Marilyn & Melrose – Shabby Chic, Retro & Vintage Furniture and Gifts in Northumberland
Marilyn & Melrose has come about by accident, rather than design and we’re going to be opening really soon in Bow Alley Lane, Alnwick and will be selling all things Shabby Chic, Retro and Vintage to include furniture, gifts, one-off vintage finds and beautiful re-loved and hand-painted furniture.
We use the beautiful Chalk Paint™, decorative paint by Annie Sloan for all the furniture and also offer work shops so that you can learn the technique yourselves. We also accept commissions, if you don’t feel quite brave enough to tackle your own furniture.
The Chalk Paint™ is so special and an absolute joy to use. Annie Sloan says of the paint she created, “Painting with our paint should always be a pleasure”.
Annie Sloan developed her famous Chalk Paint™ in order to have a paint which would have many uses, from acting like limewash to looking like old painted furniture. She also wanted a good selection of colours that could be extended.
Also, just in case you are wondering about the shop name . . . Marilyn is my late mother and Melrose is my maternal Grandmother. The photograph to the left is one that has been very cleverly ‘photoshopped’ by our daughter, Bryony and shows both of them in passport photographs, both aged about 20 / 21 years old. My mother, in particular, was the driving force and inspiration for my love of art and actually getting creative and my Grandmother, well she was just wonderful, and was named after ‘Melrose’ in the Scottish Borders. It seemed fitting to include them in what is going to be a real family venture.
My husband Paul, both our daughters, Bryony and Laura and our son Nick are very involved and using their wonderful artistic talents.