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May 30

Cabin Comforts Gift Set Winner

Blog Cabin 2013 Dylan Eastman and Kayleen McCabe

Congrats to Annette Harris of Morgan, UT. She is the proud winner of our Cabin Comforts gift set. An identical gift set will be presented to the winner of the Blog Cabin 2013 Giveaway.

Keep checking the blog for additional info on this year’s home. We have yet to cover landscape details, creative outdoor spaces and building challenges, plus Core Sound culture. The photo above was captured over the weekend, as project manager Dylan Eastman put the finishing touches on the outdoor kitchen. Rescue Renovation show host Kayleen McCabe popped by for a tour of the home and was happy to lend a helping hand.

I am pretty certain you will flip when you see the virtual tour of this amazing property!


  1. DeerSpring, just went to the site nice pics. Hope everything is tied down.

    MaryPA on June 7, 2013 at 2:55 pm
    • It looks like Laurie will be making sure that everything is in place. : )

      DeerSpring on June 7, 2013 at 3:40 pm
  2. If her pants don't work, the shoes surely will.:)

    540sam on June 7, 2013 at 3:59 pm
  3. Thanks for posting this link DeerSpring! I was hoping we would get some word on how the cabin did in Andrea. We are just headed for lots of rain and some local flooding in areas that are usually prone to floods. So we are doing our spring weekends anyway.

    grammagail on June 7, 2013 at 6:04 pm
    • You're welcome! The rainy days from TS Andrea seem like the rains of an extended spring. It's
      starting to look like a tropical forest in my neck of the woods. : )

      DeerSpring on June 7, 2013 at 7:54 pm
  4. Hi all! I know you are sorely missing the Cabin Cam – so I wanted to pop in and send some cabin love.

    It's pretty windy here in Atlantic, but our sweet Blog Cabin weathered the storm like a champ! The windows really cut down on the noise and wind – but boy was it a crazy day yesterday! We lost power briefly but the generator kicked in and kept us going strong.

    We're making some more juicy behind the scenes videos for you to watch soon, but I'll make sure to come back and tease you with more cabin details.

    PS. One of my favorite spots to hang out is right by the gorgeous fireplace. When you sit in the corner and put your feet up, you feel like the king of the world! (err.. queen??)

    Hope you're all happy and healthy. In the meantime, check our videos out from before your house got 'all grown up!'

    Monday I'll put a post over on the House Counselor blog with some of my favorite textures from the Cabin… come by!

    Laurie <3<3

    Laurie_March on June 8, 2013 at 7:04 am
    • Thanks for the update and keeping us informed Laurie, can't wait for the teases.^_^

      540sam on June 8, 2013 at 8:06 am
    • Love the video especially the one showing drawings of furniture and layout. I hope the kitchen is like that as we had suggested many time in blog and not with the partition to the stairs. The foyer feel big enough to turn into a 3rd bedroom if the sitting area has a nice double daybed. I cannot wait until the tour

      zulumom on June 8, 2013 at 8:49 am
    • Thanks, Laurie, for dropping by with more information. Love the fact that the generator got a test run and performed well! July seems so far away but I don't want it to go by too fast because here that will be summer half over! LOL. My Dad used to say at the end of fireworks on the fourth "Well, summer's over!" He believed Maine only had three seasons…long spring, long fall and even longer winter. LOL Maine is my favorite place to be….not his! Looking forward to making NC my favorite place to be!

      grammagail on June 8, 2013 at 9:59 am
    • Gammagail you would love NC ! The people are really friendly, and there's the natural beauty of pristine beaches on the east coast, with the Blue Ridge & Great Smoky Mountains in the west.

      Here is a stunning video of the clouds above the Craggy pinnacle, (Craggy Gardens) closer by far to where I live in NC than the coast is! (hubby is from the NC coast) The Blue Ridge Mountains are named for the way the clouds rise off their ridges with the sun rise, and Craggy pinnacle near Mount Mitchell offers a 360 degree panorama. It looks like the clouds are the ocean tickling the mountain ridges, the way the ocean does the sea shore. So if you do win BC you would have the option of visiting some beautiful mountains to your west. By the way, Maine is a beautiful state too

      Mel on June 8, 2013 at 12:30 pm
    • Laurie Thank You for blogging with us, and for doing your job so well ! You did a Great Job in the first set of behind the scenes videos and I can't wait to see the next ones. Please tell DIY to get them to the blog ASAP, we are in need of something new to blog about.

      I hope you have a wonderful visit to NC, and a safe trip back home.

      Mel on June 8, 2013 at 12:52 pm
    • Thank you Laurie, for that info. Yes we are missing the cabin cam. Glad you were at the BC to batten down the hattches.

      vicki_in_Utah on June 8, 2013 at 1:10 pm
    • Hey Laurie glad everything turned out fine at the Blog Cabin wow that must of been crazy scary.
      Love those lime green pants;) As for the videos they are playing the commercial and everything at once the buffering doesn't work, oh well I'll just put up with it. Thanks a bunch <3<3B) Enjoy the weekend!

      MaryPA on June 8, 2013 at 2:06 pm
    • Thanks, Laurie!! The videos were great to see…what a tease!!! I can't wait to see more!!! I agree with GrammaGail though, I want July to get here, I just don't want it to come too fast or soon–Summer is over for us NY'ers by then…LOL.

      I love NC–I have family there and would love to be the winner of this gorgeous cabin so that I can be close to my family–but then we all would love to win this!!

      We need more–


      TishaStanley on June 8, 2013 at 3:03 pm
  5. Thanks DeerSpring. Morris Marina reminded me of Portsmouth Island since they have cabins on one end of the Island, and provide a ferry over from Atlantic, NC.
    Portsmouth is a place I want to visit when I go back to the NC coast. I love that this village has remained untouched by development, and is protected from development, being a part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. It stands as a memorial to how life was lived on the NC coast for generations, and being on the north end of the CLNS is close to the BC. Here's a link to video about Portsmouth Island

    Mel on June 8, 2013 at 1:37 pm
    • Right On DeerSpring!
      It's an amazing feeling to visit these isolated beaches, to walk them to "the point" they end in an inlet, and have the powerful and majestic Atlantic both to your right and to your left. You do feel like you have discovered a land no one else has ever heard about or seen before! Since the barrier islands form broken strings of land, then ocean, land then ocean, thus creating a swirl of water currents the surf fishing at the various inlets is amazing. Someone is gonna be so Freakin' Lucky to win this home. Good Luck Deer, I know you are a fan of Carolina beaches :)

      Mel on June 9, 2013 at 8:42 am
  6. What a nice Surprise, Hi Laurie, We are glad you enjoyed the Beautiful little Cabin and so Happy You were there to Secure it during Andrea ^_^… I'm Just curious to know how close the water came up to the Dock and banks during the strong Winds and rain?? Sure wish the Camera Cam had been on, We could have watched to see how Andrea was treating Our Cottage!
    Yes Laurie, We are Happy Bloggers and Love Everything about the Blog Cabin Adventure especially this Cabin/Cottage on a beautiful piece of property with water views and We can't wait to see what has been chosen from the original Cottage and found it's new home!! We are Soooo hooked and look forward to "Everything" that has to do with this Cottage…Sure miss the Camera Cam ..Thank you for saving Our Sanity by continuing to keep us posted..You are thoughtful and We Appreciate You!!!:):p;)^_^B)<3<3

    Jennie/Florida on June 8, 2013 at 8:23 pm
    • I love your posts, Jennie ! Especially thanking Laurie for saving our sanity– the new meaning of "S O S"…Saving Our Sanity..only a dedicated blogger would understand this, LOL ;) xD <3 B)

      LLColeman on June 10, 2013 at 2:46 am
    • Hi LL, my reply to You ended up on the next page!!!:(o.0o.0 Wonder how that happened????B)^_^<3

      Jennie/Florida on June 10, 2013 at 8:26 pm
  7. Congrats, Annette!

    We've been gone on a real live Cabin adventure! Home Depot will appreciate the following DIY story I'm about to share……
    Part 1
    My hub created a fabulous "live well" for our fishing trip last year. He took the 5 gallon paint bucket and drilled holes into the "Homer 5 gallon paint bucket" from Home Depot. Then, we purchased a gamma lid to keep our live well secure……only great fishermen will appreciate this tale. I was in charge of keeping the lid closed after our fishing trip. I know, I know! a HUGE responsibility! I caught the absolute largest bass of my life on vacation, hub caught a huge blue gill and perch. They were in the half filled live well. And………as my fishing adventures go…….I have many….I looked down to discover all the fish had gone out of our live well and our lid WAS gone…gone…..gone. We had to fish several more hours to replace the missing fish.

    Trish on June 8, 2013 at 9:25 pm
    • Part 2
      Of course my bass never made it back. : ( We returned to the scene of the lid fiasco. I netted the greatest catch of all time….a $9.95 missing gamma lid from the lake. We were also able to catch another "different' half of fish to fill the bucket; and an additional half to fill the remainder.

      For those looking at the dock and panting…."I want, I want"…..What you catch, you clean. : ) Hub says the second live well made will never make into the boat. It takes a lot of time to clean your catch! : ) For wives who get upset when hubs go fishing…it's a LOT of WORK! Appreciate all that is brought home for the freezer.

      Our adventures took place on Turtle Lake in MN…..With the Wilderness Lodge our cabin of choice…..But…..we'd be open to NC cabin of course. : ) For those of us still dreaming. : ) You know who you are!

      Trish on June 8, 2013 at 9:27 pm
  8. PS….for children/wives trying to come up with DIY Father's Day gifts. …… This really IS a good one when you get the lid on tight.


    Trish on June 8, 2013 at 9:28 pm
  9. PS…..Kayleen and Dylan, I remember when my father in law helped get our ceiling fan and lamp up. It really is wonderful when you have someone who can help you with this project!

    Teamwork! Gets what is considered little (really huge) completed! And greatly appreciated! It takes work!

    Kudos to teamwork !

    Trish on June 8, 2013 at 9:59 pm
    • It was so nice to see Kayleen, I wondered why she isn't one of the hosts I love her show. She is amazing.

      vicki_in_Utah on June 8, 2013 at 10:19 pm
    • Good question.

      Trish on June 8, 2013 at 11:21 pm
  10. Good Sunday to all, I hope Everyone escaped the worst of Andrea. Please chime in and let us know you are OK….Clive, we miss your comments but know you don't blog weekends…We haven't heard from you in quite sometime now, hope you are OK!!^_^
    Brook, I hope you are OK, I know Andrea entered Florida pretty close to where you live…please let us know that you are OK!;)
    All last week was a wild ride for most of us, just glad that Andrea is behind us now and hope no one had any major damage!!!. :) ^_^:p<3
    I'm hoping that Laurie will give us more feedback on the status of the landscape after Andrea passed through and how close the water came to the banks during the high winds and torrential storms.Just curious!
    Would like to hear from Kitty to let us know if Gary has had his surgery and Pray so hard for his speedy recovery:);):p^_^B) We are concerned and We care<3<3<3
    Sid we know You are under Tornado watch in your part of the woods today in Arkansas…Please let us know you are OK !<3
    Anyone who endured this Andrea girl, please chime in and let us know You are OK!
    Just think, that was the first of the Hurricanes/Tropical Storms and We have til the end of November before we can say good by to them :( :( Long Season!!!
    We must Smile, carry on and look forward to the little teasers, the great Specials, the Virtual Tour and finally entering to win this Beautiful Cottage that so many of Us have fallen in love with:p;):):D^_^B)<3<3<3

    We could start thinking about "where" We would like to see the next Blog Cabin being built and make Our list
    to get feed back from Bloggers!!! Just a Thought^_^B)<3

    Jennie/Florida on June 9, 2013 at 1:23 pm
    • Jennie,

      Thank you for the update. WOW! There was a lot taking place while we were away. We hadn't heard the news. Truly hope everyone is ok.

      Makes my little loss of fish minor in comparison.

      Soooooooooooo…..if people didn't mind the cold temps. Upper Midwest has no hurricanes/tropical storms, rare tornado action but some GORGEOUS lakefront properties. Throw in a fishing boat & dock, we'd call it very good!

      Trish on June 9, 2013 at 1:32 pm
    • That was pretty scary, I hope that is the last of the storms, but I am sure it isn't. I will be gone for a few days, so don't have too much fun with out me. We are going to the VA hospital in Salt Lake to have a consultation with the heart surgeon for my husband. But will be back on Wednesday.

      vicki_in_Utah on June 9, 2013 at 1:37 pm
    • vicki, all the best for you and your husband…..there have been enough trial and tribulation for your family already….you are in my thoughts and prayers. <3

      LLColeman on June 10, 2013 at 2:50 am
    • Many prayers, Vicki.

      Trish on June 10, 2013 at 7:15 pm
    • Hi Jennie, so glad to hear that you got through Andrea O.K.!:D We are fine here in our neck of the woods. The last couple of days have been perfect for working outdoors in the yard, the heavy spring yard work is finally done, and now I'm just happily fussing around with pots and planter boxes. As you know garden work is never really done!;) I didn't know we were under a tornado watch today, haven't had the TV on but will now check. Thanks for the heads up! <3<3<3 I also hope we hear good news about Gary, I'm sure Kitty must be very busy right now looking after him. I also keep thinking and praying for BrookwoodCarolina. Everything must be so hard for her now, and I hope everyone continues to pray for her peace and healing. Sure would also like to hear from Mary how our beautiful cabin weathered the storm, even though I know it is so well built I'm sure the bloggers dream home is completely intact!:D<3

      SID on June 9, 2013 at 2:49 pm
    • Jennie you know I love to make suggestions for the next BC project and location, and this year after an exhausting internet search I couldn't find anything that could match this home…….

      This place comes with so many things us bloggers have requested over the years, there's a pool, enough acreage for a nice garden, there's even solar panels, many of us bloggers want a sustainable home. It's historic, dating back to the late 1800's. It was originally built for a family of three, but they didn't skimp on elbow room. There's plenty of guest bedrooms, bathrooms and fireplaces, there's even an elevator! The views this home offers are amazing. I've visited this home a few times, it makes a statement with each season, but will completely delight the winner in the spring, fall and at Christmas! There's a nearby spa, horseback and hiking trails, kayaking, and even a winery. This is a home in an area some of us bloggers love….. the mountains. If this home sounds like a home that could make Bill Gates jealous….well it could! Sadly there are a couple of negatives too, no home is ever perfect. Taxes and upkeep would be horrendous. I wonder if some of you bloggers have guessed the home I find unmatchable, if not here's a link. I hope this makes you lovers of homes & gardens that believe no project is to BIG for the DIY Network smile

      Mel on June 9, 2013 at 5:55 pm
    • Hi Mel! Now you're talkin'!;) Seriously, thank you for attaching that marvelous link. For anyone looking for a great place to live (or vacation) Asheville NC is absolutely delightful. Dear hubby and I visited there many times years ago, when my retired father lived in the Asheville area. The Biltmore estate is just incredible, and those gardens are gorgeous. Sam mentions horseback riding in her video, well I don't know if they still allow it, but 15 years or so ago we actually were trusted with free run of the grounds on rented horses, and with no supervision! Yes, we were responsible and stayed off the formal lawns! xD Speaking of horses, the present Biltmore Castle's visitors restaurant is in the restored former stables. Even the Vanderbuilt horses lived like royalty!:D<3:p

      SID on June 9, 2013 at 8:12 pm
    • SID loving architecture and landscaping the way I do seeing the Biltmore Estate in the different seasons was on my bucket list. Spring is my favorite time to go there, the gardens are exquisite. I will have to include horseback riding the next time we visit, and see if it is unsupervised.

      Even though I am partial to the NC mountains, towns, lakes and waterfalls, I shouldn't be a blog hog for NC!!

      Mel on June 10, 2013 at 10:52 am
    • Hi Mel, Great videos, You know how much I love the Mountains of North Carolina and I would be in "Hog Heaven" if the next BC was located in the Smokies….. Asheville has always been one of our favorite places to visit during the Fall Season..The Biltmore is a beautiful fantasy world to me and overwhelming, just to think of the taxes and upkeep would be staggering and unrealistic for regular Folk. LOL…I would settle for taking care of the gardens and living in the horse stables:p:)B)<3
      The next Blog Cabin I would like to be a real "Log" Blog Cabin either like the 2007 or a smaller version of the 2008 Cabin. A year round Cabin and not just a weekend getaway..B)^_^ Nothing too big, but big enough for a family of four…Screened porch over looking a lake or river and a Smokey Mountain View…I can see it now, it would be Heaven to me<3…"NC is the place I would rather be"B)<3<3<3

      Jennie/Florida on June 10, 2013 at 12:42 am
    • Jennie I know the NC mountains are calling you…they call me to. From the white squirrels of Brevard, to following turtle tracks to a bubbling brook, from green grass to bluegrass, with caverns, falls and gorges, mountain laurel and rhododendron. There's so much natural beauty. Andrew Roby has a location in Banner Elk, NC.

      I'd love a real cabin too, with both a mountain and lake view and with 250 waterfalls to explore. Jack T needs to pick the land of Waterfalls in Transylvania County!! Lake Toxaway, Brevard, Highlands, Cashiers, or Sapphire NC. The home could be dream, smart or Blog Cabin. I put this link up last year promoting this area, the lakes, waterfalls, and long range mountain views are stunning

      Mel on June 10, 2013 at 10:07 am
    • Mel and Jennie, I agree absolutely 100% with both of you. the Smokies are one of the most beautiful areas in the US, and also offer four seasons of activities with winters usually not too bad, and long relatively cool summers. Jennie, I'd also love to see a log house again, so appropriate for a mountain location!<3 The whole region is full of quaint towns and villages. The Highlands or Cashiers would be perfect for the Dream Home with their upscale shops, activies and sophisticated residents. Many smaller quaint communities such as Franklin would be ideal for a more modest project like the BC or Green Home. By the way I wish they'd never dropped the Green Home concept in favor of the Smart Home. While the 2013 Smart Home is very nice, I'd personally prefer green to tech any day of the week. I suppose they have to go where the sponsors are. For future projects Jack T definitely should check out all the beautiful areas you mentioned. One of them would certainly work for any of the HGTV homes.B)<3

      SID on June 10, 2013 at 12:54 pm
    • Oh SID I feel bad going on about NC when the BC is at our coast this year!
      I agree with you, Transylvania County and the Land Of Waterfalls is a much better budget fit for the Dream Home. I hope Jack T sees this!
      I plead my case further with this link to build a Dream home in this beautiful area of the southern Appalachian, waterfalls are magical, and this area has 250 of them

      Mel on June 10, 2013 at 2:08 pm
    • That is a great link Mel, thank you so much!<3<3<3:D

      SID on June 10, 2013 at 9:11 pm
    • Mel, you crack me up….yes ..I'd say they have "plenty of elbow room" there. HGTV did a fantastic new- build home in a mountain area outside of Asheville a few years back. It did not have an elevator or a pool, but it had almost everything else–it just was not as enormous as Biltmore. (And indeed the carpenters working on that estate certainly had "built more" at Biltmore.)

      LLColeman on June 10, 2013 at 2:58 am
    • LL, I believe that was Lake Lure, NC near Chimney Rock. That home stands as my favorite Dream Home of all time, the facade, outdoor areas and landscaping were the absolute perfect combinations for a dream home mountain getaway. The Colorado dream home was really nice too.

      I love your pun on "built more for Biltmore"——I always enjoy your wit :)

      Mel on June 10, 2013 at 10:30 am
    • I agree with you, the Lake Lure Dream Home is my all time favorite, too! The location with the views, the outdoor living room with the fireplace,easy care landscaping & the bedrooms. I have to find the videos & watch them again:)

      Bev on June 10, 2013 at 2:21 pm
    • Thank You Bev, I'm heading over to the HGTV website and have a look at the Lake Lure Dream home again myself, Great idea :)

      Mel on June 10, 2013 at 2:46 pm
    • What a great idea Jennie. I'm going to say my vote would be for the Shenandoah Valley of Va. on the Shenandoah River. Beautiful mountain living, great views, great little town and just isolated enough to give privacy, but still close enough to every amenity imaginable. I think anyone who has ever been there would agree

      540sam on June 10, 2013 at 8:37 am
    • Sam I Love the Shenandoah Valley, it is a beautiful and relaxing place! The wild Mustangs of Shackleford were really popular with bloggers this year, and Grayson Highlands State Park in the mountains of VA are known for their wild ponies.

      What I really want is to see the DIY Network do again is a real mountain cabin. Reno or new build doesn't matter to me. I want to see some LOGS!! Traditional cabin, if there's chinking I would really by happy. Ha Ha

      Mel on June 10, 2013 at 10:21 am

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