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Jan 7

People’s Choice Round One: Voting Starts Today!

Blog Cabin 2014 Construction Vote

Today’s the day you’ve all been waiting for. Starting today, you can begin voting for inside-out features for this year’s DIY Network Blog Cabin. You’ll have the opportunity to vote on the exterior siding color, window pattern, interior paint palette and the flooring installed throughout. Vote up to 10 times per day on DIYNetwork.com, and pin your favorite picks to Pinterest. I’m dying to know what you pick!

VOTE NOW!

Dec 30

How-To: Make a Budget-Friendly Camera Mount

If you’ve been following past Blog Cabins, then you know we love sharing time-lapse photography to capture the remodeling of our dear homes. Have you ever wondered how we get that step-by-step photography? Project manager Dylan Eastman shared a handy (and inexpensive!) project for creating a 360-degree camera mount on DIYNetwork’s Made + Remade blog. Plus, we have a video showcasing the device in action. Check it out!

Blog Cabin 2014: Time-Lapse Video

VIDEO: Dylan’s 360-Degree Camera Mount

Want to make your own? Check out Dylan’s easy-to-follow tutorial, then share your videos with us.

How to Make a 360-Degree Camera Mount

HOW-TO PROJECT: How to Make a 360-Degree Camera Mount

Dec 24

On Site in Winter Haven: An Early Christmas Present

As you know from last Thursday’s post, project manager Dylan Eastman traveled to Florida last week to check in on our dear home. After crawling through the attic and measuring each space, he came across something that’s going to make site preparations much easier.

Blog Cabin 2014 House Keys

Dylan says:

When we first scouted locations, we knew this special lakeside lot had an existing metal garage on site. However, we weren’t able to get into it at the time. Later, when we were handed over the keys to the new house and lot, I got a little excited. There was one key in particular that cued my interest.

Blog Cabin 2014 Garage

This Quonset-style hut reminded me of the buildings made popular after World War II by the George Fuller Company. These buildings needed to be economical to produce, shipped anywhere and easy to put up. A rake or shovel would have easily made my day. What I didn’t expect is what I found when the garage door slid up.

See What Dylan Found!

Dec 19

On Site in Winter Haven: Discoveries Around the Property

Blog Cabin project manager Dylan Eastman has been down South finalizing project details and getting the home ready for its big move. As you know, Dylan always sends over the best pictures from his visits. I loved looking at details he found around the Lake Hamilton site this week.

Blog Cabin 2014 Winter Haven Site - Citrus

Blog Cabin 2014 Winter Haven Site - Citrus

Among the Spanish moss are citrus trees overflowing with bundles of fresh oranges just waiting for the juicer. Nothing makes me miss warm weather more …

Blog Cabin 2014 Winter Haven Site - Frog

Oh, hi friend! This little guy is just a glimpse of the wildlife found on site.

Blog Cabin 2014 Winter Haven Site - Feather

This looks like a blue jay feather to me, yes?

Blog Cabin 2014 Winter Haven Site - Wood Pile

Now through March, temperatures can get down to the low 50s at night in Winter Haven. While I’m used to below-freezing nights (and days!) in my neck of the woods, I’d certainly find any excuse to kindle a fire with this supply of wood … even in Florida.

Photos: Blog Cabin 2014 – Before the Move >>

What are you favorite parts of Blog Cabin 2014′s soon-to-be home? The draping Spanish moss? Maybe the lake view is all you need?

Dec 13

Examining the Built-In Ironing Board

A few weeks ago, a group of Blog Cabin folks were chatting about some of the home’s details when the recessed ironing board in the kitchen sparked an interesting conversation. It’s a beautiful wooden board or folding table that lifts right into the wall next to the stove. A few of us couldn’t imagine having our laundry area and cooking space in such close quarters, while others have fond memories of their grandparents folding laundry on the kitchen countertops. Since many recessed ironing boards were built into American homes in the 1920s, it only makes sense that our Blog Cabin 2014 has one, too.

Blog Cabin 2014 Ironing Board

Blog Cabin 2014 Kitchen

What’s your take on this built-in beauty? Do you have one now, or have you had one in the past? Do you admire its space-saving ability but would rather stash it elsewhere? Let’s talk about it.

Dec 9

Coastal-Inspired Holiday Decorating Ideas

Happy Monday, everyone! Can you believe we’re already knee-deep in the holiday season? [And I haven't even started shopping for gifts yet. Eek!] This time next year, one of you will be sitting nice and cozy in Blog Cabin 2014 in Winter Haven, Fla. As an East Tennessee native, my winters are often filled with a mix of snow and rain, so I can’t imagine a Florida Christmas with temperatures in the 70s. How perfect is that?

It got me thinking, though — Blog Cabin isn’t seaside, but its Florida surroundings certainly call for coastal holiday decor come next Christmas. I thought I’d share some of my favorite coastal-inspired decorating ideas that tie in perfectly with The Sunshine State.

Decorate the Mantel With Rustic Elements + Neutral Hues

Coastal Christmas Mantel Decorating Ideas

Use Natural Materials Like Driftwood, Burlap, Moss + Greenery

Coastal Christmas Mantel Decorating Ideas

Get Inspired: Coastal Holiday Decor for the Mantel >>

See More Coastal-Inspired Holiday Decorating Ideas

Dec 4

Wild Card Wednesday: Black Cats Crossing Paths

Oh how I’ve missed my Blog Cabin friends! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend. While we patiently — or impatiently — wait for the big move to Lake Hamilton, I thought we could start dissecting the current home. You know, dive into the fun details that made this charming bungalow “the one.” We’ll call this series “Wild Card Wednesday” because you never know what you’re going to get.

Blog Cabin 2014

For today’s inaugural post, we’re starting on the outside of the home. What did you notice when you first saw Blog Cabin 2014? Its charming brick facade? Worn concrete planters lining the stairs? The black trim, perhaps? What about that pair of black cats just above the brick? As a cat lover I noticed them right away.

Blog Cabin 2014 House Details

We’ve all heard the common superstition that a black cat crossing your path means bad luck. What’s your take on these decorative felines? Why do you think they’ve been placed on the home?

Nov 26

Where’s It Headed? Check Out the Winter Haven Lot

Blog Cabin 2014 Location

For just one minute, let’s pretend there isn’t a winter storm advisory headed my way and instead I’m sitting in an Adirondack chair on the future lawn of Blog Cabin 2014 staring at this view. Is anyone with me?

I know you all are dying to know when our lovely bungalow will be moved, and all I can say is … soon! I promise to keep you updated as I learn details. In the meantime, here’s a peek of the Winter Haven, Fla. lot overlooking Lake Hamilton where the home is headed. The clues all make sense now, don’t they?

View the Photos: Blog Cabin 2014 – Before the Move >> 

Nov 25

Tour the Original Home

Good morning, friends! I’ve enjoyed reading your enthusiastic comments following Thursday’s location reveal of Blog Cabin 2014. Winter Haven, Fla. is truly a gem that we’ll explore in detail in the coming months. For now, let’s focus on the original home in all its glory.

Blog Cabin 2014

You’ve taken the indoor-outdoor photo tour, but I have a little something extra for you. So, grab your coffee, kick back and take a look:

Tour the Original Home

Nov 21

Explore the Blog Cabin 2014 Location

It’s finally time to announce the location of Blog Cabin 2014. You all have been so incredibly patient, but I won’t leave you waiting any longer. Watch our exclusive announcement video, then browse through “before the renovation” photos to get a tour of the home at this very moment.

Enjoy! I can’t wait to hear what you all think!

Discover the Location of Blog Cabin 2014 >>

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