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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. Best to you and your family. What a blessing to win something as magnificent as this Blog Cabin. I hope your grandchildren get to inherit and keep it in your family for years to come. That would of been my plan.

    Nstalie on October 11, 2013 at 10:13 am
    • God willing your words will come true. Thank you, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:54 am
  2. Congratulations Mari and family…..of the beautiful blog cabin 2013

    sherry on October 11, 2013 at 10:14 am
    • Many thanks! Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:56 am
  3. Blessed Lady Congratulations! OK ready for the first clue as to where the 2014 Blog Cabin will be Mary.

    grswla on October 11, 2013 at 10:14 am
    • I feel blessed, thank you, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:57 am
  4. Mari, let us know if you found the water pump in your walk-through.

    havanera on October 11, 2013 at 10:21 am
    • Mari's husband looks like David Hasselhoff.

      havanera on October 11, 2013 at 10:41 am
    • I'll have to tell him….LOL

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:59 am
    • Yes, Mari, please let us know where they put the original water pump. It doesn't show up in any of the "after" photos, but it was mentioned in one of the videos that they planned to install it somewhere on the property. Using it would be a great way to rinse sand off of feet!

      TwoCorgis on October 11, 2013 at 12:53 pm
    • I will keep you posted :)

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:58 am
  5. Congrats to you and your famiily, Mari.

    Handy Sandy on October 11, 2013 at 10:23 am
    • Thanks from all of us, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 4:00 am
  6. CONGRATULATIONS (((HUGS))) to Mari. I know you and your family will ENJOY this blessing today and for many years to come.<3B)^_^

    iamflourishing on October 11, 2013 at 10:26 am
    • Thank you and blessings…love hugs, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 4:00 am
  7. Congratulations Mari & Family!

    sewmanyfriends on October 11, 2013 at 10:27 am
    • Thank you from all of us, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 4:01 am
  8. Congratulations Mari! Sounds like a beautiful family will enjoy the beauty and peace of our little cabin.
    Cheers!

    Wind Chime Girl on October 11, 2013 at 10:36 am
    • Can't wait, thank you! Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 4:01 am
  9. Congrats!!!!! Be Blessed

    Barbara on October 11, 2013 at 10:42 am
    • Thank you and blessings, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 4:02 am
  10. Congratulation Mary "……………………….have fun"…………….

    Amy on October 11, 2013 at 10:48 am
    • Thank you Amy!

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 4:02 am

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