15 Questions with Annie Sloan

anniesloanDesign Blogger: Annie Sloan, Chalk Paint

Inspired by a blog meme going around recently, we decided to challenge our design bloggers to share a little bit about themselves with 15 fun questions. You can view more 15 Questions posts here.

What’s your favourite wallpaper pattern?

Raoul Dufy Leaf
Raoul Dufy Leaf

I find the work of artists like Edward Bawden and Raoul Dufy, who did textile designs, very inspiring. Celia Birtwell is another more contemporary artist who I also think is fantastic.

What’s the best vacation you’ve taken?

We treated ourselves to an African Safari last year, which was amazing and so relaxing. Just recently, we have been to Lisbon, Portugal, which was also fantastic.

3. If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would it be?

It would have to be my mother and grandmother. I unfortunately never got to meet my grandmother. My mother was an incredible cook. Having us all together would be great.

4. Name one thing on your bucket list.

I have recently just compiled a list with my husband David and one of the things on there was to visit Pompeii, Rome and Naples. I don’t want to do anything crazy like skydiving but I do want to complete a 5km run. I am in training for this!

5. What’s your favourite room in your house?

Annie Sloan's garden room 'Room Recipes for Style and Colour' photo by Christopher Drake

I have three favourite rooms; I love my garden room, my kitchen and my sitting room. But if I had to choose one, it would be my garden room.

Photo Credit: Annie Sloan’s Room Recipes for Style and Color by Annie Sloan and Felix Sloan, CICO Books, CDN$45.00; www.cicobooks.com
, Photo credit: Photography by Christopher Drake

6. If you could pick any designer, living or dead to decorate your house, who would it be?

It would have to be Karl Friedrich Schinkel who was an 18th century Prussian architect and painter from Germany. I recently went to see a house of his when I was in Germany and it was just stunning.

7. What’s on your night stand?

My iPad

8. Backyard BBQ or Formal Dinner?

It would have to be a backyard BBQ.

9. If you could rewind twenty years and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?

Trust your gut and believe in yourself.

10. Share something you’ve pinned (or bookmarked) and why you love it.

Photo Source
Photo Source

I love the studio at Charleston House in the South of England – it has the most incredible fireplace.

11. What’s one decorating piece of advice you swear by?

Concentrate of the big before focusing on the little when it comes to decoration. I am always going on about this!

12. What’s your favourite colour and where have you used it or seen it used in a beautiful way?

Janice Issett_Room Recipes for Style and Colour

I am totally into vibrant colours mix with neutrals. Antibes Green has been a constant favourite of mine. Another one I love at the moment is English Yellow. I have just used it in my hallway. I’ve seen it used in very old 18thcentury rooms as well as modern rooms.

Antibes Green side table: The home of UK photographer, interior decorator and 2014 Annie Sloan Painter in Residence, Janice Issitt. Photo Credit: Annie Sloan’s Room Recipes for Style and Color by Annie Sloan and Felix Sloan, CICO Books, CDN$45.00; www.cicobooks.com
, Photo credit: Photography by Christopher Drake

13. If money was no object, what’s something you’d buy right now?

I would love to buy some beautiful paintings and drawings – nothing too valuable but something that I could look at and aspire to.

14. Share something that scares you, something that comforts you, or both.

My lovely bed comforts me and doing something like skydiving scares me.

15. What’s your guilty pleasure?

Watching really trashy television.

Written by Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan

One of the world’s most respected paint and colour experts, Annie Sloan brings decades of expertise – and plenty of style – to her hugely popular line of decorative paint, Chalk Paint™.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, Chalk Paint™ is a unique, eco-friendly, formula that sticks to just about any surface – inside and outside the home – without the need for priming or sanding. Inspired by 18th and 20th century décor and design, the range comprises over 30 decorative and historic colours, which combine well to provide an even larger colour palette. With a brand new line of stencils, fabrics, brushes, waxes to provide protection and durability to painted projects, and other finishing products, Annie’s inspirations are transforming more and more homes every day.

While growing the range, Annie also finds time to swap paintbrush for pen. Her 24 books on decorative painting, with a 25th due to come out later this year, have sold well over 2 million copies and are giving people the world over the skills and confidence to get creative.

A passionate supporter of small businesses, Annie only sells her products through independent shops. She encourages each of her tight-knit group of global Stockists to be individual and inspiring in their ventures and – like the lovers of her paints and products – to find their own Annie Sloan.

Annie trained as a fine artist and turned to decorative work after university in the mid -1970s while painting murals in houses as commissions. By 1987, Annie had written the phenomenally successful book ‘The Complete Book of Decorative Paint Techniques’ which is considered to be the industry bible on the subject. Unable to find the paints that she wished to work with, Annie used her knowledge of colour, paint, pigments and art history and invented Chalk Paint™ in 1990.

In 2000 Annie set up a shop in Oxford to showcase Chalk Paint™, run courses, and offer interior design services. More books followed and there are now nearly 1,500 Stockists around the world, with 43 Stockists in Canada and growing, and an ever-expanding portfolio of complementary products.

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