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Small. Cool.

I admitted to Scott (and expressed the same to a few of our blogosphere buds) that I felt a little, um, funny (and that’s putting it politely) asking you all for a little love in Apartment Therapy’s annual Small Cool contest. He scoffed, my friends scoffed, and they all said the same thing – put yourselves out there!

Here’s the thing. This will be the fourth year we’ve entered our home to the contest, and every year is just as stressful and exciting as the last. (We’ve come awfully close, too!) There is some good competition out there – making our minds spin with new ideas! – and this year? Well, this year, I’m going to take the advice I’ve been given and just straight up ask: Won’t you please vote for us?

This will be the last year we can enter. You’ve seen us toy with the idea of moving to a new city, seen our hearts break over the Not Real One, and have waited (so, so patiently) for us to divulge in the Actual Real One. (And that will come very, very soon; there’s still a bit to wrap up, and we’re every bit as annoyed as you are that we can’t just spill it!) For the last 5 and a half years, we’ve evolved our little beige box into a place that is so very Kim + Scott, a place that found itself expanding with its third fuzzy family member, a home business, a multi-city traveling media wall, and three bathroom paint colors. This will be the last year we can enter, because we’ll be moving – starting new adventures and making new memories in a home that’s no longer small. (Again, details soon.)

Forgive us for seeming so dramatic about it all, but to put it quite simply, our future home could use the lined pockets that Small Cool could provide. Prize money will go towards our future home – our brains have practically DIYed the home, top to bottom! – and you know we can’t wait to have you there, right alongside us.

If you’ve ever loved a project we’ve completed, a room we’ve tweaked, or picked up even a tip or two (because you guys, we could say the same about your input and links shared!), we need your vote. (And if you don’t have an Apartment Therapy account, it takes just a moment! Really.) Imagine us, happy as this guy:

Vote! Share it! Do it for Jack! XO.

Here’s how it works: Round 1 of voting is right this second. On Friday, the top 5 in each division will go up against the AT judging panel. The judges will decide who will go on to the final round (1 from each division), and those homes will be up for one more round of voting. We’re hanging in there, but could use your “Favorite” clicks to get us up there.

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  • Hannah@Eriesistibull5.28.13 - 8:19 AM

    Done!! Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel5.28.13 - 8:35 AM

    Best of luck!! I love you guys and your home is beautiful (can’t wait for your new adventures :-)). I definitely voted. Hoping you win!!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa // The Fauxmartha5.28.13 - 8:58 AM
  • Amy Lynn5.28.13 - 9:37 AM

    Is this a one time dealy or should I be checkin’ in daily to vote? I tried to figure this out on my own, I promise, but I can be a little slow when it comes to all things internet so I figured I’d better double check.ReplyCancel

  • Kim5.28.13 - 9:57 AM

    Amy – no, that’s a valid question!! Just vote ONE TIME during this round, that’s it! If we make it to finals, we’ll beg one more time ;)ReplyCancel

  • Zandi5.28.13 - 10:10 AM

    I voted for you guys as soon as it went up! I’m glad you finally put yourself out there and asked :)

    Good luck!! Let us know when you make it to finals!ReplyCancel

  • Kim5.28.13 - 10:15 AM

    Aw, thanks, Zandi!ReplyCancel

  • gqf5.28.13 - 10:22 AM

    You guys are awesome!!! And that’s why I voted, wish I could do it everyday. I shared it with my friends too, just because you guys are AWESOME!!! LOL. Glad you put yourselves out there. Take a chance, you never know.
    GOOD LUCK!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • DONE! Good luck! Remind us again when you make it to the final round :)ReplyCancel

  • Staci @ My Friend Staci5.28.13 - 12:25 PM

    Done and done! I would L-O-V-E to see you win! You DEFINITELY deserve it!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle5.28.13 - 3:43 PM

    Done! And I can’t wait to see/hear all about your new home!!!ReplyCancel

  • michelle@decorandthedog5.28.13 - 9:05 PM

    Done! Good luck! :)ReplyCancel

  • Helen5.29.13 - 12:47 AM

    Voted! For you and all the animals you ever painted! And of course, for jack! Good luck! You guys deserve to win, for being good hearted people!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Bullock5.29.13 - 7:44 AM

    I remember how stressful these contest are….You all have a winnable entry! I voted. Best of luck.ReplyCancel

  • Julia @cuckoo4design5.29.13 - 8:31 AM

    DID! Love you guys!ReplyCancel

  • Kim5.29.13 - 8:44 AM

    We can’t thank you all enough! You’re the tops! The tops, we tell ya!ReplyCancel

  • Trude5.29.13 - 1:12 PM

    Voted! Fingers crossed for you guys!ReplyCancel

  • Oneita5.30.13 - 10:23 AM

    Done! Best of luck!!!ReplyCancel

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