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Inside the Design: Choosing Color

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Inside the Design: Choosing Color

Over the years, the product designers here at Schoolhouse have introduced many custom colors to the world, often helping to define the products with which they’re used: The Studio Lamp in Industrial Yellow, the Foundry Desk in Sargent Green, and The Schoolhouse Electric Clock in Persimmon are just a few examples. When developing a new product, our product design team is looking for something more than just a pleasing tone. Every color is carefully chosen to tell a story and give a voice to the product, and every collection is tightly edited to make the most out of those color...

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Schoolhouse Living: Francois et Moi Home Tour

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Schoolhouse Living: Francois et Moi Home Tour

Take a quick look at Erin Francois’ blog Francois et Moi, or her Instagram account of the same name, and you’ll see the seeming effortlessness with which she has created an eclectic yet elegantly understated home. Erin, a lifestyle blogger and DIY enthusiast, has turned her 1936 Tudor duplex in Minneapolis into a demonstration of her innate skill at mixing different styles and eras of design. But what might be even more impressive is the fact that she and husband Ken have completed nearly all of their projects and renovations themselves. We caught up with Erin to chat about her...

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Schoolhouse Escape: The Croft Farm

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Schoolhouse Escape: The Croft Farm

Many Portlanders have at some point wondered what it would be like to wake up on Sauvie Island, the natural wonderland located in the Columbia River just outside of Portland. But until recently, few have had the opportunity to do so. Protecting the thousands of acres of farmland and nature reserves that make the island a dreamy locale has meant there is almost no traditional hospitality industry to speak of. Enter Vail and Greg, owners of the first short-term guest rental on the island, The Croft Farm. The couple had to work hard to establish their spot on the island,...

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Pittsburgh Maker Series: Bones and All

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Pittsburgh Maker Series: Bones and All

In honor of our newest store, located in the Detective Building in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Schoolhouse Fall Collection features art and homewares from several local Pittsburgh makers. For this blog series, we reached out to some of these makers to ask them about what drives them to create these beautiful artifacts. This week, we spoke with the team behind Pittsburgh woodworking studio Bones and All. In addition to creating the handsome Wooden Spreading Knives that are included in our Fall Collection, the team at Bones and All also provided custom furniture for our Detective Building store. We asked them to fill us in...

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Hygge & West Q&A: Design for a Cozy Life

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Hygge & West Q&A: Design for a Cozy Life

One of the companies that deserves some major credit for the recent resurgence of wallpaper in the homes of interior design lovers is Hygge & West, a San Francisco-based firm founded by Christiana Coop and Aimee Lagos. The duo works with talented artists and experienced screen printers to design and hand print every panel they release. Here at Schoolhouse, we’ve seen their wallpaper elevate once-humble rooms to a level of elegance and originality that’s deeply inspiring. Christiana and Aimee are currently on tour with their new book Home: Design for a Cozy Life, which tells the Hygge & West story...

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Simple How-To: Swapping Out Hardware

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Simple How-To: Swapping Out Hardware

In this guest post, Chelsea Mohrman of the Farm Fresh Therapy blog takes us through one of the easiest and most rewarding fixes for your favorite vintage finds: swapping out the hardware. While many know Schoolhouse for our lighting, we also offer a broad collection of hardware for projects like this, with styles that range from traditional to modern and everywhere in between. A few months ago, after moving into our new home, I checked out an estate sale in my neighborhood. Our neighborhood is filled with late 1940's and early 1950's Ranch- and Cape Cod-style houses that were built...

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Pittsburgh Maker Series: Reiko Yamamoto

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Pittsburgh Maker Series: Reiko Yamamoto

In honor of the opening of our Detective Building store in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Schoolhouse Fall Collection features art and homewares from several local Pittsburgh makers. For this blog series, we reached out to some of these makers to ask them about what drives them to create these beautiful artifacts. This week, we spoke with potter and jewelry maker Reiko Yamamoto, whose Handmade Fruit Bowl featured prominently in our line. Reiko explained how her childhood in Japan, her high school pottery class, and her current role as a mother-maker influences her process for making elegant, highly nuanced ceramics. Tell us about yourself! Who are...

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The Next Chapter: Schoolhouse Pittsburgh

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The Next Chapter: Schoolhouse Pittsburgh

The Schoolhouse Fall Collection launches today and with it, a new chapter of our story. We’re proud to announce that on October 26th, Schoolhouse will open a new East Coast outpost – our first store in nearly ten years – in the storied East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Located in a former police bureau known locally as the Detective Building, Schoolhouse Pittsburgh will join the ranks of our Portland and New York stores as the third expression of our brand and ethos.  Schoolhouse founder Brian Faherty saw unique potential in the formerly vacant building, long abandoned and at risk...

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The Andy Collection

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The Andy Collection

Introducing an artful new assortment of stools and tables from Schoolhouse, the Andy Collection. Soon to be featured in our new Pittsburgh store, the collection (which includes the Andy Stool, Andy Coffee Table, and Andy Side Table) is scaled to bring charm and usefulness to any room. In reimagining a classic silhouette in new colorways and materials, the collection evokes the very texture of the 1970s. Although the collection takes its name from iconic Pittsburgh artist Andy Warhol, the inspiration for the Andy Collection came from a vintage stool made in the mid-1960s by a company called Thinline (a subsidiary...

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