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A Warming Trend at Blog Cabin 2012

Let me paint a mental picture for you on this warm summer day: It’s late October or early November in Waldoboro, Maine. The colors of autumn are fading to grey, as winter creeps quietly across the landscape. A cold rain drizzles down from the skies, as you snuggle up by the gas stove with a good book and a cup of tea. Sounds dreamy, yes? Enter the Blog Cabin 2012 Giveaway, twice per day, starting this August, and dream could turn reality for you.

A special shout-out goes to visual designer Jason Kisner, who created this cinemagraph upon returning from the online photo shoot.

  • Posted at 9:00 am on June 6, 2012
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86 Comments

  1. Thanks Mary all looking and sounding good, some lucky winner will get to enjoy all this and more I am sure. About that time the apples from the tree should all be picked and stored in the basement, ready for apple pies for Thanksgiving. (I believe they are red ones, not sure what kind they are).

    I don't see the wainscoting on the wall behind the stove, I was so hoping they would be putting it on the wall in there. Wonder if it got put on any of the walls. It was one of the people choices from floors and ceilings.

    home_girl on June 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm
    • Not sure if the basement, as it stands, will be cold enough to work as a "root" cellar to store the harvest in, would be a great idea given the size of the door, but a little inconvenient since you have to go outside to get inside. Possibly wall off a small area away from the heating equipment to keep it cool enough for storing food. There are a lot of possibilities for adding access to the basement once you move in.

      YankeeNuke on June 18, 2012 at 6:07 pm
    • You are right home-girl. I was so enchanted by the cinemagraph that I failed to notice what appears to be a bland wall behind the stove. When we see the virtual tour we will probably think it looks perfect as it is! If I remember correctly the floor plans placed the stove in the L.R. corner, so the stove is probably placed on a short section of diagonal wall. A good quality stone veneer in the area directly behind the stove would be an easy project if the new owner wanted to add more drama to the hearth area. Recycled thin sections of old barn wood veneer would also be very cabin like, providing there is enough clearance behind the stove for the wood to be fire safe. On second thought I'd just go with the stone veneer!:S Still wish it was a fireplace, but I'm 'warming up' to the stove! ^_^

      SID on June 18, 2012 at 6:20 pm
    • Stone veneer or possibly some weathered or aged metal as a wainscoting/heat reflector on the wall. If you go with stone you could probably add a big slate piece as a "hearth" or possibly raise the whole stove up on a piece of stone, lots of options that are constrained by tour preferences and pocketbook.

      YankeeNuke on June 18, 2012 at 6:51 pm
    • That would be nice too.
      This is my first time following the BC. So I was wondering; do they always change the people choice in the voting this much, as they they are on this BC? No wainscoting in living room, changing the front entry way, the birdbath, sundial, kitchen sink, no raised berry bed, are just a few things I notice so far.

      home_girl on June 18, 2012 at 9:29 pm
    • Ha ha– things do change as the project goes along– maybe a bit more change each year !
      I remember reading the wording of people's choice referring to wainscoting to be used in the mega-den. What I liked last year was that the wainscoting was not mentioned as a choice for the VA blog cabin, but it was a nice surprise used in many rooms. Last year a panel effect was a choice for the mega-den and it won…but for me, the wainscoting in the other rooms ramped up the charm in last year's BC. http://www.diynetwork.com/diy-blog-cabin-2011-tou

      LLColeman on June 19, 2012 at 4:09 am
    • green apples make for a tart pie. some of the red get to soft when baked. or mix the two. no, go with the green

      Eugenia27 on June 20, 2012 at 7:44 pm
  2. At fist I was against the little stove. Now I see I was wrong and it feels very much like home.

    Hawkweed on June 18, 2012 at 2:32 pm
  3. Just need a warm pot of spiced cider on that gas stove to add a nice fragrance to the cozy room. Can you smell the cinnamon and apple in the air?

    YankeeNuke on June 18, 2012 at 5:50 pm
    • Indeed I can YankeeNuke! And I can also hear the rain softly hitting the window beside me as I sit in that cozy window seat beside the fire. It is in the mid 90's here and humid, and we have not had a measurable rain in almost 6 weeks. I love it here in the AR mountains but In the summer I really miss coastal Maine!

      SID on June 18, 2012 at 6:26 pm
    • We camp in Western AR in the fall up off of 213 at Byrd's Adventure Park. We also camp at Shoal Bay C.O.E. recreation Area. It is pretty in both places. We have friends in Rogers and Scranton. Thanks for the reply SID.

      YankeeNuke on June 18, 2012 at 6:45 pm
  4. Would one of you bloggers, who lives near the BC read my questions near the end of the previous thread and answer what you can? Thank you.

    YankeeNuke on June 18, 2012 at 6:09 pm
  5. That looks wonderful. It has been warm and a little muggy today in San Diego. I would acually love a little rain and reason to sit by a fire with a cup of tea and a good book.

    mari on June 18, 2012 at 10:00 pm
  6. Oh Mary, thanks for the new blog, yep that's a well painted picture with jason cinemagraph ahhhhh sooo
    cozy. ;) <3 xD

    MaryPA on June 18, 2012 at 10:14 pm
  7. I distinctly recall that I and many others requested that the stove be placed diagonally in that corner of the living room, with bead-board, re-purposed old wood background or, preferably, stone treatment? (visibility and utility being the main rationales).:oB):$o.0<3Kitty

    DwnSoDwnEaster on June 19, 2012 at 7:59 am
    • Hi Kitty. I hope you are back in ME for the summer and feeling much better.
      Now that you mention it, the idea of placing the stove diagonally may have been a blogger request. I do distinctly remember many of us begging for stone, bead-board or re-purposed wood in the background. Taking a second look at this photo I note that particular stove could not be set at a diagonal angle because the flooring is shown as parallel to the stove. Since the floor was not on a diagonal in the previous blog cabin photo we saw of the hallway, my guess is that the stove was not installed diagonally to the room. :| Not the best angle IMHO.

      SID on June 19, 2012 at 10:42 am
    • Hi Sid! I'm not in Maine yet–SIGH!– but am counting the days. Sadly, not till July 20th. Already have my suitcase out of the attic on standby… :) Each day is better, thank you! Watch out, when I'm good as new. folks! Beep! Beep! LOL!:*:p<3

      DwnSoDwnEaster on June 19, 2012 at 3:15 pm
    • I also remember suggesting diagonal placement, I wonder if there is a technical reason that they couldn't do it? Maybe they spent too much money messing with the heavy, old chimneys instead of pulling them out and putting faux chimneys on the roof.

      YankeeNuke on June 20, 2012 at 10:10 am
    • You're probably right, YankeeNuke! One of their many drawings actually had the propane stove on the diagonal, so I had hoped they might accidentally get it that way…o.0;) Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on June 20, 2012 at 1:11 pm
    • Kitty, it would have been much nicer presentation for the living room and the dining area if it was @ 45. With the open floor plan it would have brightened up the whole o[en area. Oh well, perhaps it could still be twisted by the winner since it has a stove pipe chimney that could easily be manipulated. There are several things that could have been done slightly differently and made a big difference. It will be up to the winner to move in and make it "his or her" cabin by making the little tweaks as well as some big ones like better entrance to the basement using what I think is called a bilco door and stairwell after opening up the hole in the foundation a little.

      YankeeNuke on June 21, 2012 at 6:09 pm
    • Greetings Yankee Nuke! They say you learn something new everyday!! — I had to look up photos of a Bilco door! You are right. It sure looks as if that may be a good option for ease of access to the basement. Thanks for sharing with your fellow bloggers — I know I am now a "wee bit" smarter thanks to you!

      Lilly on June 21, 2012 at 11:39 pm
    • No question, a 45 degree angled fire would've warmed a wider swath of longing eyes! Well, the winner will have some tweaks and personal touches to think about. Some of us, have probably already done so, so IF we win, we'll be a step ahead, ready to move along on day uno and get the ball rolling then already…ha! ha! ;) I know I have quite overhauled the place…

      I appreciate you mentioning Bilco, for I was not familiar with a company name for the cellar stairwell. Was on my to do list. I figured one could find an area where a floor door could be installed, along with the proper stair stringers/steps to cellar. Off the cuff, since I haven't re-studied the "new floor plan" I was thinking maybe the laundry room or nook or elsewhere would provide the entry opening and after I Googled Bilco for a while I finally found some flush doors which accept up to a 1" covering, such as tile or wood to harmonize with the rest of the floor. That's what we need! Now the only downside to my finding was, they did not give the dimensions of the door! I was shocked! I mean, nowhere in the specs! I got a migraine after that and gave up—temporarily. Have a good evening. Hope you are enjoying our virtual Bloggie bash! B);)xD Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on June 23, 2012 at 6:02 pm
  8. Bloggers who are concerned about the wall behind the Gas stove, I have a thought about the lack of wall treatment behind the gas stove above……The photo of this gas stove above was the winner, but I don't think the background for photo is the BC because that floor doesn't look like the flooring thats in the hallway, where the guy is laying on the floor taking pictures..The one above is in the brown tones and the one in the hallway has red tones. Does anyone else see what I'm saying??? Go back and look at the Photo, then come back and look at the flooring under this stove above…What I'm saying is this photo is the stove that won but the photo wasn't taken in the BC, so wall probably isn't the wall that is going to be behind the Gas stove in the BC…..My Thoughts! What do you think????

    Jennie/Florida on June 19, 2012 at 9:40 am
    • I am not so certain, Jennie/Florida. Colors may look different depending on what time of day,what angle, and with which camera the photos were taken. I notice colors differing because of which device they are viewed on as well. I would prefer to think you are correct because I too am puzzled about the lack of wall treatment but based on previous viewing experience that may be the same floor, with the color looking slightly different for any number of reasons.

      izzyguest on June 19, 2012 at 10:09 am
    • Interesting possibility Jennie, I guess we're going to have to wait for the virtual tour to be sure. I really do hope that is the floor though, love the rustic look of the knots!

      SID on June 19, 2012 at 10:24 am
    • I looked at the base board and it's the same color as the rest of the living room; if you go by picture of man laying on floor. The floor looks the same to me, the same knotty look. I would say the window seat is to the left of the stove and the wall unit to the right.

      home_girl on June 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm
    • Hi Home_girl…where did you see the rest of the livingroom and what "wall unit" are you talking about?? I'm missing all these things!

      Jennie/Florida on June 19, 2012 at 1:26 pm
    • Jennie, if you look at picture of man on floor you can see part of wall unit (light wood color) next to plant stand. You can see hall wall too and base board there. MA Suite, then the stairs off to your right.

      home_girl on June 19, 2012 at 1:44 pm
  9. I can't wait for the online tour! I'm so excited and a little disappointed that there won't be a weekend vacation trip contest to this years blog cabin…I loved that contest, even though we never heard any details of what the winners thought of it. I guess I shouldn't complain. The homes are totally furnished now and that is a big plus. Thank you DIY for this wonderful opportunity!

    SweetLiz on June 19, 2012 at 9:49 am
    • Hi SweetLiz !!! How are you?? I really wanted to win that getaway to the Twin Coves last year. I know last year you and I continously asked that lady who won, to please join us and share her experience with us, but never heard a word….Maybe things didn't go too well and DIY decided to discontinue the Weekend Getaway…Bummer!!! I can't wait to see this Farmhouse all dressed up, I'm sure it's beautiful inside and I know the outside is…Can't wait for the Tour….August is tooooo far away. I'm so impatient!
      Someone is going to be very Lucky!!! I hope it's a BC blogger and pray they will be able to keep it!!!!

      Jennie/Florida on June 19, 2012 at 10:26 am
    • Didn't the speed boat tour win as part of that prize pkg.? :p =/ (not good environmental impact)— so maybe someone got tossed overboard ?

      LLColeman on June 20, 2012 at 11:41 pm
    • I'm commenting under Jennie, but to SweetLiz and LL too– Jennie's the Birthday Girl today so she gets top billing :) . I remember the main thing that happened on the award getaway weekend at Twin Coves last year: The WEATHER was horrid! It was bad enough for my part of Hampton Roads, VA, in Chesapeake, but being on the Chesapeake Bay just north of me, the winner had to have been buffeted by high winds, lightning, thunder, maybe hail, don't know if she was out on the water, though she won that too—but just imagine THAT! I mean, no one, not even DIY, can prevent an act of Nature. But she must have been very disappointed–maybe didn't try to find some humor or some good thing in the midst of it all to report back to the blog? Too bad. It WAS a miserable storm! And she didn't get to stay at the BC Twin Coves! I would've curled up on that huge red chair upstairs with a good book, some binoculars and watched the water and lightning action from that huge window and been snug as a Kitty for the entire weekend if DIY would have let me! :D :*<3 ME

      DwnSoDwnEaster on June 23, 2012 at 6:30 pm
  10. That's a cool gas stove…it provides warmth and pretty-dancing-flames. It will create the perfect ambiance for snuggling up on a cool day! Ahhh, sweet dreams!

    memanbepa on June 19, 2012 at 11:06 am

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