Monday, October 17, 2011

Local Talent: Arren Williams

Remember the fun tour of Arren Williams' mid-century inspired living room and kitchen? I absolutely love the transformation of his home.  So I've done some digging and found six full pages of Arren's city dwelling featured in the August 2010 issue of House & Home Magazine.

Curb appeal sets the tone for the rest of the house, not to mention the lasting first impression you leave with your guests.  Arren picked a luxe dark grey color with a slight tint of blue as the exterior of his house.  Together with contemporary door and windows in chocolate brown, stainless steel house numbers + mailbox, a sail boat inspired sconce, and a tailored garden, you know you're about to step into a bold, eclectic, and refine space.    

Lets start our tour!   I love this living room and absolutely admire Arren's courage to upholstered his sofa in a daring fuschia and bright turquoise on the aluminum chairs, especially when most of us would probably only use shots of them as accents.  Arren calmed the jaw-dropping colors with a 50s inspired floral wallpaper in muted gold, textural area rug in soft grey, and solid drapery panels as window coverings.

The statement wallpaper is carried into the dining room, where Arren custom the table with reclaimed barn boards and metal base for the narrow space. You all know I like to treasure hunt at thrift stores and so is Arren!  These mis-match chairs all came from thrift stores and here is the trick: pick pieces with similar design aesthetics and unify them with a coat of paint.  In this case, all the chairs shared a mid-century modern vibe and sprayed in white.    

More on the sleek, modern kitchen: cleanline kitchen cabinet in glossy white, quartz countertop to ensure it stays white forever, and glass subway tiles as backsplash and focal wall.  Love the minimal look and the impact of these glass tiles and how it wraps around the window to avoid extra trims.

Inspired by this little powder room, I picked a bold peacock fabric from inVU, which I will paperback and install as wallpaper! Can't wait to get my fingers on a teeny powder room.

Heading to the upper level, you are greeted by this funky chandelier and Arren's beautiful art collection.  The reading room shares the same design formula as the main floor of the house: keep the walls white and let the accessories and accents pop.  I have a similar dresser which Arren sprayed white.  I was only going to spray the outside frame white and have the drawers restained a dark walnut ... but seeing the end product now, maybe I will just spray the whole dresser white.

The two bedrooms have different palettes but share the same design formula: grasscloth wallpaper on walls, groovy pendant fixtures, dynamite geometric fabrics on the custom headboards and bedframes.  The master ensuite looks gorgeous doesn't it? To save on costs, Arren used porcelain tiles that look like Carrara marbles and large scale tiles to cut down on labour costs.  With the money saved on materials, Arren was able to splurge on sleek shower hardware (check out that rain showhead), and full height glass panels for the shower.  The reflective surface on the vanity has visually expanded the ensuite and I love those pair of mirrors and sconces for a touch of Hollywood glam.  

Do the unexpected!  Arren picked a dark ink scheme for the basement where most people would pick white to brighten up the space.  Contrasting with high gloss white furnishings, the space is mod, crisp, and perfectly appropriate for lounging and movie nights.  Not to mention how Arren "expended" the limited square footage by blending the TV and couch with the deep rich walls!  Genius!

Hope you enjoy this feature as much as I do, and will use some of the tricks in your own home.

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