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School is in session! If you’re craving the smell of construction paper and the chance to decorate your locker, give yourself some homework. You can bring home the nostalgia of your academic years in both big and small ways. I’m sharing decor inspiration from those getting gold stars for incorporating the schoolhouse look in fun and interesting ways—plus sources on how to do it yourself.
School Desks and Chairs
Contrary to what you might think, school desks and chairs fit naturally into a home’s decor. I love the idea of a school desk tucked next to a sofa as an end table or near the front door as a landing spot. If you have kids, an old school desk makes perfect sense as a homework station. Primer wooden chairs are best in a gathered, mismatched group. Crowd them around the dining table in their original state or stencil numbers on them to give the idea that you’re housing the entire junior varsity basketball team.
What to Buy: This vintage red metal child’s desk ($70) is just darling. What’s not to love about an all-in-one school desk on a wood platform ($77)—a sweet welcome to a foyer. And don’t wait to get your hands on this retro orange school chair ($48) for fun pop of color. Shop vintage school desks and chairs on Krrb.
Maps and Globes
Maps and globes bring an old world charm to any room. Gather a few small globes on a shelf in a child’s bedroom or nursery. For old maps, they can really go in any room. I have a school map of South America hanging in a narrow corridor but you can make it the focal point of a dining or living room. It’s also an idea hanging over a desk for when you need a distraction from your work.
What to Buy: This rare old map of Germany ($495) has some significant historical marks. Does it get anymore scholarly than a pull down map of 1960’s America ($325) you can yank down for discussions at the dinner table? I’m pretty sure you won’t find another globe like this one ($115) on a smoked grey lucite stand. Shop vintage school maps and school globes on Krrb.
Lighting at schools just isn’t what it used to be. Gone are glass pendants of yesterday, now replaced with florescent glares. But you can still capture the retro schoolhouse look at home. Hang matching milk globes in the kitchen or a singular pendant in the corner over a desk for a warmer, overhead glow.
What to Buy: Score a rare deal with these 1920’s milk glass globes ($325) with brass accents. For modern wiring with an old-school feel, get secondhand Schoolhouse Electric lighting like this striped pendant lamp ($75) or three round bronze pendants ($540).
Lockers and Chalkboards
Storage is your chance to get creative. I just love the look of lockers in home. Use one in the mudroom to keep your day to day organized or one in the kitchen to keep serving ware and knick knacks under control. If you’re feeling bold, paint an interesting design on the front of the lockers for an artistic display that ties the room together. Chalkboards also offer quite the statement in your home—literally. Use one to welcome guests into your home or announce a cocktail or dinner menu. If you’ve got the room to go bigger, a rolling chalkboard can divide a room, hid a mess or even disguise electronics in the home like your flat screen television.
What to Buy: Nab this small antique chalkboard ($90) to make a message center in your own home. Steel lockers have been repurposed into consoles ($1,445) and entertainment centers ($650). Shop school lockers and chalkboards on Krrb.
Let us know what elements you’ve add to your home to ace the schoolhouse look.