The Homies: Best Kids Design Blog of 2011?

Under the Sycamore

Dear Readers,

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

Under the Sycamore!

Blogger: Ashley Campbell
Location: Oklahoma
Blogging Since: 2008

Please check out Ashley's awesome blog and thank you for taking part in helping us to discover and celebrate the best in the home blogosphere. Under the Sycamore 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 inordinate amount of votes from the same IP address. We did allow for instances like Universities, where there could be many people on one IP, and we did examine IP locations. In the instance of hundreds of votes coming from one single IP in Romania, we were skeptical. We did, however, apply the same criteria to everyone.

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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)

  • Kenziepoo
  • modern kiddo
  • Paul & Paula
  • little. lovely.
  • Little Miss Heirlooms
  • kickcan and conkers
  • Under the Sycamore
  • Buy Modern Baby
  • prudent baby
  • li'l magoolie
  • Small for Big
  • The Design Confidential
  • Blog-a-bing. Blog-a-boom.
  • KidStyleFile
  • Life With Little Ones
  • Oh My! Handmade Goodness
  • Petit Eco Kids
  • eensies
  • A Fish Named Owl
  • A-List Mom
  • Chic & Cheap Nursery
  • bloesem kids
  • nursery notations
  • Bondville
  • babyology
  • Style Milk
  • Diaper Style Memoirs
  • Lifeologia
  • Babiekins
  • Baby Blackbird
  • Jojo's Room
  • Pirouette Blog
  • La Petite
  • {KID} independent
  • PeterPiperPicked
  • Project Nursery
  • The Brothers Trimm
  • Love Life & Babies
  • Babygadget
  • Not Just Cute
  • OrangeFarmhouse
  • hoolaboola
  • minor details
  • Hiccupings
  • Dos Family
  • Hide the Cheese
  • the boo and the boy
  • Bleubird
  • with two cats
  • Modern Parents Messy Kids
  • yummy mummies & mini me
  • Stella and Henry
  • Coos and Ahhs
  • Cool Mom Picks
  • Bowsheep
  • Petite Planet
  • Mogul Baby
  • My Design Blog
  • Ana White
  • Mon Petit Amour
  • Pretty Handy Girl
  • Hart and Sew
  • Lula Honey
  • Easie Peasie
  • Mini Must Have
  • Clover Lane
  • chic mother & baby
  • Cocoon Home Design
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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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