About Me


I’m designer Rachel Shingleton and I’ve never met a color I didn’t love. At Pencil Shavings Studio, I write about how to integrate color and style into the everyday, and I also design a line of paper goods, home decor, and tech goods for my shop. Picked as Better Homes & Garden’s Editor’s choice for top decor blog, I’ve also started to contribute to the Style Spotters on a regular basis to help you learn how to get the look you’re wanting in your home.


Born and raised in Oklahoma City with an unfortunate haircut, I survived high school to attend Pepperdine University where I was introduced to graphic design. Before it was called blogging, I started my own site where I wrote about my daily life in California for all my family at home in OKC and quickly fell in love with the daily routine of writing and designing. After returning home to attend the University of Oklahoma’s visual communications program, I proudly graduated in 2004 with a BFA  in visual communications. During the summers, I studied with various programs in France including Parsons Paris, La Sorbonne, and the Paris American Academy.  In 2005, Simon and I were married and I figured it was as good a time as any to launch my freelance studio.  Baby Jude was born in 2007, and Pencil Shavings as it is today was born in 2008.  In all my free time (HAAAA), I love dragging  Simon and Jude to J.Crew to stalk the sale section.

Read more here about how Pencil Shavings got started.



PSS has been named one of Better Homes & Gardens’ top 5 decorating blogs, and was featured in Design Mom’s Living with Kids tours.  Better Homes and Gardens also featured our home in an online tour in 2013. Named as  one of TLC’s 5 Can’t miss Mom Style blogs, the shop was included in the Top 8 Etsy Shops About to Blow up by Complex. I’ve been thrilled to be interviewed at Smart Creative Women along with an inspiring group of creatives. You can also see features on  several interior design DIYs, parties, and projects at DomaineApartment TherapyOhdeedohSara’s Party Perfect, and CafeMom.

In the four years of running the shop, my highlights include collaborating with national retailer The Limited on a special capsule collection of iPhone cases in  summer of 2012 as well as a special line of lucite trays for Jess LC that fall. Late in 2012,  Nordstrom released a selection of Pencil Shavings Studio designs for iPhone as well that coincided ever-so-fortuitously with the launch of the iPhone 5. Early adopters everywhere rejoiced.

Pencil Shavings Studio products have been featured in HGTV Magazine, Southern Living, Country Living, RealSimple, Sweet Paul magazine,  Rue MagazineDesignSponge, 20 Something Magazine, and more.

Love to go to conferences? Me too! I’ve also had the privilege of speaking at a few events including Altitude SummitStationery Academy, and AH Inspired.


Maybe you’re here because you have ulcerative colitis and you’d like to learn more about my experience with UC and subsequent J-pouch surgery at the Mayo Clinic.  I’ve had the privilege of connecting with lots of other UC patients and built friendships with girls all across the country who are considering surgery. . Click here to see my page on UC. Got questions? I’d love to hear from you!


Interested in sponsorship opportunities with Pencil Shavings Studio?  Fabulous! We’ve got a delightful community of cheerful readers who love fashion, style, DIY projects, and home decor. They’re as crazy about color and style as I am – in fact, they love it so much that our readership has doubled in the past 8 months alone.

At Pencil Shavings Studio, we’ve happily partnered with  The Land of NodThe Limited, Jess LC, and other companies with great results. Historically we see a much greater ROI for creative partnerships that get beyond basic sidebar sponsorship or reviews. We’re interested in creating something really fantastic and inspiring, and so are the businesses we partner with – beautiful images, jaw-dropping content, and a shared joy for creating beauty everywhere. The content of my posts or pins are all items, things, and experiences I genuinely like and will only work with affiliates that fit my aesthetic and brand.

  1.   A similar love for color, pattern, and style.
  2.   Brands who want to create something amazing together — beyond just the standard “sponsorship” post. Let’s shake it up!
  3.   Collaborations with brands in a complimentary industry.
  4.   Event planners, movers-and-shakers, and generally fun, cool people.
  5.   Long-lasting partnerships
  1.   text links
  2.   guest posts of any kind
  3.   product reviews

All posts are amplified via social media including InstagramPinterestFacebook, and Twitter. Sidebar space available as well.

Sound like fun? We think so too! Email me at rachel(at)pencilshavingsstudio(dot)com for our in-depth media kit and info on pricing. Let’s get the party started!