If you have a retro design dilemma, I may feature your story — with potential solutions in our Retro Design Dilemma series.
To be considered, follow these five steps:
- Take 3-5 photos of the room in question — making sure to read over my post for 6 tips to take great photos of your room. Also please take photos that help to illustrate your design dilemma — example — if you aren’t sure how to decorate around your colorful retro flooring, make sure to include a good quality close up of the floor itself as well as a shot of the whole room, so we can see how it reads in the space as well as what it looks like up close. Another example: If you have a piece of vintage fabric… or a vintage dinette that you want to start with as your inspiration piece, be sure to send photos of those, along with your room. Remember, because we can’t be in your actual room to look around, you must give us all the visual information we need to help you from afar!
- Make your question specific — We want to know what you want to know — so tell us. Do you need our help to pick flooring? Find the right style of sofa to complement your knotty pine den? Are you clueless when it comes to your front door? Explain exactly what your problem is so we can help you solve it.
- Tell us about your style — If you are trying to make your bedroom look like a 1970s flashback, clue us in so we don’t suggest something that screams 1950. This is also a great time to mention fun information about yourself, how you ended up your house — your “Retro Renovation story”. All this adds some extra frosting and sprinkles to your cake… I mean … submission. (We like sprinkles!)
- Email your dilemma — We will likely get many emails asking for advice so please send only one email containing all the information requested above (it’s crazy hard for us to keep track of multiple emails). Of course, we likely won’t be able to answer all of your questions — we’re thinking that we will feature one, maximum two, reader design dilemmas each week. To give yourself the best chance to have your question answered here on Retro Renovation, please follow the above steps (take 3-5 good photos, specific question, style preferences). After you submit your design dilemma, and it has been reviewed, you will receive a confirmation email.
Note: This is not the place to submit your urgent design questions — I work on these stories 4-6 weeks in advance and usually only post them occasionally — your patience is appreciated!
Please send all retro design dilemmas to:
Bring it on!