Great Room Pictures From Blog Cabin 2013

Light, bright and open to water views, the great room offers a formal gathering and dining spot for family and friends.

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Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jack Parker

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

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: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jack Parker

Furnishings in Blog Cabin's most formal gathering space were selected for their clean lines and spa-style color palette. "They are quality pieces that add a really grounded feel to the space," says interior designer Jody Wiener.

A dining table, crafted by the Kitchen Crashers crew, nestles in the room's far corner. Parsons-style chairs, slipcovered in linen, feature burlap trim that echoes design elements in the master suite.

Anchoring the seating area, a classic hooked indoor-outdoor rug stands up to heavy foot traffic and echoes the home's beachy color palette.

The House Crashers crew fashioned a coffee table from site-sourced cedar tree roots and an oak tree stump from the home's original foundation. Both table base elements were cleaned, dried out and sun-bleached before installation.

The brainchild of Alison Victoria and the Kitchen Crashers crew, the unique glass-topped dining table makes use of the home's original corner posts. Legs are spun diagonally for a fresh, contemporary look.

Dimmable LED lights illuminate beachcombing treasures scattered atop a bed of sand, reclaimed from the property's own beachfront. Seashells and sea glass from nearby Harkers Island surround an old glass bottle filled with a special message from Alison Victoria and Blog Cabin show host Chris Grundy.

A gear mirror lends a rustic industrial touch and reflects light throughout the room.

The glass tabletop is channel set but not permanently sealed so the owner can rearrange curios or completely change the look.

Woven wicker-style furnishings feel right at home in the waterfront cottage. A subdued tropical-print upholstery fabric speaks to location.

Additional seating in a pinch, an industrial-style wind-up table stool offers surface to display family heirlooms from Blog Cabin's original owners.

Cast sea urchins, stacked three high, form the base of table lamps that lend visual interest and texture. A modern demilune table offers a subtle divider between great room and entryway.

The home's original mantel, partially reconstructed, cleaned and painted, houses a ventless gas fireplace, selected by online voters. A flat-screen TV, housed inside the mantel, lifts via remote control.

From the original owners' collection of family heirlooms, a Geranium No. 3 eight-day chiming clock manufactured by the Wm. L. Gilbert Clock Company finds pride of place atop the re-envisioned mantel.

Former homeowner Evelyn Clyde Harris promised her grandmother that the family clock would always remain in the home. "As long as the old clock worked and ticked, life would remain in the home," explains interior designer Emily Guthrie. "That piece was the most significant."

"My favorite project was the fireplace. It was quintessential Blog Cabin-style building: Use what you have, repurpose and update with modern technology," says House Crashers show host Josh Temple.

Wherever possible, wood torn from the original structure was reused. In the great room area, corner posts and studs, used to fashion tables and cladding, complement hand-scraped bamboo flooring.

An exposed beam, wrapped in hickory, marks the entry to the great room — and the original length of Blog Cabin when it was just a one-room cottage.

So as not to copy the design of the Blog Cabin 2012 dining table, legs, fashioned from the home's old corner posts, are spun diagonally.

A drum-shaped pendant light, finished in oxidized bronze and lined with antiqued silver, continues the room's focus on industrial, rustic-chic furnishings and accessories.

"I was excited about voters choosing the coastal cools because that's the palette we use all the time here," says interior designer Emily Guthrie. "That is what we do. Blue, green and tan: It's the sea, grass and sand."

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