Little Corners: Pencil Shavings

Today Rachel Shingleton of Pencil Shavings is welcoming us into her colorful Oklahoma City home!

Color plays an enormous role in our home. When we first moved in, everything was in builder beige, and I felt myself cringing at how blah everything felt. Slowly I’ve painted room by room. I realized one day that I wanted my home to feel like an Easter egg: softly colored with eggshell texture. My favorite room in the house is our formal living room, painted in a Robin’s egg blue. My son’s artwork is framed in the corner, and I love the additional color it lends to the room.


Undoubtedly one of my favorite corners is my side of the bed in our pistachio green master bedroom. The ginger jar lamps were a find – a pair for $10 – at a local antique shop. Paired with new shades, they instantly pulled our room together. And, occasionally, it also works as a necklace display for those pieces too large to put in my jewelry box. On the wall hangs a mirror and two vintage Chinoiserie-inspired plates from my parents’ house.


Does this count as a corner? I was absolutely thrilled when we moved here 4 years ago to have a genuine entry. I think an entryway can be so crazy versatile. Right now, my vintage campaign desk (an eBay find!) lives here along with a lamp my husband gave me right before we got married. I love to switch up the items displayed – and of course, my subtly striped walls make me happier than a bird with a french fry!


Upstairs in my office, piles of colorful Alexander Girard pillows compete with the equally-bright Amy Butler patterns on this vintage French chair, another antique store find. Eventually I’d like to  recover this chair to go with the pink-and-grey/blue colorscheme I’ve got going in here, as seen by the pink lamp in the corner. 


Finally, another corner in our living room. Inspired by blogger Jenny Komenda at Little Green Notebook, I decided to make a skirted table. I love that it’s form and function – it hides a multitude of crafts/sins underneath it!  The plates on the wall are gifts from my husband over the years. The Chinoiserie-inspired pillow is Thomas Paul and the chair was from a Saks Fifth Avenue that went out of business. It was painted Pepto-Bismol pink and I spray painted it cream.

1 Comment
  • Amberly @ The Good Life

    May 25, 2012 at 8:59 am Reply

    What a cool home! I love the colorful artwork (Japan and the three on the wall in the first pic) and that ginger jar by her bed looks so cool with her necklaces on it – I thought that was a part of the lamp at first and totally wanted one!! Haha. I’m inspired to come up with a DIY!

    Have a good weekend Kelly!


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