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Inside the Design: Casey Keasler x Work & Co.

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Inside the Design: Casey Keasler x Work & Co.

Casey Keasler, interior designer and longtime friend of Schoolhouse, is one of those creatives who seems like they can make something beautiful from anything they touch. In a career that’s spanned a decade at commercial architecture firms, a stint in product design, and time running visual storytelling for Mazama Wares, Casey has continuously demonstrated her multifaceted design acumen. Here at Schoolhouse, we’ve witnessed the power of Casey’s work for ourselves after this picture of a converted attic bathroom she designed became our most-liked Instagram photo ever. For her own firm, Casework, Casey has taken on projects as diverse as the...

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Schoolhouse Spaces: Good Coffee

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Schoolhouse Spaces: Good Coffee

When Good Coffee first opened in the Richmond neighborhood of Southeast Portland in 2014, there was no question that it immediately lived up to its name. Founded by brothers Sam and Nick Purvis, both coffee industry veterans, the company started with a formidable espresso pedigree. But beyond the luxurious lattes and bracing black coffee passed over the counters each day, the café earned a reputation for being one of the most beautifully designed cafes in town. It was also one of the most welcoming. After adding a second café on SE 12th Ave., and a third in Slabtown, the duo has...

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How-To: Layering Different Types of Lighting

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How-To: Layering Different Types of Lighting

Lighting has come a long way from the days of the simple Edison bulb lamp, and knowing how to use the different types of fixtures and lamps in combination in your own home can be challenging. “Understanding how to layer different types of lighting is very important,” says Director of Product Development + Management Sarah Kirk. “The right balance makes a space feel considered, comfortable, and sophisticated.” There isn’t really a one-size-fits-all template for lighting a room because the décor of the room, how the space is used, and personal preference play a major role in how a room should...

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Inside the Factory: On the Assembly Floor

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Inside the Factory: On the Assembly Floor

If you’ve ever seen one of our IBM Clocks or Regent Chandeliers and wondered how it came to be, all you have to do is walk onto the assembly floor at the Schoolhouse Portland headquarters and factory. The relatively relaxed environment belies how much productivity is being accomplished. “The view of our assembly team in action seems pretty chill when you consider that they produce between 1500 to 2000 finished products every week,” says Director of Operations Andrew Bohl. “We keep things rush-free because our assemblers know what they are doing and have the tools and training to support their...

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Schoolhouse Spaces: Sugarpine Drive-In

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Schoolhouse Spaces: Sugarpine Drive-In

One of the most exciting restaurant openings of the summer in Portland’s dining scene came in an unexpected package: a small drive-in restaurant with no indoor seating located on the edge of the metropolitan area. Sugarpine, the new restaurant from chef-owners Ryan Domingo and Emily Cafazzo, serves luscious soft serve, perfect pulled pork, and salads crafted from local produce in a converted gas station right next to the beautiful Sandy River. Having leveraged their fine dining experience when executing a nostalgic but modern menu, it’s no wonder Ryan and Emily’s restaurant immediately became a must-stop for people day tripping around...

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Schoolhouse Faces: Meet Bria from Team Trade

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Schoolhouse Faces: Meet Bria from Team Trade

As a design-driven company, we here at Schoolhouse fret over the smallest details of our own products, so it’s always exciting when our products find their home in spaces designed with an equal amount of intention. Making sure that interior designers, architects, and commercial clients have everything they need to make stunning spaces falls on our Trade Team. This group of multi-talented individuals’ day-to-day work ranges from detailed sales data analysis to recommending the perfect pendant fixture for a client in need. With an unflappable, upbeat personality and a wealth of design knowledge (not to mention great taste) Trade Specialist...

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Our First-Ever Trade Catalog

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Our First-Ever Trade Catalog

Over the years, Schoolhouse products have found their way into some pretty spectacular spaces, from luxury hotels to sweet neighborhood cafes, sprawling private residences to tiny arthouse retailers the world over. One of the main reasons this is possible is our relationships with trade clients who include architects, commercial buyers, and interior designers. Schoolhouse wouldn’t be where it is today without the help of trade customers who often buy at a large scale and who also help to provide more visibility for our products by putting them in their most carefully curated public spaces.  We put this catalog together in...

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Design-Driven: The Leo Mirror

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Design-Driven: The Leo Mirror

When developing the Leo Mirror, the latest mirror in the Schoolhouse lineup, the designers aimed to create something that felt special from the moment it arrives at your front door. The challenge was making a mirror that would continue to feel special throughout its life.

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Pickling How-To: The Art of the Quickle

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Pickling How-To: The Art of the Quickle

When it comes to cooking, there’s never a shortage of new tricks to discover or techniques to be learned. Since eating well and living well go hand in hand, we’re always keeping our eyes open for low-maintenance ways to accomplish the former. Jay Bartholomew, a Schoolhouse friend and dedicated home cook has mastered more than few ways to create incredibly flavorful meals with simple upgrades. Here he breaks down one of his favorite go-to methods for adding a punch of flavor to a variety of foods: The Quickle.    – How-to: The Art of The Quickle –  "Making your own pickled vegetables might sound...

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