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Jul 22

Salvaged Style at Blog Cabin 2014

salvaged drawers

The first step toward truly appreciating ‘salvaged style’ at Blog Cabin 2014 is to take a quick look at the semantics surrounding it. You will not find me using words like old, used or secondhand to describe any of the  stunning vintage elements in this home. From the magical mind of project manager Dylan Eastman, many reclaimed, repurposed and upcycled projects have transformed this lovely bungalow into a magnificent piece of history and work of art.

The biggest part of the Blog Cabin to be fabulously refurbished is, of course, the house itself.  Built in the 1920s, the original house was delicately moved seven miles to a prime waterfront lot. Dylan wanted to preserve and improve upon as many of the original details as possible. As much as I think new construction can be exciting, the respect and care that have been poured into this historical home have given the space a soul. Check out full photo coverage of the amazing move here.

Though the goal might be to restore every part of a home, some items simply can’t perform their initial function anymore. Before throwing them away, however, you might want to let your imagination roam a bit. This old furnace grate will still keep its homeowners warm at night. At Blog Cabin 2014, it’s been converted to a distinctive outdoor fire pit. Come to think of it, both the grate and one of my favorite campfire s’mores, were created in the 1920s. Coincidence or destiny?

I appreciate the reclaimed nature of the design more every time I get to go down and get my hands dirty at the Blog Cabin 2014.  Taking a page from Dylan’s book, I was happy to include the original fold out ironing board in the new citrus-inspired laundry room. Sure, a new one might have been faster and easier to buy and install, but this unique feature pays homage to the original home and the people that built it in the roaring 20′s. I wonder if you need to iron a flapper dress?

If you’re as enchanted as I am by this lakeside bungalow’s salvaged style, take a look at some of the other elements found in the 2014 Blog Cabin >>>


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  1. Now, this part I really like. xD Thanks Laurie for all these extras. They help put 'flesh on the bones' of this great renovation. :)

    Clive on July 22, 2014 at 1:07 pm
  2. This cabin and its renovations, are sooo Amazing!

    myshanbug on July 22, 2014 at 1:21 pm
    • Yeah! I love it too. Did you watch along as the cabin cam showed the process?

      Super fun.


      Laurie_March on July 22, 2014 at 7:01 pm
    • I did watch the cabin cam..a bit horrible at it, i kept ending up on the house walls, or a spot in the i did manage to find a flamingo, while watching the cam. He was in the garden area, I named him Herbie, the flamingo. I just looked at your grass color guide, B.T.W what is the type of grass at the cabin? and does it ever get long, such as needing to be cut? I had a nice lawn with kentucky blue grass, once in Iowa.So beautiful. I planted it myself. Reminds me of the cabin grass.

      myshanbug on July 28, 2014 at 2:21 pm
  3. My focus on the kitch island has been the various labels. I just noticed the different knobs. This is helpful when explaining where something is kept in the kitchen. Was this the intention?

    Trish on July 22, 2014 at 3:12 pm
    • Aren't they charming? What a great idea you bring up!


      Laurie_March on July 22, 2014 at 7:03 pm
    • Laurie, Thank you.

      How wonderful for you to be a part of this team! My mother doesn't get DIY, and I went on and on about the laundry room. As a kid, we'd walk through the 'front' door with the washer and dryer as part of the foyer. lol So, to see how the laundry room was done, I'm so impressed! BTW, I purchased the plastic containers in Orange months ago. I put labels on them so I knew what was inside. To see you use YELLOW ones in the laundry room, makes me smile.

      Trish on July 22, 2014 at 8:34 pm
  4. As much as I have studied each room, I don't think I had actually studied all of the actual elements, the different knobs in the kitchen are so notable now, but I didn't study them well enought until now to see they are different.:)

    nanwes on July 22, 2014 at 3:49 pm
    • The little nuances in each space really unfold when you look closer. I'll keep finding great little details for you to enjoy!


      Laurie_March on July 22, 2014 at 7:05 pm
    • I said the other day how I love this kitchen. My only negative thing is the unmatched drawer pulls.
      The kitchen is my favorite of all the Blog Cabins. The colors are soothing to me. It is so nice how the gray sink and appliance just blend well. Have never been a fan of the stainless steel ones. Am enjoying all the pictures and continue to go back to see things that I missed before. Thank you Laurie for these blogs you keep giving us. Not much longer until we can enter to win. Have a pleasant evening and my very best to all, Nan ;) <3 ;) <3

      Nan on July 22, 2014 at 8:03 pm
    • Did I miss the explanation behind the drawer knobs on the island, they seem to have a story to share. Thanks Laurie. :-)

      nanwes on July 23, 2014 at 8:29 am
    • There was a comment about the drawer knobs in the kitchen pictures. I don't remember what it said. I just liked that the variety made it feel homey to me. Not run down, just thrifty, the way my depression-era father and others back-in-the-day would have solved a missing knob situation. Or, if they were building something from scratch, they would use whatever materials were already to hand. :)

      Lindingo on July 23, 2014 at 4:06 pm
  5. Love the reclaiming; retains the history of the home….and definitely creates an atmosphere leading to one of a kind………especially love the glass panels on the stairwell…..not only attractive, but safe for all our loving little ones (people and animals)….

    twoTERRIERs on July 22, 2014 at 4:43 pm
    • I agree, TwoTERRIERS! Kids and pets deserve the best safety we can offer!

      Thanks for always commenting and participating.


      Laurie_March on July 22, 2014 at 7:07 pm
    • thank you Laurie….

      twoTERRIERs on July 22, 2014 at 7:54 pm
    • I love the glass panels on the stairwell too two, with our puppy and your pets, not to mention all our grandchildren we have to keep them safe.

      This home has the best of an old Florida home sharing the history and love of it and all the safety features for a home remodeled to todays standards, they truly 'knocked this one out of the ballpark'!!! :D

      P.S. Was it you or Eugenia that told me you wouldn't think it a good idea to let a goat help clean up around the wetlands outback, this was during last years blog cabin blogging. I keep wondering if they can be used without the chance of damaging any plants, I've never owned a goat, think they're cute and Marley could probably herd one to keep it in line, they'd probably play well together too. :D

      nanwes on July 22, 2014 at 9:35 pm
    • ah marley…..a golden retriever?

      you remember well nan……I would love to have a goat, and I think it was someone else who said they will eat everything in sight….they are precious….i have a wired hair fox terrier to fulfill my goat need…….they kind of look like one….

      What kind of puppy do you have?

      twoTERRIERs on July 22, 2014 at 9:44 pm
    • Here we have rent-a-goats. I worked with someone who used them to eat the poison oak on his steep property in Oakland. If anyone rents goats there, maybe they will be able to control the goats to just eat where you want the grasses mowed. :)

      Lindingo on July 22, 2014 at 11:43 pm
    • Goat rentals, what will they think of next!
      Love it! Thanks Lin:-)

      nanwes on July 23, 2014 at 8:32 am
    • Just tether them with a suitable length rope. Cheapest form of lawn weed, feed & cut I know. ;)

      Clive on July 23, 2014 at 9:34 am
    • Clive, I don't know if you're kidding or not, but if you're serious do they go into the water to keep that area cleaned? I know nothing at all about goats, but they sure are cute. :)

      nanwes on July 23, 2014 at 11:54 am
    • Kidding? Me? I'm not even horsing around. No, goats don't go into the water and you would want to keep them away from the water edge anyway in case they tempt a gator. However, back a little, at the edge of the high pond line or to the front of the house under the trees and in the front paddock, towards the road, they would do an awesome job of keeping the grass short and looking cute too. A small barn for them next to the Quonset hut with some water would be all they would need. The winner could fence-in a nice paddock for them from the trees to the roadside fence and the side of the driveway very easily. It's may be possible that the winner wouldn't even have to purchase goats, just offer board and lodging for someone else's goats in return for some lawn work. :D ;)

      Clive on July 23, 2014 at 12:24 pm
    • naturally brilliant idea…..

      twoTERRIERs on July 23, 2014 at 10:09 am
    • Goats will eat anything AND everything. Please do not spoil this spectacular site by having goats. Furthermore, local codes may not even allow animals of that nature on the property. Besides, they are smelly, too. Just keep the lawnmower in good shape, and cut the grass yourself……good exercise, too.

      Those pretty plants will be gone in 2 seconds, if you have goats……..

      Builder on July 23, 2014 at 1:06 pm
  6. This home is truly one of a kind and whomever is lucky enough to win it will be one of the luckiest in the world. I could just sit in one spot an enjoy and admire all the details around me. The kitchen is truly a work of art. I would really like my herbs right there in the kitchen. A big thank you to Dylan for all his creativity as well as everyone that added there creative inspirations including yourself. Love the outdoor garden! ????

    Straybird on July 22, 2014 at 7:22 pm
    • I'm going to miss this home ??

      Straybird on July 22, 2014 at 7:26 pm
    • Me, too. I just found a calendar for Florida today for gardening. It showed Summer YEAR round. I would love to see how the gardening beds do throughout the year. sigh

      Trish on July 22, 2014 at 8:37 pm
  7. This is an interesting home. Love the creativity of everyone who reclaimed the items in the cabin.

    Lessie on July 22, 2014 at 7:26 pm
  8. Every element that was so brilliantly reclaimed and repurposed from the original 1920's Blog Cabin adds another evocative facet to the deeply layered sense of history and the forever-to-remain-untold stories of human drama that unfolded within its sheltering walls over the many decades.

    I'd be thrilled to win this home with its long, secretive past, now lovingly prepared for an eventful future.

    DBCoop on July 22, 2014 at 7:40 pm
    • Wouldn't you love to know some of the family from the original owners or at least to have some stories from them to add to the history. It's got to have a 'wonderful soul' as it is so beautiful and seems to be soothing and relaxing when you look at everyone who participated in this beautiful blog cabin. :)

      nanwes on July 22, 2014 at 9:39 pm
    • I think it's part of our nature to feel a deeper attachment, an emotional bond, to a home when we learn of or simply imagine the possibilities of its past, both in how it overcame the significant natural events that challenged its very existence but especially in the life stories of those who lived out any number of years of their lives behind its doors.

      Even fully remodeled and enlarged as it now is, you're absolutely right, nanwes, the home still retains its sense of soulful beauty, comfort and warmth, all enhanced by the lakeside location.

      Thank you DIY and crew for such a meticulously well-thought-out renovation.

      DBCoop on July 22, 2014 at 11:02 pm
    • I agree, that's why the Robinson home added so much fun and drama to last years blog cabin.:-)

      nanwes on July 23, 2014 at 8:35 am
    • One thing I would love for this BC is a picture of the original family to hang somewhere in the house. I think that would be so fitting.
      Other than that I think this wonderful home has something for everyone and the "team" did an amazing job with all the purposing of all the salvaged items.

      Joycein NJ on July 23, 2014 at 7:58 am
  9. I wasn't sure if I would like everything-but it came together so well and fresh looking. Love all the plants and special touches.
    Fantastic job. Now I hope I win.

    Ann on July 22, 2014 at 8:23 pm
  10. this home is a dream, MY all the special details

    Connie on July 22, 2014 at 8:26 pm

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