Ann grew up in Devizes Wiltshire, her family had run their own business and even though Ann never wanted to go into the family business she did however want to go into a business of her own (she just didn’t know what!). Ann learnt a lot of people skills, customer satisfaction and how to work hard.
Ann Said: “This has all lead me in good stead for my own business and dealing with people”
Ann later worked in the housing market for over 20 years before her today business ShabbyAnd became her dream and passion. As she never gave up on her childhood dream of someday having her own business.
Ann Said: “Not everyone can just come up with a business idea when they want to. Sometimes it’s those life experiences that lead you to what you truly know to be happy in what you do and to be truly passionate about it.” “After my family ShabbyAnd… has truly become my baby”.
Ann is married to David who is very supportive and helpful in the business with his carpentry skills. They live in an idyllic place called Mersea Island in Essex, with two of Ann’s children still at home. Son Grant 19 and daughter Louise 12. Also, the latest addition to the family is Teddy her cockapoo (which can be seen around Ann’s shop with her).
Ann is a self-confessed workaholic, who loves bringing a smile to her customers faces and nothing seems too much trouble for her.
Ann Said: “I love reading and learning new techniques and skills that I can pass on to others through my workshops”
Ann loves walking and sailing with her husband David he said: “She can be quite competitive when we are racing”
Ann is conscientious of the environment and chooses to work with paints that are low VOC and child safe.
Ann Said: “One of my biggest satisfactions in the job is saving all the old and unwanted furniture going into land fill by bring it back to life”
Ann is ambitious and taken her cottage home business that started in 2013 to two adjacent premises. She purchased the UK’s 1st self-tinting machine giving her the capability to mix paint on demand. This in turn entitled her to become an “Autentico Platinum Stockist” she teaches several workshops every month, has transformed thousands of pieces of furniture, transforms kitchens and other pieces of furniture for clients and runs an ecommerce side to the business. Ann employs two local people and does all this with a friendly personal touch.
In 2018 Ann intends to learn upholstery skills and further her interior design skills.
Ann has also been a finalist in a few awards, won three categories in the Trusted Supplier awards and had furniture appear on “Peter Andre 60 Minute Makeover”.
Ann Said: “I have had a couple of big highlights this year the first meeting “Debra Searle” and the real Biggy for me is OMG meeting the wonderful “Karen Brady”. Next year I will get to meet “Mary Portas and Sir Ranulph Fiennes. I can already feel the butterflies!”
“My proudest moment this year was converting part of our house into a self-contained Annex for a holiday let, I did all the design from layouts, where walls would be removed from and all lighting points etc, the overall finish was just perfect and we have such great reviews about the décor and feel of the place. Just makes me realise that I am good at interior design.”
Ann has become known as the Shabby Queen and has created a bit of fun with it by calling the team “Princess’s” and if you ever call the shop or place an order you will see more of this fun side.
Ann Said: “Life should be full of colour and never dull”Meet more of the team
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