Design ideas from Schoolhouse Electric

Posted by Lauran

Have you seen the new Schoolhouse Electric catalog? It is so well done, folks. I thought I’d highlight some of the best ideas shown throughout (and while these ideas may not be new, they are certainly well illustrated here).

The beauty of moveable shelving. I love this Foundry Cart, shown here acting as a bookshelf, media stand, and plant holder in the living room. It could just as easily act as a freestanding pantry in a kitchen or a paint/brush/canvas/glitter holder in an art room. The possibilities are endless.


A couple of other units-on-wheels for you to consider:


Go-Cart Rolling Bookcase from CB2


Colin bookcase from AllModern

One-of-a-kind storage makes the room. I’m in love with this unusual shelving unit shown to the left of the bed. I’m assuming it’s vintage. You wouldn’t expect to see something like this in a kid’s room, which makes it all the more memorable.


To find your own piece, scan sites like eBay, craigslist and etsy. Here are a few I found:


from ScoutandForge on etsy


from BeeHavenHome on etsy


from OurVintageBungalow on etsy

Mix up your art in every way possible. Check out this photo—the art is framed, not framed, leaning, hanging, standing, taped on the wall . . . paintings are mixed with prints, newspaper clippings . . . and it all works. That’s because there are no rules when it comes to displaying your artwork, just as there are no rules about what constitutes “artwork.” If you love it, put it up! Schoolhouse has just announced its own store for one-of-a-kind art; Serena & Lily has a similar shop. Also check out zatista and minted and of course etsy for affordable art options.


Cute hooks work as well as towel bars. In tiny bathrooms there often isn’t room for a full-length towel bar. Using a well-designed multi-hook is a great solution. This is the Mollie Hook from Schoolhouse; I also love their Roswell Hook (both come in an array of fun colors).


Try a bedside shelf instead of a table. A nice little shelf can hold your water glass, a book, your readers and even a plant (and better yet, won’t allow you to stack up piles of stuff like a regular table will!). Shown is the Brake Angle Shelf (in brass) from Schoolhouse—it’s like jewelry for the room.


A couple of other options:


Acrylic Wall Shelf from CB2


Brooklyn Bridge shelving from West Elm