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Jul 31

Blog Cabin 2014: Delving Into Shelving

Blog Cabin 2014 Laurie March Shelving Ideas

I’m not sure I have the words to describe how excited I was to design the Blog Cabin 2014  laundry room. Who wouldn’t love to work with project manager Dylan Eastman and construct custom pieces to make laundry more manageable for the lucky winners? We also had a ridiculously good time styling that open shelving above the washer and dryer. I can geek out over that stuff for days. While the practical purpose of a shelf is to provide storage, it can be a great opportunity to express yourself as well. Continue Reading…

Jul 30

Clever Storage Ideas and Tips from Blog Cabin 2014

Before you start planning your weekend to-do list, take a minute to get inspiration from Blog Cabin 2014. The design team did an outstanding job incorporating interesting and practical pieces throughout the house and capitalized on closet space with clever storage solutions.

This lakeside home is outfitted with tons of style and storage, perfect for weekend visitors or live-in family members. Check out our favorite organization ideas.

Browse Pictures of Blog Cabin 2014 Storage + Organization >>

Are you inspired to incorporate some of these ideas into your home? I know I am!

Jul 29

Plush Plants at Blog Cabin 2014

Pink Flamingos Laurie March Blog Cabin 2014

Hello from Los Angeles! I’m here in la la land, daydreaming about Winter Haven and all of the amazing features included in Blog Cabin 2014. Those who know me know that I am an avid gardener.  While I’ve spent hours ooohing and ahhing over Blog Cabin’s construction and design, its the botanical aspects that simply knock my socks off. Let’s take a look at some of the bungalow’s liveliest elements. Continue Reading…

Jul 28

Sledgehammer Invades Blog Cabin 2014

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Tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET, watch as Jason Cameron brings his sledgehammer to smash away the ugly at Blog Cabin 2014 in Winter Haven, Florida. Jason and Blog Cabin host Chris Grundy demolish walls, an old set of stairs and an outdated bathroom to open up the first floor and reveal a stunning view of the lake. When the dust settles, Jason and Grundy get busy rebuilding this long-neglected house into a vacation retreat.

You don’t want to miss this captivating remodel tonight on DIY Network, as the Sledgehammer team invades Blog Cabin 2014! Want a sneak peak? Here’s a behind-the-scenes look on set at Sledgehammer.

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Jul 28

Enter Now for Your Chance to Win Blog Cabin 2014!

The wait is over! You’ve toured every room of Blog Cabin 2014, and now you can enter for a chance to win the luxurious lakeside retreat.

From now until September 12, 2014, you can enter twice online per day — once on and once on — for your chance to win the Blog Cabin 2014 prize package, valued at almost $900,000.

No time like the present for your very first entry!

Enter the Blog Cabin 2014 Sweepstakes on >>

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Open to legal residents of the U.S., age 21 or older.  Ends 9/12/14.  To enter and for complete details and odds, visit

Jul 25

Gimme Gimme Giveaway: Two Vintage-Inspired Art Pieces

We’re excited to announce the first in our series of the insanely popular Gimme Gimme Giveaways. Through the summer we will be giving away treasured items left behind at Blog Cabin 2014 after episode filming wrapped.

What’s the first item up for grabs? We’re giving away two unique art pieces, to include a framed telefone label and a vintage water ski print. See here for tune-in details regarding the Sledgehammer episode of Blog Cabin 2014.

To enter for a chance to win these one-of-a-kind art pieces, take the virtual home tour, examine each space and then tell us, via a comment posted below, which Blog Cabin 2014 reclaimed accessory or upcycled furnishing you like best.

You have from July 25, 2014, at 9 a.m. ET until Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 11:59:59 p.m. ET to post your comment and thereby enter for a chance to win these one-of-a-kind items. We’ll announce the winner on the blog the following week.

See Official Rules

Stay tuned for our next Gimme Gimme Giveaway, which begins August 1, 2014. We’ll be giving away a Kitchen Crashers design board, signed by Blog Cabin 2014 show host Chris Grundy and vintage-inspired metal kitchen shelf.

Jul 24

Blog Cabin 2014: Best Napping Nooks Ever

I live by a set of simple principles:

1. Don’t go faster than the car in front of you.

2. Clean work boots are considered formal wear.

3. Always work hard and nap often.

I am a napping Nancy, a siesta sister, a snoozing Susan. You get the point.

While we all appreciate a relaxing master bedroom, I like to daydream in cozy corners all over the house. In my many visits to this year’s Blog Cabin 2014, I’ve been scoping out the best places to catch some ZZZs. Starting with the amazing boat dock hammock. I’d love nothing more than to be sleeping by the dock of this bay in one of these custom-napping nets. I might have to beg the winner for one quick snooze. Continue Reading…

Jul 23

Before and After Highlights from Blog Cabin 2014



Wow, it’s been an exciting journey for Blog Cabin 2014! From moving locations to salvaging design details, the DIY Network team did an amazing job transforming this 1920s lakeside retreat. I’ve gathered a few before and after highlights for you to peruse. Let us know, in the comments below, what you think about this year’s renovation.

See the Inspiring Journey, from Start to Finish

Incredible Before and After Images

On Site in Winter Haven

Moving the House to a New Location

Before and After Floor Plans

Amazing Room Tours

And starting July 28, 2014, at 9 a.m. ET, enter daily — once on and once on — for your chance to win the luxurious lakeside DIY Network Blog Cabin 2014.

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.

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Jul 17

Lakeside Vs. Seaside Décor: Be Sure of Your Shore

Credit: Eric Perry © 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

I should start by saying that everyone should decorate their homes in any style they want, wherever they happen to be. Build an adobe in Antarctica, bring a Cape Cod feel to Kansas – the decision is always yours. But if you decide you’d like to incorporate the organic beauty, seasons and history of the home’s setting into your design, your location can bring a world of inspiration. Personally, I never feel more inspired than when I’m standing on a shore, looking out over the water.

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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 from DIY Network series will be on hand to rebuild the 1920s lakeside house 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.
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