases from BoConcept who, sadly for me at least, have yet to open a store in Toronto; though they do have one for the lucky folks in Vancouver.

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