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Schoolhouse Art Studio: Jennifer Gauthier

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Schoolhouse Art Studio: Jennifer Gauthier

Jennifer Gauthier, born and raised in Washington, often reflects on her hometown for inspiration. The series she created exclusively for Schoolhouse Art Studio was made "with an intention to find peace and wonder in the magnificent world that we live in." Prisms of soft color and texture fly off the canvas in this magical abstract landscape series. Below, Jennifer shares how she takes time to connect with each painting, where she turns when she needs inspiration, and what artists she's always admired.  How would you describe your work and yourself as an artist? "Uplifting, thoughtful, and joyous are just a few words that I would use...

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Designer Spotlight: Amber Lewis

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Designer Spotlight: Amber Lewis

In our latest Designer Spotlight, we are thrilled to feature  Amber Lewis, founder and CEO of Amber Interiors.  Known for incorporating bohemian elegance into her projects, Amber has a knack for making each of her spaces feel cozy, eclectic, and unique. From large scale residences to extensive commercial projects, Amber's design portfolio is both varied and vibrant. We chatted with Amber about her favorite (and not-so favorite) design trends and what Schoolhouse items she is currently loving.  Describe your aesthetic when it comes to decorating. What styles are you drawn to personally?  "I've definitely been put into the niche of California Eclectic,...

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Schoolhouse Art Studio: Lisa Golightly

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Schoolhouse Art Studio: Lisa Golightly

Lisa Golightly, an artist living in Portland, Oregon, works with acrylic and house paint, using found photos to create work that is both anonymous in nature but also very personal. Her Floodline series, created exclusively for Schoolhouse, is meditative and engrossing. Lisa gives us a glimpse into her studio routine and shares her favorite artists and her go-to sources for inspiration.  How would you describe your work and yourself as an artist? "I work in both figurative and abstract. I bounce back and forth between them, usually when I feel stuck. Taking that step back helps me stay engaged and fresh and they...

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Schoolhouse Bus Tour

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Schoolhouse Bus Tour

A few weeks ago our marketing, sales and product development teams filled a classic yellow school bus for our first-ever Schoolhouse bus tour. The goal? To get out of the office and get inspired. The day was spent visiting some of our favorite spaces around Portland and touring the offices of a few of our trade partners, while spending a little quality time with co-workers along the way.  Our first stop was WeWork, a shared office space in the historic Custom House building. Started in 2010, WeWork set out to build a community, a place you join as an individual 'me,' but...

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Schoolhouse Spaces: QUIN

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Schoolhouse Spaces: QUIN

Founded and based in Portland, QUIN vows to make candy using the best ingredients out there: homegrown Oregon berries, housemade coffee extract made from locally roasted beans, hazelnuts from a few miles away, and tea blended just a few blocks from its candy kitchen. QUIN is the brainchild of Jami Curl, also known as @sprinklefingers in the Instagram world (we recommend you follow her if you don't already), and the company has grown steadily since its inception in 2013. We stopped by the shop in Union Way to talk with Jami about how QUIN came to be and what's next in the land of candy. ...

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Schoolhouse Art Studio: Jenny Vorwaller

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Schoolhouse Art Studio: Jenny Vorwaller

Seattle native Jenny Vorwaller is our next featured artist in our Art Studio spotlight series. The collection of paintings she created for us explore the significance and beauty of flowers as they relate to the human experience. Jenny shares with us a bit about her design influences, how she maintains a work/life balance, and her decor style mantra.  How would you describe your work and yourself as an artist? "Painting has been my dream since as long as I can remember. Growing up in Seattle, becoming a lover of nature just felt inevitable. I’ve lived in many places, but the Emerald city’s harmonious relationship...

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For Dad: Our Father's Day Gift Guide

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For Dad: Our Father's Day Gift Guide

Often attaining superhero status in many of our favorite childhood memories, dads certainly deserve to be celebrated. With Father's Day just around the corner on Sunday, June 18th, we've compiled our favorite gifts for dear old dad. From handy tools to everyday utility items, we've rounded up a no-fail gift list for that special guy in your life who seems to already own everything under the sun.  From our collection of limited edition prints by graphic artist Anthony Burrill, "Make Your Mark On The World," is just the kind of sentiment you'd hear from dad. We love the pop of color and hand-printed quality, plus, each...

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Employee Spotlight: Meet Travis, NY Assistant Store Manager

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Employee Spotlight: Meet Travis, NY Assistant Store Manager

As a brand with only two retail locations, our store teams are tasked with making them just as special as can be and Travis Anshus, our Assistant Store Manager in NYC, does just that. By warmly greeting you at the door, going the extra mile, graciously sharing his expertise; Travis makes sure customers feel at home in our space. We chatted with Travis about what prompted his move to New York and what he loves most about our small but mighty shop in Tribeca.  Tell us a little bit about your background - where did you grow up and how did you end up in...

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Schoolhouse Art Studio: Emily Jeffords

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Schoolhouse Art Studio: Emily Jeffords

Our Art Studio spotlight series continues with abstract impressionist artist, Emily Jeffords. Emily, based in Greenville, South Carolina, works with oil, watercolor, and mixed media to create artwork focused on light, nature and peace. She shares with us the inspiration behind the series she created for Schoolhouse and a little insight about her creative process.  How would you describe your work and yourself as an artist? "I am an abstract impressionist painter, but really, I just like to explore - creatively and personally. Most of my work comes out of a deep yearning for peace and I hope that, plus my love for exploration, comes through in the...

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