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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{giving it} Sukat Makkaralla glassware

{giving it} is all about my take on what makes a good gift. Today I have kitchenware on the brain, since I've been pulling together a look book for a kitchen shoot next week. And that's when I stumbled on Marimekko's latest line of glassware - Sukat Makkaralla. What the what? Yep, the name is kind of a mouthfull, but translate it from Finnish to English and it means "socks with sausage" or - I think this probably conjures up a better visual - "socks rolled down", which is what inspired designer Anu Penttinen to give the colourful glassware its ruched design. Click here to get in touch with Marimekko Vancouver, who'll happily ship just about everywhere. 


Guest blog / Julia Black: Under covers

Julia Black: What happens between the sheets is definitely personal. But, if I may, I’d like to recommend you get to know more about who you are in bed with, at least when it comes to your bedlinens. Shopping for linens can be a complex issue, as there’s a ton to know and a gazillion options out there, like threadccount, the brand, the content, and what part of the world does it come from? On a recent trip to Vancouver I discovered a bedding company called, simply, Bed. At Bed, they pride themselves in making their product themselves, from the sewing right through to the dying, making the most brilliant spectrum of solid, patterned and striped 100% cotton bedlinens, all locally. Luckily, you don't have to be in Vancouver to get in on the Bed action, since they ship just about anywhere, but it is great to get to support a small Canadian company who are making a positive difference in the mass manufactured market we all live in. My absolute fave at Bed was selecting from all the spectacular solid colours they carry - 48 in all - and having fun mixing and matching patterns and stripes. Better still, at the end of the day you get to hop into an overwhelmingly comfortable bed and know exactly who you're zzz-ing with!

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


Guest blog / Julia Black: It's in the grain

Julia Black: John Ross might as well win a gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Truth be told he might not exactly be an athlete, though he is a supreme representative of the Canadian way. With his overwhelming compassion for nature, his creative brilliance, and his oh-so stylish designs, what more can you ask for? As logger for nearly 15 years in British Columbia, John decided to channel his passion into high-end one-of-a kind pieces crafted from cast-off wood. You might have caught his work in Oprah Magazine and Canadian House & Home, and to actually get your hands on his furniture and lighting you can pop into one of my fave Vancouver shops, The Cross. John currently resides on Vancouver Island, so those of you lucky enough to be on the West coast right now be sure to check him out! Who knows, maybe you’ll come away with an extraordinary, and very Canadian, piece of furniture.

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




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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