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Schoolhouse Cottages


While I am still in my back-to-school frame of mind, I thought you might enjoy seeing a couple of neat homes that have been created from old schoolhouses.  I think this is such a great idea.  What wonderful recycling! (The one at the top is a rental in Vermont.)

Here is one featured in Country Living magazine several years ago.  Don’t you love that yellow door?   And it has all this bright green on its interior – definitely not what I was expecting when I saw it.

This little 900 square foot schoolhouse in the Catskills was in very poor shape when the owners purchased it for $30,000.  A week later, it was in an even worse condition when the pipes burst and the ceilings caved in.  What luck!

So they began to gut it and do a total

What do you think of all the bright green in the house?

They named the cottage Monkey Cottage because it is a place to “monkey around” on the weekend. 🙂

The bedroom had 2 walls with 3 ft. ceilings.  They hired a carpenter to build bookshelves along one of the walls and storage drawers along the other.

The second renovated schoolhouse I want to show you was also featured in Country Living.  It has an entirely different feel to me.

The original building was a 544 sq. ft structure that was built in 1913.  The owners added on a 1200 square foot addition.

The chalkboard above is original to the house – as is the chalkboard in the living

I am not a big fan of the statue in the dining room, but I adore that table and those wonderful schoolhouse chairs.

What I really like about this house is how they incorporated schoolhouse elements into the interior.  It just seems fitting given the home’s design and history.

I think they all did a good job with their renovations. Don’t you?

If you had to choose one of these lovely little cottages to be your home,

which one would be your choice?

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aimee {sixteen fourteen} - August 21, 2012 - 7:17 am

I love them both, for different reasons: the first one is so fun and has a collected vibe…perfect for a second home! I could see living in the second one every day, though. I love the neutrals and yes, even the bust in the dining room!
Aimee – I totally agree with you, although I think I could see raising little children more in the first one than the second one…guess it just depends on what stage you are at in life. I think the second one is more “my style” (minus the bust 🙂 ), but then I am at an “older children” stage. Thank you so much for reading and leaving your comments here today!

Kayleigh - August 20, 2012 - 10:12 pm

Okay, I am in LOVE with the little green cottage you featured first. It makes me smile every time I look at it. I especially like the last picture you posted of it – the yellow wall with the white ceiling reminds me of the sun. Who wouldn’t love to live there?
Isn’t that little cottage the cutest thing Kayleigh? It just has “happy” written all over it. I can see why they named it Monkey Cottage! You could certainly play and monkey around in it.

Jaye @ Just Trying to Make Cents of it All - August 17, 2012 - 12:39 pm

How cool are those? Seeing the fall leaves reminds me how much I miss the northeast this time of year. Fall doesn’t hit Colorado at least until October!!
Jaye, that Vermont one made me want some cooler weather…which we may be getting on Monday hallelujah! Our leaves don’t peak here until Thanksgiving! Of course, if we drive a few hours north, October brings on gorgeous leaf colors in our mountains.
Thank you for stopping by here and leaving your comments!


Garden, Home and Party - August 17, 2012 - 12:25 pm

I really like the second one, the use of antiques and the more neutral palate suits my style interests. I even like the bust in the dining room! 🙂
The green in the other house is a bit much for me but well done and seems cheery. I love the cupola on the second house and its something I’ve always wanted for my own house.
Have a nice weekend.
Karen, I love all the antiques in that one too – minus the stuff on the wall in the kitchen. That table and those chairs in the dining room are just wonderful to me. If I lived there, I would send you the bust. 🙂

the farmer's wife - August 17, 2012 - 10:34 am

Personally, I really love the green interior. And, I could absolutely live in any one of these. It’s always hard for me to tell from photographs and the editing process, but from the looks of things I would live in any one of these just for the beautiful surroundings.
Julianna, I agree. The surroundings ARE beautiful on both of them…and especially on that Vermont rental at the top. That green one is such a “happy” looking interior. I don’t know how you could ever be down in a house like that.

Judy - August 17, 2012 - 8:13 am

Ohhh, I could see myself living in either of those homes…especially the 1st one, looks so cozy.

South of Montgomery is a restaurant that used to be an old school house called Red’s Little School House. The main dining area is the original school room with the original chalkboard (where they write the menu) and pictures of presidents still on the walls! They did add on a little side room that still respects the original design….they have the best home cooked southern meals. In fact, we had our rehearsal dinner there when we got married almost 9 years ago.
Judy, that restaurant sounds wonderful! I love that they kept the architectural design AND more importantly, serve great southern meals – you can’t beat that! And what a neat place to have a rehearsal dinner. Thanks for the info. I will have to check them out on the web.

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