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Home Tour: Jenna Wilson, Co-Owner of ace&jig

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Home Tour: Jenna Wilson, Co-Owner of ace&jig

The way a home is occupied tends to reveal a lot about the person who lives there. This is especially true for a creative like Jenna Wilson who along with Cary Vaughan co-founded cult fashion line ace&jig. Finding their textiles deeply inspiring, we teamed up with Jenna and Cary last summer to create a new line of lighting and soft goods. That collaboration continued through our holiday line and into our Winter collection, which launches today and features two more modern heirlooms we created using ace&jig fabrics: the Damask Throw Pillow and the Damask + Parfait Throw. During that collaboration,...

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Home Tour: Meet Chrissy, Our Pittsburgh Store Manager

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Home Tour: Meet Chrissy, Our Pittsburgh Store Manager

Chrissy Norman came to Schoolhouse to tackle an important project: representing the Schoolhouse ethos and spirit in the city of Pittsburgh as the manager of our first new store in over a decade. With ambitious plans for the Detective Building store, and an intense desire to show a city as inspiring as Pittsburgh what we were all about, we knew we couldn’t hire just anyone. The ideal candidate would seamlessly blend a passion for design and an understanding of our product with real knowledge of the city itself. But if anyone was up to the task, it was Chrissy. While...

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2018 Best 9 on Instagram

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2018 Best 9 on Instagram

#1: A Modern Ski Chalet | Contemporary + functional #schoolhouseliving. "The starting point was a structure with a sloping roof that could shoulder snow load, much like ski chalets sited above the treeline." via @sunsetmag @portlandsunshine. Photo @sunsetphoto.  #2: An impressive bath remodel | Attic space transformed into a beautiful master bath #schoolhouseliving via design @casework.it #3: The mix beats the match in this stunning Portland kitchen | Morning light dances in #schoolhouseliving. See the full before and after. #4: A modern and upscale traditional style | Farmhouse kitchen retreat #schoolhouseliving via @cuttingedgehomes design @finding__lovely #5: The perfect Easter moment | A morning swim in the kitchen sink #happyeaster #schoolhouseliving via @azurefarm #6: Clever storage solutions | Growing book collection #schoolhouseliving. Photo @officialfeatherweight, design @mcelroyarch via @fireclaytile #7:...

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Our Top 5 Home Tours of 2018

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Our Top 5 Home Tours of 2018

Perhaps the most rewarding part of creating lighting and homewares is when we get to see our products in their proper context: in people’s homes, right alongside their favorite antics, heirlooms, and the ephemera of their daily lives. This is a big part of why we created our Home Tour series, in which we document and share some of the inspiring homes that we come across. 2018 introduced us to some truly fantastic homes and the amazing people who reside in them, so as the year winds down, we wanted to share the ones that our readers responded to the...

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Schoolhouse Employee Holiday Traditions

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Schoolhouse Employee Holiday Traditions

The holiday season can mean many things to people. Not only are there many different holidays this time of year, everyone seems to have a different way of celebrating theirs. Because we have a very diverse work family here at Schoolhouse, representing many nationalities, languages, and religions, we decided to go around the Portland factory and showroom to ask people how they celebrate during the holiday season. Whether you’re a person who wishes Christmas music was playing all year, or you’re a person who mostly just enjoys a big meal and a few days off, we hope you will join us...

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Holiday Home Tour: Amanda Jane Franz

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Holiday Home Tour: Amanda Jane Franz

Living a full life is about taking as much pleasure in simple moments as you do in big accomplishments. Amanda Franz, a Portland-based blogger and the founder of handcrafted stationery company Wide Eyes Paper Co., embodies this ethos in seemingly everything she does. Amanda documents her life in her charming 1930s cottage along with her impossibly cute pup Milo on her Instagram account and her blog. We caught up with her to chat about her quaint home, her ideal day in Portland, and her favorite holiday traditions. You have such a beautiful home! How long have you lived there and...

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Schoolhouse Living: A Modern Ski Chalet

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Schoolhouse Living: A Modern Ski Chalet

It probably goes without saying that we’re pretty obsessed with smart and original design here at Schoolhouse, from the newest hires all the way up to the leadership team. Our intrepid and style-forward President Sara Fritsch is one of the best examples of this, from her trademark ace&jig-filled wardrobe to her newly completed ski chalet on the slopes of Mt. Hood. Sara recently showed Sunset Magazine around this beautiful alpine escape, which she and her husband Oliver created with contractor Ethan Beck and interior designer Casey Keasler (whom we love and have featured extensively on our blog and Instagram). Go check out...

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Our Top 5 Trade Spaces of 2018

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Our Top 5 Trade Spaces of 2018

In 2018, our lighting and home goods were put to work in wildly different ways, from intimate homes to buzzy new restaurants, and we documented many of those spaces here on our blog along the way. Each new day brought another chance to marvel at the imagination with which our customers use and style our products. Today, we want to take an opportunity to look back at some of the ways businesses and trade partners used Schoolhouse products, in contexts where the decor is highly considered and the space is open for the public to experience for themselves. To that end,...

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Schoolhouse Spaces: Kachka

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Schoolhouse Spaces: Kachka

When Bonnie and Israel Morales opened the original Kachka on Grand Avenue in Portland back in 2015, the restaurant was an immediate hit. The intimate, dimly lit restaurant serving upscale Russian fare—with the best vodka list in town—was something that few people in the area had seen before. For most diners, the experience was akin to a “where have you been all my life?” moment. This year, Bonnie (who is the chef) and her husband Israel (who runs the front of house) converted their original space into a more casual dumpling and drinking establishment called Kachinka, and moved their flagship restaurant to...

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