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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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Designer Spotlight: Hygge & West

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Designer Spotlight: Hygge & West

Hygge ( pronounced hoo-ga) is Danish for cozy, but to Hygge & West founders Aimee (pictured left) and Christiana (pictured right), it means so much more. Curling up by the fireplace with a great book, long informal dinners with close friends, goodnight hugs with your children- that is 'hygge.' Started in 2008, Hygge & West quickly became known for their bold and beautiful wallpaper designs (chances are you have seen their products on your favorite design blog) and better yet, all their wallpapers are made in the US and screen printed by hand. Read on to find out Christiana and Aimee's thoughts on...

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Schoolhouse Art Studio: Ken Wood

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Schoolhouse Art Studio: Ken Wood

Next in our spotlight series is Ken Wood, a print artist and professor based in St. Louis, Missouri, whose pieces explore the relationship and impact between line and color on a grand scale. Ken created five relief prints exclusively for Schoolhouse, produced as part of a limited series made by running hand-cut plates with a highly textured surface through a large press. Learn more about Ken's artistic process and what inspires him.  How would you describe your work and yourself as an artist? "The gestures that make up these prints are based loosely on cursive letters - or, more accurately, the movements our hands make...

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Schoolhouse Art Studio: Kat + Maouche

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Schoolhouse Art Studio: Kat + Maouche

Katen (pictured right, above) and Latif (pictured left, above) are the duo behind Kat + Maouche, master curators of vintage Berber rugs sourced directly from the foothills of the Atlas mountain range. Lush and wildly expressive, each rug is one-of-a-kind and knotted by hand. We are honored to carry these rugs as part of our Schoolhouse Art Studio for our new spring collection. Read on to learn more about how Kat & Maouche came to be, their passion for what they do and the process that goes into selecting these truly special art pieces.  Tell us the ethos and purpose behind Kat & Maouche?...

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Employee Spotlight & Home Tour: Meet Abe

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Employee Spotlight & Home Tour: Meet Abe

We love being able to feature our employees, particularly when they just so happen to have impeccable style and an amazing home. Meet Abe: our Customer Support Manager (pictured on the right, with his husband, Darin). Abe works tirelessly to make sure our customers receive the best experience possible, and it comes as no surprise that he has the most cheery and welcoming demeanor here at Schoolhouse. We are so lucky to have him leading the charge and are excited to share his modern meets vintage home with you.  Tell us a little about your background! Where are you from, how long have you...

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Sneak Peek: Spring 2017 Collection

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Sneak Peek: Spring 2017 Collection

It's nearly here! Our long-anticipated Spring Launch goes live next Friday, May 12th but we couldn't wait any longer to share what we've been hard at work on for well over the past year. After what has felt like a never-ending winter, we're ready to welcome a bright new season like never before. The reoccurring theme for this spring can be best summed up as "optimistic" - coupled with a healthy dose of gratitude for what we have, a desire to celebrate the small and find tiny bits of joy whenever and however we can. Our motto this season is...

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Start With Yes: Anthony Burrill Visits Schoolhouse

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Start With Yes: Anthony Burrill Visits Schoolhouse

Last week we were proud hosts to one of our longest running collaborators; graphic artist and print-maker Anthony Burrill. He and his wife Emma flew all the way from Kent, England to join us in Portland for a special Design Week exhibit of his iconic prints. In addition to a rousing Q&A session from the Schoolhouse stairwell, Burrill was also here for a very special reason - to launch his latest exclusive Schoolhouse collaboration: The Start With Yes print. A positive, daily affirmation of one’s ability to accomplish things big and small with a can-do attitude, this new print was...

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For Mom: Our Mother's Day Gift Guide

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For Mom: Our Mother's Day Gift Guide

There's no denying it: Moms are the greatest and they deserve all the wonderful gifts in the world. While every day is a chance to celebrate all the moms and mom-figures in our lives, there's one big day that's coming up quick. The best thing about Mother's Day is that you can pretty much do no wrong as long as you do SOMETHING. Mom's are easy (and kind and beautiful and special) like that. So while we will always recommend a homemade card, a nice meal out on the town and just quality time spent in general, we rounded up a...

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Schoolhouse Spaces: Modern Domestic

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Schoolhouse Spaces: Modern Domestic

An oasis of DIY community that started back in 2010 by longtime friends Lupine Swanson (left) and Michelle Healy (right, below), Modern Domestic is a sewing sanctuary for all located in the heart of Portland's Northeast quadrant. Mod (hence the name) and stylish, this gorgeous studio offers group and one-on-one classes, Friday night wine-soaked "sew-cials" and a plethora of gorgeous fabrics and supplies for the sewing enthusiast - all within an inspiring, Schoolhouse-lit space. We chatted with owner Lupine Swanson about Modern Domestic's sleek design and her desire and drive to create a state-of-the-art, contemporary sewtopia for the Portland design community...

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