“Love the House You’re In collages by Mel Kolstad” — the complete collection of 13

love-the-house-youre-in-october-2010-copyright-retro-renovation-comTo follow up on our kaffee klatsch with Mel Kolstad, I asked Kate if she could go into our archives and pull together all of Mel’s “Love the House You’re In” collages into one final collection page. Looks like we have a baker’s dozen — 13 collages in all, created starting around March 2010, with the final one published May 2011.


What a wonderful way to enter into the holiday weekend, don’t you think? Hey, on that note: Kate and I need to unplug completely from the matrix over the holiday or our heads will explode (well, mine, I shouldn’t speak for her). So at day’s end today, I will flip a switch and direct all comments for the next few days into moderation until we return Monday morning. Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone! Drive safe, and eat more pie!

Note as you are looking at these: (1) These are all custom collages representing readers of Retro Renovation and their houses — sometimes folks wanted their personal, family or pet photos included… (2) These are actually just 4″ x 4″ collages. The size of a bathroom tile. So you are likely seeing them enlarged on screen… and (3) We enlarge the scans for the blog because I want you to see the excruciating detail — Mel cuts out the itty bitty pieces by hand or with a punch and then applies them. *Some therapy,* as I like to say. Starting after the jump, we display the series as it was created — so we can see the progression of Mel’s work. For the lead photos, though, I show Mary Ellen’s house, featured October 2010 because it is my favorite *of the moment*.

Love-the-house-youre-in-amys-houseAmy — April 2010

love-the-house-youre-in-robinRobin — May 2010

love-the-house-youre-in-july-2010-retro-renovationLugine — June 2010

joe-anthony-bella-july-2010-love-the-house-youre-in1Joe, Anthony & Bella — July 2010

love-the-house-youre-in-collage-august-20101Carlos — August 2010

love-the-house-youre-in-collage-annie-b1Annie B — September 2010

love-the-house-youre-in-october-2010-copyright-retro-renovation-comMary Ellen — Oct. 2010 (repeat of lead photo.)

Looks like we did not publish one Nov. 2010.

susan-house-collage-feb-2011Susan — December 2010

collage-of-mid-century-blue-houseKara — January 2011

mid-century-modern-house-collageStacey — February 2011

retro-renovation-love-the-house-youre-in-collage-copyright1Amy — March 2011

stacy-collage1 Stacy — April 2011

love the house you're in collage Mel KolstadShelly — May 2011

I love these so. And ya know, I think it is really pretty cool how this random selection of reader houses — chosen monthly in a little contest — ended up showing quite the diversity of mid century modern — but mostly modest — housing styles. It might right be a pretty darn good approximation — statistically, even — of “what’s out there.”

xoxo, Mel!love the house you're in


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