An Old Schoolhouse Becomes a Cozy Cottage in the Catskills
One of the great things about Pinterest is that I keep coming across beautiful houses I’ve seen in magazines over the years but had kind of forgotten about. Today’s rediscovery was this 1840s schoolhouse in the Catskills that I fell in love with when Country Living featured it.
It belongs to Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke, a magazine editor and a decorator, who bought the neglected Federal-style schoolhouse for only $30,000.
At that time it was a rental, and it was a big ol’ mess. They spent a year transforming the 900 square-foot schoolhouse into a colorful little weekend retreat they dubbed Monkey Cottage.
The stairs and railings are painted a playful spring green:
When I saw this former schoolhouse again today, I knew it needed to be added to my page of favorite cottages.
The house has no closets, but at least there are some wonderful built-in cubbies like these:
It does my heart good to see an old building like this restored and given a fresh start. (And it looks really fresh with all the yellows and greens!)
Homeowners Jason and John under the “Monkey Cottage” sign at the side door:
I would love to have a cheerful little cottage like this to retreat to on weekends, wouldn’t you? For more photos and information about the former schoolhouse, check out the article at Country Living (photos by Lucas Allen; story by Sara Bliss).
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