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What

Our Fall Colors Contest is a contest for all color lovers, worldwide. In October, we're looking for the most colorful, most beautiful home on the planet.

Why

Color is one of the most powerful ingredients of successful interior design and the most affordable way to change a room, but few feel comfortable using it. To inspire confidence and improve homes, we're inviting readers to share their colorful homes, tips and sources.


Contest Overview

This year we've made quite a few improvements to our contest format and we're excited about sharing them with you. Some of the major changes include a richer, more organized Contest Pages where all submissions can be easily found and viewed. Additionally, we're flipping our voting format so our editors and judges will be choosing the finalists and then the readers will be voting live online for the winners in our new, bracketed voting system.

Submissions

  • Monday, 9.22 through Tuesday, 10.14 through the form to the right

Eligibility

  • The colorful home must be lived in by the contest applicant and can be ANY SIZE!
  • The home may be owned, rented, or even sublet.
  • It can be designed by a professional or by a weekend hobbyist.
  • All readers age 18 and up are invited to enter the contest and share their home. Due to legal limitations and shipping costs, only U.S. residents are eligible to win the prizes.
  • You must be located outside of the US to be eligible for our International AT "Gift."
  • International readers are invited to submit entries for exhibition on the site, but they are not eligible to win prizes. Unfortunately, CB2 prizes may only be awarded to US residents.
  • Employees of CB2 or Apartment Therapy may not enter this contest.
  • Entries may NOT include links to other web pages or to AT house tours.
  • Once submitted, no contest entry may be changed, altered, or enhanced.
  • Only one entry per household permitted across all AT color contests.
  • Winner is solely responsible for any and all local, state, and federal taxes incurred upon claiming a prize. CB2 will file a 1099 for prizes valued at or above $600.

National Contest Schedule

  • Submissions are open on Monday, 9.22 through Tuesday, 10.14
  • Completed submissions will be posted in our submissions pool starting Monday, 9.29
  • The best 40 entries from each region (at the discretion of our judges) will be posted (2-3 per day) will be shown on the front page of the blog from Monday, 9.29 through Friday, 10.17.
  • Readers will be encouraged to comment and assess each entry. The judges will review and take into account these comments when making their final decision.
  • The strongest 16 entries in each region chosen by our judges will move to the bracket voting period, starting on Monday, 10.20
  • In our bracketed voting period each finalist will compete for reader's votes until only one remains.
  • Each bracketed face off lasts 24 hours.
  • The four finalists from each region will compete against one another on Thursday, 10.30.
  • The two finalists who remain will compete against one another from Friday, 10.31 until noon PST on Monday, 11.3 at which point voting will be closed and the winner announced.

International Contest Schedule

  • Submissions are open on Monday, 9.22 through Tuesday, 10.14
  • Completed submissions will be posted in our submissions pool starting Monday, 9.29
  • The best 40 entries from each region (at the discretion of our judges) will be posted (2-3 per day) will be shown on the front page of the blog from Monday, 9.29 through Friday, 10.17.
  • Readers will be encouraged to comment and assess each entry. The judges will review and take into account these comments when making their final decision.
  • The strongest 16 entries in the international pool chosen by our judges will move to the bracket voting period, starting on Monday, 10.20
  • In our bracketed voting period each finalist will compete for reader's votes until only one remains.
  • Each bracketed face off lasts 24 hours.
  • The two international finalists will compete against one another from Friday, 10.31 until noon PST on Monday, 11.3 at which point voting will be closed and the winner announced.

Prizes

National winners receive a CB2 Shop Card

1st Prize$2500
2nd Prize$1250
3rd Prize$625
4th Prize$625

In addition the 1st prize winner will be invited to be featured as a special House Tour after they've received their prizes.

The first 25 complete US submissions will each receive Apartment Therapy's new book: "Apartment Therapy presents Real Homes, Real People, Hundreds of Real Design Solutions" published by Chronicle Books.

International winners who place 1st through 4th will receive a certificate of recognition and the AT t-shirt of their choice.

Contest Help

If you are having trouble voting or have technical questions about the contest, please follow the below instructions:

If you are certain you have a valid ApartmentTherapy.com community username and password and are having trouble, please try following this logout link and then log back in on our comment form.

If that doesn't work, please email contesthelp@apartmenttherapy.com describing your problem. Please include your ApartmentTherapy.com user name; the email address you registered with; and the version and operating system of your web browser.

Press

If you are a journalist and would like to cover the Fall Colors entrants, photograph a Fall Colors contestant's home or interview an AT reader or blogger, please contact Chris Phillips at chris@apartmenttherapy.com or (212) 274-0410.

Please review the full rules for this contest.

Win Up To $2500 in CB2 Shop Cards $5000 in prizes to be awarded!

Atpresents
plus 25 Copies of our book
Apartment Therapy:
Real Homes, Real People, Hundreds of Design Solutions
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Oct
31
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Voting for the final four begins on October, 31st 2008. Until then, vote for your favorite entries in the regional brackets.

Sep
22
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We'll begin posting contenders on September 22nd. Please return then to check them out.