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People’s Choice: Vote for Family Room Features

Blog Cabin 2013 People's Choice Family Room Vote

Good morning!

Today we launch the family room vote. Help us select the flooring pattern, lighting fixtures, ceiling treatment and more. We also invite you to vote for our guest suite style, provided by our friends at Good Housekeeping magazine. More info on those three distinct room styles is coming in the days to come!

  • Posted at 10:47 am on February 2, 2013
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  1. Thanks Mary- can't wait for a first look at the new choices. Have a wonderful day all. :)

    Lizzy on February 14, 2013 at 11:17 am
    • Yes, I believe the dark ceiling wood will bring the height down instead of expanding it. There are enough trees around and shade to keep it cool without shrinking the room with a dark wood ceiling.

      JJmck on February 19, 2013 at 1:28 pm
  2. We can vote! I gotta tell you this, from my personal experience. When I bought my house it came with baby blue tile around the tub in the bathroom. A friend gave me some perfect paper for the bath…..but it didn't match the baby blue….that tile drove me NUTS until I finally changed it. Going for a color like that hampers you from making many changes in decorating, and you're pretty much limited in what you can do.

    karenlin91 on February 14, 2013 at 11:22 am
    • Oh but that molten glass is so beautiful. I am willing to be stuck with white or bolder blues for the other elements in the room.

      Windsmurf on February 14, 2013 at 1:28 pm
    • Yup I always prefer white towels anyway.

      zulumom on February 15, 2013 at 7:24 am
    • But it's better than green

      Nebraska on February 15, 2013 at 9:23 am
    • lol, true

      karenlin91 on February 15, 2013 at 9:47 am
    • I think that blue is one of the EASIEST colors to contrast and complement. Perhaps not so easy to match, but then again, monochromatic design is more modern, and I think this cabin deserves better than that.

      Treat & Re-Treat on February 15, 2013 at 9:48 am
    • Howwever, the folks at DIY Network will have decorated for you.

      sand & surf on February 15, 2013 at 3:43 pm
    • I agree. Tile is not easily changed. towels and decorative items are. That's where the color can be brought in. I like the mother of pearl look in the accent tile of the ivory.

      Steel Magnolia on February 16, 2013 at 4:53 pm
    • Well said. Boo

      Boo on February 19, 2013 at 2:59 pm
    • In a nautical location, how could you not have blue?? Just my opinion. I love the choice of the pattern for the floor. This cabin is going to be amazing!

      lizzygir on February 17, 2013 at 11:50 pm
    • Color can be challenging. Depends on the choice. This one works I think. If you decided you can complement by adding color. Just a thought.

      cay on February 18, 2013 at 9:59 am
  3. These selections are getting to be a little much design wise. I feel like we are losing the atmosphere that drew us to that old beach house or cabin. I don't see the old antiques that were supposed to be used going in this design style. Just because it is near the ocean, everything doesn't have to be like it is on a ship. Just disappointed. Everything has to be so modern.

    peachdoctor on February 14, 2013 at 11:37 am
    • I kindofsorta agree with you, although sometimes a mix of the old and new can really work great, and I have a feeling they will be able to do that. I voted for the repurposed(?) bedroom just for that reason, it fits more the original style.

      karenlin91 on February 14, 2013 at 1:13 pm
    • I agree that these selections are a little much. I feel like it's a mish-mash of styles and designs. I was hoping for a classic beach house — and I've liked the other choices — but this was just a little weird. Hopefully the end design will be great.

      missingthecoast on February 14, 2013 at 2:44 pm
    • We blogged endlessly here about keeping the coastal charm and pleading not to go too modern or cold. It does as much good as asking for universal accessibility. o.0 :| :(

      LLColeman on February 15, 2013 at 4:38 am
    • Well said, Dr! A seaside cabin should evoke a feeling of returning to yester-year, at least, that's what I thought they wanted – why ELSE refurbish an existing cabin versus razing it and starting over?? Stark lines, cold metal, and sharp contrasts are completely antithetical to the aesthetic – the focus of the design becomes blurred and disjointed. The ambiance of this retreat will suffer more damage from this force-fed superimposition than it ever could suffer from the heartiest windstorms for which the North Caolina coast is noted.

      Treat & Re-Treat on February 15, 2013 at 10:02 am
    • They razed it; it will be a brand new structure. Maybe they decided to steer away from the original plan by necessity and a more contemporary approach is better suited to the new structure. I am sure they still will be able to mix in some original antiques but not as many as was originally planned. Regardless it will be a beautiful shore house. It wont disappoint.

      zulumom on February 15, 2013 at 6:58 pm
  4. Karenlin91, I'm with you on that blue tile. And with the beautiful blue framing tile, the blue bath tile would be just too much blue. I don't like the Rainman ceiling fan, looks too industrial. Much prefer the seaside version.

    Wind Chime Girl on February 14, 2013 at 12:05 pm
    • I went with the shell for framing the mirror so the blue molten glass is great for me. And whitewash for the beams since the house is so well shaded, I think it needs a lot of light colored materials.

      Windsmurf on February 14, 2013 at 1:31 pm
    • I agree with that, not both blue or both whitish

      Wind Chime Girl on February 14, 2013 at 4:33 pm
    • I agree with you girls….the tile choices are really not in keeping with the original "shabby chic" that was the old place and the blue looks as if it will be over done.

      JJmck on February 19, 2013 at 1:25 pm
    • Hello Karenlin91, I am Linda & I agree with you too, & all the others, I love the color schemes as well, its a beautiful blue & love the light fixtures & everything about the rooms we have voted on so far. I am 69 years of age, & use to be an interior decorator & love to match the rooms with the decor. You all have a good day, & will be glad when we can vote on rest of the rooms. Take CareI love the ceiling fan & everything else that is in the room & love the guest room & bathroom very much.

      Linda on February 22, 2013 at 5:45 pm
    • Hi Linda, and welcome! I think we all agree that whatever happens, we love this house and it will be beautiful…

      karenlin91 on February 22, 2013 at 8:28 pm
  5. Hi Bloggers, exciting to be voting on the family room, bath tile, and quest room design. I quess I don't have to tell you my choice for the lighthouse oh I mean cupola. You all have a nice day.

    Jimbo on February 14, 2013 at 12:20 pm
  6. The fresnel lighthouse light choice is a good one. Almost all the old lighthouses used a fresnel lens to reflect the light very brightly. The nautical museums always keep the original fresnels on display. It might just keep a boat from hitting the dock at night on this property. We have a white all-around light on the top of our mast type flagpole to illuminate the dock area. It is turned on in storms here on the Great Lakes. I doubt that Core Sound has Nor Easters like we do but it would be nice to have. Pat

    Pat Green on February 14, 2013 at 12:57 pm
    • I selected the fresnel too, it is so unique and attractive to me. I also like the globe light, but the fresnel is my first choice.

      Windsmurf on February 14, 2013 at 1:34 pm
    • I agree 100%, so very surprised that fresnel light isn't winning! I think probably many of the voters don't understand what it is?=/ The light that is winning is pretty, but what a missed opportunity! Sigh:|

      SID on February 14, 2013 at 3:57 pm
    • Yes to the fresnel, for all the reasons you site, Pat. It would be a unique feature and is so very historic and nautical in design.

      Karen_NEOH on February 14, 2013 at 6:10 pm
    • I love the fresnel light too! It's unique and I can imagine it would have a great glow at night!

      Lia_M on February 16, 2013 at 11:10 am
    • I live about 1/2 mile from the Blog Cabin. No, we never get "Nor Easters" here. LOL !RIGHT! Blows 366 days a years here! Not unusual to be 40-50 NE. This hurricane country you know.

      Damon on February 16, 2013 at 11:43 am
    • Damon, Thanks for your reply. Please tell us more about the local weather conditions on Core Sound. What is the average depth of the water and height of the waves? What is the normal weather like? Could a 40 foot boat with a 12 foot draw come in and dock? I was under the impression that the coastline where the blog cabin is located was somewhat protected by the barrier islands from hurricanes. Please stay with us as we love bloggers with local knowledge. Pat

      Pat Green on February 16, 2013 at 1:23 pm
    • Hi Pat. I believe you're an antique aficionado so I thought you would appreciate a link to a vintage chart for part of Core sound. Although it's over 100 yrs. old the sea depth hasn't changed much in Core Sound. From that and the modern chart I would doubt any vessel with more than 2-3 ft. draft would be able to operate in many parts of the Sound, in cluding the BC dock. I guess the test would be to ask the next door neighbors (towards Atlantic). They have a smallish houseboat moored in their inlet mooring dock.
      http://www.oceangrafix.com/chart/zoom?chart=11550

      For modern charts you can follow the links in this site : http://www.oceangrafix.com/chart/detail/11550-Ocr

      I believe all depths are mean sea level so subtract about 2 ft. for low tide and add 2 ft. for high tide. :)

      Clive on February 16, 2013 at 5:06 pm
    • Oops. bad link. This is the vintage map link: :$
      http://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/n

      Clive on February 16, 2013 at 5:07 pm
    • Clive, Thank you a million times for the charts! I am a retired antiques dealer and had a shop for many years after retiring from my social worker career Our family have lived on the Great Lakes for more than a century and antique charts are avidly collected here. The old chart had some soundings going back to1821 and even showed "floating lights". I really liked "Whalers Camp" near Hog's Island" What fun! As you said the depths then were shallow as they seem to be today. With shoals,submerged pipes and pilings it does not seem to be navigable. You may be interested in our old wooden boat which we run all over the lakes and sometimes to Florida. It is a 40 foot Matthews twin screw 1951 double cabin cruiser. A documented antique wooden vessel. Thank you for your research and effort, it was so appreached. Pat

      Pat Green on February 17, 2013 at 12:27 pm
    • Clive, I mean navigable for larger vessels. I do see fishing boats, net boats and others on the water view camera once in a while. Take care. Pat

      Pat Green on February 17, 2013 at 12:32 pm
    • You're very welcome.

      Clive on February 17, 2013 at 12:39 pm
    • Pat –

      Antiques dealer! Man – maybe I should be asking YOU about finding more of my favorite Jadeite restaurant ware… :)

      Morning all!

      Laurie_March on February 19, 2013 at 12:43 pm
    • Laurie, How nice to hear from you. Jadite is still very collectible and not too hard to find.The restaurant ware is a little harder to find except for the common pieces like mugs and cups. Jadite is considered to be a category of depression glass. I'm sure you know it was made by many different glass companys like Imperial (Fire-King) , Anchor-Hocking, and Cambridge. The prices will vary from $4. for a cup to $ 350.00 for water dispensers. Even shaving mugs were made itn Jadite. There is a big depression glass show once a year, the locations very. If you are traveling or live close to one it would be worth your time to visit the show. I will let you know if I hear of good pieces from my dealer friends or where shows are going to be. Remember; Bargin like crazy ! to get a good price and check on E-bay. Best wishes and good hunting. Pat

      Pat Green on February 19, 2013 at 5:22 pm
    • Pat, Let me tell that I think we live in paradise! That being said it's not for everybody. (One of the reasons we love it here!) The cabin sits at the edge of Core Sound directly in front of North Core Banks. (The barrier islands) The banks here move around more than an IBM employee and are just a few feet above sealevel. The cabin land is also just a couple of feet above sealevel as well.
      Remember that the original cabin is over 100 years old but that doesn't mean that it didn't get water in it from time to time. The old houses here and on the banks used to have holes in the floor to allow the water to come in and allow it to escape quickly when the water went back down. This also kept the house from floating off of the stump foundations that most of these houses had.

      Damon on February 17, 2013 at 2:25 pm
    • As for a boat with a 12 foot draft navigating Core Sound…that is not happening. We have a lot of water it's just spread out real thin. The water 100 yards of shore of the cabin is about 3 feet. The closest safe inlet would be in Morehead City 30+ miles away. We have great weather here. Typically we have 6 weeks of chilly weather and about 4 weeks of hot weather. The waves in the sound are wind driven so it varies with the wind that day.

      Another thing that puzzles me is the link to New Bern NC on the Blog Cabin page. New Bern is a one and a half hour drive from the cabin. Morehead City and Beaufort are much closer and especially Beaufort, NC are really great coastal towns.

      Anyway it's fun having DIY here, Damon

      Damon on February 17, 2013 at 2:25 pm
    • Damon, Thank you for that information and explaination! Morehead City sounds like the place to dock. Can one rent a car there? A summer cruise may be in the future, Pat

      Pat Green on February 17, 2013 at 5:03 pm
    • Thank you for all this wonderful information, Damon! My mom was born in Beaufort, and I visited the Morehead City area many years ago as a teen when we stopped to see family and I remember how much I loved what I saw! NC is beautiful! I would love to relocate there, and getting to know my mom's side of the family as I have not seen any of them in over 25yrs would be a nice bonus!

      Shelly313 on February 17, 2013 at 9:11 pm
    • Damon- Thanks for sharing your knowledge of the area.
      Do you live here year round or just in the summer? I sure would love to win! ! ! !
      I am enjoying reading all the postings. Have done this for a while , but just started last week to
      "sign on" and talk when I can. Thanks HGTV for giving us this oppertunity. Oh ! Love the CAM. So interesting..

      Nan on February 18, 2013 at 5:04 pm
    • Question for anyone – please ?
      Why do I get a thumbs down ? The same thing happened when I entered last week .
      I love this site and enjoy the postings.
      Help ,anyone ? Thanks——-

      Nan on February 18, 2013 at 5:37 pm
    • I stayed in Beaufort when we shot our videos last week and it's absolutely fabulous there! Great food, the people were so friendly, and the houses in the area just had me smiling like crazy – fabulous mix of architecture and paint colors!

      Laurie_March on February 19, 2013 at 12:41 pm
    • It sounds as if it is going to be a really wonderful place to live for whoever wins the cabin. Good luck to all1 :D

      JudyInMich on February 19, 2013 at 4:49 pm
    • Thanks Damon. Judy

      JudyInMich on February 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm
    • Good Morning Damon! I hope you and the other neighbors are not too unhappy with all the activity and attention in the neighborhood. I can only imagine all the extra curious traffic that must be interrupting your otherwise peaceful surroundings trying to catch a glimpse of what is going on. :S But I hope you know that will all wear off soon enough, and that most of us here wish to be your new neighbor for the right reasons! Any local insight/stories you wish to share would be greatly appreciated by those of us who desire to relocate to your area. I hope you have a blessed Sunday! ^_^

      Shelly313 on February 17, 2013 at 10:40 am
    • Shelly, We love to share our part of paradise with everyone. It is fun for Atlantic to get some attention! For the most part we are forgotten down east but that's not always a bad thing. Our community is full of wonderful people that would do anything for a person in need. We have several very active churches. The community feeds all the seniors in the area a very good hot homemade lunch every Thursday.
      We always welcome people that add to our village, but we don't care too much for people trying to change things.
      Hope to see you down east sometime soon, Damon

      Damon on February 17, 2013 at 2:37 pm
    • Sounds like an even more wonderful place to be, Damon! Thank you for sharing this! I can understand not wanting people to come in and change things. I sure hope whoever is lucky to win the cottage will also want to be a valuable member of the community! And yes, like most everyone else on here, I sure hope to be East sometime soon too! :)

      Shelly313 on February 17, 2013 at 9:29 pm
    • Damon, What age do you have to be to qualify as a senior?o.0 Boo

      Boo on February 19, 2013 at 12:05 pm
    • 65, but nobody checks ID. HAHA

      Damon on February 22, 2013 at 7:18 am
    • Love the dark wood ceiling! And the view is breattaking! I like the floor but i always would choose a Bamboo floor. This is going to be a Dream come true for some lucky person! I would pack my bags in a hurry to move to this Southern Dream home!

      RonnieJames6182 on February 16, 2013 at 2:12 pm
    • Pat, the Fresnel Lighthouse is My choice too… I think the voters who pop in and "just vote" and "do not Blog" are the Ones who are controlling the votes because I think we Bloggers share our thoughts and we all decide what would be best for the Cottage. We change our votes if someone has a good point for a change. I think almost Everyone on the Blog are voting for the Fresnel..
      The voters who pop in to vote and do not blog have no input as to what looks right for the Cottage. They are just choosing what they like as individuals and that goes for the dark wood ceiling also..they looked at the Photo of the Wood ceiling and think it looks great and votes on that not taking into consideration where it is really going…All the People's Choice are being voted that way….Sad and I don't know what the solution is but know We Bloggers do want what is "best" for this BC "Cottage"….Give her, Her Antiques, Her Charm and Her History back!
      Just give her a New Foundation and a New Wrap, a New Bonnet and of course some "Glass-es" add all the Antiques and Great thing that were in the Cottage to begin with..because that is why We all fell in love with Her to begin with!!
      And last, Don't forget to surround Her with Beautiful Flower Gardens, Walkways and Lights. Give Her Dock some New Legs and walkway for stability, add a Covered area to sit and daydream while Enjoying All the Beauty that surrounds Her…Mmmm…Just My Thoughts!!!

      Jennie/Florida on February 16, 2013 at 4:27 pm
    • Very well said Jennie! I hope a lot of the original goes right back into the cottage too! That is part of what made me fall instantly in love with the cottage…and the location! For years I have dreamed of moving to NC (my mom is from Beaufort) and getting to know her side of the family, so this would be a perfectly timed opportunity to do so. I would not be happy with the cottage losing her charm or history either. I started off voting for the Glass Globe, but after reading all the input about the Fresnel I changed my vote…I would love for the Fresnel to take the lead because it would be for the right reasons, not to mention the fact it is better suited for the Copula. Sadly, this round has a lot of people up in arms, but I have made changes to some of my votes because of enlightening insight from everyone! Have a blessed day! :D

      Shelly313 on February 17, 2013 at 10:28 am
    • how I agree with you on whole page esp; best for bc and give her her antiquies, her charm and her history that is what i would like -love too donot need all the modern-tech in our home to enjoy just want to be at home and enjoy everything about it

      bogartandbacall on February 19, 2013 at 4:27 pm
    • You have won me over. I am changing my vote. It would be great to see the fresnel shining and guiding you back at night from the dock or ocean.

      Barbara/Virginia on February 17, 2013 at 1:52 pm
    • You are exactly right! It would be a welcoming safe harbour signal for smaller boats. Your ability to change votes is commendable. Thank you, Barbara Pat

      Pat Green on February 17, 2013 at 2:06 pm
    • I've already decided…if I win and the votes don't result in the Fresnel light going in….I'll buy it myself and install it in the cupola!

      RLD on February 18, 2013 at 6:46 pm
    • after I screen in the front porch.

      zulumom on February 19, 2013 at 7:55 am
    • I readily agree! The beautiful glass globe light could be used in another non-lighthouse area. The cupola was designed to look like a local lighthouse, I believe.

      Pat Green on February 19, 2013 at 11:43 am
    • the first time I saw the fresnel I fell in love with it Its beutiful, distinct way. I did not know what it stood for Wish we could get our light voted for and won time will tell and I read what bloggers say and I too vote for best for bc Cant wait till it is finished

      bogartandbacall on February 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm
    • Yes a light house would be awesome! I totally agree! Much Love!! <3<3

      rebecca on February 19, 2013 at 9:56 am
    • Pat, I liked the Fresnel light as I thought it would throw off a design on the walls and since it is mostly glass wouldn't compete with the space. JMHO….Windee :)

      Windee :) on February 19, 2013 at 7:33 pm
  7. I agree completely on the fresnel lighthouse…..just because I think they're beautiful……and like you said, Pat, can't hurt anything to have it..

    karenlin91 on February 14, 2013 at 1:15 pm
  8. Some very interesting choices. I am going to wait to vote, until I hear from a few more bloogers, on their thoughts.

    vicki_in_Utah on February 14, 2013 at 1:29 pm
  9. Well it would seem that most my votes are in commen weth most people. The ones that matter the most. The fan and one of the light sconces I chose difrent. But there still good choices. All the rest is perfict!!!! ;)

    asandmancan on February 14, 2013 at 1:42 pm
    • All though I dint like any of the Guest Bedroom choices!!!! :'(

      asandmancan on February 14, 2013 at 1:46 pm
  10. Once again on this year's Blog Cabin selections, I like almost all of the choices. I chose the fresnel light because it is unique, I liked the coastline inlay, though that one seems to be heading for the more ordinary compass; I chose the whitewash because since the house is well shaded by trees and porch roofs, I wanted the lighter look; I just plain love the molten glass; and the shell mirror surround would go nicely with the molten glass; I liked the lighthouse sconce, the Edison one seemed to me would be difficult to find replacment bulbs in that shape; and I liked the color scheme of the reuse chic guest room style, again lighter than the others and a good opportunity to use things from the original home.

    Windsmurf on February 14, 2013 at 1:50 pm
    • I so agree with you on the coastline inlay and the whitewash, and unfortunately I have never seen the vote change after the first day.

      flashy on February 15, 2013 at 12:19 am
    • Totally right on the fresnel. It looks like the glass on a lighthouse light. Nautical, coastal, etc…

      Lea Whitfield on February 15, 2013 at 5:27 pm

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