Dabble Magazine - 2/32 - Kimberley Seldon's Dabble

Issue 23 – Mar/Apr’15

Interview with Annie Sloan – Queen of Chalk Paint

DAB: Can you name a few of your favourite applications using Chalk Paint?

AS: Of course it changes all the time, but at the moment I am working on a new piece for my office. It’s a Modern Retro piece from the 1940s. I have painted it with a very smooth, flat finish in a variety of block colours. I think people are surprised that you can achieve a smooth finish with Chalk Paint™, but you can! Years ago, I painted an old desk of mine in a custom mix of Old Violet and Emperors Silk. I created a textured and crackled finish, and finished it with dark wax. It looks very rich. I also love using a traditional technique called ‘frottage’ – you can do this with Chalk Paint, all you need is water to dilute the paint and some newspaper. I have some old doors in my home in France where I’ve used this technique and they look wonderful.

Annie Sloan _Old Violet Desk_reduced

Courtesy: Creating the French Look by Annie Sloan – CICO Books, Photographer: Christopher Drake


DAB: Thanks to you, people can breathe new life into old furniture. Is there a person who has taken your paint and transformed a piece of furniture in a way you didn’t expect?

AS: I saw so many people doing wonderful things with Chalk Paint™ that I decided to develop my ‘Painters in Residence’ program. It’s a wonderful way to work with creative people who can test my paint to its very limits and create inspirational projects. I’ve already worked with a portrait artist who lives in an elegantly converted schoolhouse in France, a mom-of-three who works out of her home in rural Australia, and a British stylist who has an amazing way of making clashing colours work.

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Painterly Bathroom, Courtesy Alex Russell Flint, Annie Sloan Painter in Residence


DAB: Selecting paint colours can be a daunting experience. What is your go-to colour combination?

AS: I don’t think it’s possible to have a go-to colour. I always think that every space, wall or piece of furniture deserves its own colour. There are a lot of colours in my range that, in small doses, can work as neutrals – Duck Egg Blue, Louie Blue, Old Violet, Aubusson and Olive, to name a few.


Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan comes in quart cans (946ml), priced at approximately $45.00 CND; and in 4 oz. (100ml) sample pots, priced at approximately $13.99 CDN (regional price variations and shipping charges apply.

Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan is sold through 35 Annie Sloan stockists across Canada and is also available online.

For more information, visit: www.anniesloan.com

Contest: notNeutral Rug – Winner Selected

On the Web - Sable Rug Lifestyle - Featured

Follow the ribbon around the rug!  This GoodWeave certified rug by notNeutral was inspired by the filigree line work found on the dollar bill. The NW Rugs size guide certifies this 6’ round sable “Ribbon” rug is 100% wool with looped line work and cut-pile construction.

All notNeutral rugs are certified child-labour-free by GoodWeave, an international non-profit organization working to end exploitive child labour in the rug industry. Every GoodWeave-certified rug helps give children like Sanju the freedom, education, and life opportunities that they deserve.



Susan Gregson (ON)


Contest: Win a Riobel Faucet – Winner Selected

Spruce up your bathroom with a sexy chrome faucet.

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Choose between 4 faucets from Riobel.
The winner can select either a wall-mount (VY11 C), a single hole short faucet (VYS01 C), a single hole long faucet (VYL01 C) or an 8″ lavatory faucet (VY08 C).

Value: CA$499-699
Contest Closed: March 30, 2015

Courtesy Riobel



Dreena Machanda (ON)

Riobel Inc., a Canadian company known for its excellent selection of faucets, shower systems, and accessories on the market, was founded in 1995. Created in the Montréal suburb of Saint-Jérôme, Riobel products are distributed acrossCanada as well as in a number of U.S. states by a vast network. A dedicated team of more than 120 employees work hand-in-hand to maintain the reputation for excellence Riobel has been nurturing for their 20 year history.

Issue 22 – February 2015

Furniture Pieces to Invest In

We asked Andrew Metrick, General Manager and Furniture Buyer at Elte Market, to name 3 furniture pieces a first-time home buyer should invest in. Here’s what he had to say.

Elte MKT - Metricks

1- If a sofa isn’t at the top of your list of furniture investment pieces, you should really think about starting a new list. It doesn’t matter if you have rooms dedicated for sleeping, dining or working, your sofa is going to become the default location for almost everything you do. For this reason, you better love your sofa so take your time in selecting one.

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Paris Sofa, Elte Market


2- The next investment piece you’ll need is a great looking armchair. Not only will this purchase be something that can move easily from room to room or home to home, this is your chance to select something that really reflects your personality and it will help set off your own unique style in whatever space it’s in. If your sofa is the classically tailored grey suit, your chair is the tie that gives people more insight into what your style is.

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Lillian Chair, Elte Market


3- And lastly, invest it a good bed. I’m a full-bed person, which means no headboards – only for me. There’s nothing wrong with a headboard on its own but if you go this route, you’re going to need a skirt to cover up your bed frame and that can be very limiting in terms of how you want your room to feel.


Follow Elte Market:

Contest: The Sobo Cookbook – Winners Selected

SoBo Cookbook

Enjoy a collection of West Coast recipes from award-winning restaurant Sobo in Tofino, British Columbia.

Value: CA$30/each

Courtesy Appetite by Random House

Contest closed February 23rd, 2015

Winners Selected:

France Courtois (QC)

Maureen Anstey (ON)

Heather Ferguson (MB)

Darlene Levesque (BC)

Christine Allard (AB)

Kimberley’s Uptown Elegance in Chatelaine

Uptown Funk is so yesterday! Kimberley joins Chatelaine Magazine and Home Hardware in recommending the best colour combination for a sophisticated urban look.


Take 3: Sculptural Resolution

An outdoor urn or planter is an attractive and welcoming enhancement to the entrance. But how many of us find these arrangements quickly become neglected after the holidays are over and the temperatures plunge? Often times, lifeless boughs and tired, broken branches remain until Easter eggs are retrieved. With minimal planning it’s possible to keep urns looking fresh and seasonal right through the winter.

Photography by Simon Burn

Photography by Simon Burn


Jack Frost
A simple white planter suits the contemporary arrangement of silver-blue greens and Carolina Sapphire. Snow-dusted grapevine and birch branches create architecture that grounds the assorted greens. Sprigs of Dusty Miller lend colour and texture, acting as focal flowers at the centre of the arrangement.

Photography by Simon Burn

Photography by Simon Burn


Garden Visitor
The same planter and foliage may alternatively be presented as a preface for spring, showcasing favourite garden pieces like the metal bird and egg seen here. A trellis, obelisk or a lantern work equally well. In this version we’ve highlighted a moss wrapped cone, birch covered globes and the perched bird whch can be organically placed on some darden regular equipment, like WORX Aerocart.

Design Tips: A resin planter is not subject to sub-zero cracking but must be properly weighted to avoid toppling over. Add a generous layer of pea gravel to facilitate re-arranging after the soil has frozen. Lay a wreath horizontally on the planter and build your arrangement on top of it.

Photography by Simon Burn

Photography by Simon Burn


Tradition with a Twist
A whimsical arrangement is composed with varying colours of greenery including Fraser fir, blue pine, hemlock and some minimal magnolia. Unlike spring and summer planters which have continual abundant growth, this winter version relies on grapevine, pine cones, and maple branches for structure. Moss and curly willow create added interest.

Bay Window


Real estate listings typically lead with stunning visual features like a bay window. Why then do designers sometimes struggle with how to dress this architectural feature? And more importantly, how to use the space found within the bay?

Interior designer Jane Lockhart turned this bay window into a destination in her client’s home. Full draperies provide physical and psychological warmth to the space so it can be used year round. Two comfortable arm chairs tuck neatly back and the large purple ottoman makes it a comfortable spot to sit and read or enjoy a cup of tea.

Do you have a trick for turning a bay window into usable floor space?

Issue 21 – DecJan’15

Contest: Annie Sloan’s Room Recipes for Style and Colour – Winners Selected

Contest - Book-cover-UK

Win 1 of 3 of Annie’s new book featuring hundreds of gorgeous images showing the interior homes of design enthusiasts and interior designers.

Value: CA$43/each

Courtesy CICO Books

Contest closes January 23rd, 2015

Dabble respects your privacy. We don’t share your info, so feel secure entering this contest. Please note, a confirmation email will be sent to your inbox, so be sure to open it. Good luck!

Winners Selected:

Congratulations to

J.E. McCallum (AB)

Adriana Ciaschi (ON)

Pat Pfrimmer (ON)