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Simple How-To: Style A Cozy Bed

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Simple How-To: Style A Cozy Bed

We take bedding seriously here at Schoolhouse because the bed is such an essential part of the home. It provides the crucial rest we need to live our lives, and it’s a representation of the warmth and security that comes when a house becomes a home. As important as bedding is year-round, having a cozy bed becomes especially crucial during the winter months when waning daylight and plummeting temperatures provide an invaluable opportunity to bundle up and enjoy the great indoors. Below, you’ll find our tips for making the coziest winter bed. Layer Many Types of Textures Texture is one...

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Inside the Factory: The Alchemy of Patina

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Inside the Factory: The Alchemy of Patina

Solid brass is one of our favorite materials to work with, in part because the finish options are so attractively diverse. For example, many of our signature brass finishes—like Natural Brass, Matte Bronze, and True Black—are achieved by adding a rich patina to the fixtures’ parts before they are assembled. Adding the patina in-house is one of the many old-school but character-building finishing processes that are part of the Schoolhouse repertoire. “Patina can be a messy, finicky process that a lot of people don’t want to deal with,” says Schoolhouse Production Manager Andrew Bohl. “But sending parts to a third...

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Pittsburgh Maker Series: Francis DeFabo

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Pittsburgh Maker Series: Francis DeFabo

In honor of the opening of our Detective Building store in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Schoolhouse Fall Collection features art and homewares from several local Pittsburgh makers. For this series, we reached out to some of these makers to ask what drives them to create these beautiful artifacts and learn more about their process. Today, we hear from Francis DeFabo, a Pittsburgh-based potter and physician. Francis is responsible for the Hand-Thrown Cocktail Plate in our Fall Collection, a simple but enduringly elegant piece that’s perfect for entertaining. Here Francis explains how a history spent around the dinner table instilled an interest in ceramics, and how that...

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Collection-Worthy Books to Give & Receive

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Collection-Worthy Books to Give & Receive

Not too long ago, we started adding books into our product launches. It was a natural move for us because books are part of all of our homes. As lifelong readers and learners, we enjoy digging into the pages of a new volume to learn about the beautiful and inspiring world we live in. Being fans of well-made physical objects, we also love the weighty and interactive character a good book brings to a room. To revel a little bit more in our passion, we thought we’d talk about a few of our favorites currently on our shelves, and why...

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Inside the Design: Choosing Color

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Inside the Design: Choosing Color

Over the years, the product designers here at Schoolhouse have introduced many custom colors to the world, often helping to define the products with which they’re used: The Studio Lamp in Industrial Yellow, the Foundry Desk in Sargent Green, and The Schoolhouse Electric Clock in Persimmon are just a few examples. When developing a new product, our product design team is looking for something more than just a pleasing tone. Every color is carefully chosen to tell a story and give a voice to the product, and every collection is tightly edited to make the most out of those color...

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Schoolhouse Living: Francois et Moi Home Tour

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Schoolhouse Living: Francois et Moi Home Tour

Take a quick look at Erin Francois’ blog Francois et Moi, or her Instagram account of the same name, and you’ll see the seeming effortlessness with which she has created an eclectic yet elegantly understated home. Erin, a lifestyle blogger and DIY enthusiast, has turned her 1936 Tudor duplex in Minneapolis into a demonstration of her innate skill at mixing different styles and eras of design. But what might be even more impressive is the fact that she and husband Ken have completed nearly all of their projects and renovations themselves. We caught up with Erin to chat about her...

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Schoolhouse Escape: The Croft Farm

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Schoolhouse Escape: The Croft Farm

Many Portlanders have at some point wondered what it would be like to wake up on Sauvie Island, the natural wonderland located in the Columbia River just outside of Portland. But until recently, few have had the opportunity to do so. Protecting the thousands of acres of farmland and nature reserves that make the island a dreamy locale has meant there is almost no traditional hospitality industry to speak of. Enter Vail and Greg, owners of the first short-term guest rental on the island, The Croft Farm. The couple had to work hard to establish their spot on the island,...

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Pittsburgh Maker Series: Bones and All

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Pittsburgh Maker Series: Bones and All

In honor of our newest store, located in the Detective Building in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Schoolhouse Fall Collection features art and homewares from several local Pittsburgh makers. For this blog series, we reached out to some of these makers to ask them about what drives them to create these beautiful artifacts. This week, we spoke with the team behind Pittsburgh woodworking studio Bones and All. In addition to creating the handsome Wooden Spreading Knives that are included in our Fall Collection, the team at Bones and All also provided custom furniture for our Detective Building store. We asked them to fill us in...

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Hygge & West Q&A: Design for a Cozy Life

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Hygge & West Q&A: Design for a Cozy Life

One of the companies that deserves some major credit for the recent resurgence of wallpaper in the homes of interior design lovers is Hygge & West, a San Francisco-based firm founded by Christiana Coop and Aimee Lagos. The duo works with talented artists and experienced screen printers to design and hand print every panel they release. Here at Schoolhouse, we’ve seen their wallpaper elevate once-humble rooms to a level of elegance and originality that’s deeply inspiring. Christiana and Aimee are currently on tour with their new book Home: Design for a Cozy Life, which tells the Hygge & West story...

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