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Modern Apple: Black + Red Classroom Theme

This is another hugely requested color combo, but you’ll never guess what I did???  I added GRAY!!!  I’m sure that doesn’t surprise you by now. 🙂  I’m calling this “Modern Apple,” mainly because I love a classic red apple theme, however, instead of your traditional red + green, I thought it would be absolutely stunning with black, white, and touches of gray!

Check out my apple…a GRAY leaf!  I love that it’s such a little unexpected touch…I bet you thought an apple couldn’t be chic… well, it IS now!  Again, I’ve included trendy patterns, including a whimsical polka dot (which happens to be my favorite)!  The patterns have a vintage look…you see that everywhere in the decorating world!


Behind the Scenes:  Do I appear to be calm, cool, and collected during this BIG reveal?  I really hope so, but do you want to know the truth?  We are working like crazy behind the scenes to make sure all of this runs smoothly.  Just envision Santa on Christmas Eve and all of his elves running around…that’s how I’m feeling right now!!! 🙂  We are literally running around transferring files, zipping them, editing them, preparing pictures, filling the shop, and I’m writing this post two hours before it’s scheduled to go LIVE!  It’s a CRAZY, but super exciting time here at Schoolgirl Style!  I HOPE you are enjoying this as much as I am!


This argyle pattern is so pretty!  I loved how this appears so cohesive by choosing the same pattern to wrap my aluminum cans.

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I forgot to mention that I created this entire collection WITHOUT the apple, just in case you wanted a super sophisticated look!




 The poms are beautiful as an accent on your bulletin board.  I particularly love the black and white polka dot pom!



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Red paired with black and white creates such a dramatic contrast!  I adore this modern take on a classic school theme.

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 Are you having a hard time choosing a theme?  You can never go wrong with this combination.  Apples are ALWAYS perfect for every grade level!


 This collection also includes a beautiful stationary set!  Stationary sets include note cards, thank you cards, Avery label templates, monogrammed prints for your desk, editable business cards, and personalized stationary.



 Guess what else coordinates with this set?


Use this adorable owl with this collection as an accent!  If it were me, I would choose either the owls OR the apples, I probably wouldn’t combine the two.  It’s YOUR classroom though…you can do whatever makes you HAPPY! 🙂

*Owl cutouts are sold separately in the Schoolgirl Style Shop


  Now’s  YOUR chance to own this beautiful collection along with your bulletin board paper and border from Pacon.  Plus, I’m going to give you coordinating lanterns or poms to hang in your room too!

I’ve teamed up with Nicole Heinlein from Teaching with Style to offer you an amazing prize package!


Are you following Nicole yet?

Nicole is fabulous blogger from Hawaii…yes, HAWAII!!!!  For some reason, I have a hard time envisioning schools in Hawaii.  We’ve talked about her classroom, I’ve seen pictures…I know it’s there, but do people really go to school in Hawaii?  Isn’t everyone outside frolicking on the beaches  and dancing under swaying palm trees???

Okay, I’m being serious now…I would love for you to meet this adventurous lady, so head on over to her site, take a look around, and make sure you enter our giveaway!

Here are the prizes:

-MODERN APPLE full digital collection from Schoolgirl Style

-Fadeless paper from Pacon

-Coordinating border from Pacon

-Poms, daisies, or lanterns from the Schoolgirl Style Shop

Over $100 value!

Click HERE to head over to Nicole’s blog and enter our giveaway!


red black apple classroom theme and decor by Schoolgirl Style

Let’s Go Shopping!

Photography: E.C. Campbell Photography

MODERN APPLE decor (includes brand new stationary set): Schoolgirl Style Shop

Fadeless bulletin board paper:  Schoolgirl Style Shop

paper daisies and poms:  Schoolgirl Style Shop

black cube baskets:  Target

 ribbon, flowers: Michaels

ribbon:  Joann Fabrics

paper: Staples (I used a high gloss photo paper for best results)

Most items are editable and can be personalized for a custom look  (Type in your student’s names and customize classroom labels…perfect handwriting every time!)



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  1. I just love this!! I know Jackson’s birthday is a few months away, but I am always thinking about a theme for his party! Your apple theme was one of my first picks!! What do you think about this? “The Apple of our eye is turning ONE”!!

  2. Love it! I have been looking for a ladybug-ish theme and this is the closest I have found.

    • Debbie, I also have brand new ladybug cutouts that would work perfectly with this. Actually, I should have showed it with this theme and it would look PERFECT with this!! If you go to my shop, click on my ladybug theme and you will find it there. 🙂

  3. You took the word right out of my mouth, “chic” is EXACTLY what I was thinking as I saw this theme. Very sophisticated teacher. 🙂

  4. I just wanted to let you know that I am LOVING your reveals. I look forward to coming home from school each day, sitting down with a cup of coffee and checking out your latest design. I’m also loving the giveaways. A chance to win and getting to know a new blogger…perfect!

  5. I love this classic look. The colors are stunning. I bet it would look amazing in a classroom.

  6. My fave so far! I just love this! My style is classic with a feminine twist, and this suits me perfectly! I am crazy about the more “sophisticated” apple and the colors are outstanding (and it all flows with our school’s red plaid uniforms…) I think I may just have to do this one. Plus, I think it will look great mixed in with Chalkboard Couture!

  7. I LOVE this pattern. I am looking to decorate my classroom (when I get one) in Red and Black and this is IT!!! I am super excited to get my career adventure started!!

  8. Are the apples only on two elements of this classroom theme? I want to make sure before I purchase! Thanks so much. All these classrooms are ADORABLE!

    • Yes! I try to stay away from the clipart on my items to make it more versatile. Hope that helps!:)

  9. You say in your reveal that you can get this collection without the apples. How would I go about ordering that? Thank you so much!

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