Forever Schoolhouse

A long time ago the schoolhouse in Maxwell, Iowa was up for grabs. It was so long ago that it was pre-Tammy, which doesn’t quite seem possible. Austin and I joked around about buying the schoolhouse, which I think was selling for around $30,000. We dreamed about splitting up the floors and putting in such luxuries as a kiln, furniture restoration studio, offices, a storefront…you know, totally practical things.

Maxwell Schoolhouse

Clearly we didn’t purchase it because that would be sheer craziness, and the school is allegedly haunted. Duh duh duh.

Once Tammy entered into the picture, we shared our schoolhouse dream with her and she’s been on board with the dreaming part. Most recently she forwarded us a picture of this school and said there was a floor for each of us.

Nevada Schoolhouse

I’ve been saving links and images to schoolhouse renovations that were particularly inspiring. Let me tell you, there are a lot of bad ones out there. My husband grumbled this is probably because it’s nearly impossible to renovate one. Schoolhouse hater.

Hillside Schoolhouse


This shot from pretty much says it all for me. Posh furniture, interior updated but still retaining a vintage look. I’d move in.



This schoolhouse from Sweden shows how amazing all of our vintage collections could look inside.



We’d have to fight over a space like this that’s so open and sunny.

Ok, ok. Maybe all of the asbestos, electrical, plumbing, heating elements and the logistics of three separate families living together in harmony make this unattainable, but we can dream.

What do you think? Any one else out there wanting to renovate a schoolhouse with us? We’d need four floors and an extra ghost, but we’ll find it eventually.

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  1. Anne
    Posted April 3, 2014 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    do it…Do it…DO IT!! I’d come visit!

    • Angela
      Posted April 7, 2014 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

      Well if it means you’ll come and visit I’m sold 🙂

  2. Posted April 3, 2014 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    I have ALWAYS wanted to do that! Old schoolhouse, old firehouse, old mill….. Anything! I love the idea of an unconventional home. My hubby won’t go for it, though. Plus there’s that whole “pretty much need a bottomless pit of money to renovate” thing. Really cramps my style.

    • Angela
      Posted April 7, 2014 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

      Yes you’re right: we’d star in The Money Pit Two I’m sure!

  3. Tessa F
    Posted April 4, 2014 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    i’m always a sucker for communal living. i will live in your schoolhouse as long as renovation doesn’t include clearing out this…

    • Angela
      Posted April 7, 2014 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

      Hahaha! Clearing out Matthew McConaughey would be fantastic…but clearing out those weird sculptures…we’d do that before you got there and not tell you 🙂

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