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Meet the Blog Cabin 2013 Giveaway Winner

Blog Cabin 2013 Giveaway Winner

Mari Cabrera-Hickerson of Culver City, Calif., is the proud winner of the Blog Cabin 2013 Giveaway, a grand-prize package valued at almost $500,000.

Mari’s name was randomly drawn from more than 18 million entries. The Blog Cabin enthusiast, who has entered every year since 2007, admits that entering twice online per day, almost every day, became part of her routine. “That was the first thing I did in the morning with my coffee,” she says, “And then I’d take a look at what was going on at the home and what the crew did that day. I followed every part of the remodeling process.”

Mari, a former UCLA Medical Center administrative specialist, retired in July 2013 to devote her time to her husband, Ken, as well as her children and four grandchildren. Mari also finds fulfillment in travel and hobbies, including hiking, watersports, cooking and yarn arts.

Although Mari is a fan of eclectic interior design, the North Carolina cottage drew her attention for its waterfront location and coastal-chic cottage style. “I love the beach,” says our winner, who was born and raised in Havana, Cuba, before emigrating with her family to California in 1966. “My mom would come home from work and take us to the beach every day when I was a kid. The beach is part of my soul, I guess.”

As one would expect from a die-hard Blog Cabin fan, Mari is quick to list her favorite room in the home (the spa-style master bathroom) and her favorite furnishing (the reclaimed wood dining table). And she’s most excited to see the compass floor medallion, which proved her top pick during the People’s Choice portion of the Blog Cabin 2013 project.

When Mari and her family arrive at Blog Cabin 2013 for their first visit, the water’s edge will certainly prove an irresistible draw. What does Mari plan to do first? “That’s kind of hard to say,” she admits. “I think I am just going to go room by room and check everything out. And sit on that porch in that rocking chair and look out onto that beautiful water scene. That view is just so gorgeous.”

Mari is still shocked about her stroke of good fortune and looks forward to sharing her prize with friends and family. “I just want to say thank you. This is just a wonderful gift that I never thought in my lifetime that I would receive,” she says. “It’s an amazing opportunity to have someplace where my family can go and be together, relax , have fun and just enjoy.”

  • Posted at 8:50 am on October 10, 2013
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1,802 Comments

  1. Congratulations Mari! So very happy for you!

    Marilyn on October 11, 2013 at 8:54 am
    • Thank you Marilyn, God bless you. Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:27 am
    • Hi Mari, Hope all is going well. Hope we can get an update from you soon…..

      twoTERRIERs on January 22, 2014 at 9:31 pm
    • Congratulations Mari, I hope you and your family have many hours of enjoyment and relaxation in the new home. God Bless!

      Nancy Damron on November 15, 2013 at 7:19 pm
  2. Congratulations Mari! You won a fantastic home!

    Sheri McNamara on October 11, 2013 at 8:58 am
    • Thank you, we are grateful, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:27 am
  3. Congratulation to Mari!! Hope you and your family enjoy many fun fill time in your wonderful new home.

    Karen on October 11, 2013 at 8:58 am
    • Thank you and be blessed, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:26 am
  4. Congratulations, Mari!!! So glad someone who will appreciate this special home has won!

    Joyfulone on October 11, 2013 at 8:59 am
    • Yes we are very grateful…thank you, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:24 am
  5. Congratulation Mari. I hope you enjoy your new home. I wish you and your family many happy years.

    StormyWV on October 11, 2013 at 8:59 am
    • Thank you, we are planning to do that. God bless you, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:25 am
  6. Congratulations & God's blessings!! Enjoy!!:*

    AndreaMP on October 11, 2013 at 9:00 am
    • Thank you and God bless, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:23 am
    • Mari, you are one classy lady to thank everyone personally. :D How nice of you! Congrats again, so happy for you!! :D

      AndreaMP on October 12, 2013 at 1:29 pm
  7. Congratulations Mari! Wish you much happiness and many happy memories!!

    lucyourdog on October 11, 2013 at 9:00 am
    • Thank you…we feel blessed. Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:23 am
  8. I am so happy for you Mari! I too have such a love for the beach so I know how blessed you must feel to have won such a beautiful home right on the waterside. I wish you years of enjoyment on the beautiful coast of NC!

    Leslie on October 11, 2013 at 9:01 am
    • I feel blessed. Thank you for the kind comment, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:22 am
  9. Congratulations! I wish you much happiness and hope you, your family and friends make many memories in this beautiful house for many years to come<3

    Debbie on October 11, 2013 at 9:02 am
    • Many thanks for the good wishes Debbie! Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:09 am
  10. Mari, congratulations on your new home! This sounds like your perfect fit!

    Trish on October 11, 2013 at 9:03 am
    • I must agree ;) Thank you Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:21 am

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