During the Apartment Therapy home design blog contest, a number of readers repeated our Retro Renovation tagline in their comments. This gave me an idea: I engaged Mel Kolstad, who I met on flickr, to create a series of “Love The House You’re In” collages for the blog — and here’s our first one. Mel, I forgot to ask you what year this house is from. I’ll guess mid-40s (this house has a very international-moderne feel to me), but I also bet the car-lovers in our community will be able to date it precisely by the convertible. To tell you more about our new collage artist laureate: Mel is a collage/mixed media artist who currently lives in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Stemming from her love of all things paper she began creating collages 3 1/2 years ago, which started out as a hobby but quickly became her passion. Her favorite collages to make involve using vintage ephemera, which she says “have a patina lacking in newer items. Hardly anyone uses lithography anymore!” When asked what draws her to vintage items, she writes, “…because they evoke a time and place that is quickly fading from our collective memories. These lovely pieces of yesteryear remind us of a far simpler and slower era.” You can find Mel’s collage works on flickr and her blog, Much Ado About Stuff. Thanks, Mel, you know I love your work, and I’m so excited to have this addition to the blog in 2010.