Blog Cabin 2011: Winner's Reaction

Winner of Blog Cabin 2011, Carol Livingston

Winner of Blog Cabin 2011, Carol Livingston

Carol Livingston is the lucky winner of Blog Cabin 2011. This Cincinnati-area resident is the mother of two grown sons (twins!) and, along with her husband, has devoted her career to higher education.

Carol Livingston is the lucky winner of Blog Cabin 2011. This Cincinnati-area resident is the mother of two grown sons (twins!) and, along with her husband, has devoted her career to higher education.

In this special question-and-answer session, she shares her thoughts about the giveaway, the home and her plans for the future.

Blog Home 2011 Exterior With Trees

Blog Home 2011 Exterior With Trees

Photo by: Frank Murray

Frank Murray

Fourteen-foot-tall Lacebark Elm is planted in the side yard to blend with existing landscape features and to create a natural wall of privacy.

Q. How many times did you enter the giveaway?

A. I watched the show quite a bit last year. I may have entered a couple of times. This year, I decided, "Why not?" And so I watched each Blog Cabin 2011 episode and I tried to remember every day when I came home to enter before I started anything else. I don't think I missed too many days, and I have to think that made a difference.

2011 Blog Cabin View of Water From Rear of Home

2011 Blog Cabin View of Water From Rear of Home

Photo by: Jason Kisner

Jason Kisner

Adding to the appeal of the 2011 Blog Cabin is this spectacular view of the water from the rear of the home.

Q. What were your initial impressions of Blog Cabin 2011?

A. I love being on the water. So the fact that the home had a water view just really intrigued me from the very beginning. When they picked the location, just seeing that beautiful area probably made me enter as much as I did.

White Kitchen With Neutral Peninsula, Pendant Lights and Ceiling Fan

White Kitchen With Neutral Peninsula, Pendant Lights and Ceiling Fan

Photo by: Frank Murray

Frank Murray

A wall that separated the kitchen from dining space was removed to create an open floor plan that improves traffic flow and maximizes bay views from every vantage point.

Q. What is your favorite room in the home?

A. I like the way the kitchen flows right into the dining area and right out through the great room. And the view ? it's such a beautiful water view. It's just stunning.

Exterior of 2011 Blog Cabin with Shrubs and Magnolias

Exterior of 2011 Blog Cabin with Shrubs and Magnolias

Photo by: Frank Murray

Frank Murray

Evergreen Southern magnolias and Steeds hollies frame the front steps. Seven Fraser's Photinia shrubs are planted at the foundation of the home, on each side of the porch. In spring, new shoots will provide a spectacular display of bright red-bronze leaves.

Q. What was your initial reaction when you got the call that you won the home?

A. I just shrieked, I am sure. I was in disbelief. I know I laughed. I probably screamed. I just could not imagine that that was really happening. And amazingly, it was my birthday. I got the call on my birthday when I got home from work. And I've never won anything in my life.

Blog Cabin 2011 Boat Oar Used as Stair Rail

Blog Cabin 2011 Boat Oar Used as Stair Rail

Photo by: Frank Murray

Frank Murray

An entry door from the foyer leads into what was originally a formal dining room. The space now houses the home’s gourmet kitchen, complete with quartz-topped island and cottage-style cabinetry.

Q. What do you look forward to most?

A. I especially look forward to visiting--just getting there and walking in and experiencing the home. Amazingly, I have a dear friend whose parents live about 10 minutes from the house. She and her family have lived there for about 20 years. They want to introduce us to people in the area and all their favorite places. They are really anxious to help us out. So that makes it really exciting.

White Master Bedroom With White Mantel Headboard and Colorful Artwork

White Master Bedroom With White Mantel Headboard and Colorful Artwork

Photo by: Frank Murray

Frank Murray

A red pillow adds punch to this white master bed with a white mantel headboard in the 2011 Blog Cabin. Shown on DIYNetwork.com.

Q. Will Blog Cabin 2011 become your full-time residence?

A. We would certainly use it as a vacation home for the first year or two and then as we experience it more, we could well make a decision to live there.

Silica Sand and Epoxy Beach Surface Walkway to Fire Pit Area

Silica Sand and Epoxy Beach Surface Walkway to Fire Pit Area

Photo by: Jason Kisner

Jason Kisner

A hard “beach” surface connects the cobblestone-paved patio to the sandy fire pit area. The short walkway is paved with a silica sand and epoxy mixture, which hardens to a smooth, porous finish.

Q. Is there anything about the home that you would like to change?

A. I cannot think of one thing I would change. I love the layout, the recreational space on the third floor, the balcony in the back, the landscaping and the beautiful patio and the barbecue. I could see us spending a lot of time outside.

Plantation Style Porch Column

Plantation Style Porch Column

Photo by: Frank Murray

Frank Murray

A 6x6 wooden structural post, clad in fiber cement siding, supports the weight of the roof and lends plantation style.

Q. What message would you like to send out to the Blog Cabin community?

A. We feel so incredibly grateful. We are so excited about it. We will love the home like anybody would who is fortunate enough to be selected. This is life-changing.

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