Wednesday, December 7, 2011


To spread some holiday cheer and celebrate the Annie Sloan American Tour, The Passionate Home and other stockists are excited to announce this wonderful giveaway!

My giveaway basket includes two fabulous pots of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (your choice of colours), Annie Sloan Wax in clear and dark and Annie's book

Quick and Easy Paint Transformations!

Plus there's even more!

In addition to the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Giveaway, the lucky winner of the holiday basket from each shop across North America will be entered for a chance to win a $350 gift certificate from Annie Sloan Unfolded. It is good toward your choice of a credit on your Annie Sloan American Tour registration fee or $350 in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!

The big winner will be announced on Annie's Blog on January 10th, 2012.

Sound good? Great! Here is how you get started to win BIG in the

Annie Sloan American Tour and Chalk Paint Giveaway!

1 ~ Contact you local stockist and find out how to enter to win the Annie Sloan Gift Basket!

2 ~ Check out all of the exciting details for the Annie Sloan American Tour

and read all about this incredible event!

3 ~ Become a follower of Annie Sloan's Blog

and comment with "American Tour 2012".

To enter to win just leave us a comment and let us know that you have done all the above.

Good luck!

Sunday, November 27, 2011


Well, the day is here...our first ANNIE SLOAN CHALK PAINT WORKSHOP!
We have every colour ready to go!

We are excited for the arrival of 12 creative and beautiful women!

It is almost time.....

And we are off and creating! I think we will start off with a little finger painting!

Just like when we were kids!

Everyone created their own custom

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint hand painted colour card.

This will make picking a colour at home much easier!

A palette of wonderful colours!

Everyone tested their new paint brushes and got to work painting,

creating, learning and sharing.

It was a joy to spend the day with so many women who were so excited

about learning something new.

Time just flew by....

How do you pick a favorite???

Everyone was so happy...just look at these beautiful smiles!

We did take a short break for lunch but even the empty table was a work of art don't you think?

More smiling happy ladies!

It was so wonderful to spend the day doing what you love!

Elinor did a great job sharing all the important information and painting secrets!

The secret is in the wax!

It has been a dream of mine to bring like minded people together under one roof to share and create. Everyone showed up for the workshop full of enthusiasm and it was truly the people that made the day so successful!

Good luck to each of you as you begin your projects at home.

Thank you and we look forward to next time!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


With this old timer we added.....

The proud colours of our city of Langley and we created the Mayor Fassbender chair! A coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite and polished up with Annie Sloan Dark Wax and this is what you get! But that is not all, oh no!!!

You also get this beauty representing the BC Lions!
Up for auction is our matching chair to the Mayor Chair but this time painted with Annie Sloan Napoleonic Blue and topped with dark wax, some team colours trimmed in white leather and up for auction this chair went complete with an autographed team photo!

This was my favorite (much to my husbands horror!) so I claimed it to become

After removing a few hundred nails and a little TLC, this little lady was treated to a coat of Annie Sloan Paris Grey, a soft distressing rub down and we finished off with a coat of dark wax. Add some vintage inspired fabric and a few NOT rusted upholstery tacks and she is a beauty!

Sunday, November 6, 2011


Well, the Chairs for Charity event is done and our Red Carpet Christmas event has come and gone, so I thought I would share a few before and after photos of the chairs that we auctioned off with all proceeds going to the Langley Christmas Bureau. Above is the 'before" picture of the chair that we paired up with local business "Forever Your Lingerie".

If you have every been in Sonya's store, you know the colour is PINK! I wanted to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint as much as possible but to get the right shade of pink I started with an oil base paint and I was not happy with the results, so....Kristy from 4 the Love of Wood to the rescue. Kristy offered and I was happy for the help and just look at what she brought over!!! And so, the mixing and spraying begins...a little of this and a little of that and little Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and we have a beautiful one of a kind, never to be duplicated colour and finish!

A quick trip to the upholsterer, again picking fabric that depicts Forever Yours. A beautiful photo of our "celebrity" Sonya and it is off to the auction block!

This sweet baby brought in a good dollar and all monies were donated to the

Langley Christmas Bureau!

A happy ending...our pink chair goes to a great home!

More to come!

Friday, October 21, 2011


Our local celebrities, the Langley Rivermen Junior A Hockey Team are our 13th contributors to the CHAIRS FOR CHARITY EVENT happening October 27th. The Langley Rivermen chair will be up for auction along with a team photograph signed by the entire team...think Christmas gift??

Thank you Langley Rivermen for supporting your local community!


To wrap up our list of chairs up for auction on this fun evening, I will restyle this oldie into something really special. Elinor will be creating a "Vintage E" chair and of course we will have a chair up for auction that represents the LANGLEY CHRISTMAS BUREAU! Starbucks also donated two more chairs from their Power Centre location and that should bring us to a total of 18 chairs to be auctioned of on October 27th!

So, just to recap our celebrity chairs up for auction on October 27th with all proceeds benefiting the Langley Christmas Bureau:

~ Starbucks Big Easy Chair - take home a piece of Starbucks history

~ Starbucks - 2 Coffee Chairs

~ Mayor Peter Fassbender - Mayor of the City of Langley

~ Cari Cucksey - HGTV's Cash & Cari host - comes with autographed photo

~ 1 Fish 2 Fish - Langley's BEST Seafood Market - comes with autographed photo

~ Bruce Sellery - Journalist, Speaker, Author - comes with autographed book "Moolala"

~ McBurney Junction Furniture - my lovely neighbours

~ Gabrielle Miller - Actor from "Corner Gas" fame - comes with autographed photo

~ Well Seasoned Gourmet Food Store

~ Lucy Adams - Artist - Chair canvas will be painted by the artist herself!

~ Mike Mason - Author - comes with a signed copy of his book "The Blue Umbrella"

~ BC Lions - need I say more? - comes with autographed team poster

~ Forever Yours Lingerie - Langley's one stop Lingerie Shop - comes with autographed photo

~ Langley Rivermen - Langley's Junior A Hockey Team - comes with autographed team photo

~ The Passionate Home - yours truly

~ Vintage "E" - Elinor's vintage creation

~ Langley Christmas Bureau - a bit of Christmas in a chair!

Well, as you can see we have been very busy designing each chair, paying special attention to favorite colours and team colours. We are using our new ANNIE SLOAN CHALK PAINT as much as possible. All chairs up for auction have been re-upholstered by Once Again Furniture & Upholstery, thanks Reid!

Make sure you mark your calender on October 27th. Silent auction starts at 10am and live auction starts at 7pm. Come and bring a friend, Starbucks will be serving up something special! Bid on your favorite chair, keep Christmas gifts in mind and help us contribute to the work of the Langley Christmas Bureau. It will be a wonderful evening!

Thursday, October 20, 2011


Forever Yours Lingerie is a full service lingerie store in the heart of Langley catering to women of all sizes carrying a wide range of lingerie from everyday basics to something a little racier!

Sonya and her team are leaders in customer service and community involvement and that is why FOREVER YOURS LINGERIE is our 11th celebrity chair!


This chair is going to be GREAT..up for auction the evening of October 27th during our

CHAIRS FOR CHARITY EVENT and will come re-styled in team colours and with autographs from the entire team!

This chair may make just the perfect Christmas gift!!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011



Meet Canadian born author Mike Mason, our 9th Celebrity for next weeks CHAIRS FOR CHARITY EVENT. Mike Mason ~ Purveyor of Fine Sentences, author of The Blue Umbrella and The Violet Flash.

Thank you Mike for supporting The Langley Christmas Bureau.


We are delighted to introduce you to Lucy Adams, self taught artist. Lucy chooses to work mostly in painting on various supports & occasionally she indulges in a love for soapstone sculpture. Lucy has been kind enough to donate her craft in painting on canvas in order for us to reupholster her chair in her beautiful artwork.

Another piece of art that will be auctioned of on October 27th, thank you Lucy!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011



Announcing our 7th celebrity chair, I would like to introduce you to WELL SEASONED a GOURMET FOOD STORE.

Angie Quaale opened this gourmet food store in 2004, won the Chamber Business Excellence 2006 Entrepreneur of the year. She was recognized by Women's Enterprise Centre as one of BC's 100 New Pioneer Women Entrepreneurs. To me, Angie is one hard working, motivating and inspiring lady and we are so excited to include her in our line up of "celebrities" for our

CHAIRS FOR CHARITY EVENT, benefiting the Langley Christmas Bureau.


Our 8th celebrity contributing to the Chairs for Charity event is award winning actor widely recognized for her lead rolls on two of Canada's hottest shows: Corner Gas and Robson Arms, Gabrielle Miller!

Gabrielle does extensive work for charitable events and we are honoured by her involvement in our event benefiting the Langley Christmas Bureau. We have started restyling Gabrielle's chair with a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg! Once the make-over is complete, this chair will be offered up for auction along with a beautiful autographed photo of our special celebrity.

Thank you Gabrielle for supporting our community!

Monday, October 17, 2011


We are going to start off this week with the girls at McBurney....they are all celebrities!

McBurney is more than just a furniture store, they have been in business since 1998 and are home of the entire line of Pandora and Thomas Sabo Jewelry. Again, we are feeling a bit of pressure to make this chair EXTRA beautiful!

Thank you to our friends at McBurney Junction Furniture & Interior for being excited about being a part of the CHAIRS FOR CHARITY EVENT on October 27th.

I would like to introduce you to our 6th celebrity that has graciously lent their name to our charity event, Mr. Bruce Sellery.

Journalist - Anchor at CTV's Business News Network & host of

Consultant - Diversity & the Net Generation with Don Tapscott's think tank nGenera Insight.

Businessperson - Former Marketer at Procter & Gable. Member of the Governor General's Leadership Conference.

Keynote speaker & moderator.

Author - Moolala ~ Why smart people do dumb things with their money (and what you can do about it)

I have recently had the opportunity to meet Bruce and he is inspiring, kind and generous. Thank you Bruce for being a part of our community event with all proceeds benefiting the Langley Christmas Bureau.

Bruce's chair will be auctioned off along with a autographed copy of his book, Moolala!

Friday, October 14, 2011



Our friend and neighbour Heather Jenkins owns 1 Fish 2 Fish Fresh Seafood Market in downtown Langley and this is your 4th celebrity chair for our CHAIRS FOR CHARITY EVENT benefiting the Langley Christmas Bureau.

1 Fish 2 Fish has been in business for over 13 years and won the Chamber of Commerce Business of Excellence Award in 2005. They are not only the home of the healthiest finest seafood in BC but are a huge supporter of the Nickomekl Enhancement Society and donate regularly to the Gateway of Hope.

1 Fish 2 Fish Fresh Seafood Market is a proud partner in the Ocean Wise Program, a huge community contributor and an all round "celebrity".

Thanks Heather and team!


Stay tuned for celebrity #5!!!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011



I would like to introduce you to our third celebrity for our CHAIRS FOR CHARITY EVENT, treasure hunter extraordinaire, Cari Cucksey!

I recently had the opportunity to meet Cari and I am very excited and grateful that she agreed to be a part of this great charity event. Being that Cari is the host of HGTV's CASH & CARI and she also owns Re Purpose, 4,200 square feet of store front just bursting with treasures, we are feeling just a bit of pressure to make her chair make-over fabulous!

Cari's colour of choice is orange and you can take this celebrity chair home with you the evening of October 27. The auction starts at 6:30pm with all proceeds benefiting the Langley Christmas Bureau.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Yesterday we introduced you to our first CHAIRS FOR CHARITY CELEBRITY, STARBUCKS. Today, let me introduce you to our second celebrity, Mayor Peter Fassbender, the Mayor of the City of Langley.

Mayor Fassbender has requested his chair to be in the colours of our city of course! Elinor and I have put our heads together and are excited to report that we will be starting this make-over with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Napoleonic Blue. That is all the hints for now, but stay tuned for the before and after photos and remember this chair, as well as many others will be up for auction the evening of October 27th at our CHAIRS FOR CHARITY event, with all proceeds going to the Langley Christmas Bureau.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


The date for our "CHAIRS FOR CHARITY" event is quickly approaching, so it is time to get to work. We have our line up of chairs just waiting to be transformed and we have secured all of our "CELEBRITIES", so let the fun begin.

Here is a sneak peak of some of our donated chairs, just waiting for some love!

We are very pleased and excited to announce our first "CELEBRITY" chair...

Yes, you heard that right, our friends at the Starbucks Power Centre location in Langley have graciously donated this comfy, conversation, coffee drinking chair to our auction with all proceeds going to the Langley Christmas Bureau. So, since this location has recently closed, you have the opportunity to take home a bit of "Starbucks history" be sure to mark your calendar on October 27th, 6:30pm-8pm.

Starbucks is all about community, so they have not only donated this chair, but they will also be at The Passionate Home the evening the "CHAIRS FOR CHARITY" event, serving up their very best.

THANK YOU Starbucks for being our first "CHAIR FOR CHARITY"!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


The Fieldstone Vintage Market was an amazing day, thank you to Birch & Bird Home Interiors and Bakerview EcoDairy for hosting this event.

This is how The Passionate Home booth looked almost the entire day and as you can see, it was a busy day! Not only that, but I am not a great photographer! So, in order for you to experience the true beauty of the day, please take a moment and view this amazing short video by Sharalee Prang.

You can also visit Fieldstone Vintage Market for other links and "GOOD" photos of the day or join Donna from Funky Junk Interiors, as she enjoys her day at the show.

Thank you to everyone who came by the booth, who took a moment to learn about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and who made our day so special.

Carrie & Elinor

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


We are so excited to share with you that we will be a part of the FIELDSTONE VINTAGE MARKET!

Birch & Bird has teamed up with the Bakerview EcoDairy to bring you an outdoor European - Style marketplace that will feature local artisans as well as vintage sellers.

This event is this Saturday, September 24th and I am proud to say that The Passionate Home will be featured along with 50 other amazing vendors.

Please visit here, for more information.

We have been busy with our new Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and have prepared a few very special pieces just for this event. You will not want to miss it!

See you Saturday!


Wednesday, September 14, 2011


In the spirit of the holidays The Passionate Home "Family" likes to give back to the community. This year we are very excited to host our first "CHAIRS FOR CHARITY" event.

What this means is that we are looking for donations of unwanted dining chairs; they must have a fabric seat, wood back and be good and solid.

The Passionate Home will lovingly restyle these chairs into "Celebrity Themed" works of art and auction them off with all proceeds going to the Langley Christmas Bureau.

Our live auction will take place at The Passionate Home the evening of October 27.

Be sure to get the latest news on this event and get sneak peeks of the transformations and the wonderful celebrities involved by following us on Facebook or connect with us on Twitter.

Please help spread the word and be sure to mark your calenders as you will not want to miss this exciting event!

Thursday, September 1, 2011


We are so proud and excited to share with you that The Passionate Home is the first mini-stockist in BC of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!

I am sure you all know Miss Mustard Seed...just look what see can do with this amazing paint!

I am thinking PARIS GREY!!!!

Read about the BIG NEWS!
And be sure to check out our web site for updates and workshops!
Product arriving very, very soon!

Once we get rolling here @ TPH, we will share all our before and after pics!