Meeting Annie Sloan {Apple Box Design Studio™}

I was so thrilled to be one of the lucky people to receive an invitation to the Launch Party of the Apple Box Design Studio in St. Albert, Alberta last night. Leanne Playter is the Chief Reimaginer of this spacious new studio along with her beautiful little boutique in the historic Edmonton Highlands neighborhood.

Leanne's special guest for the evening was the one and only Annie Sloan!

The Interior Frugalista and Annie Sloan
She is my Rock Star of the paint world and I almost pee'd my pants when I met her. Can you tell by my facial expression that I'm trying hard to restrain from jumping up and down for joy. She is so incredibly down-to-earth and friendly and I just love her energy and business credo!

Meet Leanne, the owner of Apple Box Design Studio (on the right) - I just love her funky blue highlights! That's moi on the left holding the glass of wine (no surprise). Sorry for the poor quality of this photo - Mr. Frugalista took it with his iPhone and he hadn't dug into the delicious bites yet (like I did) so I think he was a little shaky.

The Interior Frugalista and Leanne Playter

Here is Annie Sloan signing my book *pinch* "she signed my book" *pinch again* and she liked my business name.
Annie Sloan autographing her book for The Interior Frugalista

They had the Chalk Paint™ Colour Cards available.  I urge anyone who paints with chalk paint to get one of these babies. Okay, I also had to shamelessly show off the autograph!

Here she is in action! She was so gracious in answering the numerous questions from the guests.  I so wanted to ask her a question about dark wax but being the shy gal that I am, I chickened out.  Leanne, I'm coming to pick your brain one afternoon *wink*.
Annie Sloan in action doing a demo at Apple Box Design Studio™

This is a little peak of the Apple Box Design Studio. They specialize in furniture redesign, sales and rentals, custom furniture painting, design consultations and creative workshops. They are the only retailers in the Edmonton area of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™. They also carry Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint and Homestead House Milk Paint. They have amazing stencils, fabrics, home décor, and specialty painting supplies available too.
The Design Studio's launch party is on Saturday, October 19th between 12:00 - 5:00 pm. I urge anyone in the Edmonton area to go check it out. You'll love Leanne and her staff!
Apple Box Design Studio™, St. Albert, Alberta

I wanted to give Leanne a congratulatory gift and decided it must be handmade using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ (Old White and Versailles) and so here is what I gave her. I hope she likes it! Although I realized this morning when looking at the cards she handed out that I used the wrong color on "Design Studio". Leanne, I would be more than happy to change the color for you!
Congratulatory gift for the Apple Box Design Studio™

So to Leanne and her staff...CONGRATULATIONS and thanks for an awesome evening!

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