48 hour flash contest: Win a “Love the House You’re In” collage featuring your house

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It’s time again to enter to win “Love the House You’re In” custom collage by Mel Kolstad. Her latest creation — for last month’s winner, Stacey — is above. Isn’t it amazing…? Imagine what she could do with your house — it’s easy peasy to enter….

To enter this month’s contest, leave a Comment answering the question:

What color paint (or wallpaper design) is on your kitchen walls right now? Optional: Are you happy with it?  Please read all the rules here before entering, they all apply.

Just like last month — this contest rewards regular readers, because I’m only leaving it open for 48 hours. I’ll pick a winner on Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, here is what Mel had to say about her latest creation: 

Look at this little gem of a house!  When Stacey sent me the photos, I knew instantly how I was going to create the collage.  The house and the surroundings have a very “ecclesiastical” feel to them – that’s the only way I can describe it.   There is just something so peaceful about this place, which is why I used the calming greens and browns to highlight the house, along with the “overcast” sky.  The tiny stones were a wonderful challenge to recreate, too!   So there you have it.  I don’t want to play favorites but this house was REALLY REALLY fun to do!  😀

Thank you, Ms. Mel. You can experience more of Mel’s world at her blog: Ephemeraology

  1. Ali Bahler says:

    Dear Pam,

    I would love to have a collage of my groovy little round house! From the front it has been described as the mushroom house, the cement yurt, and the flying saucer. A really fun outside the box kind of home.

    I think it looks like a yellow vase with giant pine trees coming out of the middle, and whimsical flower petals scattered across the front grass lawn….the cement steps playfully curve from the sidewalk up to doorstep instead of straight to the round curved door.

    I can’t wait to get some curved retro furniture to sit in front of the fireplace soon!

  2. Stacey says:

    My kitchen walls are a bright lemony yellow. I painted them this color last summer as a birthday gift to myself.

    I chose the color at Home Depot one day. I wandered past the Martha Stewart paint chip display and one of the yellows jumped out at me. I picked up the chip and looked at the back to see what colors it would coordinate with. One of the colors was a lovely soft jade-y seafoam-y green…the exact same color as my kitchen’s counters. It was fate…kismet. I decided that instant that my kitchen walls simply HAD to be that color.

    The counters are not the originals but almost everything else in the kitchen is. The house was built in 1957. I think the pastel green counters and bright yellow walls really “go” with the house’s retro vibe. I love my kitchen walls!

  3. Trela S says:

    As I am currently living with my mom at her house (which I grew up in) and taking care of her (she has late-mid stage Alzheimer’s), I guess I’ll have to use her wallpaper in her kitchen. This is the only wallpaper that I can remember being in her house. It is a beige background and in the foreground the colors are blue, green and brown. The blue, green and brown are worked into groupings of kitchen items like copper bowls, spoons, bread, fruit, vegetables, squashes, salt and pepper shakers, lettuce, grapes, bottles, etc. There are way too many things to name but this is a representative list of some of the things on the wallpaper. You would think that, listening to this list, it would be gross – but it is not. It is tastefully done and is a great complement to the overall look of her kitchen. The cabinets are a natural, knotty pine and are also original to our small but lovely kitchen. I think that the overall look is great and we like it so much that it hasn’t been changed in 50 years.

  4. Mark G. says:

    My walls are a silver gray – my backsplash is 70’s faux brick, which I painted a bright apple green. The kitchen cafe curtains, counter accents and wall art are predominantly lime and apple greens. Cabinets are a dark 70’s finish, which is now 21st century espresso with stainless chevron hardware (a lucky find). Countertops are original 70’s (and earlier) formica – a white with a delicate green veining. Floors are a medium/light oak laminate to contrast the other woods (espresso bistro table & cabinetry). Found some neat matching geometric sink mat & runner in browns, grays, and white which really bring the flooring back a few decades. Pure white porcelain dinnerware – white appliances – white porcelain sink with oversized stainless commercial hardware. I love it!

  5. Sara D says:

    My walls are “Cornhusk”, a nice light green with a yellow tinge. I quite like it! It goes well with all the honey coloured wood and fake butcher board counter a la 1983. Can’t wait to redo it in turquoise and pink!!!!! Then I’m gonna find me some really sweet old wallpaper, with geraniums!

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