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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.

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Monday
Mar022009

Paper play

Last week I happened to get a sneak peek at the latest Shand Kydd wallpaper collection, and meet the British designer behind the line; John Wilman. This will be the third book released under the Shand Kydd marque by Blue Mountain Wallcoverings (it's expected to hit stores in August), and each book has been a mix of strong patterns, directional colours and designs that you can really sink your teeth into.

Below I wanted to give you a look at a few of my favs from the current collection; Shand Kydd II. The great thing about the line is that John takes inspiration from historical remnants in Blue Mountain's extensive archive and then plays with scale, colour and finish (there's always a fab mix between matte finishes and metallics). Chelsea is a sketchy '40's floral that looks smashing in this intense purple, let alone pairing it with a painted floor and Eames Wire-Base table. Bamboozled hits, for me at least, a swanky 70's vibe. Kew is an over the top riot of flowers in Technicolor. Bloomsbury is painterly and loose with florals and zig-zags. And finally, Chelsea makes a calmer appearance in black printed on a cream ground. You'll find Shand Kydd available by special order at Home Depot, and through specialty paint and wallpaper retailers across the country.

   

 

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