Inspiration Gallery: Elements of Vintage Schoolhouse Style

Inspiration Gallery: Elements of Vintage Schoolhouse Style

Leah Moss
Oct 1, 2009

Ever since we posted on schoolhouse inspired lighting, we've been noticing the style everywhere. However, unlike many trends, this one seems to have enough vintage weight and variations to keep it from going the dated way of many themed decor crazes. What's your take?

My natural style preferences include a bit of rustic, vintage, and industrial elements, so I'm rather smitten with a style that combines all three. Like all good things, the theme can be overdone, but let's explore some examples where schoolhouse style reigns supreme without teetering into the realm of cliche...

• 1., 2., 3. If you haven't yet discovered the beautiful home and photography of Mari Eriksson, you are in for a serious treat. I've been devouring these pictures of her schoolhouse inspired workspace. Subtle and not so subtle touches like metal lockers, maps, and a card catalog turned storage cubbie combine in the room for a look that's super casual but cohesive. Anyone who can make a standard issue file cabinet look purposeful and chic has my vote.
• 4., 5., 6. I keep coming back to Monique and Keith Keegan's Ohio home featured in Country Living last October. Every inch is thoughtfully planned with salvaged pieces and school days inspired collections that have been arranged throughout the home in a way that exudes old school vintage charm with a cozy cabin feel.
• 7. Love it or hate it, large chalkboards can't help but remind us of school, even if they have become obsolete in our own childrens' classrooms due to power point presentations and dry erase boards. I love the idea of using them in the kitchen or bathroom for unexpected rotating inspiration boards.
• 8., 9. I really can't get enough of Lynda Gardner's home, featured on Design Sponge. Nothing is explicitly schoolhouse, but there are little nods throughout the home: vintage pendants with an industrial edge, globes, and yes, a chalkboard wall.

Too theme-y or just right, what are your thoughts?

(Images: 1, 2, 3: Mari Eriksson via angelattable, 4, 5, 6: Country Living, 7: Russel Smith, 8, 9: Design Sponge)

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