Meet Our Small Cool Judges: Patrick J. Hamilton

Meet Our Small Cool Judges: Patrick J. Hamilton

Janel Laban
Jun 17, 2014

We're happy to announce that two super talented design pros have lent their expertise to our judges panel for Small Cool 2014. They are both New Yorkers which mean they know all about the challenges (and rewards!) of living Small and Cool. We can't think of anyone better suited to help us choose the finalists in this, our tenth year of Small Cool, than our very first Small Cool winner, Patrick J. Hamilton!

A little bit about Patrick:

Interior designer, writer, activist, humorist and, currently, eligible bachelor Patrick (also known to Apartment Therapy readers as “patrick (the other one),” “p(too)” and “P2”) is an interior designer, writer, activist and humorist living and working in Manhattan.

Patrick won our very first Small/Cool contest, and our first ever Bloomingdale’s Big Window Challenge. He’s been a part of the Apartment Therapy family, officially, since 2010, when he started contributing House Tours.

Patrick’s had work featured on The Kitchn, Front & Main, American Baby, the Lenox blog,, and HGTV, and just last fall, completed his first show house room for Holiday House, a jewel-box homage to St. Patrick’s Day that captured the eye of sites and blogs like, Houzz and Quintessence.

He’s also a contributing writer at The Bilerico Project, has contributed to and been featured on New England Home magazine’s blog and Bubble & Squeak, and has had essays published on Huffington Post Gay Voices.

He also spearheaded a contribution to the It Gets Better project, “It Gets Better: NYC Designing Men,” featuring several of New York’s most respected design professionals, and will be featured as part of the RISDiversity campaign this coming fall.

He’s participated on and moderated panels at –scope Art Fair, the Design & Decoration Building, the New York School of Interior Design, the New York Design Center, and the New York Times Designer Seminar Series at the Architectural Design Home Show.

This spring, he also completed his fourth room vignette for Design on a Dime, the annual event in New York City to benefit Housing Works, helping to address the dual realities of homelessness and those living with HIV/AIDS.

He covers industry events and trends on his blog Ask Patrick, nominated in 2013 for Best Writing in the Design Bloggers Hall of Fame.
...and his own experience living small and cool:
(Image credit: Jody Kivort)
I’m still living in the smallest space I’ve ever lived in (since my college dorm room!): my 485-square foot studio apartment, in the shadow of the Time Warner Building. The best thing about this, or any small space is that even though it can get out of hand, it’s pretty easy to whip it back into shape (Although I confess, I need a good whipping right now! Wait.) It’s also incredibly efficient to heat and cool. And it’s really cozy, especially in the winter, a nice feeling in a city like New York, especially after that winter we just had! I’m also still really proud of the furniture plan, something that’s working even harder for me now, since I also work from the space.

Discover more of Patrick's style at:
Thanks, Patrick!

Meet our other Small Cool 2014 Judge:
Amy Preiser, Senior Digital Editor for the Hearst Design Group
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