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Tuesday, 9 March 2010

{Home Tour: A Canadian treat}

Wow. This one seriously stylish home; full of personality and intriguing flair, it's challenging my current favourite, India Knight's Victorian home in London. However, I've decided as it's both mine and my blog's birthday this week I'm allowed two favourite home tours!

Ever since these images of Canadian stylist and trend reporter, Arren Williams' home arrived in my inbox I've been bursting with excitement at the thought of blogging them to share with you. I've saved them for my birthday week, as I think it's a suitably special space and right in line with the ethos of Bright.Bazaar: a colourful, playful, quirky home, packed full of personality and style. And these first images of Arren's living room sure fit the bill, don't you think? One of my favourite parts is the gorgeous graphic rug, it's very retro a la Jonathan Adler style. I've been trying to think what that numbers print reminds me of and I think it's a bag of M&Ms(!), which must be the pastel colours on the chocolate canvas. This little vignette, with turntable and record sleeve included, sets the tone for the rest of the house. I.e. It's a happy, fun and positive place to live.

Freestanding mirrors such as this one echoes luxurious hotels, but the simple frame makes it suitable for everyday living and provides a much more homely atmosphere to that offered by grandeur style frames. Even more importantly, the soft hues of the colour scheme allow for the yellow chair to become the focus of the room, despite the play on size with the over sized mirror.

I couldn't decide between the chandelier or the print to be my favourite part of the dining room, so it's a tie! The chandelier for its whimsical and romantic qualities, whereas the print for it's in-your-face, confident and playful nature. This is why I like this house so much. These are two styles that really shouldn't work and are not often seen together, but here they certainly work. I love finding rooms that show how you can mix styles, trends, investment pieces and bargain bin purchases with stunning effect; it makes me feel more confident about 'finding' my own interior style.

Arren's home was originally featured in Canadian House and Home magazine, and with this kitchen I can totally see why. From my posts last week, this week's 'colourful find' in the sidebar and my general harping on about it, you'll know I'm loving yellow at the moment. Don't you think the yellow in this kitchen is really uplifting? It makes me smile just looking at it.

After this tour I know you'll need no convincing to go over and check out Arren's blog, along with his diverse portfolio of work. Like his home, it's a visual treat.

If you would like to share a room, or even a whole home tour with me, then shoot me an email from the link in my sidebar.


  1. Hey Will, So glad you like the house! And happy first birthday to your blog!

  2. Gosh I love that house, when can I move in? I really want a huge mirror like that leaning against the wall, agreed it looks very chic. I also love how the bright yellow chair infront almost scales it down. Good look!

  3. Hi. New to your blog...happy bloggerversary! Love this house so much...the print! "last night a DJ saved my life!" are you kidding me! WANT!

  4. I'm so glad you both like Arren's house too!

    I know, The Zhush, that print is one of my favourite parts of the decor, along with the yellow wall in the kitchen. Just checked out your blog, great mixture of posts!

  5. Is that a staircase that goes nowhere? Do mine eyes deceive? Love the peacock feather rug!

  6. A new favorite color combination for me- yellow and red! So cheery and beautiful.

  7. Hi Zhush, The 'Last Night a DJ' print is from It's Pop It's Art in the UK.

    Hi Chantale, Must just be a trick of the light, those stairs head up to the second floor!


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