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30 minutes ago @ Blog Cabin - March Field Report fro... · 0 replies · +1 points

Soon April will be upon us. On that note, will we be seeing more of HGTV's Laurie March on site, compliments of the camera crew capturing all the Blog Cabin renovations? Or on Cabin Cam? At the local huckleberry sundae shop? Conspiring with Dylan Eastman on the next secret project?

Don't keep us in suspense too long!

1 hour ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - HGTV Urban Oasis 2015 ... · 1 reply · +2 points

Due to the extraordinary turn-about with HGTV's Urban Oasis 2015 setting and property type, I'm tempted to suggest that this year's location description be rewritten to read, "a custom little bitty-city residence featuring exemplary design coupled with country-style low-rise local amenities."

Nonetheless, I'm looking eagerly forward to this year's first annual Blog Cottage. ^_^

3 hours ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - HGTV Urban Oasis 2015 ... · 0 replies · +2 points

I'd be okay with that, MAOW. As long as Anderson puts up the cash for the taxes, I'll promise to submit the daily entries --even if he does end up getting the easy end of the bargain. I mean, really, one or two checks from Anderson versus week after week of entries for me. I think I'll have to cut him in for 40% of the deal instead of a 50-50 split....

3 hours ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - HGTV Urban Oasis 2015 ... · 0 replies · +2 points

That's an idea, Lindingo. Do you think we should also sign him up for daily entry reminders from HGTV?

21 hours ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - HGTV Urban Oasis 2015 ... · 4 replies · +2 points

I'm wondering if I could talk my fellow Coop-ster, Anderson Cooper, (of CNN 'Anderson Cooper 360' fame and son of wealthy heiress Gloria Vanderbilt) to get me into the Biltmore Estate for a personal tour? In return, were I to win HGTV's Asheville Urban Oasis 2015, I'd offer to show him around the renovated home. We could admire the amazing transformation from "before" to "after" showplace -- even if it wasn't quite as spacious as the Biltmore mansion.

(For the record, Mr. Cooper has said that he will not inherit his mother's $200 million fortune, but he needn't worry about living expenses considering he earns around $11 million a year from his CNN program and owns a 1906 firehouse converted into a cool and luxe residence in Greenwich Village as well as a Hamptons estate in Quogue.)

...And, I'll have to find out if he has a favorite "brewed in Asheville" craft beer.

Another question: since he has such historical family ties to Asheville, will he be submitting his own daily entries to win the Urban Oasis?

1 day ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - HGTV Urban Oasis 2015 ... · 1 reply · +2 points

Want to know everything about Asheville? Check out: http://www.travelchannel.com/destinations/us/nc/a...

The Travel Channel 'Insider's Guide' web post is packed with great insights into all the coolest places to eat, stay and play in this charming Smoky Mountains community. You'll even learn how to forage for food and be treated to the source of Asheville's Hogzilla! All perfect to pair with a glass of fine craft beer.

2 days ago @ Blog Cabin - March Field Report fro... · 0 replies · +4 points

I already have some good ideas of what I'd do first if I were to win the Coeur d'Alene Blog Cabin, Laurie. First I'd wander in absolute wonderment from room-to-room, checking out the architectural features, all the fine work and brilliant details built-in at every turn. Then I'd take out my camera and snap a couple hundred pics of every space and furnishing in the home. (Later, I'd select a few favorites and make a photo collage to hang on a convenient wall.)

Come day two, I think I'd break away for some kayaking, hiking a nature trail and even taking to the skies with a tour of the lake by seaplane and then skim the waves by boat.

I'd visit a brewery or several, then saddle up for a visit to the Alpaca Ranch. (And maybe make a purchase to warm up with in winter weather.)

Nothing could keep me from digging around the various antique shops, browsing the boutiques or cruising through a few art galleries.

When it comes to art, I'd seek out the perfect spot for a striking work by Coeur d'Alene artist Terry Lee. (I might retitle it 'Elk in Summer'...) http://www.terryleeart.com/

I''ll definitely have this carved relief by talented local artist Jeff May hung by the front door along with the following words of advice: Welcome to Coop's Lakeside Lodge, but Please Wipe Your Paws! http://jeffmay.com/workszoom/693308

Through it all, I'd stop to try some Idaho wines and downtown's casual to fine dining venues, always keeping my eye out for that winning huckleberry cobbler.

Day three? Just hang around the Blog Cabin soaking up the beauty of the home and the inspired views.

After that, I'll take it day by day -- mix and match as the mood strikes!

PS: I may need help putting a Bloggers' Party together. How many happy folks do you think the Blog Cabin would hold for a full day's fiesta?

2 days ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - Your Exclusive First L... · 0 replies · +2 points

I wonder if John will be stopping by the Smart Home while he's in Austin?

According to the article, 'He will share his keen insight and fascinating ideas on 'facades and landscapes'."
Do you think we might even get some additional insight into a specific Dream Home river landscape? (A simple name will do...)

http://www.broadwayworld.com/austin/article/HGTVs...

3 days ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - Your Exclusive First L... · 5 replies · +4 points

I have to say that if HGTV is giving away an automobile with Smart Home 2015, I think I'd prefer the Mercedes E350 to a Smart car!

Which would you choose?

Smart car: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5...

versus

2015 Mercedes E350 sedan: http://img2.findthebest.com/sites/default/files/4...

3 days ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - Your Exclusive First L... · 3 replies · +2 points

I'm usually careful not to put all my eggs (hopes, dreams, plans and schemes) in one basket, or bowl in this case, but since Smart Home 2015 comes already so well done up with all those cool design flourishes, including a gleaming new Mercedes, I might be tempted to throw caution to the wind, even walk on eggshells and risk a broken yolk or two when the time comes in order to get in my quota of daily entries.

After all, if I have the chance to vie for a really smart Austin spread, I may as well take the advice of seasoned professionals at their word and get out there and break an egg.