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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. Very interesting post. Thanks

    Kathy on May 23, 2012 at 10:11 am
  2. Oh no! Interior designer Alison Victoria and the Kitchen Crashers crew threw a party at the Blog Cabin — and I MISSED IT! Thank goodness Mary posted a few photos of all the fun that was had, along with some tidbits of news about surprises that are in store for us as work progresses.

    DBCoop on May 23, 2012 at 11:07 am
  3. Mel – thanks for the update. I would like to be in Maine for the day…. Lisa…. where are you??? Have they sworn you to secrecy or something.

    CarlaB on May 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm
    • CarlaB– I miss Lisa's posts also and hope she is busy hosting guests at her B & B–maybe some of the DIY production crew ?

      LLColeman on May 24, 2012 at 2:37 am
    • LLColeman,
      Yes! I hope she is being blessed with guests, and therefore too busy to blog. . . not that they muzzled her, because she knows too much about the Cabin. LOL

      CarlaB on May 24, 2012 at 10:04 am
    • She does have production people at her B&B, but she is also busy working at Moody's Diner and dealing with all the outside chores and the alpacas. She hasn't had time for the blog. This is the time when gardens start going in and the grass has been growing like crazy. Much to do.

      Camac on May 24, 2012 at 3:06 pm
    • Thanks for the update, Camac. I haven't been blogging much lately, but have been trying to read all of the many blogs that I love (this is one of my favs). Glad to hear that Lisa has paying guests!

      SweetLiz on May 24, 2012 at 3:13 pm
    • Nice to see you SweetLiz, I've missed you on here. :)

      Mel on May 24, 2012 at 4:27 pm
    • Ditto, Sweet Liz ! Mel, I missed her too !

      LLColeman on May 25, 2012 at 12:42 am
    • Thanks LLC, I see your comments on CBW's blog. Love that one too. Don't ya just love Beachland?! And wasn't that funny and scary about the dinner table fire!?

      SweetLiz on May 25, 2012 at 10:31 am
    • Liz,I love the suspense of visit to Beachland–having gotten permission to go onto the property and then the nervous reaction when a strange car drives up–and finding out CBW 's visit had not been mentioned to everyone concerned… but CBW has a way of giving a humorous twist to many little disasters of everyday life; she always triumphs in the end.
      CBW has gotten me hooked on her mom's Wild on Waverley blog, too. She is hilarious and wise.

      LLColeman on May 26, 2012 at 3:57 am
    • LLC, I also follow Wild on Waverly and have followed some of her other followers and that has also led me to LLCool Joe. LOL, funny how you get hooked! Love the photos and the writting.

      SweetLiz on May 26, 2012 at 9:09 am
    • Hi Mel, I miss some of the people that used to blog all the time. I'll try to leave some short comments more often. Have a great Memorial Day weekend and stay safe.

      SweetLiz on May 25, 2012 at 8:14 am
    • SweetLiz thanks, I hope you have a great & safe Memorial Day weekend too :)

      Ditto to all bloggers!

      Mel on May 27, 2012 at 10:06 am
    • I have missed SweetLiz too! How are ya? xD<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on May 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm
    • Thank you, Camac. I can imagine that with the diner job and caring for the alpacas, she already has enough to do–then add on the B & B guests ! So glad though, that the production team-ers get to stay at her place.

      LLColeman on May 25, 2012 at 12:44 am
  4. what a gorgeous view! love all the flannel :)

    Ali Thompson on May 23, 2012 at 3:27 pm
  5. I am excited to see the finished kitchen especially when it is described by Mary as, "industrial chic meets rustic New England"! I for one think industrial chic design will fit perfectly into this home. I live in a 115+ year old farm home. We've blended new with old and it all makes for a warm, inviting, unpretentious environment. ( I'll always have a long list of to-do items to maintain and update but that's the nature of old homes!) Like the augers and gears repurposed in the HGTV Green Home, I love agri touches that honor legacy and yet highlight the idea that sculpture and design can be found all around us in everyday items. So, Mary, if you would like to share, I'm ready for a peak at that kitchen any time!

    Downonthefarm on May 23, 2012 at 3:58 pm
    • Well goodness, I must be excited to see a glimpse of the kitchen as my spelling errors in my post above indicate! In my haste I didn't even take time to review before I submitted. Pardon my goof! :-)

      Downonthefarm on May 23, 2012 at 4:02 pm
    • I'm with you Downonthefarm and I didn't even notice the spellin errers! lol

      SweetLiz on May 24, 2012 at 3:18 pm
    • Nice to see your humor back on the blog Elizabeth! ^_^

      EdinOregon on May 24, 2012 at 10:11 pm
    • Thainks, Edin. I always love your sense of humor too.

      SweetLiz on May 25, 2012 at 8:11 am
  6. A few more pics of the backyard have been added to the time lapse photos— what a stunning property Whoever wins this home will have won a slice of heaven….what a view, serene calming beautiful view and so many nice spots to take in and enjoy that view. Gorgeous landscaping and stone fireplace. Mary I could use an aerial pic of the patio and a close-up of the hot tub. :)

    I am completely in love with this backyard

    Mel on May 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm
    • The fireplace looks awsome in the new pix.

      vicki_in_Utah on May 23, 2012 at 5:01 pm
    • this year I have trouble with enlarging the time lapse photos and cannot make out all the features you are seiing ……:|

      LLColeman on May 25, 2012 at 12:56 am
    • Good morning LL…I use the view at the top of my page and scroll down to zoom in and go to 200% to see the pics up close.

      Jennie/Florida on May 25, 2012 at 10:01 am
    • Jennie–thanks for the reply— I do not have that feature appearing on this computer but will fumble around some more and try to find ways to enlarge the photos.

      LLColeman on May 26, 2012 at 3:46 am
  7. What ever happen to the basic Blog – Cabin designs? I know that sometimes things change, even the style or the design of a home. But I always thought that " BLOG – CABIN" would stay true to it's name. CABIN. I love this house, but this is what it is, a house, a new house at that. It may have a triditional look of something old, but what happen to the style of building a cabin in the mountains or beside a lake or out in the country some where?
    I can't help but wonder, why these style homes are being built instead of the ones that were built when this project first started years ago.

    Anyway, Mary this is a nice home, and I do love the way the kitchen is finished and the light wood cabinets. And the back yard is great for family and friends to enjoy with a beautiful view. Who ever wins this home will be one lucky winner!

    Linda I. on May 23, 2012 at 10:18 pm
  8. Still miss the cabin cams……

    Nebraska on May 24, 2012 at 10:18 am
    • Me toooo Nebraska, we should've had the Cams from day one. I feel we were left out and not considered to be part of the BC process. I'm curious to know who made the decision not to have the daily Pics?? This is the first year without them. Even though we had daily Cams in the past, I don't think we were privy to that much!!! The Cams were far enough away that we were still guessing as to what the guys were doing…JMO.
      We were happy and excited to have the daily pics, that was the first thing I would do in the morning, turn on the computer to see what had changed or added….. even before coffee! DUH… You've got to be dedicated or hooked..I have to confess, I both….Have a good day!!!

      Jennie/Florida on May 24, 2012 at 11:54 am
    • OOPS, didn't proof…..I have to confess, I'm both…

      Jennie/Florida on May 24, 2012 at 11:58 am
    • I notice HGTV has a cam loaded up and running outside of the new Dream Home in S.C. and an interior cam (what else for a condo?) in the Urban Oasis…..DIY seemed to want to avoid our critical remarks this time around during the construction? o.0

      LLColeman on May 26, 2012 at 3:50 am
    • But these are only uploaded occassionally-and its onl;y 1 view. The cams were two sided and were there everyday!

      Nebraska on May 26, 2012 at 10:41 am
    • LL…..where did you find the info on the Cam for D/H?? I saw the video telling about it and tried to go to that sight, but couldn't find that page..Help!
      Lucky for D/H bloggers to have a cam, sad Blog Cabin didn't have them.. I didn't think we were too critical last year, we just expressed our opinions and ideas. I thought that was the purpose of blogging…There was a lot of good suggestions and "constructive" comments from the bloggers..
      We just wanted to help!!!!!……..Just my thoughts

      Jennie/Florida on May 26, 2012 at 11:36 am
    • They are time lapse just like BC.

      Nebraska on May 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm
    • Thanks, Nebraska…..I have seen those T/L/P, I thought they were getting a "daily" camera cam!

      Jennie/Florida on May 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm
    • And not updated daily although that would be nice.

      minitoni on May 31, 2012 at 4:51 pm
    • Thanks to Nebraska for helping you out… I got online late tonight. Of course, none of the giveaway homes have cabin cams like the ones we used to have for BCs past…..
      No, we were not too critical, but maybe it was embarrassing for DIY when there were some better ideas bloggers had for the NY state BC in Bethel, not to mention last year, when they changed plans mid-project and had to leave the door to nowhere in the great room- also-not to mention Clive submitting a better design for the kitchen than the original floor plans gave us, etc. Maybe a little embarrassing for them ?

      LLColeman on May 27, 2012 at 3:57 am
  9. Good Morning to all…… I have just viewed the new T/L photos and think the backyard is beautiful, Matt and his crew has done an outstanding job…I love the rolling landscape and all the areas of the yard where you can sit and enjoy the waterview….The Fireplace is beautiful, the Dog Barn is so cute nestled under those great trees and the boulders around the hot-tub gives a secluded and cozy atmosphere, but the sod is the icing on the cake. It's amazing how sod can connect everything together.The New Homeowners is going to love it!!!
    I have a few questions for those who are interested…
    1) Is that Matt in the back yard admiring his beautiful work? He should be very proud! Photo- #79
    2) Did anyone notice something at the end of the Master bedroom? It looks like a Patio for the Master or maybe the raised wildberry beds? Not sure what is there-Photo #80
    3) Did anyone see the cute little green cart in front of the Dog Barn-Photo #76? Maybe they will leave that for the new Homeowner..wouldn't that be nice?…… Now I'm ready to see Jason's masterpiece in the front yard….Please Mary, just a peek!!!!! Have a good Day……..

    Jennie/Florida on May 24, 2012 at 11:02 am
    • Where did you find pictures of the finished back yard? Did I miss something?

      Kmortensen on May 24, 2012 at 10:14 pm
    • Time Lapse photos.

      Camac on May 25, 2012 at 2:11 am
    • Good eye Jennie/Florida. THanks for the reminder to go back and look again. :)

      minitoni on May 31, 2012 at 4:50 pm
  10. Backyard luxuries are breathtaking, I would use them whenever the weather permitted. Can't help but wonder how the original settlers of this family homestead would react. Would they say, "A waste of good farmland" or 'Let's jump in the hot tub".??? Being practical Mainers I would think the former, but who knows? Just wondering if this property is being "slicked up" too much for its' location and climate. Pat

    Patricia Green on May 24, 2012 at 11:55 am
    • Now that they've done a lot of the landscaping on the road side, I can tell you it certainly looks different than the rest of the properties on the road. Hopefully no-one will expect the rest of us to keep up with the BC. Fortunately, my house can't be seen from the road but I might need something other than a broken step ladder with a "Private Property" sign on it to identify my drive for others.

      Camac on May 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm
    • Camac thanks for the update :)
      Grundy has just tweeted, "The desperate landscapes is all taken care of at blog cabin thanks to Jason Cameron, and I'm tired today!!
      – I promise if I win I won't judge any of my "neck" neighbors. I would invite you guys over for an occasional cookout and smores party, and we could all enjoy that amazing back yard! I have a feelin' other bloggers on here would love the chance to do the same.

      Mel on May 24, 2012 at 3:59 pm
    • We love you, Camac ! Sorry that you may have some gentrification in the vicinity…( hope it won't affect property taxes too much)…if you want, I can come jazz up your private property sign with a plaid background and some painted lobsters, LOL !

      LLColeman on May 25, 2012 at 12:29 am
    • The crazy part is I've done decorative painting (furniture and wall murals) and I'm often painting signs for church functions and even did the sign for my neighbors shellfish store on route one. I did the visual merchandising at Busch Gardens in Virginia and worked in the sign shop there as well. I just haven't gotten around to doing a decent sign for my road. I think I need to spend less time on this blog and more time doing something productive. Considering the current time- 1:30 AM- bed would probably be a productive activity.

      Camac on May 25, 2012 at 1:45 am
    • Ha Ha– you DO stay up late ! We would be lost without your input, however… reference to a plaid sign with lobsters painted on was a little tease after the heated debate about plaid shirts and Maine stereotypes, actually.
      It is a shame this current version of blog cabin is so different from its original concept years ago. There were always a number of local artisans who came to add a piece of their one-of-a- kind art or craft to the Blog Cabin. With your being just down the road, it would have been great to have a piece of decorative painting from you installed in the BC ! I'd love to see your work, Camac !

      LLColeman on May 26, 2012 at 3:31 am
    • Yes! Yes! That would be so special! If I win the BC, I will scratch my head till the right idea hits, consult with Camac, and commission her with a unique objet d'art by her for the place. that would not only evoke memories of our delightful blog, but also seal a new friendship with my neighbor! :D ^_^B)<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on May 26, 2012 at 12:48 pm
    • Hi Kitty, welcome back ! <3

      LLColeman on May 27, 2012 at 4:06 am
    • Thanks, LL! I've really missed you and the blog! Seems everything is wrapping up quickly and I'm wondering what we're going to do with our time until August when the contest begins? I know I'm going to try to see what I can of BC in July, when I'm back in Maine, but if they're done, I'm wondering if the place will be virtually locked up? Hmmmm… I am planning to report back to the blog so I hope there will be something to report!!! :) Hope all is well with you LL–have a safe restful Memorial Day!:D^_^<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on May 27, 2012 at 6:11 pm
    • Very good point Patricia :) Being a history buff, I too would love to hear what the original settlers had to say. I am sure they would think this is crazzzy.!! Afterall just having indoor plumbing would have been for the very wealthy!! LOL

      heaven-bound23 on May 30, 2012 at 1:29 pm
    • You are so correct, Heaven-bound! I too am a history buff. Hate to see old structures torn down or re-muddled. That is not to say that I do not like or appreciate the wonderful accoutrements That are in place. However I look at the wonderful old homestead and feel it should be a year round home and not just a vacation get-away. As such, it should have an indoor fireplace, great views of the water from the upstairs windows, internal access to the basement and a paver stone driveway or carport on the side of the house for a quick entrance to the home when the north winds doth blow.

      Patricia Green on May 31, 2012 at 9:08 am
    • AGREED!!! I have never understood why people that are drawn to the character of an old home then turn around and change the whole decor and lose that old character. I was born in the wrong time because I am truly fascinated by everything that is old, traditional and full of history. I feel we have so much to learn from our past. If I am fortunate to win it trust me it will be a year round home :) I grew up in a old traditional farmhouse that you could scrape the frost off the inside of the windows in your bedroom so this would kinda be like going home :) :)

      heaven-bound23 on May 31, 2012 at 2:11 pm
    • I agree! The sad thing, Patricia Green and Heaven-Bound, is that even though this place had lovely antique farmhouse charm, most of it is gone. There is no interior fireplace, nor a wood burning stove; no upstairs window views of the Medomak River; no access internally to the cellar; and, only a gravel pull-in drive of unknown size and depth on the North side of the house. I'm sure the house will be beautifully appointed but capturing the essence of its history will be very up to its winner and future owner: to dream and imagine all that might have transpired there on Dutch Neck Rd. back to 1864. Good luck and many happy dreams to the BC Winner! AND MAY IT BE A BLOGGER FOR SURE!!!xDB):p<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on May 31, 2012 at 7:10 pm
    • DwnSoDwnEaster, you are so right it will be a beautiful home for someone!! and I can only hope that it will be someone that will help to bring some of it's character back in other ways. Would love to do some research on the original settlers of this home and see where that would lead. Now that is exciting :) :) Waldoboro area is so beautiful and has so much to offer.
      GOOD LUCK and yes praying it will be a blogger. ^_^:)

      heaven-bound23 on June 1, 2012 at 12:01 pm
    • Hooray for research–You are right, Heaven-bound! I LOVE Lincoln County, Maine, and have deep roots there! Waldoboro would be a great place to settle for retirement, in my opinion–close to everything. Good hospital in Damariscotta, plus great restaurants and shopping places all around. I should correct myself on the date I gave for historical purposes, regarding the BC, though– I was off — it was built circa-1884, not 64, as I had written earlier and, as a history buff, myself , I couldn't live with my error without correction. :) I think there's lots to explore about the Waldoboro area history. I think the library there has some old family and genealogical records which would be fascinating to examine! xD Even with a few "warts" this BC will be a gem and someone will wear it proudly! A Blogger PLEASE!!! ^_^:*<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on June 1, 2012 at 1:10 pm

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