Win a “Love the House You’re In” collage — featuring your home

Update: We have a winner, who has been notified. Tune in again next month! Lugine was the winner of last month’s  “Love The House You’re In” custom collage made by our collage artist laureate Mel Kolstad. That’s Lugine’s house … and her son and his dog … all interpreted by Mel. Oh my, Mel’s artistry just keeps getting better and better. And, it is SO COOL to feature readers’ homes.  If you would like enter our July contest and win a  custom collage featuring your house and photos, read on….

To enter, complete these two steps:

  1. Leave a comment on this post answering the question: What is your #1 project to get completed this summer?
  2. And, subscribe to my newsletter. Yes, this helps me build my newsletter list… I send ’em out just once a week, usually.

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Please read all the rules here before entering, they all apply. I’ll pick a reader next Friday morning.
Meanwhile — thanks again to Mel for a fabulous collage! You can find Mel’s collage works on flickr and her blog, Much Ado About Stuff.


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  1. erika says

    Our summer projects are to finish remodeling the kitchen and plan out our front yard landscaping using a Palm Springs mid-century desert landscaping theme.

  2. Erica Sternin says

    Stain the deck on our wonderful Rambler on a Hill so that we can spend the rest of the summer sleeping under the stars.

  3. Heather says

    To finish off the 1970’s enclosed patio as my Tiki Bar!! Can’t wait to enjoy it and sit back with an umbrella drink.

  4. says

    To finish the house! We haven’t even finished unpacking all the boxes. I work for the local school district and I hope to have everything finished before the start of the new school year. It has been a crazy trip but we have loved every minute of it!

  5. MaryE says

    I want to ‘do something’ with a wonderful child’s chiffarobe that was left in my house when I bought it. Currently, it’s painted all white, including over all the cool original hardware. I just can’t decide what colors yet… I’m leaning toward a tri-color scheme of a neutral, white, and apple green. The green is the color I just painted a really cool wrought iron washstand that I use has a coat tree. Aside from that, I’m trying to figure out how to lighten up my fence and deck, which are currently very dark stain.

  6. The Jenny says

    To add some built-in shelving in my bedroom to house my ceramic owl collection.

  7. Tamara Babbitt says

    We need to finish the half-bath we started in the basement. When we bought the house last summer, we thought it was odd that there was a toilet sitting next to the washer and dryer. So we figured we’d just build a wall around it, add a sink, and be done! Then we decided to tile it to match our original 1952 bathrooms upstairs. We are hoping to finish before October, when our Japanese exchange student shows up. Wish us luck!

  8. Lovely Mrs E says

    oh, Mel…. I just love your collages!
    My summer goals have been to be creative – and so far it’s going well. Doing lots of mini decoupage projects. Cleaned the basement – and turned it into a guest room – and actually entertained guests in it!
    The next huge project I want to complete is to paint and decoupage a 50’s cabinet I bought from Goodwill. It was made for holding records – you know vinyl LPs! So cool … thinking about painting it TURQUOISE – my favorite color!

  9. Kelly says

    …..Is to start reusing the items I all ready have. I have some great stuff, old stuff, but it’s tucked away in cabinets or on shelves. Time to stop buying and start to restyle and reuse! What’s old is new again!

    • says

      Oh, thanks so much, Kelly! 😀 I really appreciate that.

      This particular collage is constructed entirely out of paper except for the lettering and the windows, which are done with transparencies. I made the bricks out of a variegated commerical paper and a punchy (so the bricks would be uniform!). The rest of the house is high-quality cardstock. The background is all unryu (a lighter version of handmade mulberry paper) and the trees are another handmade paper that I rubber stamped with a “shrub” stamp. Austin and Dudley were printed on Canson Infinity Fine Art & Photo paper, in which the ink literally becomes part of the paper itself (you can paint on it!). Oh, and the steps are done with cardstock and “cement” embossing powder, for added realistic quality. 😀

  10. Ashley Dyer says

    #1 project this summer is replacing all my old wood mulch (that’s so yummy to the carpenter ants) with something else. I recently found a souce for tumbled, recycled glass that replaces mulch–stunning! But I’m saving up for it because the inital cost is high, but will never need to be replaced!

  11. Thom Watson says

    We have a list of projects we’re hoping to get done by the end of the year; by the end of the summer, I guess our #1 project is to replace our front and back doors. It’s tough finding a suitable style, though; the doors we’ve seen so far (at Home Depot and Lowe’s, for example) just aren’t appropriate for a mid-century home.

  12. Catherine says

    put in a shower! we only have one bathroom and one tub with no shower. it has been my #1 project for four years now!

  13. Stacy says

    The one project that I would love to get done this summer is to rip out the hideous linoleum in the kitchen and laundry room and put down VCT. Thanks to all of the great advertisements that are posted here, picking a design was easy!