Journal

Schoolhouse Art Studio: Heather Chontos

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Schoolhouse Art Studio: Heather Chontos

Spontaneous and intuitive, abstract expressionist painter Heather Chontos is a fierce creative force, wielding color and form to create stunning compositions on canvas."I find comfort in the unusual beauty of abstraction, there is an ambiguity and unwillingness to conform a structure of impulses, a certain request of my hand to perform." As a child, she experienced a year of temporary blindness caused by illness. Once her sight was restored, she began to experience the world and all its vibrant beauty and color in an entirely new way. An inspiring and gifted artist, we chatted with Heather about her technique, design influences, and the important role...

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Our Fall 2017 Collection

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Our Fall 2017 Collection

Settle in, it's time for Fall. Our new, hard-earned collection is here today and we're ready to celebrate. This season, above all, speaks to our spirit and love of the the outdoors. We're ready to soak in as much of the beauty as we can. Inspired by nature and life in the Pacific Northwest, we're proud to share this thoughtful new collection of heritage lighting, hardware, furniture and beautifully-crafted accessories for the home.  There's a lot to be excited about this year inside Schoolhouse. Our product and manufacturing teams have been hard at work on two brand new lighting lines: The...

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Designer Spotlight: Cortney Bishop

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Designer Spotlight: Cortney Bishop

A designer with a vision and the skills to pull off everything from party planning to custom furniture design and exterior builds, Southern interior designer Cortney Bishop is a wide-ranging talent with flair and cool to spare. Self-described “lighting obsessed” and infatuated with styles that run the gamut from minimalist to global, Cortney’s spaces are always polished and packed with energy. From hardware to light fixtures and everything in-between, it's clear she sweats the smallest details, never relying on a one-size-fits-all solution. Read our interview below to see her top Schoolhouse lighting picks and why she believes the key to good design lies in balance.  Describe...

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Away We Go: Fall 2017 Sneak Peek

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Away We Go: Fall 2017 Sneak Peek

Summer is coming to a close and our hearts are heavy in the Schoolhouse studio and factory this week as tens of thousands of acres of forests burn in our beloved Columbia Gorge and throughout Oregon. The sky is somber; hazy with wildfire smoke and an eerie dusting of ash all the way into Portland serves as a poignant memorial of the devastation at hand. We can only hope this damage will serve as a clear reminder of the impact we are capable of inflicting as humans and our collective responsibility to care for our natural habitat. Oregon's wild beauty has always inspired us, informing our...

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Schoolhouse Spaces: Tallulah's in Seattle

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Schoolhouse Spaces: Tallulah's in Seattle

Welcoming, cool and vintage-vibed, our latest Schoolhouse Space is an enticing neighborhood spot in the ever-buzzy Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. Opened in 2013 by The Derschang Group, a collective known for creating uniquely delectable city institutions, Tallulah’s continues to thrive and attract the hungry and thirsty en masse.  With a veggie-forward menu and drinks worth doubling down on, Tallulah’s serves up plenty of reasons to indulge. Paired with their mid-century modern interior, gorgeous Schoolhouse lighting, and healthy dose of 70’s style kitch, there’s no shortage of classic photo ops to capture while you dine. We had a chat with...

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Schoolhouse Living: Nursery & Kids Room

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Schoolhouse Living: Nursery & Kids Room

Designing spaces for the littlest ones in our lives is a true joy and privilege. While often not yet big enough to have their own sense of style, everyone, no matter their age, can benefit from and thrive living in thoughtful surroundings. The pieces we design and manufacture are specifically made to be timeless and memorable additions to your home and so we love to see Schoolhouse used in the rooms of your most special people.  (via @glacierfox) From modern-feeling nurseries to classic and joyful kid caves infused with vintage charm, we looked through our Schoolhouse Living Gallery to find a few sweet spaces...

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Schoolhouse How-To: Decorative LED Lighting

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Schoolhouse How-To: Decorative LED Lighting

As LED technology continues to blaze bright new trails in lighting, form has finally caught up to function in the shape of thoughtfully-designed integrated and decorative LED bulbs. Now you can easily enjoy the long-lasting, environmentally-friendly benefits that LED’s are known for without having to sacrifice style. Last month, Architectural Digest tapped Schoolhouse’s Director of Product Development Sarah Kirk to give her take on the decorative bulb trend. A strong advocate for LED-led innovation in home decor lighting, Kirk shared her thoughts on the array of design advantages now available in LED bulbs.  (Above: The Schoolhouse Luna Pendant Cord with 16" Shade includes a 100W equivalent LED bulb) "This...

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Designer Spotlight: Haley Weidenbaum

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Designer Spotlight: Haley Weidenbaum

A designer after our own hearts, Haley Weidenbaum knows a thing or two about mixing eras and styles, and blending the old with the new for an always-inspiring happy home feel. Based in Los Angeles but also a devoted traveler, she effortlessly infuses signature California-tinged cool with worldly-inspired accents. A longtime Homepolish designer and fan of both modern and traditional decor, Haley has been helping people create their dream homes one bright and stylish room at a time. She often uses Schoolhouse lighting and furniture in her interiors and throughout her own delightfully designed home. Below we chatted with Haley about her top tricks, favorite palettes...

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Solar Spectacle: The Cosmic Collection

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Solar Spectacle: The Cosmic Collection

We're coming up on one of the biggest solar spectacles in America in decades and since we're headquartered in Oregon, we'll be treated to some pretty killer front row seats. Over one million people will be trekking into our neck of the woods to see the moon completely block out the sun for a few moments mid-morning on Monday, August 21st as it crosses between the earth and sun. Obviously we've got eclipse glasses at the ready but we also thought it was an apt opportunity to celebrate our collection of celestial-themed pieces. Today through Monday online and in our Portland and...

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