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.
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.
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
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)
Spruce up your bathroom with a sexy chrome faucet.
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).
Contest Closed: March 30, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy a collection of West Coast recipes from award-winning restaurant Sobo in Tofino, British Columbia.
Courtesy Appetite by Random House
Contest closed February 23rd, 2015
France Courtois (QC)
Maureen Anstey (ON)
Heather Ferguson (MB)
Darlene Levesque (BC)
Christine Allard (AB)
Win 1 of 3 of Annie’s new book featuring hundreds of gorgeous images showing the interior homes of design enthusiasts and interior designers.
Courtesy CICO Books
Contest closes January 23rd, 2015
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J.E. McCallum (AB)
Adriana Ciaschi (ON)
Pat Pfrimmer (ON)