Going Coastal with Red Living and Annie Sloan

I have recently been inspired to explore Costal Looks in home decor for a number of reasons, the first and obvious is that we live Coastal Vancouver Island, I love to explore a colour and style story, and then along came some recent influences with my dear thanks to Annie Sloan and son Felix, who explored this style beautifully in Chapter 8 of their newest book Room Recipes for style and Colour. Adding to that is Annie Sloan's new Stencil Collection which includes three patterns (see below) that will help, along with Chalk Paint™ to add this style effortlessly. 

I am also excited to share some NEW LIGHTING that we just got in the store that I think fits sea-side living and offers a unique and flexible rustic look. 

And of course this story is also about colour and I find Costal inspiration in the incredible pallet Annie Sloan has created in her paint, Chalk Paint™.

This is the window display at Red Living drawing on my Costal inspiration.

Red Living Costal Window

I Started with the walls in Pure White (covering over my previous stencil and design) and with a water filled large #16 Annie Sloan Brush I layered a watercolour of Provence - paint like a kid (or an artist) and let it drip - so much fun. (and a bit messy on the windows I saw afterwards - yet clean up's a breeze)

Red Living Costal

 Thinking about the colours and textures in driftwood and coastal rock, the vintage desk is layered with Chalk Paint™ in a rustic finish - leave the paint out a few hours to thicken and you get a textured and weathered finish - I used Graphite (base coat) and Coco adding a dry bush of Pure White and a distress back to show some pine. The wood top has these rustic looking worm holes and I wanted to leave the wood but it was too orange, so a quick wash of Coco and Clear Soft Wax, and it fits my weathered colour story.

Vintage Desk in Chalk Paint™Graphite, Coco, and Pure White Chalk Paint™ with Clear Soft Wax


The new Annie Sloan Stencil Collection comes in 21 different patterns and styles. With Chalk Paint™ I have never had so much fun or be so inspired to use stencils - so many options of finishes and styles and with a fast drying paint it's fast and creative. A little or allot. Soft colours or bold. And on any surface! - ie fabric pillows or dining seats, concrete garden pavers and pots, furniture, floors, ceilings, cabinets and walls.  

Here are the three for a Coastal Themes:  SAND DOLLAR, CORAL, AND FISH

Annie Sloan Stencil - Sand Dollar
I used Coral, my favourite, and becoming a best seller at Red Living. On this mirror frame (below right) I painted Old White "roughly" (slip slap) and stencilled with Coco - fading happens when you continue to stencil without putting more paint on the bush - so easy with Chalk Paint™ - a really light sanding reveals the brush-marks and weathers this pattern to perfection. This colour combination inspired by sea shells.

Annie Sloan Stencils

Vintage Alphabet Stencil Set - Although not Annie Sloan, this is another stencil to share with you that I know will get you creative with words. Signs, borders, monograms and ... learning the A B C's.  Here it is used on Pure White painted plywood with Greek Blue.  ... there are many coastal inspiring words, but here Oyster celebrates our world famous local resource harvested here in the Comox Valley.

 Vintage Letter Stencil at Red Living                          Coastal Inspired Lighting Available at Red Living                                                                   

..... And you may have spotted some intriguing lighting in this shoot that is perfect for a Costal relaxed home. This Rope Cord set is 15" long with a plug and switch on the end. Wrap it around a beam or wall bracket and add light to wherever. You could add a shade or pendant or left with just our new Edison bulbs. A single one or hang multiples in a cluster or row. Creative lighting right? Here I hung a vintage ore on wire and looped the rope around (simple adjustable hight).                     



15' Rope Cord Light Kit and 60w Edison Bulb in store at Red Living.



 This Caged Glass and weathered wood Pendant comes in 2 sizes. Looks great hanging single or many hung at different lengths. Fit for a Sea-Side Fisherman's Cottage. And made extra perfect with the New Edison Bulb.

With Rope and Glass and The Colours of Sand, Wood, Rock, and  Ocean in a Weathered finish - and of course a few great Vintage Finds ...

 Go Coastal with Red Living. 

Creative Regards,

Tony @ Red Living




  • David Freeman

    Tony, looks great. It gives me enthusiasm to finally get painting in our house. Thanks…..

  • Maggi Ksander

    Tony Dahling, you are
    ruly a genius and a true artiste…It all looks so amazing…and I love this page….so beautiful…miss you sweetie big big hugs xxxxxxxx

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