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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 Studio at Charleston Farmhouse the home of the Bloomsbury Group
Clive Bell's Study in Charleston Farmhouse
Painted doors and fireplace at Charleston Farmhouse the Home of the Bloomsbury Group

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.

“I love the artists' spontaneous and free approach to painting; it feels so punk! You can tell they really loved paint and colour.” - Annie Sloan
Annie Sloan at Charleston Farmhouse photographing a wardrobe

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.

Charleston Clive Bell Study Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan in Firle inspiration photo credit Penelope Fewster

Firle

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Rodmell

Vanessa Bell's bedroom in Charleston Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan in Tilton inspiration photo credit Gavin Kingcome

Tilton

The 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.

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The Charleston kits

Annie Sloan with Charleston Chalk Paint colours Firle Rodmell and Tilton photo by Fiona Murray
Annie Sloan with Charleston Decorative Paint Set in Firle, Scandinavian Pink and Old White

Annie Sloan with Charleston: Decorative Paint Set in Firle

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Annie Sloan with Charleston Decorative Paint Set in Rodmell, Greek Blue and Original

Annie Sloan with Charleston: Decorative Paint Set in Rodmell

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Annie Sloan with Charleston Decorative Paint Set in Tilton, Burgundy and Original

Annie Sloan with Charleston: Decorative Paint Set in Tilton

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Annie Sloan with Charleston Keepsake Box with Chalk Paint® in Firle, Rodmell, Tilton, Graphite and Original

Annie Sloan with Charleston: Paint-Your-Own Keepsake Box

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“To create a unique range of Chalk Paint® with the Charleston trust is a dream come true for me.” - Annie Sloan
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The Charleston colours

Paint swatch of Tilton Chalk Paint® furniture paint by Annie Sloan, a bright, earthy mustard yellow

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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.

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Inspiration

Furniture painted with an Annie Sloan with Charleston Decorative Paint Set in Firle, by Myfanwy

Firle by Myfanwy

Charleston Keepsake Box painted with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan in Greek Blue, Rodmell and Original by Cressida Bell

Rodmell by Cressida Bell

Table painted with a Annie Sloan with Charleston Decorative Paint Set in Tilton by Stockist Deborah Meredith from Tea and Roses

Tilton by Deborah Meredith

G Plan chest painted with Chalk Paint® in Firle, Scandinavian Pink, Old White and Graphite by Patience and Gough

Firle by Patience & Gough

Rodmell by Jeanie Simpson

Boho Wall Hanging painted with an Annie Sloan with Charleston Decorative Paint Set in Tilton by Marysia Syzmańska

Tilton by Marysia Szymańska

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.

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From Charleston

Book shelves in Charleston Farmhouse from the collaboration with Annie Sloan
Charleston: A Bloomsbury House and Garden book written by Quentin Bell and Virginia Nicholson front cover

Charleston: A Bloomsbury House and Garden

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Annie Sloan in the alium fields in Ethiopia in collaboration with Oxfam creating Chalk Paint in Lem Lem Credit to Tina Hillier
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Annie Sloan and Oxfam

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