We are always happy to offer expert advice on all framing and painting matters and of course we welcome browsers. So if you are in the area, pop-in, we'd love to see you.
Welcome to our family-run shop based in the beautiful town of Thornbury on the north side of Bristol in South Gloucestershire.
We specialise in picture framing, gifts, homewares and are official stockists of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™.
In our shop you’ll find hundreds of great gift ideas. Lots for her, a few for him and plenty for yourself. We’ve got home furnishings, candles, furniture, frames, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™, seasonal decorations and plenty of quirky greetings cards too.
We try our best to stock as many items made by local crafters as we can and we also stock a wealth of beautiful products by the likes of Gisela Graham, Nkuku, St Eval Candle Company and Tweedmill Textiles.
We offer a really comprehensive and customised framing service. We have thousands of mouldings to choose from and specialise in hand-painting and staining bare-wood mouldings exactly as you want them, often in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™.
We have various glass options including conservation grade UV water white anti-reflective. (In other words, invisible glass).
We’ll happily frame a single 6x4” photo or jumbo sized paintings for extensive exhibitions. Most importantly we are happy to offer advice without obligation.
New version of water white (invisible glass) available soon. It will look the same but it will be less of a diva, i.e. easier to clean.
We now have large gold ornate frames available to rent as a prop for wedding/party photo booths.
We are fully stocked up for the New Year with our ready-made frames. There are so many different styles and sizes to suit.
Don't forget about any of those framing jobs you put off before the Christmas rush, Richard will happily discuss your framing options and get you in that cue!
Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan really is as good as it sounds. We are always happy to offer advice and we sell pretty much all of the associated Annie Sloan products. Waxes, brushes, tester pots, brass and silver leaf, gold size, craqeleur sets, fabric and the Annie Sloan book range.
We also run the introductory and more advanced workshops. See our Workshops page for details.
We now stock the new size Annie Sloan wax in both clear and dark. They are great for small projects and popping in your handbag if you need to do a decorative job on the run.
Annie Sloan's new book is now in stock at Surroundings. 'Room Recipes for Style and Colour'is the stunning hardback, full of inspirational interiors
Our latest workshop dates are available in the Workshop section. Drop us a line to be added to our email mailing list.
New stencil range now in stock too. See the news page for pics.
If you've undertaken an interesting Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ project we'd love to know. Send us photos and details of what you did and we'll put them on our News page.
Chalk Paint™ is a unique decorative paint developed by Annie Sloan in 33 decorative and historical colours made specifically for painting furniture, painting floors, and for giving walls a completely matt, velvety finish.
Chalk Paint™ sticks to just about any surface... wood, concrete, metal, matt plastic, earthenware and much more, inside and outside the home. It dries fast too so you can add second or third coats quickly, and start enjoying your revitalised walls, floors and furniture sooner. Gorgeous results have never been so simple and straightforward.
As an official Annie Sloan Stockist we are lucky enough to be able to run the Chalk Paint™ workshops. We run our introductory workshop in two halves, part 1 and part 2. Part 1 covers painting and waxing whilst part 2 covers the more decorative art techniques of gold and silver leafing, stencilling, decoupage and crackle glazing with the Annie Sloan craqeleur sets.
Both of these workshops are 3 hours long and are held at the Chantry in Thornbury. We also run other more advanced painting workshops which are detailed on the news page but the best way to find out all the latest news is to join our mailing list by sending us a request via email.
Richard at Surroundings does drawings. He almost exclusively draws buildings, in all their wonderful forms and in two distinct styles. Highly detailed architectural pencil studies and stylised marker pen and paint sketches.
He has a range of cards and prints called ‘Venues’ and has most recently been working on limited edition prints of his beloved hometown of Thornbury. The latest two prints are entitled ‘Thornbury High Street’ and ‘Thornbury, 140 Buildings’. He also takes commissions, as long as they are of buildings!