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Until AT fixes the broken links, the Kitchn post with both Before & After pics is HERE.


Kitchen Before & After: Spice Rack Storage Revisited The Kitchn
5/19/14 04:44 PM

Wonderful apartment, beautifully photographed!

Many thanks to Matilde, Gustavo & Jacqueline for sharing this little jewel with us. What a treat!


Matilde & Gustavo's Arts District Apartment House Tour
5/17/14 09:11 PM

Wonderful, gracious home. And, wow, how lucky is Maiike? She's a photographer who has the most photogenic baby who ever existed right in her very own family!

How do you ever put your camera down with that adorable little munchkin living in the same house with you, Maiike? ;-)


Erik & Maaike's Tranquil Country Cottage House Tour
11/29/13 07:40 PM

Four and a half months and no update on the sofa situation & no final reveal?

I checked & the last post made by this contributor Bethany Seawright was in July, a week and a half after this one. I do hope she's okay.


Planning Pays Off: The Big Move Design Diary
11/29/13 04:32 PM

saramango: I enjoy browsing & favoriting one or two daily as you do. That's part of the fun of the contest and with this many entries, it would be a formidable chore to have to judge them for the first time all at once in a week of open voting.

But maybe we could keep the daily favoriting system in place where our favorites are recorded (as they already are now), but now only for our own convenience so we can go back & review those we'd favorited before registering our actual final votes?

I tend to be more generous with my votes in the beginning but get more parsimonious later on, others do it the opposite way. But without knowing what the whole field will look like until it's all been revealed, it's impossible to judge early ones against entries you haven't seen yet. But that's exactly what we're being asked to do.

Every year there seem to be a couple of votes I'd like to take back because I think the entries went further than they might have just because a lot of people voted on them early on without knowing what their competition would later be or because the day they were published their competition didn't happen to be very strong & they shone in comparison.

But if we were asked to vote (as opposed to merely 'favorite') only after we'd seen them all & could directly compare them side by side, our preferences would be more accurate. <---yikes, does any of that make any sense? sorry if it doesn't. ;-(

Just seems like there's just too much luck of the draw involved in this contest the way its designed now.


Announcing The Small Cool 2013 Finalists! Vote Now for Our Grand Prize Winner
6/4/13 06:29 PM

The judging panel does seem to help circumvent the problem of social media-driven vote boosting but I agree with everyone here that it still does nothing to fix the basic structural unfairness of this contest whereby late entries aren't allowed to compete for votes with the earliest published ones for the same length of time, virtually ensuring that more meritorious late posted entries aren't likely to break into the top five that the judges will even be allowed to consider.

The suggestion others have offered earlier on this thread is a good one to try for next year: let all entries compete for votes on a level playing field all at the same time and then let the judges mitigate any distortion of votes which may have occurred via social media.


Announcing The Small Cool 2013 Finalists! Vote Now for Our Grand Prize Winner
6/4/13 05:21 PM

Well, this one may have been the easiest choice ever for me to make in the S+C finals .

Best of luck, Julia!


Julia's Cabin in the Hills Small Cool Contest
6/4/13 11:02 AM

kb, stereotype much?


Heinz & Veronique's Mid-Century Home + Prefab Cabin + Studio House Tour
6/1/13 10:53 AM

Glad to hear it veronique, they're terrific! Love the proportions & they'd work perfectly for my veranda. But your link didn't work. I also tried transit-space.com & different configurations with LA in the url & none worked.

When you get a good link, can you come back here & post it? I will try to check back every now & then.


Heinz & Veronique's Mid-Century Home + Prefab Cabin + Studio House Tour
6/1/13 10:48 AM

marcia, I spend a lot of time out there already (always have lots of family weddings in So & Northern CA and work related stuff there) and am one of those weird people who genuinely loves LA already, blemishes & all, and so I try to explore different neighborhoods each time I'm there

And one of the major reasons I do love that city is that you can drive just a few miles in one direction & get a radically different landscape & lifestyle. You keep giving us more places to check out more closely, though.The chamber of commerce should give you a plaque or something! ;-)


Heinz & Veronique's Mid-Century Home + Prefab Cabin + Studio House Tour
6/1/13 10:44 AM

Yes X 12 to all above!

And I agree with Mary E that the detail shots which are so often frustrating to us worked great on this tour this time because they really helped propel the visual narrative. Great job by Marcia Prentice. All her LA tours could single-handedly prop up the bankrupt California economy by making us all move out there and buy up real estate. She keeps showcasing all these wonderful nooks & crannies in the city.

Oh, and Heinz's chairs? He & Veronique need to market those!


Heinz & Veronique's Mid-Century Home + Prefab Cabin + Studio House Tour
5/31/13 01:48 PM

That grasscloth is definitely worth whatever the price you paid, Annah. It may have been an indulgence, but there's a big payoff, because it really brings the whole house up a notch. Or several really.

Such a lovely, polished home. Only in LA would the pool cabana be probably the most chi-chi part of the house, but then you can use it everyday. Are those chairs from Janus&Cie?

But I agree with ya, tetegrondona, maybe if we beg we we can get the editors to trade the honey pic for one of the pool house & throw in a shot of the alphabetized pantry as a bonus?


Annah & Benny's Sophisticated Family Home House Tour
5/30/13 06:38 PM

Emem, she said she's keeping her eyes open for art to buy if she wins. I like that she doesn't tack up any old thing & that everything in her home seems well-considered.

We need to see more of this one, including the exterior. An old hunting cabin in LA! Who'd have ever thunk there were any of those around town?


Julia's Cabin in the Hills Small Cool Contest
5/28/13 01:34 PM

Beautiful. That kitchen was redone in 1997? Looks like it could have been reno'd recently.


Kimberly's Second Floor Space Small Cool Contest
5/28/13 01:24 PM

♥ #243!

There have been multiple studies done which show that patients recuperate from illness & surgery much faster if they're recovering in places with views out to a lot of greenery. Your apartment seems like it would be such a wonderfully restorative place to come home to after a rough day at work or a hard commute, Ben.

That floor plan is outstanding too, btw - everything a person needs in 549 sq ft and there's just the right amount of furnishings & accessories in it to feel comfy, no more.

Like everyone else, I'd sure love to see more of this contest entry (esp. the study & the famous bathroom). It'd be even better in video format so we can hear those gorgeous Singaporean birds.


Benjamin's Lush Green View Small Cool Contest
5/24/13 07:59 PM

Great job knocking out walls and putting up those frosted sliders to extend the sight lines. I'm thinking that if only you had made your floor plan pic a before/after instead of just an after, more people here would realize the smart things you did to make your small place cooler. Well done!


Yamini's Love at First Sight Small Cool Contest
5/22/13 03:06 PM

I knew it was N.O. just from the pics before I even checked the text! Makes me homesick.


Megan's Historic Details Small Cool Contest
5/16/13 10:47 PM

♥ #168!


Kin's Minimal Design Small Cool Contest
5/14/13 09:47 PM

♥ #97!


Megan's Revived & Renewed Small Cool Contest
5/14/13 09:38 PM

Yep, great advice Mike in HI. I'm a believer also that a well-designed lighting plan can not only visually stretch the dimensional footprint of a small room & boost its perceived square footage, it can dramatically improve the general sense of well-being imparted by a room of any size, not just small ones.


Living in a Small Space: Three Things that Make a Big Difference
5/6/13 11:06 PM