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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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Online Exclusive: Anthony Burrill Pop-Up

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Online Exclusive: Anthony Burrill Pop-Up

One of our longest-running collaborators at Schoolhouse, graphic artist, print-maker and designer Anthony Burrill will be joining us next Tuesday in Portland for an exclusive evening exhibit showcasing a career-spanning variety of his iconic prints. As part of Design Week Portland, a weeklong series of interactive events, installations and conversations showcasing the evolving state of design both locally and nationally, Anthony will be at the Schoolhouse flagship for a special Q&A and a book signing of his newest release: MAKE IT NOW! Creative Inspiration & The Art of Getting Things Done. In addition, he will also be launching an exclusive new art print, made...

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Schoolhouse Living: The New Darlings

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Schoolhouse Living: The New Darlings

After living in New York for more than twenty years, Christina and Robert Martinez, the couple behind and in front of the camera at New Darlings, decided it was time to create their very own southwest paradise. So they packed their stylish leather (we assume) bags and headed straight to Phoenix, Arizona, a city they knew nearly nothing about. What awaited them was more than just year-round sunshine and space to breathe, but an opportunity to create a new home together. In contrast to their boho-infused, pattern-heavy living quarters of the past, this time around they knew they wanted to...

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Schoolhouse Spaces: Wayfinder Beer

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Schoolhouse Spaces: Wayfinder Beer

A new brewery behemoth has taken hold of Portland's Central Eastside and we're proud to say that with it comes a stunning space decked out in Schoolhouse lighting. Our latest trade space highlight, Wayfinder Beer is the brainchild of some of Oregon's culinary and brewing bigwigs. Charlie Devereux (co-founder of Double Mountain Brewery), Matthew Jacobson (co-founder/owner of Sizzle Pie, Quality Bar, and Relapse Records) and Rodney Muirhead (co-founder/owner of Podnah's Pit and La Taq) have planted some significant roots with this new project, transforming an 8,900 square-foot century-old brick warehouse into a laidback 110-seat tap hall with an enticing 2000 square-foot patio decked out with a...

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Spotlight: Finex Cast Iron Cookware

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Spotlight: Finex Cast Iron Cookware

At the heart of every kitchen is a cast iron skillet. Crafted only a few blocks from Schoolhouse, FINEX is heritage American cast-iron cookware at its very best. Vintage-inspired with modern upgrades and an eye-catching design, the cast-iron cookery that FINEX is producing is worthy of the highest praise, deserving a special place in kitchens the world over. Aside from being neighbors of ours, we feel a true kinship with their ethos of care and the drive to create beautiful, heirloom products that will last for generations. We spoke with Ron Khormaei, the Co-founder and CEO of FINEX who shared one of his favorite bits of...

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Designer Spotlight: Shea of Studio McGee

Designer Spotlight: Shea of Studio McGee

If ever there was a fairytale success story in the interior design realm, it would be the saga of Studio McGee. Started by wife and husband duo Shea & Syd McGee in their home in 2014, Studio McGee has quickly become a full-fledged force in the design world, amassing an impressive social following along with features in Architectural Digest, Vogue Living, House Beautiful and Domino in just a few short years. Chances are, if you love interior design, you've seen some stellar Studio McGee interiors pop up in your insta feed.  Celebrated for her down-home yet upscale interiors, Shea McGee simply radiates light;...

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Write_On: The Party Recap!

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Write_On: The Party Recap!

Write_On was created to encourage people to connect with each other via hand-written correspondence and for the fourth year in a row we were honored to host the official kick-off party at our flagship store in Portland, Oregon. Since April is national letter writing month, we started it off with a bang on March 31st and filled our showroom with an awesome group of letter-writing enthusiasts from all walks of life. With energy, excitement and good vibes all around, people gathered together for a meaningful evening of putting pen to paper. There's something very special about the act of making time...

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Schoolhouse Living: Casework Remodel

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Schoolhouse Living: Casework Remodel

"The quality of your environment is one of the greatest and most overlooked sources of happiness." These wise words from interior designer and longtime Schoolhouse pal Casey Keasler have always rung particularly true to us. As owner of Casework Design Studio in Portland, Oregon, Keasler has left her mark on over a million square feet in her career so far. She also graced the pages of our Spring Catalog back in 2015, shot on Sauvie Island in the sweetest tiny house. Schoolhouse Electric Spring '15 catalog As a visual storyteller, Keasler has an eye and a fire for creating spaces made for real living. She understands that...

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Schoolhouse 101: Hanging Pendants & Chandeliers

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Schoolhouse 101: Hanging Pendants & Chandeliers

Lighting is our specialty here at Schoolhouse. It's our first born, it's in our blood and we wouldn't be here without it. Almost fifteen years after our owner discovered a trove of long-abandoned glass shade moulds in a forgotten warehouse and restored them back in to production, we're still doing what we love: crafting heirloom quality light fixtures. For us, there's no more crucial element to an interior than the lighting. It's the visual backbone of a space and has the luxury of being either quiet or loud depending on the aesthetic and the utility desired. Which bring us to...

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