Porter County Schoolhouse, Valparaiso, Indiana

Hello! School's out for summer, so don't worry, we won't be stepping into the classroom. Instead, this 1896 building in Valparaiso, Indiana has become a 2 bedroom, 2 bath home.

This house has a few sets of interior French doors, one of which leads to the dining room.

I'd like to keep this simple & clean look.

This design has a schoolhouse appropriate look, and its also fits with the home's rural setting. As a plus, the black and white scheme ties into the kitchen:

This kitchen makes me wish I was a kitchen designer.  This room could have a lot of period character in the right hands.

I suggest this as an overall look, starting with the white cabinetry.  I'd love to see it go all the way to the ceiling.   I also like the idea of a freestanding island to house the range. 

Here is one of the bedrooms:

Let's continue the simple, black & white theme in here, and I found a way that allows us to keep the green painted trim.

Very sweet and simple, with little punches of color to freshen it up.

There's a large, light-filled family room addition on the back of the schoolhouse.

It's nice, but I think it needs attention to make it feel less modern and more original to the space. So, if we don't paint the trim in the bedroom, I think we need to in here.

This design provides the cute character and antiques that this space needs to age it a little, while still fitting with our overall simple design plan.

This is a great opportunity to own a charming piece of history.  What do you think, will our design give it a passing grade?

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