Easter 2014 Weekend

Lawrence McRae vase - www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Aaaaaaand yet again I have somehow completely managed to overlook the fact that J has no school from today until next Tuesday (ermm, Easter break, anyone???). It’s like all of a sudden the schoolyear has these potholes of days off right at the end. So.  A nice long Easter weekend for us.

Mini Lucite Trays for Mother's Day! www.psstudioshop.com

Speaking of holidays, Mother’s Day is approaching, so hop on the gift bandwagon now. The mini lucite trays are totally customizable and make the perfect present. We’re doing a lot of them as bridesmaids’ gifts and shower hostess presents, so convo us on Etsy for quantity discounts. Continue Reading →

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Pencil Shavings Studio Easter Eggs at Martha Stewart

Pencil Shavings Studio at Martha Stewart's Easter Egg contest - www.pencilshavingsstudio.com


Eek! I’m so excited to be chosen by the editors at MarthaStewart.com as one of the top picks for colorful Easter Eggs! Yippee!!  It’s kind of a complicated system for voting – you have to click through the entire slideshow to get to the link to vote. Regardless, I’m thrilled to be a part of it!


See the original post here with more photos of the Easter eggs.


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How to Decorate with Pastels

Decorating with Pastels - www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

With spring in the air, pastels start to pop up here and there. Here’s my handy dandy guide at BHG on how to decorate with these pretty shades while still staying chic.


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Designing for the sexes!


Several years ago there was a show on HGTV in which a very exuberant host would proudly proclaim with a broad hand gesture, “I’m Michael Payne and THIS is DESIGNING FOOOOR THE SEXES.” Then there would be a half hour where the husband wanted a man cave but the wife wanted a Victorian boudoir and Michael Payne would then help them discover that what they REALLY wanted was a contemporary retreat. It was marriage therapy disguised as a design show.

This is exactly where we are today when it comes to planning for the lake house.

Here’s the conversation we keep having on repeat: Continue Reading →

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