Carrie Thachuk’s Passion Comes Through

Hear the story behind The Passionate Home from owner, Carrie Thachuk. Her passion, how she got started, and where she is now with a shop full of beautiful and unique antique and refinished home decor items, including Sid Dickens tiles, Lamps Berger and Chalk Paint™ Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan . Drop by The Passionate Home, located in the heart of Langley.



Sharing my Family Trip to Annie Sloan's Shop

Sharing my Family Trip to Annie Sloan's Shop

Come with me on a visual trip to Oxford England, and visit my friend, Annie Sloan…recently my family made the very long journey to London, England, found a map, found a bus and made our way to Annie Sloan’s shop. We followed a narrow road and came upon a small sign board simply stating: "The Annie Sloan Shop”. The outside of the building was painted completely white, which I later found out was due to the age of the building and it was in the process of getting a facelift and would soon be painted in Anties Green…Well of course it is! I took a deep breath and walked into this quaint space…walk with me.

She has a small room filled with bolts of all her beautiful fabrics, of most can be special ordered at The Passionate Home, so be sure to ask to see the fabric samples the next time you are in.

Did you know that we also carry the complete set of Annie Sloan's candles and diffusers, pictured above, named after all her paint colours!


Lets walk together into the back room of Annie Sloan's shop… does it not look so wonderful and just full of treasures?

WOW…check out all of Annie’s brushes, not sure about you but I was slightly jealous!

I took this photo for our home décor consultant Mark as he loves Florence and it looks like Annie does too!

Love how Annie bundles up all her end cuts of her beautiful fabrics. I had to bring some of these home for the girls!


Lets go upstairs…all painted in Annie Sloane colours, of course!


Picture of art on wall – It is art week here in Oxford WOW

Since no one was up here I tried out the desk…LOL

Back downstairs is a small room just filled with a rainbow of Chalk Paint™ colours. It is here that I first saw the white and black wax…soon to be arriving at The Passionate Home!!!


Across from the paint was this gorgeous display of brushes and rollers, that we do carry at The Passionate Home.


Annie had a mixing station for people to come in and mix their own colours, it is here that we left our mark!


My kids kept asking me how I was feeling being here at Annie’s shop where it all started and I really could not believe I was actually here and that in an hour we would be meeting with Annie in her warehouse…Thank you for joining me and stay tuned to Part 2 Annie's warehouse!

New Product Alert: DIY Pipe Shelving Kits

We are pleased to be carrying Vancouver Pipe Company DIY Pipe Shelving Kits in three smart styles!

Choose your shelf style and then your wooden board, and with a few easy instructions, you can assemble your own gorgeous and wall mounted shelf!

We have three affordable styles to choose from:

Meet Sir Donald:

Sir Donald. This bad boy is named after Lord Strathcona (Sir Donald A. Smith), who drove the last spike completing the first transcontinental railway. Simple with industrial settings, this multifunctional shelf is great for any room.

Sir Donald industrial shelf

Meet the Hastings:

Known in its time as the heart of Vancouver, Hasting Street had it all the top shops and restaurants. Likewise, the Hastings shelf is perfect for the heart of your home, displaying your most carefully curated objects du coeur.

Hastings industrial shelf

Meet the Trillium:

By far our most industrial looking shelf kit, Trillium Park is an ode the old railway yard that is now Trillium Park. This big boy offers double the shelf action and is perfect for your collection of small things.

Trillium industrial shelf

Vancouver Pipe Company is a local to Vancouver company and they also have their manufacturing in the Greater Vancouver area. The kits come with all the fixtures and the shelving boards are sold separately. Their assembly is very easy, and wall installation is easier than you might think!

The photo below is how Carrie stylized her shelf in her bathroom. We'd love to hear in the comments below how you've stylized yours!

Vancouver Pipe shelve In situ b

Tool Box Essentials Workshop with Duane Gonsalves from Out of Line

Duane Gonsalves out of line designs toolbox essentialsWe are pleased to be collaborating again with Duane Gonsalves from Out of Line Designs!Duane will be our guest teacher for our popular workshop, Tool Box Essentials.

Duane opened Out of Line Designs in 2010 and specializes in wood-based interior design and execution.  We think he's the perfect person to show us how to use all the tools needed to make the projects of our imaginings because he is a qualified builder and Interior Designer andan experienced instructor. His clear communication and co-creation approach to design makes him a dream to work with, as his clients –including Carrie– can attest.

Feel free to ogle his recent projects.

So whether you're a budding or experienced DIYer, this will be one of the most, if not the most, valuable workshop available –don't miss it! More information and registration is here.

Check out Duane's business video here.

Carrie and Duane have a long-standing collaborative relationship. Duane made the display cabinets for The Passionate Home. Take a peek of the mid-production video here:

If you spend time in Langley, you may have seen more of Duane's work at Forever Yours Lingerie.

If you have any questions about this workshop, please call the store, and let us know in the comments below which tool you've been dying to learn how to use!

What’s Blooming for Spring at The Passionate Home

Fraser Valley Women's Expo 2016 ContestWe are thrilled to be attending the Fraser Valley Women's Expo next month. We'll be giving lots of fun DIY demos and be on hand to answer any of your burning DIY questions!

We've also got 5 pairs of tickets to giveaway, so we're having a contest! Choose the Rafflecopter tasks below for entries. Some are one-time efforts, and some you can come back to do again each day for new entries.

Contest closes Friday, February 26 at midnight and we'll announce the winner on Friday so that winners have plenty of time to pick up their tickets at the store.  Good luck!

Enter to win tickets to the Fraser Valley Women's Expo

New Product Alert: Annie Sloan Mini Project Pack

We are thrilled to offer you Annie Sloan's Mini Project Pack! A perfect way to update your favourite piece of furniture, perhaps a bedside table or favourite chair. These packs are perfect for any small project; think stool, floating shelf, trunk. Each Mini Project Pack has 2 x 100ml of (your choice of colours!), and 100 ml covers approximately 1.3 square meters. Also included are 1 x 120ml of Clear Soft Wax, 1 x 120ml of Dark Soft Wax, and 1 x Small Pure Bristle Brush.

Available in store only.

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