Update: I made it into the first round. Holy crap. Check out my page on ApartmentTherapy.com here. Please vote for me. I think voting is open until early May. (I promise I won’t turn into one of those super
annoying persistent people begging asking for votes.)
Apartment Therapy’s Annual Small Cool 2011 contest call for entries ended today. For those of you unfamiliar with the contest, ApartmentTherapy.com (one of the best resources for interior design solutions, in my opinion) holds a national contest every year to celebrate the smallest, coolest homes and apartments. And by small, they have to be under 1000 square feet. Mine is only 900 sf so I figured I would give it a go. The contest calls for 5 photos as well as a floor plan of your home. My home would qualify for the Small category (there is also “Teeny-Tiny,” “Tiny,” etc.) since it is under 1000 sf but over 800 sf.
I must say entering the contest was a little premature considering the bathroom was not done, the bedroom hasn’t been touched and the black room is still having growing pains but what the hell, there’s no harm in trying right?
Here are the photos I entered. I should have done some behind the scene shots, because trust me, my house wasn’t as clean as these pictures lead you to believe. What you can’t see are the dirty clothes, dog toys, dusty sideboards, Ikea packaging remains and horrid ceiling fans. Ah, photo magic. Stay tuned after the photos – I’ll list some advantages and disadvantages of my entry and my thoughts on how it stacks up to the competition.
Let’s start with the negative and end with the positive:
- Chevron rug in living room – everyone on the planet has one of those rugs, including several of the homes in my division
- Everything’s still rough around the edges – lighting is missing (in kitchen and in black room)
- It looks like no one lives there because of the starkness of the surfaces (I tried to fix that with the awesomely-placed book (sigh) in the living room)
- Lack of interesting furniture and furniture overall – I’m working on it but it’s a slow process because I want lovely, timeless pieces (read: not Ikea) for chairs and side tables but that stuff takes time and resources
- The style of my home is unique to the group – most are lofts or newer homes
- The “Small” group overall is underrepresented (a house or apartment under 1000 sf but over 800 sf is unique in general) meaning I have a better chance
- I’ve got that rockin’ chalk wall (which has yet to make an appearance in the contest, which surprises me)
- I live in Kentucky (most of the homes are from Brooklyn, East Coast, West Coast or International… maybe they are yearning for a Midwestern representation..right? RIGHT?)