Blog Cabin

May 21

Kitchen Crashers: Get the Sneak Peek

Kitchen Crashers at Blog Cabin 2012

Interior designer Alison Victoria and the Kitchen Crashers crew have completed work at Blog Cabin 2012. And what a job they’ve done! I took a look at some of the photos of the fully furnished room. It’s unbelievable — industrial chic meets rustic New England. The room’s showstopper is a dining table fashioned from reclaimed materials. And bravo on your selection of stainless steel backsplash tile, a fitting choice in this particular room.

I’d like to remind you to keep voting for your favorite Cabin Comforts and return each day to enter the Cabin Comforts Giveaway. You could win the exact same gift set we shower on the winner of Blog Cabin 2012 — a potential retail value of $600!


  1. I don't think voicing your concerns or opinion is the same thing as whinning. If everyone agreed, and said only positive happy fluffy things, this would indeed be a boring blog..IMO…

    vicki_in_Utah on May 21, 2012 at 10:38 pm
    • I agree with you Vicki, everyone has different taste and opinions, we all share many ideas. I for one, think some of the bloggers have had great ideas and glad they have shared their thoughts with the blog ….when I see something I think the new homeowners may have problems with, I express my opinion, thats the whole purpose of blogging..I agree that positive feedback is always good, but when you see something that might be a problem, you express your opinion…others may or may not agree, thats what makes the blog cabin adventure so much fun. No one thinks alike, but there should never be a cause for rudeness…This sight is for fun, not for people who want to be rude or argumentative…
      Who ever wins this beautiful old Farmhouse will be so lucky and very blessed. If they are fortunate enough to live there, I want everything to be totally perfect for them….JMT… Have a good day Vicki!

      Jennie/Florida on May 22, 2012 at 10:12 am
    • Thank you Jennie/Florida, glad I am not the only one that thinks this way. That's why I have been here since the beginning. It is fun to read others ideas, thoughts, opinions and concerns. Once in a great while we get a grumpy gus, but they soon go away. I alway wish the winners all the best. I don't enter so I don't get so upset if I don't win. If they would build one a little closer to Utahl I just might…enter LOL..

      vicki_in_Utah on May 22, 2012 at 2:27 pm
    • I'm right here with you, Vicki !! I joined the "Blog Cabin" Blog during the build of the "Real Blog Cabin" in Tennessee, 2007…I pondered for a while and would read the blogs then when they started building that beautiful fireplace, that was the start, I just had to blog and put my 2cents worth in and I have been here ever since…I got hooked on the Blog Cabin process and all the fun, adventure and great bloggers that came with it….
      I'm surprised that you don't enter to win, if you did win, you could always sell and benefit from the sale…Have you ever lived anywhere other than Utah? How close are you to this years Dream Home…I hope you did try for that one…That was a beauty…The Lady that won said the first thing she would do was to get in the Hot-Tub…I think she was from PA…How exciting!! Later Vicki..

      Jennie/Florida on May 22, 2012 at 3:23 pm
    • The 2007 BC was a real cabin imo. It was such fun even the host (Amy) blogged with us. And if I remember right we all requested a screened in deck and got it. I am a Calif native, and my husband is from Chicago. We moved to Utah for the health of one of our kids. The dream home is about 3 hours away, I did enter that, I have 2 sons that live up there. But too bad didn't get it. Oh well.

      vicki_in_Utah on May 22, 2012 at 3:51 pm
  2. Thank you Mary for the new threads and photos, love seeing everyone doing their craft. I'm happy to see the kitchen cabinets are light wood, that's the color I would have chosen.
    In the photos above, Question..what is the dark strip in the back yard that goes down to the water? Is that just a trail someone has made for the walk. Every time I see a photo of the backyard, the grasses have changed.
    Looking forward to more updated time-lapse photos….OOPS two more questions, is the landscaping in the backyard completed and would you please get Chris a plaid shirt????? Have a good day!!!

    Jennie/Florida on May 22, 2012 at 10:52 am
  3. I have to agree with you that anyone who wins any of these amazing homes is truly blessed. But this is "The Blog Cabin" and comments, criticisms and feedback, good or bad, is what was requested. I don't think that any of the comments are "whining". When you ask for feedback on what you do, people should be honest in what they say. Otherwise, what's the point?

    paperdragon on May 22, 2012 at 11:21 am
  4. Wow, the crew should be celebrating the end of a long project. Now all of the "Oohs and awes" are the rewards.Can't what to see their work!

    paperdragon on May 22, 2012 at 11:57 am
  5. is the bottom cabinets going to be a different color than the top ones in the kitchen? Looks like it in the picture above.

    home_girl on May 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm
    • home_girl, along with mixing wood & metal, and repurposing farmhouse antiques with the industrial chic design you mix light with dark wood tones. Yep, in keeping with that design you would see cabinets of opposite colors.
      I spend too much time on the Houzz website looking at the portfolios of designers and reading the how to achieve this look comments! I love industrial chic/rustic design, it's uniqueness takes real designer chops to capture. The payoff for capturing this style accurately– you are guaranteed a space that packs visual impact reflecting charm, character and creativity—I have a feelin' Alison & Victoria nailed it!

      Mel on May 23, 2012 at 6:31 am
    • To me looks like they ran out of one color and put in what they could find to match. Hard for me to like the mix colors like that. Will have to wait and see finish look. Guess if new owner don't like it, they could always paint the cabinet to match color they did like.
      Hope the finished home will look nice, not sure with what I am hearing and seeing. I see this as a working farm house not just a summer home. Looking more like a vacation home to me. Hope the winner likes a summer home, but then like everyone says, "most winners" sell them when they win the homes.

      home_girl on May 23, 2012 at 10:51 am
    • Home_girl I'm hoping the selection of the countertop color will pull the mixed cabinet colors together. Granite is uber popular right now, but I'd like to see a uniform dark colored soapstone used, with a white vein running in it, to compliment both colors of cabinets.
      I think the lighting in this kitchen will be industrial barn style. I imagine a small space for steel shelving that will display kitchen items reflecting coastal Maine. I also look for Victoria to add farmhouse charm with clever repurposing, and can't wait to see what her & Alison have ACTUALLY done. LOL

      Mel on May 23, 2012 at 12:16 pm
    • Wow, Mel, that sounds like it would be really nice! I love the look of the dark soapstone counters. I like the look of dark counters with light cabinets, especially with darker cabinets below and light cabinets above. It is a nice way to tie the "industrial steel" accents into the decor.

      paperdragon on May 25, 2012 at 12:32 pm
    • Thanks for the link Paperdragon, those are beautiful countertops :)
      I'm hoping a soapstone countertop fulfills Mary's descripton of a New England rustic look!!

      Mel on May 27, 2012 at 9:41 am
    • Mel, seems like this Blog Cabin is especially for you. Hope you love everything about it.

      Lessie on May 26, 2012 at 11:01 pm
    • Nice to see you back Lessie :)

      It's normal for me to go gaga over outdoor spaces. This year I think the interior is going to thrill me just as much! Can't wait to see all the diamonds on the inside.

      Mel on May 27, 2012 at 9:54 am
    • Mel, this will probably be your favorite. When you love the outside as much as the inside, the home has definitely touched your heart.

      Glad to be back.

      Lessie on May 29, 2012 at 12:22 am
  6. If anyone found my post about plaid shirts insulting or demeaning, I apologise. My statement was intended to be light hearted, and bantering.
    To me plaid shirts mean warmth, comfort, and down home New England. My husband has a closet full of them, and I love them.
    From now on, I will consider the word plaid to be verboten just like the 5 letter word for footwear.
    I had no idea that what I said could have any negative connotations, especially in light of the fact that half of the people pictured on this post are wearing the offending shirts.

    AnneEliseSouth on May 22, 2012 at 6:27 pm
    • People are welcome to make any comments about CA, the state I live in, LOL. When I was a teen there was a big fad in wearing plaid–Madras plaid…there have been hundreds of fads here since then, too. There are many stereotypes about Californians, and I find the whole thing amusing.

      LLColeman on May 23, 2012 at 2:58 am
    • LLColeman I have shared with the blog I live in rural NC, and was raised in the foothills of our mountains–like Jeff Foxworthy says when you hear a certain southern twang, "You automatically deduct 50 IQ points."

      I say, " Well LaaaauuUWWWLLLLL" very slowly when I can't believe something! I don't even know how to spell some southern expressions? If technology ever allows for large groups to partcipate in Skype video (hearing & seeing each other) and blogging ever goes to that format I guarantee my twangy accent and sayings would have some of you crackin' up. Instead of thumbs up or down buttons we could just boo or clap after someone talks. :)

      Mel on May 23, 2012 at 9:05 am
    • Mel, somethin' tells me there will always be/ A few who will ' boo '…..

      LLColeman on May 24, 2012 at 2:32 am
    • Just poking my head in to see what is happening?-love the comments about the shirts:)!
      Wow! could you imagine if we bloggers started Skyping-wild! I love plaid and I love madris<3(dating myself and you too LL!)
      Maine and all of New England is so rich in traditions. It will be fun delving into the local's traditions-we have already heard of some from Lisa and Cam.
      When I moved up here to Central NY from NJ-I felt like I was in the farm hinterlands! I went to the store/bakery once to get donuts (fried cakes) I was told:(-then did I want those in a box or a sack? Sack (I pictured a potato sack??) you mean a bag? I thought yikes! if it was not bad enough as a teenager to be uprooted now I had to learn a new language! Gotta love this country it is so rich in traditions and history-I love Maine too!;) Central NY turned out OK too!

      ruffybc on May 24, 2012 at 7:51 am
    • Howdy Ruffy! I've missed you.
      Have you seen the size of those rocks in the backyard??
      And the stone fireplace??
      One day Mary is going to show us a pic of the cobblestone patio back there and we're going to hyperventilate looking at all that stone–LOL

      Mel on May 24, 2012 at 4:59 pm
    • Like you, I was just poking my head in to see what I've missed; and WOW, have I missed a LOT.

      DGustaf on May 24, 2012 at 6:17 pm
    • Oh Happy Day!!
      Don I hope you are doing well :)
      Yes, you have lots of catching up to do!

      Mel on May 24, 2012 at 6:33 pm
    • Don good to hear from you also!:) Has anyone heard from Kitty? I hope she is feeling better?:) I frankly miss VERY much our conversations-but I really have not seen much to talk about? I will check out those boulders you mentioned Mel;)

      ruffybc on May 24, 2012 at 7:09 pm
    • Wow! Hello, Friends! Thanks for asking about me, Ruffy! I did comment several times last week, but I just got back in town last night after a week-long business trip to Orlando w/ hubby just this past week. Didn't sign up to hotel internet–they wanted $15.95 daily, so I thought I'd give that a vacation at that price. On the surgical skin graft, I'm much better, still being careful but thankful it's taken and the pain is over–thanks so much for asking. Gee I have missed talking with you all!!! I see we're on a new thread. Things seem to be churning rapidly now and they're nearly done? Not seeing any answers about hobbit basement doors, clues about the front entry, or where the berry planter boxes went in. How rustic and Maine-like versus industrial chic they dared to go in the kitchen or whether the outside fireplace is set up to become a stove as well… Anyone have a clue? Hugs! So glad to be back I missed you Ruffy, LL, Don, Mel, Jennie, Windy. Camac, Lisa, Windsmurf, Home_Girl, Ed, Anne Elise, Nebraska et al! :*xDB)<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on May 26, 2012 at 12:10 pm
    • Welcome back Kitty, sure missed you!! I was wondering what happened to you. I'm so glad your feeling better…I wished I had known you were in Orlando last week, I'm only 30mins away, we could have met and had lunch while your Honey was having his meetings. Would love to see you! I hope you spent some time doing fun things while you were there. Orlando has sooooo much to see and do.. It would take a month or more to see and do everything….great shopping too….Maybe next time!

      Jennie/Florida on May 26, 2012 at 6:36 pm
    • Oh, Jennie, that would have been so cool to meet you and get together! I thought about you, truly, while I was there, but somehow pictured you more north and farther away. We were at Orlando World Center Marriott, I felt far away. My cousin came for a day visit, but even she spent two nights with a friend near the hotel, to make visiting more easy. My daughter and I did hit the outlets for some serious shopping–hehe! But we were mostly marooned at the hotel, albeit we did some good eating, attended a few great parties and came home exhausted. Thanks for your kind words and welcome. You are always so thoughtful and sweet! I should have said something to you about my trip down your way…so, so sorry! Here's a big (((hug))) from your red-faced bloggie friend,:$:p<3 Kitty

      p.s. Hope all is well with you and yours, and your weather is calm.

      Our parties included a banquet, dance, headliner performance and sing around the piano till 2:00 a.m. (a tradition w/ hubby's company–and great fun). The headliner this time was award-winning Broadway group: "Rain–a Tribute to the Beatles" They were excellent as both singers and re-enacting the essence of Beatlemania via multi-media presentation. They took us back to the mid 60s thru the end of the Beatles' era. Wow! It brought so many memories back!xDB):x^_^ Memories across the board… Quite good entertainers on all counts–if you like the Beatles or long for deja vu try to see them if they come to a venue near you–well worth it!xD

      DwnSoDwnEaster on May 26, 2012 at 7:59 pm
    • Good Morning Kitty…sounds like you had a great time in O-Town. It's a great place to visit! We moved to Orlando from Alabama after graduation and lived there for 5yrs. and by then it was becoming a big Metropolis, so we decided it was time to scale down and move to a smaller town and ended up on the East coast of Florida. As you know, there are quaint little towns like Sanford for shopping and enjoying great food. Also Old Downtown Melbourne, Cocoa Village, The Port, Cocoa Beach and Viera has great shopping…
      Funny you should mention Calm weather…..We now have a "Subtropical" system on the East coast of Florida…It's located east of Jacksonville and they are predicting that it will move into Jax sometime tonight. We will get the outer winds, rains and possible tornados from this system……Here We Go!!!!! Hurricane Season officially starts June 1st….but this is the second system already…I'm NOT looking forward to this Hurricane season!!! But it is, what it is and we just have to deal with it ..Lets just hope and pray the Hurricanes won't be Catastrophe….Have a Good Day Kitty!

      Jennie/Florida on May 27, 2012 at 11:36 am
    • Good evening, Jennie! I did have a nice time in Orlando. But I really should've thought about connecting with you–bummer! Your post confirmed we have even more stuff in common. I lived in Birmingham, attended Jacksonville State Freshman thru Junior year, graduated many years later as Mother of teens, from Univ. of North Alabama in Florence (my Mom was professor there). I lived in Sanford and Deland, FL,over a 3 year period. Our paths have crossed similar territory!. Yes, and while you are about to experience the ravages of Beryl, we will experience him later, midweek, hereon the VA SE coast, in similar manner, so we are preparing for the routine as have you. Good luck Jennie! I'll be thinking about and praying for your safety.^_^:*<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on May 27, 2012 at 7:10 pm
    • Why in the world would some Grinch give a TD to Jennie for saying something kind and polite, welcoming me back to the blog and expressing good wishes that i am better after my serious surgery? Some folks just don't have a "nice" in their bones–I don't get it! She doesn't deserve that!!! :So.0:@ Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on May 30, 2012 at 3:07 pm
    • Kitty I don't think anyone gave Jennie a TD for her comment. If one is not signed in to intense debate. They don't get a thumbs up when they post. They start out with a big goose egg until someone gives them a + or a -.

      EdinOregon on May 31, 2012 at 1:06 am
    • Hi Ed! I understand that part, but I had given Jennie a Thumbs Up in that space, so I knew she had one, at least. That's why i got ticked off, because she was being so thoughtful and deserved the thumbs up. I would have corrected if I could have but had already used my vote— I suspect you fixed it, for which I am grateful, Ed! :) B)<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on May 31, 2012 at 1:47 pm
    • Guilty! I usually just do it and don't say anything. Otherwise the trolls retaliate! :@

      EdinOregon on May 31, 2012 at 3:56 pm
    • Bless you! Jennie is a sweetie and YOU are a good man! :) B)<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on May 31, 2012 at 4:00 pm
    • Welcome back Kitty! Glad things are going better for you! ^_^

      EdinOregon on May 27, 2012 at 3:09 am
    • Thank you, Ed! It has, indeed, been a journey. I don't wish an oral skin graft on anyone! o.0 Thank God it's over for me! Have a good Memorial Day!:DB) Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on May 27, 2012 at 6:54 pm
    • Anne about your comment —I focused strongly on the food portion. Your description of food made me hungry and think of how much I would enjoy cooking & eating those things in the blog house if I won :)

      I enjoy reading you here & on the HGTV blogs, and have never known you to be less than gracious.

      Mel on May 23, 2012 at 7:18 am
    • What?? Who found plaid shirts demeaning?

      Lea on May 24, 2012 at 3:03 pm
    • I wouldn't worry about it Anne. I had plenty of plaid shirts when I lived in New England. There are plenty of "victims" out there just looking for something to take offense at. Political correctness is another joke foisted on us by all those poor "victims"! Just another attack on free speech. I am sure I will pay for this post, but who cares! ^_^

      EdinOregon on May 24, 2012 at 3:42 pm
    • Thanks Ed, who knew something as innocent as a multicolored, cross pattern shirt could cause such controversy!

      AnneEliseSouth on May 24, 2012 at 6:34 pm
    • Certainly no offense was taken from here; but, if you look across the entire northern tier of states, you may find an awful lot of plaid shirts, and many of them flannel as well, they are a staple of the cold weather closet.

      DGustaf on May 24, 2012 at 6:10 pm
    • Hey, AES, I had two of my replies to you concerning the You Know What shirts deleted by control. As EdOregon says, there are plenty of victims out there, just looking for some offense. To tell you the truth, folks here in Maine who are "From Away" are usually the ones wearing the Bean boots, long-billed caps, etc. But everyone wears those shirts, especially if we can get them at a yard sale.

      FloridaDebbie on May 26, 2012 at 11:04 am
    • Anne I lived in Maine all my life (except for 15 years my husband was in the army) and we dress like that in plaid shirt, even flannel ones at times (but a solid color flannel half the time). So I took no offend to it at all. I thought that's how I see it too, even if it may not be true of half the people that live here now.
      I live in Maine but don't like sea food. So everyone that knew I was from Maine thought I ate sea food. I took no offend to that either. Just got a laugh, people think all Mainer eat sea food. So it's just the way the world bring things across.
      So I just learn to except thing as they are and get a laugh from time to time. I know who I am and that's good enough for me, I am a home girl that lives in the sticks.

      home_girl on May 31, 2012 at 10:47 am
    • Thanks Home Girl, you are a woman after my own heart.

      AnneEliseSouth on May 31, 2012 at 2:32 pm
  7. Have you ever seen a lobster swim with rubber bands! no way to feed, thats mean!!! Chris I'll have two, yummy with drawin butter. Lip smackin <3 ;) :* Doin a great job.

    MaryPA on May 22, 2012 at 10:07 pm
    • By the time they put the bands on the Lobsters claws, they are no longer feeding but are about to become the food:o .

      Windsmurf on May 23, 2012 at 1:19 pm
    • hmmmmm interesting I thought Chris caught n banded him.hahahahhah- Love this build, every cabin keeps on getting better then the first.More land than any cabin ever, right.xD ;)

      Good Luck to the winner way in advance. Happy Memorial Day

      MaryPA on May 23, 2012 at 7:43 pm
  8. Was up to the house over the weekend! Looked into 3 windows in the back! Saw the deck! All I can say is that you left the basement lights on!

    Lol on May 22, 2012 at 11:31 pm
    • Are you saying there is access to the basement from inside? :)

      CarlaB on May 23, 2012 at 1:00 pm
    • No one at DIY wanted to go through the small door to find the switch.

      Jayintexas on May 23, 2012 at 1:38 pm
    • Carla in Texas thinks Jay in Texas is too funny. LOL

      CarlaB on May 24, 2012 at 10:01 am
    • I'm curious about the deck color. From some photos it looks gray, others it looks brown. Can you tell us what colors are included in the deck? Thanks ^_^

      AnniesOwn on May 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm
    • WOW! What about that question upset the blog trolls? :'(

      AnniesOwn on May 23, 2012 at 7:09 pm
    • AnniesOwn, whats with the TB on your posts? I would like to knw about the color of the deck too, it seems to change colors?

      vicki_in_Utah on May 24, 2012 at 10:12 am
    • It seems to me that someone, not a regular blogger, is just going thru and giving a thumbs down on many comments or questions. No rhyme or reason for them.

      FloridaDebbie on May 24, 2012 at 2:57 pm
  9. Thanks for the post,looks like everyone is having a good time. I can't wait to see the shows !

    Angelways on May 23, 2012 at 3:03 am
  10. Ok bloggers I just checked Grundy's tweets and it sounds like him & Jason will be filming the Desperate Landscapes show today, tomorrow by the end of the day the front yard should be finished. How friggin' exciting,…Jason & crew work their magic fast! To all local bloggers there on the neck, I am so jealous of your on site view! LOL I would love to be there and watch the activity and get a pic of Jason :) Is my CraZee over Jason Cameron showin'?

    Mary, us bloggers will need front yard teaser pics and your descriptive blog entry ASAP once this home has received it's curb appeal. :)

    Mel on May 23, 2012 at 8:30 am
    • Mel, you just want some "gun show " photos, LOL….;)

      LLColeman on May 24, 2012 at 2:34 am
    • I wish I could hang out and watch, but there are other things one needs to do . I had neighbors to take to a Doctors appointment in Portland yesterday and a house in town to clean this morning. I did see Chris standing in the road as I drove by this morning and had to wait for big rocks to be moved and plants to be unloaded yesterday. Somehow I have to make time for a walk down there.

      Camac on May 24, 2012 at 3:12 pm
    • Camac I hate you couldn't watch, Jason & his crew work at an entertaining speed! I have always thought it would be fun to watch them in person, not to mention the "gun show" Jason provides as our friend LLColeman pointed out. LOL
      I am most curious about how the terrace and pergola look, and hoping Mary will provide some teaser pics prior to the holiday weekend.
      Congratulations on being able to see the house in person–I am SO Jealous!

      Mel on May 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm

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