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In Indiana, A Rare 1960s Home Where Architecture and Art Intertwine

by Sofia Tuovinen

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When a mid-century house influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright is up for sale, you dig your way through three feet of snow just to get to it. At least this is what Andrea and Daren Granger did when they were determined to find the perfect home for their new family in Warsaw, IN. Despite their realtor begging the young couple not to look at the outdated house that had stood vacant for over a year, Andrea and Daren knew they had to see it. When they first walked in, it wasn’t the foyer’s orange woven blinds or the unpleasant brown carpet that caught their attention. Andrea and Daren saw beyond the ugly and outdated and were struck by the vaulted ceiling, full-height windows, upstairs catwalk and numerous other stunning architectural details. As well as they knew the house, designed by Donald Scholz, was a rarity in their rural area, they also knew it was the right one for them. The much-needed updates and renovations didn’t scare them — when you know, you know.

Going on eight years, Andrea and Daren are as much in love with their mid-century home now as they were when they first walked through the door. Numerous renovations, struggles and budget conundrums later, they still wouldn’t change a thing. With creative and adventurous mindsets, the couple set out to transform their unique Indiana home little by little. The two of them make up a dream team when it comes to projects around the house. What Andrea, an artist and stay-at-home mom, comes up with, Daren, a Product Development Engineer, plans down to the detail and skillfully executes, mindful of their budget. “Someone once said that he and I are where art meets technology, and… that pretty much sums us up!” Andrea says.

Originally built by an affluent family in 1964, the Grangers’ house features custom-made details throughout, from doors and cabinets down to hardware. Whenever an update has been necessary, Andrea and Daren have tried to honor the iconic mid-century style and craftsmanship. Plenty of era-appropriate fixtures have been sourced from mid-century homes being modernized and stripped of their original details. Adding the family’s own flair to the house has in turn meant scouring thrift stores and antique shops for quirky treasures, which now make visiting the family’s home a truly memorable and uplifting experience.

When it comes to decorating, Andrea tries to avoid major trends and prefers to follow her own intuition. She and Daren have gone above and beyond to spark their children’s creativity and imaginations at home — “we try to encourage an environment that nurtures the drive for them to create and think outside of the box,” Andrea explains. With thrifted finds and bold details, the family’s home has turned into an inspiring environment boasting art, history, humor and eccentric curiosities. “If it doesn’t make you laugh or slightly quirk your brow, it’s not worth it,” Andrea describes her one design rule. A perfect example of Andrea’s playful style is the black and white dot pattern that she painted on a whim in the foyer and dining room. The idea for these oversized dots, now a distinctive design statement in the family’s home, was born after eating a frozen pizza — proof that inspiration has no limits!

Together with their children Matilda and Magnus, Andrea and Daren have infused their exceptional house with playfulness and personality. With lots of elbow grease, the home has been transformed — although never finished and ever-changing, it now serves as an enticing sanctuary for all artistic forms of expression that the family holds dear. “Some may say we gifted new life to this home, but we feel it has given us more in return,” Andrea and Daren say. Scroll down for a peek into this creative family’s captivating home, where bohemian decor, art and architectural details intertwine. —Sofia

Photography by Andrea and Daren Granger

Image above: The architectural details of the house are perfectly portrayed in the foyer, where a vaulted ceiling and upstairs catwalk never cease to impress. A first glimpse into this home shows the family’s love for all things artistic and creative.

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On a whim, Andrea painted large dots on the walls in the foyer and dining room. The open riser staircase is just one of the many stunning architectural details in this 1960s house, which was designed by Donald Scholz. 

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This wall in the foyer is designated for art, books and plants — some of the family’s favorite things.

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The floor-to-ceiling windows of the foyer can be admired from the art-filled living area. Andrea loves to add large plants on the living room table for an inexpensive flair of drama. This one is a White Bird of Paradise.

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The contrast between acidic yellow and dark blue creates a true show-stopper moment in the living room. The painting was a wedding present from artist Lee Morse. The paint color is Night Scape by Valspar.

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In the living room, different styles and time periods are mixed to create a global, bohemian vibe. The floor-to-ceiling windows and impressive beams are the key architectural elements of this space. The treetop views serve as icing on the cake.

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The dot wall continues from the foyer into the dining room. The mid-century dining set was inherited from family friends and perfectly highlights the history of the house.

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Daren, Magnus, Matilda and Andrea in front of their beloved house. Andrea and Daren chose to paint the front door a loud pop of green, a bold choice that perfectly accentuates the modern feel of the exterior.

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The view from the open-plan family room and kitchen to the foyer encompasses the flow of the home and its architectural details.

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When Andrea and Daren bought the house, the kitchen was a dingy mix of yellow seagrass walls, broken terracotta tiles and mismatched appliances. “Although this is the area we would most love to change, it does the job well and we have enjoyed working with its quirks,” Andrea explains.

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The dark walls in the family room create both a dramatic and cozy feel.

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The family room entertainment wall features another collection of thrifted art. The intricate antique swag light creates a beautiful juxtaposition with the dark block wall.

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In this home, creativity knows no bounds. To create the pattern in the back hallway, Andrea used a palm frond as a stamp. As with most projects, Daren helped Andrea realize her vision. “My husband truly can ‘MacGyver’ anything and he’s always saving my creative visions from failing miserably!” Andrea shares.

 

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“What I love most about our home… the creative comfort it provides.” — Andrea

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The master bedroom is an ever-changing space. “This room is truly based on ‘what’s leftover’ and the hope of ‘someday when the kids are grown’ we will transform this into the getaway we dream of!” Andrea shares. Without a proper studio, this is also where Andrea finds herself doing smaller, more detailed painting.

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Andrea chose a soothing navy for the master bedroom walls. The fringe headboard blanket is a TJ Maxx find.

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Aside from collecting art, Andrea also has a soft spot for vintage clothing. “This top not only gets worn, but provides interesting aesthetic as well.”

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“This room is the creative mastermind of a nine-year-old! I really wanted her to run with it and choose whatever made her happy.” Andrea shares. The window bench is one of Daren’s creations, the bed is part of a set that Andrea had as a child.

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Matilda requested pink, turquoise, black, plants and books. Andrea and Daren brought Matilda’s vision to life — the end result is nothing short of magical!

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Summer camp vibes and cozy textures make Magnus’ room warm and inviting. “Daren’s woodworking ambition led us to choose the pine wall finish,” Andrea explains. The DIY tree branch drawer pulls add the finishing touch.

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The pine paneling adds a rustic feel, while the navy and yellow bedding from DVF Home plays with pattern and scale.

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Floor plan of the Grangers’ 5,345-square-foot mid-century home (ground floor).

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Comments

  • Sofia

    Thanks for bringing your readers a generously illustrated view of this home. Wright followers will probably be wondering which of his many apprentices was the original designer of the house ; can you name him or her for us ?

    Thanks — Steve

  • Andrea has amazing style! Been following her on Instagram and LOVE all of her posts. I’m especially fond of her awesome, unique…weird art collection! She’s awesome! So glad you featured her!

  • Great job Design Sponge! I love this home AND this artist. Andrea’s style is amazing and definitely has an outside the box style that inspires many! Please bring us more of this artist! 💖

  • The 9 yr old’s room makes me so happy honestly!! Encouraging a kid’s creativity and listening to their whims is super important and letting their bedroom illustrate that is a wonderful way to let your kid know that you want them to have their own space and be their own person. This was worded badly but my point is lovely house and good parenting

  • Amazing home! I love everything. This home has such an unique style, I love that it doesn’t have the same look as many featured homes in magazines.

  • So nice to see a home with mix and match furniture and a variety of colors and art. …an homage to the Bohemian lifestyle of the past.

  • Sorry I missed the name of Donald Scholz, the architect of this house, found in Sofia’s first paragraph. Here’s some information on Mr Scholz: http://www.ncmodernist.org/scholz.htm

    Needless to say, Mr Scholz, while said to be influenced both by Mr Wright and by Mies van der Rohe, was his own man; he was not an apprentice of Mr Wright, as the work surely shows. Interestingly, the owners’ taste in decoration seems to align with what is said to be Scholz’s preference for bright color, inside — though the few photos at ncmodernist, a reliable source of architectural information, do not necessarily illustrate this. The dark, high-finish beams and the random slate floor are certainly recognizable.

  • Hi my name is Nancy Williams and I am the person that built the house and lived in it till 1975, I think the new owner did a fantastic job on the decor. My home in Ca. is very unique and colorful as well.

  • Wow! Isn’t it wonderful that Nancy Williams has commented positively on this most beautifully unique and cozy home.

  • I have had this open on my computer for the last week. There is just too much awesomeness to take in all at once! It is incredible. Love the dark walls and mix of patterns. The artwork is fantastic. Love , love, love this house!

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