Apartment Guide “Your Picks. Your Place.” Sweepstakes + $100 Giveaway! #yourpicks

by Marcy on August 10, 2012 · 132 comments

Is your place in need of a style update? Apartment Guide has partnered with TV host and design expert Kim Myles for the second annual Apartment Guide “Your Picks. Your Place.” Sweepstakes!

From now until August 14, 2012 visit YourPicksYourPlace.com to vote once per day for your preferred room design, showcasing furniture and home décor items selected by featured bloggers. The site will feature four different room designs every two weeks. By voting each day, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $10,000 grand prize or one of eight $250 weekly prizes to go towards your own selections for your home. While you’re on the site, you can find design and décor tips from Kim Myles, Apartment Guide and featured bloggers to help you design a room that’s uniquely you.

Right now the sweepstakes is in the last round – and you can vote for your favorite bedroom design!

This sweepstakes ends at 9PM on 8/14/12 and you must be a US legal resident of the 50 US states or DC and you must be 18 years of age or older. Sweepstakes subject to full Official Rules available at www.yourpicksyourplace.com. Void where prohibited.

Kim Myles, season two winner of HGTV’s “Design Star,” host of her own show “Myles of Style” and designer and décor expert, has created a list of her top ten décor and design tips that are budget-friendly, easy to implement and, for renters, landlord-approved:

  1. Use fabric and wallpaper in unexpected ways by framing and hanging pieces to add pops of color and interest to bare walls.
  2. Add a big rug to inject color and pattern into a space. Don’t be afraid to put carpet on top of carpet.
  3. Divide a room and add color using a folding screen that can also provide extra storage space behind it.
  4. Transition your dining area for a dinner party using items on hand. Empty wine bottles and tapered candles can become a DIY candelabra, and flowers or leaves from the outdoors can become instant centerpieces.
  5. Choose foundation items like couches in neutral colors so that you can update your décor easily over time with patterned pillows, colored accent chairs and unique wall art.
  6. No headboard? No problem. Create your own using a stenciled canvas or a reclaimed item like an old mantle.
  7. Hang shelves from a single bar installed near the ceiling to minimize wall damage and take advantage of vertical storage space.
  8. Mirrors should be in everyone’s décor tool kit. Cluster groups of smaller mirrors together on a wall to add glamour without the investment of a big piece.
  9. Make furniture work to live in your space. Choose items that provide extra hidden storage and uses, like storage ottomans that double as coffee tables, sleeper sofas and bookcases with bins.
  10. Create a floating wall by hanging a floor-to-ceiling curtain from a rod hung from the ceiling, and just one foot out from a bare wall. Fill in the space with shelves or large items such as bikes.

We moved into our home a year ago and I am still in the process of decorating, so these tips were helpful to me!

Do you need additional ideas for your space? Check out the Apartment Guide blog or follow Apartment Guide on Twitter or Facebook for more tips and inspiration.

I am thrilled that Apartment Guide has given me 1 – $100 AMEX gift card to giveaway to one of you to spruce up your space!

What am I giving away?

1 winner will receive a $100 AMEX Gift Card

How can you win?

You can enter up to 4 times:

1) Head over to the “Your Picks. Your Place.” Sweepstakes page and vote for your favorite room. Leave a comment letting me know which room you voted for! (Note: Scroll to the bottom of this post and click “Post Comment”. You must be on my site – you can’t do this through a reader.)

2) Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter:

Enter to win a $100 Amex Gift Card thanks to @AptGuide! @stretchingabuck: https://www.stretchingabuckblog.com/?p=48507 #yourpicks #giveaway

3) Promote this on your Facebook Page. (Be sure to check out Stretching a Buck on Facebook!)

4) Subscribe to my feed or email newsletter and stay on top of all of the deals that I write about each week! If you already subscribe, please leave a separate comment letting me know that you are currently a subscriber (thank you!).

Who is eligible?

You must have a valid US address to be eligible.

When does this giveaway end?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 5PM EST

The winner will be chosen via the random number generator at random.org and will be notified via email. Please note that if I do not hear from the winner within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen.

Good Luck!

Disclosure: Apartment Guide and owner Consumer Source, Inc. partnered with bloggers such as me to promote the “Your Picks. Your Place. Sweepstakes.” As part of that program, I received compensation. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products used, and believe that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Consumer Source’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. The winner of this giveaway will be randomly chosen and gift card fulfillment will be handled by a third party. Opinions expressed here are strictly my own. View my disclosure policy here.


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1 Tabathia B August 10, 2012 at 10:58 AM

voted for rustic retreat

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2 Tabathia B August 10, 2012 at 10:58 AM

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3 Elena August 10, 2012 at 10:59 AM

I voted for Coastal Escape

4 Cathy August 10, 2012 at 10:59 AM

I picked the Coastal Room. it looks so relaxing!

5 Tabathia B August 10, 2012 at 10:59 AM
6 Cathy August 10, 2012 at 10:59 AM

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7 Tabathia B August 10, 2012 at 11:00 AM
8 Elena August 10, 2012 at 11:01 AM
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10 Elena August 10, 2012 at 11:04 AM
11 marie August 10, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Rustic Hideaway. Love that look.

12 Brenda Faulkner August 10, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I voted for Rustic Hideaway!

13 Allen Wagner August 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I voted for the industrial loft & found some cool ideas & learned some interesting things while checking out their site.

14 Terri August 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I chose Southern Bungalow. I love the colors.

15 Allen Wagner August 10, 2012 at 11:37 AM

I’m a current email subscriber.

16 Kerry G August 10, 2012 at 12:05 PM

I voted for the Rustic Hideaway :)

17 Diana August 10, 2012 at 12:11 PM

I voted for Southern Bungalow.

18 Sarah August 10, 2012 at 12:21 PM

I voted for Rustic hideaway

19 Sarah August 10, 2012 at 12:22 PM

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20 Sarah C August 10, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Rustic Hideaway!

21 Sarah C August 10, 2012 at 1:37 PM

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22 Thabal August 10, 2012 at 1:41 PM

I voted for ‘Coastal Escape’. Thanks for the giveaway

23 Thabal August 10, 2012 at 1:42 PM

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24 Karla August 10, 2012 at 1:47 PM

I voted for rustic retreat.

25 Karla August 10, 2012 at 1:48 PM

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26 Karla August 10, 2012 at 1:49 PM

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27 Karla August 10, 2012 at 1:49 PM

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28 Thabal August 10, 2012 at 1:49 PM
29 Mami2jcn August 10, 2012 at 3:02 PM

I voted for Southern Bungalow.

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33 Amanda Sakovitz August 10, 2012 at 4:13 PM

i voted for Coastal Escape

34 Amanda Sakovitz August 10, 2012 at 4:14 PM
35 Amanda Sakovitz August 10, 2012 at 4:14 PM

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36 Amanda Sakovitz August 10, 2012 at 4:15 PM
37 tara August 10, 2012 at 4:43 PM

I voted for the industrial loft.

38 tara August 10, 2012 at 4:44 PM

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39 Tina M August 10, 2012 at 5:12 PM

voted for Coastal Escape

40 Tina M August 10, 2012 at 5:13 PM
41 Tina M August 10, 2012 at 5:14 PM

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42 Lucinda August 10, 2012 at 5:34 PM

i voted for the rustic retreat

43 Lucinda August 10, 2012 at 5:34 PM
44 Lucinda August 10, 2012 at 5:35 PM

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45 Kelly D August 10, 2012 at 5:56 PM

I voted for the Industrial Loft.

46 Kelly D August 10, 2012 at 5:59 PM
47 Kelly D August 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM
48 Kelly D August 10, 2012 at 6:01 PM

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49 Thomas Murphy August 10, 2012 at 6:12 PM

I voted for the rustic hideaway

50 Thomas Murphy August 10, 2012 at 6:12 PM
51 Thomas Murphy August 10, 2012 at 6:13 PM
52 Thomas Murphy August 10, 2012 at 6:14 PM

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53 Jennifer Peaslee August 10, 2012 at 6:23 PM

I voted Rustic Hideaway!

54 Jennifer Peaslee August 10, 2012 at 6:24 PM

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55 Rebecca Shockley August 10, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Industrial Loft is the one I voted for, thanks!

56 Rebecca Shockley August 10, 2012 at 6:40 PM
57 Rebecca Shockley August 10, 2012 at 6:44 PM
58 Rebecca Shockley August 10, 2012 at 6:45 PM

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59 Candice August 10, 2012 at 7:22 PM

I voted for the Rustic Hideaway.

60 Candice August 10, 2012 at 7:23 PM

I am an email subscriber. Thanks!

61 Candice August 10, 2012 at 7:24 PM
62 Connie August 10, 2012 at 7:27 PM

I voted for the rustic hideaway.

63 Connie August 10, 2012 at 7:28 PM

I’m an email subscriber.

64 Lynda Del August 10, 2012 at 8:40 PM

I voted for Rustic Hideaway

65 Lynda Del August 10, 2012 at 8:45 PM
66 Lynda Del August 10, 2012 at 8:46 PM

I’m a subscriber via Google reader.

67 Alicia Keen August 10, 2012 at 9:03 PM

i voted for coastal escape

68 Alicia Keen August 10, 2012 at 9:04 PM
69 Alicia Keen August 10, 2012 at 9:05 PM

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70 steph August 10, 2012 at 10:46 PM

i voted for industrial loft

71 steph August 10, 2012 at 10:46 PM
72 steph August 10, 2012 at 10:50 PM

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73 Jessie C. August 11, 2012 at 12:58 AM

I voted for Rustic Hideaway

74 Jessie C. August 11, 2012 at 12:58 AM
75 Jessie C. August 11, 2012 at 12:58 AM
76 Jessie C. August 11, 2012 at 12:59 AM

I’m a subscriber

77 Melissa A. August 11, 2012 at 2:48 AM

I voted for the coastal escape

78 Melissa A. August 11, 2012 at 2:49 AM

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79 Michelle H. August 11, 2012 at 4:13 AM

I voted for Coastal Escape

80 Michelle H. August 11, 2012 at 4:14 AM
81 Michelle H. August 11, 2012 at 4:15 AM
82 Michelle H. August 11, 2012 at 4:16 AM

I’m an email subscriber

83 steve August 11, 2012 at 11:03 AM

voted for southern bungalow

84 steve August 11, 2012 at 11:04 AM
85 steve August 11, 2012 at 11:05 AM

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86 Lucinda August 11, 2012 at 4:32 PM

i voted for rustic retreat

87 Lucinda August 11, 2012 at 4:33 PM
88 Solducky August 11, 2012 at 5:06 PM

I voted for the rustic bedroom!
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89 Solducky August 11, 2012 at 5:09 PM
90 Lori S August 11, 2012 at 5:42 PM

I voted for southern bungalow.

Thanks!

91 Lori S August 11, 2012 at 5:43 PM

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92 LaTanya August 11, 2012 at 7:02 PM

I voted for coastal escape

93 LaTanya August 11, 2012 at 7:03 PM
94 LaTanya August 11, 2012 at 7:04 PM

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95 Deanna G. August 11, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Voted for Coastal Escape.

96 Deanna G. August 11, 2012 at 11:43 PM
97 Deanna G. August 11, 2012 at 11:43 PM
98 Deanna G. August 11, 2012 at 11:44 PM

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99 april yedinak August 12, 2012 at 11:02 AM

I voted for the Southern Bungalow bedroom

100 april yedinak August 12, 2012 at 11:03 AM
101 april yedinak August 12, 2012 at 11:04 AM

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102 Wendy T August 12, 2012 at 11:53 AM

I voted industrial loft room.

Thanks.

103 Wendy T August 12, 2012 at 11:55 AM
104 Wendy T August 12, 2012 at 11:56 AM
105 Wendy T August 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM

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106 Ellen b August 12, 2012 at 6:04 PM

I voted for Southern Bungalow

107 Ellen b August 12, 2012 at 6:05 PM
108 Ellen b August 12, 2012 at 6:06 PM

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109 Tiffany Winner August 12, 2012 at 7:44 PM

i voted for rustic hideaway
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110 Tiffany Winner August 12, 2012 at 7:45 PM
111 Tiffany Winner August 12, 2012 at 7:46 PM
112 Tiffany Winner August 12, 2012 at 7:46 PM
113 Gina M August 13, 2012 at 10:52 AM

I voted for Coastal Escape
Thanks for the chance to win!
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114 Gina M August 13, 2012 at 10:52 AM

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115 Gina M August 13, 2012 at 10:53 AM

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117 Camiele August 13, 2012 at 12:26 PM

I voted for the Southern Bungalow.

118 Camiele August 13, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Tweeted it on Twitter.

119 Camiele August 13, 2012 at 12:27 PM

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120 Carmen August 13, 2012 at 1:26 PM

I voted for Rustic Hideaway this round.

121 Carmen August 13, 2012 at 1:27 PM
122 Carmen August 13, 2012 at 1:27 PM

I’m already a subscriber (RSS)

123 Liz Ticona August 13, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Voted for the “Southern Bungalow” room :)

124 Ana Oliva August 13, 2012 at 4:20 PM

I voted for the Rustic Hideaway Bedroom

125 Ana Oliva August 13, 2012 at 4:21 PM
126 Ana Oliva August 13, 2012 at 4:24 PM

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127 Irene McPhee August 13, 2012 at 7:40 PM

I voted for Southern Bungalow

128 Irene McPhee August 13, 2012 at 7:41 PM

I am an email subscriber.

129 Liz Ticona August 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM
130 Tian A. August 14, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Voted Rustic Hideaway, thank you

131 Tian A. August 14, 2012 at 12:16 PM
132 Tian A. August 14, 2012 at 12:20 PM

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