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Monday, April 25, 2016


This weekend my little sister and I spent an afternoon at a local neighborhood home tour.  Seven homes in this neighborhood agreed to participate in a tour to benefit their fund to build new entrance signs (a great idea for a fund raiser!), and one of them just happened to be the home of designer and blogger Rachel from Pencil Shavings Studio.

She graciously allowed photographs, so I brought my camera along to share the tour with you.  Her entry got a makeover recently... wow!  What a statement!

The formal living room, complete with a pair or fabulous bamboo bookcases-

and a green velvet sofa on the other side!

The adjoining dining room is full of color yet still so fresh and crisp.

Several local florists were sponsors the event, providing gorgeous arrangements at each home.  I adore this color combo.

These fabulous pagoda towers were on loan from a local shop for the tour.  I told her they might need to stay at her house!  ;)  She agreed.

Darling breakfast nook that you're familiar with if you follow her on Instagram.

I missed snapping her cute kitchen and family room except for this little corner, but you can see those here.  She photographed that pineapple herself and turned it into a giant piece of artwork!

The upstairs bonus room/studio space was a feast for this color-lover's eyes!  Those yellow chairs...

and a perfect little window seat with fun pillows-

Big brother's fun room-

Little brother's sweet room-

We absolutely loved this giant Disneyland poster.  Rachel said she had always admired it and her husband purchased it for her birthday one year.

Sarah and I had such a fun afternoon!  We both enjoyed visiting with Rachel and soaking up every nook and cranny filled with bold eye candy in her home.  Be sure to check out her blog for more details and sources for items in her house.  We attended four more homes in the tour as well, and I'll share them with you one by one coming up soon.

By the way, I took all of the shots from this tour with my new(ish) wide angle lens (affiliate link).  It was perfect for capturing tight spots and I really enjoyed using it as a good all-around lens while shooting in a hurry.  Sometimes there is a slight distortion of the room when shooting interiors, but all in all I think it's a great little lens for the price.  Just in case you're in the market...

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Would you like to comment?

  1. Wow how fun is this for a fundraiser. Love that! And it's such a beautiful home

  2. What a gorgeous home Rachel has created. I agree about those pagoda towers, too ;) Can't wait to see more homes from the tour, Jennifer!

  3. What a fun and cheerful home. You must have been in heaven Jennifer, all those colorful spaces!! How fun for a day out with your sister.

  4. What a great home! Those pagoda towers look fabulous!

  5. YAY! So glad you guys came by - thank you!!

  6. Oh, I wish my neighbors were as stylish! I love that green velvet couch.

  7. OMG, I want everything in her house! THank you for the lovely tour ladies!

  8. That is SO cool! Her home is amazing!

  9. Love this! Of course I love all the color!

  10. So pretty! I love all the color too.


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