One of the things we love about Apartment Therapy contests (like Smallest Coolest) is the glimpse they provide into the lives and homes of fellow readers. And we admit, we’ve been known to spend a Sunday or two bouncing from one open house to another – even though we weren't looking to buy. Recently, HGTV took this curiosity that many of us share and turned it into a feature on their web site. At "Rate My Space," homeowners upload photos for others to view and critique. Usually, there’s a little blurb about the space and comments as well. When we checked last night, the NYC room above scored a 3.6 out of 5 stars (deemed "good"), with about 674 votes. The French shabby chic place below had a 3.9-star rating ("excellent") after 100 votes.
Hmmm ... Based on these two examples, we think our decorating style may not be aligned with the HGTV site visitors'. But it's still fun to peek into other people's houses. (Um, no, that's not us looking into your living room window at night while we're walking the dog.)