The tenth anniversary Small Cool contest has been one of the best ones yet! In one month, we got the chance to visit 189 homes around the globe and our fabulous community cast over 50,000 votes of confidence to the designs put forth by these small space dwellers. It's never easy to narrow it down to just two final choices (US and International) but your two top picks are fabulous and will reign supreme as the Smallest, Coolest homes of 2014...
Super smart and stylish, this 350 square foot studio in Brooklyn is a design powerhouse. The single room open space, originally the parlor of a 1800s home, has amazing architectural details such as high ceilings, decorative moldings, a charming compact kitchen and a fantastic working fireplace. But Tiffany and Allan really took it to the next level with their design skills and personal style.
Their "bedroom" is created with floor to ceiling drapes, a dining room fits into the narrowest space possible and one of the most attractive living rooms we've seen on Apartment Therapy, large OR small sits at the center of it all. Their advice on the importance of scale is spot on and well-illustrated by the gallery style artwork display surrounding the fireplace. They explained, "Instead of purchasing full size furniture we chose smaller sized chairs, and saved our oversized items for the walls to highlight the vertical space." Bravo Tiffany and Alan...and congratulations!
—> Check out Tiffany and Alan's entry
Gorana's apartment is black, white and stylish all over. A little bit edgy and very international in its inspirations, it's a fun, one-of-a-kind space.
One of the keys to the success of the look is that all the rooms received a similar style treatment; the bathroom and bedrooms are just as boldly designed as the living room and kitchen, so it all feels intentional and adds to the overall style statement. Themes of England, music-making and pop art show up throughout, and the rare pops of color are memorable, especially against the glossy white floors. Thanks for sharing your smashing style with us, Gorana!
—> Check out Gorana's Entry
A hearty round of applause to Tiffany, Alan and Gorana as well as to our other division finalist winners, Juan Pedro, Alberto and Emily!
Sincere thanks to everyone who submitted an entry this year and to everyone who reviewed, enjoyed and voted on the entries, including our fabulous judges, Amy and Patrick, THANK YOU for your enthusiastic support of stylish small space dwellers worldwide.
→Visit the contest page to see all 189 of the wonderful Small Cool 2014 homes
(Image credits: Small Cool Contest; Gorana's Black & White)