Blog Cabin

Feb 19

People’s Choice Round Four: Vote for All Things Living

blog cabin interiors

Round four of our People’s Choice vote has begun! We’ve gathered a bevy of interior products and materials for you to choose, from clever mudroom storage to comfy sunroom seating.

You have eight decisions to make this round. Share your picks in the comments below, and pin your favorites to Pinterest.


  • Posted at 3:23 pm on February 2, 2014
  • Permalink


  1. Hi. Virginia. Glad to have you. Seem to be coming in at the most exciting time with the blog cabin, I think. I have already voted. Yesterdday and today. Was anxious and excited to see Round 4 and voted As usual loved it. Couple people voted different than me but everyone has a say. Can't wait for home then to start putting things in. looking for comments from fellow bloggers -so much to say and usually right on money. question have't heard from Kitty- Is she doing OK thinking of her. blog later.

    bogartandbacall on February 19, 2014 at 3:41 pm
    • Kitty hasn't been on since before Christmas, I think.:|

      540sam on February 20, 2014 at 8:56 am
    • I'm missing Kitty too.:( And it's been a long time since hearing from Rebecca too. I hope our friends are both OK.<3

      SID on February 20, 2014 at 10:04 am
    • I hope all is well also:<(<3 I miss Kitty's expertise! and comments.
      I like this round of voting too.
      Stay warm and safe everyone-spring is coming!

      ruffybc on February 22, 2014 at 8:44 am
  2. The choices are a bit of a hodge podge, it's not feeling like "cabin" to me. Maybe I should go back and look at all the choices again…..

    smokesmom on February 19, 2014 at 3:58 pm
    • the kids choice of Wild and the Rustic for bathroom. and maybe the mudroom style of the open storage unit.:)

      CucumberH0H on February 19, 2014 at 4:45 pm
    • I, too feel many choices aren't "cabin-like" but then some may think "cottage" or "seconed home" and have much diff. tastes than I. I found myself going back to study some of the choices as I couldn't believe my usually good taste was so far off in a couple of votes. Oh well, to each their own. I'm not planning to win as much as enjoying the whole process / concept.

      Love the compass rose!! Does anyone know of a clear cover for that foyer inlay design? I sure am enjoying all of this process and was happy to catch a lot of action on the cam this week.

      Sonrisas41 on February 22, 2014 at 12:38 am
    • Perhaps it's not the difference in taste in play here. There is no choice for a compass rose here, even though that is the illustration being used. The vote is for the LOCATION of the floor detail only.

      Ralebird on February 22, 2014 at 1:48 am
  3. Getting right along with small items in the house and the BC is still on cradles. Looking for a transformation to the house becoming a house on a real foundation. I am sure the carpenters have already begun the framing and started the inside demo and building the new support wall for the expanded upstairs. Wonder what changes, if any, were made to the new floor plans?

    KMH on February 19, 2014 at 4:14 pm
    • If I could make just one change it would be to have the stairs rise from the living room area, not the Foyer, then put the powder room entrance out into the hall and not have it in full view of the dining area, living area and kitchen. ;)

      Clive on February 19, 2014 at 4:31 pm
    • Yes! But only if we each get one …)

      And I am curious:

      So would you mind sharing the suggestion for the Chesapeake Blog Cabin that earned you a shoutout from the DIY design team? I was revisiting the Virtual Tours for BC 2011, and was very impressed when you were – prominently – credited and thanked And encouraged … to know that there is always the chance that someone is listening.

      Butt there was no description of the suggestion itself.


      Georgianna on February 19, 2014 at 5:32 pm
    • LOL, you may have as many suggestions as there's space to blog. I noticed you're carrying the torch this year for our annual plea for 'Universal Design' concepts to be used in the Blog Cabins.^_^

      There’s always the chance designs can change at this stage if it's not too radical. All the early BC’s, up to 2011, had blogger inspired changes such as screened porches, windows added, mudroom & kitchen doors moved, outdoor steps added to the first floor porch and others. Since then there have been less blogger inspired changes but the overall design style and even the location of the cabins has been more in line with blogger requests. Waterside locations with acerage are prime examples and no more gated communities.

      My suggestion was a rearrangement of the kitchen/dining room bringing the kitchen to the waterside of the house and moving the door to the dining room to the outside wall from where it was in the middle of the house in the corner of the kitchen. I was astonished they did almost exactly as I suggested, and honored too of course. I was probably just lucky to be the first to suggest that change. I'm sure others had thought the same but not blogged it. :)

      Clive on February 19, 2014 at 6:26 pm
    • If I remember right, Clive, they ended up not using your suggestions, which was very disappointing to me. It seems like we only get to vote on cosmetic things, and not any thing of real significance. And none of our suggestions on the blog like "Universal Design". IMO

      vicki_in_Utah on February 19, 2014 at 10:22 pm
    • Hi Vicki,
      The thing about changing things around too much, is the fact that once one thing is changed, the entire blueprint has to be changed. If you ever watched House by Bryan, you will see how frustrated he became, when his wife wanted to change things in their new home. It can involve more than the common viewer thinks. Sometimes it involves changing support structure, wiring, plumbing, etc., where supplies have already been ordered. Changes from the blueprints are not as easy as people think. I'm sure that is the reason that Dylan does not vary much from the original blueprint. Whatever happens, happens, and most people will always be happy with the end result.

      Builder on February 25, 2014 at 9:25 am
    • Hello!

      I will be back tonight to catch up. But, inspired by this from you – "There’s always the chance designs can change at this stage if it's not too radical." – I wanted to drop this off:….

      Every room is still there where DIY left them (except the 'Laundry' and the 'Office') and have gotten bigger and/or better. Or so – I'd – like to think … )


      Georgianna on February 22, 2014 at 2:08 pm
    • Were getting there but the laundry is still the problem. In the family room? Not too far off but an entry into and thru another room to do laundry is not user friendly, unless you watch soaps all day. Do they have soaps any more?

      KMH on February 22, 2014 at 2:50 pm
    • Georgianna,
      I LOVE your double sided wet bar idea. It lends itself to great entertainment possibilities from both the Living and Family room spaces…I wish there was some way Dylan could do that! I have no problem with the way you reconfigured the office space with a 3-piece powder room/laundry closet. Losing the laundry room makes for a a very nice 5-piece jack 'n jill bath with linen closet. Again, you have very good design ideas <3

      A part of me thinks Dylan's location of the powder room is for easy convenience when coming in from the lake….but like many bloggers have pointed out this makes accessing the powder room from the Family room side of the home challenging. It will be interesting to see what changes, if any will be made to the floor plan. Some wonderful suggestions have been made by bloggers!

      Mel on February 23, 2014 at 3:25 pm
    • Good evening, Mel …

      You know, looking at the DIY design for the 1st floor for the very first time, I thought it was so odd that they provided a beverage bar in the second floor Master Retreat but made no provision for light treats in the Family/Media Room (other than a long schlep back to the Kitchen if you forgot to bring them with you when you settled in for a movie). And then they made that trek even more off-putting by closing up the wall between the Family/Media Room and the Sun Porch (where the set of French Doors now to be positioned between the Sun Porch and Living/Dining Room were previously centered).

      Continued …

      Georgianna on February 24, 2014 at 1:48 am
    • Mel (continuing) …

      And I think that you are very right regarding why the Powder Room was tucked under the stairs. And that so too were the bloggers who pointed out that the location would be inconvenient for anyone in the Family/Media Room. So, I'd like to point out that if they insist on that solid wall (:)) and although it will cost us one piece of our three-piece Powder Room, a second door can be put in the shower's place so that the Powder Room can be accessed from both the Family/Media Room and the Sun Porch. Like so …… .

      Continued …

      Georgianna on February 24, 2014 at 1:50 am
    • Mel (continuing) …

      As for the rest, thank you. But, as you've said, "Some wonderful suggestions have been made by bloggers!" And in so many instances, I've only just drawn them I am, though, a little bit proud of the bar … :) . And I'll lodge a washer and dryer in a closet in order to gain more – and more useful – space in Bedrooms and in the Bathroom serving them any day. I banished my own to the garage (admittedly, only steps from my own Family Room) twelve or so years ago and haven't missed them even a little. They are, after all, only machines and no prettier (in my opinion) than a furnace. But, I will also admit that I still prefer my Pub in lieu of the Office.

      Georgianna on February 24, 2014 at 1:52 am
    • The powder room won't havea shower. Its just sink and toilet.

      webwoman on February 24, 2014 at 6:54 am
    • I know, webwoman. Just wishin' … :)


      Georgianna on February 25, 2014 at 6:21 am
    • I still have the feeling there is open space in the foyer area (open for interpretation/revision) from the presented plans. Like the new peoples choice, voting for a closet or a wall storage center. Are they building one giving us the vote or are we voting for the available space they already configured? I am struggling with the stairs, foyer, laundry room, living, entrance to family room areas and their conversion of space working cohesively together. With too many "options" at this point without a picture or hint of the permanent blueprint, my mind is grabbing straws. Seems wasting a prime front of house view for a laundry room is not on my list of favorites. Although the view is nice towards the lake, one might think of looking out the front of the house once in a while for the "garden view." Turning the stairs landing towards living would facilitate a closet and possibly a soft barrier for the 1/2 bathroom downstairs not opening into the direct living spaces. Nothing like privacy issues being trampled on and possible embarrassment. I cannot wait to see in the next couple weeks which direction we are heading.

      KMH on February 19, 2014 at 8:30 pm
    • Dylan hasn't been very receptive to bloggers suggestions since he took control of the design process in 2012. In fact I can't think of one significant change since 2011. I doubt there will be many changes to the plan as it's been given to us. This year, as they already lost a month with the delayed house move there's probably little room for changes now.

      Sally on February 19, 2014 at 9:53 pm
    • I hope your wrong but history says you are on the mark. I believe the transformation teams will fill in the open space with comfort features having a surprise for us…but what?

      KMH on February 20, 2014 at 3:12 am
    • I believe this is one of the great pleasures of blogging.
      We throw out all types of suggestions, never knowing if they went with our idea or if we did a wonderful job of guessing at how a space would end up being transformed.
      I find the mystery and guessing we get to do as bloggers great fun….my imagination really kicks into gear with each voting round as I begin to see what they have in store for the overall design of the home.
      Happy suggesting and guessing to Everybloggie <3

      Mel on February 20, 2014 at 1:43 pm
    • Love that idea Clive! That way not only does it get the powder room out of an awkward position, but also now the entrance to the living room/media room is off the main area and would improve the access and flow of the house that everyone has been complaining about. Great Idea! I hope they do that.

      paradise68 on February 23, 2014 at 1:47 pm
  4. i wasn't too thrilled about wallpaper

    bonnie sciulli on February 19, 2014 at 4:20 pm
    • I was feeling the same way but these guys on DIY Network can work wonders. I'm sure what ever is chosen will look fantastic.
      Wall paper has always intimidated me. I have worried that if I put it up and didn't like it, from what I've heard it is no fun taking it down.

      Eugenia27 on February 19, 2014 at 6:11 pm
    • I've put wallpaper up and taken it down. It's much easier to remove it when the surface was properly prepared. If the walls were primed or painted and then sized before the wall paper was hung, it's not usually too bad. If the paper was hung directly on drywall, forget it and just paper over it or paint over it- it can't be removed with out damage to the drywall or plaster.
      Hanging wall paper is not too bad it if you have two people that work well together!

      Lia_M on February 19, 2014 at 6:43 pm
    • I totally agree. If wallpaper is installed correctly, it is simply a matter of wetting it to release the glue, and off it comes. Too many times the walls have never been primed prior to application. Just like a textured ceiling being done. If it is not primed, the texture will not stick to raw sheetrock.

      I have seen wallpaper in many bathrooms, for many years, and there is no peeling whatsoever. The moisture does not affect it one bit. The secret is to install it properly the first time. Too many people are in such a rush all the time, then are not happy with the result. Like any job, do it correctly the first time, and it will last and last. I agree, also, have 2 people do the wallpapering, but NEVER a spouse. Seems when it comes to wallpapering, spouses never work good at this project. I have seen that many, many times, and there is just one big fight before it is done. Get a neighbor to help, but not your spouse. BC 2014 will look terrific.

      builder on February 20, 2014 at 9:48 am
    • I agree too-that the walls need to be prepped properly to do wallpaper. Measuring is so important too. I also agree do not get a spouse to help-unless you are looking for a divorce:<(!
      I have done many rooms with wallpaper by myself-it does take longer and good planning but can be done. I find any of those home improvements, wallpaper, painting, whatever to be very soothing and fulfilling and getting something accomplished.
      I do hope Dylan, etc do take and use some of the new configurations of the rooms:<)

      ruffybc on February 22, 2014 at 8:53 am
    • Not that hard to take down did it for a living for ten years my husband is still hanging it for a living it is a personal choice but I still love it!!!

      iggysue on February 28, 2014 at 7:06 pm
    • I have seen some wonderful wall paper on DIY and also HGTV. I guess I would need a designer to come in and just do it.
      It is funny but there are things in my life that I would do and not think twice about it. Like, live off the grid in the woods, with an outhouse. Grow my own food and can it. split and stack my fire wood. But wall paper is intimidating. LOL go figure.

      Eugenia27 on February 28, 2014 at 7:19 pm
    • So have I counted it right that 3 rooms will have wall paper? I know in Calif. people put up wall paper to hide the cracks in the walls from earth quakes. I have had to rent steamers to get it off. Then found the reason for all the wall paper.

      vicki_in_Utah on February 22, 2014 at 9:01 am
    • No, just the under-stairs powder room. Check the wording on the voting option. "Choose the powder room wallpaper:" ;)

      Sally on February 22, 2014 at 10:25 am
    • If you look closely, there are 6 choices of wall paper, the kids bedroom by Good house keeping, both choices have wallpaper, the Bathroom that Good house keeping is doing has 2 choices of wallpaper, and of course the powder room has 2 choices.

      vicki_in_Utah on February 22, 2014 at 10:52 am
  5. I love the choices we have been given this time although I am curious as to why we have the same floor pattern as last years compass on the floor. I personally like the herringbone pattern and vote as such. I love being able to watch the building daily, thank you for that!
    Time will tell how it all turns out; I love being able to be involved!

    Sha on February 19, 2014 at 4:26 pm
    • Only thing I get is the still photo.

      CucumberH0H on February 19, 2014 at 4:46 pm
    • I was curious, too, until another blogger pointed out that it is the location of the pattern we are voting on and not the actual pattern of the floor. Now it makes more sense.

      stlmom1 on February 19, 2014 at 5:42 pm
    • Yes the vote is for the location. I think that the DIY team will come up with something innovative that goes well with this area.

      Jay Michajluk on February 19, 2014 at 9:37 pm
    • I am hoping most of the illustrations are just that, illustrations. I agree on the same pattern as last BC but it is also beachfront-ish. Maybe a similar pattern but if it is layed directly at the front door, than the usual front door rug would cover it up. Yes/no? Pushing it more to the foyer entrance might have the focal point it deserves. I can think of more patterns that ones we must choose from but maybe they have free product for the end advertising.

      KMH on February 19, 2014 at 8:37 pm
    • The floor pattern is NOT what you are voting on. The pattern will be selected by the design team. What you are voting on is the LOCATION of the flooring detail. The first choice is for a design centered in the foyer; the second is for a "door mat" type pattern in front of the door. The one centered in the foyer should be much larger and won't be covered by the door mat that most people have just inside their doors.

      Ralebird on February 20, 2014 at 5:02 am
    • Thank you all for setting me straight. :)
      I'm just having fun watching it come together, what a great adventure!

      Sha on February 24, 2014 at 12:11 am
  6. PLEASE >>> NO WALLPAPER. So much can be done w/paint … and whatever else … but wallpaper is a huge headache to change. Don't bring it back …… thankfully most people are choosing NOT to use wallpaper in favor of all those other finishes. There's a reason …

    Donna on February 19, 2014 at 4:28 pm
    • Wallpaper steamer or paint over it.

      CucumberH0H on February 19, 2014 at 4:47 pm
  7. Love the choices. There's going to be alot of sitting benches in this home. I see a indoor/outdoor nice throw rug in the foyer area covering whatever choice is chosen. Love the purples for the bathroom. blue for dog H2O dish. (splashs' of color in the neutral color home scheme) Wild Smokey the bear/camping theme v Retro bright granny /girl feel. Wallpapers I love the designs & colors of both. Wish they showed the finished rooms & it would be much easier to choose from. Wonder what kind of furniture they'll make. Wicker likes to break/unravel. They look good. :S=/:oB):D<3

    CucumberH0H on February 19, 2014 at 4:41 pm
  8. I can not believe it but I got the camera to work & I voted that is it

    Lettucefields on February 19, 2014 at 4:52 pm
  9. A lot going on at the sight today.

    Approximately 10 minutes ago a figure bearing a resemblance to Chris Grundy was taking a load off his feet under the white canopy erected to the right of the BC. However, he's gone now. Probably off to ride the TRACTOR.

    MAOW on February 19, 2014 at 5:13 pm
    • Chris G. was there all morning yesterday, I believe. I recognized his strap-on knee pads, even though his back was to the camera when I would check in and see the man I believed to be him. Somehow it finally feels real now that "Grundy" has shown up for work! (LOL)

      Aunt Sal on February 20, 2014 at 10:32 am
    • You can see what he and Jason Cameron were doing by checking out Grundy's Facebook page and going to Youtube

      Clive on February 20, 2014 at 11:04 am
    • Clive,

      Thanks for the link. CLASSIC GRUNDY. The energy he has is amazing.

      Based on the statement that it was around 4:00pm EST during the filming of this segment means I must have checked in while they were actually filming this segment. Pretty cool.

      MAOW on February 20, 2014 at 11:22 am
    • Thanks for the link. I'll keep checking Youtube for more updates.

      Idahomom on February 20, 2014 at 12:03 pm
    • Thank you Clive, I really enjoyed that clip. Grundy is amazing and does a wonderful job on Blog Cabin!! He is my idol and Jason Cameron "ain't so bad" either. It was fun to watch and visualizing it shows its really gonna happen. Of course I know that cause I intend to win it. I'm having lots of fun with the voting. As I have said before, there really is no wrong answers just different answers. I love both wallpapers, and just maybe they will use it as an accent wall. That would be beautiful and could draw out several colors for the rest of the powder room. I hope they will use chandeliers in powder room. Secretly I love the wallpaper with the pale colors in powder room, classy.<3;)

      Sheri McNamara on February 20, 2014 at 7:10 pm
    • You've gotta tell me what to vote for in your new home. Otherwise my votes may go unused. ;)

      Clive on February 20, 2014 at 7:18 pm
    • Aunt Sal,

      I agree completely. Seeing GRUNDY on the site really "Jumpstarts" the project.

      MAOW on February 20, 2014 at 11:18 am
  10. I wish the choices were clearly identified as "ACTUAL ITEM TO BE USED" and "THIS IS ONLY AN EXAMPLE OF THE ITEM TO BE USED" or something to that effect. Even though most of the bloggers know this, I still see many who don't, and certainly most of the non-bloggers don't know. Of course, even if it is clearly written, many will just look at the picture before making their choice. In the end it doesn't really matter I guess…except maybe to the winner!

    LAUDGIRL on February 19, 2014 at 5:17 pm

Post a Comment



Blog Cabin is the groundbreaking multimedia experience based on a very simple idea: You Design It, We Build It, You Could Win It! This truly interactive series asks Internet users to vote on the design features for a real vacation getaway. Expert hosts will transform a 1990s waterfront home in Panacea, Florida that will become a luxurious home for a lucky sweepstakes winner. Plus, a one-hour Blog Cabin special, hosted by tool expert Chris Grundy, will highlight the incredible transformation.
DIY Network on Facebook