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Apr 9

I Spy a Beautiful Butterfly Bounty

Who remembers looking for the flamingos during the Blog Cabin 2014 build in Florida? Well it’s time to open up those eagle eyes again!

Dylan and I are having a blast working on the house here in Coeur d’Alene and we’ve made a friend along the way. Keep your eyes peeled for this big, beautiful butterfly, everybody. As Jennie, DBCoop and a few others of you have noticed already, you deserve a little fun again this year. Let us know when you spot her on the cabin cam.

Blog Cabin Idaho Butterfly

The monarch butterfly is the official state insect of Idaho, and they are gorgeous. As you might know, the Monarch butterfly is the most familiar butterfly in North America. Unfortunately, although it is recognizable, it’s also struggling at the moment. Continue Reading…

Apr 1

Weekly Construction Update from Blog Cabin 2015

Hello friends,

I apologize for the delay, but as you can see from the Cabin Cam a lot has happened over the past two weeks. For our long time fans, you know what time of year we normally shoot the shows and we are not far off from that. Luckily, having great builders keeps this train rolling.

There have been many onsite decisions made, last minute design tweaks, show scoutings, and last week Laurie came to visit. We built some great projects, and we can’t wait for you to see them!

Blog Cabin 2015

Photography by Dylan Eastman

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Mar 27

March Field Report from Coeur d’Alene

Photo: Laurie March

Hello from beautiful Coeur d’Alene, Blog Cabin-ners! It’s me, Laurie. First, I need to stop and thank you for the fantastic job you’re doing in choosing this year’s mountain retreat’s elements. This home is going to be absolutely spectacular! Right this very second, you can be voting on many of the cabin’s outdoor features. Check it out and vote as many times as you like! Continue Reading…

Mar 23

Don’t Miss Behind the Build at Blog Cabin 2015

Blog Cabin 2015

Happy Monday!I wanted to drop a post about some exciting Behind the Build eye-candy that went live recently on Over on our sister site you’ll find a video preview and over 100 images of construction. I’ve listed a few of my favorites below, but I want to hear from you. What do you want to see more or less of during the construction of Blog Cabin 2015?


Mar 16

People’s Choice Round Six: Vote for All Things Outdoors

Blog Cabin 2015 Outdoor Spaces

It’s time for our last round of voting! Wow, this has flown by and I’m excited to see all of your choices incorporated into the build. In round six of our People’s Choice vote we’re moving outdoors. For the next two weeks, you’ll be picking a fire pit feature, garden design, arcade games, and more. You’ve got nine decisions to make. Choose wisely, and vote as many times as you’d like.

Let us know what your favorite features are in the comments below!


Browse all winning products and materials >>


Mar 13

Week Three: Blog Cabin 2015 Construction Update

Hello friends!

Edwards Smith Construction has stayed on a steady pace! As you noted, we had the weekend off this past week. The crews worked tirelessly for three weeks to get us to this point. How many construction projects can say that not a drop of water touched the framing before the roof was dried in?

Late last week we received the deck Port Orford cedar beams that are rated for exterior exposure. Those carry the deck cantilever at the master suite where we wanted no posts to the ground (floating over the patio so to speak). Earlier when we were sourcing these beams, it was possible they could come from Alaskan cedar.

Photo courtesy Edwards Smith Construction LLC

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Mar 5

Week Two: Blog Cabin 2015 Construction Update

Well it has been a busy seven days since we last talked! You can see we now have a house! Late last week, we set the four large structural roof beams. Since these beams span the entire house, it allows us to have a great open single sloped roof line. The beams peeking out of each side of the house support large overhangs to shield the walls and windows from the hot summer sun.

Blog Cabin 2015 construction

Photo courtesy Edwards Smith Construction LLC

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Mar 3

People’s Choice Round Five: Vote for Library Details

Blog Cabin 2015 People's Choice Vote Round 5

Get excited because we’re starting round five of our People’s Choice vote! We’ve gathered a collection of library lounge products and materials for you to choose, from bookshelves to accent wall design, cozy seating options to luxurious lighting.

You have nine decisions to make this round. Share your picks in the comments below, and pin your favorites to Pinterest.


See the library location and floor plans >>

Browse all wining items and materials >>

Mar 2

Puppy People vs. Cat Crusaders

Blog Cabin voters are used to putting their brains to the test: exterior house colors, backsplash options, bathroom tile choices. You guys have handled it all. But in this current round of voting, the Blog Cabin 2015 team has really tasked you with the ultimate question: cats or dogs?

You’re currently voting for different elements within this Coeur d’Alene mountain retreat’s living spaces. And inquiring minds want to know: would rather a corner customized for your canine crushes or your feline friends? In my experience, people are pretty passionate on this subject! Continue Reading…

Feb 27

Weekly Update from Beautiful Coeur d’Alene

Good day online friends! For those of you that don’t know me, I was the build and design manager of Blog Cabin 2011 in Virginia and since then I’ve worked on Maine, North Carolina, and Florida homes. We’ve seen everything from the mid-1800′s farmhouses to a Georgian revival to a citrus infused bungalow. So I’m glad to be with you again this year as you allow us to make a more modern home on the mountain. As you’ll see in videos with Laurie March, we’ve got a blank slate, which allows for new directions.

Blog Cabin 2015

Photo by Dylan Eastman

As the Cabin Cam tells all, its another beautiful day in Coeur d’Alene. While the East Coast is blanketed in the white fluffy stuff, we’ve had wonderful weather all winter in Idaho. To give you an update on our construction progress, last week we poured the new vertical concrete walls that tie into the existing foundation.

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