Voting Closes at 3pm EST: The Finals!

Announcing The Small Cool 2013 Finalists

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The ballots are in! Over the weekend, our smart and stylish judges, Emma, Emily and Jason, voted on your choices for the top 5 homes in each of our divisions. After counting their votes, reading their ballots, checking our tallies (and checking them again!) here, without further ado, are the division winners and your finalists for the Small Cool home of the year! Check them out, congratulate them on their division win and then click on through to the main contest page to vote for the home you think should be the Grand Prize winner for 2013...

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Teeny Tiny Division Finalist: Garrett's Everything Every Day
Location: NY, NY
Size: 340 square feet

What our judges had to say about Garrett's small cool home:

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Jason Oliver NixonGarrett’s pad is sophisticated, chic, and eclectic. There’s a wonderful mix of textures—from wood to fur. I love the gorgeous black-and-white photos and the clever use of the Murphy bed. It’s a very soothing and inviting space—and yet deliciously dynamic, too, thanks to the gorgeous objects that keep the eye engaged.


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Emily HendersonGarrett’s apartment proves that limiting your color palette makes a small space feel so much bigger.  He mixed up the finishes and the shapes, but did such an amazing job of making of piece feel so intentional, making the whole room look totally well balanced.  The murphy bed is perfect, the gold chest of drawers is  beautiful and lots of clever storage solutions.  Nice job, Garrett. 

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Tiny Division Finalist: Julia's Cabin in the Hills
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Size: 415 square feet

What our judges had to say about Julia's small cool home:

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Emma FexeusClever built in storage solutions makes the space look clean and clutter-free. Leaving the walls bare of art and adding interest with textures instead gives it a relaxed and minimalist feel. A breath of fresh air.

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Emily HendersonJulia’s cabin is minimal, quiet, and yet has a specific design point of view that makes the small space look so much bigger. I love the dark floors and the white walls and somehow the lack of accessories doesn’t feel cold. 

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Little Division Finalist: Kiera's First Fixer Upper
Location: Washington, DC
Size 750 square feet

What our judges had to say about Kiera's small cool home:

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Jason Oliver NixonA gorgeous use of color and graphic elements—from the stunning map on the wall to the juicy, juicy red coffee table and the pinch-me-please striped bathroom walls. The kitchen is just delectable: What a terrific way to use black and white. The divine dining room has just enough kick thanks to the Kelly green bureau.

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Emma FexeusCourageous use of colors and strong graphic patterns, that somehow balance each other to not take over too much.



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Small Division Finalist: Adam's Comfort & Warmth
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Size: 936 square feet

What our judges had to say about Adam's small cool home:

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Emily HendersonMy god, this apartment is great; 100% full of personality and just weirdness.  I love that mural on the walls, the insane plants that make my crazy lady interior garden look sane and tame.  My main question is: when can we become friends? Because Adam is cool. 

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Emma FexeusVery inspiring loft style, warmed by the use of plants and colorful textiles. Looks really fresh and spacious.


Thanks again to our judges! Congratulations and good luck to our finalists! May the smallest, coolest home win! Go! Vote!