Old School Inspiration

15 May
| ♕ |  {vintage}  Robert Doisneau “Information Scolaire” 1956  posted by kraftgenie | via animageofyou

Robert Doisneau, 1956

The irony is that we spend many years at school, effectively wishing we could be anywhere else, hating the school uniform, endless hours of homework and repetitive learning of periodic tables and Shakespeare sonnets.
Then once we run through the school gates for the last time we seem to revert back to getting back into the school uniform for fancy dress St Trinian’s Style, and endlessly telling children those same stories that we were told by adults who were grafting it in the real world….”school years are the best years of your life!!!”
So with this nostalgia firmly in place, and the removal of any threat of 100 lines or 5 strikes of the cane, (unless you really play up….. I will be watching those comments at the end of this post!), I take you back to old school inspiration, pre iPads and internet, when good old pen and paper and heavy hardback books were still the rage!!!

ABC easy as 123

One of my favourite authors as a child had to be Roald Dahl, and with these great stories came the fabulous illustrations of Quentin Blake. Osborne and Little’s new range of Quentin Blake wallpapers from the Zagazoo range are sure to reignite your nostalgia.  There are also a couple of other wallpaper patterns unmistakably Quentin which would add a bit of fun to a kids room.
 Quentin-s abc-osborne and little-a
Quentin's Abc

Geography – Mapping it out

A simple and effective way to vintage up a room and cover a large wall area is to grab an vintage map.  You may get lucky and find one in a second hand store or the mighty ebay, failing that there is the good old modern map stained with tea or an old brown lacquer (just like we used to make pirate maps).
Old maps put together with some second hand school chairs used for seating and shelving…..or plan your travels over breakfast by making the map the focal point of the kitchen.
Or bring a little vintage school back into a study are with the alphabet and good old chalkboard….Who needs and iPad????

Concocting in the Science Lab…

I love the look below using old specimen drawers and test tubes, and scientific vessels for containers on the shelves….

Old school explorers styled office

….You can also soften the look of the test tubes by using them as flower vases…..

testtubevase Fun, Fun, Fun With Test Tubes
…or as a cleaver way of bringing a a focal point to a plain ceiling or as a way of retracting light as in the “Taste Lab” in Harvey Nichols in London.
in square lab | Test Tube Chandelier in square lab | Test Tube Chandelier
…or framing up parts of the periodic table as in the work  of RH Baby and Child below.

50 Pushups in the Gym

Who could forget the lockers, a perfect hard wearing storage area….I love the idea of painting the front with chalk paint to enable you to write messages or memories…

…..or make a feature of sporing memorabilia such as balls, racquets, trophies……


The Three R’s “Reading Righting and Rithmatic”

Use your imagination, how about this lampshade made out of old wooden rulers….so simple…
vintage ruler shade Vintage Schoolhouse Ruler Lamp Shade, A Perfect Nod to Childhood
So sit around the classroom table and put your thinking caps on…. get creative Old School Style!!! Enjoy

Restoration Hardware Vintage Schoolhouse Play Table

 On with the colourful journey………

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11 responses to “Old School Inspiration

  1. This Sydney Life

    May 15, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Most fabulous post, BCD. I love, love, love the Quentin Blake wallpaper AND I don’t know anyone who had read Roald Dahl and failed to fall in love with his gorgeous writing.

    “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

    Have an AWESOME day! 🙂

    • birdcagedesign

      May 15, 2012 at 9:02 am

      Aww you just bought a tear to my eye…. He was fab wasn’t he. You have a great day too 🙂

  2. ladyfi

    May 15, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Great post! I too am a big Dahl fan.

    • birdcagedesign

      May 16, 2012 at 7:22 am

      Thanks ladyfi, he was great wasn’t he. Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  3. Cate

    May 15, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Great post! Love that opening Doisneau pic, such a classic. And I’m inspired by the lampshade made of rulers – looks great! 🙂

    • birdcagedesign

      May 16, 2012 at 7:24 am

      Thanks Cate… The lamp is a really fun idea isn’t it, I used to have loads of those wooden rulers (most had graffiti on though!).

  4. apartments i like

    May 15, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    I love Doisneau photography. That photo is so sweet. Love it! Great ideas in all.

    • birdcagedesign

      May 16, 2012 at 7:26 am

      Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed. The picture is fun isn’t it, I wonder what those boys are up to now!

  5. intecoolochoberord

    May 18, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Wonderful, playful and eclectic!

    • birdcagedesign

      May 18, 2012 at 8:52 am

      Thank you, I am glad that you enjoyed. They are really good fun aren’t they… . Thank you for taking time to stop by 🙂


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