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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 Jason and Blog Cabin host Chris Grundy demolish walls, an old set of stairs and an outdated bathroom to open up the first floor and reveal a stunning view of the lake.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.

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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

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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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Jul 16

Behind the Scenes at Blog Cabin 2014

Did you have a chance to check out last night’s Pinterest party? If you couldn’t make it, catch up on the conversation here. We had a great turnout. Our all-star Blog Cabin pinners included Jason Cameron, Chris Lambton, Laurie March, and Dylan Eastman.  Even Jake Moss, host of YardCore, dropped by the party.

Unfortunately we weren’t able to pin our behind-the-scenes shots from the photo shoot, but you can browse 40+ images here.

Here, photographer Eric Perry stands on a ladder outside Blog Cabin 2014 to shoot down on the patio. Sometimes you’ve got to get creative to capture the perfect shot.

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Jul 15

Blog Cabin 2014 Virtual Tours Are Live!

The virtual room tours for Blog Cabin 2014 are finally live. We invite you to step inside our 1920s lakeside retreat, located in Winter Haven, FL. Explore each beautiful space with 360-degree tours, video walk-throughs and photos of every incredible detail. The sweepstakes entry period begins on July 28, 2014 at 9 a.m. ET.


After you’ve seen every design detail, join us tonight for a Pinterest Party, from 8 to 10 p.m. ET.

We’ve got an all-star open house. DIY Network hosts, Jason Cameron, Chris Lambton, and Laurie March, are dropping by to chat with fellow fans about cool design features. Plus, we’ll be sharing some behind-the-scenes photos.

During the Pin Party, be sure to repin the rooms you love the most.  At the end of the night, we’ll announce which room is the fan favorite, receiving the most repins!

New to Pinterest Parties? See how it works and learn how to participate right here.


Jul 14

Blog Cabin 2014: Lakeside Living

Hope you had a great weekend! We’re one day away from the Blog Cabin 2014 room tour launch. To start your Monday off, I’ve got one more sneak peek clip to share with you before the big reveal tomorrow. Since you’ve already seen a few of our favorite design details, this is a collection of the breathtaking natural beauty on property. Take a minute to escape your hectic day and watch this relaxing preview of Blog Cabin 2014.

Watch the Sneak Peek Video

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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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