Next up in our signature style series is Rachel Shingleton from Pencil Shavings Studio. Rachel is on a mission to “Banish the Beige” but installing pops of color into everything around her. We’ve fallen in love with her devotion to the bold. Here’s what Rachel has to say about her signature style.
EMc: Why do these photos show your signature style? What aspects really tell us who you are?
RS: My style is probably best describe my style as dressy casual. I want my things to get a lot of love and wear. So I might buy a pair of sequinned flats, but I’m going to wear them with everything from a cocktail dress to a pair of jeans and a tshirt. I don’t believe in saving things only for special occasions. I’m madly in love with color, pattern, and the way they interact with white (which is my neutral of choice) and I’m really interested in mixing and matching high and low items, both in interiors and in fashion.
EMc: How do you carry your signature style into all aspects of your life be it home decor, entertaining, or fashion?
RS: Color is a huge element of my signature style. In fashion, I like a pop of yellow (ha – could you tell from the inspiration pics?) be it in jewelry, a great bag, or shoes. And at home I’m having a major white moment – white paint is super inspiring to me right now, again, with pops of color through pillows, artwork, etc.
My goal at home is to create comfortable places for my kids to grow up in without sacrificing our own grown up sense of style. I think our interiors reflect that, along with a good dose of not taking ourselves too seriously. I want something that’s not too formal, but with a big dose of personality. I buy nice shoes, but I wear them hard. And likewise, I want to use my fine china for every day use because life’s too short not to use our nice things, you know? I’ve yet to do this often, if I’m being honest – but it drives me nuts to see it sitting in the cabinet without be loved daily.
EMc: What is your personal definition of “signature style”?
RS: Personal style to me is what makes me feel best at home with myself, be it through the clothes I wear or the things I surround myself with. It’s my own personality expressed visually.
EMc: Give us three words to describe you. Why did you choose these three words?
RS: Colorful, happy, fun: I’m naturally cheerful, and I get a lot of joy out of color, connecting with others, and doing fun things. I hope my kids remember me as this one day.
EMc: What are three of your most prized pieces that you think fully represent your signature style? This could be a piece of furniture, jewelry, art, etc.
RS: 1) Blue Prada handbag (a fab structured bag but in a great color that adds a little polish to basic outfits) 2) Green velvet tuxedo sofa that was from my Dad’s office. It’s currently needing a reupholstery job but I have big plans for it one day. The style is spot-on and transcends all trends. I adore that sofa. 3) My Suzy Landa delicate stacking diamond rings that my husband gave to me for our 10th anniversary. They’re so pretty and unusual, and the meaning behind them is everything to me. He’s a pretty amazing guy, my husband!
EMc: What is your best tip to encourage others to find and develop their own signature style?
RS: What do you gravitate to over and over again? There’s a reason you keep going back to it. Also look to things from your past with meaning associated to it. It’s hard for me to only pick three prized pieces; our home is filled with little things from my childhood or from my beloved grandmother’s home that were passed down to me. All these little layers and elements add up to signature style. At the end of the day, signature style is me feeling like my best self. So what is it about you that helps you feel your best?
If you adored the endless color provided to you by Rachel Shingleton, visit her online anytime!