A long time ago when we started Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, we talked a lot about how homes are living beings and how so many suffer from pains and illness, it's almost as if they are crying out for help. Maxwell responded by writing the Eight Step Home Cure and started leading online "cures" on Apartment Therapy. Soon after I created a ten-step Cure just for the kitchen and turned that into an online experience. Why the kitchen specifically? Because just about every home kitchen I've ever seen, including my own and those belonging to chefs I know, has some ailment, unique to the practice of cooking and eating. And because we believe that there is no kitchen ailment that can't be cured.
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Our Small Cool Kitchens contest wrapped up this week. Did you enjoy it? We always love this contest because it gives us a unique snapshot of what's going on in kitchens around the country (and world!). This year, we were reminded of a few trends that aren't dying anytime soon, some tips to make small kitchens the best they can be, and one hot new color we see hitting it big in the next year.
Small Cool Kitchens is our annual celebration of the hardworking kitchens around the world where real people cook, live, and celebrate joyful meals with their friends and family. This year was perhaps the best and most inspiring collection of modest and lovely kitchens we've seen yet, and I know I was personally quite inspired by all the great ideas peppered throughout the entries.
We also narrow down all the reader favorites and judges' picks and choose a Grand Prize winner — and now all the votes are in. And guess what? This year's winner is really special, as it is the first time that a rental kitchen has won the top prize! Read on to see the Grand Prize winner and International winner of Small Cool Kitchens 2013!
The ballots are in! Over the past week, our clever judges Steve, Matt, and Amanda and Merrill voted on your choices for the top 5 kitchens in each category. After counting their votes, reading their comments, checking our tallies (and checking them again!) here, without further ado, are the finalists for the Small Cool kitchen of the year!
Check them out, congratulate them on their finalist win and then click on through to the main contest page to vote for the kitchen you think should be the Grand Prize winner for 2013. Voting starts NOW (12pm EDT) and runs through 12pm EDT on Tuesday August 13.
We've been introducing you to our judges in the finalist round of Small Cool Kitchens 2013. Today, meet our final panel judge: Matt Armendariz of Mattbites! Matt writes one of my long-time favorite food blogs. He is a pro photographer, writer, and terrific cook who lives and blogs in Southern California. I've always loved his sense of humor and vibrant photography. When I found out that he had just finished renovating a home too, I knew he would be a great addition to our panel!
Read on for a little more from Matt and his kitchen...
Steve Justrich is a designer in San Francisco, and his own kitchen renovation is one of my personal favorite tours. Read on for a little more about Steve and his design work, and to see what he says about his own kitchen, including the best meal he's cooked there this summer.