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Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!

Posted Under - Features // Holidays // Inspiration // Life Unfolded

Laissez les bons temps rouler, which is French for “let the good times roll,” is more than just a saying here in New Orleans – it’s a way of life. And with Mardi Gras just around the corner on February 28, we’re even more in love with the city than ever! Today we’re sharing some of our favorite shots from around the Crescent City with you.

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!

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Facebook Contest: Chalk Paint® Pairings to Love

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From February 17-19, enter our February Facebook contest for your chance to win an Annie Sloan MixMat™!  Please read the official rules and entry instructions below.

Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan Paris Grey Scandinavian Pink dresser

Former Annie Sloan Painter in Residence, Jelena Pticek of Poppyseed Creative Living, paired Chalk Paint® in Paris Grey and Scandinavian Pink to create a modern and cheerful look for this dresser.

ABOUT THE CONTEST
This Facebook contest is limited to the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

CONTEST INSTRUCTIONS
On Facebook, Entrant must “Follow” the Unfolded Facebook page and enter a valid comment on the applicable Facebook post. Entrant can submit one entry between February 17 – 19, 2017.

PRIZE DETAILS
1) One (1) Winner will be selected at random from all the entries. The one (1) Prize is one Annie Sloan MixMat™ valued at approximately US$30.
CONTEST STARTS
February 17, 2017

CONTEST ENDS
February 19, 2017. Winner will be announced on the Facebook fan page contest post on or around February 20, 2017.

PRIZE ELIGIBILITY
On Facebook, Entrant must “Follow” the Unfolded Facebook page and enter a valid comment on the applicable Facebook post. All other entries will be disqualified. This contest is limited to participants in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES 

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

1. SPONSORS: This promotion (the “Contest”) is sponsored by Unfolded, 639 Julia Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA 70062, (504) 309-4454www.unfolded.com (the “Sponsor”), subject to the following terms and conditions.

2. ELIGIBILITY: Contest limited to the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Stockists and their immediate families are not eligible to enter and Employees of Stockists and their immediate family are not eligible to enter.

3. TIMING: Contest begins at the Start of Day (CST) on February 17, 2017 and continues until the End of Day (CST) on February 19, 2017. Online entries must be received by the End of Day (CST) on February 19, 2017 to be eligible.

4. ENTRY PERIOD: HOW TO ENTER: On Facebook, Entrant must “Follow” the Unfolded Facebook page and enter a valid comment on the applicable Facebook post. Entrant can submit one entry. Entries become the property of the Sponsor, not Facebook, or any other social site. One (1) random Winner per applicable site will be selected from the entries. Entrants must meet all conditions of this section; Sponsor is not responsible for any technical difficulties which prevent Entrant from meeting any or all conditions.

5. PRIZES AND ODDS: One (1) Winner will be selected randomly from all the entries and will win a prize valued at approximately US$30. Prize is not transferable or redeemable for cash and shipment instructions must be sent within sixty (60) days of win. No extension will be given after the prize has expired. If winner is unable to redeem package within the time period required, the prize will be forfeited. Odds of winning shall be determined by the number of eligible entries received. Prizes are nontransferable and must be accepted as awarded. Prize will be awarded if properly claimed. Unfolded will assume delivery costs and Winner(s) are responsible for any taxes due.

6. DRAWING: The winning selection will be announced on or about February 20, 2017. Winning is contingent upon compliance with all terms and conditions set forth in these official rules.

7. NOTIFICATION: Winner will be notified by private message and/or email within two weeks following the drawing. Winner notified must respond within ten (10) days of notice of award.

8. RELEASE: By participating in the Contest and/or accepting a prize, a participant/winner consents to and gives the Sponsor the right to use, publish, and display a winner’s (and where applicable a participant’s) name, city, state and country, and prize awarded, for the purpose of advertising, trade, publicity and promotional purposes in any media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide, and on the Web, without review, notification or approval, all without additional consideration, unless prohibited by law.

9. LAW: Subject to all country, federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited or restricted. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrants or Sponsor in connection with any drawing or award, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of, the State of Louisiana, without regard to conflict of law principles. Any cause of action by you with respect to the offer (and/or any information, products or services related thereto) must be instituted within one (1) year after the cause of action arose or be forever waived and barred. All actions shall be subject to the limitations set forth in above.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with any social media site, including Facebook.

 

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REPOST: #25 Project Transformation 6: South Africa!

Posted Under - Life Unfolded

[This post was originally published on Annie Sloan’s blog, Paint and Colour. You can read the original post here.]

Three little ones enjoying their new crèche! 

Welcome to the first #25Project transformation of 2017! I can’t think of a better project to start off the new year with than this one from South Africa.

Intandokazi crèche in the Nkobongo Township was in desperate need of attention when it was nominated for a transformation. Even though owner Dudu had made every effort to create a safe and fun learning space for the 92 children in her care, the crèche was still in a sorry state. What did shine through the photos I saw was the love Dudu has for each of the little ones that arrived day after day, so it’s just perfect that a place that means ‘most loved’ has been given a new lease of life thanks to the work of over 50 incredible volunteers – and a whole lot of paint!
 
The incredibly humble and hardworking Dudu behind her favourite Barcelona Orange door
The crèche before the transformation.
Although filled with love, the space was in dire need of attention. 
The space before.
The transformation begins! Along with the local community and local counsellors, the team was joined by stockists, customers and distributors from all over South Africa.
I love how joyful and colourful these photos are!
The incredible volunteers get started.
Bright and bold colours bring cheer and joy! 
The place is ready! Those colourful hooks were once workshop boards from a stockist of mine.
All the children and staff from the crèche in front of the amazing mural the volunteers painted.

The amount of work put in by the army of volunteers has been staggering. Inside and out has been completely remodelled, with walls knocked down, insulation installed, new floors, doors and windows, and even a new roof! It just goes to show that with just a little kindness, a whole world can be transformed.Not only that, but this is just the beginning for this little crèche. There are big plans afoot to create a new playground, improve the sanitation and water facilities plus much, much more. I personally want to thank each and every person involved, and cannot wait to keep up with all the ongoing work that Dudu has planned!

Yours,

Annie

 

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All You Need Is Love…And Paint!

Posted Under - Features // Holidays // How to // Inspiration

All You Need Is Love...And Paint!

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’ve been busy thinking about all of the loved ones in our lives! This project from last year by California stockist Vicki of 3 Oaks Studio is one of our favorites – isn’t it fun? Read on for more fun Valentine’s-inspired projects…

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2017 Home Trends

Posted Under - Features // How to // Inspiration

In 2016, we saw lots of neutrals, from two-toned kitchen cabinets to farmhouse entryways. Pinterest recently released the Pinterest 100, featuring trending ideas to try in 2017, and we have to say, it looks like COLOR is the theme of the year! Another example of how color will shine in 2017 is Greenery, a zesty yellow-green shade just named Pantone’s Color of the Year. Without further ado, read on for some our favorite trends from the Pinterest 100…

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January Facebook & Instagram Contest

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From January 20-22, enter our January Facebook and Instagram contests for your chance to win two project pots of Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan! Please read the official rules and entry instructions below.

Chalk Paint® in custom color by Annie Sloan Stockist Lina på Landet

Custom blue Chalk Paint® mixed by Annie Stockist in Marsta, Sweden, Lina på Landet, with two parts Aubusson Blue to one part Florence.

ABOUT THE CONTEST

Facebook and Instagram contests are limited to the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

CONTEST INSTRUCTIONS
On Facebook, Entrant must “Follow” the Unfolded Facebook page and enter a valid comment on the applicable Facebook post. On Instagram, Entrant must “Follow” the Unfolded Instagram account, enter a valid comment on the applicable Instagram post, and tag a friend.  Entrant can submit one entry per site between January 20 – 22, 2017.

PRIZE DETAILS
1) One (1) Winner per applicable site will be selected at random from all the entries. The one (1) Prize is valued at approximately US$40 and includes two project pots of Chalk Paint®.
CONTEST STARTS
January 20, 2017

CONTEST ENDS
January 22, 2017. Winners will be announced here on or around January 23, 2017.

PRIZE ELIGIBILITY
On Facebook, Entrant must “Follow” the Unfolded Facebook page and enter a valid comment on the applicable Facebook post. On Instagram, Entrant must “Follow” the Unfolded Instagram account, enter a valid comment on the applicable Instagram post, and tag a friend.  All other entries will be disqualified. This contest is limited to participants in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES 

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

1. SPONSORS: This promotion (the “Contest”) is sponsored by Unfolded, 639 Julia Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA 70062, (504) 309-4454www.unfolded.com (the “Sponsor”), subject to the following terms and conditions.

2. ELIGIBILITY: Contest limited to the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Stockists and their immediate families are not eligible to enter and Employees of Stockists and their immediate family are not eligible to enter.

3. TIMING: Contest begins at the Start of Day (CST) on January 20, 2017 and continues until the End of Day (CST) on January 22, 2017. Online entries must be received by the End of Day (CST) on January 22, 2017 to be eligible.

4. ENTRY PERIOD: HOW TO ENTER: On Facebook, Entrant must “Follow” the Unfolded Facebook page and enter a valid comment on the applicable Facebook post. On Instagram, Entrant must “Follow” the Unfolded Instagram account, enter a valid comment on the applicable Instagram post, and tag a friend. Entrant can submit one entry per site. Entries become the property of the Sponsor, not Facebook, or any other social site. One (1) random Winner per applicable site will be selected from the entries. Entrants must meet all conditions of this section; Sponsor is not responsible for any technical difficulties which prevent Entrant from meeting any or all conditions.

5. PRIZES AND ODDS: One (1) Winner per applicable site will be selected randomly from all the entries and will win a prize valued at approximately US$40. Prize is not transferable or redeemable for cash and shipment instructions must be sent within sixty (60) days of win. No extension will be given after the prize has expired. If winner is unable to redeem package within the time period required, the prize will be forfeited. Odds of winning shall be determined by the number of eligible entries received. Prizes are nontransferable and must be accepted as awarded. Prize will be awarded if properly claimed. Unfolded will assume delivery costs and Winner(s) are responsible for any taxes due.

6. DRAWING: The winning selection will be announced on or about January 23, 2017. Winning is contingent upon compliance with all terms and conditions set forth in these official rules.

7. NOTIFICATION: Winners will be notified by private message and/or email within two weeks following the drawing. Winner notified must respond within ten (10) days of notice of award.

8. RELEASE: By participating in the Contest and/or accepting a prize, a participant/winner consents to and gives the Sponsor the right to use, publish, and display a winner’s (and where applicable a participant’s) name, city, state and country, and prize awarded, for the purpose of advertising, trade, publicity and promotional purposes in any media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide, and on the Web, without review, notification or approval, all without additional consideration, unless prohibited by law.

9. LAW: Subject to all country, federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited or restricted. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrants or Sponsor in connection with any drawing or award, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of, the State of Louisiana, without regard to conflict of law principles. Any cause of action by you with respect to the offer (and/or any information, products or services related thereto) must be instituted within one (1) year after the cause of action arose or be forever waived and barred. All actions shall be subject to the limitations set forth in above.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with any social media site, including Facebook and Instagram.

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This Is the Year to Live Danishly

Posted Under - Features // Inspiration

Hygge (hoo-gah) is the art of cozy living, a Danish term that embraces the happy moments and possibilities of everyday life by enjoying the warmth and contentment of a happy lifestyle and home. Annie Sloan defines hygge as “something hard to define, but I come to mean surrounding myself with calm, soothing, warm and cosy things.”

Just one great example of hygge is Annie’s own bathroom at her house in Normandy, France, a room she describes as an oasis of sanctuary and calm. Annie chose warm, soft tones like Coco, Louis Blue, Olive and Aubusson Blue to paint the room. And to keep that comforting feeling going, she used candles to light the room, making it the perfect place to switch off and recharge her creative batteries.

This Is the Year to Live Danishly

Looking to incorporate hygge into your own home this winter? It’s about finding colors that charm your senses, products that make it easy to update décor and projects that help create a warm, welcoming home. Visit your local Annie Sloan Stockist to help pull together your own hygge style, and be sure to share those projects with us on Facebook and Instagram!

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Quick & Easy Step-by-Step with Annie Sloan’s Mini Project Pack

Posted Under - How to

[This post was originally published on Annie Sloan’s blog, Paint and Colour. You can read the original post here.]

Quick & Easy Step-by-Step with Annie Sloan's Mini Project Pack

This little side table is one of a pair that I’d recently acquired. Pieces like these are easy to come across and many people will already have something similar in their homes. They’re often finished in that orangey pine that people have fallen out of love with, which makes them the perfect candidate for a new year makeover using just a little Chalk Paint®!

Quick & Easy Step-by-Step with Annie Sloan's Mini Project Pack

And when I say a little paint, I really mean it – it took just a couple of my small project pots to do the whole piece! If you were lucky enough to receive one of my Mini Project Packs over the holiday season and are looking for inspiration of how to use it, I hope this helps.

At this time of year, the colours that I start to use in my work are rich, earthy, warm and full of depth. They comfort me and give me that little injection of earthy nature that I so long for in the dark winter months, which is why I’ve chosen to use Amsterdam Green and Aubusson Blue on this piece – two colours that work beautifully especially with the injection of Black Chalk Paint® Wax, which really brings out those deep jewel tones whilst highlighting the texture of the paintwork.

Or course you don’t have to use these colours, and with my Mini Project Pack you choose the colours to suit your taste.

For this makeover, you will need:

  1. Start by removing the drawers from the shell of the piece and paint the front of the drawers in Aubusson Blue using a Pure Bristle Brush. Apply the paint thickly, moving the brush in all different directions to create that gorgeous texture that my coloured Chalk Paint® Waxes thrive on.
  2. Paint the shell of the piece in Amsterdam Green – again applying the paint thickly, moving the brush in all different directions.
  3. Once the paint is completely dry, apply Clear Chalk Paint® Wax. Make sure you work the wax into the surface and wipe away any excess with a lint free cloth. Using one of my wax brushes makes it really easy to get the wax in to all that gorgeous brushwork.
  4. While the Clear Chalk Paint® Wax is still wet, begin to apply Black Chalk Paint® Wax. Work the wax in to the surface – pushing it in to the crevices in the paint and surface, and then, use Clear Chalk Paint® Wax to gently wipe away any excess of Black Chalk Paint® Wax. If you apply too much Black Chalk Paint® Wax, don’t worry – the Clear Chalk Paint® Wax acts like an eraser and can remove it.

And there you have it! I’d love to see how you’ve used your Mini Project Packs, so please tag me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Yours,
Annie

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10 Best of 2016

Posted Under - How to // Inspiration

As excited as we are to ring in the new year in just a few short days, it’s time to reflect on 2016. This year was a great one – we showcased lots of fabulous consumer and stockist projects, from an ombré dresser-turned-changing table to dying all sorts of fabric (from curtains to clothes!). Below we’re sharing 10 of our most popular posts from throughout the year. Which one is your favorite?

10. Ombré dresser-turned-changing table

Ombré dresser-turned-changing table

9. Introducing Giverny!

Introducing Giverny!

8. Woodland fairytale wedding shoot

Woodland fairytale wedding shoot

7. An armoire fit for a princess

An armoire fit for a princess

6. #MoreThanPaint

#MoreThanPaint

5. Chevron sideboard

Chevron sideboard

4. Pin-spiring buffets

Pin-spiring buffets

3. Drop cloth curtain

Drop cloth curtain

2. Chalk Paint®: it’s to dye for!

Chalk Paint®: it's to dye for!

1. 5 best apps for furniture painters

5 best apps for furniture painters

What projects do you have planned for 2017?

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Annie Sloan’s Christmas Shelfie – Easy Holiday DIY Ideas

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Annie Sloan's Christmas Shelfie - Six Easy Holiday DIY Ideas

With Christmas just over a week away, you may be in need of some last minute decorating ideas… As always, look no further than Annie Sloan, who’s whipping up six easy DIY holiday projects – dubbed Christmas Shelfies – over on her blog this week!

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