Living Room Pictures From Blog Cabin 2012

The heart and soul of Blog Cabin 2012, the open and expansive living room, illuminated by a custom composite window assembly, invites cozy gatherings.

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Living Room

Converting Blog Cabin's circa-1884 barn to a home was not an option, so interior decorator Victoria Lesser did one better: She brought the barn look to the home. Her "elegant barn" theme is exemplified by living room furnishings.

Living room

Before renovation, Blog Cabin's living room was a long, narrow space, closed off from adjacent rooms. To open the floor plan and connect living and dining spaces, walls were removed.

Sitting Area

Casual and in keeping with the rustic-meets-refined design style, club chairs with weathered gray wood frames cozy up to a reclaimed wood coffee table.

Living Room

Interior decorator Victoria Lesser placed chairs in a circle to facilitate conversation and keep all focus on the great outdoors. "When you have a view like that, are you going to sit and watch TV? You have a fabulous room upstairs. Go upstairs," she says.

Living Room Windows

A composite window assembly takes full advantage of water views. The window seat, tucked under the window ledge, offers additional seating and storage space.

Handmade Coffee Table Boasts Reclaimed Wood

A conversation piece, the coffee table was fashioned from an old card tabletop purchased at Scuttlebutt Antiques in Warren, Maine. The base incorporates reclaimed Blog Cabin barn wood and legs from an old farm table.

Apple Decor

Primitive tabletop accents include wooden spools repurposed as candlesticks and a fruit crate fashioned from the salvaged wood.

Living Room

An Oriental viscose-pile area rug anchors the seating area and echoes the home's interior paint palette, "Rustic Refined," a wall-color collection selected by online voters.

Living Room Lamp

Purchased during one of interior decorator Victoria Lesser's first scouting trips in Waldoboro, a banister-turned-table lamp, discovered at Shady Lady in Damariscotta, Maine, strikes the perfect balance of rustic and chic.


A vintage room fan, discovered at a local antiques market, doubles as a decorative accessory.

Window Seat

A custom seat cushion, designed by Victoria Lesser, provides the room's needed pop of contemporary style. Paired with lush, velvety pillows, the seat provides the perfect spot to read, nap or enjoy nature.

Window Seat Storage Cabinets Boast Reclaimed Wood

A 12-foot-long pallet provided wood for cabinet fronts; hinges and knobs were sourced from the home's old kitchen cabinetry. "This is all pallet wood that someone would normally throw away," says Victoria. "We sanded it down and applied a clear matte coat of urethane."

Window Seat Cabinet

Fashioned from furniture-grade plywood, cubbies open to reveal ample storage space.

Window Seat Storage

The lid of the window seat opens to reveal two more compartments, the ideal size for storage of throw pillows and cushions.

Window Seat Stove

A cast-iron, direct-vent gas stove replaces the home's circa-1980s brick fireplace. Fan and flame levels are controllable via remote, and operable glass doors lend ambiance.

Charming Reclaimed Wood Bookshelf

Reclaimed wood from a delivery pallet forms the back wall of a custom-crafted library. Shiplap planks from the home's attached barn were planed, sanded down and refashioned into shelves and door fronts.

Bookshelf Storage

The library base is fitted with three oversized storage bins, crafted from furniture-grade plywood and clad in salvaged wood.

Living Room Molding

The library wall is capped with the home's original crown molding.

Picture Window Frame

One of the home's old basement windows, discovered under a pile of rubble during the renovation process, finds new life as a picture frame.

Model Boat

Model boats, crafted by Maine State prisoners and purchased at a special showroom in Thomaston, Maine, offer a nod to Blog Cabin's coastal location.

Swing Bookend

Vintage books, sourced at a local antiques market, cradle in an old baby swing-turned-book holder. TV hookups are located behind the library should the home giveaway winner opt to install electronics.


A sliding library ladder, purchased at Nobleboro Antique Exchange in Nobleboro, Maine, was cleaned and wax-polished prior to installation.


"I am really proud of the work we did in the living room and foyer at Blog Cabin," says House Crashers show host Josh Temple. "The room is very warm and peaceful with some spectacular details."

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