It's Time to Choose the Smallest Coolest Home of the Year!

It's Time to Choose the Smallest Coolest Home of the Year!

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Janel Laban
Jun 2, 2015
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The judges ballots are all in! Justina Blakeney (Designer, Blogger at The Jungalow and Author of The New Bohemians), Daniel Kanter (Blogger at Manhattan Nest and a former Small Cool winner), and Orlando Soria (Designer, Creative Director for Homepolish, Blogger at Hommemaker) voted on your choices for the top 5 homes in each of our divisions. I just did the math (and checked it twice!) and now I'm excited to share the division winners and finalists for the smallest coolest home of 2015 with you. Check them out, congratulate them on their division win (yesssss!) and then visit the main contest page to vote for the home you'd like to see as the Grand Prize winner for 2015. And, don't delay - voting is only open for one day!

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Megan's Chic Converted Garage

Divison: Teeny Tiny
Location: Portland
Size: 388 square feet

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

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Justina: I adore the bed nook that doubles as storage, and all the wood! The space is small but remains airy, bright and cozy and somehow also manages to look spacious.



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Orlando: I loved how airy and bright this place is. Megan somehow figured out how to combine complete efficiency with warmth and comfort to make a space that feels sophisticated and elegant without feeling fussy.

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Amanda's Scandinavian Neutrals

Division: Tiny
Location: Chicago
Size: 525 square feet

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

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Orlando: I love that this place has so much crazy character combined with such a monochromatic color palette. The black and white keeps everything sophisticated, but all the wonderful art and objects make sure the space is filled with fun and movement.

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Daniel: Amanda’s space is great! There’s a lot going on in each space but none of them look cluttered. Neutral palettes can be sort of boring, but Amanda’s mix of patterns and layered stye keeps this space feeling vibrant and fun.

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Meghan's Creative Solutions

Division: Little
Location: Charleston
Size: 660 square feet
What our judges had to say about Meghans's small cool home:

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Daniel: Meghan’s house is so much fun and so original! I love that she wasn’t afraid to throw a huge piano in the living room, and all the shelving in the bedroom and living room lend a lot of warmth without feeling either fussy or crowded. There’s a real sense of good old-fashioned southern charm in this place but it still feels fun and fresh.

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Justina: Absolutely love the colors — the green bookshelf?! Swoon! The high ceilings in this place keep it feeling airy and roomy. It’s homey and cozy, it feels effortless and I love all the plants.

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Mike's Penthouse Perch


Division: Small
Location: Philadelphia
Size: 925 square feet
What our judges had to say about Mike's small cool home:

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Orlando: The combination of crazy gallery walls and well-proportioned furniture makes this space look cozy and keeps the eye interested. Sometimes people in small spaces think they have to keep things austere and minimal so it doesn’t feel too cramped, but a good gallery wall can make a space feel sophisticated and nuanced.

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Justina: So many great statement pieces, with a lot of contrasting textures and materials making the space feel rich and layered.

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