She Makes a Home is a lifestyle blog for those who live, play, and work at home.

My name is Ashley Pahl, and I am a self-taught painter, portrait artist, and a former stationery designer. I started this site in January 2008, shortly after founding my handmade paper goods business. I wanted to document the experience of starting a home-based business, and empower others who wanted to do the same.

Over the years I have had my work featured at Terrain, an Urban Outfitters company; The Lansing Art Gallery; and numerous other independent stores and galleries around the world. I have been featured in design books such as I Heart Stationery by Charlotte Rivers and The Sweet Spot Style Guide by Desha Peacock; Simply Handmade Magazine; and websites such as Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, Decor8, Babble.com, and more. I have also created exclusive designs for The Etsy Blog and Bizarr Verlag. Read more on my Press page.

I live in East Lansing, Michigan with my husband, two children, and two young and crazy cats.

I've also created an online winter holiday magazine - Snowed In, which received a shout-out from Apartment Therapy!

News for 2015: It's very exciting! I am currently contributing to a handmade stationery book, currently in production. Title and publishing date TBA.


Affordable advertising is available for independent businesses and blogs. Please visit the advertising page for rates and more information.

Looking to partner with She Makes a Home? She Makes a Home has worked with brands such as Hamilton Beach, Home Depot, eShakti, and more. For inquiries, please email Ashley at hello@AshleyPahl.com.


You can email me at hello@AshleyPahl.com, or find more ways to keep in touch here.

Best Wishes, 

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