Win a Love the House You’re In custom collage of you and your house

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Update: We have a winner. Stay tuned for a new contest in February. My monthly contest to win a “Love the House You’re In” custom collage will continue this year, with collage artist extraordinaire Mel Kolstad remaining with scissors and vintage ephemera in-hand. Do you realize that Mel’s collages are just 4 inches square? A bit smaller, even, than what you see on your screen. To get us started for January, I asked Mel to make a collage for Susan, who was the winner of my first annual “The Hard Way” award. I love it! Click on through if you want to enter to win our next collage -> .

To win our January contest, all you have to do is: Leave a Comment answering the question, “What’s your hottest house project to get done now that it’s a new year?”  Please read all the rules here before entering, they all apply. I’ll pick a reader in 10 days, on January 21.
Meanwhile, Mel explains her journey in crafting Susan’s collage:

Susan’s house is wonderful in that it incorporates so many different textures: wood, brick, stone and glass.  It was the first time I’d ever “made stones” and I really loved the process.  It was also a hoot to feature many of her kitties on the collage as well! 

Thanks, Mel! Read more about her work on her cool blog, Ephemeraology.

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  1. Jenny says

    Working on our basement family room. I have the walls painted and am on the last layer of floor paint before we get the room-sized area rug put down. Then it’s a matter of repainting some of the furniture, getting it all moved in and organized. After that, we move on to the next room in the basement which has a built-in bar from 1956 and lots of knotty pine. Patty and Eudora, I guess that must be our “club room” but my love calls it his “man cave”, lol.

  2. Nina462 says

    I love the little kitties in this collage! and the masonary stone work is very nice as well.
    My project(s) this year are: a new driveway – but that doesn’t really count as it’s just having a contractor come and retar the current one.
    Does staining the back deck count? For sure I am painting the living room and spare bedroom.
    and of course putting in a garden & clothesline this summer.

  3. says

    We wanted our house to have a screen door. It looks like there was once a screen door and I imagined it looked like those vintage doors with scalloped trim around the screen and a louvered lower half. At least that is what I thought would look great on the house as well, it was built in 1949. So we were able to procure a brown, vintage door on Craigslist. It needs to be stripped, repainted, re-screened and installed so we can enjoy the window of mild weather we get in Texas in the spring.

  4. Mary V. Thompson says

    HIring a cleaning person, so this mid-century modern rambler in a National Register Historic District will always sparkle!

  5. Amanda says

    My “hottest” house project right now is to replace one interior door and to install a cat door of sorts in another. Once that gets done I’d like to install some bathroom cabinets that have been in boxes since before we moved in (4 years ago). We’ll see what actually gets done!

  6. pam kueber says

    I’m gonna enter my own contest, cuz can you believe it, I don’t have a Love the House You’re In custom collage of me, my family and my house yet! Not sure I’ll really award it to myself if my number comes up. Anyway… my next hot project is to create a “drop ceiling” to hold my two 5’x12′ sheets of aqua boomerang Formica laminate — being discontinued in less than a week — that I bought just in case we needed them in years to come. Also, need to keep cleaning out and organizing the office. And basement. And garage. Have to get two vintage lights rewired and hung as well. After all this, I am in pretty good shape, as I did tons of projects last year (most of which I was too busy doing projects to blog about) and I am FED UP WITH PROJECTS.

    • says

      Pam, I would love to see what you come up with for me to do if you win – an exterior, or perhaps an interior collage? The sky’s the limit! :D

  7. Michael says

    We accomplished a lot since purchasing our 1950 home from its original owner last spring, and have come to realize what we thought would be a “2 Year Plan” will more likely be a “5 Year Plan”! Finally finishing the powder room is first priority, with window coverings coming in a close second (fishbowl living has its challenges).

  8. Laura says

    I scored a really nifty 50s door on craigslist for $20! It has circle and semi-circle shaped windows in it. I can’t wait for the weather to warm up so I can clean it up and hang it up. My only torment… does it want to be painted orange or aqua?

  9. Alan says

    The hottest project for the new year for my wife and I is to get our 1955 Youngstown cabinets re finished with ultra modern hammered black and to re-laminate the countertop with a wood grain. We have been inspired by two other posts on this site (Can you leave your metal kitchen cabinets unpainted – stripped down to the steel or with a clear gloss?) and (Painting metal kitchen cabinets: Jay and Jamie’s Nashville condo with retro renovated Youngstown cabinets) under the steel kitchens section! We will definitely post when its completed to share our experience. We just want a face lift and feel the over all color scheme we’ve decided on is super neat! My wife would love to win a collage! crossing our fingers and AWESOME SITE!

  10. Jay Emery says

    The big project is refinishing the original front door on our ’62 California ranch house. Everybody in our tract has “upgraded” their front doors–incorrectly–and I plan to buck the trend.

  11. effika says

    My hottest poject this year? Hmm… I SHOULD replace the 48-year old furnance… SHOULD replace the 20-30 year old roof… SHOULD get a new rangetop (one that won’t melt part of its wires when a certain (now removed) burner is on)… SHOULD get a professional to help me figure out how to fix the yard drainage issues that are contributing to our possible foundation issues… SHOULD install vents in the bathrooms… SHOULD fix the drain on the spare bathtub…

    But what do I really, really want to do? I want to make the closet in the master bedroom useful! First things first, right?

  12. says

    I’m with effika – SHOULD do boring things like add insulation in the roof. snore. But will be restoring El Pinko, my pink bathroom.

  13. Amanda Mann says

    My husband and I purchased our 1956 modern rancher last month. The beautiful thing was that we were able to meet the 92 year old owner. The home was owned by one family and the neat thing is that it was designed and built by the architect husband. Inside we have found numerous proposal books for our local airport in Cheyenne, WY that he helped design along with lots of blueprints for schools he had worked on.

    Our first project was removing wood paneling from the 70’s which exposed Pepto-pink paint in the kitchen to go with our fab Geneva cabinets. :) There is something vividly spiritual about being in home that was so well taken care of and we have loved every moment in our new retro-sanctuary. The previous owner told my husband and I this at our home closing…”I’m so glad a young couple has bought it. I just loved all the windows and had so many happy years there. You two will too!”

    So…just getting the wood paneling off to reveal what lies beneath is our first start.

  14. wendy wisniewski says

    After 7 looooong months of exile living in a temporary apartment, we are looking forward to moving back in to our CMR (cool mid-century remodel) in just 90ish short days. Phase I complete – – lots more phases to go! It’s going to be a loooong work in progress for our 1949 gem.

  15. Annie B. says

    Congratulations and welcome to the Kolstad Kollege of Kool Kollages. The #2
    4×4 jewel above is my very own humble abode.

    Mel, you’ve done it again. Another trophy. I’m still adoring mine.

    • says

      Oh, you are too sweet, Annie! :D Thank you so much and I’m so glad to hear you’re still enjoying your collage! :D

  16. says

    Another cute collage- love those cats!

    This year I am not tackling any huge projects (did some expensive exterior work last summer that is limiting my budget)- my goals for 2011 are to decorate my home with thrifty vintage finds on a budget. So far it’s been a fun challenge!

  17. Elaine says

    My HOT project:

    Declutter, decorate and paint two bedrooms upstairs, including making walk-in closet in one more useful
    I already have the vintage cowboy bedroom set for one of the rooms, and both rooms have new windows and plantation shutters. Let the decluttering continue til it’s done this time!

  18. Cynthia says

    Hottest project is the kitchen floor. My husband tried to redo it himself about a month ago, using commercial floor tile. That was a disaster and a half…he is generally very handy, and I have never seen him give up a project, but this one did him in. The tiles would not stick and it was a total mess. I had to go to the dreaded big box store and get replacement stick-ons for the tiles he’d pulled up. Sad day, and we are back to our ugly floor that we’ve lived with for 5 years (since we bought the house). We are going to go “real floor” shopping soon, and see if we can find something that he can install and that we both can love.

  19. KM says

    Funny how many of us are “un-doing” kitchens; that’s on my plate, too. My house had a lot of un-doing, in fact. Folks, if you don’t like old houses, don’t buy one to mess up. Just buy new.

  20. says

    I am going to add a window to let in more light to my only living area, and paint my horrible 80’s fake oak kitchen cabinets.

  21. The Jenny says

    We are warming up to un-do our kitchen as well, but for this year we will be installing more built-ins. First up, a series of shelves in the bedroom to house my ceramic owl collection.

  22. Ms. Breeze says

    My hottest project for 2011 is to finish building the shed that looks like a younger sibling to my 1955 mid century modest house. Clerestory windows, period perfect paint colors and a security gnome to keep watch complete the look. Because the house is less than 1,000 sq ft, the shed is a must.

    Love love love the little 4″ collages.

  23. karen says

    Hope it’s not too late to enter…..I would love to win such a unique, and personal, collage! My first project is to get the Crestview doorlite kit I received for Christmas installed. Unfortunately the handyman gene seems to be missing from this household.

  24. says

    I want to enter! Yippy!

    Lets see, the project I am itching to get done is the bathroom in our 54 bungalow. We started it this weekend. We are ripping out the new toilet and putting in a Mammie pink toilet and wall mounted sink with chrome legs. So far, its a huge pain in the butt! As most vintage things are, it will be worth it in the end!