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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

    theman1056 on October 11, 2013 at 9:45 am
    • Thank you! Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:44 am
  2. Enjoy with the kids and grandkids!!!

    MarleneD on October 11, 2013 at 9:52 am
    • They are all elated…thank you! Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:46 am
  3. Congratulations Mari and Ken and family,

    You have been very blessed!! Enjoy…

    Amy C on October 11, 2013 at 9:55 am
    • We feel blessed…thank you! Mari,

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:47 am
  4. Congratulations and remember to always keep the mantel clock wound at all times.:)

    540sam on October 11, 2013 at 9:59 am
    • I know, I always wondered if the spirit of the grandmother remains in the house, or what would happen if it is removed. Sometimes people are attached to certain objects.

      havanera on October 11, 2013 at 10:18 am
    • Yep, best not to take chances.

      540sam on October 11, 2013 at 11:48 am
    • Thank you, I will try to remember that…never mess with grandmas….Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:49 am
    • I think that her words were something like, "As long as the clock runs there will always be love and life in the cabin." I hope you and your loved ones will enjoy it for many years to come.

      540sam on October 12, 2013 at 3:58 am
    • Yes, I love that! Thank you for the warm wishes :) Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 12:51 pm
  5. Congratulations Mari, to you and yours!

    cadconnie on October 11, 2013 at 10:00 am
    • Thak you from all of us, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:49 am
  6. Congratulations Mari, May you and your family and friends have many great years together here!

    Patsy on October 11, 2013 at 10:01 am
    • We all thank you, Mari :)

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:51 am
  7. Congratulations!! Enjoy your blessing:)

    Shawna on October 11, 2013 at 10:04 am
    • Thank you and God bless, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:50 am
  8. Congratulations Mari, Enjoy as I know I would.

    mante41 on October 11, 2013 at 10:05 am
    • Will do, thank you, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:52 am
  9. Congratulations Mari and family…………………………wowllll

    twoTERRIERs on October 11, 2013 at 10:08 am
    • I'm still saying OMG! Thank you, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:53 am
  10. congrats!!!!

    martha on October 11, 2013 at 10:10 am
    • Thanks, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:52 am

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