The Homies: Best Home Design Blog of 2011

Young House Love

Dear Readers,

After eight days of vigorous voting*, this year's winner for Best Home Design Blog is:

Young House Love!

Bloggers: Sherry & John Petersik
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Blogging Since: 2007

Please check out their awesome blog and thank you for taking part in helping us to discover and celebrate the best in the home blogosphere. Young House Love will now join our pantheon of Best Blogs, and we'll see you next year in January.

Best, Maxwell

* Please note that to counter vote stuffers, we removed any instances where we saw an extreme amount of votes from one unique IP address. We did allow for instances like universities, where there could be many people on one IP, and we did examine IP locations. We applied the exact same criteria to each blog and vote entered in the contest.

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The Finalists

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It's link love time again!

There are awards for all sorts of blogs, but no one ever pays enough attention to the shelter blogs, so we started The Homies. It's our way of surveying the blogosphere each year for the best new home design blogs and sharing what we find. It's not so much a competition as a celebration of the richness and awesomeness of shelter bloggers around the world. Join us, share your favorites and check out the ones you don't know.

There are five categories: Home Design, Home Tech, Kids @ Home, Green Home & Home Cooking. None of our blogs or past winners are eligible (see below).

The prizes? $50 to the winner of each category and lots of traffic as we publish the five winners in a big congratulatory post across our network on February 4th. We want to elevate good home blogs, see who you love and gain awareness for the home niche.

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This Year's Submission List
(in order of nominations top to bottom)

  • Slim Paley
  • Young House Love
  • The Steampunk Home
  • Freshome
  • Table Tonic
  • Door Sixteen
  • Our Little Beehive
  • 7th House on the Left
  • Remodelaholic
  • Adventures in Renovating a Brooklyn Limestone
  • The Designer Pad
  • Making It Lovely
  • The Tao of Dana
  • Bright Bold and Beautiful
  • The Brick House
  • The Zhush
  • Compartment Life
  • Chez Larsson
  • Under the Sycamore
  • Decor8
  • My Favorite and My Best
  • Desire to Inspire
  • Manhattan Nest
  • Centsational Girl
  • Bower Power
  • Design Elements
  • Chezerbey
  • Designtripper
  • Ana White
  • CasaSugar
  • Homedit
  • Marion House Book
  • Retro Renovation
  • The Lettered Cottage
  • Isabella and Max Rooms
  • Plastolux
  • The Design Confidential
  • The Drawing Board
  • ABCD Design
  • Chateau & Bungalow
  • Frugal Kiwi
  • Little Green Notebook
  • Rambling Renovators
  • sfgirlbybay
  • SnOOp
  • The Inspired Room
  • Bogle Street
  • Confessions of a Design Geek
  • Fresh Home Blog
  • IHeart Organizing
  • Kenziepoo
  • kickcan and conkers
  • Maillardville Manor
  • Modern Kiddo
  • Arianna Interiors
  • Dear Designers
  • Design Trends
  • Falls Design
  • Hilary Inspired
  • House*Tweaking
  • Ideas To Steal
  • If the Lampshade Fits
  • J&J Home
  • The Design Tree
  • Yellow Brick Home
  • Addicted 2 Decorating
  • Atalier Tally
  • Badder Homes & Gardens
  • Design Sponge
  • Fabric of my life
  • Flowerona
  • From the Right Bank
  • Hi Sugarplum!
  • House of Turquoise
  • little. lovely.
  • Lobster & Swan
  • Pop Art Rock Girl Yeah
  • Remodel This House
  • Simplifying Fabulous!
  • The Estate of Things
  • TukaBear
  • A Fish Named Owl
  • Albemarle Reno
  • Baby Green
  • bloesem kids
  • CasaCullen
  • Cocoon Home Design
  • Copy Cat Chic
  • Decoist
  • Design Crisis
  • Enzy Living
  • Habitually Chic
  • Heather Jenkinson: Blog
  • I Suwanee
  • Kitschy Kitten
  • My Designer Muse
  • Our Humble A{Bowe}d
  • prudent baby
  • Pure Style home
  • Shoebox Apartment Living
  • Simplified Bee
  • Style by Emily Henderson
  • The Borrowed Abode
  • The Buzz - Diane James Home
  • The Design File
  • The Happy Heathen
  • Your Decorating Hotline
  • {aka}|design
  • Aubrey & Lindsay, Little House Blog
  • buy modern baby
  • Chic & Cheap Nursery
  • Cook.Vegan.Lover.
  • Cote de Texas
  • Crocodile Tears
  • Decor Arts Now
  • Decorate Your Life
  • Design Evolution
  • Design Guy University
  • DIYdiva
  • DukeBecky
  • Effortless Style
  • emmas designblogg
  • Encore Decor{the blog}
  • Family Chic
  • Fun and VJs
  • GrassrootsModern
  • Green is the new black
  • Hamptontoes
  • Handful of Salt
  • Holyoke Home
  • Hooked on Houses
  • Hotel Chic
  • Houzz
  • ish and chi
  • Katyelliott.com
  • Kelly Market
  • li'l magoolie
  • Little Miss Heirlooms
  • LiveLikeYou
  • Loritica Designs
  • Love & Homemade Recipes
  • M-Dashing
  • Making This Home
  • Materia Designs
  • ModFruGal
  • My Fave Home Design Blog
  • My Friends House
  • nursery notations
  • Penny Luxe
  • Peppermint Bliss
  • Remote Stylist Style Watch
  • Retrograde
  • Slim Paley
  • Small for Big
  • Stacey Sheppard's Blog
  • Stainless Steel Thumb
  • The Beautiful Soup
  • The Picky Eater
  • The Vintage Cabin
  • theinteriorevolution
  • Triangle Honeymoon
  • urban casita
  • Urban Grace
  • Urban Style Vibes*
  • Velvet & Linen
  • 320 Sycamore
  • a desert fete
  • A Merry Mishap
  • Ada's Interior Design
  • After Dinner Design
  • Amuse Bouche
  • Arren Williams Design Lab
  • ATELIER Abigail Ahern
  • Aunt Peaches
  • babyology
  • Bijou and Boheme
  • Call of the Small
  • Camille Maurice
  • Cape 27
  • Cattywompus
  • Cheese Lovers International
  • chic mother & baby
  • Coconut & Lime
  • Comfy Cozy Couture
  • Decor Demon
  • decorpad
  • deedee9:14
  • DigsDigs
  • Dream Book Design
  • Dreamy Whites
  • EcoSalon (Shelter section)
  • Elle Oh
  • Farine
  • FixItYourself.com
  • Gina's Skinny Recipes
  • Green Plum Design
  • Grins & Sighs
  • Handjobs (For the Home)
  • Head Over Heels
  • helt enkelt
  • Hernando House
  • Hillary Inspired: A Daily Journal
  • Holiday House Rules
  • House Fixer
  • i am baker
  • Interiors Porn
  • Jennifer Rizzo
  • Jones Design Company
  • Kara Paslay Designs
  • Kara's Korner
  • Laura U Blog
  • Lavender and Lilies
  • Le Blog Deco
  • Leite's Culinaria
  • Live Creating Yourself
  • Love Making It
  • luxxury livving
  • Marie's Maison
  • Matters of Style
  • Merrypad
  • minor details
  • Mochi Home
  • My Dear Lady
  • My Humble Abode
  • Oh Joy
  • Online Fabric Store
  • Pad Style
  • PainterGirl
  • Peas & Crayons
  • Petite Planet
  • Pickyeater Blog
  • Pink Wallpaper
  • Rdeco-Interior Design Projects
  • Remodelista
  • Russet Street Reno
  • Simple Healthy Family
  • SimplyGrove
  • Small & Chic in C-Ville
  • Solid Frog
  • Studio Rose Flash
  • Stylebeat
  • Sweet Greens
  • Sweetbites
  • The Avid Appetite
  • The Blue House
  • The Design Junkie
  • The Diversion Project
  • the happy home
  • The Naptime Chef
  • The Steampunk Home
  • the sweetest digs
  • The Veggie Experiment
  • This Little Piglet
  • Thrifty Decor Chick
  • WeHeart
  • Whatever...
  • Wicked Delicious
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• Past Winners

Home Design
    2009 Remodelista
    2008 design*sponge

Home Tech
    2009 Ikea Hacker
    2008 tie: Engadget & Gizmodo

Kids @ Home
    2009 WHATEVER
    2008 Inhabitots

Green Home
    2009 Maya*Made
    2008 Green (Goody)

Home Cooking
    2009 Smitten Kitchen
    2008 Vegan Explosion

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• All Past Homies Info

• FAQs

What's the schedule?

1. Add your favorite home blogs
    January 18-25 (until midnight EST)

2. Vote on the top nominees
    January 26-February 3 (until 6pm EST)

3. Winners announced!
    February 4

What happened to 2010?

We usually run the Homies from December into January, but due to technical work we needed to get done, we pushed this year into January, which means we lost the 2010 window. We're going to call the winners this year the 2010-11 Winners.

What happened to the fancy interface we had last year?

It will be back next year, but we had to give it a break while we rebuild the backend of our system. We're doing a lot of track work right now.

How does it work?

Nominations for the best blogs in these categories are collected all week, we then choose the top six favorites, and then you all get one powerful vote starting next week.

Who is eligible?

Any blog, amateur and professional in the homespace in the five categories listed below. 
 Past winners and Apartment Therapy blogs are not eligible.

What is the homespace?

It's the media space dedicated to folks who love their homes, and it concerns decor, cooking, entertaining, raising kids, working at home and a whole host of green issues. We're willing to think broadly, but, remember, we're not concerned with things like cars, restaurants, the stock market and Hollywood gossip.

How many blogs can I nominate?

As many as you wish.

How many new favorite blogs can I discover?

As many as your brain can handle before bursting.

When do we vote?

After a week of nominations, we'll collect up all your input and sort them down to the top six contenders. On Wednesday, January 26th we'll post these top six for a week so that you have plenty of time to see them and vote. With one week of nominating and over one week of voting, we should have a good turnout.

Can we vote more than once?

Not in any one category, but you certainly can vote in all five categories.

Can we encourage our friends to vote (for us, even)?

Yes. Not only can't we stop it, we know that the web is a community and word of mouth is how it works.

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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