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Aug 27

Bedding Set Winner Announced

Blog Cabin 2013 Master Bedroom

I am pleased to announce that Molly Taylor is the winner of our master bedroom quilt ensemble giveaway. Congrats, Molly!

Please remember to enter our west yard rendering giveaway, if you have not done so yet, and get set for the last of our Gimme Gimme Giveaways: a cornhole game set, designed and autographed by Blog Cabin 2013 show host Chris Grundy.

Entering the home giveaway twice online per day? Watching the episodes? Checking out the corresponding how-to projects? Please let us know what you are particularly loving this year. And don’t miss three new articles we just launched on HGTVRemodels.com. Topics include the renovation’s biggest challenges, the landscaping strategy and the evolution of the amazing outdoor spaces.

Aug 23

Gimme Gimme Giveaway: West Yard Rendering

Blog Cabin 2013 West Yard Rendering Giveaway

We are proud to announce the third in our series of Gimme Gimme Giveaways. Through the summer we have been giving away treasured items left behind at Blog Cabin 2013 after episode filming wrapped.

The third item up for grabs? We will give away a framed rendering of Blog Cabin’s west yard, signed by Yard Crashers show host Matt Blashaw. See here for tune-in details regarding the Yard Crashers episode of Blog Cabin 2013.

To enter for a chance to win the rendering, take the virtual home tour, and then tell us, via a comment posted below, what your favorite Blog Cabin 2013 landscape feature is and why.
Blog Cabin 2013 West Yard Rendering Giveaway - Matt Blashaw Autograph

You have from August 23, 2013, at 9 a.m. ET until Friday, August 30, 2013, at 5 p.m. ET to post your comment and thereby enter for a chance to win this signed rendering. On Tuesday, September 3, 2013, we will randomly select the winner of this rendering giveaway and post the winner in the blog on or around September 4, 2013.

See Official Rules.

Stay tuned for our next Gimme Gimme Giveaway, which begins on September 9, 2013. We will be giving away a custom-designed cornhole game set, signed by Blog Cabin 2013 show host Chris Grundy.

Aug 9

Gimme Gimme Giveaway: Win a Quilt Ensemble

Blog Cabin 2013 Master Bedroom Quilt Ensemble Giveaway

We are proud to announce the second in our series of Gimme Gimme Giveaways. Through the summer we will be giving away treasured items left behind at Blog Cabin 2013 after episode filming wrapped.

The seond item up for grabs? We will give away a C & F Enterprises Oceana Paisley Quilt Ensemble by April Cornell, identical to bedding featured in the Blog Cabin 2013 master bedroom. The ensemble includes three striped Euro shams, three paisley standard shams, one king-size 100-percent cotton paisley quilt, one embroidered ship boudoir pillow, one striped boudoir pillow and one ruffled square pillow.

To enter for a chance to win the bedding set, take the virtual home tour, examine each space and then tell us, via a comment posted below, which Blog Cabin 2013 indoor or outdoor space is your very favorite and why.

You have from August 9, 2013, at 9 a.m. ET until Friday, August 16, 2013, at 5 p.m. ET to post your comment and thereby enter for a chance to win this coastal quilt ensemble. On Monday, August 19, 2013, we will randomly select the winner of this bedding giveaway and post the winner in the blog on or around August 20, 2013.

See Official Rules.

Stay tuned for our next Gimme Gimme Giveaway, which begins on August 23, 2013. We will be giving away a Yard Crashers design board, framed and signed by show host Matt Blashaw.

Aug 5

Behind the Scenes: The Sand- and Seashell-Filled Table

Today, project manager Dylan Eastman shares the special experience of designing and sourcing material for that amazing dining room table. As of today, it’s the most pinned of our virtual tour images on Pinterest. You certainly do love it, as do we! See the dining table in our great room virtual tour and see the exclusive how-to project here.

In designing the kitchen table, I wanted to use reclaimed wood to counter some of the more refined elements in the front rooms. I also wanted to add color without relying heavily on place setting and flowers. With the coastal setting of this year’s house, I knew a beach motif (done right) would accent the wood while giving an additional dimension to the table. So I went on the hunt for local sea glass and shells.

Blog Cabin 2013 Seashell Dining Table

On the drive to Harker’s Island, I discovered a place call Captain Blaine’s, a store that sells fresh seafood and local crafts. The owner walks the beach regularly to collect shells and sea glass (which she sorts by color) to sell in the shop. I carefully picked through her inventory of beach treasures, looking for just the right colors and textures. Portions of bottles with imprinted text were saved. Remnants of old decorative glass windows were culled. Then I mixed in pearlescent sea scallops, iridescent witch’s nails and purple wampum to accent the glass.

After making my purchase, we chatted at length about the island and the origin of the glass and shells. Originally home to the Coree native American tribe, Harker’s Island attracted residents through the colonial period. In the late 1800s, hurricanes drove even more residents to the island from the storm-devastated outer banks. Until 1941, the only way on or off the island was by boat or ferry — it was not uncommon for residents to cast household debris (back then, mostly wood-, porcelain- or glass-based) into the sound. I figured that most of the sea glass I selected was between 70 and 100 years old.

During the table build, sand from our beach on the Core Sound was laid out to dry under the cabin cam. LEDs were run around the interior perimeter of the table to give a 21st-century accent. Then show host Chris Grundy and Kitchen Crashers host Alison Victoria carefully completed the beach motif by placing each piece of glass or shell in its perfect location. A signed message in a bottle was even left for the future winner of this home. Finally, a piece of clear glass was set over the motif to complete the top. In the end, this table represents the history of our house, the history of the coast and a modern take on upcycling.

Jul 30

Coaster Set Winner Announced

Hi all,

I am pleased to announce that Sandra Drayer (screen name SID) is the winner of our first Blog Cabin 2013 Gimme Gimme Giveaway. She is the proud new owner of our reclaimed wood coaster set. Don’t forget to stop by on August 9, when we launch our next giveaway, the complete bedding set used in the master bedroom.

Today’s cinemagraph, courtesy of visual designer Jason Kisner, highlights the home’s amazing outdoor spaces. Enjoy!

Jul 29

Enter the Blog Cabin 2013 Home Giveaway

Blog Cabin 2013 Home Giveaway

The time has finally arrived: to throw your hat in the ring for a chance to win this adorable coastal retreat, nestled along North Carolina’s stunning Crystal Coast.

We invite you to enter twice online per day — once on DIYNetwork.com and once on HGTVRemodels.com — for your chance to win the home. Our entry period runs through mid-September. And don’t forget to take the virtual home tour, watch our exclusive Blog Cabin videos and read through articles that detail the remodeling process. Tonight, we premiere the first episode in our Blog Cabin 2013 series. Get tune-in details for the House Crashers episode.

We wish you all the best of luck!

Jul 19

Gimme Gimme Giveaway: Win a Wooden Coaster Set

Blog Cabin 2013 Gimme Gimme Giveaway Wooden Coaster Set
We are proud to announce the first in our series of Gimme Gimme Giveaways. Through the summer we will be giving away treasured items left behind at Blog Cabin 2013 after episode filming wrapped.

The first item up for grabs? We will give away a wooden coaster set, handcrafted by Blog Cabin 2013 project manager Dylan Eastman. Dylan fashioned the set of six coasters from the home’s original corner posts. To learn more about this project and get Dylan’s handy step-by-step instructions, please visit the Made+Remade blog.

To enter for a chance to win the coaster set, take the virtual home tour, examine each space and then tell us, via a comment posted below, which Blog Cabin 2013 reclaimed or upcycled furnishing or decorative accessory you like best.

You have from July 19, 2013, at 9 a.m. ET until Friday, July 26, 2013,  at 5 p.m. ET to post your comment and thereby enter for a chance to win this one-of-a-kind coaster set. On Monday, July 29, 2013, we will randomly select the winner of this coaster giveaway and post the winner in the blog on or around July 30, 2013.

See Official Rules.

Stay tuned for our next Gimme Gimme Giveaway, which begins August 9, 2013. We will be giving away bedding from Blog Cabin 2013.

Jul 16

Step Inside and Explore Blog Cabin 2013

Blog Cabin 2013 Living Room

We are proud to announce the launch of the Blog Cabin 2013 virtual home tour. Please take time to view the 360° images, slideshows and exclusive videos. We have so many great stories to tell about this fabulous waterfront home!

And don’t forget to sign up for sweeps entry reminders. The giveaway entry period starts at 9 a.m. on July 29, 2013.

Jul 12

On the Eve of the Virtual Home Tour

Happy Friday, folks!

We launch the virtual home tour on Tuesday at 9 a.m. Excited? I think you will be stunned by the images and exclusive video we’ve captured.

In the meantime, I thought you’d enjoy a special treat: a second cinemagraph from visual designer Jason Kisner. Yes, the home has an outdoor shower — your vote! — and it’s clad in the home’s original shingles! How cool is that?

Also, I have some exciting news to share. We will be doing giveaways in this blog throughout the run of the tour and sweeps. The Blog Cabin 2013 Gimme Gimme Giveaway starts next Friday, July 19. First product up for grabs? Coasters handcrafted by project manager Dylan Eastman from the home’s original corner posts! Check the Made+Remade blog for the exclusive how-to (just in case you don’t win them). A rendering of the side yard (giveaway August 23), signed by Yard Crashers host Matt Blashaw, and a cornhole set (giveaway September 9), designed by Blog Cabin show host Chris Grundy, will also be given away.

Keep checking this blog for more details, rules and guidelines. Cheers!

Jun 28

Friday’s Special Treat

As we await the launch of the online virtual tour, I thought you’d enjoy this tease, which comes in the form of a cinemagraph created by our visual designer Jason Kisner. I love the acacia pub table and chairs that offer a magnificent view of Core Sound and those festive lanterns, swaying in the breeze as they suspend from the old pecan tree branches. Perfection!

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