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

melissa kolstad collage for retro renovation love the house you're inEntries now closed. Be sure to check the blog regularly — there will be another contest in May. Amy was the winner of our January contest to win a Love The House You’re In Collage — and that’s her classique mid-century modest home, above — as immortalized by collage artist extraordinaire Mel Kolstad. To win our April contest, all you have to do is:

Leave a Comment answering the question, “What project is at the top of your to-do list month?” If you want to leave a tidbit on its style, that would be cool, too. Please read all the rules here before entering, they all apply.

This month’s contest rewards regular readers — I’ll pick a winner late Monday night. Yay on all of you who check in daily!

Mel explains this collage:

“I LOVE Amy’s house!  The minute I set eyes on it I got all nostalgic – this little beaut reminds me of the neighborhood in Green Bay, WI where I grew up.  I loved the challenge on working with REALLY tiny “bricks” and making the “wrought iron” railing, and the fact that Amy wanted her family in the photo because they’re so supportive of her.  That’s what it’s all about.”

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

P.S.: Not to tantalize, but Jenni and I are putting the finishing touches on Mom’s bathroom today (Friday). Big reveal to come this weekend. If we survive. 🙂

  1. Elaine says:

    We finally closed on our 1963 “time capsule” on the Space Coast on March 21. Our project list is long and it is hard to say what will be first. I think the new roof will be the biggie. We are getting a new metal roof, and as part of that, we will be redesigning the front screened porch to make it a little wider from the house to the streetside, to wall in the bottom of it to prevent our dog from escaping through the screen, and to give the front door better definition.

  2. Josey says:

    My #1 project right now is a tie between 3 things. It SHOULD be getting a new storm door since mine broke in a storm. It should also be fixing my front steps (which was going to be a “some day” project until they all fell apart this winter), but I think it comes down to installing the tile on the walls of my pink tub. I have to hurry up and get this thing going!

  3. Kristina says:

    Oh boy, I love this contest.

    My #1 indoor project is hanging pictures. We’ve been in our new house for almost a year now, and I still haven’t managed to hang all of our photos.
    #1 outdoor plan is the very boring task of painting the shed and doorframes.

    I just pinned one of Mel’s collages on Pinterest.

  4. Lauryn says:

    Finishing, finally, the kitchen remodel in our sweet little 1939 cottage. And actually, it most likely will bleed over into NEXT month (we’re, shall we say, taking our time), but we’re hoping it will be all finished by our Second Annual Mint Julep part at the end of May. That, and getting my garden planted. Can’t wait to have fresh food from the garden in the new kitchen! (And fresh mint for those juleps!!)

  5. Kelli says:

    My project this month is to paint the exterior trim, now that we have scraped all the peeling paint from our 1940’s cape cod(ish) house. This includes the fence & the deck, so I am guessing the project will spill into May…and June…..

    Can’t wait to see your mom’s bathroom reveal!

  6. Sara Paul says:

    Wash the out side of the windows in case the sun ever decides to shine around here (near Ptld.,OR) ; getting 5 cows (fences are ready) – can’t wait to see what color they’ll be as the breed we get comes in quite the variety; and if the rain keeps up I’ll finish my red-work wall hanging with all red embroidery of ducks doing household chores like you see on dish towels.

  7. Just another Pam says:

    Today I’m going to hang my coats in the front closet for the first time since I moved here almost 4 years ago, it’s no longer storage…..happy dance. And the rest of the weekend will be to continue my pursuit to stock a Sally Anne all on my own. Ahhh, the dreams of the everyday small house owner.

    And, I confess, lurking near the computer waiting for the unveiling of the seven day wonder bathroom.

    Happy weekend to all!

    1. Jenny says:

      I can relate to your closet happiness. It didn’t take me quite four years but it did take nearly a year before we could use our coat closet in the hallway. We moved in and immediately shoved a bunch of stuff in it. A few weeks ago, I cleaned out our closet, installed some hooks on the back of the door, added a new shelf in the “dead space” above the existing shelf and installed a shoe rack. I also bought nice wood hangers that actually match. For a week after, every time I passed by, I opened the door and did a happy dance. Ah the small things in life 😉 Enjoy your closet!!!!

      1. Just another Pam says:

        Damn, now I have closet envy, Jenny! Your’s sounds perfect so it seems there will be some tweaking in my future as I blush to admit I left it exactly like it was 1966 I was so happy to move all the coats out of the other closet. Thanks! Really, I mean it ;o)

  8. Michele says:

    We’ve finished painting our bedroom, my husband ((bless him) put the vintage wallpaper up on the one wall last weekend (sidebar: and “they” said it couldn’t be done!)) and I’ve been attempting to fix up a lamp I bought at our local restore…sigh, the hubby can put up very expensive wallpaper, have it all match and I’m struggling to do this darn lamp. I’m not at all crafty, but it looked so easy on the YouTube video…my goal this month is to make that lamp look good…

  9. Melanie says:

    Well, the top of my list WAS to work on painting the outside of the house. Now we’ve got 8″ of new snow, so that’s out of the question for the weekend.
    New top of the list is to replace my stove. My avacado green baby died on Sunday in the middle of trying to cook a pot roast. So now I’ve got to find parts or a “new” vintage stove in time to get Easter baking done. That is going to mean doing some re-wiring and updating because the old stove is just direct wired, no plug in, nothing.

  10. Katie Cappello says:

    Wow, everyone’s so busy, it’s inspiring! At the top of our to-do list are a few small, random things we kept putting off after moving this year to our little bungalow:

    1. New shoe moulding and transition strips to finish off the refinished wood floors (found underneath brown shag…yay!)
    2. Replace kitchen light with vintage fixture found on ebay
    3. Caulking redo around one of the living room windows

    Pam, thanks for the great bathroom redo chronicle…gives me hope for our daunting bathroom project.

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