Annie Sloan with Charleston
Annie discovered the Bloomsbury group of artists and their country retreat, Charleston farmhouse, whilst she was studying Fine Art. When the opportunity arose to collaborate with the Charleston Trust to create a unique range of Chalk Paint® colours, it was a dream come true for Annie.
What is Charleston?
Charleston is an English farmhouse nestled deep in the Sussex countryside. In 1916 Charleston became the home of Bloomsbury group artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant; two of the most radical and influential British artists of the twentieth century. The house had an open-door policy and frequently hosted fellow intellectuals including Virginia Woolf, E.M Forster and Roger Fry. Over the next 50 years they transformed Charleston, from an unremarkable seventeenth century farmhouse, into a decorative masterpiece – bringing the experimental language of modernism into their home.
The Bloomsbury group included some of the twentieth century’s most pioneering artists, writers and thinkers – people who believed in debate, creativity, beauty, innovation and truth and whose work was guided by a sense of fun, freedom and irreverence. Annie has channelled this inspiration into each of the colours and products she has designed for this collaboration.
Annie’s collaboration with Charleston has seen her create three distinctive Chalk Paint® colours inspired by the incredible home of the Bloomsbury group. Each of the colours are named after local places which the artists would have known, and are inspired by elements of the highly decorated rooms within the British farmhouse.
Click each of the rooms below to discover Annie’s inspiration behind each colour from the Annie Sloan with Charleston collaboration.
The three exclusive Charleston colours are available to buy as part of three sets designed by Annie, each curated to include two complementary colours from the existing Chalk Paint® palette, one Charleston colour and a Clear Chalk Paint® Wax to protect your finished work, and one ultimate set containing all three Charleston colours.
The fourth and final set, The Keepsake Box, has been designed to offer the full range of Annie Sloan with Charleston exclusive colours, with two best-selling neutrals from the Chalk Paint® palette and a Clear Wax.
The Charleston collaboration Chalk Paint® colours are also available to buy as litres.
The Charleston kits
Some incredible painters and artists have been trying their hand at the Charleston style using the Annie Sloan With Charleston Decorative Paint Sets. Follow #AnnieSloanWithCharleston for more ideas, and share your own projects too.
And finally from Charleston...
Alongside the exclusive painting products designed by Annie for this collaboration, we are also delighted to be able to offer for sale the definitive guide to Charleston. Charleston: A Bloomsbury House and Garden is written by Charleston experts Quentin Bell and Virginia Nicholson. The book will be available for purchase through our website and through Annie’s network of independent Stockists. If you are unable to make a pilgrimage to Charleston Farmhouse, you can pick up a copy of this wonderful book and explore each of the highly decorated rooms from the comfort of your own home! Uncover Charleston’s rich history, as narrated by Quentin Bell (son of Vanessa Bell), and illustrated with exclusive photography by Gavin Kingcome.