Fab Freebie: The Art of Home

You guys know we’re suckers for a good house portrait, so we’re happy to be serving one up this week thanks to watercolor wizard Michelle Schneider of The Art of Michelle. She creates all sorts of good stuff, but we’re drawn the most to her charming renderings of people’s homes and gardens. It’s always fun to see the different twists that artists put on painting their most structural of subjects. You might find someone’s pet popping up in the yard of some of Michelle’s work – or some sheet music adding some texture to a tree or a roof. This week she’s giving one of you a custom 11 x 14″ house portrait, which is valued at $300!

Please use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter (it might take a second to load, but it should eventually pop up below this paragraph). This giveaways is available worldwide! Plus, Michelle is offering free shipping on orders using the code YOUNGHOUSE through October 7th! And FYI, she’s currently taking holiday orders (but is almost booked up). And for anyone who misses the freebie bonus question, we started one over here in Forums so you can sound off and see what everyone else thinks on the subject.

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    • says

      Nope, that’s just a bonus for-fun thing since some people said they missed chiming in on questions in the comments (we moved to a Rafflecopter system to save time and also to allow us to accept more than 10,000 entries so we didn’t have to end contests prematurely).


  1. Brittany M says

    I think I need to sit in the corner with a “Dunce” cap on because I have no idea what “freebie bonus question” is and if I don’t answer in the forum does that mean my entry is voided? I feel a little lost when I enter into the givaways. It’s a conundrum.

    By the way I love this idea. Very cute idea to hang a nice portrait of your home.


    • says

      Oh that’s just a for-fun thing for the folks who told us they missed chatting about a weekly question (we used to have entries through comments, but now that we use Rafflecopter we set up the Forum question as a place for those folks to continue to chat).


  2. Gayla says

    This would be perfect! We are getting ready to put our beloved home on the market. We have gotten orders to Hawaii (seriously, half way around the world) and we know that selling is best for us right now… but it does hurt our hearts a little to do so!

    • says

      Enjoy Hawaii, Gayla! It’s my favourite spot on earth. I’m assuming you’re a military family, so just wanted to say ‘thanks’ for all you do & best wishes! :0)

  3. Amy says

    I have become obsessed with your blog ever since my husband and I started house hunting back in February and bought our first home in July. Although we’ve done a ton of painting, paintings and pictures have not reached the top of our priority list just yet. Having a painting of our first home would be the perfect start with photos of both of our childhood homes above and below!

  4. Twilla says

    I have ordered from The Art of Michelle before! She is so creative and a joy to work with. My friends and family are always commenting on my house portrait!

  5. Pamela says

    Sherry, if you and John are looking for a new home renovation project that might have special (hint, hint) meaning, I have found it for you. Marshall Mathers’ boyhood home is going up for auction this week. Minimum bid is $1! Of course, you would have to travel back and forth to Detroit, but the property is only 776 square feet so you could probably knock it off over a long weekend.

    • Susan Connolly says

      Oh…. for a second I thought it was “Jerry Mathers” as in, “The Beaver” ! Haha – and I wonder how many of you won’t know who I’m talking about.

  6. Bryanna says

    It would be so amazing if I won this! My husband and I got married at our house & I gave birth to our son at our house too!

  7. says

    I love her work and I have been eyeing it for a while. Unfortunately, I can’t get one right now but I definitely intend to have her do a painting of our current house one day! This house is our first together and where our son has grown up so far, so it definitely holds that sentimental value!

  8. says

    “You might find someone’s pet popping up in the yard.”

    I swear I read this sentence three times before I realized you didn’t say, “you might find someone’s pet POOPING in the yard.”

    I was like, “why would anyone want their dog pooping incorporated into a print of their home?” #longday.

  9. says

    I would love to win this and get a custom painting of my grandmother’s house. My grandfather designed it and helped build it. I don’t get to visit nearly as often as I’d like anymore. I’d love to have that bit of family history with me in my own home.

  10. Katie Rose says

    Funny, I JUST purchased a home portrait via Etsy this past Friday from another young lady! My dad sold my childhood home at the end of July so I felt like I needed something professional to remember it by. It would be SO cool if I amassed a mini collection of different artists’ take on my old home :)

  11. Stephanie S. says

    OH MAN! I would LOVE to win this. I’ve been thinking about how much I would love a portrait of our home lately. It’s such a sweet and personal touch. Great giveaway! Her portraits are beautiful.

  12. Sarah says

    Oh! This would be the perfect gift for my mom. My dad passed away last year and she’s having a hard time keeping the place up by herself. It’s the house they lived in their entire marriage, so it’s sad for her (and the rest of us) to have to sell come spring. Fingers crossed that I win but if not it’s still a wonderful gift idea to remember all the memories from our home.

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