Remodelista Considered Design Awards Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to enter the contest? 

Individuals located in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom are welcome to enter. We regret that we cannot open the contest to projects from all countries at this time. Designers and owners/tenants are invited to submit their spaces. Entrants need not be design professionals; gardeners, homeowners, architects, DIYers, interior designers, and landscape architects are all invited to submit. See our Official Rules for exceptions.


What are the Remodelista contest categories?

Best Kitchen Space

Best Dining Space

Best Bedroom Space

Best Office Space

Best Bath Space


What are the Gardenista contest categories?

Best Architectural Garden Feature

Best Indoor Garden

Best Urban Garden

Best Edible Garden

Best Outdoor Room


What if my project has been covered on Remodelista or Gardenista before? What if I am a member of your Architect/Designer Directory?

If we have featured your project on our site(s) before, please do not submit that project for consideration. All are welcome to submit new projects, including members of our Architect/Designer Directory.


Can I submit more than one entry?

Yes, you may submit up to 10 entries but you must complete an entry form for each submission.


Can I submit my project for more than one category?

One project may be submitted for more than one category, but a single photo may not be submitted twice. For example, if you would like to submit two spaces from a single project–say a kitchen and a bedroom in your home–choose up to six photos of the kitchen and submit them as a single entry. Choose up to six different photos of the bedroom and submit them as a single entry. Entries will be excluded if the same photo is submitted for more than one category.


When are entries due?

Friday, June 14 by midnight PDT.


What kinds of photos are you looking for?

Please upload a maximum of six photos per entry. Look through our sites to get a sense for the kinds of photos we like. Consider the way we cover any single room or space, and follow suit if you can. We need to be able to see the space you want us to consider, but we also enjoy detail shots.

Photos must be a minimum of 700 pixels wide (whether the photo is displayed horizontally or vertically does not matter). Photos can be in JPG or PNG format and may have a maximum file size of 5 MB each. Photos cannot feature any identifiable person. Please note that we cannot provide individual help with photography or image sizing.


Do I need to have professional photos taken of my space?

No. We use both professional and amateur photography on our sites, and we will evaluate contest images in the same way we review images for our sites. 


Will you explain the Gardenista categories in greater detail?

Examples of Architectural Garden Feature: Garden Gates, Pergolas, Trellises, Driveways, Paths, Stairs, Swimming Pools.

Examples of Edible Garden: Vegetable Patches, Raised Beds, Herb Gardens, Kitchen Gardens.

Example of Outdoor Room: Outdoor Kitchens, Sitting Rooms, Outdoor Showers & Baths, Tea Houses, Decks & Patios, Cabanas & Pool Pavillions.

Examples of Indoor Garden: Houseplants, Terrariums, Windowsill Herbs, Vertical Gardens, Greenhouses, Conservatories, Tabletop Gardens, Cut Flower Arrangements, Tablescapes with Plants and Flowers. 

Examples of Urban Garden: Window Boxes, Balconies, Fire Escapes, Roof Gardens, Front Stoops.


What is the Design Statement?

Please prepare a brief statement describing your project and what you were aiming to achieve. The form will accept a maximum of 50 words, so choose carefully. Your project will not be judged on your design statement but it can help us understand your project.


How will you choose the winners?

Remodelista and Gardenista judges will review every contest submission and will choose up to five finalists in each category. We will announce the finalists on our sites and the eventual winners will be chosen by public voting. There will be 10 winners total: one winner for each of the five Remodelista and Gardenista categories.


Who are the judges?

The competition will be judged by a panel of Remodelista and Gardenista editors, led by editors-in-chief Julie Carlson and Michelle Slatalla.


What is the prize?

Winning projects will be covered with full posts on Remodelista or Gardenista, and winning entrants will receive a Casamidy lantern designed exclusively for us.


When will finalists be announced, and when is the public voting period?

Finalists will be announced on Monday, June 24 and public voting will begin. Voting ends on Monday, July 15 at midnight PDT.


If I am a finalist, can I publicize my project and ask people to vote for me?

Yes! We will share some tips with all finalists about publicizing your project to maximize your votes. We will share a contest logo with you to post on your blog, Facebook page, etc.


When will winners be announced?

Winners will be announced on Monday, July 22.


Even if I don’t win, is there a chance you will publish my project on Remodelista or Gardenista?

Yes. By sending your photos and project details to us, you give us permission to use them. We may publish some images to publicize the competition, and we may publish your images on our site at a future date, always with proper credit.


If my entry wins, who will be credited for the design?

On the entry form, you will be asked to list the contributors to the project. Listed contributors will be named if your project wins. By submitting a project, we assume that you are entitled to do so. See our Official Rules for details.


Where are full contest rules?

Official Rules are here


How do I enter?

Enter online here.


What if my question isn’t answered here?

If not answered in our Official Rules, please email feedback<at> with “Design Awards” in the subject line. We can’t guarantee a response, especially if you are requesting individual assistance with your submission.