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Inspiration: Mixed Materials

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Inspiration: Mixed Materials

Some people may naturally shy away from mixing materials in their home and choose to stick to one cohesive finish palette. But that's not how we do things here at Schoolhouse. We revel in overlapping diverse materials because it plays in to our collector mentality. Perfectly imperfect, the causal mixing of natural elements and different metal finishes creates warmth and adds depth of space. This type of layering also illustrates the impact of versatility while infusing character and encouraging personalization and surprises throughout the home.  The timeless quality of brass continues to shine on as we bring focus back to materials that can...

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Schoolhouse Spaces: Tea Bar

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Schoolhouse Spaces: Tea Bar

We've mentioned in a previous post about how tea is, you know, cool - and just in case you needed further proof, we have the receipts below. Welcome to Tea Bar, Portland's minimalist mecca for the original and ancient aromatic drink du jour. Now with two locations, Tea Bar has given us even more to crush on. Their clean, white interiors and (of course) Schoolhouse lights - including our much loved Isaac Pendant & Orbit 8 Chandelier make us swoon every time we walk in the door. It's always a beautiful experience from start to finish because every detail is so thoughtfully considered and executed.  We chatted...

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Schoolhouse Faces: Meet April, PDX Manager

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Schoolhouse Faces: Meet April, PDX Manager

Here's a chance to get to know one of our nearest and dearest. Since we only have two retail stores on each side of the U.S., we thought it would be prescient to spotlight the two people who have made it their daily mission to make them as special as can be. In our last post, we introduced you to Michael, our bespectacled and wise NYC store manager. Here, we have our Portland store manager April; a thrifting professional, lover of pieces with a past and someone who knows that it's always worth it to save your pennies to get what you truly want.  Warmth personified,...

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Schoolhouse Faces: Meet Michael, NYC Manager

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Schoolhouse Faces: Meet Michael, NYC Manager

We're blessed to have incredible people at Schoolhouse. Unique, wise, daring and vibrant souls who make coming into work feel, well, a lot less like work. When we interact with customers, sometimes people are surprised to hear that we have actual brick-and-mortar stores as opposed to only being an online shop. Conversely, some people are surprised to hear that we only have two stores: our first and flagship shop in Portland and then our East Coast outpost in New York - the assumption being that we're much bigger than we actually are. The truth is, we're extremely thoughtful about our stores. It's a much-welcome opportunity to meet and...

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Inspiration: Light Wood + Easy Neutrals

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Inspiration: Light Wood + Easy Neutrals

We must just be softies at heart because we can never get enough relaxed, gentle tones. The ultimate palette cleansers, this next Inspiration-to-Room is an ode to Light Wood + Easy Neutrals. To us, muted accents and natural wood provide a calming backdrop that give bolder accessories and vintage finds an opportunity to shine. Subtle and minimalist but never dull, these elements provide a visual quietness and balance to our most lived-in spaces. The result is both understated and timeless. In our inspiration above, you'll notice that while everything is subdued in color, there's still a distinct sense of delight and intrigue in each image. Here...

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Inspiration: Vintage Reborn

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Inspiration: Vintage Reborn

Next in our our Inspiration-to-Room series is our conceptualization of Vintage Reborn. A core principle of the Schoolhouse aesthetic, vintage influences are present in all that we do. In mixing old with the new, we encourage people to create collections and cultivate their own unique spaces. Our reinterpretation of classics from different eras provide the framework for a new kind of modern living. In honoring vintage pieces, we're empowering the life of our own products and creating heirlooms for the next generation.  For our Spring line and catalog shoot, we culled ideas from the inspiration above and created our own mix of vintage and new pieces to...

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Schoolhouse Spaces: &pizza

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Schoolhouse Spaces: &pizza

Pizza is never just pizza. Pizza is primal. Pizza is happiness. Pizza heals and makes everything better. In good times and bad, pizza is always there for you. Which is precisely why we need awesome joints like &pizza in our lives. Although they haven’t hit Portland or NYC yet, we have no doubt that they’ve got big plans up their (black & white) sleeve. Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., &pizza has fast and furiously blown up to become one of the must-see spots throughout the capital city.  Known for their modern and edgy aesthetic, trademark ampersand (they’ll...

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Schoolhouse Electric Joins the BTA

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Schoolhouse Electric Joins the BTA

Bicycling in Portland has quite the reputation. Not only are we considered one of the most bike-friendly cities in the nation (currently ranked #4 - down from #1 in 2012... but who's counting), we've also played host to the highly-acclaimed World Naked Bike Ride since 2005. But we digress, as this is not that kind of blog post. Today we are here to happily announce our support and membership with the BTA, Portland's Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Since 1990, the BTA has worked in partnership with citizens, businesses, community groups, government agencies, and elected officials to create communities where people can meet their daily...

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Inspiration: Bold Geo + Pops of Color

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Inspiration: Bold Geo + Pops of Color

At Schoolhouse we seek out as much inspiration as we can soak in each and every day. At the start of a seasonal planning session, we always begin with a call to action. Everyone in our studio is asked to submit ideas, inspiration, screenshots, color swatches - anything that speaks to them to kick-off our development cycle. For our Spring/Summer '16 launch this year, we found ourselves focused on four main concepts, which we'll be sharing in this Inspiration-to-Room series. Our first source of inspiration for this season was bold geo and pops of color. Playful and energizing, small bursts of color and bold geo...

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