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. Michael says:

    We *must* put up a privacy fence so we no longer have to look at our neighbours’ this-century mess!

    1. Amy Hill says:

      Ain’t it the truth! We have rentals on either side. The last lady used large plastic ducks to enhance her garden decor. Random neighbors & their stuff!

  2. Jennifer says:

    Oh, I do love the house I’m in! Even if the project list is long. This month, I’d like to rake the garden beds out, repair the kitchen faucet, and find a cool MCM buffet for the dining room.

  3. Amy Hill says:

    We are finally getting a provacy fence put up along the driveway. I have wanted one there since I bought the house. Also on the to-do list is pressure washing the house & spraying the exterior for carpenter bees.

  4. Margaret W says:

    Working on the bedroom “turned office”…moved into my Mid-Century Modern 1 year ago and it’s been a project waiting for me to finish……well my computer has been up and running everyday so it was easy to not pay any attention to the rest of the room……..now I think people are beginning to talk…….

  5. CindyD says:

    Love the collage, Mel. The way you positioned the family adjacent to ‘Love..’ was perfect, since that’s what/who Amy treasures most about her home. I love the brick work, too!

    At the top of our list this month is to finally convert out construction loan back to a mortgage, which means all the tiny little projects (that never seem to end) need to be completed. Push on, push on…

  6. JP says:

    Last year we fell in love with and bought a 1956 Eichler. It is a great house but there are never-ending projects… this month we are hoping to oil the mahogany wood paneling to bring it back to life…. oh, and start a vegetable garden.

  7. Laurie says:

    We are starting what will be a season-long landscaping project. The landscaping in front of our early-sixties raised ranch needs a refresh and I’ve declared we are staying true to mid-century style. The original pink and red azaleas are staying! I’m planning a rock garden with a hitching post lawn ornament which will also be a rain garden (my concession to 21st cenury sensibilities). My husband and are still looking for the perfect retro specimen tree for the front yard.

  8. Alta Hikari says:

    I need to replace my rotted-out front railings. I, sadly, live in a boring 2000’s box that is the very picture of slipshod construction. Inside, however,it is a groovy retro wonderland, a tribute to the 20th century! That’s why I love this site- it gives me retro inspiration to help me love the house I’m in!

  9. Betsy says:

    I need to finish sewing a fitted slip cover for a perfectly petite ca. 1970 loveseat that has a deteriorating brown upholstery.

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