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Annie Sloan with Charleston

Charleston has been a site of creativity ever since 1916, when it became the home of Bloomsbury group artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, and the House continues to inspire people to bring art into their lives and homes.

In keeping with the original spirit of Charleston, we run a varied programme of creative workshops, our shop is full of beautiful pieces designed by artists and makers with personal connections to the House, and we love seeing of your Bloomsbury-inspired interior design when you share it with us.

It is a real joy to see the enthusiasm of our visitors and friends when it comes to creating their own pieces, and we are thrilled to be stocking a range of Annie Sloan with Charleston paints that will give people another way to decorate their furniture.

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Two new textiles

Darren Clarke blogs about the the historic origins of our new fabrics, White by Vanessa Bell and Clouds by Duncan Grant.

If the radical nature of Vanessa Bell’s work is ever questioned, just point the doubter in the direction of White, her fabric design from 1913 for the Omega Workshops. A more graphic depiction of the new ethos of Bloomsbury living could not be found. The spidery and wilful geometric grid holds the design together, whilst blobs of colour dance on the surface.

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