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Oct 11

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. Congrats Mari!! My family and I grew up visiting and then living not far from the blog cabin(my mom is from NC), I thought it would be cool to win and have a place to go when we visit…. but so, so, so happy you won it and know you will enjoy it!! NC is awesome!! :)

    Danielle on October 11, 2013 at 9:14 am
    • Many thanks, we feel very blessed, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:31 am
  2. Congratulations Mari ! May you and your Husband enjoy your beautiful Blog Cabin. May you always be blessed with happiness, good health, love and the presence of God in your Home. with my very best, Nan ;) <3 ;) <3

    Nan on October 11, 2013 at 9:15 am
    • Tahnk you Nan. Blessings to you as well. Mari:)

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:32 am
    • Bless you Mari you are very gracious to be thanking each and everyone. This home was so loved as it was watched growing up piece by piece every spot inside and outside has history. I hope you get to move in not just visit. Will you get to see it soon ? If you decide to sell it I would like to buy it

      Straybird on October 12, 2013 at 5:26 am
    • Don't know yet when we'll get to see it…we'd definitely love to move there but we are still trying to figure out all the details. Will definitely keep you in mind if we have to sell. God bless, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 12:48 pm
  3. Congradulations Mauri! I hope you, Ken and the entire family have many happy years in this gem by the sea.

    Jimbo on October 11, 2013 at 9:17 am
    • Thank you Jimbo, we are hoping to. Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:33 am
  4. I really thought this year I would have a great place to retire all my acking bones, but Congratulationsto Mari and hope your family will have many life long memories build for them their. ENJOY!!!!!!!!

    Joe on October 11, 2013 at 9:17 am
    • Thanks Joe for the nice words. Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:34 am
  5. Congratulations Mari, to you, your husband and your family! Whether your photo was taken on the Pacific or Core Sound, the thought in my mind is "from sea to shining sea" . The immense beauty you will enjoy at Blog Cabin will certainly fulfill your lifelong love of the beach. As my friends in California say, wishing you love, joy and laughter.

    ChicagoBirder on October 11, 2013 at 9:28 am
    • CB, ooooo! That is good .. from sea to shining sea…..

      CarlaB on October 11, 2013 at 11:38 am
    • Many thanks for the good wishes…The photo is in California but we're looking forward to the Atlantic coast :) Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:37 am
  6. Mari and Ken, Congrats! You are a great fit for this wonderful home. May you and your family establish a legacy that overflows in love, joy and peace. May God continue to bless you!

    Brian on October 11, 2013 at 9:31 am
    • Thank you Brian and many blessings to you. Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:39 am
  7. Congratulations, and have many happy family fun years in NC

    Debby on October 11, 2013 at 9:33 am
    • Thank you Debby for your good wishes, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:42 am
  8. Congratulations Mari. Wishing you and your loved ones many joyous years by the sea!B)<3

    SID on October 11, 2013 at 9:36 am
    • Many thanks and God bless, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:40 am
  9. Congratulations Mari, I hope you and your family enjoy your new home. You are the envy of many of us bloggers :*

    Windsmurf on October 11, 2013 at 9:42 am
    • Thank you, hope we didn't cause too much grief, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:43 am
  10. Congratulations Mari! May you and your family enjoy the Blog Cabin and make great memories there!

    Lessie on October 11, 2013 at 9:44 am
    • Thank you for your kind words….we plan to…Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:45 am
    • :) So glad a blogger won and that you're a SHE! Makes me right on both. Celebrating your happiness!!!

      Lessie on October 12, 2013 at 1:23 pm
    • :) :D ;)

      Macusina on October 13, 2013 at 11:37 pm
    • Mari, thanks for taking the time to respond to all who congratulated you and your family. You're one classy lady!

      Lessie on October 12, 2013 at 1:25 pm
    • Lessie, it is you who have helped make this journey so wonderful…God bless all the BC bloggers <3

      Macusina on October 13, 2013 at 11:36 pm

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