Landing Pictures From Blog Cabin 2013

A feast for the eyes, the light-filled second floor offers unique design elements that tell a story of an old home reinvented.

Photo By: Frank Murray

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: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

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: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

At the top of the staircase, a built-in library, crafted of new wood, showcases vintage curios donated by the former owners of Blog Cabin 2013.

Light sources include double-glass doors installed in the media room, a double-hung window in the shared bathroom and a cupola.

Vintage chicken wire and knobs sourced from period furnishings find new life.

One-of-a-kind paintings, created by Blog Cabin show host Chris Grundy and the Mega Dens team, nestle amongst a collection of primitive tools, candlesticks and maritime art.

A light source that illuminates the home's core, the cupola is designed to resemble the lookout tower atop the nearby Portsmouth Island Life-Saving Station.

The cupola tower, clad in locally sourced knotty cypress, rises over five feet to a series of impact glass windows. The glass-globe light fixture was selected by online voters.

The landing leads gracefully into a media room, where a vaulted ceiling and ample sunlight visually expand the space.

The floor medallion compass, an inlay style chosen by online voters, comprises oak, hickory and teak woods. The compass points true south.

Old framing from the home provided building material for a rolling door that separates hall from media room. Wood was sanded only lightly to maintain the unique crosscut pattern.

Metal fixtures from an old chest stand in for traditional door hardware. The rustic-chic door features hand mortise-and-tenon ends and seeded-glass transoms sourced locally.

The perfect pairing of old and new, primitive tools, old books and coastal curios look just right when displayed atop new wood shelving.

Decorative pilasters and crown molding offer a finishing touch in keeping with the home's classic Southern cottage style.

Pieces of site-sourced driftwood stand in for decorative art and sculpture in the space.

Decorative balusters are paired with stainless steel piping, cut down to size to form staircase balusters and newels.

Nautical-style cage lights, a People's Choice favorite, illuminate second-floor hallways.

A traditional staircase style, selected by online voters, features stainless steel balusters and newels that allow natural light to travel from second- to first-floor spaces.

Hickory wood banisters and railing contribute to a light, bright interior.

Like the spiraling steps inside a lighthouse, the switchback staircase, complete with three winders at the landing, descends gracefully to the first floor.