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.
Finalist: Stacy's Light & Bright View of the Garden
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Size: 40 sf
Steve Justrich says: My eye goes right to the colorful awning which pulls my eye out to the view of the garden. I love the fresh whiteness of the cabinets and marble countertop, and the sparkle of the wall mounted faucet. This kitchen is an ode to a simpler time before kitchens became dominated by gadgets and large scale appliances. It's minimal in an old-fashioned way.
Matt Armendariz says: So small, so bright, so happy! The view makes it feel spacious, and it’s such a great use of small space. Did I mention it’s so bright and happy?
Steve Justrich says: I have three reasons why I like this kitchen - Black, white and wood! Lot's of contrast, warmth and richness. Black appliances can be a strong choice and they work here. Great vintage pieces and art add to the feel.
Matt Armendariz says: Striking, elegant, and that window just makes me happy. Totally different and creative.
Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs say: We love the mix of materials here: dark salvaged wood paneling, clean, white walls, a graceful glass and iron light fixture. Oh, and you had us at farmhouse sink.
Finalist: Jennifer's Full-Service NYC Kitchen
Location:New York, NY
Size: 75 sf
Matt Armendariz says: Now this is a kitchen that looks like you could walk in and immediately get busy! In NYC no less! Its retro styling makes me smile.
Steve Justrich says:
Both Katie's and Jennifer's kitchens have similar elements that work for me- the use of blue on the walls transforms both as well as the creation of seating vignettes that tell a story. Katie's fold down table and red chairs with cable and clips, toaster and orange clock, and Jennifer's tea for two table, with art sandwiched between two old fashioned cup and teapot shelves, is a masterful set piece that is a shrine to this kitchen's style. Both kitchens celebrate the comeback of the open pantry — curated clutter tells the story of the cook's style.
Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs say:
You can tell this is a real cook's kitchen. From the butcher block countertop to the working chalkboard to the clip-on light over the workspace, it's full of practical, thoughtful details.
Thanks again to our judges, and may the smallest coolest kitchen win!