My Intro to Interior Design

Take one imaginative designer, add his love of colour and unique accessories, and you’ve got the perfect outfit, right? Wrong. Arren Williams, a stylist, editor and trend reporter is ready to work on your home, not your wardrobe. On my first ever trip to Toronto’s Interior Design Show, I had the pleasure of learning about his perspective and picking up tips in the seminar Up Close + Personal with Arren Williams. Although I had seen his work before (in House & Home and the National Post), listening to Williams’ decorating tips was the perfect start for this IDS newbie. Sitting in the front row (alongside the lovely ladies of @beauxmondes_), I wondered whether I would be able to apply some of Williams’ concepts. Soon I realized that he and I speak the same language. 

How To Style Your Room Like You Put Together Your Outfit

1.Make room for colour and eccentricity
“Please, start collecting stuff,” Williams advises. Eccentric accessories and items that have sentimental meaning incorporate history and personality in a space. Items that are representative of stories about where you found them or why they’re special will immediately bring your personal style to the room.

2.Make friends with wallpaper
Wallpaper is a fun way to incorporate pattern and texture. From bold graphics to demure florals, wallpaper helps make a statement on one wall, or all four.

3.Shop Vintage
You may already search Goodwill, Value Village and the shops on Queen West for vintage items or accessories, and it’s time to do the same when it comes to your home. Vintage finds can be repainted or re-upholstered to create a signature look in any room.

With sites like Erica Domesek’s PS. I Made This, fashion lovers are able to quickly recreate items they’ve seen on the runway. Williams encourages taking on do-it-yourself design projects as well. He made his dining room table!

5.Editing is important
“We’re beyond good taste,” says Williams, “People are now decorating with interesting, educated taste.” In other words, there is no template. Follow your instincts and inject your personal style in any space. That may mean including pops of colour or a collection of antiques. In the end you might want to change things, and so it will take time to re-arrange until you’re happy with the look. But just like pulling together the perfect outfit, you’ll know when you’ve got it right.

For more on Arren’s colourful designs (including his own home renovation) check out @arrenwilliams and arrenwilliams.com

Thanks to Lisa Canning of Condos by Canning for tickets to this special seminar event at IDS


Can't Wait to Wear: Neon

This year's spring collections were saturated with pops of colour. As temperatures rise, shades of lime, coral and turquoise will certainly complement my black and beige basics. Whether it's with a bright bag or blouse, I can't wait to step out in neon.

 Clockwise from top left: Aquilano.Rimondi, Christopher Kane, Jil Sander, Rachel Roy, Prada, Giambattista Valli (Style.com)


Jet Sets and Joy Rides

It's no secret that I've been thinking a lot about traveling lately. I'm dreaming of a trip to a new place, where I can soak up the culture and stroll through the picturesque streets. My ideal itinerary has lots of space for people-watching, perusing and getting lost. I've never been to Paris, but I thought I'd send you this postcard anyway.
EF - Live The Language - Paris from Albin Holmqvist on Vimeo.

Directed by Gustav Johansson gustavjohansson.com
Director of Photography: Niklas Johansson niklasjohansson.com
Typography: Albin Holmqvist albinholmqvist.com
Music: Magnus Lidehäll twitter.com/​magnusthemagnus


Colour From the Front Row

Despite my efforts to fit in a quick trip to New York this month, my only view of fashion week is through the eyes of my favourite writers, bloggers, editors and photographers. For quick quips and colourful comments, the best place to catch up on what's happening is to follow fashion's most influential on Twitter. Here are my favourite tweets of the week so far!

@fashionista_com Photog (loudly) to "lady in the hat" in the front row - "sit back and stop twittering!" at Preen #nyfw

@fashionista_com Nigel Barker let his hair grow a bit and he now looks like my dad.

@fashionista_com Emmanuelle Alt is looking very pretty @prabalgurung in a military coat and stiletto boots, reading a mag with her picture on the cover

@xoxSNP Our waiter at the pad thai place recognized Tommy Ton. Only at fashion week.

@mrjoezee There's only one way to have a chic Sunday morning: Spend it with @victoriabeckham seeing her new collection. #Major #nyfw

@mrjoezee Getting ready for another day of #nyfw with @ladygaga's Born This Way blasting. Feels like 1995 and I'm getting ready to go out. #MAJOR


Make the Cut

There is no class that will show you step by step how to land your dream job. Everyone's path is different. That's why I frequently look for advice from people that I admire in the industry. Whether you're enrolling in school or applying for jobs, we could all use a little perspective. Here's a little required reading.
  • Teen Vogue EiC Amy Astley's talks about her rise to the top of the masthead
  • Fashionista encourages you to enroll in a program that you're passionate about
  • Flare's EiC Lisa Tant shares her top tips for applicants