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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Ask Arren > Kitchen Layout

Hi Arren,

First off - I love watching you on Cityline and I think this feature on your site is pretty amazing!

We just purchased a new home that needs a fair bit of work and I'm a bit stuck on 2 things - the kitchen layout and the ouside paint colour. I find the kitchen a bit claustrophobic. I don't have the dimensions sadly, so I can't say if it's wide enough for an island. We have no problems knocking out the cabinetry, but the walls and windows will stay as is. Any thoughts on a better flow?

Second - I find painting exterior spaces daunting - not sure why...any recommendations on paint colours. We will be changing the roof as well it's currently green...again, suggestions?

THANK YOU so much for opening yourself up to us following you!


May 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlena