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We are proud to announce the launch of the Blog Cabin 2013 virtual home tour. Please take time to view the 360° images, slideshows and exclusive videos. We have so many great stories to tell about this fabulous waterfront home!

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  • Posted at 9:31 am on July 7, 2013
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  1. The parrot is singing and dancing and ready to fly home…

    GildedParrot on July 17, 2013 at 7:55 am
    • This is a great home, isn't it. I liked the layout of the Smart Home but wasn't all that excited about the "Smart" part of the home. This Cabin is a home. It is designed with love. You can feel the love in every inch and corner.

      Eugenia27 on July 17, 2013 at 2:40 pm
    • i adore it………………………….absolutely…..fortunately we can all live there virtually….

      GildedParrot on July 17, 2013 at 3:38 pm
    • That IS TRUE, plenty of room for tents all around (just in case ya need em):) Such an amazing "OPEN SPACE!"

      coolsmiley on July 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm
    • Good point. With the 2 bedrooms and the Murphy bunk beds plus all that open area to pitch a tent or two a person would have plenty of room for lots of guests.

      I do have one question, my sister-in-law who lives on the east coast is always talking about ticks and Lime Disease, Thank God it hasn't arrived here on the west coast, is it as big a problem as she makes me think it is there?

      Eugenia27 on July 20, 2013 at 2:57 pm
    • Unfortunately yes that has been my experience, the real problem seems to exist in getting a correct diagnosis!Lots of false positives, etc. Then again we don't get too many earthquakes lol

      coolsmiley on July 20, 2013 at 3:25 pm
    • We just had a 4.2 quake off the coast a couple of hours ago. That reminds me, I should call my friend that lives across the street from the ocean, there is always the concern about Tsunami.

      Eugenia27 on July 20, 2013 at 3:47 pm
    • So, do u live in Calif?? I know Seattle was birthplace now, lol

      coolsmiley on July 20, 2013 at 3:52 pm
    • No I live in Oregon.

      Eugenia27 on July 20, 2013 at 5:40 pm
    • E, did u also notice the swing on MB porch faced the friggin wall? They didn't have enuf space to put it facing the view, I would have loved it on the big porch!!

      coolsmiley on July 20, 2013 at 3:56 pm
    • I did notice that. It looks pretty small also. My husband and I are not large people but I'm not sure we could both sit comfortably together on that swing. Do you know the dimensions of the porch?

      Eugenia27 on July 20, 2013 at 5:44 pm
  2. Good morning, Everyone!!! I hope for a great day!! I will be "stalking" the videos as much as possible, I absolutely love this home. My children are all adults (or so they keep telling me!)–(18, 20, 29)–so I will have plenty of room for any of my blogging friends to come visit!!!–Of course, that would be if I win…

    Have a WONDERFUL day!!!

    Tisha

    TishaStanley on July 17, 2013 at 8:17 am
    • Good Morning. I'll probably spend most of my time outdoors. I got the kitchen, the bathroom; all I need is a hammock.

      havanera on July 17, 2013 at 10:35 am
  3. In love with the craft and thoughtfulness put into every aspect, from the repurposing of materials right down to the safety and comfort of our beloved animal family. The heated dog bed, the dog toys, the electronic fence and doggy door. This home is just perfect, full of light and peace. The land itself it so reminiscent of the tidal region of the Delmarva Peninsula where I grew up. It's simply home!

    jacy-p on July 17, 2013 at 8:25 am
  4. And I forgot the mention of one very particularly wondrous sight…. the mural painted on the back of the Murphy bed… my heart flew when I saw the image of the crab!

    jacy-p on July 17, 2013 at 8:30 am
  5. This home is absolutely beautiful. The decor is amazing, so peaceful!

    Katie on July 17, 2013 at 8:31 am
    • Katie you're absolutely right. The colors, uncluttered rooms and those incredible views create a home that is incredibly soothing and peaceful.

      SID on July 17, 2013 at 12:41 pm
  6. I love the clock on the mantel I have one of those, from my great great grandmother, they are kitchen clocks. Mine still works, I wind it up about every other day. But I don't keep it in the kitchen.

    vicki_in_Utah on July 17, 2013 at 9:45 am
    • I have one also… came from my father's grandparents. It sits in our kitchen. My eye went right to it in the photo! Such a lovely room- warm and inviting!

      Downonthefarm on July 17, 2013 at 11:46 pm
    • My grandmother had one similar (a cu cu clock) Do u know why they call it an 8 day clock?

      coolsmiley on July 26, 2013 at 2:47 pm
  7. High-five to the DIY teams and all of you that voted! A wonderful collaboration and beautiful outcome for sure. This is going to be an awesome beach retreat for a lucky someone and their family! Good luck everyone.

    memanbepa on July 17, 2013 at 10:46 am
  8. It's summer music concert time in WI and this year we have been very fortunate to enjoy some of the very best from the past (and present). So far I've seen the Rolling Stones in Chi-town (OK not quite WI), then the Eagles and last night the very best of the best, Sir Paul McCartney. The last time I saw him he was with some 4-man band in the early 60's, can't remember their name right now. Watching him it seemed like that concert in 1965 was just Yesterday. ;)

    Re-living my musical youth has been great fun. IMHO many of the current crop of musical entertainers would be immenseley improved if they aspired to being half as talented, energetic and gracious as these 'pensioners'. :) ^_^B)

    Now I can follow a 'long & winding road', retire to the BC in NC to live & let die happy. xD Of course I would have my Yellow Submarine moored at the end of the dock for those occasional excursions to see the octupus' garden. ;)

    Clive on July 17, 2013 at 11:06 am
    • Very envious of you Clive for getting to see Sir Paul…and all the other great performers…"Yesterday" was my favorite…Loved the Eagles…
      We all have been on a long and winding road to the Cottage of our dreams and I think this one is really special and has stolen all Our hearts and the search will be over for one lucky winner who will get to live in this Beauty on the water.B)<3 …Have a Good Day!! ^_^

      Jennie/Florida on July 17, 2013 at 11:45 am
    • Clive, the band that Sir Paul McCartney played in was the Beatles…and they were very popular. Only beaten out of number one in popularity by Elvis….I did not have the pleasure of seeing any of these greats as I was only just born…

      I agree with you on the current musicians…and some of them are doing (IMHO-a lousy job of) remakes of popular songs from "yesterday".

      Have a wonderful day–can I ride in your Yellow Submarine??? LOL.

      Tisha

      TishaStanley on July 17, 2013 at 12:44 pm
    • LOL Tisha, Clive knows.:D

      540sam on July 17, 2013 at 1:02 pm
    • Indeed I do. I was just kidding. I was a very fortunate young teenager. The Beatles were making a TV show and people were invited to write in for the chance to get a free ticket (a Beatles sweepstakes if you will:) ). My parents allowed me (somewhat reluctantly I seem to remember) to enter. It was the only sweepstakes in which I have ever won anything. Maybe things will come around again this year with my one entry for the BC. As I already proved it only takes one. ;)

      I never saw Elvis but I did see many other greats who are no longer with us, both modern & classical.

      The submarine will be open 24/7 for all who wish to enjoy it. ^_^

      Clive on July 17, 2013 at 2:14 pm
    • In 65 I was stationed in Germany, believe it or not they weren't popular there then. I can still remember recruits coming in and talking about the Beatles and we didn't know what they were talking about so they had to explain, then they showed us pictures of themselves with wanna be Beatle haircuts, man we thought that was funny. :D

      540sam on July 17, 2013 at 3:24 pm
    • Or maybe it was in 64, all that decade is kinda blurry.:S:D

      540sam on July 17, 2013 at 3:35 pm
    • LOL B);) I think I was there.

      Clive on July 17, 2013 at 3:40 pm
    • The cabin has put me more in a mood to put on my parrot shirt and see Buffet.

      540sam on July 17, 2013 at 1:20 pm
    • I have salt & a blender if you have the cheese burger. ;) :p

      Clive on July 17, 2013 at 2:15 pm
    • Sounds like a deal to me.

      540sam on July 17, 2013 at 3:18 pm
    • Have been to a Buffett concert in Greensboro, and saw Sir Paul McCartney in Raleigh, both great concerts, but Paul is my all time favorite At the blog cabin, well… it will be time for beach music….sand in my shoes

      Barbara59 on July 17, 2013 at 3:56 pm
    • We heard from radio host last evening how professional and wonderful the concerts were. He said that Sir McCartney didn't even take a break during his songs. What a wonderful treat for those people who were able to hear it!

      Trish on July 18, 2013 at 10:12 am
    • I remember when I was like 16 and the Beatles were in Dallas I almost skipped school to go see them with some beetle mania girls. I told my Father recently, keep in mind I'll be 63 next month and he told me he'd had had no problem with that:D, of course he's almost 90 so he's probably mellowed a bit. I never skipped, but that would have been a good reason<G>. Thanks for the memories:)

      nanwes on July 18, 2013 at 1:11 pm
    • Clive, do you know the dimensions of the property? Was a survey ever posted? Like is waterfront 100, 1000 ft.? and road frontage 40 ft. like a triangle or a little more unison?

      coolsmiley on July 24, 2013 at 3:44 pm
  9. I showed the doggy door and doggy heated bed to our little girl, Marley (we don't call her the d word and she really isn't all that little<G>) and she said she would love to live in the house too!!!! Every time I go back and look at the home and especially that view I can't believe it!!! It is gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D<3

    nanwes on July 17, 2013 at 11:08 am
    • I love that nanwes. I have 2 of my own, and they're my babies; I refuse to call them the "d" word as you put it. Everyone that knows me, thinks am crazy for the way I treat them, but the truth is that the bound we share goes beyond species.

      havanera on July 17, 2013 at 12:10 pm
    • Ok, wheres the doggy door?:)

      coolsmiley on July 17, 2013 at 4:30 pm
    • Standing on the dock, it is on the left side of the porch.

      Eugenia27 on July 17, 2013 at 7:20 pm
    • By the outside shower, and on the inside you have the laundry room and the powder room.
      Coolsmiley, and the best part of it, is that it open with a sensor on the dog's collar. That way, don't have to worry about having other animals come in.

      havanera on July 17, 2013 at 7:53 pm
  10. I can see “the essence of Carolina’s relaxed coastal living” had its effect on the DIY team. Excellent!
    Not only did you capture the historical architecture, weathered textures, and best features of the
    original home, you have “captured our hearts” here on the blog. You are the “best of the best”!
    The home is a hidden treasure nestled between trees and the Core Sound on three splendid acres
    with wonderful views in all directions. It would be easy to remember the times that have gone by
    in this home’s history while sitting on the dock, playing horseshoes, and watching the muscadine grape
    vines grow. Beautiful!

    DeerSpring on July 17, 2013 at 11:17 am

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