brilliant discovery: schoolhouse electric

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There’s something very awesome about living in the city with what I have been told is the highest concentration of wooden bungalows in the U.S. — Portland, Oregon. Not only are you inspired by gorgeous architecture everywhere you turn, but you also have the luxury of having not one, but two, shops specializing in handcrafted period light fixtures and shades. The one everyone thinks of, and one we’ve highlighted here numerous times, is, of course, Rejuvenation. So, when shopping for period-authentic lighting for the basement remodel of our own wooden bungalow, I was wide-eyed when a Google seplace for schoolhouse lights turned up a newer and lesser known Portland-based gem: Schoolhouse Electric Co. I drove down to the Portland showroom the next day and was downright giddy about my discovery. The company was founded several years ago after owner Brian Faherty found a treasure trove of original cast-iron moulds in an upstate New York warehouse. What I love most about Schoolhouse, though, is how they’ve added a modern, artistic approach to their timeless designs, such as their artist series collection featuring Portland artist Yellena James. I am now the proud owner of three of these limited edition shades, and they’ve really added a wow factor to our basement. Schoolhouse Electric has showrooms in Portland and Tribeca, New York, plus nationwide shipping. Now you just need an excuse to go buy a new light! –Ginny F.

From our partners

I used Schoolhouse Electric for the fixtures in our new kitchen and I love them! The lights are beautiful and they arrived safely even though they had to go halfway across the country. And when a repairman broke one — they were able to ship out a replacement quickly.

these fixtures look fantastic thanks for the pics! They look amazing!

Laura

We’ve been partially obsessed with them since we discovered them a year or two ago. Our problem is we can’t agree on which one for the lights we need. Alas, we remain Schoolhouse Electric-free. One day though… one day!!

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I love their stuff. My sister used the aqua-painted shades in the kitchen of her summer cottage, which she did in a retro cottage style. Looks amazing. I really want one for my kitchen, but I can’t give up having a ceiling fan–I wish they made ceiling fans, or I need to figure out how to use one of their shades on another brand’s fan. Their Tribeca store is a bit of a hike from my Village office but it’s doable on a non-hot day. I need to go visit soon.

Mary T.

Aaaahhh! That top shade is amazing. Rejuvenation, I may be cheating on you…

Mary, that’s the one we fell in love with, too. We actually had purchased some Rejuvenation schoolhouse shades and weren’t happy with the light it gave off. Kinda drabby.So we returned them and got these instead. I don’t know what it is about this glass, but the light is fresher. And I think the design is fresher, too. We have 3 of these in our basement now, and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them.