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Annie Sloan



Oxford’s own Annie Sloan – fine artist, paint-maker, colour expert, entrepreneur, and author – has opened her archives for OX Homes. For this issue, Annie tells us more about her commitment to sustainability and what to be aware of when buying paint to use at home. 

I think we’re all realising that sustainability is complex, and there isn’t a solve-all solution to reducing the impact of the paint industry on the environment. So, I always want to be open and honest about the numerous, ever-evolving practices involved in making my paints the best they can be – for you and for the planet. Both as an individual and as Annie Sloan Interiors the company, I am committed to reducing my environmental impact. I’ve designed and manufactured my range of paints to give you the utmost confidence in pigment-rich colours, unparalleled coverage, and environmental considerations. 

Some companies use terms like ‘eco-friendly’ or ‘green’ but these are often just marketing claims used to entice customers. I’ve chosen to only use statements that can be proven, like I’m committed to sustainable and local manufacturing: my Chalk PaintTM, Satin Paint and Wall Paint is all made at our on-site factory at Annie Sloan HQ in Oxford.   

Did you know that paints are rated for their impact on air quality? Annie Sloan Chalk PaintTM and Satin Paint both have an A+ EU indoor rating (the best possible) and my Wall Paint has an A EU indoor rating. This means that none of them will affect the air quality inside your home, and they’re certified toy-safe, meaning they’ve been independently tested according to strict European regulations (EN71-3) and found to contain no materials toxic to children. All my paints are water-based; they use water as the primary ‘solvent’, which is considered more eco-friendly. The drying time is less; there is less odour; and cleaning up is a lot more straightforward as it doesn’t require chemical-based cleaning – you can rinse your brushes in soapy water after using my paints, you won’t need smelly white spirit or any other potentially hazardous brush cleaner.  

Any paint you’re using in your home should ideally be classed as low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds). VOCs are essential solvents, emitted as vapours, and are present in lots of things we might have in our homes – from deodorants to carpets. My Chalk and Satin paints have what is classified as minimal level (less than 0.1 - 0.29%) and as of May 2022, thanks to some clever developing, my Wall Paint has only trace amounts, which is less than 0.1% of VOC. Any company claiming to have zero VOCs in their paints is essentially making a false claim. According to the British Coatings Federation, “it’s impossible to ensure that every batch of paint is completely free of VOCs [as even water can contain trace amounts of VOCs]”. 

Another claim I’m proud to make is that my paints make it easy to upcycle or refresh tired or worn furniture and so save these pieces from landfill. This helps reduce consumption which has a dramatic effect on your carbon footprint. Refreshing and rejuvenating your furniture is an eco-conscious practice. So, thank you, for choosing to reuse and re-love the furniture you already own, using my no-fuss paint to do so. And, as technology develops, I’m ensuring both me as an individual and Annie Sloan Interiors as a company are at the forefront of planet-friendly paint production. 


Our tins are 100%, and infinitely, recyclable, meaning there’s no end to the amount of times they can be recycled. I think they’re rather beautiful though, so why not reuse them? From storing paint brushes to plants, or pencils, pegs, and garden tools, there’s endless possibilities. Perhaps even give your Annie Sloan tins a lick of paint themselves! Simply paint in the Chalk Paint™ colour of your choice and use it as the perfect storage solution. 

If you decide not to hold onto your used tins, they can be recycled in your household recycling or local recycling centre as long as they are empty or at least dry. Metal paint tins can be recycled in your household recycling, or at your nearest recycling centre. Check information from your local council first, but as long as there’s no more than 1cm paint you should be fine. 


New build houses
Thu 18 Jul 2024

Congratulations! Buying a new home is such an exciting moment. Whether it is your very first home or you are upgrading your current property for something a bit nicer, there is no feeling like it. New build homes are such a great investment. Not only are they brand new for your family but you can feel confident that they have been designed with the future in mind. Many properties come with eco-friendly features which are great for safeguarding your family. Financing a new home can be a bit of a minefield. Let’s take a look at how you could buy your new home as well as some things to look out for along the way. Mortgage Mortgages are the most common financing option when buying a home. Buyers of new builds can benefit from mortgages designed for the intricacies of the new build process. Lenders may be a lot more critical when looking at your application as there is less security for them with a new build. As construction timelines can be subject to delays and issues, be sure to keep in touch with your lender and see if you can extend your mortgage in principal agreement. You may be able to get some help with buying a new build home. If you are a first-time buyer, look into whether you are eligible for a discount under the First Homes Scheme. Incentives from builders It is in the best interest of building developers to sell their new homes, so some may offer you incentives. You may be offered cash towards your deposit which will be transferred to your solicitor on completion. If you do take advantage of this, remember to inform your mortgage lender. For people who have already purchased a home, developers may be able to help you sell your old house. A developer-assisted sale is one where they will aid you with independent valuations, appropriate deals or the actual sale. This is often free, and they may pay for your estate agency fees. Hidden costs Buying a house can come with hidden costs such as stamp duty and moving costs. Delays in the construction of your new build can often be costly too. When thinking about your moving budget, it is wise to incorporate a buffer zone for additional expenses. Advice The home-buying process is not a straightforward one, so seeking help from professionals is prudent. A lot of the process includes legal intricacies which will be beyond your capabilities. Mortgage brokers, for example, will be invaluable when it comes to getting you a mortgage in principle that works for your situation. Not only will you be able to get the best deal and save money, but a broker will save you so much time. Instructing a firm of solicitors will also be worth the expense. They can do land searches, deed transfers and keep everything above board for you going forward.

Endellion Lycett Green - you drifted by
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This summer the Laura Lopes Gallery presents works by botanical artist Endellion Lycett Green in the Tithe Barn at Thyme. Through her art, Lycett Green pays testament to the inspiration she finds in the natural world.

Lydia Millen
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Urban winner   Danny Kidby Hunter
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Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) has opened its annual nature photography competition for 2024 with new categories and prizes.