Blog Cabin

Nov 2

Meet the Winner

We are proud to announce the winner of Blog Cabin 2011. Please read our exclusive Q&A to learn more about Carol Livingston and her plans for the future.

I’d like to thank everyone who particpated in our People’s Choice voting and entered for a chance to win this gorgeous Chesapeake Bay home. Keep checking this blog for more details on our 2012 home.

  • Posted at 11:10 am on November 11, 2011
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  1. Congratulations to Carol Livingston!! .I am sad that it was not me but I hope she is very happy in her new getaway!

    Denise on November 2, 2011 at 11:14 am
    • She's figuring out how to pay the 300,000 in taxes

      gary on November 4, 2011 at 11:21 pm
    • I would like to know just how many of the winners of these homes actually live in them or do they sell them for a good profit?

      grams33 on November 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm
    • For the Bog Cabin
      2007 winner kept the cabin until they sold it this year.
      2008 winner sold withn a few weeks
      2009 the cabin couldn't be awarded due to legal problems and the winner received the cash value instead as per the rules.
      2010 winner said he wanted to keep the house. I don't know whether he still owns it.
      2011 winner says she wants to keep it as a vacation home and, possibly, a retirement home.

      Two Dream Home winners have kept the house that I know of, maybe there are more? An early DH was kept as a vacation home and sold in the early 2000's.
      2005 house was kept by a lower income family and, unfortunately, they lost it due to unpaid taxes in 2007. I believe they just about broke even on the tax bille after selling it for about $1.5 million. I believe all the other DH's were sold quickly at handsome profits.

      I do't know about the GH or UO but I expect others can help.

      Anniesown on November 15, 2011 at 3:18 pm
    • Thanks for sharing I had not heard most of this info! :) I can see where any windfall could become a financial hardship for many winners, from just a statistical majority….

      DwnSoDwnEaster on November 15, 2011 at 4:50 pm
    • I don't believe the 'windfall' has ever been a 'financial hardship' to any of the Scripps winners. The situation with the 2005 DH was self inflicted against a lot of good advice and some very generous offers including the builder offering to buy the house back from the winner at the HGTV valuation of $1.75 million in 2005.

      Anniesown on November 15, 2011 at 5:42 pm
  2. Congrats Carol !!! Enjoy the home !

    akaMissy1961 on November 2, 2011 at 11:15 am
  3. Congratulations Carol! Have a wonderful time visiting the area when you go to see the home in person…

    dreamn_again on November 2, 2011 at 11:27 am
  4. Congratulations to Carol Livingston.

    StormyWV on November 2, 2011 at 11:28 am
  5. Congratulations Carol! May you and your family have many happy, healthy years in your beautiful home! A Teacher being able to enjoy the DIY Blog Cabin is an added bonus! Truly Lilly

    Lilly on November 2, 2011 at 11:41 am
  6. I congatulate the winner, but would love , love, love to have someone who does not own a house, who just needs a break, to win for a change. It seems the majority of people who win already have a home that they own. That would be sosweet to have the chance to have something that special happen to the average person!

    bcrotzer on November 2, 2011 at 11:42 am
    • Wasn't it last year's BC winner who had just lost her job (so she was then unemployed?)–please correct me if I'm recalling the wrong Scripps contest. Then, Urban Oasis' winner for 2010 in NY was a 21 year old college senior, actually about to leave his rented apartment to take a final exam, when Vern Yip ambushed him–and he didn't own a house. The Urban Oasis' winner this year is a very attractive woman of color…I'm sure there are other HGTV, DIY, Travel Channel, etc. meritorious winners and stories behind them. Folks, this was a sweepstakes contest with a drawing for which only one individual could qualify.

      Let us admit to being disappointed for not winning: OK done. Let's join together and congratulate Carol Livingston and wish her well. No one knows her circumstances but God, and He saw fit to allow her to win. She was gracious in her Q & A time with DIY and we should all be gracious and live and let live. Making unfounded, undocumented accusations even of a business entity, is treading dangerously, at best. Creating more stress for ourselves isn't a healthy reaction and is only self-destructive. Nobody deserves that! Nobody!

      DwnSoDwnEaster on November 2, 2011 at 6:44 pm
    • You are wrong.

      Nebraska on November 11, 2011 at 1:20 pm
    • Hi Nebraska! Glad you are back–and I do appreciate your honesty. It would be helpful if you would let me know in which way I am mistaken. My statement in no way was intended to offend anyone. Thanks! :)

      DwnSoDwnEaster on November 11, 2011 at 1:55 pm
    • The winner of the Green Home 2011 was notified that her job was being eliminated THAT DAY- Standard practice for school systems with budget issues. However most are given new contracts when the budget things are worked out. The BC 2010 winner was a male!

      What concerns me is if this is supposed to be a fair drawing – the only disqualification should be refusal to sign the 'informed consent" documents. One poster said that they have the right to do a background check- A winner should not have to go through a arbitrary background check.

      Nebraska on November 11, 2011 at 3:17 pm
    • Thanks for clarifying, and I agree. I didn't recall the winning specifics exactly–but have been troubled by some who have been misstating the Scripps/DIY Rules which seem clear to me. I believe the contest has been delivered fairly. I've been disturbed by all the venom spewed. Background checks is just another complaint and rumor, IMO. All the best!

      DwnSoDwnEaster on November 11, 2011 at 4:16 pm
    • There's a set of rules and conditions that the winner must conform to. If they don't then there will be another drawing. It's as simple as that. People need to ignore the ill-informed and sometimes malicious trouble-mongering comments and inferences on this and other blogs. There is a check made on the winners eligibility such as their place of residence (by inference they must be a US taxpayer but not necessarily a citizen), no family affiliations to Scripps, Riteway, DIY or any of the sponsors or their affiliates. Plus a few more rules to prevent cheating. Providing the winner conforms to these rules then they are entitled to the prize. That's why there's a few days between the winner being informed and announced. During that time Scripps obtains permission to ensure the rules have been complied with. What's so difficult for people to understand with that? Without these rules there would be cries of 'Fix!" from all sides, not just the few malcontents who surface every year at this time.

      Susan on November 11, 2011 at 4:41 pm
    • "Folks, this was a sweepstakes contest with a drawing for which only one individual could qualify." I think more than one could qualify, but only one person can win. Yes she is wrong in her statement. Also why is she formulating statements such as "very attractive woman of color." Can we keep it simple it seems like and underlying demeanor in my opinion as though to justify something. If this was a fair drawing then so be it, but truthfully we are on the outside of the situation and everyone who applied did so in the hopes of winning, but understood there can only be one. Whatever the situation or circumstance as long as this was a fair drawing then look at the positive, because if anything was suspect in this drawing it shall come to light in due time. Look at it this way these networks involved do not have to present a contest with a drawing, but they do them to draw attention and ratings and to gain and retain viewers of the network. Just remember the importance of enjoying and experience whether you are selected or not. Let life happen.

      Marqui86 on November 12, 2011 at 4:51 am
  7. Congrats Carol…I am so very happy for you, how Blessed you must feel…please if you would, could you stay in touch with us bloggers and tell us how the notification process happened for you…thanking you in advance…BTW I hope you liked the stuff we voted on…

    maria_w_in_nj on November 2, 2011 at 11:43 am
    • She was notified by phone and entered online most days. Don't you people read anything before you blog?

      Rolly on November 2, 2011 at 12:55 pm
    • See Rolly I think your not reading far enough into maria's post. She would like a full description of the winner notification. That's been a mystery for most bloggers on both HGTV and DIY sites. Not only the phone call but they want DETAILS. It's all about the details !! When you read a book Rolly you always want to know the ending in full detail right?

      Cornhusker on November 2, 2011 at 1:08 pm
    • She asked and she was informed. Unlike you I don't pretend to be a thought reader and "not read far enough into maria's post" to reinforce my untenable supposition with pure speculation. You are like the moon landing deniers. Film will not be good enough, witnesses will not be good enough. Chances are that even if you were invited to be present and witness the draw you would probably suspect trickery. Just accept that it wasn't you who won but one of the several million others who entered and move on. Facts tend to stand the test of time better than wild, unsubstantiated conspiracy theories.

      Rolly on November 2, 2011 at 1:38 pm
    • thank you cornhuskers, that is what I was after…DETAILS…just kind of being nosy, wanted to know if Carol could release any pertinent details, the meaty stuff…thank you for having my back:D

      maria_w_in_nj on November 2, 2011 at 2:20 pm
    • My condolences, maria–but I know you and your husband just may find yourself in Coastal VA someday. I was just blogging on CBW's site( and of course had not checked here first !), so I had to go back and add that a winner has finally been announced.

      LLColeman on November 3, 2011 at 1:16 am
  8. I would have given you more thumbs up if I could, I mean not even a picture of the drawing…c'mon….

    maria_w_in_nj on November 2, 2011 at 11:44 am
    • Oh yeah, i never blogged until this year and fell in love with the home. I'm not shy to say it like it is. Someone has to. I also wanted to mention why a blogger or someone from a small community NEVER wins. Research it, it's always someone from the city.

      Cornhusker on November 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm
    • Hey it's Yo Yo. ihear wut you saying. it's too bad but good for Carol. Looks like i never win if thats true.

      Yo Yo on November 2, 2011 at 12:32 pm
    • I suppose that might be because more people live in cities.

      MJCBS on November 2, 2011 at 1:14 pm
    • Good point MJCBS, but Cornhusker's have a point too. I've never seen the small town folk win

      MJNBC on November 2, 2011 at 1:30 pm
    • Carol's bio says she's from the Cincinatti area – that would include city, suburbs, and surrounding rural areas wouldn't it? We don't know where she's from (and shouldn't – she deserves SOME privacy!)
      I'm so tired of those who see conspiracy or unfairness or prejudice behind everything that happens. The only way they would be happy is if they won and that's extremely unlikely. Millions of entries / one winner.

      MJCBS on November 3, 2011 at 8:38 am
    • Hi cornhusker, I said that all along, you don't really think they only pull one name do you, I am sure there are a "few finalists" On the other thread about Maine there was a girl who could hardly write the English language that had a reference that she was notified that she might have been a winner…I mean it could be a scam, but it sounded real…the winner has to fit a certain criteria, it says so right in the sweepstakes rules…trust me there is no "just pick a winner" . My other question is how many entries were there for this contest, they always at least tell us that…owwwww such a mystery….

      maria_w_in_nj on November 2, 2011 at 12:08 pm
    • But isn't the contest supposed to be "honest"?

      Nebraska on November 11, 2011 at 1:22 pm
    • One of these days Nebraska a blogger is going to win !! xD At that time we shall all bask in the glory of that win and celebrate. I BELIEVE it's just a matter of time ;) C'mon HGTV and DIY depress that space bar on a blogger's name, lol !

      lucyourdog on November 13, 2011 at 9:48 am
  9. Carol & family,
    Congrats may God Bless you in your new home:p
    Yes, it would have been nice to have picture:)?

    ruffybc on November 2, 2011 at 11:53 am
    • Hi Ruffy, I mean I don't want to come off sounding like sour grapes but DIY didn't even say if the winner was from a computer entry or a mail in entry…I am happy for Carol, I mean what a blessing, but just once it would have been nice to have a blogger win…just once!!!

      maria_w_in_nj on November 2, 2011 at 12:03 pm
    • maria_w_in_nj, bless your heart for wearing your true colors. I still think the real winner didn't fall through and they put this together lickedy split to compensate for? you know the rest

      Cornhusker on November 2, 2011 at 12:08 pm
    • are my true colors good, I'm not sure I get what you mean Cornhusker….I'm actually agreeing with you…I wonder how many "winners" they had to go through B4 they actually got someone who fit the bill…

      maria_w_in_nj on November 2, 2011 at 12:12 pm
    • ewwww someone is not happy, they are giving the thumbs down like mad…

      maria_w_in_nj on November 2, 2011 at 12:13 pm
    • whats up with that…td…? everyone should be able to have a opinion.

      vicki_in_Utah on November 3, 2011 at 2:31 pm
    • Maria Jersey Girl
      I feel your pain:S I agree the drawing and announcements seem strange and rather secretive? I would also like to know the details. Especially if it was picked from the computer entries vs. mail,whatever.
      Yes, it would have been great if a blogger had won:p sort of like familyxD
      I think we have voiced our disappointment-so let's hope that they have made note.
      Hopefully, they will make the adjustments that need to be done and will make this Maine home renovation a fun and worth while experience. They have to realize how passionate and involved we get with these homes? You don't go messing with people's dreams:p
      Of course, we all wish it were us that was picked:p but, we also wish the winner the very best and hope they are able to enjoy many joyful years in this home.
      Now I for one am onward to Maine-I am even more excited about this property-if that is possible!

      ruffybc on November 3, 2011 at 7:47 am
    • Hi Ruffy, you know I think people are getting the wrong idea, the malice(if that is the right word) is NOT against the winner, (God know how lucky she is!!) It just would have been nice to have a little more info about the drawing process though, that is all I am saying…I realize that the person who wins the home has to fit a certain criteria, I get that, but many don't seem like that is fair…oh well…moving on..
      I have to say I loved the VA home but there were many features I didn't love about it as well…You know CBW was in the house and she said that the kitchen and dining area are small, I am used to a BIG kitchen, without exaggeration my kitchen is 22×12 (wouldn't room dimensions be nice to know when the Maine floorplans are revealed, hint, hint) also there was no laundry room only those stackable units on the second floor and no storage space, garage or otherwise, don't get me wrong, the house and location are lovely, but there were things that I did not like about well… Now this Maine home, I think is going to take everyone's heart again, I just feel it…that barn for one is just magnificent…I would love to have something like that!!!

      maria_w_in_nj on November 3, 2011 at 8:27 am
    • Maria Jersey Girl
      I could not agree more with your commentsxD

      ruffybc on November 3, 2011 at 6:06 pm
  10. Happy Daze! Carol Livingston is one very lucky and enviable lady. The Twin Coves home won over many hearts this year. What an amazing birthday present. I've had some great birthdays in my days, but never quite THAT extraordinary!

    DBCoop on November 2, 2011 at 12:07 pm
    • What a coincidence. Well that explains it then. They wanted to wait for her birthday. A picture of the drawing would've satisified many. There's a reason for everything to include no picture of a drawing. It's a mystery I doubt will ever be solved and business will continue as usual. Come one whistleblowers at DIY, do the right thing and tell us about the corrupted process.

      Cornhusker on November 2, 2011 at 12:12 pm

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