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Thank you!

Thank you!

"Carrie, along with all the staff at The Passionate Home would like to thank their customers, as well as the readers of the Langley Times for considering them as one of the top three finalists in three great categories!

'We are honoured, grateful and truly appreciative of your recognition!'"

Thanks also to the Langley Times for holding this fun and supportive event!

Langley Times Readers' Choice Specialty Furniture Store            Langley Times Readers' Choice Award Gift Store             Langley Times Readers' Choice Award Home Decor

 

A Trip to The Passionate Home by Anne Shetty

A wonderful interview from Vancouver blogger, Anne Shetty on August 12, 2014

 This is a post for the Anne and Annie Series.

This is my kind of Disneyland!  I am so glad I get to visit the store! At last! Thanks to my hubby who took me with him as he spoke at a meetup in Langley. And then, watched the kids for some ‘me’ time.. Hooray!

How did I find about The Passionate Home?

Before I even met Annie Sloan (just online.. lol), I developed a liking on upcycled, refurbished, reclaimed and repainted furniture so I’ve been looking at those on Pinterest, where I found the works of another blogger Kristy of the 4 The Love of Wood.  I was so happy to know that she is not too far!! The Passionate Home and Kristy are both from Langley, BC! Instantly, I know I wanted to meet them and see the store, ask them questions and know their stories. Kristy did a blog post about the store display of books she did for them.  Her photos mainly show the books but, my goodness.. it’s like a teaser! It made me want to see the whole store.. and finally, last Thursday, I did!

When I found about Annie Sloan (you can read the story in the beginning of this series), I learned that her paint, Chalk Paint® is only carried by select stockists.  I excitedly looked if there is one in Vancouver and luckily, there were even 2! The Passionate Home in Langley and Filmgo (which I have featured last June) in East Vancouver. How lucky are we here to have 2 stockists?!  Since then, I made it a goal to know about them. And I think, wherever I’ll go.. I would love to visit and chat with another stockist, see their shop and most of all know their story.

The Passionate Home has been in Downtown Langley for 8 years!  

Wow! Isn’t that amazing?! For me, she is living the dream! Doing what she loves, passionate about her craft and sharing it with others through her workshops! So, how did it all start for Carrie? She was doing daycare at the time when a mom handed her a tea table and asked if she can paint it for her daughter.. so, she did.. and that’s how it all started.  Little did she know that this is something she would enjoy doing.  She painted and painted until her garage is full of painted furniture! I can just imagine how much fun she is having to fill up her entire garage.  Then.. it is time to sell them.. She took them to White Rock and people are asking when she’ll be selling them again and thus, The Passionate Home is born!

Here’s my interview with Carrie about it’s history, the items they carry at the store, workshops and about Chalk Paint®.

 

 Inside The Passionate Home

For reclaimed furniture and vintage lovers, this is a must see!! And for those who wants to try painting furniture, this is a place where you get inspired (and get your paint of course)! I am sure you’ll be just as mesmerized like I was.  I can just keep walking and strolling all over the store for hours and hours for ideas and inspiration.  I definitely will be back for a girl’s day out with friends! The store is filled with one of a kind finds, a treasure indeed! The store also boasts items from local crafters like jewelry, soap and more, which I really like (let’s support local!). And of course, they carry Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan, paint brushes, her books, and most likely anything and everything you need to start painting. As a matter of fact, they are the first Annie Sloan stockist in all of BC!

The Passionate Home also offers great and interesting workshops too!

From Annie Sloan beginner classes, to upholstery (Yes! Yes! Yes!) and sign making, they got it all for you!

And of course, they have the Annie Sloan corner with all the paint, brushes and books!

Where to find them?

The Passionate Home is located in the quaint McBurney Lane area of Downtown Langley, British Columbia20506 Fraser Hwy, Langley, BC V3A  4G2. You can give them a call at (604) 532-5931 for any inquiries.

You can also visit their website and order Chalk Paint® online at ThePassionateHome.com

Make sure you check their Facebook page for inspiration, updates, and promos! By the way, its inspiration month at The Passionate home this month and you get 10% off every can of paint you buy!

I hope you enjoyed this feature as much as I did!  Looking forward to more painting projects and inspiration!

Have you been wanting to try Chalk Paint®? Or have tried it? Share it and let’s all be inspired! Head over to the YVR Artisans group and share your work!

Share Art, Live Art, Be Art!

Anne

Langley Today | The Passionate Home Makes Air Waves

As seen on Langley Today on April 8, 2014

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In this age of DIY where TV personalities show us how to renovate and redecorate, where how-to books fill the shelves, and you can learn how to rewire the lights or fix the kitchen sink simply by watching a YouTube video, Carrie Thachuk, owner of The Passionate Home, has taken to the radio waves to give advice and share her tips on how to recreate those expensive looks all on your own.

“I have always been passionate about DIY,” states Thachuk. “It’s the reason I opened The Passionate Home. When we became Western Canada’s first stockist of Chalk Paint™decorative paint by Annie Sloan, refinishing virtually anything from a metal lawn chair to a solid wood buffet became that much easier.”

With over two years of experience learning the ins and outs of working with Chalk Paint™ under her belt, Thachuk loves to share her wealth of knowledge with the DIY community. “Sometimes starting out can be a little intimidating,” says Thachuk. “I want to help people get past that fear and experience the satisfaction that comes from creating something all on your own.”

In 2011, Thachuk and store manager, Elinor Hanschke, became British Columbia’s first certified Chalk Paint™ workshop instructors, and the duo began teaching workshops for Chalk Paint™ beginners in early 2012. “Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan is more than just paint,” reflects Hanschke, “It is a community of people learning together and inspiring others to create a space that is a true reflection of who they are. The possibilities with Chalk Paint™ are endless.”

With their classes regularly filling up weeks in advance, The Passionate Home has taken to the air waves and joined Tom Lucas, host of the Radio Real Estate Show on AM650. Airing every Saturday morning between 10am-11am, the show discusses all things real estate. With topics ranging from buying and selling your home to mortgages and financing, Carrie will add to the lineup by sharing her DIY tips and the answers to the questions they are most frequently asked in the store during a two to three minute segment each week.

After just a few minutes of listening to Thachuk over the radio waves, you’ll be inspired by her enthusiasm and you will find yourself scouring your home or your local thrift store for the perfect piece to refinish.

Established in 2003 and born from a love of breathing new life into old pieces, Carrie Thachuk and The Passionate Home provide clientele a whimsical mix of old and new. Follow Carrie’s design adventures through her blog at www.thepassionatehome.com or through their Facebook page.
Reclaim. Restyle. Redecorate.

April 3, 2014 - DIY Expert Heard on Radio

As seen in The Langley Advance on April 3, 2014 by Roxanne Hooper

Speaking of McBurney Plaza, there’s some cool news about Passionate Home owner Carrie Thachuk. Her talents refurbishing furniture and decorating has earned her a weekly spot on the air waves – however brief. 

In this age of DIY, where TV personalities show us how to renovate and redecorate, where how-to-books fill the shelves, and people can learn how to rewire the lights or fix the kitchen sink simply by watching a YouTube video, Thachuk is excited to announce she’ll be sharing advise and tips on how to recreate those expensive looks all on their own via 650AM.

“I have always been passionate about DIY,” Thachuk said. “It’s the reason I opened the Passionate Home.”

The company grew out of her passion for breathing new life into old pieces, and given that talent and her distinction as a chalk painting expert, Thachuk is going to be joining Tom Lucas, the host of Radio Real Estate Show, every Saturday morning between 10 and 11 a.m.

The show discusses all things real estate, including topics such as buying and sharing her DIY tips and answering questions. And for only two or three minutes during each of the weekend shows, Thachuk will be inspiring and encouraging people to scour their homes and local thrift stores and garage sales for those perfect pieces to refinish.

“Sometimes starting out can be a little intimidating,” she said. “I want to help people get past that fear and experience the satisfaction that comes from creating something all on your own.”

Check Thachuk on the air waves this Saturday, or visit her store in McBurney Lane in downtown Langley City.

 

The Passionate Home Makes Radio Waves

For Immediate Release, March 31, 2014

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Langley, BC: In this age of DIY where TV personalities show us how to renovate and redecorate, where how-to books fill the shelves, and you can learn how to rewire the lights or fix the kitchen sink simply by watching a YouTube video, Carrie Thachuk, owner of The Passionate Home, has taken to the radio waves to give advice and share her tips on how to recreate those expensive looks all on your own.

“I have always been passionate about DIY,” states Thachuk. “It’s the reason I opened The Passionate Home. When we became Western Canada’s first stockist of Chalk Paint™decorative paint by Annie Sloan, refinishing virtually anything from a metal lawn chair to a solid wood buffet became that much easier.”

With over two years of experience learning the ins and outs of working with Chalk Paint™ under her belt, Thachuk loves to share her wealth of knowledge with the DIY community. “Sometimes starting out can be a little intimidating,” says Thachuk. “I want to help people get past that fear and experience the satisfaction that comes from creating something all on your own.”

In 2011, Thachuk and store manager, Elinor Hanschke, became British Columbia’s first certified Chalk Paint™ workshop instructors, and the duo began teaching workshops for Chalk Paint™ beginners in early 2012. “Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan is more than just paint,” reflects Hanschke, “It is a community of people learning together and inspiring others to create a space that is a true reflection of who they are. The possibilities with Chalk Paint™ are endless.”

With their classes regularly filling up weeks in advance, The Passionate Home has taken to the air waves and joined Tom Lucas, host of the Radio Real Estate Show on AM650. Airing every Saturday morning between 10am-11am, the show discusses all things real estate. With topics ranging from buying and selling your home to mortgages and financing, Carrie will add to the lineup by sharing her DIY tips and the answers to the questions they are most frequently asked in the store during a two to three minute segment each week.

After just a few minutes of listening to Thachuk over the radio waves, you’ll be inspired by her enthusiasm and you will find yourself scouring your home or your local thrift store for the perfect piece to refinish.

Established in 2003 and born from a love of breathing new life into old pieces, Carrie Thachuk and The Passionate Home provide clientele a whimsical mix of old and new. Follow Carrie’s design adventures through her blog at www.thepassionatehome.com or through their Facebook page.

Reclaim. Restyle. Redecorate.
Inspiring design for those with an eclectic sense of style.

Media Contact:

Maryanne Lechleiter
Urban Life Media
Tel: 604.510.5456
maryanne@urbanlifemedia.ca

October 11, 2013 - The Langley Times

Langley Store Owner Has a Real Passionate for Paint

As seen on the Langley Times website
By Brenda Anderson
Published October 11, 2013

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Carrie Thachuk has a passion for paint. The evidence is everywhere inside her downtown Langley City store.

Step into The Passionate Home, and you enter a maze of bed frames and bureaus, tables and chairs — all of it repurposed furniture, all of it painted and most of it distressed to give that much desired 'shabby chic' look.

What's unusual, is that many of these "reclaimed and restyled" pieces have been refinished in a unique type of paint — one that draws customers from all across the Lower Mainland and the B.C. Interior to Thachuk's little store in McBurney Plaza.

Thachuk's is one of only five businesses in B.C. where Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint is sold.

In fact, the Langley merchant was the first 'stockist' north of the Canada-U.S. border and west of Ontario to carry the product.

And she has made the most of the opportunity by creating a prominent display on a large expanse of wall near the back of her store.

Next to a set of shelves stacked high with the small paint cans, wrapped in plain black and with labels, is a palette of the 30 available shades, laid out in uniform blocks.

But really, the colour options are infinite, depending on how you choose to mix them, notes Thachuk.

Created in England and introduced in 1990 by Sloan — a well known artist, designer and author of 23 design books— Chalk Paint has, in the last few years, gained a reputation as something of a wonder product, said Thachuk.

The paint is so named because it dries in a velvety matte finish, which can then be waxed to a subtle sheen

There is, in fact, no chalk in it, though Sloan isn't likely to tell you what it does contain,  other than the fact that it is organic and non-toxic.

It is also odourless and adheres to pretty much any surface you'd care to cover — including wood, metal, plastic, glass and fabric — with minimal preparation.

Until Thachuk began using the chalk paint, restoring furniture was a time-consuming, labour-intensive litany of prep work, painting, sanding and waxing.

But a visit to an outdoor market in Seattle a few years ago, changed that whole process.

While she was there, Thachuk watched a Chalk Paint demonstration.

"I had read about it and I was excited to see it in practise," she said.

A few inquiries and conversations later, Thachuk was offered the opportunity become the first merchant in Western Canada to stock the paint.

"I said I have to take it home and try it, first," she recalled.

From the first brush strokes, Thachuk said, it was evident the paint was something special.

Since that day, each time she pops the top off a can, she discovers new applications and techniques for the paint.

"Every time I do it, it's like another 'aha' moment," she said.

The same appears to be the case for her customers, Thachuk added.

"There's not enough time in the day to try everything people are discovering."

But if the goal is ease, as opposed to exploration, the paint offers that, too.

Thachuk finished an old buffet — one that had come in to her store painted to a high sheen — with a single coat of chalk paint and one coat of wax.

"It's more than a can of paint. There are so many possibilities — that's why we give workshops," she said.

Those seminars, offered monthly, are consistently booked up well in advance.

"It's changing not only customers' lives, but business owners', too," she said.

To stock a product that people will travel long distances to find, is every merchant's dream.

In a tough economy it has allowed her to not only survive, but grow her business, she said.

"I'm so lucky to have her paint. It's bringing people to Langley who've never been here," said Thachuk.

Sloan has been making Chalk Paint and selling it in the UK and parts of Europe for more than 20 years but, according to the designer, it's only since the advent of social media — Facebook and Pinterest — that the product has taken off in North America.

Blogs have played an enormous role in her success, as well.

People believe blogs, said Sloan — speaking over the phone from a Toronto hotel room last week —  because it's a friend's sister who is saying 'this is good paint,' not a paid advertisement.

Chalk paint is now manufactured in the U.S. as well as in London but with the Internet-fueled spike in demand both factories have been hard-pressed to keep up.

At the same time, it's not like they are trying to stock major big box retailers. Sloan has no interest in those.

Shops don't have to be pretty or quaint to sell Sloan's paint (though it helps, she chuckled), they just have to be small, locally owned ventures.

"I believe strongly in small local shops — that's how I see myself," she said.

"I started out selling in small local shops. They think it's the bees knees.

"They get really keen on it … and they're much more helpful to their customers.

"Carrie is going to say, 'You can do this and that.' She's well trained and knowledgeable."

As to why people seem to be embracing her invention, Sloan agrees with Thachuk that it is due in large part to the convenience.

"The first thing that captivates them is they don't have to prime, they don't have to sand. They can just get painting," said Sloan.

"You can put all your attention into being creative and you can get a project done in day, a half a day or a couple of hours."

Annie Sloan will be at the Vancouver Home & Design Show at B.C. Place, Oct. 19 and 20. She will refinish a couple of pieces of furniture and sign copies of her latest book, Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture and More.

The home show runs from Oct. 17-20. Admission is $15 for adults; $12 if tickets are purchased online. For complete admission pricing and other information, go to vancouverhomeanddesignshow.com.

The Passionate Home is located at 20506 Fraser Hwy. Call 604-532-5931 to register for a Chalk Paint workshop.

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