Blog Cabin

Jun 8

Blog Cabin 2012: Parting Thoughts

Blog Cabin 2012 Online Photo ShootOnline team, from left: Photographer Frank Murray, photographer Bruce Cole, special projects director Jeannine Shipp, special projects editor Mary Graff, visual designer Jason Kisner.

We wrapped the online photo shoot and departed Waldoboro yesterday, but not before squeaking in one last hearty diner breakfast, replete with blueberry pancakes, grilled muffins and breakfast sandwiches.

In thinking back on the events of the last few days, my mind returns to one story shared by interior decorator Victoria Lesser. When salvaging materials from the home and barn for use in remodeling projects, she couldn’t help but think of Macy’s flagship department store in New York’s Herald Square.
Every time she visits the store and rests her hand on the store’s old wooden escalator balustrade, she’s overwhelmed by memories of her grandma and shopping trips the two enjoyed. This relationship between material and memories, she adds, is the very reason why the design/build team saved as many parts and pieces of the original structure as they could. Celebrating and honoring the memory of generations of family members who called Blog Cabin home was top of mind for the entire crew. And, I am proud to say, the mission has been accomplished; everything from the dining table and master bed to the staircase, rebuilt with its original newel posts, has a unique story to tell.

The trip is over but I traveled home with plenty of my own fond memories. In my mind, even on the rainiest, grey day, Waldoboro shines.

  • Posted at 4:35 pm on June 6, 2012
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  1. I've been a loyal blog cabin follower for many years but none have captured me like this one has. This one is special. Very special!!! The winner's cup will runneth over when they drive up Dutch Neck Rd. with the windows down and the smell of fresh cut grass comes wafting in as they pull up to one of the prettiest homes I have ever seen.The best way to describe blog cabin 2012 is " Paradise Found"!!!
    For those of you curious about the grounds., I can tell you the barn is still intact, the mailbox post is made of blue field stone slabs and the front and back yard have been fully landscaped. The berry beds were not in place but I did see a old metal bed that was perched under the tree near the side of the house. Hmmm something tells me there's another design surprise in store and I can't wait to see what it is.
    If you would like to see more exterior photo's please feel free to contact me. I'll be more than happy to email photo's I took this week. Peace, love and happiness to you all. Keep dreaming. Dreams do come true..

    Oh! One more thing… If anyone wins please invite me. I'll bring lots of lobsta's . =)

    kenday2 on June 8, 2012 at 10:46 pm
  2. Enjoyed the parting thoughts and parting shots (of the photographic kind) that have been posted during the online crew's visit to our Waldoboro Blog Cabin.

    Celebrating and honoring memories — what more can you ask for, aside, of course, from winning them!

    DBCoop on June 9, 2012 at 12:15 am
  3. Thank you all for the additional glimpses into life in and around Waldoboro and the BLOG Cabin. Waiting with anticipation to see the results of your efforts. Thank you again.

    YankeeNuke on June 9, 2012 at 1:07 am
  4. It was nice to see the team responsible for the end projects of the 2012 BC. I love the front door that was installed, with the 2 panes of glass giving the illusion/ reference to the original double doors. I do not mind the door's pale yellow color–there may be a theme with yellow accent colors we haven't seen yet.( Some bloggers love a red front door, but it will take a certain shade of red to harmonize with that shade of green.)
    I love the corbels above the door <3, and also glad to see the huge stone front step…it won't rot or crack; will last through freezes and heat. Not sure if there is a partial pergola–the photo seems to show the group standing under a more or less open "sky" ?
    Mel & ruffy will appreciate that stone slab ! I think a roll up metal ramp can fit the front door for anyone who may need to roll on wheels.( You know I am hoping there is room to maneuver around the first floor in a wheelchair , and that the doorways comply with ADA regulations.. )
    For me, the siding and the exterior color is suitable for an in-town Victorian and still will not evoke the white clapboard coastal Maine cottages, but the property as a whole has been structurally stabilized and spiffed up. I hope more posts will be featuring Victoria and her work…she is just brilliant. <3

    LLColeman on June 9, 2012 at 3:26 am
    • Falu red has deep meaning in many different areas of Sweden. This color is a dark red tint that was a prominent color used on wooden barns and cottages. The purpose of the deep red color was to mimic the color of more expensive brick homes. The color originally came from a copper mine at Falun, which is located in Dalarna, Sweden. Unlike most colors, this one has been around for a long time, since the 16th century to be exact, and today is still used. Many realized that the color is great to use in order to preserve wood. However, it is rarely used for homes in the cities of Sweden today, as brick became more popular and many wanted a more neutral/lighter colored home. But, in the countryside, the color can be seen everywhere.

      Read more:

      Hawkweed on June 9, 2012 at 11:52 pm
    • Hawkweed, that is amazing that you found that link ! I remember early in this blog before the siding went up, some of us were discussing our preferences for exterior colors for this BC. A few of us said we'd like to see either white, or red with white trim–exactly like that photo of the Swedish house ! My grandmother only visited Sweden once, but her parents were Swedish immigrants. When she finally got a house of her own in NJ, she painted her house in that exact shade of red–with white window trim.
      For myself, I would have been delighted to see a red house with white window trim, or a white clapboard house…..I notice that the Maine residents who are blogging with us have pointed out that this BC in green does not reflect ( or fit in with ? ) the typical Maine homes..( I do not include lucyourdog, resident of northern Maine, a proud owner of a home clad in green). LOL B)

      LLColeman on June 10, 2012 at 3:44 am
    • I agree it should have been a light color. What were the blogger thinking?

      minitoni on June 10, 2012 at 10:20 pm
    • Hi minitoni–I have to confess that when the 2nd BC contest was held, I had never blogged
      before and was unduly scared to even try to read a blog, I was so clueless. I voted online that year, without ever reading a single blog, I must admit !
      With the Bethel, NY remodel, I ventured into blog-land (and have been hooked ever since). When I read other bloggers' remodel or construction experiences, I learned so much and voted with bloggers' practical suggestions influencing a more informed vote.
      Now, who knows how many people have been voting without ever once reading this blog? There will be more people who read and never comment on the blog, but I think the huge #
      of votes DIY receives is proof that there are many more non-blog voters who simply vote and then enter the contest without reading our comments or Mary's.

      LLColeman on June 11, 2012 at 3:36 am
  5. It's 4:14am EST, can't sleep, and now I'm thinking how delicious blueberry pancakes freshly made on a Saturday morning in the early summer in Maine would taste right about now. The coast of Maine is one of the most beautiful regions of the entire Eastern seaboard. How great is it that DIY Network and the whole Blog Cabin cast and crew are working so hard so we can all imagine, even dream, of winning an historic home and all that beautiful coastal acreage. Victoria Lessor has such classic taste, that i can't wait to see her design work, and I love what she said about experiencing the wooden escalators at the flagship Macy's store in NYC. Salvaging historical artifacts is important. It is so true that no matter how many visits you take to that store, riding those wooden escalators is a magical experience. You can't help but feel the long history of that place with shoppers going back many, many generations. I'm now reminded of a one-time childhood visit to Macy's with Mom to sit on Santa's lap, and later we road the Staten Island Ferry. It's funny but I usually think of my earliest visit to the Big Apple in college with classmates. But Mom took me and my older brother on our first trip.

    peter_nyc on June 9, 2012 at 4:16 am
    • Sun shining it has been a beautiful morning!!! Would love to enjoyed it while sharing the blueberry pancakes out on the back deck :) :)

      heaven-bound23 on June 9, 2012 at 9:44 am
    • Me too…IF I made it all the way to the deck with my plate of blueberry pancakes and fresh maple syrup! I morph into a vacuum cleaner when those morsels are around!:*:p<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on June 9, 2012 at 10:57 am
    • You know? If I win? I will invite all the bloggers here for blueberry pancakes…really.:o
      And maybe a barn dance with a pot luck?

      Hawkweed on June 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm
    • Yes, a party in the barn is a wonderful idea!…. to be followed in the morning by a blueberry pancake breakfast served to the overnight guests or to any all-nighter young adults. If I won, I would have to add a family tradition to the breakfast menu: Philadelphia scrapple, which is a humble breakfast "meat" that's really very tasty.

      peter_nyc on June 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm
    • OHHHHHHHH!!!! Hawkweed, what a FANTASTIC, FUN idea :) :D:):D A barn dance, I love it!! <3<3
      I am so excited now that I read your idea, I just might have to take a ride over and see that bran dance in my head. LOL

      heaven-bound23 on June 10, 2012 at 10:34 pm
    • I like your reminiscences, peter_nyc…I went into NYC as a young child, with my mom too, for special occasions. I am another one who would love to have a blogger party were I the lucky winner.
      I am reminded of my first DIY blogging experience with the BC in Bethel, New York State. There was also a barn and some of us bloggers had so much fun "planning" and imagining a party involving that barn, which was very close to the site of Woodstock Festival. I miss some of those bloggers !!

      LLColeman on June 10, 2012 at 2:59 am
    • Yes, LL, the Bethel NY BC was the first remodeled vacation home and it was special on 5 acres with Woodstock/ sunset views and a red barn. I enjoyed the bloggers in 2009 and have been watching, voting and blogging since the first Blog (actual log) Cabin 2007 in Tennessee with host Amy Devers; she and the twins were just awesome.

      peter_nyc on June 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm
    • During the Bethel project, I was able to read the comments of the few original BC bloggers, and I know I really missed something special ! By that time, many of those bloggers had moved on, yet some were still commenting; I know there was a tight-knit group of friends there the first 2 years of Blog Cabin. I enjoy so many bloggers who are newer, and am grateful that original bloggers such as yourself are still posting here.
      You wrote some very moving comments about Sept. 11th during the first Urban Oasis blog, and I appreciate your recent reply to another blogger on an HGTV site; very compassionate words.

      LLColeman on June 12, 2012 at 2:39 am
    • Thank you, LL, it's very kind of you to say so. Now, I'm wondering where your NJ comment is. My family was initially in Bergen County, but we relocated to Monmouth County, then moved again in 1968 to the Midwest. I returned to central NJ for college. One of my oldest buddies is in Monmouth County. He has lived on a horse farm most of his life and is now looking to relocate and make a 'fresh start'. Who knows, maybe we'll be looking for a home together as roommates very soon.

      peter_nyc on June 12, 2012 at 6:38 am
    • Hi Peter! count me in on that barn dance and pancake breakfast–I can cook too! :) And I even am familiar with Scrapple–it's good! I learned about it in DAR–Daughters of the American Revolution and I have the recipe. :D

      What I really want to interject here is that, you and your Buddy would probably make great subjects for the HGTV House Hunters Show! You both have interesting stories and endearing histories that would make your search experience a wonderful subject for the series. My Hubby and I love watching it! :) B);)^_^ Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on June 12, 2012 at 4:14 pm
    • Hi Kitty, aren't you a sweetheart and a DAR, oh my. I do enjoy House Hunters (especially the international edition), but can't imagine shopping for a home on TV. If i did participate I would insist on one rule: no testing out the bathtubs for size. I cringe every time the homebuyers do that! Yes, commenting on the closet space, kitchen counters, appliances, or the outdoor spaces, even the somewhat edgy references to the need for privacy from potentially nosy neighbors is ok with me. But climbing in a bathtub on camera is just weird!

      peter_nyc on June 12, 2012 at 6:48 pm
    • He-he! :) I have to agree with you two-fold there, Peter! Fist, I far prefer the International version; and, I find the very idea of the home buyer trying out the tub quite mortifying–I mean, don't people have a semblance of imagination for such things? Or a measuring tape? The only question that gnaws at me about that show is, do these candidates/er, victims get to visit more than three choices before the clock strikes "show's near over–sign your contract here…" ;) :p Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on June 12, 2012 at 9:19 pm
    • That is, First–NOT Fist–sorry! :( Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on June 12, 2012 at 10:23 pm
    • Unfortunately, my computer blocked me from that youtube post, though I tried all kinds of ways. Probably the adult warning has something to do with it since I am allegedly entering my second childhood, so some say… HA! And I enjoy British Humor too! Such understated wit….

      Now, Peter, you KNOW that Avocado Green is simply the ancient, original nomenclature for Natural Sage, don't you??? It's in like bell-bottoms and Alexander Calder and all the Super Hero comics I grew up reading.

      That story you found on doesn't surprise me. Who in the world manages to find their dream home in just three tries? I wondered what happened to Suzanne Huang (sp?) Well, subject matter on this blog has transitioned to real estate, genealogy, wonder what's next for the long hot summer? :p:DB) Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on June 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm
  6. Welcome home! Thank you Mary and team for all of your hard and thoughtful work! You're the best! Love the photos…including the front dooor, crew, and the flag!

    memanbepa on June 9, 2012 at 9:45 am
  7. Great picture of the online team.
    I see an American flag on the flag pole was that in honor of Memorial Day? Flowering bushes in front of the barn. I like mailbox pictures, so they all go so well together, thanks for that great group of pictures.

    I hope they really do put a nice storm door on this BC. An all glass window one would be great, then you can see the nice wood door they made though it. You can open the inside door and have that nice storm door to keep the weather out and sunshine in on those cooler fall days.

    home_girl on June 9, 2012 at 10:56 am
  8. Thanks for the update! I look forward to the virtual tour.

    Summer on June 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm
  9. Such Beautiful images .. such beautiful nostalgic parting prose!.
    Thanks for creating one of the most captivating of Blog Cabin projects.
    Like most of those commenting here, I have enjoyed watching this project (like those before) unfold from the begining. It has given us all so much pleasure in watching this particular project unfold. Your choices; voters choices always interesting. Hoping to win this particularly special Blog Cabin home, likewise, has produced pleasurably happy thoughts of summers in Maine. I Hope whoever wins this gem truly appreciates all your good work and all of the bloggers good wishes that went into producing this wonderful Waldoboro retreat. Good Luck Everyone!

    Lester B on June 9, 2012 at 5:19 pm
    • Thank you, Lester, and the same good wishes to you! :D B) Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on June 13, 2012 at 1:10 pm
  10. Greetings DIY Gang and ALL the behind the scenes folks that made this year’s Blog Cabin a really wonderful bloggers adventure!
    Mary, thank-you for your time and departing comments! :) I have to say that I especially appreciate you sharing Victoria Lesser's story. My own Grandmother recently passed away so I understood and "felt" what Victoria was saying about honoring special memories. Yes, indeed, it brought tears to my eyes.

    A class act in finishing the design of Blog Cabin 2012 with “Old Glory” flying high! Truly an honorable way for ALL future generations to enjoy your hard work! Warmly, Lilly

    Lilly on June 9, 2012 at 6:21 pm
    • Lilly, my condolences to you on the passing of your grandmother. I was very close to my grandmother as well. The world of our older relatives passes along with our family members, and it can be painful going through that change in our lives.
      Victoria does have a lot of insight and she puts all her heart into her work. I cried with relief when I first saw the interior of last year's Blog Cabin in Virginia. The house sat on land that had been owned by one family since colonial days, and the house had special memories for family members who shared recollections on the blog with us. It seemed very crucial for the home to be given back its soul, and Victoria was able to accomplish that so well. I was so excited to learn that Victoria would be working on this year's home.

      LLColeman on June 10, 2012 at 3:11 am
    • Agreed LLColeman! I'm grateful Diy has Victoria as their top BC designer, she's someone who possess great imagination and can visualize the repurposing of old forgotten items into beautiful modern day decor. Her style of salvaging and reusing materials is SO much better for our planet! The BC series is a great platform to show us home crafters and DIY want-to-be's how we can recycle & reuse, while updating and renovating our own homes. —As much as I miss the 2007-2009 tradtional cabins, I'm very aware that renovating old homes and doing so by relying heavily on the repurposing of materials fits our countrys current economy and environmental needs quite well.

      Mel on June 10, 2012 at 8:40 am

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