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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. Linda says:

    Next month we’ll be replacing the ceiling tiles with drywall. The tiles were damaged when the roof leaked, prior to us buying the home.

  2. Gabbie says:

    My 1949 Cape Cod has a semi-enclosed side porch with jalousie windows. I painted the walls several months ago but never got around to the ceiling so my priority in the next couple of weeks is to paint the ceiling a light blue or “haint blue” as we say here in the south.

  3. Jenny says:

    Painting my bathroom, which is in a complete state of disarray. I bought the paint three weeks ago and eagerly jumped into removing all the cabinet hardware, patching the walls, sanding, etc. As usual, life intruded and I haven’t gotten any farther.

  4. Mary V. Thompson says:

    Top of the to-do list for the house is to finish repainting the “non-public” rooms–the bedrooms, the back bathroom, and the kitchen!

  5. Betsy Ward says:

    My hardwood floors need refinishing badly. Since moving into my `57 splitlevel 4yrs ago, I keep pushing this project out into the future…decorating is so much more fun. Time to put the brakes on Briard, Wiinblad and Bitossi purchases and get down to basics. How nice one of Mel’s collages would look amongst it all.

  6. Ohhh! I’m swoooning something fierce for a collage of my little penthouse in the hood. My project is to rip out the black and white funky linoleum in my kitchen and replace with a black and white kitschy kitsch 50’s tile. Yeah! That’s the biggie. XOXO

  7. Cynthia says:

    Another great collage, Mel! Love it!

    Our list is mostly yard stuff. Hubby took the day off from his desk job today and dug ditches to install sprinkler lines. Half our yard is dirt (from our remodel last year). Plan to build two more raised bed for veggies — we already have three, but the way we see it, if you know how to can, you have a deep freeze, and you have friends or a food bank to pawn any leftovers on, there is no such thing as growing too many veggies. We will seed buffalo grass or some other drought-resistant turf in between the beds, with some sort of pathway material to walk on.

    Also thinking of building a chicken coop and getting a few hens. Our own little mid-mod farm in the heart of Denver…

  8. Shelley says:

    So excited…another chance to win one of Mel’s fantastic collage’s. I would so love to have one of these of our new-to-us 1910 Bungalow!
    Our big project for this month is to clean out the basement of the home we are currently renting and get ready to move into our new home. The big home improvement projects also include painting some recent thrift store furniture purchases.

  9. robyn says:

    Well, there are many things to do. We have 1 child almost out the door for good and another 1/2 way through college, and all their childhood stuff is packed in boxes on our front porch and in our living room (in front of the big picture window of our ranch house). We had a pipe break, cause a flood and stuff was put in storage while our hardwood floors were re-finished. Now the kids stuff needs to be stored in the garage, not back in their rooms. Then, I can work on the pinch pleat drapes that would look nice on the picture window the kids’ stuff is in front of….
    And the outside of the house needs painting. Painting will probably happen Memorial Day week-end. Whew, that makes me tired just typing!

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