That’s a wrap! The Blog Cabin 2014 sweepstakes period is over! Although I’ll be sad to say goodbye to this year’s gorgeous Blog Cabin, my heart is so happy for the lucky winner who will say hello to wonderful Winter Haven soon. It feels like just yesterday I was pulling up to the site for the first time, in awe of its beautiful sunrises and natural beauty. I will treasure that little corner of Florida forever, although I have been pretty busy lately helping to hunt for the next Blog Cabin…
In this, the final week to enter our incredible sweepstakes, I find myself pouring over pictures and remembering what an amazing experience working on Blog Cabin 2014 has been. One of my absolute favorite memories is visiting the Bok Tower Gardens with my fellow garden enthusiast, Project Manager Dylan Eastman. Don’t worry, I brought the Laurie-Cam.
Just a hop, skip and a jump from our beloved Blog Cabin 2014, the Bok Tower Gardens originally opened in 1929. There in Lake Wales, you will find the masterfully crafted Singing Tower and some absolutely stunning gardens. The bells of the carillon in the tower can be heard throughout the gardens twice a day. Both the Tower and the Gardens were a gift to America from Dutch author, publisher and humanitarian Edward W. Bok. Read More
I have a secret, I’ve been taking some stealthy, Blog Cabin pictures just for you. As we round the corner on this amazing sweepstakes, I thought I’d finally share some of my sweet memories. Remember, you only have until September 12th to enter for your chance to win, people! Read More
I love to travel for many reasons, but one of my very favorite reasons is food. During my visits to Blog Cabin 2014, I’ve sampled a lot of Florida cuisine. The most memorable? The delicious southern delicacies I ate at a historic Florida institution known as Cherry Pocket.
I have a real affinity for pillows, and not just because I love to nap so much. From a designer’s perspective, throw pillows present an amazing opportunity to experiment with colors and textures.
Whether they’re used to make a bold statement or to quietly warm up a space, throw pillows can be a fast, affordable and impermanent way to change the look in a space. The weatherproof pillows above were carefully chosen to make the pergola a colorful and comfortable spot. Here are a few other cozy cushions found at Blog Cabin 2014. Read More
Florida is now known for its tourism and attractions, but in 1936 there was only one commercial theme park in the state, Cypress Gardens. This Winter Haven gem began as a botanical garden and was the setting of many classic films. It boasted a bevy of Southern Belles and perhaps most notably, hosted its first water skiing show in 1943. The rest is history, and has made the way for many water sports enthusiasts.
The Cypress Gardens Water Ski show would run for 66 years, while breaking over 50 World Records. These skiers were a cross between athletes and entertainers and first started as entertainment for returning soldiers. The incredible performers would execute jumps, form pyramids and ski barefoot. Blog Cabin 2014 pays homage to this piece of the past in a few different ways. For example, this vintage water ski hangs proudly in the living room.
Okay, I’ll be honest, I have a bit of a friendly, competitive streak. I love to play games with my family and friends and when I do, I play to win. If I were to play a round of bocce ball at the Blog Cabin’s amazing court, however, I might be in trouble. I don’t know how I could focus while taking in that view, but I’m always up for a challenge. Read More
Those that know me know that I love to garden. There’s no better feeling that to serve friends and family members fresh food that you’ve grown yourself. The lucky Blog Cabin 2014 winner will be able to do just that using the four raised garden beds, which I had a blast building with project manager Dylan Eastman.
When people are asked to name their favorite color, one answer is heard most often: Blue. The popular color is known to be soothing, calming and serene, making it an excellent choice for a guest retreat. The Blog Cabin 2014 guest room is filled with brilliant blue accents designed to make any visitor feel welcome. Take a look at some of the best blue belongings in this bedroom. Read More
Who caught last night’s miraculous, hilarious episode? Alison Victoria is officially a wizard in my mind. She and Doug came riding in on a chariot and, with Jason Jackson, they built a jaw-dropping, storage filled and stunning kitchen in just THREE DAYS. Okay, okay, so Grundy helped.
In case you missed it, here’s the play-by-play.
From the winning cherry cabinets to the polished concrete counters and matching apron sink, every detail of this magnificent space was meticulously planned and executed. Don’t be fooled by their smiling faces and crazy antics (ahem, the rubber alligator?), these guys worked hard.