Guest Picks: Old School Chic
School-themed items are hot right now. I think the appeal is that they bring back memories while adding a touch of industrial design to a space. Let's explore some old school items that can be used in the home today. — Kristy from Hyphen Interiors
Elenco Desktop Political Globe - $13.34
Though I prefer to find globes at antique malls for an authentic vintage look, Amazon has a pretty cute globe right now. I love the vibrant blue. It would be a perfect accessory on top of a dresser or buffet.
Test Tube Office Supply Set - $20
Test tubes can hold just about anything from office supplies (as seen here) to colored liquids to herbs and spices. Consider test tubes for a unique and stylish statement in your home.
Vintage Dated 1979 Sesame Street Metal Lunch Box - $19
I am pretty sure I had this exact lunch box growing up. Use old lunch boxes to store toys and accessorize your child's room while you are at it. You could also use it as a planter — succulents would look great in it.
Little Boxes Wall Organizer - $98
Remember having little cubbies in school? Well, now that you've grown up, use them in your home to add a touch of industrial flavor. You can add accessories of all one color for a graphic display or mix it up for a more eclectic look.
Premium Clipboard, Letter - $1.99
Did your teacher carry around one of these? Do they still? Mod Podge it or paint it for a fun look. Use it for posting messages to one another or to hold dinner menus or photography. It's a perfect old school addition.
School Wall Clock, Red - $34.83
This remake of the old school clock that we all had in the classroom would be awesome in an office or craft room. Its simple and sleek lines work wonderfully in a modern space.
Quartet Reversible Black Melamine Chalkboard - $332.02
How about an old chalkboard? This will add instant nostalgia to any space. Use it for menus in the dining room, for games in the game room or for an actual home-based school room.
World Executive Political Wall Map, Enlarged Size & Tubed World Map
With muted colors, this would be perfect framed and hung in a study. Pull-down maps are fabulous too and many times have brighter colors. You can often find them at antique malls.
Cast Iron Jack Door Stop - $6.99
Remember jacks? I remember my mom talking about playing more than I actually played, but I had a set. How about a large decorative cast iron version? It's perfect for placing on top of books and accessorizing tabletops.
Series 7 Chair, Laminated - EUR 380
These Series 7 chairs add a definite schoolhouse touch to a space. They can be paired with modern, sleek tables as well as farmhouse tables. They are perfect for a modern eating space, craft room or playroom.
Large Solid Brass School Bell With Wood Handle - $18.69
How about a brass school bell? It makes an awesome piece to sit on top of books or next to a globe. The brass goes well with gold tones, which are trending again.
Antiqued Metal Letters - $15
Metal letters are still hot. Use the ABCs to decorate your home by spelling out your name, your child's initials or even a room-specific message like "Chow."
Lipper International Child's Desk With Chalkboard Top and Chair Set - $55
Add a touch of old school chic with this vintage-style desk. It would be perfect in a child's room or even off to the side in a nook or playroom.
Alera Single Pedestal Steel Desk, Walnut - $349.02
Add a touch of industrial to a chic office with this tanker-tyle desk. Who wouldn't feel a little like a teacher behind one of these?
Vented Metal Locker, Six Tier Box Style - $460
I love lockers. They are large, make a statement and can come in just about any color. Lockers in the game room, playroom, office or even in your dining room (if you are daring) can hold games, toys or kitchen linens.
Industrial Barstool by Jolly Time One - $120
This industrial lab stool says "science class" to me. A set of these vintage stools would be awesome for a bar.
Antique Kappel Typewriter and Hood Case by Antiques Maloy - EUR 450
An old typewriter is a great interest piece. There's no better way to accessorize a writer's home than with an antique tool used by other writers.
Fall-Inspired Book Collection by Jay's World - $99.95
Vintage books are fabulous for decorating bookshelves, desks and tables. This set on Etsy has some wonderful colors that will work with many color palettes.
Bulletin Board, White Mediterranean Pattern by Trade Fare - $30
Bulletin boards are total school chic. I think every classroom has a cork board in it. Put photos, post cards or things to remember on them.
Vintage Typewriter Stand by Vintage Finds from Alexandra Keller - $74.99
I love vintage carts and tables, and this old typewriter stand is fabulous. It would work great as a console table for an instant old school vibe.
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