A reader contacted me about this amazing church converted into a private home in Wisconsin that is for sale! The owner is interior designer Cynthia Weston so you can bet there is something interesting going on inside.
However, if you are thinking that the decor of this former church has been featured in some haughty design mags, think again.
The interior of this Lake Mills, Wisconsin home is more like a dizzying regurgitation of art, color, and pop culture bric-a-brac from around the world (and across the time-space continuum).
You are reading House Crazy, after all.
I love old books and I love old buildings. I adore old buildings converted into independent bookstores in scenic out-of-the-way locales.
Are you with me here?
The Book Mill is located in Montague, Massachusetts and it operates as a used bookstore/café/most cozy place in the world to drink tea.
The bookstore is housed in an 1834 grist mill that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Alvah Stone Mill.
The gradual waterfall still runs down the side of the former mill.
Have a look at what they’ve done inside:
Ever wanted to live on a house boat but not be bothered by sea-sickness? This place is the perfect solution…
Come on, be a rebel!
Listed for sale (or trade) in Kingston, Tennessee this unique take on small space living is priced at a mere $15,000.
It has 1 bathroom and 1 bed – well 2 if you count the “Amish style bunkhouse” also on the property.
The tiny galley kitchen has a propane stove and fridge, in addition to a pub table and matching bar stools.
It’s tight, but efficient (it is/was a real ship after all).
And someone had fun with the décor…
Welcome to The Pigsty.
The first thing you need to know about this structure is that it actually was a pigsty – as in, a place where pigs were housed and bred.
The second thing you need to know about this structure is that it is now used as a hotel – for humans.
Located in the North Yorkshire region of the United Kingdom, The Pigsty is set on a hill overlooking the infamous Robin Hood’s Bay.
The pigsty was built in the 1880′s by an eccentric country squire by the name of Squire Barry of Fyling Hall. He was apparently inspired by the classical architecture of the Mediterranean which he encountered during his sojourns. So he infused his pig house with classical elements such as timber columns and pediment at the entry.
The Pigsty was restored in recent years and is maintained as a vacation rental by The Landmark Trust.
“…we feel it is fit for a higher breed of inhabitant.”
The vacation rental has one bedroom and one bathroom along with a living area and kitchen:
How about a vacation at this fun place some 20 miles east of New York City?
Welcome to the Execution Rocks Lighthouse.
As the name indicates, this former lighthouse is located in a place where people actually met their doom.
In what terrible manner, you ask?
During the American Revolutionary War, the British colonial authorities were said to have executed people by chaining them to the rocks here at low tide, and when the tide rose…. well, you get the idea.
The small island located off the north side of Long Island Sound was actually man-made in 1840 on top of those jutting death rocks. The lighthouse and adjoining keeper’s house (made from stone) were built in 1867.
The lighthouse was automated in 1979 so no one has lived there since that time. However, you can now spend the night in this historic beauty because it is used as a vacation rental!
Well hold your horses; it is not as posh as you might think.