LIVING ASKEW: Local business fosters a sustainable and non-toxic lifestyle

Living Askew is a small business in Kahibah that specialises in sustainable lifestyle options and non-toxic, hard-to-find paint products.

Owner and operator, Kathrin Askew told Newcastle Live that her passion lies in offering an alternative to the paint products usually found in big box chain stores including Annie Sloan Paint which is made in the United Kingdom.

“You don’t see ‘UK Made’ much these days,” Kathrin told Newcastle Live.

“What I love the most about her furniture chalk and satin paint is that anyone can transform any old piece of furniture into something new and exciting without sanding or priming them first.”

Sustainability is at the core of the Living Askew ethos including encouraging people to use non-toxic paint and showing them how to bring new life to old pieces.

“We have recently added a water-based wall paint to the range. It has the most beautiful colours that are non-toxic and have zero smell,” Kathrin said.

“Imagine painting a room and not having to deal with a toxic-smelling house. It’s Great for kids’ rooms and nurseries.”

Kathrin also regularly hosts small and intimate workshops at Living Askew which teach people to paint furniture, and rooms or learn how to decoupage and stencil.

You can find Living Askew at 59 Hexham Street in Kahiba. To get more information, check out the full range of products, or book a workshop visit