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Slow Coffee: The Essentials of Better Brewing

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Slow Coffee: The Essentials of Better Brewing

One of the most satisfying sips you can take when made correctly, the complex flavor and aroma of coffee has been warming souls for centuries. As coffee culture in America continues its evolution, there has been a renewed focus on making good coffee more accessible thanks to an ever-growing number of local roasters sourcing beans directly from farmers and extra transparency from importers in the industry overall.  The slow coffee movement is rooted in manual brewing methods such as pour over or french press. Having that type of control over your brewing allows for more nuanced flavor profiles and serves to bring out the natural sweetness inherent in coffee (which...

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Schoolhouse Art Studio: Jorie Garcia

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Schoolhouse Art Studio: Jorie Garcia

A familiar face inside these walls for years, artist and all-around creative powerhouse Jorie Garcia has been an integral part in shaping and growing Schoolhouse into the brand it is today. With us since nearly the beginning, these days she puts her razor sharp design eye and artistic soul to use as our Creative Brand Manager; conceptualizing collections and directing our catalog shoots. In addition to her work at Schoolhouse, she just so happens to create stunning large-scale artisan weavings in her home studio. This season, we’re excited to announce our very own Jorie Garcia is joining Schoolhouse Art Studio as our first-ever textile...

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Schoolhouse Spaces: Instrument

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Schoolhouse Spaces: Instrument

Innovative and bursting with heart, Portland’s favorite independent digital agency Instrument practices what they preach by crafting inspiring and thoughtful products and experiences for major brands like Google, Facebook, and Nike. Though everything they do is grounded in the tech sphere, their physical surroundings are a crucial element to their online successes. It makes sense that when given complete control over their workspace Instrument would create something truly stunning in providing a home where creativity and collaboration can spark the next big idea. It was during the Schoolhouse Bus Tour that we first toured the three-story, 30,000 square foot building that houses their expansive roster of...

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Designer Spotlight: Amy Carnahan

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Designer Spotlight: Amy Carnahan

Portland native and self-described "multi-tasking wizard" with a borderline unhealthy obsession with wallpaper, interior designer Amy Carnahan is a stellar companion to have in your style corner. Influenced by the mod side of Pacific Northwest living with a healthy dose of Arizona-inspired desert chic, Carnahan creates sophisticated spaces for busy lives. A fan of finding calm amongst the chaos, she often turns to Schoolhouse Electric for statement heirloom-quality furniture and minimalist home accessories. See her top Schoolhouse picks below along with tips for creating unexpected pops of cool throughout a home and easy design tricks of the trade.  Tell us your aesthetic when it comes to decorating....

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Schoolhouse Spaces: Le Marais Bakery

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Schoolhouse Spaces: Le Marais Bakery

Named after the historic arts district in Paris' fourth arrondissement, Le Marais is a stunning slice of France situated in the vibrant Castro neighborhood of San Fransisco. Each morning, as is tradition throughout Europe, fresh bread and pastries are made from scratch and the glorious scent of french butter croissants fill the outside air. Ever since their doors opened last year, the bistro and bakery has drawn large crowds hungry for a bite of Paris and a loaf of freshly baked bread. Designed with beautiful Schoolhouse lighting throughout and thoughtful European-inspired touches, Le Marais is an ode to the classic French bakeries...

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The Inspiration: 1979

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The Inspiration: 1979

Relaxed, earthy and in harmony with nature, the laidback atmosphere of the year 1979 was a reoccurring source of inspiration for our fall collection. Truthfully, we've always felt a connection to the seventies and a heavy nostalgia for the energy and the style of the decade. In practice, our concept focused on bridging the gap between indoors and out and highlighting the use of organic elements and natural materials within the home. A nod to the commune-style living of the late 70’s, we emphasized the importance of craft, domestic utility items and creating warm, inviting spaces. The abundance of natural wood, both on the walls and other surfaces brings...

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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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