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Apr 28

Laundry is a Breeze at HGTV Smart Home 2016

Dark. Dank. Scary. Haunted? These are just some of the words I use to describe my childhood laundry room. Less of a room, actually, and more of a corner in my unfinished basement. Most of the people I knew had a basement laundry room— taking up real estate on the main floors seemed like a waste for such a utilitarian space.

HGTV Smart Home Laundry Room

Lately that home philosophy is being reconsidered, and for good reason. As a busy mom, the laundry is something I interact with on nearly a daily basis— loading, unloading, folding, sorting, or emergency stain removal. There always seems to be a reason to head to the laundry room to take care of something. Hiking up and down two floors of stairs on a regular basis can get old.

With appliances being better designed and with prettier finishes, and with innovative cabinetry that can hide things like ironing boards and drying racks, it’s no longer a room that must be banished to the recesses of the house.

It’s no surprise, then, that the laundry room is moving up in the world, and I’ve seen first-hand how this trend has changed: In my first apartment, the laundry was in an unfinished part of the crawl-space beneath my duplex. Let’s just say if you dropped your skivvies on the floor you had to toss them right back into the washing machine. When we bought our first home it was in the garage, and in our second home it graduated to a space off the kitchen.

In our latest home, the laundry room made it upstairs— and hoo boy, did that change my life! Laundry day requires a lot less trekking through the house, and I can fold and iron in a light-filled, warm, and lovely room.

HGTV Smart Home 2016 takes this idea to the next level by placing a laundry space on the second floor and  just steps from the master closet!

I must admit, I’ve never seen a laundry room close to the master closet before, but it makes so much sense. Your clean clothes can come right out of the dryer and go straight on to hangers and you’re steps from the bed when it’s time to make it with clean sheets. Here’s a look at the set-up, along with another cool piece of technology that makes cleaning your clothes easy and fun to do at home.

HGTV Laundry Room

Here’s a view of the laundry area, with the master closet in view. The floor is an attractive tile which compliments the hardwood nicely while being water-friendly and splash-proof. The washer and dryer are stacked, which is a great space saver, and a nearby countertop is a perfect place to fold your darks or whites. The washer and dryer have steam cycles which make easy work of sanitizing or steam pressing clothes in a hurry.

HGTV Smart Home master closet

Laundry is tough work! Luckily there’s a bright and comfy bench in the closet to rest on or to fold on. Those towels won’t fold themselves!

HGTV Smart Home 2016 Closet

This clothing care system will cut your dry cleaning bill considerably. It’s a Whirlpool Swash, and it will de-wrinkle, de-odorize, and shrink stretched-out clothes in 10 minutes. It can handle many delicate, dry clean-only items as well, which makes it a money saver as well as a clothing saver. It’s gentler on clothes than the dry cleaner is. Best of all, you can tuck it anywhere you have an outlet— it doesn’t need a water hookup like your washing machine does— so it’s a convenient addition to the master closet.

HGTV Smart Home 2016 master closet

For t-shirts and PJs, a hamper stands by in the closet, ready to catch the dirties before they’re taking to the washing machine, steps away.

This master closet has many clothing care ideas to inspire. What’s your favorite element? 

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  36. Why is the link to the Blog Cabin Blog missing? I asked on Facebook with no answer. Here is a link to the blog that I FINALLY found: Does this mean there won't be any more blog cabins, or are they forcing us to use social media like Facebook and Twitter? Will they call it the social media cabin? Hmmmmm.

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    • Hey, Kdoodle. DBCoop posted strong implications that this is the end of the blogs for all of the builds. He said the software was poorly supported, too time consuming to update, and people were making attacks on the site. At least that's what I recall, and that's in my own words. Yes, we all wondered if the Blog Cabin would be renamed. Maybe they would reopen the blog during traditional voting for options? Maybe voting can happen at one of those other sites. Since I don't use them and won't start now, I don't know about that. People posted their dissatisfaction with the pretense that social media sites are in any way equivalent to a blog or message board.

      Just for fun, I googled for a bunch of channel names and then the word forum. Every channel I tested has a forum, so I am scratching my head over why Scripps is eliminating theirs, Coop's post notwithstanding.

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      • I missed that post by Coop. so sad.

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  40. Someone posted another way to get to the Blog for the Blog Cabin: On the Main Page, click on the PAST tab. At the end of the bar that comes up for the PAST screen, the last tab is for the Blog.

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        • If I tell you, they will take it away.

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          • The picture was titled Join the Conversation, and, yes, they did take it away. The last blog was this one, so it doesn't really matter. Just shows how much they are tying up loose ends to kill the blogs.

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          • I don't understand why they are doing this. Really, what is BLOG Cabin with out the Blog?

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  41. As much as we love our HGTV Smart Homes, you'll have to admit that there can be downsides to being so smart. Here are just a couple of examples…

    The generation gap:

    Doggie downer:

    Oh well, minor issues aside, for the HGTV Smart Homes of the future, you'll want to keep your eye on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest — a point that's no longer a matter of intense debate.

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    • Hi Coop, this is the only blog I can figure out how to get on. HELP!!!! ;-) Thanks.

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    All the right details in a great neighborhood… $724,900

    Lots to love in this sparkling Ashcreek beauty… $849,950

    Or, where luxury takes you to the outer limits — of HGTV's Smart Home budget… $1,795,000

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    • All the homes you chose are good examples of Pacific Northwest homes. I will have to go with your last choice. As much as I love the PNW Craftsman home, it is all about the view.
      As for your very last picture, I just want to remind everyone who doesn't already live in the Pacific Northwest that it rains here and you will not be happy. Stay where you are. LOL think rain and slugs.

      Although if HGTV wants to come to Portland, I would be thrilled at the idea of winning a home here.

      Eugenia27 on July 17, 2016 at 3:10 pm
      • I wouldn't be able to handle all the rain and gray days in Portland, but it would be a nice change once in a while from the desert's intense summer heat.

        You think they'd figure out a way for Portland to share some their rain with us and we could send up more sunshine in return. ^_^

        Not that we never get some real winter weather now and then….

        DBCoop on July 18, 2016 at 9:24 am
    • Some cute photos you found, DBCoop. :)

      For the houses, the outer limits one is so cool but way over the budget, so I'll go with the Ashcreek home as my favorite of the three possibilities you listed.

      DesignABCs on July 17, 2016 at 6:19 pm
    • I love the architecture of the first three and I am overwhelmed by the beauty of the scenery in the last one. I don't have a favorite. They all win my heart.

      Yes, Oregon, please! Constant rain beats no rain, hands down.

      Lindingo on July 18, 2016 at 8:58 am
      • The scenery IS beautiful, Lindingo, and a bit of rain now and then doesn't hurt but I don't do well under constantly gloomy, gray skies.

        Checking with the weather experts, stats are that Portland gets on average over 200 days of heavy cloud cover a year with an additional 80 days of partial cloudiness.

        I suppose when you live there, you have to wake up each morning singing "Here comes the sun" and hope that the power of positive thinking magically lifts all those ominous clouds and lets the sun shine in!

        DBCoop on July 20, 2016 at 8:47 am
        • How about Bend, Oregon, Coop? I'm sure the landscape would still be green enough but with more sun and less rain.

          DesignABCs on July 21, 2016 at 11:24 pm
  58. Along with all the fond memories we'll carry with us, here is a fitting tribute to our dearly beloved Smart Home 2016 — with this emotionally-charged rendition of "Time to Say Goodbye."

    Now on to 2017 — but where? We'll have to soon renew our search, scouting here and there, hither and yon, East to West, North or South and everywhere in between. On your marks….

    DBCoop on July 17, 2016 at 2:27 pm
    • The Northern California coast would be a good place for a Smart Home. I don't know how much new construction goes on around Santa Cruz but it's a nice beach city and close enough to San Jose or San Francisco for all the big city stuff.

      DesignABCs on July 17, 2016 at 6:11 pm
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    TikasMom on July 17, 2016 at 1:17 pm
    • Yes, the odds of 83 million entries would be incredible! : )

      Wow, winning a Smart Home would be a lot to take in at one surprising moment with cameras rolling! : )

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  61. I came on here to see if there was a new photo, maybe of our winner, so. . . .I'm assuming this laundry room won the Smart Home! Good for it!! Wish it could have been me. I don't know how many of you will agree with me on this, fellow bloggers, but of all the HGTV homes I have loved and lost, the one I miss the most is the 2015 Blog Cabin in Coeur d'Alene. That house was to die for! Has HGTV forgotten about US? The all-important bloggers? It appears so! Paging HGTV! HGTV, please come to the concession stand immediately!!

    TikasMom on July 16, 2016 at 6:36 pm
    • You must have missed the winner announcement, TikasMom. Here's a link. : )

      DeerSpring on July 17, 2016 at 6:45 am
      • No, I didn't miss the announcement, DeerSpring. I'm just trying to add some humor to this often bland, overly-serious forum. Plus I'm trying to understand why HGTV is uninterested in this blog, so I was trying to do that with humor, also. I mean if HGTV has lost interest in this blog, why would any potential new bloggers be interested?? Thank you. I know you are trying to help.

        TikasMom on July 17, 2016 at 1:11 pm
        • You did make me laugh!!

          Lindingo on July 17, 2016 at 1:16 pm
    • LOL, well said. I love your humor.

      Yes, the Coeur d'Alene Blog Cabin was to die for ……. and bloggers were part of the action too.
      hugs to Tikas

      Eugenia27 on July 17, 2016 at 3:15 pm
    • You make us laugh TikasMom! Coeur d'Alene was our very favorite because we live so close and have been there so many times. The Laundry Room is the Winner you are so right! We are All-Important Bloggers! Thought you might like this. And Please Pass the Popcorn! HGTV Please listen to TikasMom!

      alicesoneysmom on July 20, 2016 at 6:25 pm
      • BeehiveState, turned me onto a book about cleaning up your clutter the Japanese way. Folding clothes that way makes my dresser drawers hold a lot more than they used to, plus I can see what I have.

        Eugenia27 on July 21, 2016 at 4:12 pm
        • Thanks Eugenia. Have been trying to get organized. Thank Bee for sharing this with us. Please let her know, even though it has been almost a year, I think of her every day. Due to many issues, health and otherwise, I have been unable to send her a Deep Felt Thank You. The Thank You Note is finished but I wanted to add something else special too! The Veteran's Center is helping me but my classes are only twice a month. Thank Bee for me Eugenia! You are Great!

          alicesoneysmom on July 21, 2016 at 8:56 pm
  62. Modern sofas

    Ezequiel Massy on July 14, 2016 at 4:06 pm
  63. Hi everyone. I have once again contacted HGTV. I know I am not the only one who feels neglected. If you would like to add your voice, just scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "contact us"
    This is what I wrote.
    HGTV Bloggers are your customers.
    On the Smart Home site, there is no longer a link to the blog.
    There would be room for the link (that used to be there) if Vote For Favorites was shortened to Vote Favorites. Should you still need room, Behind The Design, could lose "the".
    When a person finally figures out how to get to the SH blog, the banner picture is of the 2015 SH.
    I would just like someone at HGTV to realize that your bloggers are your customers.
    I know that DBCoop purchased the same car that was featured in the first SH. I purchased the adjustable Tempur-Pedic bed, also from the first SH. These were not small purchases.
    Please do not treat us like we do not exist. There wasn't even an update on the blog with the winner. The blog post that is up now is from April.
    Please be considerate to your bloggers/customers.
    Thank you.

    Eugenia27 on July 14, 2016 at 2:08 pm
    • Thanks Eugenia. But it seems this blog has been retired. It was the only reason I ever came to their website. I also bought products featured in these homes. Now I love the irony of the link "join the discussion" link – there is no discussion. RIP HGTV. Best to you and yours Eugenia!

      Ut4evr on July 14, 2016 at 3:24 pm
    • Yeah, it's sad Eugenia but I think we knew this was coming when Gail left, then Mary, Linda and finally Jack. Somone was making command decisions to shake things up. These days nothing is based on loyalty. It's all about the mighty dollar.

      UpNorth on July 14, 2016 at 3:47 pm
      • ;-(

        Eugenia27 on July 14, 2016 at 5:05 pm
    • You made such good points! I also buy based on what we see and discuss on the blogs. We ARE their customers. I watch HGTV shows, buy from their advertisers, subscribe to their magazine, and I LOVE talking to my fellow bloggers about all of these things and more. I could understand if they plan to merge the blogs into a single "Dreams Happen" blog, but they don't seem to be doing that. It's very confusing. Do they need a blog admin? Plenty of us would volunteer!

      TwoCorgis on July 14, 2016 at 5:30 pm
      • HGTV obviously, doesn't read the blogs. We need to actually contact them. This isn't my first time I have emailed them.
        We are a blog family and it saddens me when I see family members leave us. Unlike real family that keep showing up for Thanksgiving, invited or not, once a virtual family member leaves we may never see them again.

        Eugenia27 on July 15, 2016 at 2:42 pm
        • So true Eugenia!

          Lessie on July 15, 2016 at 7:45 pm
          • Ut4evr, yesterday said she is leaving the blog for good. (over on UO blog)

            Eugenia27 on July 16, 2016 at 1:06 pm
    • Just like Bernie Sanders started a political revolution, we bloggers need to let HGTV know that we are here and don't want to be ignored.

      Eugenia27 on July 17, 2016 at 3:17 pm
  64. It appears our DBCoop is good to go! FBI abandons investigation into 1971 skyjacking. Who would've thought that he was hiding out right here with us the entire time? As mysterious as the identity of the perpetrator in the alleged 1971 skyjacking, is to the secret identity of HGTV'S blog commentator DBCoop! Are they one in the same? I'm afraid we'll never know; unless, DB admits to having been on the Northwest Orient Airlines Flight traveling from Portland, Oregon to Seattle, Washington in 1971. The question remains, DBCoop do you still have the parachute and the remnants of the $200,000 cash given to the suspect?

    Could DBCoop have been hiding out in some of the most amazing homes HGTV and DIY Blog Cabin have to offer? Afterall, it would be difficult to catch up to our urban legend if he moved to 4 different homes throughout the year. Maybe, just maybe, the secret lies with Super Nova Terry his little Terrier dog?!? By the way Coop, if you never planned to spend the money, can I have it? lol


    Dan Cooper

    Comic book friend on July 13, 2016 at 9:25 am
    • Too late Comic Book Friend, I've already reached a deal with Coop. As I remember, he had to give me money to clear his conscience. Therefore his conscience is fine cuz I never received any money! :)

      Like the FBI, it's time for all of us to move on! :)

      Lessie on July 13, 2016 at 7:32 pm
  65. Now that is the way I like to see a winner, how excited she is. I love it. Congrats to you and your family. Maybe some day I will be as fortunate. My interest is warm by the water for fishing the blog cabin is looking great thus far I cant wait to see more pic and videos. Excitement may be in the air really soon for us all.

    pattieclemm on July 11, 2016 at 10:47 pm
  66. Congratulations 2016 Winner…
    Now I'm Excited About The Urban Oasis!!
    Don't Forget My Tru Bloggers & HGTV Fans

    PrayDreamBelieve on July 11, 2016 at 11:11 am
    • Any word on where UO will be this year?

      TwoCorgis on July 14, 2016 at 12:25 pm
  67. I posted this a day or so ago and alicesoneysmom replied to my comment on Laundry is a Breeze at HGTV Smart Home 2016 / HGTV Dreams Happen: Sweepstakes Blog "This person is SPAM!" My comment was DELETED. I'm confused as all I said was

    "Yeah Theresa! What a surprise and your reaction was priceless. Congrats on your AMAZING prize! What a dream come true :) "

    I may be a lot of things but I don't think Spam is one of them :)

    ABCDEFG76 on July 11, 2016 at 10:18 am
  68. Teresa's reaction was priceless, it was evident she was very appreciative of the opportunity.How clever to use a birthday party to get her there. I once thought I was gong to my college roommates birthday party and it was a surprise wedding shower for me.

    nursejudyfromCA on July 10, 2016 at 7:38 pm
  69. Straight , Lucy!! Allegations without facts are serious defamations. Marilyn you right thanks

    The tree on July 10, 2016 at 6:04 pm
  70. I'm very happy for you, Theresa Smith. Wishing you all the best on making the most out of your win.

    DesignABCs on July 10, 2016 at 9:42 am
  71. Congratulation Theresa so happy for you! We didn't win this year but are planning to build our own Smart Home next year! We are raising funds if anyone would like to help we would be so grateful! You can check out our donation page at

    Lizah93 on July 10, 2016 at 9:42 am
  72. Theresa, I hope you find your way to the blog so you may know how truly happy all of us are for you!! Your reaction gives us such a burst of joy!

    Lindingo on July 10, 2016 at 8:55 am
  73. Congratulations Theresa and family!! enjoy the new journey!~~~

    Debs730 on July 9, 2016 at 7:47 pm
  74. I love the winner's reaction! How sweet, really sweet. So happy to have a winner (although of course I would have loved to win!). Deep felt congratulations to Theresa Smith!

    Zen on July 9, 2016 at 1:30 pm
  75. I am puzzled bloggers. Someone please explain the concept. To my knowledge when you sign up for these sweepstakes, you enter your personal contact information only. How is it then when the winner is chosen, everybody but the winner knows they have won until the ambush! What do they do, hire private investigators to find out who the relatives and friends are then contact them to plan the ambush? Something doesn't sound right to me. Suppose someone doesn't have family and friends like that? Wouldn't the surprise simply be showing up at their home announcing that they are the winner? Why all the pomp and circumstance? Do they just throw your name back in the pot because you are not an interesting person with a big family? Saying someone entered everyday twice a day is lame. I'm sure pretty much everyone did that. Sounds fishy. Please give me your thoughts and knowledge of the whole concept. Not trying to be negative, only trying to understand.

    Marilyn on July 9, 2016 at 12:37 pm
    • In ambush is unique and based on the winners situation and circumstances….they wil figure something even if you don't have tons of family and friend, they just like to make the ambush exciting and they do hire a private detective for info. I would think they r to monitored not to be honest and legitimate.

      Lucy on July 9, 2016 at 2:30 pm
    • HGTV can check out a person on social media and see who their friends are and if they can do a surprise party type of ambush they will. They have done them at a persons work, restaurants etc. They have also done quite a few just walking up to their front door. It all depends on the person.

      Eugenia27 on July 9, 2016 at 2:55 pm
  76. Congratulations to Theresa Smith!! Her reaction was priceless. Looks like she has plenty of family and friends to help her enjoy this beautiful home and car. Wonder if she has ever commented on the blogs…..I think I remember a Theresa but haven't seen that name much lately.

    Jazzygirl9 on July 9, 2016 at 11:55 am
  77. I'm truly happy for Theresa Smith and her wonderful Grand Prize win, though I have to admit it's going to be hard to say goodbye to Smart Home 2016. Reflecting back on all the good times and happy memories since the location announcement months ago, it's appropriate to dedicate this ballad to a charming Raleigh beauty.

    Well, at least until the next Smart Home catches my eye! ^_^

    DBCoop on July 9, 2016 at 9:53 am
    • I know how you're feeling, DBCoop. Time to let go and move on to the next Urban Oasis and Dream Home. That's bound to get you smiling again. ;)

      DesignABCs on July 10, 2016 at 9:46 am
  78. 1st, and foremost, Congratulations to the winner, may your prize suit you well.

    But HGTV, What were you people THINKING?
    REALLY??? 'Showing up at someone's birthday party, to give someone ELSE the best gift???

    'You people make me want to celebrate ALONE, because THAT's some FOOLISHNESS!

    But on a serious note, You're HGTV, so I hope your crew went equipped with a gift for the Birthday Girl, too.
    Otherwise, that really WOULD be some FOOLISHNESS.

    The_Broad on July 9, 2016 at 9:21 am
    • I'm glad you wrote what I was thinking. Although, foolishness wasn't the exact word I was thinking.
      non of which were 4 lettered words either.

      Eugenia27 on July 9, 2016 at 3:44 pm
  79. so excited to see a winner

    nursejudyfromCA on July 9, 2016 at 12:06 am
  80. Here's my HGTV claim to fame—I live near the 2016 Smart Home Winner! That's awesome! This is the second HGTV winner I have lived near. The first lived in Baltimore. Was so excited for her! However, this is the closest I've ever lived to the winner. Amazing!!! I'm doing a happy dance for her!

    Lessie on July 9, 2016 at 12:05 am
    • Maybe you should go introduce yourself and see if you can get an invite.

      Eugenia27 on July 10, 2016 at 5:05 pm
      • Don't know where she lives. If she was my friend, I'd join her for winner's weekend! :)

        Lessie on July 11, 2016 at 5:12 pm
        • If HGTV could find her, so can you. lol
          Pretty cool she lives close to you.
          Knowing someone who lives close to the winner is the closest I've come to winning a home. ROFL

          Eugenia27 on July 11, 2016 at 7:23 pm
    • alicesoneysmom on July 11, 2016 at 7:33 pm
    • yeah lessie….

      twoTERRIERs on July 11, 2016 at 11:11 pm
  81. Congratulations Theresa Smith!!! So happy for you and your family! So good to see your smiling face!!! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!!

    Lessie on July 8, 2016 at 10:58 pm
  82. If you rest your cursor on Home Giveaways at the very top, it lists the houses and then the link to this blog.

    Lindingo on July 8, 2016 at 9:15 pm
  83. Earlier sent Congratulations to Theresa and wish her God's blessings. Very Happy for her. I continue to wish her and her family my very best.
    Reading some current posts, I agree and wonder why HGTV did not start a new post to announce the winner. It has been a very long time since the last one on April 28th. I have to go back to the e-mail I got on June 30th to get to the Smart Home and also get to the Blog. Oh well, on to the next.
    Wish all of you bloggers a restful night and may all of you be blessed with peace , good health and happiness. Grammynan

    Grammynan on July 8, 2016 at 7:53 pm
  84. Congratulations Teresa's family. Enjoy this beautiful home.
    Going to buy a Mega Millions ticket so WHEN I win, I'm calling Tiffany Brooks to design me a new home.

    cynthi1 on July 8, 2016 at 5:27 pm
    • Well, didn't win THAT one either lol. Still enjoying life and grateful for the opportunity to view Ms Tiffany Brooks design's. Love your work lady, do YOU.

      cynthi1 on July 9, 2016 at 10:56 am
    • Right after last years Blog Cabin, there was that huge Power Ball. I kept hoping I'd win before it sold.

      Eugenia27 on July 9, 2016 at 2:58 pm
  85. Congratulations Theresa and family…..hope this is our lessie….:):)

    twoTERRIERs on July 8, 2016 at 4:52 pm
    • Not me, twoT. But she lives nearby. I'm so happy for her that I'm virtually celebrating with her! :)

      Lessie on July 9, 2016 at 12:11 am
  86. A winner chosen! Congrats to the winner and family! Be blessed and enjoy whichever option you choose.

    Have a nice day. . :)

    Lea81194 on July 8, 2016 at 1:44 pm
  87. Congratulations to Mrs. Smith. I hope she keeps the beautiful house and not choose to walk away the money. It is a really nice house!!

    I hope next time HGTV look into latinos post. I did not see any latino name in previous winners.

    LuzAraceli on July 8, 2016 at 1:18 pm
    • It's a random drawing. Every entry has the same chance. The more you enter the more chances.

      dooby78 on July 8, 2016 at 3:51 pm
      • I think the last winner of the smart home was Latino

        Lucy on July 8, 2016 at 4:04 pm
  88. Congrats Smith family! Happy for you all, enjoy!

    filanddell on July 8, 2016 at 1:08 pm
  89. Congratulations Theresa Smith I loved how happy and surprised you were. What a joy to be with family when you got the good news.

    On a different note. Why hasn't HGTV put a new post up here on the blog? Why isn't there an easy link to even get on the blog?

    Eugenia27 on July 8, 2016 at 1:00 pm
  90. Congrats to the winner!!! Finally the announcement! I know it's a let down for some but keep your hopes up. On to the next home giveaways!

    dooby78 on July 8, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    kelly strauss on July 8, 2016 at 11:22 am
  92. Congratulations to the winner! I'm so happy for you! Enjoy! :-)

    Kary on July 8, 2016 at 11:00 am
  93. Congratulations, Ms. Smith! I'd love to have that Mercedes, if you already have a nice car and aren't interested in a new one, hint hint!

    TikasMom on July 8, 2016 at 10:45 am
  94. How sweet to see such a nice person and family win a wonderful prize:) Thank you HGTV for making dreams come true!

    JLC on July 8, 2016 at 10:41 am
  95. Congratulations Theresa ! Wish you and your family the very best. May you have peace and Good Health to enjoy this Blessing. My God bless. all of you.

    Grammynan on July 8, 2016 at 10:39 am
  96. Congratulations to Theresa Smith, it was so nice to see her excitement. I agree, now we can move on to hope for another day that may be one of ours. It has been a pleasure to be with you all on this Blog and I hope to see you all on the next one. :-)

    Harper Channing on July 8, 2016 at 10:28 am
  97. NICE! Congratulations Mrs. Smith! Well played HGTV, keep em coming : )

    UpNorth on July 8, 2016 at 10:10 am
  98. Enjoy your new blessings! Love HGTV for doing these sweepstakes! Now we can all get back to our lives and wait for the next one! Hello Urban Oasis!

    Sole on July 8, 2016 at 10:04 am
  99. Okay, on to Urban Oasis and Blog Cabin!

    southernlady on July 8, 2016 at 9:28 am
    • And the next Dream Home!

      dooby78 on July 8, 2016 at 3:53 pm
  100. Congrats HGTV on keeping it a secret but is there anyway we can have clues with the next home? Please

    Lucy on July 8, 2016 at 9:22 am
  101. Congrats to Teresa and it's great to see her excitement;). Now we can go on to the next house thx HGTV for giving us other homes to look forward to.

    Lucy on July 8, 2016 at 9:18 am
  102. At last, we can congratulate Theresa Smith of Glenwood, MD as the winner of Smart Home 2016! Turns out, according to the article, that she was surprised at a family birthday party by Tiffany Brooks the end of June.

    On that note, so you didn't win the Smart Home this year? Well, keep the faith, a smile on your face — and as Lee Ann Womack so eloquently sings, "I Hope You Dance."

    DBCoop on July 8, 2016 at 9:16 am
    • PS: Don't forget to mark your calendars for the Smart Home 2016 Giveaway Special scheduled for August 12 at 1 p.m. ET.

      DBCoop on July 8, 2016 at 10:06 am
    • …And, it seems that Smart Home 2016 was double the fun for everyone, apparently, of the Austin, TX Smart Home since the Raleigh, NC home brought in around 83,000,000 entries compared to last year's 40,000,000.

      Still, Theresa Smith beat the odds and walked, skipped and danced away with the Grand Prize!

      DBCoop on July 8, 2016 at 12:29 pm
      • I have to say – I really love the Raleigh home. I made sure not to miss an entry opportunity with this one. Looks like I'm not the only one!

        TwoCorgis on July 14, 2016 at 11:53 am
    • Hello and So long for now ,DBCoop ! Thank you for another wonderful experience here on the blog.
      Take good care of yourself and may God bless you and yours. Grammynan

      Grammynan on July 8, 2016 at 9:24 pm
      • Thank you, Grammynan, and happy days ahead. On to the next adventure.

        DBCoop on July 12, 2016 at 9:01 am
    • Coop, I'm famous (in my mind)! I live near the winner! Awesome! I'm virtually dancing and celebrating with her! So glad one of us won! :)

      Lessie on July 9, 2016 at 12:07 am
      • This is your second time being close to a sweepstakes winner, Lessie. They're getting closer. Will the third time be right at your front door?

        DBCoop on July 12, 2016 at 9:04 am
  103. Congrats to Teresa smith:):) injoy your new home !!! ;) :)

    gbfla on July 8, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Ran across this little gem. Congrats to the new smart home winner!!!!

    Jennasev on July 8, 2016 at 8:44 am
    • thanks for sharing

      Lby54229 on July 8, 2016 at 9:00 am
    • Thanks for the update..

      gbfla on July 8, 2016 at 9:00 am
    • Thanks for the update Jennasev!

      Congrats to the new smart home winner!!!!

      DadGum on July 8, 2016 at 9:12 am
  105. Happy Friday Everyone!
    Well, I'm completely stumped….LOL, my gut tells me the winner already knows but my heart hopes that may not be the case. With recent events in the news, and as our country mourns – I am sad for all of those who lost their lives, I wish everyone would realize that we are ALL the same color on the inside. I am saddened that some bad apples in the law enforcement basket has caused all of this. Evil does exist in this world, but I hope & pray everyday that the GOOD outnumbers the Evil. I personally do not see the color of one's skin…I look for the heart and soul of people and I wish for the day to come that we all live in Peace without fear that someone will take the life of a good person who had hopes & dreams like we all do. These killings affect all of us, good people are taken from their families, their children, their community. I pray for peace for the loved ones of people who have been killed by officers, and I pray for officers that are truly good people who try to keep all of us safe. I do not have an answer on how to stop the terror for all of us. Life is too short the way that it is. Please Lord, be with those who mourn for all of the shooting victims, please be with those of us trying to make sense out of this world and please be with the people who may one day find a way for people to join together in Love…I would like to see peaceful gatherings of all people and I pray you will help us find our path to a new way of living where we all are able to live and let live. Today's Song: IMAGINE by John Lennon. I apologize for writing a post that is strewn with bad grammar as my emotions are bouncing around.

    Harper Channing on July 8, 2016 at 8:03 am
  106. Good Morning and Happy Friday Everyone! My fingers and toes are still crossed and I am still hoping for that slim chance that I may be the winner. My family and I are heading down to Myrtle Beach next weekend for a week away from all the stresses of life. This vacation will also allow my body the opportunity to come out of this little HGTV Smart Home bubble that I am in and recoup from the stress of being on the lookout every waking minute. Good Luck to everyone, and have a fun and safe weekend.

    Lovinlife31 on July 8, 2016 at 7:42 am
  107. Nice laundry room, but I'm getting a little tired of looking at it! Give us some clues, HGTV, like Publisher's Clearing House does – that way we know for SURE we haven't won! Anyway, good luck everyone! I want that Mercedes parked in front of my apartment, NOW!! Somebody else can have the house.

    TikasMom on July 8, 2016 at 4:06 am
  108. This is really a nice change for a laundry room. I love the nook where you can wait for your laundry. :)

    Jill Johnson on July 8, 2016 at 3:13 am
  109. Any idea of the number to look out for?

    Already been duped by Toner World… ;-)

    Just saying…

    DadGum on July 7, 2016 at 11:12 pm
    • Nevermind…sorry a bit on edge, please don't tell me, hope I didn't disqualify myself…

      DadGum on July 7, 2016 at 11:15 pm
      • I've never answered my phone so much in my life!

        kadebrasha on July 8, 2016 at 7:35 am
      • The disqualifying things are employers, spouses employers, former employers, are you too young, are you a citizen, etc. Basic stuff. Don't worry about your posts! :)

        Lindingo on July 8, 2016 at 8:22 am
  110. Nothing yet :( No clues :( No updates :(

    ABCDEFG76 on July 7, 2016 at 9:21 pm
    • yeah maybe something is up that has caused a delay, I mean that is possible…For instance they could be having trouble contacting the winner. I believe I read that they give you 5 days from initial attempt to contact to respond… But who knows what's going on behind the scenes

      Sole on July 7, 2016 at 10:19 pm
  111. I have been watching this blog for weeks now and I just wish it was done already I love the house but would probably take the cash so I could move to Florida where my pain would not be so intense as I have Rheumatoid Arthritis It has always been my dream to move there since I got this. Congrats winners

    kelly strauss on July 7, 2016 at 8:51 pm
  112. I say we all quit doing our laundry until they change this picture. That'll show 'em.

    JLC on July 7, 2016 at 4:19 pm
  113. This weekend is the last weekend during the ambush window. Fingers crossed everybody:)

    JLC on July 7, 2016 at 3:53 pm
  114. Heading to the river to cool off and let kids blow off some energy! Hope you all have a wonderful day!

    Angela on July 7, 2016 at 3:39 pm
  115. Good Afternoon Everyone! I just wanted you all to know that I am here with you…checking the blog all the time, and disappointed but then hopeful that maybe just maybe….I sincerely believe that I will not win. I want to wish the winner or future winner best wishes. I will probably keep coming as this is a blog that is full of great people. People who hope for themselves but are happy for another if it isn't them. :-)

    DKHD - FL on July 7, 2016 at 3:19 pm
  116. Hey Everyone! I've been following the blog for years, though I rarely comment. I enjoy keeping up with the theories and the entertaining ways we all cope with the anxiety of waiting for the winner reveal!! Here was a list I did a few years back (DH 2013), hope it makes you laugh!

    How you know you’re dream home obsessed:

    10. You have made a spreadsheet of how you would spend your winnings
    9. You check your spam email just to make sure you haven't missed anything
    8. When your family/spouse ask you to hang out, you are certain it is for the purpose of staging an ambush
    7. Every time you pull into your neighborhood, you are on the lookout for film crew hiding behind the hedges or you check every car for a possible private investigator!
    6. You get up and check the HGTV blog/Facebook for updates before brushing your teeth
    5. You have already decided If you would take the house or the cash option and what taxes you would be responsible for
    4. You have read the "rules" of the sweepstakes so many times you consider yourself an expert
    3. You become obsessed with keeping your house clean.
    2. For the first time in months you are fully dressed with make-up on 24 hours of the day
    1. When your spouse asks what our plans are for the evening they include the words, "unless HGTV ambushes us tonight"

    Magic_City on July 7, 2016 at 1:37 pm
    • It is so much fun reading everyone's comments, and I love this one! This is my life in a nutshell the past month! The worst part– My desk is by the window, so I don't get much work done. Every time someone walks past or drives past, it catches my attention… And i never realized how many people drive Mercedes (one with Temp-tags) :)

      Lovinlife31 on July 7, 2016 at 1:42 pm
    • In a nut shell.

      JLC on July 7, 2016 at 3:43 pm
    • Haha! The obsession is real lol! I can't go on like this much longer. My little one is starting to get upset by my paying so much attention to this screen rather than him. I'm starting to feel bad. Come on HGTV I need my life back! Tell us who the winner is

      Sole on July 7, 2016 at 4:21 pm
    • Yes definitely me! :) Although with 3 new puppies there is no keeping the house clean… I don't even care!

      cocreatelifecoaching on July 7, 2016 at 4:53 pm
    • 11. I've already practiced my "I'm just going to take the cash" speech.

      Olivia on July 7, 2016 at 5:00 pm
      • LOL!

        Kadebrasha on July 8, 2016 at 7:43 am
    • Exactly!

      kadebrasha on July 8, 2016 at 7:40 am
    • I remember when you posted this, back during the Miami UO. Or maybe that was a re-post. Not much has changed except I realized that cobwebs won't show up on TV so I'm not concerned with them anymore. haha

      Eugenia27 on July 11, 2016 at 7:20 pm
    • You hit the nail on the head. you missed one. I daily spend 2-3 hours viewing all pic and videos. I could walk into any one of the homes blind folded and find my way around, I especially love the 360's. I am just as obsessed as the rest. Oh, one more reading all of the comments daily. "NUTS MAYBE A LITTLE"

      pattieclemm on July 11, 2016 at 11:07 pm
    • This is so true! This giveaway was a particularly obsessive one for me. During the notification week, my sister invited me up to her house for a family barbecue. This was very unusual, and she was oddly insistent. I was so suspicious and was convinced an ambush team would show up.

      TwoCorgis on July 14, 2016 at 12:13 pm
      • That's funny how our suspicions elevate during ambush time. True story: DeerSpring had just posted a comment regarding pictures of people in your hedges amongst other photos. A lot of discussion at that particular time involved conversation regarding the possibility of HGTV hiring PI'S to conduct surveillance for them.

        Well, at that same time after reading this, I have a heavy set woman with long black curly hair with a camera around her neck with a long telephoto lense attached to the camera walking quickly through the hedge line and trees next to my residence. I started to laugh to myself and thought, it's really happening. HGTV is going to ambush myself or my wife. I left soon after and haven't seen her since.

        Apparently, some road work was being conducted next to my house. They were adding water and sewer lines on the road. I talked with the operator of one of the heavy machines whom happens to own the empty wooded lot next to mine. He indicated the lady I had seen was thinking of purchasing the lot and was taking pictures of it, lol. What are the chances of that happening at that exact time frame? I've had no neighbors on the south side of my house and never seen anyone walk that lot since I've owned the home for the past eight years! Of course I.was thinking it was happening! :) NOT!

        UpNorth on July 14, 2016 at 3:39 pm
  117. As the end draws near, I wish everyone good luck and lots of happiness.

    Lby54229 on July 7, 2016 at 1:08 pm
    • Good luck to you too

      Haley on July 7, 2016 at 1:13 pm
  118. Thought I'd say hello to everyone on the blog since silently stalking it started to feel weird :)

    Bryanna on July 7, 2016 at 12:06 pm
    • Hello Bryanna:):) thanks for stopping by……. hang on and wait with us:):) that's what everyone is doing……waiting and waiting…….

      gbfla on July 7, 2016 at 12:31 pm
      • Lol Like you, I've been silently checking out this page daily (okay like hourly) for the past few weeks. I figured if anybody is going to get a clue or find out any sort of detail it would be somebody here lol. That and I'm enjoying the positive vibe.

        BrittanyBee on July 7, 2016 at 1:55 pm
    • Hello Bryanna… Welcome! Your name caught my eye. My daughters name is spelled exactly the same. Love it!

      Lovinlife31 on July 7, 2016 at 12:38 pm
    • Hi! It's ok, I've been doing the same. I made my first comment yesterday :)

      Lizah77 on July 7, 2016 at 12:59 pm
      • Me, too!

        Zen on July 7, 2016 at 1:24 pm
    • Me too Bryanna!!! These guys seem to be well informed. I figured if anyone would know who won it would be someone on here, and I do so enjoy their posts.

      Tameca on July 7, 2016 at 2:44 pm
  119. Are we at page 26 yet?

    Melly1979 on July 7, 2016 at 11:52 am
  120. Good morning everyone! I hope the winner will be from the blog fam. So many very deserving people here! Let's all hope and pray it hasn't happened yet and will be one of us!

    Sole on July 7, 2016 at 10:27 am
    • Sorry that thumbs down was from me, my big ole finger hit the wrong one on my phone I apologize I couldn't get it off.

      Zen on July 7, 2016 at 11:48 am
  121. Lol it's sort of funny to read everybody's comments it was exactly that way last year but the truth was the ambush did not occur until the 8 of July,(keeping in mind visitors weekend was earlier like the 12) in fact it hasn't occurred before the fifth I don't think ever…but during that time it sounds like tiffainy was filming, so unless they r breaking their pattern r tiffainy isn't doing it , I don't think it's occured ( plus she left hints on her Instagram around the time she did it which she hasn't done this time)I,so I'm still hoping and anticipating;)

    Lucy on July 7, 2016 at 10:20 am
    • Did she post the clues before or after the ambush last year?

      ABCDEFG76 on July 7, 2016 at 2:19 pm
      • Before and around the time

        Lucy on July 7, 2016 at 10:07 pm
  122. For at least a week straight now I have checking here and checking here everyone's post about hope keep me going. I google, check Facebook, Instagram, Twitter everything. Just like everyone else I hope it's me and I need it too living in a two bedroom house that is falling apart with four people and four dogs with a terrible landlord. So right along with everyone else I will hope I mean that's all we can do right?

    Oh btw you guys should look at this before just deciding to take the home:

    Haley on July 7, 2016 at 10:03 am
    • Yes. LOL I do a spreadsheet (goofy I know) each contest to figure the taxes and I'm right in line with my calculations. Taxes…. eeek! (That darn accounting background of mine)

      cocreatelifecoaching on July 7, 2016 at 11:22 am
      • Haha here I thought I was the only one with a spreadsheet!!!

        HGTVaddict on July 7, 2016 at 11:25 am
    • I'm an accountant and it always cracks me up when people say the check that HGTV gives is to pay the taxes and if you don't plan to keep the home you shouldn't enter, realistically few people can afford to keep the home, and in the past few have not because they didn't want to but because they couldn't.

      Lucy on July 7, 2016 at 11:54 am
    • Thanks for the information! Regardless of taxes I think that the net prize will still be a substantial amount and whoever wins this wonderful home will enjoy life changing blessings.

      Angela on July 7, 2016 at 12:16 pm
  123. Just remember with the last smart home the ambush didn't occur until 5 days before winners weekend so that still gives us five days including today, it's not over until it's over.

    Lucy on July 7, 2016 at 10:03 am
  124. Moving on was a pleasure all

    Tired of this town on July 7, 2016 at 9:08 am
  125. I wonder if they'll leave messages of you're contacted by phone? I have gotten calls from strange numbers and private numbers, but no message. I pray that I've won because it would be the greatest blessing at this point in my life, however I don't have many people they could coordinate an ambush with and I had to move from Las Vegas to Kentucky last month do my address is not up to date. This home would give me the opportunity to own my own home and bring my newborn home to an amazing house in September! I am happy for whomever has won or will win, I can't wait to find out!

    Stacie on July 7, 2016 at 5:01 am
  126. Oh boy! If the ambush hasn't happened yet & I'm the winner, I hope they have some way of finding me…I went out of State to house sit 4 my brother in Texas.

    Sandy Kay on July 6, 2016 at 11:15 pm
    • :)

      twoTERRIERs on July 7, 2016 at 12:14 am
  127. It's the 7th. A lucky number for a lot of people. Maybe somebody will be lucky enough to get ambushed by the HGTV Smart Home team today!

    JLC on July 6, 2016 at 11:01 pm
    • For me it is,both daughters were born in July,one weighed 7.4 and the other 7.8,first daughter was born at 7:10am,lots of 7's

      LibbyGirl200 on July 7, 2016 at 5:46 am
  128. I'm glad I'm not the only one checking this outdated blog :) haha Anyone find any clues?

    ABCDEFG76 on July 6, 2016 at 9:45 pm
  129. Anticipation although

    Lucy on July 6, 2016 at 9:17 pm
  130. I think we might not hear anything until after winners weekend but I personal well realize it's prob over with by the 11th. I really don't mind the wait I like the anticipationalthpugh its a mixed bag at time and would love a clue.

    Lucy on July 6, 2016 at 9:16 pm
  131. So at this point, how many of you think no news is good news??? I personally would like to know something….. Pull the bandaid of quickly instead if this slow torture we're all experiencing.

    Katie on July 6, 2016 at 9:03 pm
    • I wish we would get a clue :) But sometimes it seems like they give clues after the ambush has already happened.

      ABCDEFG76 on July 6, 2016 at 9:43 pm
  132. Wow, Weds night and still no news. Watching the finale of Brother vs Brother, the two houses they redid in Vegas/who sells their house for the highest profit.

    dooby78 on July 6, 2016 at 8:02 pm
  133. Of them

    Lucy on July 6, 2016 at 6:53 pm
    • Twins! Wow congrats on the newest addition Lucy! Grand parents are the best! My son is so easy going with his grandparents…but he's a handful when it comes to me though lol!!! Enjoy!!!

      Soles on July 6, 2016 at 8:11 pm
  134. I can't find any info on the 2016 Smart Home Winner, so I guess I'll sit back, relax, and enjoy my days. Will start by enjoying my grands tomorrow!

    HGTV Smart Home 2016

    We’re sorry! The entry period for this sweepstakes has ended. Thanks to all who entered for a chance to win HGTV Smart Home 2016.

    Congratulations to the winner of the Lumber Liquidators Be Floored By Your Renovation Sweepstakes: Richard P. – Waterford, MI

    Congratulations to the winners of the Berkshire Hathaway Love Your Home Sweepstakes:

    Grand Prize Winner: Todd V. – Trussville, AL

    Weekly Winners:
    Anita S. – Saint Clair, MO
    Carolyn H. – Lathrup Village, MI
    Melanie B. – Hampton, VA
    Bob B. – Louisville, KY
    Cheryl D. – Evanston, IL
    Kevin C. – Chesterfield, MO
    Alicia L. – Woodstock, GA
    Miguel M. – Lawrence, NY
    Laura J. – North Hollywood, CA
    Sandy A. – Colorado Springs, CO
    Christine R. – Keota, OK
    John S. – Tucson, AZ

    Lessie on July 6, 2016 at 6:47 pm
    • Grands R the greatest I have 8 if then including a set of 2 month twin boys

      Lucy on July 6, 2016 at 6:52 pm
      • Wow, Lucy! You are truly blessed! Enjoy your grands! I know your hands are full with your 2 month old twins. Please keep us posted.

        Lessie on July 6, 2016 at 7:46 pm
  135. This is were my stalking skills get a little embarrassing….

    If Tiffany is involved with the ambush it could be delayed due to the passing of her uncle, however the actual funeral was on Saturday

    From other social media posts we also know that she was in Atlanta earlier last week for a few days to film a new TV show

    I'm thinking that IF she is the one doing the ambush that it's happening this week/weekend

    HGTVobsessed on July 6, 2016 at 6:37 pm
    • I think they already ambushed the winner because Tiffany's uncle passed away on June 28th and the email from HGTV on June 30th said they drew a name and were on their way to notify the winner. I think they notified the winner by July 1st because the funeral was on July 2nd and she wanted to be at the funeral. I know he was a dear uncle but if she signed a contract with HGTV to do the ambush then she probably had to fit it in somewhere. If they did do the ambush on July 1st (just my guess though) they are keeping it hush hush very good since most everyone today or someone they know has a facebook account and that is how the dream house 2016 was found out (I think). I want to win but I do not need to win. I live in a 39,000 house that is falling apart, but hey, there are millions like me out there. I read sole's blog and I would take what God had for me that is so much better than anything I could imagine or dream of. I know my redeemer lives and I am heaven bound and only passing through here. I am a big fan of HGTV and enter a lot and every sweepstakes I can but with millions entering the chances of winning are so very low, but the one who wins has to enter, so I enter as many times as I possibly can. Keep loving the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength and loving others as much as I love myself. As much as possible I keep peace in the family and friends area too. I am a saint that will go marching in only by the grace of Jesus. Amen.

      eyeheartNY on July 6, 2016 at 10:36 pm
      • Amen! We are all winners through Christ…

        I do believe the ambush happened but until there's the official announcement there's still a bit of hope… And this is kind of fun!

        Sole on July 6, 2016 at 10:47 pm
    • I know. I saw that a while back on her FB page too. My heart goes out to her, grief is so hard. I made her a beautiful Rose Quartz Tree of Life Pendant and charged it with Reiki to help with grief. I will just mail it to her store I guess??

      cocreatelifecoaching on July 7, 2016 at 7:52 am
      • That's lovely.

        Lindingo on July 7, 2016 at 8:53 pm
        • Thank you Lindingo. :)

          cocreatelifecoaching on July 8, 2016 at 6:18 am
  136. Btw someone mentioned that tiffainy lost a beloved uncle so she might be preoccupied dealing with this so this could be delaying the ambush if she's doing it.

    Lucy on July 6, 2016 at 6:24 pm
  137. Tired of this town on July 6, 2016 at 6:20 pm
  138. Has a blogger ever one any of these?

    StillTiredofthisTown on July 6, 2016 at 6:16 pm
    • Won* Geesh!

      StillTiredofthisTown on July 6, 2016 at 6:16 pm
      • I read on one of the blogs that one had and it possible maybe more if they didn't let it be known later,.

        Lucy on July 6, 2016 at 6:19 pm
    • Shelly and Don Cruz won the Dream Home in Texas. They were very friendly and open on the message board. I'm not sure if they blog now. I'm friends with Shelly on facebook, I'll ask her.

      dooby78 on July 6, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  139. I am so anxious… but until I heard that the winer was ambush I am not going to give up thinking I could be the one!! July 11 a memorable date for me! few signs that tells me I could be the one! God give me patient!!

    Luz Araceli on July 6, 2016 at 6:02 pm
  140. If winner's weekend is July 15-17, the winner has been ambushed, is about to be ambushed, or will be ambushed by July 11th. Our choices: move on to the next HGTV home giveaway or wait patiently for the ambush. Personally, I'll wait until the winner is announced so I can congratulate him or her. :)

    Lessie on July 6, 2016 at 5:35 pm
  141. I think that it's ridiculous that they can't even send an email saying hat the winner has been notified and to tune in to the Winners Special to find out who it is. They can send us an email letting us know they are on their way to surprise the winner. And then silence. No blog post, no email until the winner's identity is either leaked or the special comes on. They could ease the impatience a little by sending an email that the winner has been notified.

    FaithAndLove on July 6, 2016 at 3:32 pm
    • I so agree! Than I could go on I'm stuck and can not move on until I have some type of closure

      Lucy on July 6, 2016 at 3:38 pm
    • Maybe the winner hasn't been notified yet?

      Lizah93 on July 6, 2016 at 4:35 pm
      • Nope… I'm still waiting. I have never won anything in my life but for some reason I keep thinking, this is it. This lack of clues is just making me crazy Lol

        BrittanyBee on July 6, 2016 at 4:50 pm
        • I'm like u I really really don't think it's happened yet

          Lucy on July 6, 2016 at 4:57 pm
      • Maybe they haven't. My suggestion is based on recent history, though. I don't think they've done that before. The only email we've received after the "we're headed to surprise the winner" is the email saying "congratulations to …".

        FaithAndLove on July 6, 2016 at 5:43 pm
        • That's true and it would be nice if they let us know they had done the ambush.

          Lucy on July 6, 2016 at 5:46 pm
  142. Is there a problem with the videos today? I am trying to view Urban Oasis 2012 winner here –… but nothing happens…videos are like invisible.

    Anyone else having issues with videos in HGTV?

    DadGum on July 6, 2016 at 3:19 pm
  143. People have been questioning why the rules have been taking down but I just remember that the actual ambush for the dream home was an actual day before it was supposed according to the rules, yes they took the rules down around that time I wonder if that is why if so maybe they have taken them down this time because there is a change in some of the timing like maybe the ambush is actually a little later R the weekend has been changed which btw the rules were taken down actually days after the actual ambush leaked out…

    Lucy on July 6, 2016 at 2:29 pm
    • Not that they don't have the right to change times its always subject to change but they know how people can be about that sort of thing.

      Lucy on July 6, 2016 at 2:37 pm
    • Especially if you consider that if Tiffany Brooks is the host ambushing, her favorite uncle died recently, so she may have last minute funeral arrangements to help with and attend, support her family, etc..?

      Melly1979 on July 6, 2016 at 2:47 pm
      • I didn't know that interesting to know

        Lucy on July 6, 2016 at 3:00 pm
  144. Has HGTV moved or changed their website address and we didn't get a memo about it?

    lovethechefblog on July 6, 2016 at 2:15 pm
  145. What if God had a talk with your higher spirit. He says,
    "I have a plan for you, greater than you can ever imagine. But it requires a lot of hard work and some sacrifices on your part. It will take some time, and you may even have to do some of the things you decided you didn't want to do but out of fear. There is no need for those concerns because those concerns of yours are not apart of this plan I have for you. This plan fulfills all your hearts desires. However I present with you a choice, the smart home happening right now, and which will only fulfill some of your hearts desires, or this plan I have for you which with fulfill your every desire. The choice is yours."

    Which do you think your higher spirit will choose?

    Sole on July 6, 2016 at 12:54 pm
    • Well, God has already let me go through a LOT of hard work (I'm very industrious and smart – booksmarts and common sense…common sense came later, though, I have to admit). I have worked every kind of job imaginable, manual labor to professional and lots of things in-between. I'm open to whatever HE has for me, including the HGTV 2016 Smart Home. Whatever is HIS best will for me. Even if it means not being employed in my profession that I earned my Master's degree in, and learning a new career and doing that. I'm over 50, but I want whatever HE has for me. To bring Him the most honor and glory….HIS perfect will! Even IF it means I also get to live in the HGTV 2016 Smart Home.

      Donna on July 6, 2016 at 1:26 pm
    • Well, God has already let me go through a LOT of hard work (I'm very industrious and smart – booksmarts and common sense…common sense came later, though, I have to admit). I have worked every kind of job imaginable, manual labor to professional and lots of things in-between. I'm open to whatever HE has for me, including the HGTV 2016 Smart Home. Whatever is HIS best will for me. Even if it means not being employed in my profession that I earned my Master's degree in, and learning a new career and doing that. I'm over 50, but I want whatever HE has for me. To bring Him the most honor and glory….HIS perfect will! Even IF it means I also get to live in the HGTV 2016 Smart Home.

      Donna on July 6, 2016 at 3:09 pm
  146. Well I was relieved from my job at the end of May, 2016, (2 months ago) and I've been sticking around at this address JUST FOR THEM! To make it easier to find me. If it were not for entering this contest and the hopes of winning it, I would have moved my leaky RV that I live in (only thing we have unless we convert a storage building, but that takes money!!) down to my mother's house 2 hours away and saved my lot rent money.

    I hope it does go to someone needy, like me. I have visions of living there and my daughter and I using that built-in gym to exercise in and lose weight/get healthy, and moving my elderly mother and her husband with the beginning stages of Alzheimer's in with us! And with that nursery, I could also be a foster parent, which I've dreamed of doing for years now. Taxes you say? If GOD can provide me this home through HGTV, He can ALSO provide me the money to pay the taxes with! <3 No worries!

    Donna on July 6, 2016 at 12:50 pm
    • Amen!

      Lizah93 on July 6, 2016 at 1:18 pm
  147. Maybe a Mercedes dealership somewhere out there has a secret ;-)

    ^ ^


    Just kidding, if its not done…don't leak and get me disqualified…

    DadGum on July 6, 2016 at 12:01 pm
  148. Very shortly after the Dream Home's ambush, the official rules were taken down for a few days. Everyone started speculating that Rennie actual did win and the leak was legit. They were right. I think it's a done deal and the have ambushed quietly this year as to prevent a leak. We wait for the official announcement hopefully soon but my guess is it will be after winner weekend especially since they've been successfully able to keep everything on the hush… I'm really excited about the Urban Oasis, where and who will design it! I really love Brian Patrick Flynn's work, but it would also be cool to see a new and fresh designer…

    Sole on July 6, 2016 at 12:00 pm
    • Interesting point…why do you think they take down the rules ones they have a winner though?

      ABCDEFG76 on July 6, 2016 at 2:15 pm
    • Urban Oasis is Ann Arbor, Michigan.

      Dk1900 on July 6, 2016 at 3:10 pm
      • Nice! Another water view property I hope

        Sole on July 6, 2016 at 6:06 pm
  149. As was spoken in one of my favorite stories of all time, Harry Potter…
    "Curiouser and Curiouser…"

    Melly1979 on July 6, 2016 at 11:54 am
  150. Would someone be willing to clarify…
    when was the ambush window?
    When is the winners weekend?
    When do they make an official announcement?

    Thanks :)

    ABCDEFG76 on July 6, 2016 at 11:45 am
    • From the mysteriously disappearing rules…

      The ambush window was June 16th – July 11th…Winners weekend was listed as July 15th – 17th…and originally it said starting July 15th we could obtain the winner's name by visiting

      HGTVaddict on July 6, 2016 at 11:51 am
    • It was through July 11…so next Monday would be the last day. But, the rules also stipulated "subject to change"…so, who knows!! :/

      Donna on July 6, 2016 at 12:57 pm
      • Thats what I was wondering about too… "subject to change" means whenever they want :) But would the 15th change (day people could obtain winner's name)?

        ABCDEFG76 on July 6, 2016 at 2:17 pm
  151. I am sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for a new post…. I can't wait to see who the winner is.

    Lovinlife31 on July 6, 2016 at 11:14 am
  152. I thought I would review the rules and they are no longer there… it just me? What does that mean?

    Angela on July 6, 2016 at 10:12 am
    • …and the plot thickens

      HGTVaddict on July 6, 2016 at 10:26 am
    • Olivia on July 6, 2016 at 10:31 am
      • The FaQ's page is still there, but the "rules" page is gone. On the FaQ page if you click on any of the links to the rules page it simple goes to the main HGTV Smart Home page.

        HGTVaddict on July 6, 2016 at 10:40 am
        • This is what happened with the dream home after the ambush got leaked..

          Sole on July 6, 2016 at 11:49 am
          • Why do they take down the rules when they contact a winner? just curious

            ABCDEFG76 on July 6, 2016 at 2:19 pm
      • Lucy: thank you, I appreciate your encouragement. I think we all deserve the win but I know for me it would brighten a very tough two years my family has gone through. Then, I think perhaps I should simply be happy for someone else to be the winner – I believe the ambush has taken place…I think I will start working in my PJ's again…LOL!

        DKHD - FL on July 6, 2016 at 1:37 pm
    • I noticed that as well – I am not sure why they would have taken the rules down….

      DKHD - FL on July 6, 2016 at 10:44 am
      • The same thing happened with the dream home, they took the rules down and this was shortly after the winner got leaked. A few days later they put it back up. Sad to say this ya'll. Looks like it's a done deal… Good bye smart home…HELLO URBAN OAISIS

        SoleCrushed on July 6, 2016 at 11:46 am
    • Maybe the time period has changed for some reason like a later winners weekend R they already have a winner?

      Lucy on July 6, 2016 at 11:43 am
  153. Another day of waiting? I'm confident that it is not me – I have no-one they could plan an ambush with….

    I'm excited to see who the winner is…but, I do think this is longer than any other for some type of hint from HGTV….I am a little tired of looking at the washer & dryer……perhaps they could put up a picture of the porch and "we can all gather around, have a glass of sweet tea, or lemonade, and just talk until it happens"…LOL
    I have also been checking the board night and day….it has become an activity that when the winner is actually announced I believe we will be glad that wait is over and unfortunately, many of us will find out we loss :-(

    I do think that HGTV giving away these amazing homes are cool. But, other than my husband there is no-one they could coordinate an ambush with for me. My children are minors, I work from home, and I am married and he works from home as well.

    DKHD - FL on July 6, 2016 at 9:15 am
    • I'm in the same boat, but that doesn't mean we can't win. The Lake Tyler DH winner was surprised at the end of his own driveway without an event. Nice and simple. (He thought he was being pranked.)

      Lindingo on July 6, 2016 at 9:36 am
    • I'm positive of one thing DKHD if u won they would and could figure a way it's not like they draw someone and than decide its too hard to ambush so they draw another one.., u still have as much chance as anyone.

      Lucy on July 6, 2016 at 9:48 am
      • Lucy: thank you, I appreciate your encouragement. I think we all deserve the win but I know for me it would brighten a very tough two years my family has gone through. Then, I think perhaps I should simply be happy for someone else to be the winner – I believe the ambush has taken place…I think I will start working in my PJ's again…LOL!
        Thank you for giving me a glimmer of hope.

        DKHD - FL on July 6, 2016 at 10:41 am
    • I don't really have any friends (nearby) or family around either other than my husband and he would never answer the phone….. but that doesn't mean anything. If you or I or anyone else in the same boat wins they will find a way to notify us.&lt;3

      cocreatelifecoaching on July 6, 2016 at 10:13 am
      • Thank you cocreate", I appreciate you helping to keep my dream alive.

        DKHD - FL on July 6, 2016 at 10:44 am
    • A winner who is that easy to ambush has got to be a great thing for the HGTV crew. And less likely of a leak

      Sole on July 6, 2016 at 10:18 am
    • My husband and I would basically need ambushed by coworkers or neighbors. We relocated a couple years ago and you know how that goes…unless they'd go through the trouble of flying a family member in from another state. But I'm fine with a makeup free, pj clad, hair in top knot, no bells and whistles ambush. It's the dream home, baby!

      JLC on July 6, 2016 at 11:18 am
      • Smart home;) think I just disqualified myself, lol:)

        JLC on July 6, 2016 at 11:20 am
  154. Step by step, inch by inch, closer, closer…..! A little Three Stooges to lighten the mood! Perhaps we will reach the 2K mark in comments!

    southernlady on July 6, 2016 at 9:08 am
  155. Wow, no news yet. Curious would you take the house or the cash prize? I'd love the winners weekend but would take the cash.

    dooby78 on July 6, 2016 at 9:00 am
    • Anyone who would keep the house probably shouldn't have entered. Someone who could afford to pay the taxes on it could afford to buy their own home.

      Lizah77 on July 6, 2016 at 10:53 am
      • Lol most people can't afford 600000 taxes or thereabouts

        Lucy on July 6, 2016 at 11:38 am
    • Cash option makes the most sense for me. I already have the house that I would buy with my winnings picked out. Fingers crossed!

      Lby54229 on July 6, 2016 at 11:39 am
    • I would probably take the cash option…just for the taxes alone. And trying to sell it would be stressful. But I wonder if they would let you have a mini vacation and stay there? Or take any of the furniture? I'm really surprised we haven't heard anything yet! Whats the last day it stated in the rules for the ambush/announcement etc.? Excited to see others here that haven't given up hope!

      ABCDEFG76 on July 6, 2016 at 11:42 am
  156. Remember people though last year they sent us that email about the winner being drawn after the leak had already happened who the winner was but it was several days later before they actually put at on the blog as a new blog for us? Than it was 6 days from the two blogs the one saying they had drawn until the one saying the winner it was several days before that for us so it mught have a been a couple of weeks from the note they sent until we heard the winner….I am not sure. But it seems that HGTV does it different every time to throw us off so it seems this speculation might just be useless ( although fun). I think regardless we should be know after visitors weekend if for someone reason that is after July 17 so than we should have closure, we've gone this long we can survive until the 18 if we have to although no one wants to;)

    Lucy on July 6, 2016 at 7:52 am
    • Lol that sort of sounds like gibberish, I hope everyone knows what I am trying to say….I think I need to check it better before posting, not good for a college graduate:( I guess I am to emotional now.

      Lucy on July 6, 2016 at 8:01 am
      • That's O.K. It's been a long weekend and most of us have had little or no sleep with the fireworks and loud gangs of people celebrating. It's all good.

        7273 on July 6, 2016 at 9:18 am
      • Made sense to me.

        JLC on July 6, 2016 at 11:11 am
      • Got you loud and clear Lucy. No problem as I remember all too well the "leak " that was just so different. I could not believe that the whole thing was set up and we were all left hanging as so many things were traded on the blog. I was one of those that kept on dreaming, never thinking such a thing could happen . Oh well , just have to wait. Have a good evening . There is always next time, I hope.
        My very best to you and all the Bloggers !

        Grammynan on July 6, 2016 at 6:07 pm
    • don't worry friend:):) relax :) :) we just need to wait……. they don't want anyone to know till hgtv is ready to tell. We all want to know:)) your fine!!!! We are all emotional right now:):)

      gbfla on July 6, 2016 at 9:09 am
      • I love this blog and the people here;) for the most part we r so supportive and not looking to make others look stupid like some blogs I've been on:(

        Lucy on July 6, 2016 at 9:23 am
  157. Ok I have to admit that I have checked this Blog like 50 times today! Seriously just cant wait to find out who won this amazing home!! Who knows maybe they may still be in route or making plans to ambush the lucky winner…..Hoping and waiting….I may need ice cream…yes that will make the wait easier! !

    Angela on July 5, 2016 at 11:05 pm
  158. Hmm well my guess is ambush happened last week
    Tiffani's page shows her in Chicago at her new store Sunday – today – my guess is ambush took place during the week prior sometime. I hope and pray I'm wrong and it's going to happen this week for someone but it just seems way too long . I think if it was Tiffany was after Vegas before Chicago but just a hunch nothing firm.
    If it's not her have no clue . Anyone else have a thought? It does make sense for them to wait until right before winners weekend to prevent leaks etc so who knows. Stay positive all ☺️

    Tired of this town on July 5, 2016 at 10:30 pm
    • I hope it is Chicago, it means one more signal for me… I am in Chicago area!!

      Luz Araceli on July 5, 2016 at 10:41 pm
    • That's the thing, so many reasons why it's possible it has happened as well as reasons it has. For one I wonder if they have ever given a time frame so close to winner weekend before… July 11th is days before winner weekend, that seems intentional and it makes sense for them to ambush as close as possible to winner weekend to avoid leaks. But, the usually contact a family mention a week before ambush to help plan it. So assuming the ambush hasn't happened yet, then somewhere around July 1st to about the 4th, someone's family member started keeping a big secret…

      Also someone brought up a good point though I'm not sure how valid… It appears that someone other than the designer of the home does the ambush. Plus Tiffany seem to have been doing it for at least the past 3 years so a break maybe, and someone else is doing the ambushing this year.

      But I do see your point. It's been a minute so idk. Someone, Lucy I think it was, mentioned that it was 6 days after announcing the drawing of a name that the dream home ambush happened. So if they're working with a similar timeline someone would be getting ambushed right about now (this weekend is my guess) so again you may want to shake some info out of your spouse or loved one to see who may be keeping a big secret.

      What else

      Sole on July 5, 2016 at 11:45 pm
      • Also, I always imagined Josh Temple doing the ambush… Wonder what he's up to

        Sole on July 5, 2016 at 11:52 pm
      • Shook husband and he just stared at me like I was crazy lol
        It's not means I'm good with that . Husband could not keep a secret.
        Just really want closure soon is all and to congratulate the blessed one

        Tired just tired on July 6, 2016 at 1:08 am
        • It's not me * not means lol

          Tired just tired on July 6, 2016 at 1:09 am
          • Idk it seems like they would only actually have to contact them the day before and we actually have until the 11 so they could contact that contact sometime this week and even not a hubby r kid but a friend remember they hire a private detective so if they know your routine they could just ambush u at home so remember it's not over until it's over;)

            Lucy on July 6, 2016 at 7:37 am
          • And another thing if for some reason they contacted someone and the ambush couldn't possibly be done before five days before visitors weekend they could change the weekend it's not written in stone although I'm sure that's their goal there r so many variable but remember that leak for the dream house I am positive they don't want that happening again so I expect the contact to be contacted before this weekend although that is prob stretching it and the ambush by Monday at least

            Lucy on July 6, 2016 at 7:43 am
        • Sole on July 6, 2016 at 9:23 am
      • Sole, I have a great theory as to why HGTV is waiting to ambush the winner. You wanna know why? Because a blogger won! HGTV knows the blogger would be whacked out and would want to share with fellow bloggers, so they are doing everything in their power to wait as long as possible to contact the blogger winner. If I'm wrong, no problem! Just sharing what could be. :)

        Lessie on July 6, 2016 at 5:07 pm
        • Great theory, that would amazing!

          Katie on July 6, 2016 at 5:12 pm
        • Love your theory it's fun to imagine:)

          Lucy on July 6, 2016 at 5:17 pm
        • I like your theory:):) how amazing that would be……. it would be very hard ( if it was a blogger) not to tell their blogger family :) :):)

          gbfla on July 6, 2016 at 5:20 pm
        • Love this idea! But how would they its a blogger if some bloggers don't have their full or real name as their screen name? :/

          FaithAndLove on July 6, 2016 at 5:36 pm
          • Good question but when u entered the first time to put a entry for the sweepstake you did give all that information and your email is on it to and when u post a comment they do ask your email so they could connect them.

            Lucy on July 6, 2016 at 5:43 pm
          • Good point. Unless the person didn't enter their email address when they left the comment and then we're back to square one as to if the ambush hasn't happened yet and why. :( Hahaa. What a mind mess.

            FaithAndLove on July 6, 2016 at 5:46 pm
          • Idk but it made me put in an email when I posted idk if that hapoens to everybody R just me….

            Lucy on July 6, 2016 at 5:48 pm
          • Ok I guess it can be done so evidentally if this theory is true they had to have entered their email to;)

            Lucy on July 6, 2016 at 5:50 pm
          • Yeah I entered my email for the first comment I made and the next time I didn't enter my email, but it still let me reply.

            FaithAndLove on July 6, 2016 at 5:51 pm
          • Lol one time is all it takes though to make the connection so u R still a possibility in this theory;)

            Lucy on July 6, 2016 at 5:55 pm
        • That would be exciting…. Winner/soon to be winner, if you're on here now congrats and please say hello to us your blog fam during winner weekend special! We'll be watching excited for you and hope to join you in the winners circle soon

          Sole on July 6, 2016 at 6:23 pm
  159. I am hoping for California, but have not seen them yet!

    nursejudyfromCA on July 5, 2016 at 9:41 pm
  160. My prediction: If not already ambushed, the 2016 Smart Home winner will be ambushed by July 10th! Be alert! Enjoy the days leading to Winner's Weekend, July 15-17! You could be in for a super surprise this week!

    Lessie on July 5, 2016 at 5:48 pm
    • Yeah I'm so ready;)

      Lucy on July 5, 2016 at 5:49 pm
  161. Well, all I know what would keep me coming back lotsa posts from you guys plus some new pictures from HGTV…..we need to stay excited here guys…all of you active bloggers are so dedicated…but i need at least a new pic….

    twoTERRIERs on July 5, 2016 at 5:22 pm
  162. Visitors weekend but remember they have a five day leeway to fill out the forms so that y the ambush almost has to be by r before the 11 because visitor weekend starts the 15

    Lucy on July 5, 2016 at 5:12 pm
    • I think they can also change the visitors weekend at their discretion if they needed to

      Tara on July 5, 2016 at 8:47 pm
      • They can but I have never saw them do when I watching so I think they try not to

        Lucy on July 5, 2016 at 8:49 pm
    • Right Lucy. With needing to do "paperwork" and "ambush" before they take possession of prizes, I wonder if it happens at the ambush and not prior to…that spills da beans.

      Oh, BTW…screen your calls; For example today I mistakenly answered an 800 call today thinking it was HGTV – IT Was NOT! Instead, the caller wanted to sell me — printer cartridges!

      I politely declined and all of the sudden got real sad about my chances…I don't my phone would know if Toner World or HGTV called…oh well, back to dreaming, standing by and blessing all who entered, good luck.

      DadGum on July 5, 2016 at 9:05 pm
  163. Last year with the vs art home they didn't announce until after visitors so u could be very right

    Lucy on July 5, 2016 at 5:09 pm
  164. Just a heads up it was exactly 6 days on the dream home when the drawing was announced until the winner was announced so I expect to hear something soon anyway we know they only have until the 11 th according to the rules for the ambush

    Lucy on July 5, 2016 at 3:26 pm
    • My mother's birthday was July 11. What a great way to honor her in her memory receibing this wonderful prize… Good Luck!!

      Luz Araceli on July 5, 2016 at 4:29 pm
    • If they haven't ambushed as yet, my guess is they will definitely do it this weekend. And we'll get the official announcement some time shortly after winner weekend, about the 21st

      Sole on July 5, 2016 at 5:03 pm
      • Just guessing

        Soles on July 5, 2016 at 5:04 pm
    • anyone know what direction they went

      Teresa Watkins on July 5, 2016 at 8:25 pm
  165. Who Won the H-O-U-S-E?

    Who's the winner of the house
    Is it you or me?

    We'd like to see the front door key
    To the lovely Smart Home H-O-U-S-E!

    Was it meant to be Someone Else, not me
    Who wins the Raleigh house?

    You or me
    Someone Else
    You or me
    Someone Else

    Oh tell us quickly please
    For surely you can hear our pleas?

    Until then, we'll dream away each passing day
    And keep our hopes up high

    But now we need to know, is it time we should let go
    Of this perfect Smart Home H-O-U-S-E!

    Thanks, M-i-c k-e-y M-o-u-s-e, for the inspiration! ^_^

    DBCoop on July 5, 2016 at 2:47 pm
    • Good old Mickey Mouse ! We can always count on Mickey.
      Brings back fond memories of when my daughter was a very young child sitting in front of the TV sing along with the Mickey Mouse club Singing the Theme song. It came out " M I C KAY KEY M O U CESS CEE !

      Sorry , DBCoop , just had to share——
      Have a peaceful night and my best wishes to you. Grammynan

      Grammynan on July 5, 2016 at 5:46 pm
      • That's a cute story about your daughter singing the Mickey Mouse Club song, Grammynan. Thanks for sharing it.

        I can remember way back to those Disney days from the mid to late 50's spent sitting in front of a big, boxy tv and singing along with the Mouseketeers.

        While we're waiting for the Smart Home winner reveal, why not take a minute to relive the good old days…

        Time to put on your MousekeEars and sing and dance along…

        …And as we say to the HGTV Smart Home Surprise Team, "See you real soon!"

        DBCoop on July 5, 2016 at 6:51 pm
  166. I'm guessing one of the reasons HGTV doesn't give us clues to winner's location anymore is because our sleuthing skills are superb. If a well planned surprise ambush was thwarted by curious onlookers it would take away from the winner's experience. IT SURE WAS FUN WHILE IT LASTED!!

    Jazzygirl9 on July 5, 2016 at 1:39 pm
    • Very true… The guessing was really fun though…

      Melly1979 on July 5, 2016 at 1:49 pm
  167. Good Afternoon to the rest of the DREAMERS like me! :-) Until they announce the winner we still get to dream, hope, wish, and dream. Once they announce we will all wish the winner well and wait for our next dream to come true. I do not believe I will be chosen as I do not have any idea how they would "ambush" me. I entered twice a day (every day) and also mailed entries during the first half of the contest and then I ran out of my stamps – I told myself that I would quit mailing entries and entering online once I ran out of the role of stamps I had, well that day has come and gone. Now, the waiting….I do not think it will be long now as the holiday is over. I am not the luckiest of people, but I do wish well for all of you who deserve the house. I hope who ever wins it will actually love it and not sale it. It is a beautiful house in a beautiful area of our country. I wish all who entered GOOD LUCK. I do hope they will not keep us in suspense much longer. HGTV, hear our plea….let us have a clue…or announce the winner so those of us who do not win can go on to the next home we will dream of during the night and as we enter….

    DKHD - FL on July 5, 2016 at 1:00 pm
    • Very nice to read you, I just told my son what I read on your post: Until they do not announced the winner I am going to keep dreaming and thinking it is MY HOUSE I just have to wait for the surprise!! GOOD LUCK!!
      I have the feeling that it will be mine, but if not… is ok! everyone who participate in the contests, deserves it.

      Luz Araceli on July 5, 2016 at 2:32 pm
  168. Well, I read and read these post hoping someone knows something but today it's the same thing, so maybe we still all have a chance!!! From Texas

    Allison on July 5, 2016 at 12:08 pm
    • We on the same page, lol :)
      God is not gana leave us.

      Cyn_Less on July 5, 2016 at 12:23 pm
  169. Has anyone been able to confirm who is actually doing the ambush this year?

    Tiffany was obviously the designer and has done the ambush for past HGTV homes, however I do not think they have ever had the person who designed the home participate in the ambush…have they?

    HGTVobsesses on July 5, 2016 at 10:52 am
  170. Does this mean we all still have a chance? I hope!

    Kary Speaks on July 5, 2016 at 9:47 am
  171. Straight from the Horse’s Mouth

    Today’s advice comes straight from the HGTV Smart Home winner’s circle.

    Details include what actually happened during their ambushes and the family members who were in close touch with HGTV’s plans! : )

    Answer your phone! : )

    HGTV Smart Home Winner 2015

    “A FERIA — Rey Villarreal will never forget the phone call he didn’t pick up.
    “I thought it was a scam,” said Villarreal, the La Feria school district’s superintendent.
    But the caller didn’t give up. She tracked down Villarreal’s youngest daughter Veronica, a doctor taking her residency in New York.
    So Veronica told her father he needed to answer the phone.
    It was HGTV calling to tell him that his wife Isabel Villarreal was its Smart Home 2015 winner. It was a multimillion-dollar package that includes a high-tech home, a Mercedes Benz and $100,000 in cash.
    “I said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding,’” Rey Villarreal said.
    So the network asked him to help “ambush” his wife with the news at a local restaurant.
    “They asked me if I could keep a secret from my wife,” he said.
    So on July 8, he took her to Stefano’s Brooklyn Pizza in Harlingen, where he told her that he and friends were celebrating her new job as principal at Sam Houston Elementary School.
    Suddenly, HGTV host Tiffany Brooks burst into the room with her TV crew.
    “At first I couldn’t believe it,” Isabel Villarreal said. “When I saw the microphone had HGTV on it, I knew it wasn’t a prank.”
    When she walked out of the restaurant, a Mercedes-Benz wrapped in a giant bow stood in the parking lot.
    “I didn’t know what to think,” she said.
    It all started in March, when Isabel Villarreal entered the contest on her favorite network that features home and gardening shows.
    For years, she’d entered HGTV giveaways for a chance to win her dream home.
    “Everyone dreams about their dream home,” she said.
    She kept dreaming until she won the Austin home valued at $1.1 million, a 2015 Mercedes-Benz Class C priced at more than $50,000 and $100,000 in prize money.”

    Visit your family! : )

    HGTV Smart Home Winner 2014

    “Ashley King received a special surprise after Sunday night dinner when HGTV’s Tiffany Brooks showed up at her parents’ home to hand her the keys to the luxuriously furnished high-tech HGTV® Smart Home, an all-new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and a $100,000 cash prize provided by national mortgage lender Quicken Loans.
    King currently lives with her parents and is preparing to attend graduate school at DePaul University to pursue a master’s degree in digital communication. Her father, Reverend Claude King, kept the secret from King and her mother Denise last week in order to surprise the new homeowner.
    “When you enter these contests, for me at least, you don’t think much of it because you know it’s one of those one in a million chances and you never really think it is going to happen to you,” said King. “I’m still shocked. I didn’t realize how big this would be and I don’t know when this surprised feeling will subside.”

    Accept all dinner invitations! : )

    HGTV Smart Home Winner 2013

    “Peggy Walker didn’t realize anything was up when she went out to eat in St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday night.
    “I was seated in the restaurant with my back to the door, and all of a sudden I heard this ruckus behind me,” she said. “They’d gathered a lot of family and friends, and they all came in with confetti and kazoos.”
    What Walker soon found out was that she was the winner of HGTV’s Smart Home sweepstakes, featuring a home in Jacksonville Beach. The value of the package — including home, 2013 GMC Terrain Denali and $100,000 — is estimated at more than $1 million.
    Life changed quickly for the 62-year-old retired schoolteacher living on a dairy farm in Wisconsin when her name was chosen from more than 40 million entries.”

    DeerSpring on July 5, 2016 at 6:55 am
  172. alicesoneysmom on July 5, 2016 at 1:06 am
    • Is this a clue to the winner's location or where the house was it?

      Tara on July 5, 2016 at 4:46 pm
    • Maybe it's a hint to the winner being in the same state as the first smart home or winner of the first smart home?

      DadGum on July 5, 2016 at 5:01 pm
    • If u click on that second link its start the clues for where the smart home 2016 is located…I wander if she is saying time to go on to the next home? Notice she says thx hgtv. Could she have won?

      Lucy on July 5, 2016 at 5:23 pm
      • What second link?

        Sole on July 5, 2016 at 6:12 pm
        • Click on the second link and it takes you to the beginning of the smart home location picture I do believe

          Tara on July 5, 2016 at 6:16 pm
    • Knowing Alice, she's saying we're right back where we started! :)

      To me that means anticipation, hope, joy, and excitement!

      Lessie on July 5, 2016 at 5:27 pm
  173. Don't give it up, pretty sad to see my dream flying around USA here not than much just one crazy dreamer looking to the sky thinking in good thoughts

    AlmaC on July 4, 2016 at 11:49 pm
  174. Remember that HGTV cares about every one of you and wants to surprise the winner as soon as possible during the sweepstakes period. Setting all that up takes a lot of planning and people. I hope the winner appreciates the prize and whether you win or not you keep on entering the sweepstakes. HGTV has great shows like Fixer Upper and House Hunters and the shows have lots of ideas of how to update and remodel homes, from the smallest home to the great big mansions out there. God Bless us every one and God Bless America! <3 <3 <3

    eyeheartNY on July 4, 2016 at 10:58 pm
    • Sorry I accidentally hit don't like on my phone your message was really nice too see two thumbs up!

      Haley on July 5, 2016 at 9:51 am
  175. Happy 4th HGTV

    PrayDreamBelieve on July 4, 2016 at 10:27 pm
  176. Happy 4th of July/Independence Day!!!!

    eyeheartNY on July 4, 2016 at 10:21 pm
  177. Come on HGTV…Momma wants a new set of washers and dryers!

    JLC on July 4, 2016 at 9:53 pm
  178. For the grand finale, what says '4th of July' better than Macy's phenomenal New York City fireworks? Or, what about the chance of being the NYC metro area's Smart Home 2016 winner?

    With the Big Apple's Statue of Liberty smiling down upon you, there's not much more to ask for than life, liberty and the pursuit of Smart Home 2016.

    DBCoop on July 4, 2016 at 7:47 pm
    • Awesome finale, Coop. thanks for all the July 4th photos and the New York fireworks video. Now we need to find out who won the Smart Home. I hope we hear something in a day or two.

      DesignABCs on July 5, 2016 at 12:12 am
  179. Sorry, in good thoughts

    TheHouseofMyDream on July 4, 2016 at 7:18 pm
  180. Congratulations to the winner! So fun :)

    Jeannie on July 4, 2016 at 7:18 pm
  181. Don't give it up, pretty sad to see my dream flying around USA here not than much just one crazy dreamer looking to the sky thinking good in thoughts

    TheHouseofMyDream on July 4, 2016 at 7:13 pm
  182. Will the folks from HGTV be rollin' down (or up?) the Mississippi River towards St. Louis, Missouri to surprise an unknowing Smart Home 2016 winner?

    While the thrill of winning the Smart Home might be worth its weight in gold, here the Gateway Arch glitters brightly under the lights of a golden fireworks display.

    DBCoop on July 4, 2016 at 6:45 pm
    • I'm in Kansas City Mo DBCoop. They are welcome to come here. The fireworks are nice here too. :)

      cocreatelifecoaching on July 4, 2016 at 8:25 pm
  183. This is me;). I don't give up until I know there is a winner for sure than I start dreaming of the next home..,still stuck here for now.

    Lucy on July 4, 2016 at 6:35 pm
    • It ain't ova till its ova right Lucy! I love that, you are certainly helping some of us keep hope alive. I was ready to give up again about an hour ago haha… This HGTV roller coaster is sorta exciting.

      Sole on July 4, 2016 at 6:52 pm
  184. Yes but it was like on the 8th last July forbthe smart home when they did it so we'll see.

    Lucy on July 4, 2016 at 6:33 pm
  185. There are millions of dreamers from the Los Angeles metropolitan area down to the Queen Mary in Long Beach Harbor anxiously awaiting a possible HGTV Smart Home Surprise Visit!

    But even a breathtaking display of fireworks over the Queen Mary would be hard-pressed to match the excitement of a City of Angels Smart Home 2016 winner.….

    DBCoop on July 4, 2016 at 6:14 pm
    • Beautiful shot DBCoop ! Always wanted to see this ship . Thank you for once again sharing.
      Wish everyone a beautiful evening.

      Grammynan on July 5, 2016 at 5:10 pm
  186. Imagine how fast the news would spread — faster than a NASA shuttle launch — if there was a Texas winner of Smart Home 2016!

    Along with some awesome fireworks, I can just see the online news report from HGTV: "Houston, we have an over-the-moon, spaced-out winner here!"

    DBCoop on July 4, 2016 at 1:52 pm
    • that would be awesome

      Allison on July 4, 2016 at 2:36 pm
  187. Thanks for your tribute Deer. Just goes to show how one's beliefs and love for their country inspires people to make the ultimate sacrifice so others may live in peace.

    Lessie on July 4, 2016 at 1:39 pm
  188. Happy July 4th everyone!!! An extra special dose of happiness to the ambushed winner of the 2016 Smart Home! Can't wait to see your smiling face!

    For the rest of us non-ambushed bloggers, continue hoping and expecting the best….on to the next HGTV home giveaway!

    Lessie on July 4, 2016 at 12:24 pm
    • Indeed !

      Tired of this town on July 4, 2016 at 12:37 pm
    • I'd love to move on to the next giveaway!!
      If they would just PLEASE add a new post already!!

      Good luck everyone!

      Randycain on July 4, 2016 at 4:56 pm
    • There are bound to be HGTV fireworks ready to light up our lives coming soon to a Home Sweepstakes blog near you! The question is, When do we know it and what will they show us?

      Stay tuned for the next exciting chapter in a yet to be revealed HGTV blogland adventure. ^_^

      DBCoop on July 4, 2016 at 6:32 pm
  189. Nothing would say "Brotherly Love" better than a visit from HGTV to surprise a Philadelphia, PA Smart Home winner!

    The City of Brotherly Love shows off its Museum of Art in this patriotic red, white and blue salute to Independence Day.

    DBCoop on July 4, 2016 at 12:18 pm
  190. A big thank you to all military past and present, who along with their families have kept me safe. Because of you I can dream about things like incredible houses while I already have a home. I don't have to worry about much because of your sacrifices. Thank you for helping make this country so amazingly strong.

    Ut4evr on July 4, 2016 at 12:00 pm
    • Very well said Ut4evr!!

      Randycain on July 5, 2016 at 12:56 am
      • Thank you Randycain.

        Ut4evr on July 5, 2016 at 11:37 am
  191. Btw I really don't think it's happened yet if she is doing the ambush last year in her instragram before she did her ambush for the smart home she posted clues, for instance one showed her holding a pepsi can that said winner R something like that and other clues than a picture of her flying.

    Lucy on July 4, 2016 at 11:11 am
    • It's been so long though! IDK… But we can hope :0)

      ABCDEFG76 on July 4, 2016 at 5:51 pm
  192. Well y'all… Tiffany posted a picture on IG last night taken at her store. Soo, maybe the ambush has happened but I doubt it will happen today, unless someone else will be doing the ambushing… The only way to know is to wait for the official announcement, or a leak ☺️… So just enjoy your holiday and put your mind at ease…

    Sole on July 4, 2016 at 10:19 am
    • One question Idk about this so maybe someone can tell me…is it possible she took the picture earlier and just posted the picture and she could still be somewhere else?

      Lucy on July 4, 2016 at 11:07 am
      • I wondered that too Lucy… It's possible. Especially if she's trying to throw us off… So so wrong lol…

        Sole on July 4, 2016 at 11:24 am
  193. July 4th celebrates the birth of a nation when the 2nd Continental Congress gathered in Philadelphia in 1776 to approve the Declaration of Independence. Americans now honor that historic day with colorful parades, grand displays of fireworks, happy family gatherings and lots of red, white and blue.

    Across this great land, many of us choose to reflect silently, in our own thoughts. Others speak publicly, with somber yet stirring words to remember those courageous men and women who endured much suffering and even paid the ultimate price to win our freedom from foreign tyranny and ensure that our flag still waves.

    I'll be sharing the day with my family, and enjoying one of my favorite renditions of a 4th of July tribute — our national anthem, 'The Star-Spangled Banner'.

    O Say Can You See, By the Dawn's Early Light…

    DBCoop on July 4, 2016 at 10:16 am
    • Awesome, Coop! Thanks for sharing!

      Lessie on July 4, 2016 at 2:10 pm
  194. They say, "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas," — but if it's a Smart Home winner who's hit the jackpot, we'll find out the story before long.

    With a dash of dazzle and a splash of glitter, this impressive fireworks display is perfectly choreographed on a grand scale.

    DBCoop on July 4, 2016 at 8:50 am
  195. Yes indeed…… a lot of men died for our nation. Glad you were able to go to a battle site. it leaves you feeling much different . We truly have a great nation !!! We owe our lives to the great men and women of our country, that have and still serve our nation!!.

    gbfla on July 4, 2016 at 8:32 am
  196. Driving from N.Y. to illinois hoping when I get home I found out the big surprise is waiting for me!!

    Luz Valdovinos on July 4, 2016 at 7:38 am
  197. Happy 4th everyone

    kelly strauss on July 4, 2016 at 7:35 am
  198. God bless america!!!
    Happy Birthday America :) :)
    Happy 4 of july everyone:):)

    gbfla on July 4, 2016 at 7:31 am
  199. Thank You America! Thank You HGTV! And Thank You My Little Soney Boy!

    alicesoneysmom on July 4, 2016 at 2:22 am
  200. A Smart Home Surprise Visit to a very fortunate Denver, CO area winner would give new meaning to the saying 'Mile High!'

    Denver's Civic Center buildings are brilliantly lit up by a dramatic 4th of July fireworks display.

    DBCoop on July 4, 2016 at 12:41 am
    • We watched these last night, DBCoop. Thanks for the shout out to our great city of Denver!

      dooby78 on July 4, 2016 at 11:02 am
    • That would be perfect, as I will be sitting on the Coal Creek Golf Course just outside of Boulder watching and enjoying the lights.

      byrdmannb on July 4, 2016 at 3:22 pm
  201. Congratulations 2016 Smarthome winner!

    Dreamersdreamhome on July 3, 2016 at 10:40 pm
    • Have you heard something?

      Lucy on July 3, 2016 at 10:46 pm
  202. This morning I had a dram I won and took off running. Am I the only one dreaming to win this smarthome? I did not want to come out of that dream…

    Dreamersdreamhome on July 3, 2016 at 10:38 pm
  203. In the City by the Bay, where the 4th of July fireworks and cable cars climb halfway to the stars, a visit from the HGTV Surprise Crew would warm any heart.

    Is the Smart Home 2016 winner waiting there in San Francisco?

    DBCoop on July 3, 2016 at 10:35 pm
    • Wow, beautiful picture with the fireworks cupped in the curve of the lit Bay Bridge.

      Lindingo on July 4, 2016 at 10:08 am
  204. So it was Easter Sunday they ambushed than it would seem holiday r definitely not off so maybe the Fourth of July;)

    Lucy on July 3, 2016 at 9:22 pm
    • The dream home ambush this year was on Palm Sunday, not Easter Sunday.

      dreamn_again on July 4, 2016 at 4:45 pm
      • I'm pretty sure the ambush happened on Easter Sunday. If you look on HGTV FB page you will see tey made the official announcement on March 28. That's over a week before Palm Sunday…

        Sole on July 4, 2016 at 5:09 pm
      • Oh you're right Palms Sunday was March 20th this year… Oops

        Sole on July 4, 2016 at 5:11 pm
  205. Don't remember how many days before Easter Sunday before the email was sent but I believe it was about 4/5 days give or take…

    Sole on July 3, 2016 at 9:14 pm
  206. Right…As with the Dream Home, they ambushed Easter Sunday, days after sending out that email… Who knows what their timeline is…

    Sole on July 3, 2016 at 9:09 pm
  207. I think that was just a general statement not an actual time table, to to let you know it was happening soon idk that it meant that very day they were leaving.

    Lucy on July 3, 2016 at 8:19 pm
  208. If they left Thursday is it likely they already ambushed?

    ABCDEFG76 on July 3, 2016 at 8:08 pm
  209. If the Smart Home 2016 winner surprise takes place around New Orleans, there are going to be lots of folks who'll be wishing they were born on the bayou!

    Fireworks in the Big Easy always mean big excitement on Bourbon Street and beyond!

    DBCoop on July 3, 2016 at 6:21 pm
    • Oh boy, I would love to go to Nawlins!

      Totally awesome for the winner wherever you may be.

      Be blessed…

      DadGum on July 3, 2016 at 7:40 pm
  210. If I am not mistaken every one of the dates were later in July give it another week folks don't give up. Last year we didn't even hear who the winner was until after the winners weekend which starts the 15 th this year and she knew I think like under a week before that…so it still might not have happened the longer they can wait and the closer to winners weekend I think the less likely it will leak out:)

    Lucy on July 3, 2016 at 3:26 pm
    • Bless you, Lucy for writing this! I came here thinking, darn I guess it's not one of us…and then I read your post. It still COULD be. I've read along for weeks, but never posted – but your lovely post just inspired me. Thank you and happy weekend!

      Zen on July 3, 2016 at 4:10 pm
  211. Fireworks over Seattle, Washington's Lake Union would make a spectacular backdrop for a Smart Home Winner Surprise Visit!

    If so, there would definitely be one very happy winner sleepless in Seattle.–9pi

    DBCoop on July 3, 2016 at 3:01 pm
  212. Hey all, happy freedom weekend! So I just went to Tiffany's Facebook page and she posted some cute pics of her and some friends doing some shopping in her new store last night. So it looks like she is still in Illinois. I feel kind of bad being nosey but goodness we need some clues lol. Also, Tiffany if you read these, the pics were great and I would love to visit your shop!

    Katie on July 3, 2016 at 12:56 pm
    • Hi, Katie

      Tiffany only posted one recent pic today of her in her studio. The picture is a repost from one of her colleagues who originally posted the picture 2 days ago. So it's still possible that she's not in Illinois right now and preparing to surprise the winner. :)

      FaithAndLove on July 3, 2016 at 1:08 pm
      • Awesome!!!! Thank you for keeping HOPE alive lol.

        Katie on July 3, 2016 at 1:13 pm
      • The repost was on Instagram, Tiffany posted a couple different pics to her Facebook page today (she's in different outfits too so we know they are not from the same day)

        HGTVobsessed on July 3, 2016 at 1:47 pm
  213. There could be a colorful evening in store for the Smart Home winner if their hometown is around the Nashville metro area neighborhood.

    Here is some 4th of July Music City magic:

    DBCoop on July 3, 2016 at 9:55 am
  214. I wish

    kelly strauss on July 3, 2016 at 9:46 am
  215. No news yet?! Hmmm, maybe today's the day!

    dooby78 on July 3, 2016 at 9:39 am
  216. Wishing everyone a great July 3rd and July 4th! Enjoy your weekend with, or without, a visit from the HGTV ambush team.

    Lessie on July 2, 2016 at 11:54 pm
  217. Enjoyed the links, Deer! Thanks!

    Lessie on July 2, 2016 at 11:31 pm
  218. Goodness I'm so anxious lol

    PrayDreamBelieve on July 2, 2016 at 8:10 pm
  219. How could you miss with a Boston Pops fireworks spectacle guaranteed to supercharge a Smart Home surprise visit around the Bean Town metro area?

    Beautiful Boston highlights brought to you from

    DBCoop on July 2, 2016 at 7:44 pm
    • Little Big Town, Demi Lavato, Nick Jonas, and the Boston Pops- it's going to be epic this year.

      Jeannie on July 3, 2016 at 10:34 am
  220. What would be more magical than a Lake Tahoe based Smart Home winner surprise paired with the thrill of a Lights on the Lake fireworks pageant?

    Water works… fireworks… it all works:

    DBCoop on July 2, 2016 at 5:00 pm
    • Great idea as a California native i love Tahoe , seen many changes in the past 65 years. its beauty still breathtaking.

      viviloree on July 2, 2016 at 7:03 pm
  221. I am still hoping and dreaming-
    My very best to all the Bloggers. May God bless you
    and may God Bless America.
    May God bless all our troops and bring them home safely.
    May all of you have a safe happy 4th of July.

    Grammynan on July 2, 2016 at 1:49 pm
    • Same to you:):) sending Gods blessings to you:):)

      gbfla on July 2, 2016 at 3:54 pm
  222. ; )

    UpNorth on July 2, 2016 at 1:27 pm
  223. Hey HGTV Smart Home Team! I'm home today, all day. Come on by for mint tea.

    Audrey on July 2, 2016 at 12:42 pm
  224. So, when you read this, "The article also said that the winner's "daughters, her son, and a long-time friend had been secretly working with HGTV producers for weeks to ensure it went off without a hitch"…seems like maybe they draw the name immediately after the contest closes to have ample "time" to plan it all out "without a hitch."

    Really, so what about the homepromotions@scripps email, or the letter in the mail, or phone call, but planning for weeks?!?!?


    DadGum on July 2, 2016 at 12:14 pm
    • What article are you talking about. Where and when was then published?

      JJM on July 2, 2016 at 12:42 pm
      • DKHart on July 2, 2016 at 1:28 pm
        • Did you look at the dates?

          Still looking for 2016 Winner !

          Grammynan on July 2, 2016 at 1:44 pm
        • Nice article but that winner won in 2013 not 2016! Still hopeful that my blessing is coming soon. Praise him. All have a great and safe weekend!

          JJM on July 2, 2016 at 2:58 pm
        • This is from 2013. Did you post this as an answer to JJM or for fun? It's a cute story. :)

          cocreatelifecoaching on July 2, 2016 at 4:19 pm
          • He wanted to know what article and I found it – I expected all to look it up to see when it was published and what it said

            DKHart on July 2, 2016 at 7:03 pm
    • Sorry to be a downer everyone, just curious.

      I do wish everyone an awesome chance to be the next SmartHome Winner!

      Many blessings to all.

      DadGum on July 2, 2016 at 7:11 pm
      • That's how I took it, just curious. Every year can be different, so I would be most inclined to believe this year's email. :)

        Lindingo on July 3, 2016 at 9:59 am
    • What article? Is this true?

      Tessa on July 3, 2016 at 12:45 pm
  225. I would like a clue as well, for fun. That's what this is about because ultimately we know the chances of winning are slim. But the excitement and anticipation is worth it. Especially when you get to see an average Joe win a fun, life changing prize. We all want to win but we root for each other.

    JLC on July 2, 2016 at 12:05 pm
  226. no one acting suspicious here…I asked my family if they called…They said no. I bet they ambushed already don't you think? I was originally thinking 4th of July but then figured the HGTV crew would want to be with their family for the Holiday. I wish we'd get a clue :)

    ABCDEFG76 on July 2, 2016 at 11:14 am
    • The crew wants never figure into the picture…my husband does sound and has worked on every holiday including July4 at some point over the years. He works less these days because of his health.

      kelli on July 3, 2016 at 3:04 pm
      • Your husband works for HGTV? Do you have the inside scoop :) haha

        ABCDEFG76 on July 3, 2016 at 6:10 pm
        • No not for HGTV, but he does free-lance sound for tv and documentary. He used to do ABC network news, but now he avoids travel.Would be wonderful to win!

          kelli on July 4, 2016 at 3:57 am
    • Anyone know how long they usually take to post the winner online after they've done the ambush?

      jamie on July 3, 2016 at 3:20 pm
  227. So…..cute:):) thanks :) :)

    gbfla on July 2, 2016 at 11:00 am
  228. So Urban is next and starts when?

    Tired of this town on July 2, 2016 at 10:50 am
  229. Soney here! Happy Fourth of July Everyone! I saw tears in my Mom's eyes as she was reading this.

    alicesoneysmom on July 2, 2016 at 10:09 am
    • What a great salute to her daughter!

      Lessie on July 2, 2016 at 11:29 pm
  230. Why didn't I think of Chicago first for a possible Smart Home winner event? After all, the area is home to interior designer and Smart Home host Tiffany Brooks — just a quick drive… and Surprise!

    A no-cost option, this Lake Michigan fireworks celebration lights up the Chicago skyline:

    DBCoop on July 2, 2016 at 9:12 am
    • Great photo, DBCoop. Where do you think Tiffany might be these days? Any clues?

      DesignABCs on July 2, 2016 at 10:38 am
    • Could be chicago……. that leaves me out:( :( oh well maybe another home :) :)

      gbfla on July 2, 2016 at 11:03 am
    • Great pic, Coop! Two for the price of one! A definite winner!

      Lessie on July 2, 2016 at 11:24 pm
  231. Blessings to all who entered and good luck to everyone. I would be so happy to be visited today. It's raining in Kansas City this morning and all my doggies have muddy feet. I hope they don't mind big Dogs! :)

    cocreatelifecoaching on July 2, 2016 at 8:41 am
  232. Saturday in the Park all about the Fourth of July! What a Great Time to Surprise the Winner!

    alicesoneysmom on July 2, 2016 at 7:59 am
    • Perfect song, Alice, to celebrate the party mood we're in! Thanks for this great link! Wishing you and Soney a very special and blessed 4th! Love ya.

      Lessie on July 2, 2016 at 11:19 pm
      • All the noise from the fireworks is bothering my little Soney Boy. Thanks Lessie for your kind comment! Yep, it seems everyone is in a party mood around here. You and your family have a very special and blessed 4th! We Love ya too!

        alicesoneysmom on July 4, 2016 at 12:27 am
  233. I would say it's today or never

    LibbyGirl200 on July 2, 2016 at 6:08 am
    • If it's today or never, Libby, they didn't ambush me!

      Lessie on July 2, 2016 at 11:14 pm
  234. 3:02 and I'm wide awake watching Mission Impossible 3!

    Lessie on July 2, 2016 at 2:02 am
  235. 12:31 a.m. and I'm still up. Thanks Sweet Home Alabama.

    Lessie on July 1, 2016 at 11:32 pm
    • I am hoping and praying that they will be abushing me in Sweet Home Alabama! Lol!

      momoffearsome5 on July 2, 2016 at 7:51 am
      • Sounds good to me, Momoffearsome5! Enjoy your July 4th holiday!

        Lessie on July 2, 2016 at 11:13 pm
  236. The anticipation is so fun but I just wish HGTV would drop some clues like PCH does it makes it so fun;)

    Lucy on July 1, 2016 at 8:23 pm
  237. Thanks HGTV! Soney and I have been Long Time Fans! Good Luck To The Winner!

    alicesoneysmom on July 1, 2016 at 8:14 pm
    • Thank you alicesoneysmom!

      If the email was dated yesterday, and "they are now on their way to surprise the winner" that means no one has yet been ambushed! There is hope yet!
      Who knows, one of us could have been getting staked out by a private investigator all week long and not even know it!
      Good Luck everyone! Can't wait to see the happy face of the winner. I always love the pics of their joyful faces!

      Randycain on July 1, 2016 at 10:33 pm
      • Randy, does HGTV really hire private investigators? I'd like that assignment!

        Lessie on July 1, 2016 at 11:31 pm
        • I would love to get paid for snooping on people!

          It makes sense that someone local would do reconnaissance in advance of the crew coming. I remember reading a story of the winner being "staked out" by PIs who took photos, etc so they could help the crew get information on the daily habits of folks, who all lives in the house, what the winner looks like, etc.
          I remember reading one winner's comments of realizing that she was outside gardening in her grubby gardening shirt that her kids always teased her about, and that the crew showed her the pics. She was mortified, but I am sure got over it quickly when she was handed the keys to the house!. I can't remember which reveal that was.
          Good luck!!

          Randycain on July 1, 2016 at 11:38 pm
          • Here is a link that talks about the private investigator HGTV hired

            For folks who can't open the links, here is part of the text:
            "In June…HGTV sent a private investigator and a cameraman to surveil her and her family, looking for an opportunity to begin planning the big moment. Driving around the farm [where the winner lives] in a van labeled as a phony mapping company, producers approached her husband for directions, hoping they could get a candid snapshot of the winner. They had little luck — Peggy was at work in the garden with her back turned away from a camera hidden in a pair of eyeglasses. 'That was the most shocking thing," she said, of the idea that she could have been photographed in her gardening/painting outfit. Her children had often told her to get rid of the old, ratty, paint stained work clothes. She admitted that she hasn't worn them since."

            ya just never know!!!

            Randycain on July 1, 2016 at 11:57 pm
          • Awesome find, Randy! Thanks so much for sharing! I would never have thought HGTV used PI's. After the winner is selected for the next HGTV home give away, I'll look much better than this one. :)

            Lessie on July 2, 2016 at 12:34 am
          • I found the reference to the private investigator. It is from the Smart Home 2013 winner. Here is the link if any one is interested:

            For folks who cannot open the link, here is part of the text:
            "In June…HGTV sent a private investigator and a cameraman to surveil her and her family, looking for an opportunity to begin planning the big moment. Driving around the farm [where the winner lives] in a van labeled as a phony mapping company, producers approached her husband for directions, hoping they could get a candid snapshot of the winner.They had little luck — Peggy was at work in the garden with her back turned away from a camera hidden in a pair of eyeglasses. 'That was the most shocking thing,' she said, of the idea that she could have been photographed in her gardening/painting outfit. Her children had often told her to get rid of the old, ratty, paint stained work clothes. She admitted that she hasn't worn them since."

            The article also said that the winner's "daughters, her son, and a long-time friend had been secretly working with HGTV producers for weeks to ensure it went off without a hitch"

            Randycain on July 2, 2016 at 12:06 am
        • Hi Lessie
          This is the 3rd time I've posted this… it keeps getting deleted, so maybe if I respond to you directly it won't get deleted. One more time:

          I found the reference to the private investigator. It is from the Smart Home 2013 winner. Here is the link:

          If you cannot open the link, here is part of the text:
          "In June…HGTV sent a private investigator and a cameraman to surveil her and her family, looking for an opportunity to begin planning the big moment. Driving around the farm [where the winner lives] in a van labeled as a phony mapping company, producers approached her husband for directions, hoping they could get a candid snapshot of the winner. They had little luck — Peggy was at work in the garden with her back turned away from a camera hidden in a pair of eyeglasses. 'That was the most shocking thing,' she said, of the idea that she could have been photographed in her gardening/painting outfit. Her children had often told her to get rid of the old, ratty, paint stained work clothes. She admitted that she hasn't worn them since."

          The article also said that the winner's "daughters, her son, and a long-time friend had been secretly working with HGTV producers for weeks to ensure it went off without a hitch"

          Randycain on July 2, 2016 at 12:11 am
          • oh, hee hee. I guess it was getting posted after all.
            sorry everyone for the repeat performance.

            Randycain on July 2, 2016 at 12:14 am
          • No problem Randy. I love it! Again, thanks for sharing!

            Lessie on July 2, 2016 at 12:35 am
          • So, when you read this, "The article also said that the winner's "daughters, her son, and a long-time friend had been secretly working with HGTV producers for weeks to ensure it went off without a hitch"…seems like maybe they draw the name immediately after contest close to have "time" to plan it all out "without a hitch."

            Really, so what about the homeprmotions@scripps emai, or the letter in the mail, or phone call, but planning for weeks?!?!?


            DadGum on July 2, 2016 at 9:19 am
    • Thank you for finding this and then for randycain to find the investigator info. These type of finds add to the excitement. One does not have to be the winner to be happy for the lucky one. Wonder if this time it is a blogger since a while back a blogger had commented about such type of clothes when she worked outside so maybe we have all read notes from her on this site long before it was her as the lucky one. Congrats to her and her family. Thanks to all our current and post military folks. Enjoy the 4th.

      AZPeaks on July 3, 2016 at 9:39 am
      • just realized that your site was for the 2013 winner. Oh, the game is still on to guess who the lucky one is. HGTV should open up soon and what a 4th of July this will be for someone and their family. Congrats again!

        AZPeaks on July 3, 2016 at 9:44 am
  238. Really quiet here, too. I will be VERY surprised if I win. My hubs is definitely not in on it if I do. Nothing out of the norm. Planning for a three day weekend. Hey, that's big! All work and no play. Finally a Monday off work! God bless this wonderful nation.

    JLC on July 1, 2016 at 7:46 pm
  239. I've gotta be up all night! Want to take a guess how many comments I'll make to help me stay awake?

    Lessie on July 1, 2016 at 7:44 pm
    • why all night lessie….working..

      twoTERRIERs on July 1, 2016 at 10:28 pm
      • Yes, working tonight and tomorrow night! Bummer!!!

        Lessie on July 1, 2016 at 11:05 pm
        • hi lessie….up late here too….writing i suspect….what is the weather like…wish i was up there……in March I visited DC and the weather was lovely…so cool……comparatively…..doing all nighters is like being in college again:):)

          twoTERRIERs on July 2, 2016 at 12:30 am
          • Hi twoT. The weather is great. Cool front came in last night but it will be warmer tomorrow. The only difference between staying up all night now and staying up all night during my college years is productivity versus having a super great time and not being tired the next day! The good part is that my friends feel the same way! :)

            Lessie on July 2, 2016 at 11:11 pm
  240. HGTV, regardless of who the winner of the 2016 Smart Home is, we'll NEVER lose our love for you!!!

    Lessie on July 1, 2016 at 7:16 pm
  241. If my friend, Sam, was here, I'm sure he wouldn't have a problem if he was the winner of the 2016 Smart Home. Hey, I don't think I'll have a problem either if I'm the winner!

    Lessie on July 1, 2016 at 7:07 pm
  242. Lessie, any chance that the HGTV Smart Home Surprise Team has been spotted in the Baltimore, MD vicinity?

    Someone knows the answer to that question — and they're not telling — yet! Either way, enjoy this glorious fireworks display from Baltimore's Inner Harbor.….

    DBCoop on July 1, 2016 at 7:02 pm
    • Love those fireworks, Coop! Thanks for the pic! Sure would be nice if the Ambush Team was spotted bypassing the Baltimore exit as they headed down 95S to exit 38. Then I'd be excited. Otherwise, I'm excited just reading the comments of others. :)

      Lessie on July 1, 2016 at 7:42 pm
      • What a cool find! Fantastic neon art and a great song.

        Lindingo on July 2, 2016 at 9:18 am
  243. Who is the winner
    HGTV tell us

    PrayDreamBelieve on July 1, 2016 at 6:58 pm
  244. Sorry , no picture to show but what could be more appropriate than Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA. The place where our Independence was declared. With 4th of July almost here it would be a nice time for some one in the area to receive this wonderful home. The crew will be most welcome- and anyone that is presenting the keys and the check too
    I'll leave the light on !

    Grammynan on July 1, 2016 at 4:50 pm
    • Wow, what an awesome way to draw the Ambush Team to yourself, Grammynan! I like your strategy. :)

      Lessie on July 1, 2016 at 7:05 pm
  245. A Smart Home winner's surprise in Miami's South Beach or neighboring suburbs?

    These festive waterside fireworks ( photo) could be the hot spot:

    DBCoop on July 1, 2016 at 2:55 pm
    • beautiful!

      ABCDEFG76 on July 1, 2016 at 3:42 pm
    • Coop, have you checked out the DC or Maryland fireworks? They're great!!! Very colorful!

      Lessie on July 1, 2016 at 5:17 pm
  246. My hubby swears no one has contacted him and he's taking a nap so I don't think it will be today for us in Colorado. Exciting someone's life is going to be changed! I love these HGTV home giveaways, best contests ever!

    dooby78 on July 1, 2016 at 1:28 pm
  247. It is a blessing for the winner, friends and family to have such an opportunity!
    No news here and my thoughts are shifting to the next one – there is always a next one and for that we are grateful.

    Jeannie on July 1, 2016 at 12:01 pm
    • Absolutely !

      Cyn_Less on July 1, 2016 at 12:19 pm
  248. No updates or news :( No hints this time HGTV? No pictures of rivers, hotel awnings, etc. Updates on the blog and clues are the best part of this experience! It makes it so much fun! Well and if I actually won that would be fun too… :0)

    ABCDEFG76 on July 1, 2016 at 11:47 am
  249. Could it possibly be a beach and boardwalk show of fireworks to accompany an Atlantic City, NJ area Smart Home winner surprise?

    Another brilliant display of color:

    DBCoop on July 1, 2016 at 10:01 am
  250. As if 7 lucky hints weren't enough to convince you that you're about to become the WINNER of Smart Home 2016…

    You wake up to find a check on your nightstand and realize it wasn't just a dream after all. !!!!

    100,000 happy wishes to the WINNER!

    DBCoop on July 1, 2016 at 9:38 am
    • Would me nice:):)……. my oh my……

      gbfla on July 1, 2016 at 10:04 am
    • Now that's the best reality of all, Coop! $100,000! What a great gift to wake up to!

      Lessie on July 1, 2016 at 5:12 pm
  251. Is there any data on if mailing in the entry or doing the entry on line for any of the HGTV sweepstakes has a better chance of winning? Just curious!

    kvc213 on July 1, 2016 at 9:23 am
    • I've wondered the same thing.

      JLC on July 1, 2016 at 11:35 am
      • No, I don't think so. I believe there is the same chance because they put put up a video on how they chose the House winner

        Tara on July 1, 2016 at 11:37 am
    • The chances are the same because of how they batch up entries, and randomly select a batch number from numbered balls in a hopper. However there are significantly more batches of online entries and that's what has been picked since they started online entries.

      dreamn_again on July 1, 2016 at 1:22 pm
    • Only the online entries have produced the winners so far, ever since online entries became an option. That's just because there are so many more of them.

      Lindingo on July 2, 2016 at 9:43 am
  252. ABCDEFG76 on June 30, 2016 at 10:22 pm
    • Thanks for the memories. Bloggers are starting to drift away from the 2016 home as HGTV has "abandoned" this site. Laundry room pic has been up wayyyy tooooo looong.

      AZPeaks on July 1, 2016 at 9:11 am
    • Thanks so much, ABC! I LOVE seeing the excitement and happiness of others! Wow, love how HGTV brings such happiness and joy to so many!

      Lessie on July 1, 2016 at 5:08 pm
  253. ABCDEFG76 on June 30, 2016 at 10:14 pm
    • this was the florida smart home/maybe dream home a few years ago, i seem to remember….

      twoTERRIERs on July 1, 2016 at 9:40 am
  254. ABCDEFG76 on June 30, 2016 at 10:13 pm
  255. Like every car that ride by the house I about die!!! My fiance is Like "omg baby I think its them", But it's just the neighbors coming home from work.
    I'm so tickled at him my cheeks hurt from laughing so hard!!
    I'm Truly Happy For You. I Prayed That If It Wasn't Me. God Bless Someone Who Needs It More Then I.. I'm Far Far Faaar From Rich Or Even Financialy Wealthy. But I'm Very Happy With My Life & I'm Blessed.
    And I'm Excited To Sign Up & Dream Again For The 2016 HGTV Urban Oasis!!!
    #ILoveHGTV #Pray #Dream #Believe

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 30, 2016 at 10:02 pm
    • Awww, God Bless You, ! I am always looking around too. Excited!!
      Prayers and blessings to all, from the bottom of my heart!

      Cyn_less on July 1, 2016 at 7:15 am
      • Thank you Cyn_less

        PrayDreamBelieve on July 1, 2016 at 5:23 pm
  256. Which hosts have ambushed Smart Home winners in the past? Anyone know?

    ABCDEFG76 on June 30, 2016 at 9:59 pm
  257. Or will there be a Midwest red, white and blue Smart Home surprise? Seen here over Minneapolis, MN:


    DBCoop on June 30, 2016 at 9:34 pm
    • Do you think 4th of July DBCoop? Or Saturday? I need to quit checking this blog :)

      ABCDEFG76 on June 30, 2016 at 9:39 pm
  258. do you think they will give any more hints? did they last time?

    ABCDEFG76 on June 30, 2016 at 7:31 pm
    • no. i think just once they gave clues–of the unhelpful variety, but it was still fun. once they had a live crew and THAT was really fun!!!! you could get a little sense of where they were by the sun setting darkness level. that was for a dream home, long time ago,

      Lindingo on June 30, 2016 at 8:04 pm
  259. Good luck everyone and congratulations to the new winner whoever you may be!

    SNUFFY1996 on June 30, 2016 at 7:24 pm
  260. Good luck to everyone!

    JLC on June 30, 2016 at 7:10 pm
  261. The dream home she wasn't but the kids were

    Lucy on June 30, 2016 at 6:17 pm
  262. In the last smart home the husband was definitely in on it.

    Lucy on June 30, 2016 at 6:15 pm
    • I must not be the blessed winner. If my husband knows anything he deserves and Academy Award because it is business as usual around my house.

      Texasmom1970 on July 1, 2016 at 8:43 am
      • That really doesn't mean anything though they sometimes surprise husband and wife, so don't give up.

        Lucy on July 1, 2016 at 9:17 am
      • So sorry Tex I meant to hit thumbs up

        Tired of this town on July 1, 2016 at 4:41 pm
  263. Hmmm does anyone know if the husband or wife is normally in on it? Nothing suspicious from hubby but wondering if they normally know anything to begin with

    Elise on June 30, 2016 at 6:13 pm
    • sometimes the spouse knows. once it was an adult son.

      Lindingo on June 30, 2016 at 7:58 pm
    • I definitely know mine is not in on it cause he just as excited as I

      PrayDreamBelieve on June 30, 2016 at 10:13 pm
  264. Those message from the King can't think straight Good luck to all

    TheHouseofMyDream on June 30, 2016 at 6:00 pm
  265. Okay I know everyone is so excited and hopeful….i just hope it is one of you bloggers, including me….but if not we have the future lovely homes to dream of….beginning to think here one of those endearing moveable tiny, smart homes might be the best home possible….my gosh over the last few years I've lived in Vermont, Florida, New Mexico, Virginia…………….yikes….all we can do is dream and what will the future bring….however, okay will they accept a tiny, smart home in the Washington, DC area….or a renovated barn…

    Good luck to all.

    twoTERRIERs on June 30, 2016 at 5:51 pm
  266. I really don't think that this is going to leak out like the dream home ( I least I hope not:( that was disappointing… Half the fun is the anticipation.

    Lucy on June 30, 2016 at 5:05 pm
  267. seriously I am betting that the next post on this blog will be the winner;). I would love,love,love it to be me but if not me another blogger, GO TEAM!

    Lucy on June 30, 2016 at 4:18 pm
    • Lucy, I'm loving reading your comments. Don't stop, keep going!

      Lessie on June 30, 2016 at 4:52 pm
  268. Truthfully if the hubby was contacted I think it would be easy to arrange an ambush even if you were out of town;)

    Lucy on June 30, 2016 at 4:13 pm
    • Any time is a good time IF the ambush is done right, Lucy. That means HGTV would need specific details on the ambushee. :)

      Lessie on June 30, 2016 at 4:51 pm
      • I'm thinking i could tell if my family knew :) what about you guys? Nothing suspicious here…

        ABCDEFG76 on June 30, 2016 at 5:15 pm
        • My hubby could absolutely hide it he gave me a surprise party a couple of months really really surprised me that's hard to do with a surprise party.

          Lucy on June 30, 2016 at 5:23 pm
          • Your husband is good, Lucy! Let us know how it goes this weekend. Posting a smiley face will do.

            Lessie on June 30, 2016 at 5:56 pm
        • Definitely nothing suspicious here! That's why I'm making my own plans to be happy! :)

          Lessie on June 30, 2016 at 5:55 pm
  269. I still think it'll be like Friday r Saturday, catch me hgtv in corpus:)

    Lucy on June 30, 2016 at 4:04 pm
    • That's still a bad time for people with travel plans…unless HGTV knows ahead of time where they'll be.

      Lessie on June 30, 2016 at 4:49 pm
      • Lol notice I told hgtv I would in corpus;) maybe I should say Corpus Christi, tx

        Lucy on June 30, 2016 at 4:57 pm
  270. I agree 4th would be odd time to show up as many people travel for the holiday.

    Tara on June 30, 2016 at 3:44 pm
    • unless they talk to your family and know your plans :) But…if they headed out already it will probably be sooner right?

      ABCDEFG76 on June 30, 2016 at 4:31 pm
    • Me too!

      Lessie on June 30, 2016 at 4:48 pm
  271. No kidding, with it being July 4th weekend…If the winner is out of town, how do they really make a "surprise" appearance…unless they know the winner is out of town…spooky.

    DadGum on June 30, 2016 at 3:38 pm
    • I never would have thought the winner would be ambushed this weekend. Guess that means I'm not the winner cuz I'm super scheduled this weekend. No time for an ambush.

      Lessie on June 30, 2016 at 4:45 pm
      • if you won and they decided to ambush you this weekend I'm positive they would figure a way to do it;) might be even funner since most wouldn't anticipate it;)

        Lucy on June 30, 2016 at 5:13 pm
        • It would be my dream to be watching fireworks and get ambushed! How cool would that be!!!!!!

          ABCDEFG76 on June 30, 2016 at 5:16 pm
          • Very, very cool and very unforgettable;)

            Lucy on June 30, 2016 at 5:21 pm
          • why would someone thumbs down this???

            ABCDEFG76 on June 30, 2016 at 5:35 pm
          • Don't let anyone or anything keep you from being happy! This is your holiday. Enjoy it!!!

            Lessie on June 30, 2016 at 6:00 pm
          • Someone thumbs down almost all of the posts. It is like dealing with a mosquito. Annoying but nothing more than that. Not personal.

            Lindingo on June 30, 2016 at 8:11 pm
          • Very very cool and unforgettable

            Lucy on June 30, 2016 at 5:25 pm
          • That will be so exciting, ABC! Would love to see the video.

            Lessie on June 30, 2016 at 5:52 pm
          • me too

            DadGum on June 30, 2016 at 6:01 pm
          • Awesome

            PrayDreamBelieve on June 30, 2016 at 10:03 pm
        • You're probably right, Lucy! If that happens, I'll know for certain that the HGTV ambush team is the best ever!!!

          Lessie on June 30, 2016 at 5:48 pm
  272. Wonder where phone calls come from.

    Tara on June 30, 2016 at 3:36 pm
  273. My birthday is in July it would be a great gift.

    Tara on June 30, 2016 at 3:30 pm
  274. So do they visit or contact you by phone or email?

    Tara on June 30, 2016 at 3:28 pm
    • It could be any of the above. Good Luck!

      dreamn_again on June 30, 2016 at 3:38 pm
    • It sounded like an ambush from the email or do they not do that for the Smart Home?

      ABCDEFG76 on June 30, 2016 at 4:32 pm
      • They ambush. Hopefully it is an ambush as usual.

        Lessie on June 30, 2016 at 4:42 pm
  275. Nothing on social media… I think even Tiffany's Twitter post from the dream home has been deleted when they were off to surprise the winner. Hmmm….. Anyone else have any sleuthing ideas?

    Melly1979 on June 30, 2016 at 3:12 pm
    • besides Facebook twitter and instagram what else would they post on? Im not up on all the technology :)

      ABCDEFG76 on June 30, 2016 at 4:35 pm
      • In the pre-technology days, sometimes a city hall would have info.

        Lindingo on June 30, 2016 at 8:07 pm
  276. I feel buterflies in my stomach, what that means? is it a sign? Hopefully!! good luck to all!!

    Luz Araceli on June 30, 2016 at 1:37 pm
    • Could be. The best to you Luz!

      Lessie on June 30, 2016 at 4:35 pm
  277. I wish everyone Good Luck, I know if I were to win the house I would be so happy. Our family, has had two very tough years and I would love a new start. I have had shed so many tears in the past two years it would be extra special to cry some happy tears for once. I know I am blessed and there are so many others who deserve this wonderful home. I am the person in life that wishes good for every one but myself. I really need a win – even the smallest of wins right now would be appreciated. I believe God has a plan for all of us and whoever wins was destined to win from the beginning. It seems selfish to hope for myself to win but I am on this one. Someone told me it is time for me to get selfish for myself but I am not sure if God wants that for me….as I'm sure it is coming across that I'm torn for someone else versus myself but that is how I truly am feeling. Who ever wins, please enjoy it on behalf of all of us.

    DKHD - FL on June 30, 2016 at 1:21 pm
  278. So excited to see who the blessed winner of the beautiful home will be. My birthday is July the fourth wouldn't that make foe one heck of a present. Good luck to all!

    Texasmom1970 on June 30, 2016 at 1:12 pm
  279. It would have been nice if they could have also posted the e-mail content as a new blog. Oh, well.

    Lindingo on June 30, 2016 at 12:31 pm
  280. waiting patiently…i believe in miracles…#Jesus

    MALIKA BRADFORD on June 30, 2016 at 12:05 pm
  281. A Smart Home Surprise Visit from HGTV is coming any time now, and I'm left to wonder what the closest major city to the winner's hometown will be? So, following up with a few (or a slew) of possibilities in living 4th of July color….

    With Independence Day celebrations only days away, maybe it'll be a lucky Smart Home 2016 winner from somewhere around Atlanta, GA?

    It doesn't get much better than an early 4th of July surprise in this southern jewel — and this photo says it all — From our friends at the Atlanta fireworks

    DBCoop on June 30, 2016 at 11:33 am
    • WOW!!!

      Lindingo on June 30, 2016 at 12:17 pm
    • That has to be from the fireworks display at Centennial Olympic Park! From Stone Mountain, to Decatur to Buckhead to Downtown there are plenty to go around. If you are in Atlanta, catch the Peachtree Road Race. It's going to be a wonderful and HOT Fourth of July here so come on, give me more reasons to celebrate!!!!!

      southernlady on June 30, 2016 at 12:38 pm
    • Yes!! Come to Conyers GA – we are ready for a new beginning.

      S. Jordan on July 2, 2016 at 11:46 am
  282. Checked my email and I got one too. They ambushed the winner 3 days after they sent this type of email out with the Dream Home, I wonder if they'll do the same this time. Good Luck everyone!

    ccbaguley on June 30, 2016 at 10:52 am
    • so sunday? or monday?

      ABCDEFG76 on June 30, 2016 at 4:39 pm
  283. I was thinking do they actually choose the winner today. Or was It chosen the date is says on the rules & they just now going to air it?!?!
    Well I'm praying they come today.
    I put my eye lashes on to look extra good for HGTV..
    Good Luck And Pray Everyone.
    Ttyl blog clocking into work!
    #Pray #Dream #Believe

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 30, 2016 at 10:27 am
    • The best to you, Pray! If I put on eye lashes, they wouldn't stay on long. Would probably fall off soon afterwards.

      I LOVE reading the comments! People are so excited that I'm excited too! Enjoy your day!

      Lessie on June 30, 2016 at 3:07 pm
      • You may have a better chance of them coming if you haven't showered, have no make-up on, and are in hole-y sweats :)

        ABCDEFG76 on June 30, 2016 at 4:41 pm
        • ABC, I don't have any extra room in my schedule for anything I haven't planned this weekend. So I'm not expecting a visit from the ambush team but it sure is great to read the excitement of others and imagine their anticipation. I love it!

          Lessie on June 30, 2016 at 5:30 pm
  284. No email here so I must have forgotten to enter this one.
    Best of luck to all the hopefuls- so exciting!!

    Jeannie on June 30, 2016 at 10:18 am
    • If you request e-mail reminders to enter and so on, then you get this message, too. You probably did enter. Good luck!

      Lindingo on June 30, 2016 at 12:16 pm
  285. So I'm Like So Excited You Guys To See What The New Urban Oasis Will Turn Out To Be!

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 30, 2016 at 10:08 am
    • Just received an email in my spam that person has been chosen today. I'm getting so excited about this I probably will faint thank you father god

      donette mulvaney on June 30, 2016 at 10:11 am
      • Me to I'm like can't breathe mode over here lol

        PrayDreamBelieve on June 30, 2016 at 10:24 am
        • it would be soon exciting :)

          ABCDEFG76 on June 30, 2016 at 4:42 pm
  286. On my way to work! Hoping Tiffany & The Crew Is Waiting For Me.
    If Not Hopefully When I Get Home!! Lol
    #Pray #Dream #Believe

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 30, 2016 at 10:07 am
  287. I give my permission to park that car in my driveway as soon as possible ! Of course the beautiful house and yes, the cash would be the topper ! Guess it won't be long before we know the Winner ! Wish everyone a beautiful day and I an still dreaming until I know the winner is announced. bye for now

    Grammynan on June 30, 2016 at 10:04 am
  288. Lol! Right now I'm on top of the world enjoying my life and making plans for next week. Looking forward to July 4th and next week!

    Lessie on June 30, 2016 at 10:02 am
  289. Number 7 of seven (possibly) lucky signs that you're the WINNER of Smart Home 2016!

    You see a 2016 Mercedes Benz GLC parked in your driveway and you don't remember buying one lately.

    Happy Daze!

    DBCoop on June 30, 2016 at 9:23 am
    • Oh I so want this, just like the millions of others!!

      Katie on June 30, 2016 at 9:30 am
    • Can I have it in white? Is that an option?

      Stormyee on June 30, 2016 at 9:56 am
  290. any hints on where the winner lives!?!?

    pclarke07 on June 30, 2016 at 9:21 am
    • I wish they would give us hints on the winners location…like they did that one time for the hdtv dream home with the picture of the river! and the hotel etc it was so much fun!!!

      ABCDEFG76 on June 30, 2016 at 7:34 pm
  291. Wow, at least two of us have received emails from HGTV with great news.

    The email reads: "We have drawn a name and are on our way to notify the winner. Stand by to find out who won HGTV Smart Home 2016."

    Standing by here… still standing… still standing. I'm getting tired already. Can I sit down while I wait?

    DBCoop on June 30, 2016 at 9:12 am
    • Make that three

      LibbyGirl200 on June 30, 2016 at 9:19 am
    • I got mine too!

      tiffany on June 30, 2016 at 9:20 am
    • Me too…here waiting!

      Suga29 on June 30, 2016 at 9:44 am
    • I got mine and I'm in AZ right now – not MD. YIKES! Will I be disqualified?

      MariaJack on June 30, 2016 at 9:51 am
    • I got mine too:):) looks like we will have a winner post soon:):)

      gbfla on June 30, 2016 at 9:59 am
    • Boo Hooo out of the loop d loop. I didn't get the email. In any case you all have a wonderful July 4th. Have hoards of family showing up for the festivities. Hey July 4th in Washington DC. Whats not to love. Well perhaps rain storms!!!! GRRRRR. Congratulations to Smart Home winner. Moving on to the next smart home build. Cant wait to see SOLAR PANELS and Power wall installed in 2017 build!!!! Plus ELECTRIC CAR!!! Hugs to all Bye for now! Hokiemom

      Ashtabulannie on June 30, 2016 at 10:07 am
      • Hokiemom, make sure you show any dogs who come with their 2 legged parents, how to use a bidet. LOL. Happy 4th

        Eugenia27 on June 30, 2016 at 2:15 pm
        • eugenia, boy that takes me back. Yep they brought their pesky dog too! AND the Dang fur is EVERYWHERE!!! They still have not squeezed those "Glands" and the beast is dragging its backside over my freshly cleaned oriental rugs. GRRRRRRR!!! LOLOL all I can do is laugh because crying does not help.

          Ashtabulannie on June 30, 2016 at 9:36 pm
          • Have you thought about investing in, doggie diapers?

            Eugenia27 on June 30, 2016 at 11:51 pm
      • Oh dear, I got a thumbs down. I guess I shouldn't have referred to a situation we talked about years ago.
        Sorry everyone, I will refrain from private jokes in the future

        Eugenia27 on June 30, 2016 at 6:14 pm
        • Really!!!!! People give a thumbs down???? Got something against Bidets? Good Grief. Poor Eugenia. I gave you a thumbs up. Must go spot treat my rug. ICK

          Ashtabulannie on June 30, 2016 at 9:39 pm
          • Thank you my friend. After you purchase the doggie diapers, buy a couple dunce caps for the doggy's parents

            Eugenia27 on June 30, 2016 at 11:53 pm
          • Gosh I would not upset but we now have two little babies at the crawling stage. I ONLY put them in playpens.when leaving the room otherwise they have full access to all after I throughly baby Included.a.through cleaning, even of the . baseboards. OK I'm a little OCD….hope they heartworm ed the dog.Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone——– Original message ——–

            Ashtabulannie on July 1, 2016 at 8:54 am
    • I didn't get an email, but I'm still happy! A very big congratulations to the winner! Enjoy this wonderful home as much as I would. Please share how it feels to receive this awesome gift with bloggers. We'll be waiting to hear from you. Enjoy your 4th!!!

      Lessie on June 30, 2016 at 10:11 am
      • Happy 4th Lessie.

        Eugenia27 on June 30, 2016 at 2:15 pm
        • Thanks, Eugenia. Happy 4th to you also. BTW: I did get an email but the wording was different.

          This is a super tight weekend for me. No time for an ambush. Good thing the winner is ready and prepared! Congratulations!!!

          Lessie on June 30, 2016 at 5:06 pm
    • I received the email too! So exciting! I'll be busy watching my nephew today and running errands, My son thinks his grown up teeth are falling out (he's 8 yr) Kids are so funny, his teeth are fine~ but he can't shake the worry. I called the DDS and they were so sweet to set up a quick appt for him today to reassure him. After that I may take the kids swimming l~ but I'll be sure to check my rear-view mirror all the while! ….A July 4th ambush would be amazing! Wishing all the bloggers good luck and a Happy July 4th Celebration!

      Angela on June 30, 2016 at 10:14 am
      • Poor kiddo! That is a pretty common anxiety. You are a great mom to get reassurance for him before he dwells on it. Have fun with your activities and good luck on winning!

        Lindingo on June 30, 2016 at 12:28 pm
    • For some reason I never get the e-mails. Also not in spam. Well good luck to you all.

      Sherri on June 30, 2016 at 11:18 am
      • Do you ask for e-mail reminders to enter? I think that is the secret.

        Lindingo on June 30, 2016 at 12:29 pm
        • Yes I do. I don't get those either. My husband never gets them also.

          Sherri on June 30, 2016 at 9:12 pm
    • Got the email too, can't wait to find out who won.

      albbora on June 30, 2016 at 11:38 am
    • Email from HGTV or no email, if you submitted at least one Smart Home 2016 entry, you're on the list to be surprised as a possible winner of the house, car and cash — so take up your positions for a strategic view of the streets and get ready for the HGTV Surprise Crew!

      Remember, only you can prevent being caught completely off guard! Suggestion… take turns standing watch. If everyone's lined up at the front window you'll never get the house pulled together in time for your on-screen debut. ^_^

      DBCoop on June 30, 2016 at 11:48 am
      • Too funny!

        Lessie on June 30, 2016 at 5:09 pm
    • I got one too!!!

      Grande Dame on June 30, 2016 at 11:53 am
    • Also got email saying they have picked a name and are on their way

      DKHart on June 30, 2016 at 11:58 am
    • OH NO! I was cleaning up my over 1,000 unread emails and just started deleting stuff.

      Eugenia27 on June 30, 2016 at 2:17 pm
      • Seriously, Eugenia, over 1,000 unread emails? You could have missed winning notifications going way back from HGTV, DIY and even Publishers Clearing House!

        DBCoop on June 30, 2016 at 3:14 pm
        • LOL! Good one Coop!

          Lessie on June 30, 2016 at 5:10 pm
        • I KNEW I should have won the DIY Blog Cabin in Idaho.
          Note to self. Keep trying to Unsubscribe from all those junk mail places.

          Eugenia27 on June 30, 2016 at 6:16 pm
    • Got my email this morning as well

      Theoneandonly26 on June 30, 2016 at 6:38 pm
    • really dbcoop?

      twoTERRIERs on June 30, 2016 at 9:36 pm
    • I also received the same email yesterday ….waiting

      Magdalena Flores on July 1, 2016 at 7:00 am
    • I also received the same email yesterday …, Did anyone won?

      Cyn_less on July 1, 2016 at 9:17 am
  292. Congratulations to the winner !!! Bravo HGTV on tight lid his year just wish updated blog.
    Anyone receive a call? I'm pretty positive they would call first or next of kin on Facebook etc first. So I do know it's not me and that's ok .. I am blessed And will continue to dream all !

    Tired of this town on June 30, 2016 at 9:10 am
  293. Hey all, I just received an email saying they are on their way to surprise the winner!!! Finally some kind of update

    Katie on June 30, 2016 at 8:49 am
    • Sorry I tried to give you a thumbs up, but it won't let me change my selection :( BIG THUMBS UP!!! :)

      Lct475 on June 30, 2016 at 8:56 am
      • That's OK, I'm sure I've fat fingered a couple myself lol

        Katie on June 30, 2016 at 9:04 am
    • Im wondering if its a July 4th celebration surprise!!!

      ABCDEFG76 on June 30, 2016 at 9:00 am
      • I'm not sure, the email didn't give much info, just that a winner was chosen and they are on their way to surprise them. They could either be flying in today and starting their recon for a fourth of July ambush or actually ambushing today. Super exciting for the winner and for all of us checking this blog like crazy!

        Katie on June 30, 2016 at 9:07 am
  294. This is really no different than everyday life..The laundry that never ends

    Amber on June 30, 2016 at 8:47 am
  295. Congratulations to the winner! You won a beauty of a home!! Must be tough to remain silent but it will be soooooo worth it. Best of wishes!

    UpNorth on June 30, 2016 at 8:44 am
    • Who won???

      Summer on June 30, 2016 at 8:49 am
      • they have drawn the name, but the winner doesn't know his/her status yet.

        Lindingo on June 30, 2016 at 12:21 pm
  296. So sweet…! possibly HGTV needs to made two Dreams home one special just for Dreams Happens blog

    AlmaC on June 30, 2016 at 8:39 am
  297. I'm guessing that — for all the anxiously awaiting dreamers out in blogland — the sooner we get some news about the Smart Home Surprise Visit, the better!

    Otherwise, they may be forced to consider posting notice offering a reward for any information leading to the address and depiction of the alleged person of interest.

    (After viewing templates we could use for the poster, I'm reminded by this link that pinning one up at our local post office might not be the best environment for seeking out information on the winner of Smart Home 2016.)

    DBCoop on June 30, 2016 at 12:46 am
    • Hilarious! Mom doesn't seem interested in claiming Unlce Bob as a family member.

      Lessie on June 30, 2016 at 10:05 am
      • True, Lessie! Seems that more than just a few families have an "Uncle Bob" as a family member hidden away somewhere that they prefer not to claim!

        My family's "Uncle Bob" was a French privateer — albeit a good one — back in the days of the American Revolution. He was on the Colonies' side against England. Good thing, although I'm sure my English family didn't think so at the time!

        DBCoop on July 3, 2016 at 9:54 am
    • Well I don't believe in LUCK but if I win I will consider myself & others blessed. Ahhh who I am kidding!! I will be LUCKY!! lol ohh lilfyi – I moved from Fayetteville NC to Conyers GA. If you all are searching for me. Lol

      S. Jordan on July 2, 2016 at 11:33 am
  298. Soney here! Long Time Blogger! Don't understand how our comments get deleted or given thumbs down when others are allowed to blog. Found this fun Breaking News Message. Please Support our Kitty Cats! Love from Soney from Seattle!

    alicesoneysmom on June 29, 2016 at 10:43 pm
    • Alice, several people have had comments deleted recently. I think one of mine, too. It's just random. Nothing personal. The thumbs down person does it to almost all of the posts. So, again, no point in taking that personally.

      That cat is SO beautiful! I love when businesses have an animal to interact with people. Pure love and lots of smiles.

      Love to you and Soney from me and my sweet orange cat, Marigold. :)

      Lindingo on June 29, 2016 at 11:04 pm
  299. Two months without even a hello from HGTV….? Have they forgotten us? This is CRAZY!

    lovethechefblog on June 29, 2016 at 8:02 pm
  300. All this anticipation is stirring up my imagination! Right now, I can think of a number of ways to ambush the winner. If you (the HGTV Ambush Team) call, text, or email me, I'll gladly share my ambush suggestions. :)

    Lessie on June 29, 2016 at 5:56 pm
  301. Maybe they'll do a 4th of July ambush:)

    JLC on June 29, 2016 at 5:14 pm
    • My guess is most of the hosts are probably getting ready to celebrate the holiday with their families. I think we are going to have to wait until next week….at least we'll get more laundry done.

      Jazzygirl9 on June 29, 2016 at 8:49 pm
  302. I wonder how long it takes them to put together the "winner" blog post. How many people have to check over the post, and double check, and then the tech guys posting it up and making sure they post it to the right area.. Would be cool if the lovely Virginia could share a little backstage info with us like Monica did when she did the "backstage" view of the ambush prep video.

    Melly1979 on June 29, 2016 at 2:08 pm
    • I've been wondering if they are cutting costs or just on vacation. Haven't been any "picking the winner" info for quite a while.

      Jazzygirl9 on June 29, 2016 at 8:54 pm
  303. No sightings here in St Louis, but still holding out hope!
    Somebody is going to be celebrating big time this summer of 2016…hope it's me!
    Even if it's not I know there will be smiling faces somewhere!!!

    Thanks HGTV and all the awesome sponsors…now to get in my Ford Taurus while thinking it's a Mercedes =)

    HGTVinSTL on June 29, 2016 at 1:15 pm
  304. Hi HGTV Blog Admins!

    May we please have an update? A clue perhaps on the lucky winner's location? I am still hoping you're heading my way or planning to call me soon lol. I know we are entering notification territory now and that the blogs can't be notified of the winner before the lucky winner is informed lol. A clue would be perfect! Maybe you could tell us what state the lucky winner lives in? I'm super excited to see who gets to enjoy this beautiful home!

    Thank you again for these amazing sweepstakes. SO FUN!

    Grande Dame on June 29, 2016 at 10:33 am
  305. Number 6 of seven (possibly) lucky signs that HGTV has arrived at your house for the Smart Home 2016 Surprise visit!

    A film crew has laid tracks right up your driveway to the front door.

    DBCoop on June 29, 2016 at 9:49 am
    • This is my fav so far. I'm ready.

      Grande Dame on June 29, 2016 at 10:34 am
    • Does anyone else think DBCoop is in on it?…that we are not going to get an update until all 7 are posted?…maybe the 7th one is a photo of the HGTV crew handing someone a big check :)

      HGTVaddict on June 29, 2016 at 10:38 am
    • Dang, Coop! With these signs, you may as well tell me, "Nope, YOU are NOT the Winner!!!"

      Here's my 2016 Smart Home dream ambush. It happens July 7th. After spending the day with my grands at the National Aquarium and the Baltimore Inner Harbor, I retire to my room at the Renaissance. Later as we're trying to decide what we would like for dinner, the concierge recommends a nice place to dine. Of course it is a restaurant within the hotel. After being escorted to the restaurant and seated at the table, we're given menus to make our dinner selections. To my surprise, someone with a familiar voice approaches me from behind and asks if I would like a drink. As I turn to answer her, I nearly fall off my seat. There, in person, is Tiffany and the HGTV ambush team! Yes, yes! That's when the celebration truly begins!!! And I'm loving every bit of it! Now isn't that better than seven lucky signs which never apply to me?

      Lessie on June 29, 2016 at 5:49 pm
      • Nice dream, Lessie. You never know when there's going to be a red carpet in your future!

        DBCoop on June 29, 2016 at 6:54 pm
        • Love it! Thanks Coop!

          Lessie on June 29, 2016 at 6:56 pm
        • Thanks Coop! Love it!

          Lessie on June 29, 2016 at 6:57 pm
  306. Hasn't not won't

    Lucy on June 29, 2016 at 9:48 am
  307. I still think the ambush won't occur and that's y we haven't heard anything because there isn't anything to hear yet:). At least we hope.

    Lucy on June 29, 2016 at 9:47 am
  308. Well guys they're being tight lipped on this one .. my gut says already happened ..
    I'm thinking like last time they'll post picture of picking winner after already contacting.
    Blessings to the winner and their family and as always so happy to have my fellow blog family !
    Guys which home is next to enter? I want to shift my focus and keep dreaming !

    Tired of this town on June 29, 2016 at 9:03 am
    • I think next up is the Blog Cabin.

      Lindingo on June 29, 2016 at 9:29 am
  309. Laundry may be a breeze in the smarthome this year but the giving away of this beautiful home must not be so simple. This time of year there are some on vacation I guess. It's always amazing to see the face of the winner, happiness is contagious.

    Jazzygirl9 on June 28, 2016 at 9:41 pm
    • Dad Gum!!!!!

      Guest of a guest on June 29, 2016 at 12:07 am
  310. Dad Gum!!!

    I am so mad…still no email from…will they really use email to tell us that we are like almost a millionaires, or will it go straight to SPAM!?!

    guest of a guest on June 28, 2016 at 7:50 pm
    • LOL! Never checked my email spam. Oh well, I'll do it tomorrow! :)

      Lessie on June 28, 2016 at 8:28 pm
    • Dad Gum

      Guest of a guest on June 29, 2016 at 12:05 am
    • That is the least likely option. If they don't do an ambush, expect a phone call. One winner said she missed the first call but caught the second one. They don't give up easily, so you are okay no matter what method they use.

      Lindingo on June 29, 2016 at 4:32 am
  311. If I win, I want to keep the Smart Home. That's why I'm asking for an extra special blessing….additional money for the taxes! Believing the saying, " You don't have because you don't ask." Yes, I'm bold enough to ask, seek, and knock.

    Lessie on June 28, 2016 at 5:34 pm
  312. In some urban areas, there are chickens, Eugenia! My aunt had chickens. The only drawback was super sad children who didn't want to eat the chickens they played with.

    Lessie on June 28, 2016 at 5:24 pm
    • Smart children. Being served a pet for dinner is why I first became a vegetarian.

      Eugenia27 on June 28, 2016 at 10:19 pm
    • We can have chickens here but I have very little yard space that they would have to share with 3 dogs and a cat.

      Eugenia27 on June 28, 2016 at 10:21 pm
  313. Wow, same post for TWO MONTHS–April 28-June 28!!! Don't know about all of you, but I've run out of detergent and refuse to buy more….until we get a new post!

    Lessie on June 28, 2016 at 4:38 pm
    • Right on! Announce the winner please!

      dooby78 on June 28, 2016 at 4:54 pm
      • I'm with you, Dooby!

        Lessie on June 28, 2016 at 5:26 pm
    • I'm on board !!! Does hgtv even care???

      gbfla on June 28, 2016 at 5:02 pm
      • Sadly, No! They don't care. :(

        Lessie on June 28, 2016 at 5:26 pm
        • I don't think they don't care I think they're trying to build anticipation and avoid leaks like last one
          Bravo HGTV

          Tired of this town on June 29, 2016 at 9:10 am
          • I like your thinking, Tired.

            Lessie on June 29, 2016 at 8:21 pm
  314. I can't remember if I entered and I keep checking out of habit.
    Best of luck and congratulations to the winner what a dream come true.

    Jeanie on June 28, 2016 at 1:26 pm
  315. Sigh , waiting to be ambushed or see who the winner is. I love this house. My family is sick of hearing it so I have to say it somewhere! Perfect decor.

    JLC on June 28, 2016 at 9:46 am
  316. Number 5 of seven (possibly) lucky signs that HGTV is in your neighborhood for the Smart Home 2016 Surprise visit!

    HGTV has called in reinforcements to ensure that your surprise visit doesn't show up on the evening news. (Good luck with that!)

    DBCoop on June 28, 2016 at 9:32 am
    • Funny but true. Keeping a lid on the surprise is a tough job these days.

      DesignABCs on June 28, 2016 at 10:40 am
      • Maybe HGTV could try the old "hiding under a blanket trick" to keep the Smart Home winner's surprise visit under wraps….

        DBCoop on June 28, 2016 at 12:04 pm
        • Cats rule, dogs drool

          Eugenia27 on June 28, 2016 at 3:10 pm
        • The cat and dog video is great! The cat must be so pleased to have something to hunt. LOL

          Lindingo on June 29, 2016 at 4:28 am
    • Not quite the type of car I want to see pull up outside my home.

      Eugenia27 on June 28, 2016 at 3:10 pm
      • Only if they're bringing good news, Eugenia!

        Lessie on June 28, 2016 at 5:20 pm
    • In my community, anything short of 4-6 police cars is trivial! Must be at least 10 cars to get attention! :)

      Lessie on June 28, 2016 at 5:16 pm
      • WHERE are you??? Yikes!!! Let's get you into a Scripps home!

        Lindingo on June 29, 2016 at 4:29 am
        • We have many policemen in my community, so I'm safe…..until the ten police cars show up! :)

          Lessie on June 30, 2016 at 5:17 pm
    • A bunch antique cars, interesting….

      dreamn_again on June 28, 2016 at 8:11 pm
  317. This house is all gorgeous absolutely beautiful is like walking in a Christmas tree full of colors,
    amazing decoration it is impossible for me to have a favorite place because it is all a really Dream home, in God trust first then still Dreaming this DreamSH

    TheHouseofMyDream on June 28, 2016 at 12:14 am
  318. ummmmmmmmmmmmmmm
    Any clues on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram my fellow sleuthers

    Tired of this town on June 27, 2016 at 11:30 pm
    • I haven't seen any. I come on this blog looking for clues, too.

      JLC on June 28, 2016 at 9:24 am
    • I'm with you – moving on. I do not expect a winner announcement to appear here. Wonder if they will even advertise if there is a TV winner's show?

      Ut4evr on June 28, 2016 at 2:33 pm
  319. I hope the winner gets to keep all those books

    DKHart on June 27, 2016 at 11:18 pm
    • Only if they keep the house.
      Stowe, Vermont was my all time favorite Dream Home and it had the most wonderful books. Even the cook books were great. ((((sigh))))

      Eugenia27 on June 28, 2016 at 3:15 pm
    • Some of them look so good! The ones that are chosen just for the color of the spines amuse me.

      Lindingo on June 29, 2016 at 4:25 am
  320. DID THEY SHOW THE DRAWING YET? I love the balloons and seeing the bins of colorful entries it adds to the fun and antisipation .

    viviloree on June 27, 2016 at 10:34 pm
  321. I am getting extremely nervous! Ready for some action.

    Suga29 on June 27, 2016 at 9:55 pm
  322. So I've been just sitting watching and reading the blogs this year for the smart home. It's been a crazy few months over here, some wonderful some just life's typical craziness. Well last night we found out my husbands going for a long deployment soon, obviously I won't list when or where. However, it was a tearful night for us as our little ones cried. Was hoping for an HGTV distraction on here. Heck even if we're not the winners, seeing someone's smiling faces as they get the news would be amazing.

    I know we have been so blessed with our military experience and we have our health and our wonderful family and that is so much more than many have to be grateful for, but it is just so heart breaking as a parent to see my kids sad faces. Hoping for some happy news to focus on. Common HGTV give us some smiles to see! And God bless everyone out there who's struggles are bigger or even smaller than ours.

    NikkieC87 on June 27, 2016 at 6:11 pm
    • Sending lots of love, prayers, and gratitude to you and your family! Thank you all so much for your sacrifices to keep us all safe! God bless you!

      Grande Dame on June 27, 2016 at 6:41 pm
      • Thank you so much and God Bless You as well!

        NikkieC87 on June 27, 2016 at 11:05 pm
    • I too would like to send my gratitude and prayers for your husband and your family, thank you seem so small but the prayers for you all are so big!!!!!!!!!!

      Moveinready on June 27, 2016 at 11:58 pm
    • Thanks to your husband for his military service!! Sending hugs and prayers to you and family . Much blessings to you:):)

      gbfla on June 28, 2016 at 7:38 am
    • Blessings and prayers for your family. Thank you to your husband for his service.

      JLC on June 28, 2016 at 9:21 am
    • I reacted like the little ones. I am so sorry he has to go off again. I hope the world calms down soon. Wishing you all the best.

      Lindingo on June 29, 2016 at 4:23 am
  323. Well, the sweepstakes window is coming to a close so we will most likely get a new blog soon. What kind of update would you all like to see? A clue about the lucky winner's location? Something about another feature in the house? More info about all the cool things the lucky winner can do and explore in the Raleigh Durham area? Or something else? I'm getting giddy just thinking about it! I'm so stoked about the design in this house I wouldn't mind another room feature. We know at some point HGTV will definitely tell us who wins- if we don't find out by call or ambush first as the lucky winner! In the next few weeks another blog is definitely coming. We may end up with a bonus of another post before the announcement too!

    HGTV thanks so much for these AMAZING give-aways! I'm so thankful that you use your resources, incredible designers, talented crews, and everything else to make dreams come true!

    Grand Dame on June 27, 2016 at 6:08 pm
    • I spelled my own username wrong lol! Oh HGTV, I get so excited I can't even spell my own name ha!

      Grande Dame on June 27, 2016 at 6:11 pm
  324. We need at least an updated picture! HGTV pretty please!?
    Let us know if winner was picked

    Tired of this town on June 27, 2016 at 11:12 am
  325. Still

    Lucy on June 27, 2016 at 10:24 am
  326. Sigh sill no new post r info :(

    Lucy on June 27, 2016 at 10:24 am
  327. Ambusher not ambushed:/

    Lucy on June 27, 2016 at 9:45 am
  328. So another survey how many people think the ambush has already happened? And who do u think will do it? I think tiffainy is r ambushed and I really doubt yet:)

    Lucy on June 27, 2016 at 9:44 am
    • I hope it hasn't happened yet, some clues would be great

      Katie on June 27, 2016 at 10:29 am
    • I do not think it happened yet. The last three years was in July and there was a leak for the last giveaway. It doesn't make sense to do it earlier and leave extra room for error. I think there may not even be an ambush, maybe they will just call like Urban Oasis last year. That would help keep things under wraps. If there is an ambush I think Tiffany will do it. I would really love to see her get to do it since this was her biggest design to date.

      Grande Dame on June 27, 2016 at 10:42 am
      • I really think with the smart home it'll be an ambush I think the urban oasis is just more low keyed but idk that they have ever done the smart home that way?..anyway ambushes r more fun I hope they do that:)

        Lucy on June 27, 2016 at 10:49 am
        • No they haven't done the Smart Home that way before. But then, they haven't always done Urban Oasis that way either- only 2014 and 2015 winners of UO were called the previous 4 years they were all ambushed.

          We will all just have to wait and see what wonderful things are planned for the lucky winner and fans.

          Grande Dame on June 27, 2016 at 11:16 am
  329. I'm ready for my winner's video now.

    Better hair this time… well, except for that upper lip stuff.

    DBCoop on June 27, 2016 at 9:19 am
    • Looks like what we would expect from DBCoop..

      twoTERRIERs on June 27, 2016 at 11:06 am
    • Too cute!

      Lessie on June 27, 2016 at 7:03 pm
  330. DeerSpring on June 27, 2016 at 6:44 am
  331. Oh good, we are still in the laundry room!
    I went to a H20 At Home party and purchased a laundry ball that will permit me to wash clothes without soap. Yes, I said WITHOUT soap! I can't wait to get off of work and go home and try it out.

    OK, they said I won't need soap for lightly soiled clothes or I can do a spot cleans for stained items. This is so thrilling for me. I am super sensitive to laundry detergents so I run loads with less than normal soap and then run an extra rinse, and some times an even additional rinse.
    I'm already thinking about how much money I'm going to save; No soap, less water which also means less power because I'll be able to skip the longer rinse time. I'll let you all know how it worked.

    Eugenia27 on June 26, 2016 at 6:01 pm
    • Can't wait to hear about your experience…I've always wondered about them. I'm sure my husbands greasy clothes would still need lots of soap. As long as odors and stains are removed I would give it a whirl.

      Jazzygirl9 on June 26, 2016 at 10:03 pm
      • So far I did a load of towels. So far so good. Now I have a load of my jeans washing. I am assuming they will be fine also. I have a T-shirt of my favorite spouse that has some type of oil on the front. I'm doing that one next.

        Eugenia27 on June 26, 2016 at 10:09 pm
      • I love, LOVE my laundry ball.
        I had to spot treat the oil stains on the T-shirt, with a bar of soap that I got from the same company. I have to tell you, even when I spot treated stains like that before and used laundry detergent, they never came out completely.
        The stain is GONE!!!
        As for smell, I did what I have always done in the past and added 1/4 cup Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar to the rinse. I did it when I washed the dog blankets.
        Do you know what else is amazing. No static.

        Eugenia27 on June 28, 2016 at 3:20 pm
      • OH, the towels came out supper fluffy and the color is brighter.

        Eugenia27 on June 28, 2016 at 3:21 pm
  332. Wow I'm not sure y someone thumbs down the last comment he's only looking for clues and dream like the rest of us… I gave u a thumbs up leveled it out:)

    Lucy on June 26, 2016 at 4:15 pm
    • thanks Lucy :)
      I don't worry too much one way or the other about the thumbs… but I do like it when people are kind.

      randycain on June 26, 2016 at 4:58 pm
      • It doesn't take any extra effort to be kind and it makes for such a nice day when we all treat each other as we want to be treated. What a wonderful world it would be! Cue the music.

        Jazzygirl9 on June 26, 2016 at 10:07 pm
    • Yeah really, sheesh people

      LibbyGirl200 on June 26, 2016 at 5:49 pm
  333. Mulling over what to do with my "Fixer Upper" of a "Tiny House". Do I "Love It or List It", call in the "Property Brothers", or find someone who wants to "Flip" it or could it be a "Flop"? Does it have "Hidden Potential"? I leave that to the experts. It definitely needs some "Curb Appeal" as it has such a "Desperate Landscape". The "Renovation Realities" are hitting me hard but perhaps we could "Design on a Dime" and turn this house into a "Devine Design"! Perhaps the answer is to go on a "Lakefront Bargain Hunt" unless Tiffany ambushes me soon!

    southernlady on June 26, 2016 at 9:44 am
    • Far thumb alert! Meant thumbs up

      Tired of this town on June 26, 2016 at 11:54 am
      • Fat* thumb lol

        Tired of this town on June 26, 2016 at 11:55 am
  334. Number 4 of seven (possibly) lucky signs that HGTV is checking out your neighborhood for the Smart Home 2016 Surprise visit!

    This pooch is on your scent trail — with a camera back-up!

    DBCoop on June 26, 2016 at 9:28 am
    • Too cute….. lol :) :)

      gbfla on June 26, 2016 at 9:34 am
    • Good one, Coop! So far, NONE of your clues apply to me. :(

      But I KNOW Something Good is coming my way cuz I'm Someone Special! :)

      Lessie on June 27, 2016 at 6:51 pm
  335. Carley, I found my missing sock. Everyone can stop looking in the laundry room. LOL.

    dreamn_again on June 26, 2016 at 7:17 am
    • Fantastic, we can finally move on.

      Eugenia27 on June 26, 2016 at 5:53 pm
  336. Tonight I will be dreaming of my ambush it's been on my mine so much that I think I'll need HGTV rehab. Lol
    I pray that I win HGTV. But if I don't I'm excited to see the next build & Location.
    Im thinking Hawaii would be nice wbu?!? :)
    Goodnight my bloggers early work flow.
    Oan Tiffany u have my full permission to ambush me at work lol.

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 25, 2016 at 10:58 pm
  337. Tomorrow is my 17th Wedding Anniversary. So far we haven't decided on what to d!o??…hmmm. My mother-in-law will be watching the kids so I am thinking of dinner and a movie…not an animated movie Lol Would love to see an HGTV crew there?!? Here's to dreaming!!! Good Luck everyone!

    Angela on June 25, 2016 at 9:57 pm
    • My eldest child says that Independence Day was really good and so was The Shallows and lastly, Secret Life of Pets for the family. Have a nice time and best wishes on the sweeps!

      Lea81194 on June 26, 2016 at 1:16 am
      • Thank you! I was thinking Independence Day would be a good one to go to see – Unless I can talk my hubby into an after dinner stroll and shopping in Old Town Eureka. Its rare for us to have time together unless you take into account our after 9pm couch time watching Chip and Johanna or other wonderful HGTV program (hard to pick a favorite) or some kind of car restoration show. Whats funny is my husband is not mechanically inclined at all! He said HGTV is responsible for his ever growing Honey Do list which is good because he IS a talented construction kind of guy!!

        Angela on June 26, 2016 at 9:48 am
    • Happy anniversary to you!!:):) blessings to you and family:):)

      gbfla on June 26, 2016 at 7:52 am
      • Thank you and Blessings to your family as well on this beautiful day !

        Angela on June 26, 2016 at 9:49 am
    • Happy anniversary

      Eugenia27 on June 26, 2016 at 5:51 pm
      • Thank you! We enjoyed a delicious dinner and cheesecake for desert!

        Angela on June 27, 2016 at 11:29 am
        • glad you had a great day.
          cheesecake – - – - – YUMMMMMM

          Eugenia27 on June 28, 2016 at 3:12 pm
    • Happy Anniversary! Rare night out…enjoy! And much understood:)

      JLC on June 27, 2016 at 8:12 am
      • Thank you! Yes, its such a rarity making it extra special! We really enjoyed it!

        Angela on June 27, 2016 at 11:31 am
    • Enjoy your 17th Wedding Anniversary, Angela! An HGTV crew will definitely add to your enjoyment! Hoping the best for you and your family.

      Lessie on June 27, 2016 at 6:41 pm
      • Thank you Lessie! I love the anticipation of the Home Giveaways! I tell my husband to be sure to answer any kind of weird, unidentified phone calls! He just laughs and rolls his eyes! I would love to win just to prove to him that it's possible!! Keeping the dream alive!

        Angela on June 28, 2016 at 9:30 am
        • Lol Angela that's my exact situation, my husband thinks my head is too far in the clouds. I wish for once being a dreamer would pay off. Until then, I'll keep dreaming!

          Katie on June 28, 2016 at 10:50 am
  338. Maybe if I washed a load or two, we'll get a new post on Monday……really?!!! Nope, don't think that's a possibility!!!

    Lessie on June 25, 2016 at 8:16 pm
    • I'm thinking Monday, so doing laundry tonight….why does it never end…wishing you luck…this is a beauty…

      twoTERRIERs on June 25, 2016 at 8:56 pm
      • It sure is a beauty twoT. Hoping the best for you, especially if it includes a visit from the ambush team!

        Lessie on June 27, 2016 at 5:12 pm
    • I wonder if they are waiting for all the lone socks to come out of hiding before we can leave the laundry room.

      Eugenia27 on June 26, 2016 at 12:51 pm
      • I completely understand taking leave from work to have a baby – before and after the birth. But don't businesses have someone cover your work load when that happens? They do in my work world. These home give aways just gets weirder and weirder.

        Ut4evr on June 26, 2016 at 4:32 pm
        • Before HGTV sold (sold out) [ never sure about proper grammar] they cared about their customers more. ( or, at all ).
          As for the baby, I'm sure someone noticed she was pregnant, so someone had months to find someone to work the blogs.

          Eugenia27 on June 26, 2016 at 5:45 pm
          • If I win the Smart Home, I'll work the blogs, Eugenia! Just sayin'! :)

            Lessie on June 27, 2016 at 5:19 pm
          • Now I have one more reason for wanting you to win. Have you seen any strange people hanging around? Well, not your normal strange people.

            Eugenia27 on June 27, 2016 at 11:54 pm
  339. One thing to remember is visitors weekend is July 15 -17, and they have five days to fill out the forms and turn them in. So I would certainly think by r before July 10 so we know it's going to be soon regardless (if it's not already happened)

    Lucy on June 25, 2016 at 2:11 pm
  340. So hgtv ill be in Corpus Christi than;)

    Lucy on June 25, 2016 at 11:55 am
  341. Let's guess when u think the ambush will occur I think next weekend

    Lucy on June 25, 2016 at 11:53 am
    • I think this coming week

      LibbyGirl200 on June 25, 2016 at 2:04 pm
    • July 7 or 8

      Lessie on June 25, 2016 at 8:15 pm
    • July 4th while watching fireworks :)

      ABCDEFG76 on June 25, 2016 at 11:11 pm
    • The ambush will happen today!

      EDWARD CAREY on June 25, 2016 at 11:14 pm
    • I don't think they'd want to interfere with their crew's holiday weekend so early this week or after the 4th. (the rules give till the 11th)

      dreamn_again on June 26, 2016 at 7:14 am
  342. So I keep seeing that the ambush was always done In July for past smarthomes, but I can't find that anywhere for myself, anyone have any info on that ?

    LibbyGirl200 on June 25, 2016 at 7:15 am
    • Smart Home 2015 – In between the 3rd and 4th photo it says ambushed July 8th
      Smart Home 2014 – This article says she was surprised after Sunday night dinner, and it was announced July 14th. More implies it than confirms
      Smart Home 2013 (the first Smart Home) – This article says she was ambushed "last night" and it was dated July 2nd, 2013

      ccbaguley on June 25, 2016 at 8:52 am
      • Ty!

        LibbyGirl200 on June 25, 2016 at 9:29 am
      • I am scanning the faces of the HGTV crew in pic number #14 from the 2015 ambush to see if I recognize any of them lurking around my neighborhood!

        Randycain on June 26, 2016 at 3:38 pm
        • Too funny! Let me know if you do. :)

          Lessie on June 27, 2016 at 5:01 pm
  343. Great day for an ambush.

    JLC on June 25, 2016 at 6:16 am
  344. Will laundry keep me up all night? Don't think so, therefore I'm ready for a new post PLEASE!

    Lessie on June 24, 2016 at 11:42 pm
    • Oh rats, I forgot to put a load in tonight

      Eugenia27 on June 25, 2016 at 12:02 am
      • No problem, Eugenia. I promise it'll be waiting for you tomorrow. :)

        Lessie on June 25, 2016 at 1:40 am
        • You are so wise. Just as you said, the laundry was waiting for me and even brought friends to wait with them. Now I have more laundry.

          Eugenia27 on June 26, 2016 at 12:49 pm
          • That's how it happens every time, Eugenia. I would go on strike, but I don't think it would make a difference. :(

            Lessie on June 27, 2016 at 5:00 pm
  345. Funny… lol lol.:):)

    gbfla on June 24, 2016 at 9:31 am
  346. A heads-up, HGTV: I'll need a comb-out, please, before the Smart Home Surprise crew starts the cameras rolling…….

    Another bad hair day!

    DBCoop on June 24, 2016 at 9:28 am
    • Dandelion baby!

      Lindingo on June 24, 2016 at 10:09 am
    • Hilarious, Coop. Love it!

      Lessie on June 24, 2016 at 11:37 pm
    • DBCoop … not exactly how I envisioned you, but definitely cute…

      twoTERRIERs on June 25, 2016 at 10:24 pm
  347. I keep having the same nightmare,over and over…….missing socks.

    Jazzygirl9 on June 24, 2016 at 12:48 am
    • Lol lol………. if we keep on staying in the laundry room, we might find the missing socks:):)

      gbfla on June 24, 2016 at 9:35 am
      • They always come back in the form of extra Tupperware lids!

        momoffearsome5 on June 24, 2016 at 10:50 am
        • Lol, so true…..where are all of the containers they belong to? My theory is they go to microwave heaven and nobody wants to fess up to it. I've packed my husbands lunch for 25+ years so far and my girls for their entire school career…thank god for college meal plans!!

          Jazzygirl9 on June 24, 2016 at 2:35 pm
      • Lol…I'm usually not a whiner but I see WAY too much of my washer (we finally replaced my 25+ yr old one when it died a few years ago) However, at least these are beautiful to look at. I've never really minded laundry as long as I can hang it out BUT it sure would be nice to go more than 24 hrs between loads once in a while.

        Jazzygirl9 on June 24, 2016 at 2:40 pm
  348. Still waiting, how exciting that would be

    nursejudyfromca on June 24, 2016 at 12:08 am
  349. Tiffany is still in Atl and was at restaurant …looked yummy!
    Gidding is ? No posts .. Who's doing ambush!?! Property brothers?
    My hubby is a terrible liar and umma super sleuth so I know it's not me but I'm super excited for one of you!

    Tired of this town on June 23, 2016 at 5:59 pm
    • I'm a super sleuth not umma lol fat thumbs

      Tired of this town on June 23, 2016 at 6:00 pm
    • Looks like Tiffany is in Atlanta filming a new pilot with Flynnsideout called That Looks Delicious

      HGTVobsessed on June 23, 2016 at 6:28 pm
      • well hmmm I thought for sure she'd be ambusing on this one .. Maybe not !?
        My gut says it's happening this week : weekend
        could be wrong
        Does make sense w prior leaks to wait to end of window I agree
        Social media is a buzzkill

        Tired of this town on June 23, 2016 at 6:44 pm
        • Not sure if any ambushes have been done on the weekend…

          If so, hoping it's a blogger. :)

          Lea81194 on June 24, 2016 at 12:36 pm
      • Great find:):)

        gbfla on June 23, 2016 at 7:56 pm
    • Well good! First of all, welcome to Atlanta Tiffany! Secondly, I will be waiting patiently at my house, just stop on by!

      southernlady on June 24, 2016 at 9:03 am
  350. Blogs are on stand still, no news on Smart Home Winner, nothing on UO and no updates on Blog Cabin. I wonder how long will it last. Please give us news soon, I ask for good news lol.

    albbora on June 23, 2016 at 5:50 pm
    • I agree:):)

      gbfla on June 23, 2016 at 8:00 pm
    • Funny….laundry here on the blog is the same as at home…..never ending

      Jazzygirl9 on June 24, 2016 at 12:45 am
      • Ouch, the truth hurts.

        Eugenia27 on June 24, 2016 at 4:29 pm
        • ?????

          LibbyGirl200 on June 24, 2016 at 6:21 pm
          • Eugenia was responding to Jazzygirl9's comment, "Funny….laundry here on the blog is the same as at home…..never ending." Sometimes the response appears as a new comment instead of a response to someone.

            Lessie on June 24, 2016 at 11:40 pm
          • Thanks

            LibbyGirl200 on June 25, 2016 at 4:48 am
        • Hmm? What does that mean lol

          Tara on June 24, 2016 at 9:27 pm
          • see Lessie's comment above. My replies sometimes post as lone replies.

            Eugenia27 on June 25, 2016 at 12:00 am
          • Thanks lol. Mine did the same thing

            Tara on June 25, 2016 at 7:47 am
    • No rest for a weary new mother I guess!!!

      southernlady on June 24, 2016 at 9:06 am
  351. Nice, Deer, very nice!

    Lessie on June 23, 2016 at 5:22 pm
  352. Very nice:):) love all the animals:):) thanks so much!!!

    gbfla on June 23, 2016 at 1:43 pm
  353. The State of Vermont has declared today, June 23, Ethan Allen Day!

    southernlady on June 23, 2016 at 12:33 pm
  354. "OK guys, I hope we don't have any leaks this time!"

    There are some things you just don't want to share…

    DBCoop on June 23, 2016 at 9:23 am
    • Lol. Lol. Lol ……

      gbfla on June 23, 2016 at 10:38 am
    • Good one, Coop!

      Lessie on June 23, 2016 at 5:19 pm
  355. Ready!

    Audrey on June 23, 2016 at 8:07 am
    • I'm not sure any of us are ready for that kind of heart stopping news but I'd be willing to check in with the cardiologist just to be on the safe side.

      Jazzygirl9 on June 24, 2016 at 2:43 pm
  356. I'll repeat this for those who missed out earlier Hey let's play the same game we did for the dream home, other than the state u live in lets guess where they will go:). I live in Texas and for some reason I feel Texas is going to win but since I can't use that:) than I will guess arizona

    Lucy on June 23, 2016 at 7:40 am
  357. Hey 1K

    closer to 70 on June 23, 2016 at 6:52 am
    • Do I hear 2? LOL!

      southernlady on June 23, 2016 at 12:10 pm
    • That is a lot of comments……hopefully it won't be much longer. I need to stop having nightmares about the missing socks in the laundry.

      Jazzygirl9 on June 24, 2016 at 2:45 pm
  358. …and the rocking chairs are still waiting for the lucky winner! : )

    DeerSpring on June 23, 2016 at 6:37 am
  359. Who: Brian Patrick Flynn
    Where: Boston
    Winner: Guess we'll see
    Could be wrong but I doubt it… Looking FWD to what's next for Urban Oasis

    Soles on June 22, 2016 at 11:12 pm
    • Idk but from all I've read and heard the smart home has always been awarded in July of course, we all know it's hgtv is always subject to change but knowing that who ever is doing the ambush probably isn't putting out clues yet and so I sort of think those two days in Boston in his schedule might not be related to the ambush although we will see;)

      Lucy on June 23, 2016 at 8:14 am
      • You're probably right… I hope LOL!!He did seem a bit too relaxed to be the for an ambush so yeah maybe you're right…

        Soles on June 23, 2016 at 8:51 am
  360. One of the most pressing questions circulating on the blogs at the moment is who, exactly, will be the host of the Smart Home 2016 Winner's Surprise visit — and the video to follow?

    Interior designer Tiffany Brooks is obviously a strong contender. John Gidding has also been mentioned as a possiblity.

    To that short list of candidates though, should we add Brian Patrick Flynn? He's probably too busy soaking up the sights of Boston… unless of course he has another surprising business reason for the visit:

    How about DIY 'House Crasher' Josh Temple? He may still be working on getting that brick wall installed — or maybe not:

    Interior designer, artist and host of the HGTV series 'My Lottery Dream Home' David Bromstad? Not unless he can fly with Dino the Great Dane in the seat next to him:

    Real estate investor, contractor and HGTV host of 'Income Propery' Scott McGillivray? Seems he's likely busy elsewhere with another colorful project coming soon:

    I'd even suggest bringing in HGTV Managing Editor Virginia Moon, known throughout blogland as the keeper of the location clues — and a very long list of other online duties — except for the fact that the new mom is currently devoting her time and energies around the clock to little Mary Peyton.

    So how do we keep track of all the potential Smart Home 2016 Surprise hosts? Just pass the list on to NORAD, of course. (North American Aeospace Defense Command) If they can track Santa's whereabouts on Christmas Eve, they can track anybody anywhere in real time — and we need all the help we can get!

    DBCoop on June 22, 2016 at 10:19 pm
    • Tiffany is busy (I can see she has a lot on her plate right now) so my next guess is that it would be Brian. Seeing that he was in Boston, I'd be willing to bet he's there for the ambush. I know for a fact it's HGTV related. It was a short trip, 2 days the most, and he's now in Iceland. I can't imagine any other reason for him taking a trip to Boston after so many years… Yep! Winner is in Boston. Wonder if it will get leaked???

      Soles on June 22, 2016 at 11:00 pm
      • Also Linsay Pumpa even commented on one of his pic while he was there… Could be nothing but I just have a strong feeling that it was HGTV related… I know it ain't ova till it's ova but this is it for me… Ready for Urban Oasis…Like their homes and location better anyway…

        Soles on June 22, 2016 at 11:07 pm
      • Who knows, BPF could be visiting friends at Ethan Allen Furniture in Boston for a current or upcoming HGTV project. Though that is usually a New York visit, anything's possible in life and the love of interior design….

        DBCoop on June 23, 2016 at 9:22 am
        • Yes, such as the 2017 Dream Home (as seen on Facebook)!

          southernlady on June 23, 2016 at 12:15 pm
          • Exactly, southernlady, although there are other HGTV design adventures currently on the books, so we won't know for sure until that lad sings. (Or lady, depending on who's tasked with bringing us the good news and some close-up detail views.)

            DBCoop on June 23, 2016 at 3:14 pm
    • This is Tiffany's baby. She said it was her biggest project so far. I'm betting she'll be ambushing in July. They have ambushed every year in July.

      ccbaguley on June 23, 2016 at 8:30 am
      • True

        Soles on June 23, 2016 at 8:54 am
      • Tiffany may be busy at the moment, but as you say, there's still plenty of time for her to lead the Smart Home Surprise visit. I continue to wait patiently for her to drop by with some exciting news….

        DBCoop on June 24, 2016 at 1:29 am
  361. Very anxious for a clue:). I still wander about that truck I saw driving real slow by my house maybe a private detective? Lol all our imaginations go into red alert for this :)

    Lucy on June 22, 2016 at 6:18 pm
  362. Is HGTV's Smart Home tech guru, Carley Knobloch, busy packing her favorite travel apps before heading to the airport and prepping for a Smart Home Surprise visit? It could be!

    What's more, she can even show and tell you how to prepare wonderful and lasting memories of your surprise visit — on top of HGTV's camera crew video that you'll cherish for a lifetime.

    As Carley says, "…the world is a pretty big place…" but there'll only be ONE Smart Home winner — it's just a simple question of where, when and WHO? Could it be you?!

    PS: Don't forget to bring along the check and the new car!

    DBCoop on June 22, 2016 at 5:55 pm
    • That will be something if carley ambushed the winner?? :) :)

      gbfla on June 22, 2016 at 6:09 pm
  363. I'm getting a bad case of washerwoman hands.

    Eugenia27 on June 22, 2016 at 3:02 pm
    • Funny indeed:):):)

      gbfla on June 22, 2016 at 3:43 pm
  364. Thanks Ashtabulannie ! I have been blogging for a few years but had to change my " sign -in " name on here -as it would not take it this year. Just love reading all the blogs. I do agree with some that said how we used to get a lot more information about how home projects were done. Also blog over at the DIY Blog Cabin site. ( do not know why this one came down here as well as I did answer above) Did "talk" with DBCoop when he was celebrating " his anniversary". He shared that at the time, and I remembered the incident he talked about and the time it happened. Wish you and all the bloggers a beautiful Wednesday . It is a better day here with lower humidity today. Thanks again for talking with me. Will Keep Dreaming, along with all of you !

    Grammynan on June 22, 2016 at 11:46 am
    • Mind sharing what your old moniker (name) was? Guessing we've communicated previously???? And Today's weather is exquisite! Thank you! Previously also known as Hokiemom.

      Ashtabulannie on June 22, 2016 at 2:28 pm
      • Nan

        Eugenia27 on June 22, 2016 at 2:29 pm
  365. Still on high alert for possible HGTV crew members hanging around. Please, oh please, oh please, let it be me:)

    JLC on June 22, 2016 at 11:10 am
  366. In previous years it looks like the ambush was done in July. And sometimes, they don't ambush at all- 2015 Urban Oasis winner was notified by phone call.

    Last year Tiffany posted before she went to do the ambush on FB. She will probably do the same thing again this year. I don't think it makes much sense to change to a June ambush. Besides, after the Dream Home leak it seems waiting until right before winner's weekend may be the safest way to keep it a surprise.

    These are false alarms. There's no reason not to just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

    Grande Dame on June 22, 2016 at 10:47 am
  367. Number 3 of seven (possibly) lucky signs that HGTV is checking out your neighborhood for the Smart Home 2016 Surprise visit!

    Unusual characters walking by your house… and it's nowhere near Halloween.

    DBCoop on June 22, 2016 at 10:09 am
    • Coop, you're missing me on every sign! Guess that means I don't have to worry about a surprise visit from Tiffany and crew. No problem, I'm still alive and doing well! And I've got the right perspective on life and living. :)

      Lessie on June 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm
  368. By the way, keep all the comments coming, we are closing in on 1K on this blog!!!!

    southernlady on June 22, 2016 at 9:43 am
  369. Now THAT's funny! Love the surprised baby!

    southernlady on June 22, 2016 at 9:37 am
    • I love the baby photo, too, Pure emotion!

      DeerSpring on June 22, 2016 at 10:29 am
  370. Here is a suggestion for the location of the next dream home: Washington, DC – 2016 (includes Arlington and Alexandria for the ranking of FITTEST places in USA. Washington DC ranked #1! We may be mired in red tape but we keep moving.
    Overall Rank: 1
    Overall Score: 77.9
    Personal Health Rank: 2
    Personal Health Score: 81.7
    Community Health Rank: 3
    Community Health Score: 74.2

    Ashtabulannie on June 22, 2016 at 8:32 am
    • If they stay that fit in the DC area, it would be the right place for the next Smart Home.

      DesignABCs on June 22, 2016 at 9:10 am
      • Design ABC you were reading my mind!   Smart, Green, and Totally fit. I assume that the next “Smart Home” is already in the pipe line and pretty much being built.  But looking waaaay ahead to 2018 build …….. DC metro would be a great location for any of the HGTV builds.  Fitness aside, we have so much going on here in the DMV!  Art, food, education, cutting edge techno, mountain, ocean, city, country.  Three airports and public transportation.  Ahhhhh let me digress,  the Metro system needs some work.  SIGH! And traffic ……. well bike share is everywhere.

        Ashtabulannie on June 22, 2016 at 10:35 am
        • smartest community in nation…..

          twoTERRIERs on June 23, 2016 at 2:54 am
    • Washington DC, Arlington or Alexandria would be fine, Ashtabulannie. However, a possibly unwise choice for the next Smart Home location would be in, near, or just by Accident, MD.

      Yes, it's a real place! ^_^

      DBCoop on June 22, 2016 at 10:05 am
      • LOLOLOL Hilarious Coop!  Been near Accident, MD.  Yep totally a REAL place. But it IS almost is West Virginia and Waaaay outside the infamous Beltway.  Hope you are staying cool and hydrated. I am worrying about ya. and Terri.  

        Ashtabulannie on June 22, 2016 at 10:38 am
    • There is so much to do and see there. I would love to be in walking distance to everything. I would avoid the highways. People are crazy there.

      Eugenia27 on June 22, 2016 at 2:41 pm
      • Avoiding the highways will not bring you much relief Eugenia. Traffic is everywhere in DC, but DC traffic is less than NYC traffic! :)

        Lessie on June 22, 2016 at 6:54 pm
        • Oh, well that makes me feel a lot better – NOT.
          My cousin put up a picture on Facebook awhile ago when she was in total gridlock. Her caption was 6pm on a Friday. So I walked outside and stood in the middle of the highway and took a picture in both directions. Total of 2 cars in a 4 block radius.

          Eugenia27 on June 22, 2016 at 8:38 pm
          • Whoa Eugenia, that seems a little too rural for me. Hey only took me 5 minutes to pull out of my driveway this evening. But that was rush hour. But I am on 3 bus lines, two metro lines and the bike trail is across the highway. Only 5 miles from the Washington monument as the crow flies. SPLAT!!!! Dang crow hit my windshield. Hate when that happens. JUST KIDDING! You know me well enough by now. Sick sense of humor……..

            Good grief where does your cousin live??? Wonder if we crossed paths???

            Ashtabulannie on June 22, 2016 at 10:00 pm
          • Actually she lives in Seattle. I let my mind wonder to traffic I know and hate.
            I did ride into D.C. With my brother. People were changing lanes, but what fascinated and frightened me was traffic was going at freeway speed but everyone were tailgating.
            How people changed lanes when there wasn't even a car length between cars … Insane!!

            Eugenia27 on June 23, 2016 at 12:36 am
          • Eugenia, sorry guess your cousin and I didn't cross paths. WOW riding into DC going at freeway speed.  Boy that was a good day!!!!!  Count your lucky stars.  Well just be sure to avoid the cars with the “diplomatic” marked tags!   You get used to the traffic. But I will say this:  ” Since retiring” and not driving to and from work you do get DE-sensitized!  And yes I notice the traffic conditions seem more frenetic.  But that's because the Metro system is often under repair forcing more traffic onto roads. Grrrr!!!!

            Ashtabulannie on June 23, 2016 at 9:50 am
          • LOL!

            Lessie on June 23, 2016 at 6:07 pm
        • OMG! did you see the video of the waterfall at the Cleveland Park metro Station!

          VIDEO: Flooding Causes Waterfall on DC Metro Stairs –…/flooding-causes-waterfall….

          Ashtabulannie on June 23, 2016 at 12:40 pm
          • Ash, please resend link. I couldn't open it.

            Lessie on June 23, 2016 at 6:10 pm
          • Sorry cant get link to work. But if you google the words: Cleveland park dc metro waterfall that should take you to the video. So sorry. It's pretty awesome.

            Ashtabulannie on June 23, 2016 at 8:34 pm
          • Crazy! my co-workers were there! I was caught in same storm. SOAKED! with an umbrella

            leewardmark on June 24, 2016 at 12:10 am
    • yes, yes, yes…

      twoTERRIERs on June 23, 2016 at 2:52 am
    • Smart Home in DC? seems a bit like an oxymoron to me… but then I live in Idaho… you know the place where we actually use our car cruise control to go to the store and the only real traffic problem we have is trying to figure out who goes next at the one 4-way stop in town…LOL

      I love tech gizmos it used to be my gig before I retired…

      You know who I would love to see win the Smart Home is my son… He is married who two kinds in the finance side of business with a wife who is a Pediatrician… needless to say very busy people…

      Visualize my grandson and I hacking the Smart Home systems and going all poltergeist on it just to keep Daddy and Mommy on their toes… how much fun would that be?

      closer to 70 on June 23, 2016 at 6:48 am
      • "who two kinds" = with two kids… talk about fat thumbs!

        closer to 70 on June 23, 2016 at 6:50 am
      • Hey closer to 70 LOL,  Boy your grandkids sound like trouble!  awesome trouble!   Great future for those two!  Nice way to bond! 

        Ashtabulannie on June 23, 2016 at 9:54 am
      • Seeing how the Secretary of State's server got hacked, how much easier would it be to hack a smart home.
        I hope I don't get this thread deleted because of my comment.

        Eugenia27 on June 24, 2016 at 1:24 pm
        • Hey I am the go to babysitter grandpa hacking the systems passwords will easy… it works like this… Hey whats the password? Hack complete…LOL

          closer to 70 on June 25, 2016 at 2:08 am
  371. Keeping an eye in the sky on John Gidding, too!

    Private eyes are watching you!! : )))

    DeerSpring on June 22, 2016 at 7:49 am
  372. Okay, for anyone willing to take up the assignment… somewhere, somehow, someday, someone will be winging their way to the Smart Home 2016 winner's state and driving on to the winner's hometown to give them the surprise of their life.

    The challenge? There are over 19,000 flights each day around the USA. All we have to do is study this active video of air traffic patterns and narrow down the possibilities until we've figured out the departure and destination airports, then check live satellite feeds to see where the HGTV Surprise Team convoy is headed with the 2016 Mercedes Benz GLC.

    Give it a try and let the rest of us know what you come up with. Hint: It's best to view the video full screen. Also, the time frame is from about 5 p.m. EST through to 8 p.m. EST the following day. Good luck!

    (By the way, I have a flight coming up to the Midwest soon, so I'll have to see if I can track myself with the flight path video.)

    DBCoop on June 22, 2016 at 12:52 am
    • I'm on it, Coop. :) :)

      DesignABCs on June 22, 2016 at 9:05 am
      • I now appreciate air traffic controllers more.

        Eugenia27 on June 22, 2016 at 2:45 pm
    • Being in Atlanta myself, it will be an easy flight to Raleigh-Durham! However, knowing the loooong wait lines in security, it is also an easy drive to Raleigh, especially in that new Mercedes!

      southernlady on June 22, 2016 at 9:41 am
      • Was in Atlanta last week, Southernlady. The wait lines for airport security weren't bad. It probably took me 10 minutes to get through security.

        Lessie on June 22, 2016 at 6:56 pm
        • Glad to hear that! Memorial Day the wait was 2 hours!

          southernlady on June 23, 2016 at 12:12 pm
          • Definitely wasn't flying on Memorial Day. That IS a long wait!

            Lessie on June 23, 2016 at 6:20 pm
    • Too much detail for me! I'll wait for the announcement.

      Lessie on June 22, 2016 at 6:25 pm
  373. I'm so anxious I can't think straight

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 21, 2016 at 10:54 pm
  374. good night on to dreaming;). Maybe we should establish a code if we get any hints of the winning r winner;)

    Lucy on June 21, 2016 at 9:52 pm
  375. I didn't see anything on facebook she was attending a designers conference,??? please let that be the case so I can continue dreaming about winning that wonderful home!

    hrothgar1 on June 21, 2016 at 9:08 pm
  376. Fourth in a series… the excitement of the Smart Home Giveaway from a unique point of view!

    "Whoa! I'm thinkin' that a $100,000 check would be lookin' mighty good right about now?!!"

    …Currently checking for a reputable financial advisor.

    DBCoop on June 21, 2016 at 8:40 pm
    • Too cute:):)

      gbfla on June 21, 2016 at 8:43 pm
    • That is probably a common reaction from surprised winners! :)

      DesignABCs on June 22, 2016 at 9:08 am
    • Love the pic, Coop! Keep 'em coming!

      Lessie on June 22, 2016 at 5:22 pm
  377. I accidently fat fingered the thumbs down, it was supposed to be a thumbs up

    Katie on June 21, 2016 at 8:39 pm
    • I fixed it.

      Eugenia27 on June 22, 2016 at 2:49 pm
  378. HGTV, I'm patiently waiting. Inside I'm going crazy. I promise to scream, jump, cry, hug too tight, almost pass out and thank God if I win…you know, all the stuff that makes good TV. And those will be honest reactions. I did the same thing when I won tickets to the opera off the radio. When the dj couldn't figure out why I was so excited he reminded me what I won. Didn't matter. Still extremely happy.

    JLC on June 21, 2016 at 8:35 pm
  379. The anticipation is increasing my obsession!! I'm the only one on here that checks this blog over 50 times a day???

    Katie on June 21, 2016 at 7:15 pm
    • YES! LOL

      Lindingo on June 22, 2016 at 10:00 am
      • No ur not… lol

        Cherry on June 22, 2016 at 6:56 pm
  380. She is on her way to Atlanta for Designers Conference, check her Facebook page.

    albbora on June 21, 2016 at 5:52 pm
    • The Black Designers conference she has Facebook posts about is in August, not June.

      dreamn_again on June 21, 2016 at 10:10 pm
    • So we all have still for one we don't even know whose doing the ambush and even where tiffainy r John r going, although she going to Atlanta that could be a connecting flight somewhere r not even connected to this ambush so let's all keep hoping and dreaming;)

      Lucy on June 22, 2016 at 9:44 am
      • We still have reason to anticipate

        Lucy on June 22, 2016 at 9:44 am
        • That’s true! I usually continue dreaming up to an announcement,

          Dream on!

          DeerSpring on June 22, 2016 at 10:34 am
    • He's heading west!

      I base that on the photo having been carfefully oriented to show flight direction. ;)

      Lindingo on June 22, 2016 at 9:57 am
      • Good point

        Soles on June 22, 2016 at 10:21 am
      • Well, pretty much all of the United States is west of Atlanta.

        Eugenia27 on June 22, 2016 at 2:39 pm
  381. Now I don't feel so bad that I didn't catch all the dust bunnies. (unless she is heading to the Pacific Northwest via the south.)

    Eugenia27 on June 21, 2016 at 5:30 pm
  382. Love how info drips out. Thanks Deer. Hope Tiffany enjoys surprising the winner!

    Lessie on June 21, 2016 at 5:13 pm
  383. winner in Atlanta? Plane shows going there

    Tired of this town on June 21, 2016 at 4:39 pm
    • Lots of connecting flights go through Atlanta. She could be visiting HGTV headquarters to film "behind the scenes" footage, or She could be going anywhere,

      dreamn_again on June 21, 2016 at 10:09 pm
      • Doubt she's connecting. She would probably post her final destination not her connection. With that said I'm sure she's made several trips to ATL already this year that is not SmartHome related and probably will do several other trips there as well as ATL is a big city for designers… HOWEVER we are due for a clue SO my guess is that's one of them. Sad cause I'm not from ATL…

        Soles on June 21, 2016 at 10:47 pm
  384. Thank you!!! Obviously headed to winner!!

    Tired of this town on June 21, 2016 at 4:35 pm
  385. Ash, did you have severe thunderstorms in your area! We did! Uprooted trees, flash flooding, etc. Sure glad it's over.

    Lessie on June 21, 2016 at 4:31 pm
    • Hi Lessie, yep some thunder and such but seen worse. Not too bad actually… we DID NOT loose power!!! You up near Baltimore? Worst is past- Sky beginning to clear. Stay safe!!!! I just feel for those in the west. Difficult to escape such extreme heat. Since you are blogging guess you all have power??? Life is good did not get shot in the head. VT son dropped by today…. and kinda gross but thats' how we greet each other. "Hey ma how was your day? Didn't get shot in the head did ya? " It's a good day! I did contemplate going down to demonstrate at NRA headquarters and get arrested, but got too busy. Gotta put this in context for visiting bloggers before I get deleted and a multitude of thumbs down Yes !!! We live in DC metro area and we, Our family, and friends, neighbors survived: Plane into the Pentagon, Navy Yard shooting, Lee Malveauw shooting here local home depot. and my Son and many other neighbors kids at Virginia Tech. To those who what to thumbs down….have at it….. We have a kinda dark sense of humor here. But – Celebrate living.

      Ashtabulannie on June 21, 2016 at 5:23 pm
      • lol, life is good did not get shot in the head. I love it!!!

        Eugenia27 on June 21, 2016 at 5:28 pm
        • What can you say? Just have to keep on living and try to make this world a better place then how we found it. I guess the only thing I can make sense of is that we pitiful human beings were designed to struggle and in some way become more compassionate and understanding of one another. Makes more sense than attempting to obliterate and blow each other away. Life is good!!! Live and let live. Ahhhh time for my evening glass of wine. Here is to you all…. cheers and a warm hug.

          Ashtabulannie on June 21, 2016 at 7:54 pm
          • A glass of wine sounds like a good idea. I'm off to create a cauliflower dish. My home version of Iron Chef.

            Eugenia27 on June 21, 2016 at 8:01 pm
      • You're hilarious, Ash! I didn't get shot in the head, so I'm good! I tell ya, life is about having the right perspective and you definitely have the right perspective toward life and living! I'm 20 minutes south of Baltimore. Our county received the worst damage from the storm. What's a few branches off trees? Probably needed the weight loss anyway. Guess I'll eventually lose a couple of pounds too. :)

        Lessie on June 21, 2016 at 6:00 pm
        • Rough way to lose weight

          Eugenia27 on June 21, 2016 at 7:59 pm
      • i was up all night with capitol hill and msnbc

        twoTERRIERs on June 23, 2016 at 7:12 am
    • Glad you are safe.

      Eugenia27 on June 21, 2016 at 5:27 pm
      • Thanks Eugenia. When the thunder and lightning started, my grand baby grabbed her tablet and headed for the bottom of the stairs. Didn't matter that it was nap time, she didn't sleep a wink. Stayed up during the storm but her granddad made sure she took a nap afterwards.

        Lessie on June 21, 2016 at 6:04 pm
  386. I hope she is on a very special mission:):) maybe we will have a winner soon:):) great work!!

    gbfla on June 21, 2016 at 4:20 pm
    • Me too!!!! Maybe flying to VA (to ambush me :) ) via Atlanta :-)

      Again, thanks for the smiles, DeerSpring!

      Blu2 on June 21, 2016 at 4:35 pm
  387. My goodness……..I'm a little tired of doing the laundry…….. There is other rooms with smart features right??? Where's carley?? ( just asking)

    gbfla on June 21, 2016 at 3:19 pm
    • True, gbfla, we may all still be in the Smart Home laundry room, but then it's quite an improvement over the laundromat from the days of yore!

      The advantage? No quarters necessary!

      DBCoop on June 22, 2016 at 5:11 pm
      • thank god those days are gone…… lol. Thanks for the reminder:):]

        gbfla on June 22, 2016 at 6:06 pm
  388. Grandchildren, smiling faces, giving back, trees, sunshine, beaches and flowers…oh the flowers, birds and fluffy pets that snuggle.

    Elisabeth on June 21, 2016 at 2:02 pm
  389. Another day of anticipation!!!!

    southernlady on June 21, 2016 at 11:26 am
  390. Wow I posted that I was going to keep the House and it got deleted??? I didn't say I won it… pretty tender stuff here sorry if I crossed the line… I mostly just wanted to give a good reason for moving and going back to work.

    Have a great day and even though I got deleted I still plan on Keeping the house LOL

    closer to 70 on June 21, 2016 at 9:53 am
    • Lol well thank you for clarifying .. I bet if HG to the TV would post an update and clue they're about to ambush speculation that it's already done would subside

      Tired of this town on June 21, 2016 at 10:29 am
      • In retrospect I can see how my post would have been a buzz kill for some… I really do not expect to win and pretty much don't expect any of you all (except one) to win…I mean there are going to be millions of losers …knowing that… the drawing buzz is still fun… and it is free…

        So to all of you who I may have let the air from your HGTV Smart home Balloon… I apologize…

        Now buzz on your dream is still alive… for now.

        closer to 70 on June 21, 2016 at 11:15 am
        • Well, your post didn't confuse me at all! :) Many bloggers speak on what they would do if the winner So no biggie. Best wishes to you.

          Lea81194 on June 21, 2016 at 12:55 pm
        • Lol I thought u were teasing but than all the deletions about the commentates about it and it, itself made me wander:). Makes me excited to know I can still anticipate:)

          Lucy on June 21, 2016 at 3:26 pm
          • On the plus side of being moderated…1. There is no criminal record.. 2. At the very least I know that someone read the post… 3. I really still do intend on Keeping the house… which could prove to be a problem if I do not win… I guess if I do not win I will just donate it and let the IRS sort it out..LOL

            closer to 70 on June 21, 2016 at 9:01 pm
    • One of my posts got deleted, too, and all it said was there is no information yet as to anyone winning.

      Sometimes posts disappear for no reason at all. It is no big deal.

      Maybe the person doing the deleting has poor reading comprehension….

      Lindingo on June 21, 2016 at 1:10 pm
      • Or a fat finger and hits the wrong key.

        Eugenia27 on June 21, 2016 at 5:32 pm
      • Well let me be clear here I fully intended to imply that I had won… which is a really silly thing to do since the rules would call for me to be disqualified… I was just goofing around… I had just take two golden doodles for a mile walk in hopes that they would sleep and not play with squeaky toys at the wee hours of the morning…as I saw it at the time my only reasonable out of having to watch my sons dog was to move… so I was very excited and thankful at winning the Smart house (didn't happen yet)… now I would probably have to return to work to pick up the red ink on the deal… but small price compared to learning the "Golden Language" … it is obvious they do not understand english… in fact I have considerable evidence that "Stop" in Golden Doodle language means … shift up and go faster.

        So I am pretty sure it was not a fat thumb event that landed me on the HGTV watch list… Honestly I was just mess'n around but no doubt it was my fault…guilty I wanted you all to believe that I had won…

        Now if I actually do win I am going to open a palm reading booth in the parking lot at HGTV… LOL

        closer to 70 on June 21, 2016 at 9:21 pm
        • It was actually an mile walk… not that it matters but it was a serious walk ha ha ha

          closer to 70 on June 21, 2016 at 9:24 pm
          • 8 mile

            closer to 70 on June 21, 2016 at 9:24 pm
        • 1. I don't think you did anything that would get you disqualified.

          2. You are hilarious! I would love for you to win!

          Lindingo on June 22, 2016 at 9:53 am
  391. Number 2 of seven (possibly) lucky signs that HGTV is checking out your neighborhood for the Smart Home 2016 Surprise visit!

    You spot a car drive by and someone is surreptitiously taking photos of your home.

    DBCoop on June 20, 2016 at 11:29 pm
    • Haha a few days ago, my nine year old woke up to a black Mercedes SUV parked outside our house! It was there for several hours, and since the windows were tinted, it made it difficult to tell if someone was inside it! It was a great ploy to finally get my child to clean her room! Haha!

      momoffearsome5 on June 21, 2016 at 8:32 am
    • No sign of anyone surreptitiously taking photos of my home, Coop, but ALL is still good!

      Lessie on June 21, 2016 at 5:06 pm
  392. Omg I'm still praying, I will continue to dream it, because I believe it. Let's go HGTV
    Whoever the winner is good luck God Blessed!
    This would be a great gift to long along with my baby news!

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 20, 2016 at 9:36 pm
  393. Since summertime has arrived with a vengeance, if you were the Smart Home 2016 winner, would you consider adding in a dreamy water feature for some fun in the sun and a refreshing cool-down during Raleigh's hot and humid temps?

    I'd use a bit of the prize cash to put in a dash of splash — in the form of one of these dreamy pool designs from the HGTV photo gallery. There's plenty to drool over in these beauties, though personally I'd be tempted to go with the colorful garden-styled "Perk Up Your Plant Life" pool. It just feels right for the look of the home and would fit in perfectly with the Raleigh landscape:

    Take your time to browse through the possibilities, think cool thoughts and then, fingers crossed, wait for your Surprise visit. At least you'll be ready with your pool decision so you can move ahead asap before the summertime heat fades into an Indian summer.

    You might even share your own favorite pool design with fellow dreamers.

    DBCoop on June 20, 2016 at 9:18 pm
    • PS: Is it too early to start getting bids on the Smart Home pool of my dreams?

      DBCoop on June 20, 2016 at 11:29 pm
    • I don't know with the slopes how practical it is to add a pool on the 2016 Smart Home property, but yes that would make a wonderful addition.

      dreamn_again on June 21, 2016 at 7:25 am
  394. Please hgtv do update soon. We would love at least a hint;)

    Lucy on June 20, 2016 at 8:54 pm
  395. Pish posh as for me I'm staying positive! Even if I'm not the winner positive vibes and love to all bloggers! I've been blogging for almost a decade here and am quite fond of my blogger family! Today was a bad one for me at the office but you know what : it's a bad day not a bad life! Hugs all..
    HGTV please update photo and let us know status soon!

    Tired of this town on June 20, 2016 at 8:40 pm
    • Hit the wrong symbol, meant thumbs up…..fingers too fat I guess. Sorry.

      Elisabery on June 21, 2016 at 1:56 pm
    • I must assume that you didn't always go by Tired of this town. Our blog family are good people and It is a joy to come here.

      Eugenia27 on June 22, 2016 at 3:09 pm
      • Yes to be honest I can't even remember what I used .. Two wild sons + beyond full time job =

        Tired of this town on June 22, 2016 at 3:11 pm
  396. Missed

    Isabelle on June 20, 2016 at 8:15 pm
  397. Sounds I mussed something?

    Isabelle on June 20, 2016 at 8:14 pm
    • Not sure yet. Someone posted something earlier about winning, but it could be a false alarm. Comments about it are being deleted though

      ccbaguley on June 20, 2016 at 8:25 pm
  398. ;) nothing goes fast in hgtv land

    Lucy on June 20, 2016 at 6:51 pm
    • We did not even had announce that entry period is over. Could not imagine the rest.

      Vesna on June 20, 2016 at 7:35 pm
  399. I guess we'll know if it's true or not in the next few weeks. Hopefully HGTV won't keep us waiting that long if someone really did get ambushed already

    ccbaguley on June 20, 2016 at 6:40 pm
  400. did someone do that?

    ccbaguley on June 20, 2016 at 6:12 pm
    • Just responding to your post about the one taken down is all

      Tired of this Town on June 20, 2016 at 10:06 pm
  401. Love the pics, Deer! Thanks for sharing!

    Lessie on June 20, 2016 at 5:53 pm
  402. Why would you win and post about it prior to them announcing makes zero sense as you stand to lose it

    Tired of this town on June 20, 2016 at 5:31 pm
    • intuitiion i guess…

      twoTERRIERs on June 21, 2016 at 9:27 am
  403. "HGTV's at the door? Tell them to wait a minute. I'm in the middle of dinner."


    This kid is one dedicated diner!

    DBCoop on June 20, 2016 at 5:26 pm
    • Very funny…… :) :)

      gbfla on June 20, 2016 at 5:43 pm
      • It's a look, for sure. Would make for an interesting winner's video!

        DBCoop on June 20, 2016 at 6:02 pm
  404. Anyone know what the record amount of comments on a blog are????? We could get there before the winner is announced (Just let it be me)! Looking forward to trying to figure out where the next UO is!

    southernlady on June 20, 2016 at 2:43 pm
  405. Oh to think of snow….. puts a big smile on! Maybe HGTV will see that we need a tidbit about the 2016 Smart Home.

    AZPeaks on June 20, 2016 at 2:35 pm
  406. Lol…… now that would be a surprise:):)

    gbfla on June 20, 2016 at 11:15 am
  407. This is probably another idea for a Surprise Visit that HGTV shouldn't consider. Aside from being tricky to land precisely where you want to in a tight space and thus a bit risky to life and limb, attempting to land one of these in the winner's backyard would attract an awful lot of attention from the neighbors, much less the family living in the target home!….

    DBCoop on June 20, 2016 at 10:33 am
  408. Hey HGTV! Thank you for this sweepstakes, and all of the other wonderful sweepstakes you offer. We sure do appreciate you all.

    Happy Monday bloggers! What are you looking forward to this week?

    I'm starting a gratitude journal this week, where I can keep track of all of the big and small things that add to my happiness. Here's what I have so far today.
    I'm grateful for:
    The smell of honeysuckle
    Buy one get one free strawberries at the grocery store
    The open window in my office that allows me to hear birds chirping

    What are y'all grateful for?

    Grande Dame on June 20, 2016 at 9:47 am
  409. To all those people suffering in the west with the EXTREME heat…….. please share with us how you are managing to stay cool errrr rather …… I know you can't stay cool you only try to keep from overheating. OMG what do you do? Where can you go? How do you sleep? Absolutely horrid. Head underground? No basements or Kiva? Too hot to go in the pool. Thinking of you all. Sending you a cooling virtual breeze.

    Ashtabulannie on June 20, 2016 at 9:02 am
    • You are so sweet to ask!!

      Day One (Yesterday): Go to an arts and crafts festival right on the SF Bay. Nice breezes, lots of fun. Come home in the early evening and open the front and back doors to get a cooling cross breeze. House cools down in nothing flat.

      Day Two (Today): Planning to take a nap in the middle of the day!

      Make plans with a friend to take a trip to Capitola (down in the Santa Cruz area) another day.

      The best trick I know, is RUN!!!!!! :)

      Lindingo on June 20, 2016 at 9:45 am
    • There are some tricks to learn for sure. When a house does not have A/C then ceiling fans are a must. Grab some ice and put it in front of a room fan since that will act like A/C. The best and easiest is to have at least a 2 story house. Open some windows at night to let the cool temps in and then close the house up tight when the sun comes up to keep the cool temps in. Sounds easy, it is, and the downstairs will stay about 20 degrees cooler than the outside temps even during the hottest parts of the day. Keep positive and remember that the temp cranks up and then the cooler monsoon weather arrives. Hubby used to enjoy running the mountain trails in the Phoenix area during this time of year since he said that once the temps got over 100 and even better if they were over 110 there would be hardly anyone on the trails (he knew how to keep hydrated and other tricks to lower his body temp).

      AZPeaks on June 20, 2016 at 9:59 am
    • Thanks, Ashtabulannie, for your cooling thoughts during this extreme heat wave.

      Yes, it's hot, hotter, hottest! Yesterday was a record temp for the day of 118. Stepping outside is like stepping into a convection oven! Even the pool is too warm to be refreshing. Terri won't venture out until she absolutely must!

      On the upside, no need to turn on the hot water faucet for a shower. The cold water is lukewarm because the ground is so hot it heats up the water lines!

      Today the prediction is for a scorching high of 122. Don't think I'll plan on a gym visit. Just hunker down and enjoy the A/C at home… and plenty of cold drinks. At least the forecast for the coming days are for a cooling trend, dropping down to 112-115.

      The saving graces are virtually no humidity. It's dry heat. I also have my choice of evaporative cooler — plus one in the garage to keep the cars from wilting — or dual-zone A/C with ceiling fans in every room — and I have solar panels that keep the energy bills low enough that I receive a check from the electric company once a year when all is tallied up. Add in a radiant heat barrier in the ceiling and an attic fan to push out the hot air and I manage to stay comfortably in the upper 70's in my home, which is right where I like it.

      For those folks whose jobs take them outdoors, I can't imagine it. I walk Terri early in the morning when it's only in the mid-90's and late in the evening when it's cooled down to 100 or so. Otherwise, I'm in the car when errands must be done with the a/c set at 72 or dining out INSIDE (no patio dining even with those outdoor misters running) and eating light.

      So, as I've commented previously, if HGTV is headed my way for a surprise visit, you've been warned!

      DBCoop on June 20, 2016 at 10:07 am
      • Do you need to put protective booties on Terri to keep her poor little paws from burning? Or carry along a bottle of water to cool her tootsies? Unbelievable heat!!!! Oh Yeah…….. but it's a DRY Heat???? Just stay hydrated. And puppy too! Gosh the upholstery in the car must feel rather…….. toasty? I can not imagine it all. Been checking in with family and friends in Vegas, Palm Springs, Reno, Sacramento, Santa Barb, San Diego and Washington State. Yep BIG Family!

        Would Love to hear how the Solar Collectors function in Such oppressive heat! Do they loose efficiency at such high heat. Love to hear more about their actual operation/function in real life situation. Would love to learn more about those.

        Ashtabulannie on June 20, 2016 at 12:10 pm
        • For Terri, when the outside temp is around 90 or higher, we zip across the street at full speed and walk on the cooler grass. Luckily, we have a lot of open space with shade trees and lawn that comes in handy during those important summertime walks.

          When considering longer walks around the neighborhood, I always put my palm down on the pavement first to test it. If it's hot to my touch, we take the shorter lawn walks instead. I tried booties on Terri, but she does her best to pull them off. Maybe if I let her select the color and style I'd have better luck keeping them on her. ^_^

          As for the cars, the evap cooler in the garage keeps them nice and cool, but if they're out in the sun for more than a few minutes, the interior temps heat up fast. I learned years ago that living in the desert means go for the remote start option. That way you get the a/c going before opening the car door to a blast furnace!

          The solar collectors DO lose some efficiency as the temps rise, but if you do your research and buy the best panels on the market they will produce plenty of electricity at temperatures reaching over 130. Another wise suggestion is to install the inverter (which converts direct current to alternating current) where it is either shaded from the direct sun or better yet placed in the garage. The inverter generates heat of its own, so it's best to place it in the shadiest or coolest side of the house as possible. Mine is in the garage and is further cooled by the evap cooler.

          I also have the solar panels professionally washed every 3 months. The dust and sand collects on them quickly and reduces their efficiency. Cleaning them yourself using a water hose, even with a pressure washer, is not recommended since tap water will tend to leave mineral deposits on them over time. The pros use a no-spotting solution somewhat like a dishwasher cleaning rinse to keep them shining and working like new. Besides, who wants to climb up on a tile roof in any kind of weather and try the "diy" method? Doesn't appeal to me!

          Happy trails to you, Ashtabulannie, and may the Smart Home Surprise Team be at your back… or rather the front door in this case.

          DBCoop on June 20, 2016 at 1:21 pm
          • Very interesting conversations with the two of you, DBCoop and Ashtabulannie ! Gosh, what technology! Sounds like you have it on target DBCoop ! Wish we had solar. I understand about Terri and walks . Where we live gets snow in the winter. I did not want my dog to get the salt between her toes. Tried several kinds of the boots but she too managed to get them off. So, I kept her in the back yard and even had to shovel paths when the snow got too deep. Did the yard when pavements were too hot in the summer. Yes, of course I "picked up " both summer and winter.
            Anyway, trying to keep cool . Temp is 91 with heat index at 89%. Fortunately we do not get those high but can get "bad" when the humidity gets high. No central air but ceiling fans.
            Just think, summer has just started. Before we know it snow will be falling and there will be something else to talk about how many inches or feet we have.
            Wish everyone a pleasant day and still dreaming of winning this beautiful house.
            bye for now –

            Grammynan on June 20, 2016 at 2:15 pm
          • Great info! Good to share info from actual user rather than installer. So… you can use AC / or DC? Did you add a totally electric vehicle to your fleet? Plug it in and charger up? Got that new Tesla on order? And Home power storage unit? Interesting to have panels installed on a tile roof. Was that a problem? Or did you purchase home already with solar installed? What has the pay back been like, ie return on investment? I know hard to tell with now reduced electricity rates. Here we have asphalt shingles and not a problem to attache frames to roof trusses. However……. normal shingles only good for 10-15 years. As you might guess…. in process of scoping out feasibility here in DC metro area. Lots of support from county government and fed. subsidies have been extended. Crossing fingers that the next smart home will be able to utilize the solar option along with plug in car. Smart is also green! Gosh we viewers would really benefit from learning more from HGTV show if they would install these babies. hint hint. Coop can ya use your connections? I just want to see actual real time data. It would really help. sigh!!!

            Ashtabulannie on June 20, 2016 at 2:40 pm
          • I also love the concept of using the charged up electric car as an additional storage battery for the house or a Micro grid with other home owners utilizing same technology. Possibilities are awesome.

            Ashtabulannie on June 20, 2016 at 2:44 pm
    • Just read some place in California had a temperature of 134…..I thought a heat index of 110 was bad even with AC…..I can't even drag myself out to go in the pool……I've limited my travel times to very early morning , like 4:30am or once the sun sets…..way too much concrete here…..been trying to go out in the mornings to take pictures, but if its not bugs it is heat….but in comparison to others we are having a cold front here in Texas…stay safe and cool all…..

      twoTERRIERs on June 20, 2016 at 2:40 pm
  410. This home is much more than beautiful,a dream it in Burlington,nc.This is the most beautiful home ever. all I do is this smarthome

    Sarah Pasquarello on June 20, 2016 at 8:29 am
  411. Oh my …… nice….. you always find wonderfull items;):) thanks so much for all the great finds:):) I will make a wish……( i can only hope) of course I'll take the cupcake lol.

    gbfla on June 19, 2016 at 3:21 pm
  412. Yes, Florida could use a little happiness. How about a compromise? An Urban Oasis in the State of my choosing and someone from Florida can win?
    Only problem with that, is that I wouldn't have a chance of winning the home in my favorite location.

    Eugenia27 on June 19, 2016 at 2:19 pm
    • That works!!!

      Lisa on June 20, 2016 at 6:37 am
  413. Happy Father's Day to Dads everywhere of all ages — and to honor my own dad's memory. His strong sense of moral values and work ethic passed down to me is to a large degree responsible for all that I have achieved in my life, as he did in his lifetime.

    So, whether an HGTV Smart Home is in my future or not, I consider myself fortunate to have had 43 years of love, wisdom and support from my dad — despite any of our inevitable father-son differences.

    I have a few regrets, as we often do when a parent leaves this world, but I find this Youtube video expresses those feelings eloquently, with sincere words of wisdom and advice for us all when it comes to those we love, dads or otherwise. That's why, every Father's Day, with his photo sitting before me at my desk, I say it loud and I say it clear. It never fails to bring him closer to me, each year closer, rather than a distant, fading memory — and that makes my heart smile.

    DBCoop on June 19, 2016 at 9:25 am
    • That is a touching tribute to Father's Day and one many of us can relate to. Thank you for the post.

      DesignABCs on June 19, 2016 at 10:10 am
    • Well said……thanks for the post:):) have a blessed day!!!

      gbfla on June 19, 2016 at 10:23 am
    • perfect…thank you

      twoTERRIERs on June 19, 2016 at 10:16 pm
  414. To all the dads and dads to be….. happy dads day!!:):) have a great day!!:):)

    gbfla on June 19, 2016 at 8:29 am
  415. For all those of us in a state of high anxiety, there are a few things we need to know:

    What was the lucky bin number for the Smart Home 2016 drawing? …And most importantly, what name and hometown popped up on the computer screen?

    Any hints, HGTV? Tiffany? Will it be a Father's Day Surprise visit? At home? A restaurant? A friend's house? Or at work? The dentist's office? It could happen anywhere, anytime!

    DBCoop on June 19, 2016 at 12:07 am
    • A Smart Home surprise visit at the dentist's office, Coop? that would take the pain out of the whole thing and make it something to smile about.

      DesignABCs on June 19, 2016 at 10:08 am
      • great reply.

        Eugenia27 on June 19, 2016 at 2:16 pm
        • ;)

          DesignABCs on June 19, 2016 at 4:05 pm
    • OMG please not at the gynecologist!!!

      Ashtabulannie on June 20, 2016 at 9:07 am
      • Or at the plastic surgeon's office! Both of those surprise videos would have to be highly edited!

        Maybe the hair salon would be a better choice, Ashtabulannie… preferably at the end of the process when you're looking your best as opposed to in the middle of the transformation.

        DBCoop on June 20, 2016 at 10:17 am
        • Ha rump! The hair salon is a lost cause. Hmmmm perhaps the electrologist??? Could use some heavy duty hair removal. The thrill of menopause. lolol OK I will stop and try to behave. Just trying to provide some comic relief while you are stuck inside.

          Ashtabulannie on June 20, 2016 at 12:57 pm
    • My kids have their dance recital on Saturday, that would be a great location for an ambush. Although, HGTV would not be able to keep it a secret with all those dance moms around!

      Lynn Middleton on June 20, 2016 at 12:55 pm
  416. Yay! my children just arrived accompanied by their girl friend for vacation so, don't go to dental school because is close maybe if you need an emergency will be fine, unfortunately I close my office when my special needs was out of school, Good luck to all, Still dreaming a dream from the SDHome`.~

    AlmaC on June 18, 2016 at 8:47 pm
  417. The 3D floors are awesome however not in my home. Those late night trips to potty could get really messy lol

    cynthi1 on June 18, 2016 at 6:38 pm
  418. Flower power may not win the Smart Home but it will definitely win hearts!

    DBCoop on June 18, 2016 at 6:21 pm
    • She is a beauty…..:):)

      gbfla on June 19, 2016 at 10:26 am
    • What more could a dad want for Father's Day? What a cute bundle of joy.

      DesignABCs on June 19, 2016 at 4:08 pm
    • ahhhhhh..

      twoTERRIERs on June 20, 2016 at 7:45 am
  419. This recent photo captures one of the most unusual cloud formations I've ever seen in these parts. Do you think it's a sign? Could it be Smart Home related? Or just a strange natural phenomenon?

    DBCoop on June 18, 2016 at 11:15 am
    • Wow……. humm…. not sure…. could be anything:):) neat find:):)

      gbfla on June 18, 2016 at 11:26 am
    • hahaha

      Eugenia27 on June 18, 2016 at 12:26 pm
    • Do you think HGTV is trying to send you a message? It looks promising, but the problem is that the Smart Home winner might be from your hometown, but it could be anyone living there. Even so, it's always good to be prepared in case HGTV is about to come knocking on your door.

      DesignABCs on June 18, 2016 at 5:56 pm
      • Whether the winner is me or Someone Else, DesignABCs, I'm as prepared as can be for any outcome.

        My only concern is that the predicted temps of 118 to 121 over the next few days will discourage any visits from the HGTV Surprise Team.

        However, these two have the perfect way to beat the heat:

        DBCoop on June 18, 2016 at 11:34 pm
    • Coop, my take away from the dream: It's not what one has but it's one's perspective on life. Things bind but the right perspective allows one to find joy and beauty in life. Also the right perspective can't be bought, it is a choice.

      Lessie on June 21, 2016 at 4:30 pm
      • So true. People who chose to find beauty are already winners.

        Eugenia27 on June 22, 2016 at 3:01 pm
        • I wholeheartedly agree with you Eugenia! :)

          Lessie on June 22, 2016 at 5:17 pm
  420. HGTV's Facebook page has info about the Dream Home 2017 you might want to check out.

    Ut4evr on June 17, 2016 at 8:48 pm
    • Hi Ut4evr,
      First, I want to say that I did respond to your post to me a few weeks back, but it was deleted because I made mention of the UO 2016 location. I meant to re-respond to you but I sorta forgot. Sorry. I'm so glad you're still here! You, and Eugenia, are two of the main reasons I still keep checking in.
      Anyway, I'm not on Facebook, so could you tell me what's up with DH 2017.

      Addy243 on June 17, 2016 at 11:25 pm
      • Hi Addy. Thanks for the kind words! I had some time off work this week and checked in here more than usual. Glad I found this video on Facebook. Hope it works without logging in. It is pretty amusing.

        Ut4evr on June 18, 2016 at 11:06 am
        • Thank you! That was FUN!

          I see a RIVER! Are those oak trees? And pink roses.

          Someplace that gets hot and humid. Hmmm.

          Well, I figured it wasn't California when I saw all of the beautiful green everywhere, and my opinion is I can also rule out Arizona, Hawaii, and Alaska. 46 states left to guess! :)

          Probably Florida again, lol.

          Lindingo on June 18, 2016 at 11:32 am
          • Noooooooo, not Florida, please not Florida.

            Eugenia27 on June 18, 2016 at 12:25 pm
          • I'm hoping for the New Orleans area

            Ut4evr on June 18, 2016 at 7:40 pm
          • That would be fun.

            Eugenia27 on June 19, 2016 at 10:00 am
          • Georgia

            DKHart on June 19, 2016 at 6:36 pm
          • Georgia is a good guess! Certainly gets hot and humid. This river frontage looks quite similar to that in the "it is somewhere in the U.S." video.

            Lindingo on June 20, 2016 at 2:06 am
          • Sorry, but little to no spanish moss there! I am thinking in low country of South Carolina or in Louisiana. Both locations would be great but South Carolina, it would be just awesome!

            southernlady on June 21, 2016 at 11:30 am
    • wow really……going now….thanks

      twoTERRIERs on June 18, 2016 at 12:15 am
    • The guessing begins……….

      twoTERRIERs on June 18, 2016 at 2:07 am
    • Wow ….. its all ready time for the dream home:):) I will go (way out on a limb) and say maybe south carolina?? Thanks so much for the find:):)

      gbfla on June 18, 2016 at 10:52 am
    • I saw it! Look at all the lovely Spanish Moss! Definitely somewhere in the South and I agree with Josh, glad to see the Dream Home being a huge reno project! Now if they would just come and reno my house and make it my dream I would be one happy camper!

      southernlady on June 20, 2016 at 2:38 pm
  421. Still Waiting On HGTV!
    Watching Master Cheff About To Starve
    My neighbors are loud I hope they don't run away Tiffany

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 17, 2016 at 7:36 pm
  422. Jesus Christ's!! I just came back and look around my neighborhood all is calm and quite just little wind, still dreaming a dream fro HGTVSmart Dream~.~

    AlmaC on June 17, 2016 at 3:05 pm
  423. To the powers that be…….. hgtv can you update the blogs!?!?!? Are we not going to have blogs anymore??? Thankyou in advance for understanding .

    gbfla on June 17, 2016 at 2:14 pm
  424. Patiently Waiting!

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 17, 2016 at 1:28 pm
  425. You know…..i just know of several bloggers here who would love to update the blogs pictures everyday…

    twoTERRIERs on June 17, 2016 at 1:23 pm
    • MOI!

      Ashtabulannie on June 20, 2016 at 9:03 am
      • :) ….should i name a few….

        twoTERRIERs on June 20, 2016 at 11:16 am
        • Include me on the list;)

          Lucy on June 20, 2016 at 8:14 pm
          • okay lucy in alphabetical order…. just my opinion…


            twoTERRIERs on June 21, 2016 at 9:28 am
          • :D

            Eugenia27 on June 21, 2016 at 5:34 pm
  426. Interesting to see the previous homes that sold. Thanks to the bloggers that keep us informed. Still Dreaming for this one. Wish all the bloggers a beautiful day of peace. my best to all , Grammynan
    PS have a happy weekend and hope the new week brings the announcement of the "WINNER".

    Grammynan on June 17, 2016 at 1:02 pm
  427. Thank you DeerSpring for the past timer. Can not believe that they left us on the blog soooo long that we have been "alone". Bloggers like you are great to keep us interested. Wish you and all the bloggers a beautiful day. Happy dreaming , I know I am !

    Grammynan on June 17, 2016 at 12:49 pm
  428. Confession time- I have accepted three invitations to hang out with friends over the next 2 weeks just in case they are inviting me to my own HGTV ambush. LOL. This may seem small but I am a HUGE introvert and homebody. Unless I'm celebrating something with my fiance or brother I rarely do social activities, but hey, it could happen and I don't want to miss my ambush.

    Best case scenario: Tiffany Brooks and the crew are there to let me know I won.

    Still good scenario: I get to spend some quality times with loved ones, that I neglect far too often.

    Grande Dame on June 17, 2016 at 10:01 am
    • How exciting for you! Maybe….maybe….Good Luck!

      AZPeaks on June 17, 2016 at 11:41 am
    • Maybe I should stop screening my calls and answer the phone every time it rings. I don't want to miss an important call from HGTV, but I don't have any invitations from friends to consider yet. We'll see.

      DesignABCs on June 18, 2016 at 5:59 pm
  429. "Tell me again. Just how long do we have to wait for the winner's name to be revealed?"

    At my age, patience is a whole new concept….

    DBCoop on June 17, 2016 at 9:53 am
    • Love it:):):)

      gbfla on June 17, 2016 at 11:05 am
    • -

      Grammynan on June 17, 2016 at 1:27 pm
    • Great pic, Coop! Love it!

      Lessie on June 17, 2016 at 5:33 pm
    • That's what I'm thinking, Coop. Patience? What patience? ;)

      DesignABCs on June 18, 2016 at 10:21 am
  430. Guess What My HGTV Friends & Bloggers?!?!?

    IM PREGNANT!!! Yayy!!!
    After loosing our child a year & 1/2 ago, and thinking there wasn't going to be a second chance!
    God Blessed Us!! I'm sooo happy you guys we Lost An Angel Then Gained One!
    Pray Dream & Believe & You Shall Be Blessed
    Thank You Jesus

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 17, 2016 at 8:04 am
    • Congrats to you:):) a child is a blessing indeed:):)

      gbfla on June 17, 2016 at 8:09 am
    • Congratulations….I have had 8 losses with 2 healthy babies ages 12 and 9!!

      CaliGrl76 on June 17, 2016 at 8:35 am
    • :) :):)

      twoTERRIERs on June 17, 2016 at 8:40 am
    • Congrats, best of luck!!

      albbora on June 17, 2016 at 8:58 am
    • I'm SO HAPPY for you!

      Lindingo on June 17, 2016 at 9:43 am
    • Congratulations!!!

      Grande Dame on June 17, 2016 at 9:54 am
    • Sorry, to hear about your lost" Congratulation with your new gift from God

      AlmaC on June 17, 2016 at 12:53 pm
    • Thank you everyone I greatly appreciate it! :) this is so much more then winning HGTV
      Thanks for you guys support and I pray I carry a healthy baby :)

      PrayDreamBelieve on June 17, 2016 at 1:26 pm
    • Congratulations! May you be greatly blessed by the addition of this angel to your family.

      Lessie on June 17, 2016 at 5:30 pm
    • God has blessed you. Congratulations. I always wanted children but I guess God knew best. One day I'll ask God about that. I am so happy for you. I know this sounds strange but I hope and pray you get morning sickness.
      I had a friend that could not carry a baby to term (she also never had morning sickness) a group of us prayed she would have morning sickness. She did and had a beautiful baby girl.
      Congratulations again and I will be praying that you get morning sickness.

      Eugenia27 on June 17, 2016 at 6:50 pm
  431. Trying to stay awake. To help me accomplish that feat, here's what I'm listening to:

    5 hours and 15 minutes before I can sleep. Can't believe I volunteered to work overnight. Didn't get a wink of sleep today. Must be getting older or distracted by better things to do.

    Lessie on June 16, 2016 at 11:45 pm
  432. I am so tired of doing laundry. It's been months now!!!! Can we move perhaps….. to the front entry foyer and hand over the key errrrr rather the "electronic fob" to enter the house??? OOOOPPPS Virginia, perhaps the better option for you is to gather in the Nursery???? I just want to know where all the toys are. I want to play!!!!!

    Ashtabulannie on June 16, 2016 at 8:24 pm
    • Toys? Ash, give me the keys to the Benz and I'll find all the toys I want! :)

      Until then, I'll relax in the master bedroom and anywhere else I choose until the winner is announced.

      Lessie on June 16, 2016 at 11:50 pm
  433. Number One of seven (possibly) lucky signs that HGTV is checking out your neighborhood for the Smart Home 2016 Surprise visit!

    You happen to notice a suspicious drone hovering over your house for some unknown reason.

    DBCoop on June 16, 2016 at 7:59 pm
    • Hgtv hires Private investigators to scope the winner out

      Yolanda on June 16, 2016 at 9:18 pm
      • Haven't seen any private investigators either, Yolanda. By the way, how do you know that HGTV hires private investigators to scope the winner out? Nobody ever tells me anything.

        Lessie on June 16, 2016 at 11:54 pm
    • Drat! No drones overhead. Gotta keep remembering I'm Someone Special! :)

      Lessie on June 16, 2016 at 11:47 pm
  434. Have Anyone Found Any Info?!? State, Name, When, Where, & How Lol
    I'm Starting To Hallucinate Tiffany With Other Black Women Lol

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 16, 2016 at 4:41 pm
  435. My Fiancé Wanted Me To Say…
    "HGTV Where Are You Guys Were Waiting?. & To Feel Free To Stop By His Job, Free Showers & Gatorade On Him" LMAO

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 16, 2016 at 3:55 pm
  436. Gosh You Guys Im Like Literally Stalking My Window & This Website! it's So Hot & I Will Make Sure I Have Cold Bottle Waters & Snack Ready For My Ambushers.

    What Are Your Plans After You Win The 2016 Smart Home?!?
    Take That Big Move To The Smart Home & $100.000?
    Sale The Home For Bigger Profit?
    Take Money & Car & Run?
    Or Take Full Cash Only Option (NoHome or Car) & Go From There?

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 16, 2016 at 3:44 pm
  437. Looking Forward To Swimming Swim Swim

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 16, 2016 at 3:36 pm
  438. Omg DeerSpring Your The Best
    Love This im So Tickled

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 16, 2016 at 3:20 pm
  439. Ok, I have an idea for a game. What are you most excited about or looking forward to this summer, besides this contest? I'll start!

    My birthday is in July and every year I try to take the day off work and relax. I'm hoping to drive out to the beach for the day or to spend some time out in nature if it isn't too hot. What about you all?

    If you don't have anything planned maybe you could say what you like best about summer? Or a favorite summer activity?

    Grande Dame on June 16, 2016 at 3:06 pm
    • I look forward to a quiet house now that the kids are gone for the summer . Some traveling…

      Yolanda on June 16, 2016 at 6:20 pm
    • One favorite activity is going to arts and crafts festivals. I don't even need to buy anything. Just enjoy people's creativity and get in some good walking. Although I do usually find some wonderful treasure.

      Lindingo on June 17, 2016 at 9:39 am
  440. The ambush will be well planned…it's not too late besides tomorrow is Tiffany Brooks birthday. Hmmm will she ambush on her birthday???

    Yolanda on June 16, 2016 at 2:23 pm
  441. Article from last year smart home winner …

    Villarreal, principal at Sam Houston Elementary School in La Feria, is the lucky winner of a modern farmhouse located in the historic Zilker Park neighborhood in Austin, plus a new Mercedes-Benz and a $100,000 cash prize provided by national mortgage lender Quicken Loans.

    The grand prize is valued at more than $1 million.

    Downtown Harlingen Manager Cheryl LaBerge said HGTV crews were in town a couple weeks ago filming for the segment that airs tomorrow.

    “They were here downtown filming some of the murals,” she said. “They wanted to get a sense of the community the winner is from.”

    They also toured other local attractions and restaurants.

    “It’s awesome,” LaBerge said. “It’s positive publicity for the community.”

    In July, HGTV host Tiffany Brooks surprised Villarreal with the help of her husband, Rey Villarreal, the La Feria school district’s superintendent. Her name was chosen from more than 40 million entries.

    Yolanda on June 16, 2016 at 2:09 pm
    • I really think the winner will find out in July again. Drawing in June and ambushing in July appears to be their pattern. Good luck!

      ccbaguley on June 16, 2016 at 3:38 pm
        So It Is In July?
        I thought that just when they aired the show lol
        Or the whole package is in July even the drawing?

        PrayDreamBelieve on June 16, 2016 at 4:43 pm
        • They hold the drawing in June, but according to news articles they have ambushed in July every year for the smart home. The winner weekend episode airs in August.

          ccbaguley on June 16, 2016 at 9:32 pm
  442. Missed call from Chattanooga TN, hmmm

    LibbyGirl200 on June 16, 2016 at 1:25 pm
    • To far from Knoxville I suppose though

      LibbyGirl200 on June 16, 2016 at 1:26 pm
      • Run the number through google. :)

        Lindingo on June 17, 2016 at 9:36 am
        • Deleted it by accident ..ugh

          LibbyGirl200 on June 17, 2016 at 9:49 am
  443. More Smart Technology. I love how people are thinking outside the box and finding so many ways to create renewable power.

    Eugenia27 on June 16, 2016 at 12:54 pm
  444. Wow, although very busy floors. My hope would be to not get dizzy at times. BUT that's what I call bringing the dream home. Thanks for sharing. :)

    Lea81194 on June 16, 2016 at 12:37 pm
  445. This is a really smart piece of Tech. HGTV could add this to not only the next Smart Home but all of their homes. I am going to try and find these. Our power doesn't go out very often so when it does, trying to remember where the candles and lighters are kept becomes a big deal.

    Eugenia27 on June 16, 2016 at 12:32 pm
    • Clever!!

      Lindingo on June 17, 2016 at 9:34 am
    • Hi Eugenia,
      A friend and I are making a trip to Portland for a week in mid-August and I was wondering if I could possibly meet up with you in Portland or stop by your place if it isn't too far from Portland. I'm not sure how to make this correspondence private, but if you're interested let me know. I'd love to meet you.

      Addy243 on June 17, 2016 at 11:31 pm
      • Yes please. That would be wonderful! My place is 45 minutes to an hour south of Portland. Depending on how fast you drive. We are on the road that goes to the coast (Lincoln City) Does that help motivate you to go on a road trip?

        Eugenia27 on June 18, 2016 at 12:29 pm
    • Thanks for link. A smart idea and I will look into it.

      DesignABCs on June 19, 2016 at 4:10 pm
  446. For the ambush, may I suggest a Fourth of July parade to the home of the winner!!

    southernlady on June 16, 2016 at 11:30 am
  447. I do think…… someone will need to help me get up off the floor:):) lol thanks for the find:):)

    gbfla on June 16, 2016 at 11:13 am
    • Cute !

      Grammynan on June 17, 2016 at 1:08 pm
  448. Thanks for making the wait enjoyable, DeerSpring! I've loved your posts!

    Blu2 on June 16, 2016 at 11:11 am
  449. JUNE 16 A BIG DAY FOR A WELL DISERVED FAMILY!!!!! Congratulation to the winner.

    marbol123 on June 16, 2016 at 10:47 am
    • So where is the winner from???

      gbfla on June 16, 2016 at 10:55 am
    • So, did I miss an announcement? or is this the day of the drawing?

      southernlady on June 16, 2016 at 11:19 am
      • According to the rules the ambush window starts today and ends in July. Like I said before, Tiffany Brooks is the designer and she'll be the one ambushing, but she is moving her studio today according to her Instagram. I highly, highly doubt they'll ambush today

        ccbaguley on June 16, 2016 at 11:21 am
        • I have plenty of patients and prayers to wait

          PrayDreamBelieve on June 16, 2016 at 3:18 pm
  450. Did some digging around and found the Smart Home Winners have been told in July, with the contest ending within a few days of each other. My guess is they are planning their ambush and we should hear something next month! Good luck everyone!
    Also, Tiffany Brooks posted a photo on Instagram today from her studio so it most likely won't happen today

    ccbaguley on June 16, 2016 at 10:26 am
    • No it will be in front of my home/ this morning, I did some grass maintenance, came inside and got ready for the ambush.

      marbol123 on June 16, 2016 at 10:39 am
      • @marbol123 Gosh I Love Your Comment! Lol
        I did some cleaning and sprayed 9x already all over the house to get camera ready lol
        I feel like they comming.

        PrayDreamBelieve on June 16, 2016 at 3:17 pm
      • haha – I'm cleaning today, too – just in case!!!

        lavenderinjuly on June 17, 2016 at 4:24 pm
  451. Saw that the Merritt Island home sold!

    southernlady on June 16, 2016 at 9:27 am
  452. I'm use to reading the blogs over the past years, and I notice StormyWV hasn't posted lately. I pray all is well with you :)

    Lct475 on June 16, 2016 at 8:27 am
  453. 2 laundry room a dream or 2 dreams awesome home.

    janet bennett on June 15, 2016 at 9:06 pm
  454. Am I The Only One Who Is Not Able To Breathe Until They Announce The Winner! My Fiancé & I Can't Stop Talking About It!
    He Like "Make Sure You Blow My Work Phone Up To Let Me Know If We Win"
    Yes Sir!
    I Have My Inhaler Beside me Cause If See Tiffany I Will Need About 4 Pumps lol
    Even though I havent had to use it in a year lol

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 15, 2016 at 5:35 pm
  455. HGTV don't even have to knock. Just walk on in!
    I seen a few cars drive by my curve today that's not in my neighborhood and im so nervous it might be them!
    Let's All Pray Together:
    Father We come to you today to thank you for waking us up today. To give us the opportunity to dream. Whoever gets ambushed to keep them safe and blessed and lead all of us in our right direction. For you know our path in life and you have a plan for us all bloggers or not!
    We Thank You!
    Type amen if you read this as for we prayed together!
    #TeamHGTV #Amen

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 15, 2016 at 5:25 pm
    • Thank you "praydreambelieve". I am truly touched you led us in prayer today. May God open the windows of Heaven and pour out a Blessing upon you, your home overflows with abundance… Spiritual, emotional, physical, and financial.

      hrothgar1 on June 15, 2016 at 10:44 pm
      • Thank you so much same for you and your family God Bless

        PrayDreamBelieve on June 16, 2016 at 3:10 pm
  456. I miss the clues about where the potential winner might live, etc….the game of it all…

    twoTERRIERs on June 15, 2016 at 4:36 pm
    • I agree, twoTERRIERs, it's no fun being clueless! ^_^

      DBCoop on June 15, 2016 at 4:55 pm
      • i know, so i'll continue to believe they are coming to visit me and/or our bloggers here:):)…..

        twoTERRIERs on June 15, 2016 at 10:35 pm
    • Hmmm I bet the team is crossing their fingers that the winner lives in Hawaii!!!!!

      Ashtabulannie on June 15, 2016 at 5:41 pm
      • Hawaii….or…hum..can bahamians enterr?

        twoTERRIERs on June 15, 2016 at 9:32 pm
    • Me too. It was fun when HGTV would show the drawing and give out clues. Though the clues were really vague, it was fun trying to guess what the clues meant and where the ambush team was going. Okay, HGTV, watching the drawing or giving us a crumb would be greatly appreciated as you plan and put the ambush into play.

      AZPeaks on June 15, 2016 at 10:00 pm
      • i think it held millions of us over to the next contest……interactive….a community……

        twoTERRIERs on June 15, 2016 at 10:36 pm
  457. Wishing, hoping, dreaming…….!

    southernlady on June 15, 2016 at 3:14 pm
    • Yes I'm With You

      PrayDreamBelieve on June 15, 2016 at 5:26 pm
  458. Hey let's play the same game we did for the dream home, other than the state u live in lets guess where they will go:). I live in Texas and for some reason I feel Texas is going to win but since I can't use that:) than I will guess arizona

    Lucy on June 15, 2016 at 2:44 pm
    • Texas

      Allison on June 15, 2016 at 4:22 pm
    • I from Kentucky But Since I Can't Choose My Own State: I choose Flordia

      PrayDreamBelieve on June 15, 2016 at 5:18 pm
      • You are probably right. HGTV and DIY Networks use Florida as their go-to State.

        Eugenia27 on June 15, 2016 at 8:24 pm
    • Where I think it will be and where I would like it to be are not the same.
      I Want Seattle, Washington. My guess is some where in the east coast.

      Eugenia27 on June 15, 2016 at 8:26 pm
    • Hey, like that you said Arizona. As you see, I am from there but since I can't chose Arizona in your game I must say somewhere in the east like Eurgenia27 guessed. When one looks at the winners from HGTV sweepstakes, a higher percentage of winners seem to be from the east. Thanks for your game to keep us entertained during the waiting.

      AZPeaks on June 15, 2016 at 9:53 pm
    • I live in NH, but I think Florida resident will be chosen. Seems like they pick Florida a lot.

      Hrothgar1 on June 15, 2016 at 10:47 pm
    • Ok, I live in AZ so I guess I will pick Florida; that state could use some bright news right about now.

      The best to all bloggers!

      Lea81194 on June 16, 2016 at 12:27 am
      • We could definitely use some good news so much heartache has happen. But since I can't pick my state I say Arizona. I think it will be somewhere hot.

        Jennifer on June 17, 2016 at 2:51 am
    • hey lucy….i live in texas too….i definitely feel they are coming here….at least the airport….

      twoTERRIERs on June 16, 2016 at 12:31 am
      • It's weird but I feel very strongly that they r coming to Texas;). I've never felt it strong before but it seems a lot r guessing Florida and east coast because they seem to get picked the most but to me that should make little difference since its all random;). Arizona is my pick because if not tx I really feel the south west.

        Lucy on June 16, 2016 at 9:09 am
        • Okay Lucy….wishing you a win….i feel it is coming to Texas, but it came here last year….:)

          twoTERRIERs on June 17, 2016 at 8:35 am
    • texas, guessing virginia….

      twoTERRIERs on June 16, 2016 at 12:32 am
    • Guessing somewhere near Orlando, FL

      Jeff on June 17, 2016 at 8:58 am
    • I have to put Louisiana into the mix for the winner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Moveinready on June 17, 2016 at 1:50 pm
    • I can only say who knows…but Id like to see a Smart Home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

      Melsy on June 17, 2016 at 3:47 pm
  459. For the dream home they actually did the ambush a day before the ambush window actually started and on the rules for this home the ambush window starts tomorrow so anytime now the ambush could happen holding my breath. Lol yesterday a truck slowed down and check my house out while we getting in the truck make my mind start working, could this be a detective checking it out? The anticipation is part of the fun.

    Lucy on June 15, 2016 at 2:40 pm
  460. First in a series… the excitement of the Smart Home 2016 Giveaway from a unique — and decidedly youthful — point of view.

    "No way!! I think I see the HGTV Ambush Team parked in front of my house?!"

    Are you ready for YOUR HGTV Surprise visit???

    DBCoop on June 15, 2016 at 11:57 am
    • Too cute and funny! I hope to have this reaction myself but much, much older looking. :) Best wishes to us all.

      Take care.

      Lea81194 on June 15, 2016 at 12:52 pm
    • Gosh that is just too cute :) :)…… I might give that look,then pass out:):) lol I can hope hgtv surprises me….

      gbfla on June 15, 2016 at 12:53 pm
    • Love it!!! Now that's what I call surprised person. Thanks for sharing Coop!

      Lessie on June 15, 2016 at 4:48 pm
      • Amazing, isn't it, Lessie. All that facial expression and not a wrinkle to be found! Those were the good old days.

        DBCoop on June 15, 2016 at 4:58 pm
    • Cooop OMG I wet my pants! That is hilarious! Best Belly laugh this week. Hubby came in and asked if I was having a stroke. That is just exactly what I needed today. Thanks for sharing. Just perfect. Hugs. Cant stop laughing!

      Ashtabulannie on June 15, 2016 at 5:39 pm
      • Still laughing!

        Ashtabulannie on June 15, 2016 at 5:40 pm
        • ^_^

          DBCoop on June 16, 2016 at 9:42 am
    • Yes, I am ready for the ambush team!

      I wonder who the winner will be this time around.

      Good luck, Everyone!

      ceruleanmiko on June 15, 2016 at 5:47 pm

        PrayDreamBelieve on June 15, 2016 at 5:54 pm
    • Ready in Maryland.

      Grande Dame on June 16, 2016 at 8:04 am
  461. Orlando Strong…..

    nycfirefighter on June 15, 2016 at 9:18 am
    • All I pray for anymore is for all the pain and suffering to stop on this planet and universe(s). I know we will see and feel it one day.

      DKHart on June 15, 2016 at 10:56 am
    • After the unimaginable tragedy of so many innocent lives lost in Orlando, the following song lyrics from Maureen McGovern speak ever so loudly:

      On a somewhat lighter musical note from Celtic Thunder — yet still an apt reminder of the powerful message behind these simple words : United We Stand, Divided We Fall — words first attributed to Aesop (of Aesop's Fables) in 6th century Greece.

      DBCoop on June 15, 2016 at 10:04 pm
  462. Any news?:)

    DKHart on June 15, 2016 at 9:16 am
    • hopin' to hear something soon too.

      AZPeaks on June 15, 2016 at 9:48 am
    • forgot to mention that there are some super sleuths out there that visit this site often for news. They are checking if someone has found a tidbit of news. They will keep on top of it and will let all of us know when something pops up. They usually find a crumb somewhere before HGTV even gives this site an update. Maybe HGTV will surprise us first with something the way they used to. Here is a good luck to you and to all!

      AZPeaks on June 15, 2016 at 10:08 am
      • DkHart Im over Here At The Edge Of My Seat Like You Lol

        PrayDreamBelieve on June 15, 2016 at 5:43 pm
    • For the Dream Home they at least acknowledged when they picked a name. It would be nice they at least gave us that! I am tired of waiting… Just come to my door already, ughhh!

      Hrothgar1 on June 15, 2016 at 10:50 pm
      • the 13th is a lucky number:):)

        twoTERRIERs on June 16, 2016 at 12:33 am
  463. Speechless and surprises from HGTV the SmartH will go this summer pretty occasion with amazing sunsets, endless gorgeous made by the soul of HGTV and all its crew full of love and creativity from the start to the end make inside feel like the First Lady walking on it, there is a reason to still Dreaming a Dream from HGTVSmartDream Home

    AlmaC on June 15, 2016 at 12:32 am
  464. Thanks, Deer! Love the links!

    Lessie on June 14, 2016 at 7:14 pm
  465. I'm pretty sure by now they are setting up the Ambushed. Who knows they could be around the corner from you or I talking to one of our friends or family to get ready to change our life! :)
    #Excited #LetsGoHGTV

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 14, 2016 at 4:53 pm
  466. You all took a lot of time and creative efforts for this one…Great use of space one the Laundry room. HGTV awaiting the name of the winner! How tall are the ceilings in the bedrooms? I wonder how much the taxes will be on the home for this winner?

    deborah on June 14, 2016 at 3:30 pm
    • I saw on Google about $950 somthing thousand that Uncle Sam wants lol
      It's crazy high
      But don't give up

      PrayDreamBelieve on June 14, 2016 at 4:48 pm
    • It's probably 39.6% for federal and the whatever your state taxes are, so around $550,000-$700,000 if you take the house and cheaper if you take the cash prize. That is still over a half million dollar take home, which is still a blessing:) Hope that helps:)

      Lct475 on June 14, 2016 at 6:54 pm
  467. Gosh The Wait Is So Intese! Every Car Pulling Up Near My Home I About Faint!
    But I'm Still Trying To Be Kool & Calm At The Same Time! Lol
    This Is Every Sweeps For Me!
    Once They Announces The Winner I Can Finally Be Able To Breathe Again.
    I Went To Bed Last Night Imagining Myself Touring The Home & What Would I Choose Out Of All My Options. Basically Making Plans Before Hand!
    Its Just Exciting To Imagine That It Could Be You Even If The Odds Are High!
    I Love To Dream & I've Always Believed That One Day My Dreams Will Come True Through God!
    Also I Love That Car!!! Idk It Looks Like It Takes A lot Of Gas Lol But It's Perfect With The Home.
    To Whoever The Winner Is Congratulations Im Happy Your Dreams Came True. I Wish You & Your Family Many More Blessings. Stay Humbled, Enjoy Life, & Live Your Dream.
    Thank You HGTV For The Opportunity To Play In The Sweepstakes. Thanks You For All You Guys Hard Work To Make Others Happy!
    I Am A HGTV Fan!
    I Will Be If Not This Year, Then Another Years Winner!
    I Know I Write A lot But Does Anyone Else Relate?!? Lol

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 14, 2016 at 2:28 pm
    • Oh – I can relate!

      DKHart on June 14, 2016 at 3:26 pm
  468. Pray Pray Pray
    Dream Dream Dream
    Believe Believe Believe
    PRAY, DREAM, & BELIEVE This Can Happen To You!
    And You Or I Could Be The Next Hgtv Sweepstakes Winner!!

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 14, 2016 at 2:25 pm
  469. Hoping… to find that missing sock.

    dreamn_again on June 14, 2016 at 1:54 pm
  470. A refresher just in case it's needed to bring all of those great Smart Home features back into perfect focus as we wait patiently (or otherwise) for news about the lucky winner's name drawing — or any other tidbits of exciting insights that HGTV might share with us.

    In the meantime, file this one under unfazed feline with nine lives to fritter away until the winner's name is revealed:

    From Triangle area:

    The large front porch of the HGTV 2016 Smart Home features welcoming planters and comfy chairs.

    Lighting in the open-concept kitchen and dining area of the HGTV 2016 Smart Home can be controlled remotely through an app. Oven and grill temperatures can also be operated remotely.

    In addition to the home, the winner of the HGTV 2016 Smart Home Sweepstakes receives $100,000 cash from mortgage lender Quicken Loans!

    Styling features and decor in the HGTV 2016 Smart Home were done by Chicago designer Tiffany Brooks for HGTV.

    The main-level screened porch of the HGTV 2016 Smart Home.

    The master bathroom shower of the HGTV 2016 Smart Home has a Moen digital shower system controlled by remote to recreate a personalized temperature setting for each shower.

    The Electric Mirror brand TV in the master bathroom of the HGTV 2016 Smart Home looks like a mirror when it's off.

    The Beam smart toothbrush in the HGTV 2016 Smart Home has built-in motion sensors and Bluetooth that connects to a smartphone or tablet, allowing parents to monitor their kids' brushing habits.

    Designer Tiffany Brooks created all the little touches and comforts throughout the 2016 HGTV Smart Home.

    There are three Smart Nest thermostats throughout the HGTV 2016 Smart Home that can be controlled remotely from a smartphone.

    The mini-office in the hall/loft area upstairs at the HGTV 2016 Smart Home complete with TV, of course.

    The lower-level media room in the HGTV 2016 Smart Homes has a Samsung 4K curved 65-inch Smart TV that connects to the user's mobile device.

    The lower-level deck of the 2016 HGTV Smart Home has Parrot plant sensors that ensure plants are getting enough water and light. Two smart fans from Big Ass Fans have an internal temperature sensor that start the fans when the temperature rises.

    The workout room on the lower lever of the HGTV 2016 Smart Home includes a range of NordicTrack/iFit machines with screens that allow you to watch TV or simulate a run on a beach in Spain or a hike through the hills of San Francisco.

    HGTV designer Tiffany Brooks began selecting interior furnishings in July 2015 when she first viewed the plans.

    Even details like the stair railing took multiple tries before getting it just right, says HGTV interior designer Tiffany Brooks.

    A rain chain on the outside of the HGTV 2016 Smart Home operates like a gutter, directing water flow into a drain at the bottom.

    The HGTV 2016 Smart Home Sweepstakes winner also gets this 2016 Mercedes GLC.

    Along with the hopes of winning this gorgeous Smart Home 2016 and the new Mercedes-Benz GLC, Quicken Loans gives us another 100,000 reasons to keep our fingers crossed! So go ahead, HGTV, feel free to drop by and make my day, my week, my month, the whole year! ^_^

    DBCoop on June 14, 2016 at 1:51 pm
    • Thanks for the great pictures! Tiffany did a beautiful job on the Smart Home this year.

      dreamn_again on June 14, 2016 at 2:07 pm
      • Along with previous photos we've viewed, I like the different angles, lighting and color that gives a fresh perspective on all this Smart Home has to offer. Good job, Tiffany, architect and the Homes by Dickerson builder.

        DBCoop on June 14, 2016 at 3:08 pm
    • Thanks for all the reminders about the smart home!!:):) good luck to you!!):) .maybe this year a blogger might win…… who knows??? A lot of us are waiting:):)

      gbfla on June 14, 2016 at 2:10 pm
    • Tiffany Brooks did an amazing job on this home – not only are you winning the home, car, $100,000 and contents – you have a home that has been professionally planned and decorated.

      DKHart on June 14, 2016 at 3:21 pm
  471. Congrats to both virgina and her hubby. Wonderfull news for the Lambtons:):) great news all around:):)

    gbfla on June 14, 2016 at 1:01 pm
  472. Please be me!

    JLC on June 14, 2016 at 10:23 am
  473. It is June 14, 2016 – I wonder if they have held the drawing?

    DKHart on June 14, 2016 at 9:20 am
  474. That's too cute):) thanks :) :) I needed a good laugh:):) yea…..I hope we get some clues about the smart home winner soon:):)

    gbfla on June 14, 2016 at 9:14 am
  475. Thanks for these fun spots to visit. Maybe Tiffany will be the HGTV rep who surprises this years winner. Maybe she will need some lower heels in case she gets another moving hug from the winner like she did in one of the ambushes (DC Coop had past surprise sites and don't remember if it was the 2015 or 2014 woman winner who was a small lady but Tiffany went down from the moving hug). Good Luck!

    AZPeaks on June 14, 2016 at 8:58 am
  476. Another feature of a future Smart Home Laundry Room.

    alicesoneysmom on June 13, 2016 at 11:56 pm
    • Oh my goodness, a machine that does all that the FoldiMate does. What an addition to any home. From past HGTV blog sites mentioning that the site is monitored, someone has surely made a notation about possibly adding this to an upcoming home and yahoo! Good luck! Today may be the day that the winner is chosen. We are getting closer and closer to knowing about that lucky person.

      AZPeaks on June 14, 2016 at 8:51 am
    • That is AMAZING! Personally, I enjoy the relaxing, tactile experience of folding clothes, but if I had a big family, I can imagine there wouldn't be enough free time to feel so zen about it.

      Lindingo on June 14, 2016 at 10:52 am
  477. Still wishing I could win this home.

    janet bennett on June 13, 2016 at 8:40 pm
  478. I know this might be a bit premature….. But before you begin designing the next Smart/ Green home PLEASE be sure to include some of these technological adaptations in the build of all HGTV homes. Like” truly” renewable energy! By default ALL your builds should automatically include: Solar Panels with battery storage units. Options for using AC & / or DC currents. A plug in for an electric car. We need to move away quickly from fossil fuels. Lead the way HGTV! Help us learn about viable options. Share with us the issues/obstacles (costs, construction, HOA, etc. county permitting issues, even sponsorship problems) in installing solar collection systems and associated storage units into new homes, and remodels. I would love to install solar on my old 1920’s home but could sure use some help/guidance. Here is an example: Nextenergy campus of Detroit, Michigan, for example…a 501c3. has a wonderful website for reference. (I have absolutely NO vested interest in their organization) Just so's ya know.

    Ashtabulannie on June 13, 2016 at 3:36 pm
    • It goes without saying that I agree with you. With all the insanity of fracking, derailing oil train cars and coal pollution, etc. having solar or wind generated power is the answer. There are fantastic renewable energy out there and more so every day. HGTV should be the leader in showing how it can be done.
      This would be worthy of a happy dance.

      Eugenia27 on June 15, 2016 at 2:54 pm
      • Eugenia things are moving incredibly fast towards renewable and away from fossil fuels. The cost analyses I've looked at are demonstrating that the tipping point is almost here!!! Hope HGTV builds don't fall behind the curve. Guessing, though…. that the bottle neck is locating sponsors to subsidize the capitol investment in a new or remodel build. Probably the current producers don't need the business and are already maxed out in production. Look at Tesla. Don't think they will be able to meet their production schedule. I believe they also have to utilize outside supplier for their power home storage units.

        Ashtabulannie on June 15, 2016 at 5:49 pm
        • Good thing I found a DIY Tesla battery wall unit.

          Eugenia27 on June 15, 2016 at 8:22 pm
  479. Wow, it seems like with every sweepstakes I forget how much the nerves really kick in when the countdown comes to a close. I'm sending lots of love and best wishes to all.

    I'm thinking a lot about all of the folks, including myself, who are really hoping to win. I am hopeful that no matter what happens in the days to come, we will all hold our peace and joy. I know folks are in rough situations, and the heart-breaking stuff some are experiencing can feel impossible to overcome. I have had my share of suffering too and know the weighty desperation that comes from longing for a new start. I want you to know that no matter how things seem, feel, or look, nothing is impossible to overcome. Happiness is always available right where you are and better is always coming your way. A new beginning is always possible, with or without a sweepstakes prize. I am SO truly grateful HGTV gives us these opportunities to hope and to witness (and for some to experience) the gift of dreams coming true. I just want to remind myself and anyone else who needs the reminder that there is a greater joy and peace than winning this thing. HGTV may give us dream homes, but we can build our own dream lives.


    Grande Dame on June 13, 2016 at 2:26 pm
  480. I hope I win. It would be such a blessing for my family. I love this house. If I get ambushed I hope my husband is there to see it. Or better yet, maybe he'll get ambushed at work and make a believer out of him. I keep telling him that people DO win. Why not us? It could happen.

    JLC on June 13, 2016 at 2:09 pm
  481. Hot here in my area so I have a fan and swiveling chairs on the front porch so HGTV reps. won't overheat waiting on me to glossy up before I answer the door. Gotta look good when they come

    cynthi1 on June 13, 2016 at 9:23 am
  482. Prayers to all of the families and loved ones affected by Florida massascre

    Tired of this town on June 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  483. Bring back a civil and polite society. I love having a civil discourse and discussion of different topics. OK perhaps a run down on the “Rules” (or more politely the etiquette of the HGTV blog) might be helpful before we get into the winner selection & speculation. Blog administrators please elaborate for all of us specifically….. what will NOT be tolerated. Or for a more positive spin….perhaps more helpful what Will be allowed . One particular issue seems to be “leaking” of information. Problem for sure. But…The BIGGEST development is the speed and variety of ways we are all immediately connected with individuals around the globe! (and if you have a BIG family you learn a lot real fast) The fact is you (HGTV) will need to move faster to stay ahead of the information curve. Sorry that’s the reality of the situation. Everyone has a blog, can post on Face book and has millions of “Friends” All Sharing info. Simple reality of today. Perhaps this “Blogging” experience is ready to evolve into a new and more “Real Time” experience???? Difficult for sure, but this is life in 2016.

    Ashtabulannie on June 12, 2016 at 7:32 pm
    • wisdom…..somebody who loves the blog and knows how to keep up in suspense….might ignite the blog flame again…i know several candidates…

      twoTERRIERs on June 13, 2016 at 2:00 am
    • You are so polite Hokiemom. Even with your politically correct speech I understood you.

      It would be so much fun if HGTV interacted with the bloggers. Yes, in this day and age information flows rapidly. Heck, even with my non-existent computer skills, stuff just appears. I have no idea where the stuff comes from but like I said, I don't have computer skills. So if I can find stuff, HGTV, we invite you to join the fun.

      Eugenia27 on June 15, 2016 at 3:01 pm
      • Well I have my moments. Now I'm going to have my glass of wine for the evening and will not blog anymore today. I might throw caution to the wind and post inappropriate words. Hmmm??? Well …. to have a full time dedicated HGTV sanctioned blogger would require a big investment. guessing…. $45K minimum + benefits. Big chunk of change just to shoot the breeze with a bunch fans. I don't think the stock holders would approve that in the budget line.

        Ashtabulannie on June 15, 2016 at 5:57 pm
        • Well, I think they would be getting off cheep at 45k.
          We bloggers exite one another with what we learn from this blog.
          DBCoop bought the same car that was part of the first SH sweepstakes. We learn and talk about what we are shown. I bought the Tempur-pedic adjustable bed that had been showcased.
          I'm sure HGTV could show their advertisers that the blog is worthy. Heck, if they had the different companies host a blog post where we could ask questions and they actually interact with us, …. less work for whomever HGTV has running the blog. I'm sure Virginia would appreciate that.

          Eugenia27 on June 15, 2016 at 8:20 pm
  484. Im literally counting down by the hr. Constantly checking email, mailbox, and front door. Im starting to dream about being ambushed.
    My fiance found a big 4 leaf clover earlier this week. Will it bring me luck?
    I wish we can watch live online while they make the drawing and set up the ambush.
    Back to watching past winners on YouTube!

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 12, 2016 at 4:51 pm
  485. I Think Im Stalking HGTV lol

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 12, 2016 at 4:34 pm
  486. Paitiently Waiting For The New Update!
    Also Waiting To Get Ambushed. Everybody Have A Great Week! #HgTvFan

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 12, 2016 at 4:32 pm
  487. I'll be counting the days while waiting for a sign from HGTV about the Smart Home 2016 winner drawing and "ambush visit."

    Could the winner's name be drawn on 'Madcap, Mad Dash Monday'? 'Tick Tock, Clock Watch Tuesday'?

    Will we get any hints on the winner's whereabouts? Maybe on 'Why Wait for the Weekend Wednesday'? Or 'Time Goes By So Slowly Thursday'?

    Should we anticipate an 'Is It Finally Friday' surprise visit from HGTV? A 'Work Less, No Stress' Saturday drop-in? Even better yet, swing by to bring us the good news on 'Why Can't Everyday Be A Sunday'?

    In the meantime, I'll sing along with Fats Domino to get through the weeks to come until the winner's name is revealed — or unofficially squealed — as sometimes happens. Either way, don't worry, be happy. If it's not you jumping for joy in the winner's reveal video, there's always next year.

    DBCoop on June 12, 2016 at 12:58 pm
    • Who knows what hgtv is going to do…… we are not getting any updates:(:( the blogs are not kept up anymore:(:( let's hope soon we get some updates and clues!! Someone will win:):).

      gbfla on June 12, 2016 at 2:29 pm
  488. This was a beautiful smart home.

    janet bennett on June 11, 2016 at 7:32 pm
  489. Last year's Urban Oasis in Asheville, North Carolina has been sold. Here's the link to the read the story.

    Melissa Herod on June 11, 2016 at 9:37 am
    • Good article! Thanks!


      The freshly renovated, fully furnished house was originally listed for $490,000, but the price dropped twice. When it hit $399,000, Evans was ready to buy.

      “Once it hit the market, I thought that was a very interesting home to purchase," Evans said. "It wasn’t til the last price drop before it was more of a serious contender on a property that I would like to buy.”

      Mike Figura of Mosaic Realty said he listed the home at $490,000 because HGTV appraised it at that amount. And it was custom renovated and filled with local art.

      But the revision aligns the price with actual market value, Figura said.

      Lindingo on June 11, 2016 at 10:03 am
      • Yup, just saw it in my news feed about half hour ago. Most interesting article indeed.

        Checotah on June 11, 2016 at 10:32 am
    • Thanks for this find. It was/is a nice place.

      AZPeaks on June 11, 2016 at 10:19 am
    • Thanks for the find:):)

      gbfla on June 11, 2016 at 12:16 pm
    • Good find. DeerSpring posted this similar link on the Urban Oasis blog.
      I wonder if money was made on this project. The original purchase price was reported as $290,000. With significant construction work, design and appliance upgrades plus original art it could easily reach the $100,000 mark for expenses. I don't know if they were able to sell the other half of the lot not included with this giveaway, though.

      Ut4evr on June 11, 2016 at 4:58 pm
      • Good question….

        Lindingo on June 12, 2016 at 11:50 am
      • I do not know for sure, but the water cooler talk at the time, was that HGTV signed over the other lot to the builder.
        apparently it cost a lot more to fix than was anticipated.

        Eugenia27 on June 12, 2016 at 2:40 pm
  490. Serious question: Just wondered why it seems to take so long after the winner is chosen to let the public know the winner. I'm sure probably the weeks seem to go by fast for HGTV or DIY; however, drag by for us that entered the sweepstates–just curious for years so I thought that I would ask.

    grswla on June 11, 2016 at 7:32 am
    • I've won sweepstakes so I know there is a set amount of time the winner has to complete the paperwork attesting to meeting the eligibility requirements (usually just age, citizenship, and not working for the company) and getting it notarized and returned. As a technicality, you are not legally the winner until the paperwork has been taken care of. Until then you are termed a potential winner. But that is usually a short time–a week or so–and I always sent my paperwork back the same day I received it.

      So I don't know.

      Maybe they prefer to wait for the next giveaway to already be going on so any "sour grapes people" will have that to focus on, instead of the winner. It seems to me that when there was only the DH, we did hear about the winner faster, but maybe I am misremembering.

      Lindingo on June 11, 2016 at 9:40 am
  491. My Iphone and Ipad can't opened for 2 days using my daughter computer, but come my attention to see the dreaming blog to slow, no many posts as normally were:( I usually enjoy all comments, :)

    AlmaC on June 10, 2016 at 10:38 pm
  492. Not usually so in tune with the countdown but today is an important day. All mail in entries had to be received today to be in the soon to be drawing. WOW! A winner of the HGTV 2016 Smart Home will be drawn in the near future. Yahooo!

    AZPeaks on June 10, 2016 at 4:57 pm
  493. Shaken and slightly stirred — by a 5.2 magnitude earthquake this morning at 1:05 a.m. with an epicenter about 90 miles to the south of my home and felt throughout Southern California.

    Now, a bit of reassurance to the HGTV Ambush Crew in case my name gets drawn in a few days as winner of Smart Home 2016: If you're heading in my direction, there's nothing to fear about the daily small shakers that are rarely even felt, unless of course it happens to be one of the rarer strong earthquakes. That can be rather scary, especially if it's your first experience. However, no special gear is necessary, such as helmets, etc.

    No damage to report at my home, thankfully, other than an interrupted night's sleep — and some time spent calming Terri down.

    Note: At this time of year, temps hover around 100 or higher, so dress light, pack swim wear, a wide-brimmed hat and plenty of sunscreen. I'll be waiting with your choice of ice-cold beverage and plenty of refreshingly cool A/C.

    With that theme in mind, here's a tune to rock to, from Bill Haley and His Comets:

    DBCoop on June 10, 2016 at 10:31 am
    • Glad to hear you and terri are are ok!!! Weather is something else .. … 100 temps is very hot….. stay cool:):) I would have been so scared!!

      gbfla on June 10, 2016 at 12:26 pm
      • All has returned to normal so far today, and we've even had a slight break in the temps as it's only 97 at the moment. Anything less than 100 is welcome!

        DBCoop on June 10, 2016 at 3:15 pm
    • Earthquakes here up north are usually just for fun and the dj's would entertain us with some rock 'n roll afterwards, but I think they are a little more alarming in the southern end. Glad you and Terri are okay!

      Lindingo on June 10, 2016 at 12:38 pm
      • Thank you, Lindingo, though N CA is often very competitive with the southern part of the state when it comes to the shake and quake variety.

        My hometown valley of Napa took a good hit in August 2014 with a 6.0 quake that caused plenty of damage around the area. The forecast isn't exactly comforting either, as the number of new highs in earthquake activity continues on the upswing, from 17 in 1977 to 20 in 1997 and then 29 in 2014.

        Maybe winning the Smart Home and moving to Raleigh might be a smart move after all. ^_^

        DBCoop on June 10, 2016 at 3:29 pm
        • I know what you mean! So competitive, even in earthquakes! In terms of consequences of human injuries and deaths, the southern half clearly has been hit worse for the most recent decades. The north continues to get the lion's share of the world's attention and fascination, though. :)

          I live in Pittsburg and my brother lives in Vallejo, so he really felt the Napa quake. I was in SF when Loma Prieta hit, in the Old Federal Building where elevators crashed up to the roof and water mains broke.

          It's all fun and games until lives are at stake. Luckily, there are very, very, very few of those.

          Lindingo on June 11, 2016 at 9:56 am
        • I live in Napa! And that 6.0 was no fun… my goal for this summer is to finally get all the drywall cracks patched up. Glad you guys are ok and the "big one" hasn't hit us yet. Remember, though, that Raleigh gets the occasional hurricane… I think it'd be worth it for that beautiful house, though!

          lavenderinjuly on June 15, 2016 at 4:27 pm
          • A fellow Napan! I knew there had to be at least one out there in blogland!

            I wonder if we'll ever get a Smart Home in the Napa Valley?

            DBCoop on June 15, 2016 at 4:54 pm
          • That would be awesome! I did try extra hard to win the Dream Homes in Sonoma & Tahoe, but they went to the ever-popular "Someone Else." I'm actually holding out hope for an Urban Oasis in San Francisco – might be too expensive, but how cool would that be?!

            lavenderinjuly on June 17, 2016 at 4:15 pm
    • Phew so glad to hear you and Terri are all ok.. Hope no aftershocks rattle your bones.

      Ashtabulannie on June 10, 2016 at 12:51 pm
      • Thanks, Ashtabulannie. Terri and I are fine, no cracks in the pool and no new cracks noticeable on the exterior stucco. As for the bones, they tend to rattle regardless!!

        DBCoop on June 10, 2016 at 3:31 pm
        • LOL! I know what you mean, Coop!

          Lessie on June 13, 2016 at 6:10 pm
    • Got the news of the quake early this am. Heard it was the talk of the day at Camp Pendleton. Some laughing who had slept through it. Glad you and Terri made ti through okay and enjoying the cooler temps..

      AZPeaks on June 10, 2016 at 4:52 pm
    • Glad you and Terri are safe Coop! 5.2 magnitude earthquake?! That would be quite a fright!!!! 100 degree temps or higher! Sure glad you have a pool, AC, and cooling refreshments. Don't expect me during summer months!

      Lessie on June 13, 2016 at 4:54 pm
      • Thank you, Lessie. Just as a heads-up, the temps will be heating up here for the coming weekend. It's predicted to reach 118 on Sunday, Father's Day, and 121 on Monday!!!! I'll have to start throwing blocks of ice into the pool to keep it comfortably refreshing. Even Terri won't want to venture outside in those kind of extreme temperatures.

        DBCoop on June 13, 2016 at 5:59 pm
  494. any clues on where the winner lives?

    Autumn Allen on June 9, 2016 at 10:31 am
    • winner supposedly not contacted yet

      Lindingo on June 9, 2016 at 11:37 am
    • hi all…was winner picked already?

      twoTERRIERs on June 9, 2016 at 1:52 pm
    • I am hoping NC

      lovethechefblog on June 9, 2016 at 3:51 pm
    • I'm hoping Maryland!

      Lessie on June 9, 2016 at 5:20 pm
    • My house? haha
      In my dreams

      Eugenia27 on June 9, 2016 at 10:26 pm
    • The winner isn't supposed to be chosen until June 14th according the official rules link.

      dreamn_again on June 10, 2016 at 8:19 am
  495. Do you realize that the first day of summer will soon be upon us? Yep, on Monday, June 20, even if it doesn't feel like summer yet in your neck of the woods. It certainly does in mine!!

    With summer in mind, it's time to gear up, and dress down, for some chillin' and grillin' — BBQ style. So outdoors we go, if only as far as the backyard, from Smart Home's past to the present.

    Here are some Smart Home back deck photos (BBQs included, naturally) to inspire you….

    Starting with Smart Home 2015 in Austin, TX:

    And counting down to 2014's charming Nashville, TN Smart Home:

    Then it's on to the coastal Jacksonville Beach, FL 2013 Smart Home in the Paradise Key community:

    Finally, there's the one everybody's holding their breath for… Smart Home 2016 in Raleigh, NC, where the grillin' takes place in dreamy style on the screened porch just steps outside the living area:

    You might even come up with a personal favorite to share. (Hint: I'm keeping my fingers crossed in hopes of winning my favorite backyard BBQ Smart Home.)

    In need of a little more motivation to put those summertime plans into action? From HGTV… Backyard bbq with Southern flair:

    And, summer's dynamic duo, what's a BBQ grill fest without your favorite cool, refreshing beverages:

    Certainly not least, check out these professional grillers — and dedicated diners — at the Apex, NC Peak City Pig Fest — about 15 miles from Raleigh.

    Who knows, you might be living only minutes away in Smart Home 2016 by the time next year's Apex BBQ shindig comes around!

    STILL not quite in the mood for some fun in the sun? Maybe a dose of Summertime is just what you need to get you up on your feet and headed outside to fire up the grill…

    A golden oldie by the Jamies…

    Happy Daze!

    DBCoop on June 9, 2016 at 8:30 am
    • I love Summertime!!! And that Southern flair bbq looked like the perfect party. :)

      Lindingo on June 9, 2016 at 11:37 am
      • I'd say a Southern style bbq at Smart Home 2016 would make for a great party, don't you?

        DBCoop on June 9, 2016 at 10:40 pm
    • I think Stowe Vermont DH would be the best place for a BBQ grill. I'm not a big fan of hot weather and I think Vermont in the mountains might be the perfect place for me

      Eugenia27 on June 9, 2016 at 6:51 pm
  496. Gosh It's Getting Close To Hgtv Ambush!! Pray That It's Me!

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 8, 2016 at 9:01 pm
  497. YIKES! Still in the Laundry Room! Getting Really, Really Boring! Soney and I thought we would liven things up a bit and take a Dancing Break.

    alicesoneysmom on June 8, 2016 at 7:06 pm
    • Great video, Alice!

      Lessie on June 8, 2016 at 8:01 pm
      • Thanks Lessie!

        alicesoneysmom on June 8, 2016 at 10:02 pm
    • Yes, it is! I hope everyone clicks on it!!!

      Lindingo on June 9, 2016 at 11:01 am
    • That was great and made me smile …. a lot

      Makes having laundry in the home that much more inviting. lol

      Eugenia27 on June 9, 2016 at 6:39 pm
      • Thanks Eugenia. Wanted to tell you in our travels on the internet we find so many fun things that remind us of you. Small Homes, living off the grid, eating vegan, gardening. And we found this DIY to add to our own Dream List. Thought you might like! Thanks Eugenia!

        alicesoneysmom on June 9, 2016 at 9:04 pm
        • OMGoodness!! I love that laundry room. I have the 6 sorting baskets and hanging rod but that air dryer trays for delicates is genius! I have a regular ironing board. That was great! Thank you.
          P.S. I'm a vegetarian not vegan but I could go vegan if it wasn't for the no honey thing. That and there are several cheeses that I have not found a veggie version that is quite right. But I do buy organic cheeses that come from happy cows.
          Give Soney a big hug from me and my fur babies.

          Eugenia27 on June 9, 2016 at 10:24 pm
          • Soney loves to give you a Big Hug Eugenia. Thanks for clarifying vegetarian from vegan.

            alicesoneysmom on June 9, 2016 at 11:38 pm
  498. Thank you DeerSpring, you knocked this post right out of the ballpark! Soney and I appreciate all you have to share and your kind comments to us. You are the BEST! It is a Waiting Game! Love from Alice and Soney Boy from Beautiful – rainy – no sunny – no windy, oh well, Seattle can't make up it's mind. We are truly lucky to have you on the HGTV Dream Home Blogs. Thanks again DeerSpring!

    alicesoneysmom on June 8, 2016 at 6:32 pm
    • If you don't like the weather in Seattle, wait 5 minutes.

      Eugenia27 on June 10, 2016 at 6:16 pm
  499. Six more days before Someone Special is selected to win the 2016 Smart Home! Hoping it's someone I know, either on the blog or in real life. :)

    Lessie on June 8, 2016 at 4:47 pm
  500. Pretty and Smart, Smart and pretty extremely valuable to keep dream, happy to be here praying to be me or anyone, Thank you, HGTV living a dream from HGTVSmartDreamHome *.~

    AlmaC on June 8, 2016 at 3:43 pm
  501. Uhala!! Chess is my favorite game played lot (only against comp;) pretty stickart, hope to have a grandchildren soon to rock a baby on the smart crib ;) ) Thanks DeerSpring for sharing those posts good luck!

    AlmaC on June 8, 2016 at 3:16 pm
  502. You are still the reining queen of the internet! a real fun post, thanks.

    Eugenia27 on June 8, 2016 at 1:07 pm
  503. It seems HGTV support for the Smart Home has come to a screeching halt. So, to help in your search for Smart Home technology here is an article describing 8 ways to make your home smart.

    The associated news story also described a somewhat chaotic environment in the Smart Home industry as it attempts to find its footing with consumers – especially concerning whole home systems vs. individual features. There are significant growing pains it appears.

    Ut4evr on June 8, 2016 at 8:04 am
    • Interesting article, Ut4evr, and certainly valid as to where the smart home market is headed — growing pains for sure!

      Speaking of, I was surprised the other day to open my Summer 2016 edition of GMC Magazine and find a short article from Carley Knobloch about the smart technology features on the GMC vehicles. HGTV's high-tech Smart Home guru certainly gets around!

      DBCoop on June 8, 2016 at 9:14 am
    • Remember some of our earlier conversations regarding Smart Tech? Us mature (old) people were all excited about the new gadgets and the young people did a virtual eye roll. They grew up with Tech.
      Over the years the Tech is making more sense. No longer just something to go Ooooh Aaaaawe, but things that really would make life a bit easier.

      I have to admit when I was reading the article about controlling the temperature on an app my first thought was back in the old days when there was no remote for Televisions and you had to click through all the channels to get the one you wanted. Granted there were only 12 or so choices but we thought it was so funny that a person was so lazy that they couldn't walk over to the TV to change the channel.
      I guess it would be nice to be able to keep an eye on temp if you were to be away for a while.

      Eugenia27 on June 8, 2016 at 12:28 pm
      • Eugenia, the smart technology I want to own is an app to open or close all of my windows at once, including the skylights. But I just can't afford those smart $1,000 skylights shown in this smart home. Hoping that price drops soon! Gettin' lazy around here in the summer. :)

        Ut4evr on June 9, 2016 at 10:48 am
        • If I ever did get Smart Tech, I want skylights like the ones here. What I really would love is my refrigerator telling what I need (especially if I could access it from the store) I am always forgetting at least one thing. Also if I pick up something I'd like to cook when I get home, to be able to have the oven preheat it's self so I could just pop it in when I get home, that would be great.
          Although, I would have to store my cast iron pans somewhere else than the oven

          Eugenia27 on June 9, 2016 at 6:43 pm
        • If they could make windows smart enough to know when to open, to let cool air in and then close when needed, I would want that. Or I could put in a cupola and some low north facing windows

          Eugenia27 on June 9, 2016 at 6:56 pm
  504. Hopefully they won't pull the same malarkey as the last house winner did by his big mouthed friend and church people blabbing it all over Facebook before the winner was announced!

    Liberty76 on June 7, 2016 at 5:28 pm
    • That's on HGTV. You do an announcement at church, of course your friends are going to be so happy for you and chatter about it.

      HGTV just needs to make the public announcement faster. Maybe they were waiting for the winner to decide to sign the paper work. That's all I can think of that legitimately would slow the process down.

      Lindingo on June 8, 2016 at 10:04 am
  505. Jenn on June 7, 2016 at 1:39 am
    • No one has won yet. Stay hopeful:)

      Lct475 on June 7, 2016 at 7:37 am
    • I hope for you that your life gets wanted lift.

      Vesna on June 7, 2016 at 10:38 am
    • The drawing isn't till next week – hope is still alive for all of us!

      lavenderinjuly on June 8, 2016 at 11:22 am
  506. Dreams can come true, waiting for my house to become a home!!!!! Thank You

    Teresa Sarnacki on June 6, 2016 at 7:07 pm
  507. Just think, in 8 days someone will become the winner of this awesome HGTV Smart Home. Hoping the best for everyone….especially me! :)

    Lessie on June 6, 2016 at 5:01 pm
    • I would like for you to win. You might keep this one. I would love to know a blogger won & kept the home.

      That way if I ever get to the east coast to visit family, I could stop by for a visit and feel right at home because I have virtually lived there for so long. Although, you will have to tell me which drawer you put the silverware.

      Eugenia27 on June 8, 2016 at 1:11 pm
      • Most gracious Eugenia, you are too sweet. I would love to win and keep this home! It's perfect…..but before I start dreaming the big dream, I need to have the Tiffany Brooks led ambush team surprise me. Otherwise, I'm keeping both feet on the ground and hoping the best for the Someone Special who'll win this home. May this be a great life-changing event for them!

        Lessie on June 8, 2016 at 4:45 pm
  508. Good luck to all!!!
    Beautiful home..
    Awesome City…

    CaliGrl76 on June 6, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Twas hot as the summer, so I stayed in the house
    Where not even Terri was stirring, much less a mouse
    When out on the street there arose such a clatter
    I sprang from my chair to see what was the matter
    Right to the window I flew in a mad dash
    My dog was beside me as quick as a flash
    What to my wondering eyes should appear
    But an HGTV crew with a camera and gear
    I knew in a moment it must be my luck
    The Smart Home I'd won, a car and some bucks
    Stealthy as cats, to my front door they stalked
    Yet when I heard the chimes ring, I truly was shocked
    I leapt to the door, my heart it was racing
    For the win of my life, I knew I was facing
    The hostess was dressed in a smart casual look
    I knew right away it was Tiffany Brooks
    Her eyes — how they twinkled, her smile was so cheery
    She asked, "Are you Coop?" and I answered quite clearly
    "You can call me D.B. 'cause that'll do fine"
    While shivers they ran from my head down my spine
    She reached for my hand and put up the mic
    It was right at that moment the wall clock did strike
    And I was startled awake, can you imagine my shock
    As I ran to the door to look down the block
    Not a person in sight, not a soul, it would seem
    What a terrible trick, it was all just a dream
    But I heard someone say, as they vanished from sight
    Best of luck to you all, and have a good night!

    DBCoop on June 5, 2016 at 9:18 am
    • WOW!! I love it. Sometimes dreams do come true, Coop. Good luck to you too!

      DesignABCs on June 5, 2016 at 10:46 am
    • If I don't win, I really hope you do! You contribute many fine posts to these blogs. I really enjoy them!

      Dancingbee on June 6, 2016 at 9:25 am
      • There are SO many deserving folks hoping to win the Smart Home, but there's only one to go around this year. If not this year, maybe next!

        DBCoop on June 7, 2016 at 11:49 am
    • You did it again DBCoop ! Thanks , and for keeping it going also !
      May you have a beautiful day and my best to you and all the bloggers as we " wait".

      Grammynan on June 6, 2016 at 12:29 pm
    • Love it, Coop! Keep the poems coming!

      Lessie on June 6, 2016 at 4:53 pm
    • Hey DB! Very cool poem!! A nice way to pass the time while we wait and dream. Thanks!

      sweepsdreamer on June 7, 2016 at 2:45 pm
    • How fun! Your poem makes me think that winning the Smart Home would be like Christmas in June or even better.

      DesignABCs on June 8, 2016 at 6:49 pm
  510. Can't Wait For The Update On Hgtv Blog

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 4, 2016 at 2:56 pm
  511. Thinking About The Smart Home!

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 4, 2016 at 2:55 pm
  512. A short break while we wait…

    From HGTV's Kayla Suazo: Find your design spirit, then take the poll to pair up to your design animal.. from wise to wild! Or maybe just a free spirit?

    DBCoop on June 4, 2016 at 11:52 am
  513. Tiffany looked as surprised as Isabel in that video. Ashley's video worked for me. Oh well, Lessie,I hope you get to watch it. Maybe you can be in the next SMart Home winner video.
    I think this is the same link Coop posted, but you can try it again.

    DesignABCs on June 4, 2016 at 10:51 am
    • I finally saw Ashley's video, Design. She looked overwhelmed but that's ok. She has such a sweet spirit. I'd love to be in the next Smart Home winner video, but I'd also enjoy seeing you in the winner's video too. Enjoy your day!

      Lessie on June 5, 2016 at 9:18 pm
  514. When do we find out who the winner is?

    Linda on June 4, 2016 at 10:41 am
    • According to the official rules page, the HGTV Smart Home 2016 prize winner will be notified
      "between June 16 and July 11, 2016".
      and it continues on later with
      "Beginning on or about July15, 2016 you may obtain the name of the Grand Prize Winner"

      dreamn_again on June 4, 2016 at 3:19 pm
  515. Well I see no updates yet. Put in my last entry and now the long wait begins. Good luck, good dreaming!

    Moveinready on June 3, 2016 at 10:34 pm
  516. Hello HGTV!! Please,please,pleaseeee……pick meeeeeee…… a dream from HGTVSmatH •.~

    AlmaC on June 3, 2016 at 8:28 pm
  517. Awesome DeerSpring, I would like to win that ticket with lots of treasure and rich of health , sweet tea is my favorite beverage to enjoy that pretty view and hear the sounds of the birds.
    Actually like Carley K. I take time with my special needs daughter on the garage to play and see around with the difference my needs made space

    AlmaC on June 3, 2016 at 6:56 pm
    • Good luck!

      DeerSpring on June 4, 2016 at 9:28 am
  518. I love the layout of this home and its so close to where I'm living now. A Veteran of two wars, this house would make a perfect Home for my wife and daughter, whom I've been trying to bring to America for 5 years. God Bless you HGTV for all you do.

    David O. on June 3, 2016 at 6:27 pm
  519. Omg I Just Been Ambushed.. Thank You Jesus!!
    Just Practicing lol

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 3, 2016 at 6:11 pm
  520. Awesome link for the William B. Umstead State Park, Deer! To me, the park is inviting, soothing, relaxing, refreshing, and BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for sharing!

    Lessie on June 3, 2016 at 5:28 pm
  521. Some great memories from Smart Home winners past:

    Smart Home 2014 winner Ashley King's emotional first visit to her Nashville, TN grand prize new home, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and $100,000!

    Followed by Isabel Villarreal's surprise ambush as winner of the Austin, Texas Smart Home 2015, where an enthusiastic Isabel overwhelms host Tiffany Brooks and literally brings her to her knees!

    Could there be a starring role in an HGTV Smart Home 2016 video in YOUR future? How would YOU react? Would it be wise to write out an acceptance speech just in case, or wing it and go with the emotions of the moment? ^_^

    DBCoop on June 3, 2016 at 10:17 am
    • Coop, I'd love to bring Tiffany Brooks to her knees! Loved watching the Isabel video. Ashley's video link didn't work for me. Thanks for sharing.

      Lessie on June 3, 2016 at 5:41 pm
    • Thanks for posting winner videos. Had not seen them. Looking forward to the 2016 winner announcement and videos. Good Luck!

      AZPeaks on June 4, 2016 at 6:32 pm
    • I'm STILL dreaming of the 2014 smart home. I live an hour away and I've driven by the area a few time but never went into the subdivision. Love love love 2014 smart home

      cynthi1 on June 6, 2016 at 6:39 am
    • "I'd like to thank my computer, for processing my daily entries. My mailman, for faithfully carrying my mail entries. And, of course, my husband, who has been patiently rolling his eyes at me for years while I submit my entries and then turn into a maniac during ambush week. I'd like to thank my fellow bloggers and give a special shout-out to DBCoop, who always keeps us entertained. And, lastly, Tiffany and HGTV, for the gift of this wonderful dream. Thank you!"

      There – now I'm prepared!
      …… just in case :)

      lavenderinjuly on June 8, 2016 at 11:32 am
    • No acceptance speech for me. I'll go with the emotions of the moment, DBCoop.

      DesignABCs on June 8, 2016 at 6:41 pm
  522. The question now is, what do you do the morning after? The morning after the Smart Home 2016 Sweepstakes closes for entries that is!

    Well, as Maureen McGovern tells us, let's keep on looking for the light… from the HGTV "Ambush Team" camera crew perhaps?!

    More good advice from the movie 'Annie'… Tomorrow is only a day away. So you got to hang on 'til tomorrow, come what may!

    Or in the case of the HGTV Smart Home ambush, sometime around between June 16 to July 11, 2016.

    Happy daze, fellow dreamers!

    DBCoop on June 3, 2016 at 9:52 am
    • Not too many more tomorrows to wait I hope. :)

      DesignABCs on June 4, 2016 at 10:30 am
  523. Whoever Win! please Call me And Give Me 100% Details Of The Experience Of Winning!!
    How It Changed Your Life & What You Plan To Do!
    I'll never bother U again afterwards lol

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 2, 2016 at 10:15 pm
  524. Well my last entries are in :) :) here's to wishing….praying……maybe a little luck:):) good luck to everyone!!!!!:):):) the wait begins…….

    gbfla on June 2, 2016 at 8:51 pm
  525. Gosh I'm Overally Excited

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 2, 2016 at 8:18 pm
  526. I'm the Winner!!Hopeful thinking;-)

    Hazzy on June 2, 2016 at 7:11 pm
  527. My prediction sucks! No new post today. Guess I won't predict I'll win. :)

    The dreaming begins……….Awesome!

    Lessie on June 2, 2016 at 6:24 pm
    • LOL… at the very least, Lessie, you're a virtual winner! ^_^

      DBCoop on June 3, 2016 at 9:21 am
      • ….and Someone Special! Thanks Coop! :)

        Lessie on June 3, 2016 at 5:19 pm
  528. Good luck every one this is a very nice
    smart Home and so beautiful.

    janet on June 2, 2016 at 5:28 pm
  529. This is a the end of the beginning, pretty smart and safe for me or any lucky winner, it is in a pretty city the frecuently we visit due my husband job, my heart is bumping of emotion cause is Dreaming a Dream from HGTVSmartDreamHome*.~

    AlmaC on June 2, 2016 at 4:24 pm
  530. Time is up for this year! 5:00 ET was the cut off. Good luck to all and may we give a big shout out to all for a "THANK YOU" for making the 2016 Smart Home happen. Beautiful!

    AZPeaks on June 2, 2016 at 4:04 pm
  531. I Think ALL The Workers Did An Outstanding Job At Building This Home!
    I Can't Wait To See How Urban Oasis Will Turn Out!

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 2, 2016 at 1:51 pm
  532. While we wait for the lucky Smart Home 2016 winner's name to be randomly drawn, why not enter for the chance to win $10,000 cash in the HGTV Ultimate House Hunt?

    Tour impressive homes and beautiful indoor/outdoor spaces, from stunning waterfront homes to architectural classics, kids' spaces to master bedrooms and more in this HGTV 'Tour, Vote, and Enter' Sweepstakes.

    You can vote and enter daily through August 8, 2016 at 5 p.m. ET.

    Happy house hunting!

    DBCoop on June 2, 2016 at 10:37 am
  533. Sooo nervious….I have my last entry submitted. I've entered most all of the dream homes, and every time I get myself in such a tizzy and that final entry is submitted….you'd think I'd learn by now!!!! Best of luck to all!!!!!

    Marilyn on June 2, 2016 at 9:59 am
  534. Good Luck everyone!
    My last entries are in.
    Remember to get yours in early the deadline is 5pm EASTERN.

    dreamn_again on June 2, 2016 at 8:42 am
  535. To the winner – take the money and run! (at least that is what I will do). Alas, I have an Urban Space that I would love to turn into an Oasis and I really could provide HGTV with a whole season of episodes. I think that one blogger had the right idea, let everyone enter to win an HGTV makeover of their home! Could have some interesting results!

    southernlady on June 2, 2016 at 8:00 am
  536. "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." -Steve Jobs

    nycfirefighter on June 2, 2016 at 7:02 am
    • Thank you so much nycfirefighter. Soney and I have so much respect for you and what you do and enjoy reading your posts and they are Wake-Up-Calls as this one truly is. We found this and hope we can post it right. Thanks again nycfirefighter!

      alicesoneysmom on June 2, 2016 at 10:19 pm
      • How lucky Soney and I are to find this wise, young woman and from our favorite place Hawaii! Many DIY Projects, that we love, but today thought you might like her words of wisdom.

        alicesoneysmom on June 2, 2016 at 11:44 pm
  537. Now, the end is here… or could it be just the beginning? It's been a fun ride, and we've finally arrived at day number ONE of the s-m-a-r-t h-o-m-E 2016 Sweepstakes.

    If you think this guy has some fancy moves, wait until the HGTV crew shows up at MY home! ^_^

    For the flight restricted among us, you can almost see the Smart Home from up here! (Meanwhile, don't forget that you have to get your final two Smart Home entries submitted by 5 p.m. ET today!)

    Best of luck to each and every hopeful who has fallen in love with HGTV SMART HOME 2016. If you submitted only one entry — or better yet, dozens — the winner could be YOU!

    DBCoop on June 2, 2016 at 12:40 am
    • Last entries are in, DBCoop. Now the wait begins. That's the hard part.

      DesignABCs on June 2, 2016 at 9:40 am
    Ok We Shall Say A Prayer Together Before We Enter!
    Join Our Online Hands Together!
    Father Thank You For Blessing Us With Opportunities To Exprience The Dream Of Wonderful Changes, even If Things Are Already Wonderful.
    I Pray That Whoever So Win This Home, Keep Them Safe & Guide Everyone In The Right Directions, To Stay Humbled & To Praise You For No Dream Home Nor Money Is Greater & More Appropriated Then The Blessings, Forgiveness, & Love You Give Us Everyday To Wake Up & Even Be Healthy Enough To Even See This On Tv. Even If We Don't Win Thank You Lord For Everything!
    Type Amen If You Read This Prayer As For We Prayed Together!

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 1, 2016 at 11:23 pm
    • Lindingo on June 2, 2016 at 10:00 am
      • Amen! beautiful Prayer!

        Lindingo, loved the mini-clip! Thanks for sharing!

        Checotah on June 2, 2016 at 10:12 am
        • :)

          Lindingo on June 2, 2016 at 11:03 am
    • Amen. Amen and AMEN:):)

      gbfla on June 2, 2016 at 11:50 am
    • A-men

      Eugenia27 on June 2, 2016 at 1:33 pm
    • Amen

      albbora on June 2, 2016 at 6:11 pm
    • Amen!!! God is just soooo AWESOME:)

      Lct475 on June 9, 2016 at 8:41 am
  539. I Wish I Was Laying In My Master Sweat, Watching Hgtv House Hunters
    My Also Other Favorite Show!

    PrayDreamBelieve on June 1, 2016 at 11:11 pm
  540. 20 years a go, I bought a house that needed a lot of work. I'm not a handy person. My wife forced me to watch HGTV to see if I can learne sonthing…She created a nice home and the most beautiful garden watching the old shows ( Room by Room, Decotating Cents etc.) The 2016 Smart Home is perfect, no need to be handy. TV everywhere, Gym, magnificent porches and more. If I win I won't change a thing, Tiffany and the crue already did all the work. . Good luck to everyone .

    marbol123 on June 1, 2016 at 10:09 pm
  541. Reading a lot of wonderful posts/comments (have a lot to catch up with)…but really like the functionailty of up/down laundry. Also, the Smart Home Craftsman Architecture is like "ahhh!"…very detailed and scores a Swanky Smooth Vibe…..appears to carry inside the home.

    Back to laundry for a hot minute…..Not saying you should, but who wouldn't consider a beverage cooler beside the upstairs laundry? Haha…..just saying!! :)

    Deryck on June 1, 2016 at 9:18 pm
  542. WANTED: Two happy dreamers (or even one lucky soul will do) to claim ownership of this pair of Smart Home patio chairs. Online applications, by the final two daily sweepstakes entries, are still being accepted by HGTV until 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 2, 2016. Mail-in entries must be postmarked by June 2 and received by June 9, 2016.

    Along with the two pictured chairs, lovely as they are, the winner will also be provided with substantial financial benefits that include a high-tech Smart Home, plenty of cash in the form of a $100,000 electronic funds transfer from Quicken Loans and a shiny new, luxurious 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC valued at $51,685 — all bound to provide the opportunity to enjoy an exciting new lifestyle.

    Note: Winner may be notified by an "Ambush Style" visit (or by phone, email or in writing) on or around June 16 through July 11, 2016.

    Are you feeling lucky? ^_^

    DBCoop on June 1, 2016 at 9:13 pm
    • Yes I feel lucky!!!!

      marbol123 on June 1, 2016 at 9:21 pm
    • I can't wait to win just so that I can find out if my feet touch the ground sitting in those chairs. DeerSpring had posted a picture a while back of a little girl sitting in those chairs. I realized that the odds were my feet would not touch the ground.

      Eugenia27 on June 1, 2016 at 10:07 pm
      • LOL! I'd think that if you're the one who gets that all important "ambush style" visit from HGTV, Eugenia, your feet won't touch the ground for awhile whether you're sitting or standing! ^_^

        As for the pair of patio chairs, they look mighty inviting to me!

        PS: If you do win the Smart Home, be sure to post a photo for us of you and your favorite spouse lounging in those chairs on a sunny afternoon sipping a favorite beverage. We'll all be envious, but also very happy for you.

        DBCoop on June 2, 2016 at 12:30 am
        • "….your feet won't touch the ground for awhile whether you're sitting or standing! ^_^ "

          Such a perfect response DBCoop! Gave me a hearty chuckle, love it!

          Checotah on June 2, 2016 at 8:24 am
    • I feel very lucky:):) I can only hope

      gbfla on June 2, 2016 at 11:54 am
  543. I'm excited for two weeks from now, when our Guessing Game begins! That's always my favorite time to be on the blog. The hoping, the waiting, the stalking, the constantly-looking-out-our-windows time!

    lavenderinjuly on June 1, 2016 at 4:46 pm
  544. Travel writing can be fun, gbfla. Writing novels, however, is not only a great deal of work, but a long and difficult process. Poetry can be fairly quickly put together, whether it's serious stuff or lightly written to entertain.

    As for blog posts, two words or twenty can be all it takes to carry the thread along — even while we're waiting in the laundry room for the next Smart Home update.

    On that note, tomorrow, tomorrow, what will HGTV share with us tomorrow?

    DBCoop on June 1, 2016 at 3:57 pm
  545. Many thanks to DBCoop and all those that have made this a really nice "ride".
    Wish everyone a beautiful day and the very best of health- win or not.
    Thanks everyone ! Grannynan

    Grammynan on June 1, 2016 at 3:13 pm
  546. Beautiful ! If I win , would love to go to hear them. Thank you-
    Have a great day !

    Grammynan on June 1, 2016 at 3:06 pm
  547. Like Lindingo, I also Love Vivaldi. thanks

    Eugenia27 on June 1, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    For now, the end is near
    And so we'll face the final entry
    My friends, I'll say it clear
    I'll state our case, it's elementary
    Right from day one, we've had great fun
    It's time to rest, we did our best
    Of this I'm certain

    Regrets, I have but one
    But then again, it's worth a mention
    I thought, from time to time
    To change my name, 'twas my intention
    I planned a course to reinforce
    Each careful step, I'd win for certain
    And bring luck my way

    Although I tried, deep down I knew
    To thine own self, you must be true
    Though I've had my share of losing
    So I'll play the game, I'll play it fair
    On second thought, it's so amusing
    DB Coop's the name I'm called
    So it's Coop, the name I'm using

    To think, I did all that
    The record shows, down to the closin'
    No, not a miss, I did persist
    In hopes my name, it would be chosen
    And now, the end is near
    These last few words, the final curtain
    Will it be you, could it be me?

    Or Someone Else, I'm just not certain!

    ********* Best wishes to all the hopefuls out there in blogland! *********

    DBCoop on June 1, 2016 at 11:58 am
    • Good luck Coop, maybe this will be the lucky one for you.

      Eugenia27 on June 1, 2016 at 1:02 pm
      • Wishing you luck this round too, Eugenia. Just keep in mind that Lessie might raise a virtual objection or two if you show up at the Smart Home front door with the key in hand!

        DBCoop on June 1, 2016 at 4:15 pm
        • You're so on target Coop! I'll only raise a virtual objection if I have to leave! :)

          Lessie on June 1, 2016 at 6:10 pm
  549. That is unsettling that we don't get the usual entry form. Why would they change it up so late in the game?

    Lindingo on June 1, 2016 at 9:29 am
    • I guess we miss the sponsored ad pages but it still makes you wonder.

      DesignABCs on June 1, 2016 at 9:32 am
    • I agree- ,thought , what did I do wrong. Tried to enter again but – said entered.
      Just so It counts as a vote. Wish You a great day ! Thanks for verifying that I did the correct entry.

      Grammynan on June 1, 2016 at 3:10 pm
    • I've been wondering the same thing…

      lavenderinjuly on June 1, 2016 at 4:40 pm
  550. I Love Vivaldi! I let it roll over to the next video to keep the beauty going. Perfect accompaniment while I go make my two entries in another window. :)

    Lindingo on June 1, 2016 at 9:25 am
  551. Remember that two entries are better than one — As we start today with the letter M to mark day number TWO in the s-m-a-r-t h-o-M-e 2016 Sweepstakes countdown.

    A kiss for luck and we're on our way….

    Or, go for a double treat with the other kind of mousse to celebrate all those Smart Home entries. Really, what could be better than chocolate to soothe the savage beast within.

    DBCoop on June 1, 2016 at 12:25 am
    • Entries for two to go, please, Coop. I'll take a couple of those chocolate mousse too.

      DesignABCs on June 1, 2016 at 9:29 am
    • You are just tooooo much DBCoop ! Have a great day

      Grammynan on June 1, 2016 at 3:02 pm
      • Thanks, Grammynan. ^_^

        Happy days to you, and happy trails too.

        DBCoop on June 1, 2016 at 3:43 pm
        • Replying on the "last day". — It has been a great ride and appreciate all your interaction and sharing. On her so early this AM at 6:02 AM EST. That is a first for me. Found myself looking at things that I did not see before and enjoying the company. Wishing you life's very best. Until next time- " keep a smile on your face and love in your heart". Blessings ^_^

          Grammynan on June 2, 2016 at 5:07 am
  552. It a most over sad who ever win the Smart Home many years of happy time or happy laundry days.

    janet on May 31, 2016 at 10:39 pm
  553. alicesoneysmom on May 31, 2016 at 9:05 pm
  554. HGTV not sure if you are aware of this but it is a World Wide Problem!

    alicesoneysmom on May 31, 2016 at 8:17 pm
    • Oh, alicesoneysmom, that is just hilarious! Thanks for the morning laugh!

      Lindingo on June 1, 2016 at 9:19 am
  555. Laundry is a Breeze and a Mystery!

    alicesoneysmom on May 31, 2016 at 8:07 pm
    • <3 =D

      Eugenia27 on June 1, 2016 at 1:15 pm
  556. I predict Virginia will post soon….maybe tomorrow or the day after, but I'm sure we will see a new headline by June 2nd. Be excited because something better happens around June 14th!

    Will YOU be the special someone this year?

    Lessie on May 31, 2016 at 7:57 pm
    • Maybe….. i would like that :) :) it could happen to any of us:):) maybe you!!! One could only hope:):)

      gbfla on May 31, 2016 at 8:47 pm
      • I'm hoping it's one of us, gbfla! I sure wouldn't mind winning!!!

        Lessie on June 1, 2016 at 5:41 pm
        • gbfla? Forget what it means, how do you pronounce that? lol

          Eugenia27 on June 1, 2016 at 7:15 pm
          • Strange thing happened, Eugenia. I replied to gbfla and it posted as a new comment.

            Lessie on June 1, 2016 at 8:20 pm
          • Now that makes sense. I thought your autocorrect was set to a exotic language.

            Eugenia27 on June 1, 2016 at 10:13 pm
    • June 19 for Father's day would be a good day to ambush the winner at my home. The whole family will be here and we could all celebrate the big occasion together.

      DesignABCs on June 1, 2016 at 9:32 am
    • Yes, please.

      Eugenia27 on June 1, 2016 at 1:14 pm
      • Yes, Eugenia! That way I wouldn't have to leave. :)

        Lessie on June 1, 2016 at 5:42 pm
        • You won't need to leave if I win either

          Eugenia27 on June 1, 2016 at 7:14 pm
          • Wow, you're so special, Eugenia. In fact, I think we should be Coop's Someone Special for the Smart Home. Don't you agree?

            Lessie on June 1, 2016 at 8:21 pm
          • That would be nice, I would love to see the Smart Home in person. I have virtually snooped most every where but I still haven't been to the 2 rooms upstairs. I also want to play with the slow close drawers.
            Doesn't take much to amuse me.

            Eugenia27 on June 1, 2016 at 10:02 pm
    • Its a tough job, but someone has to do it. LOL.

      dreamn_again on June 1, 2016 at 10:05 pm
    • maybe on Monday.

      Hey, while I have your attention, if you run across a post by Ashtabulannie, could you please tell Hokiemom that I would reply to her reply but it has vanished. "Mums the word" Thanks.

      Oh, the message is: Mums the word.

      Eugenia27 on June 3, 2016 at 5:38 pm
  557. Hi Carley, still in the Laundry Room. Has this happened to you?

    alicesoneysmom on May 31, 2016 at 7:45 pm
    • Wow! Amazing what a student can do!

      Lindingo on May 31, 2016 at 8:07 pm
      • Thanks Lindingo for your reply you are great!

        alicesoneysmom on May 31, 2016 at 9:23 pm
    • ha ha

      Eugenia27 on June 1, 2016 at 1:13 pm
  558. And then there were THREE, as the letter O takes us into the final days of the s-m-a-r-t h-O-m-e 2016 Sweepstakes.

    Has anyone ever said you otter be in pictures! Maybe a starring role in the Smart Home ambush?

    Speaking of pictures, this is no time to bury your head in the sand! With plenty of headroom for all, these three are sure that the Smart Home is just what they've been looking for…

    DBCoop on May 31, 2016 at 10:06 am
    • How cute!!:):) thanks for the find:):)

      gbfla on May 31, 2016 at 1:28 pm
  559. I don't know if anyone is seeing my posts, my name is Linda I have entered twice daily every day since the sweepstakes started,I had to change my email a week ago I had no choice,but all of my other information stayed the say ,,how bad will that hurt my chances if my name just so happens to be picked,I really adore this home I'm an excellent chef and I wants that kitchen Tiffany,you did good girl I love it I love it..this house is awesome my bedroom would be on first floor which is great with my cane and his oxygen,and no more going to the basement for laundry ,,job well done ,,great smart home and amazing location,lots of great places for the dogs to get in a good walk,,,truly amazing HOME

    LRigby on May 31, 2016 at 6:24 am
    • Your post was seen. Lindingo responded 9 hrs ago with this: "They will still find you. Your phone number and mailing address haven't changed. No worries!" HGTV has frequently showed choosing the winners, finding the winners and then surprising the winners. They are very good at finding you if they want to. I wouldn't worry about it. And good luck.

      dreamer on May 31, 2016 at 6:37 am
      • Thanks, dreamer!

        Lindingo on June 1, 2016 at 9:13 am
    • And if you are waiting to hear from HGTV about your post I wouldn't hold your breath. They seem to be ignoring the blogs now. I doubt they read them or saw your post.

      dreamer on May 31, 2016 at 6:40 am
  560. embroidered patches

    Virgilio Castile on May 31, 2016 at 3:00 am
  561. Your favorite Smart Home room, Tiffany Brooks asks.

    How do I decide when my mind is constantly changing? One day it's the master bedroom, the next it's the covered patio or the media room. Today's it's the living room, possibly because I just bought a new area rug similar to the one Tiffany chose — only deeper blue with a tighter geometric pattern.

    I'm sure that if HGTV would give me a few weeks of trial living at the Smart Home, I could finally narrow down my choices to just a handful of favorite rooms.

    DBCoop on May 30, 2016 at 8:48 pm
    • Slow your roll, Coop! I'm the one trying out this baby!!! :)

      Lessie on May 31, 2016 at 7:50 pm
  562. Wow! Love the two laundry rooms.

    ksboiko on May 30, 2016 at 6:53 pm
  563. Smart Home 2016's neighboring town of Cary, NC will host today's Memorial Day Service to honor veterans past and present at the 12.6 acre Veterans Freedom Park.

    The park features a 90 foot white granite Freedom Tower with surrounding seating for reflection. Each of the 5 branches of the military are represented by its seal. The Memorial Service Flags Court proudly flies the appropriate flags and subdued landscaping provides for greenery and serenity.

    I hope your Memorial Day is a peaceful one, with sincere gratitude wished to all who have proudly served to protect our freedoms.$!2c+Recre

    DBCoop on May 30, 2016 at 11:06 am
    • What a lovely place to honor the military. The winner of the home will have a nice place to visit and reflect. Thank you for sharing.

      Grammynan on May 31, 2016 at 8:33 am
  564. God bless America, land that I love
    Stand beside her and guide her
    Through the night with the light from above
    From the mountains to the prairies
    To the oceans white with foam
    God bless America, my home sweet home
    From the mountains to the prairies
    To the oceans white with foam
    God bless America, my home sweet home
    God bless America, my home sweet home

    nycfirefighter on May 30, 2016 at 9:58 am
    • Amen!!:):)

      gbfla on May 30, 2016 at 10:09 am
  565. A four-leaf clover won't hurt, but with a few more days to go in the s-m-a-r-t H-o-m-e 2016 Sweepstakes, it's the letter H that takes us to number FOUR, and then three more!

    Remember that from Heron out, we're in the final stretch!

    As we continue Humming right along, here are some bright pops of color to sweeten the Smart Home decor. ^_^

    And… a visual cue and reminder from interior designer Tiffany Brooks that our entry days will soon end:

    DBCoop on May 30, 2016 at 9:09 am
  566. Thank you to all the brave men and women in the armed forces!!! Happy memorial Day!! God bless america!!!!!

    gbfla on May 30, 2016 at 8:47 am
    • Yes indeed, gbfla, a heartfelt thanks to our veterans.

      It might surprise younger folks to realize that Memorial Day is about much more than the advertising blitz for furniture sales and mattress discounts.

      DBCoop on May 30, 2016 at 9:06 am
  567. Hi my name is LRigby I have been entered twice daily to win this amazing home,but three days ago I had no choice but to change my email address,every thing else stayed the same but my email will that hurt my chances of winning,I'm nervous,I've tried so hard to win everyone of theese magnificent homes,and this one I absolutely love love the kitchen ,I also watched the making of the home twice,,I guess fingers crossed,,does anyone have a answer for me….ty

    LRigby on May 30, 2016 at 8:08 am
    • They will still find you. Your phone number and mailing address haven't changed. No worries!

      Lindingo on May 30, 2016 at 8:35 pm
  568. Happy Memorial Day

    AlmaC on May 30, 2016 at 7:57 am
  569. Thanks ,DeerSpring your posts are so pretty and wise love all them, Good luck!

    AlmaC on May 30, 2016 at 7:20 am
  570. Love, love this house! It is definitely a dream home and smart in every way. To me this would be a dream home to share with my family. We could leave our small disorganized home in Whiteville to move close to our son and his family. The house would be large enough for my daughter and her family to move in with us which would be perfect . My husband and I would be close to all our grandchildren which would mean everything to us. Can't blame a grandmother for dreaming!

    Linda on May 30, 2016 at 7:08 am
  571. In other insights into Smart Home 2016's promise of great outdoor adventures, all while sheltered from the storm or shaded from the sun, check out this photo provided by Tiffany.

    These are the ideal spots to double your pleasure and double your fun — with two, yes two grand porches, with something for everyone!

    No reason not to have one more look! Tiffany's got you covered in this video tour of porch #1:

    Or check out this video screening of porch #2 once again, with hostess Tiffany Brooks walking you through every detail:

    DBCoop on May 29, 2016 at 11:02 pm
  572. Tiffany Brooks tells us, "When in doubt, don't hesitate. Go grey!"

    Go grey, she advises! I was a little taken aback for a second or two until I realized she's referring to interior design decisions, as in the sophisticated Smart Home hallway bath — not hair color. Who knew subtle shades of grey could look so good.

    To get a refresher on that crisp and clean hall bath, take another look at the gallery photos. It's a beauty!

    DBCoop on May 29, 2016 at 10:54 pm
  573. Lovey laundry rooms also the wall paper in the pantry and office room nice.

    janet on May 29, 2016 at 10:05 pm
  574. Please share the name of the white tile on the fireplace of the 2016 Smart Home in Raleigh NC

    Dan on May 29, 2016 at 9:47 pm
  575. Good job. Thanks

    Eugenia27 on May 29, 2016 at 4:07 pm
  576. Thank you, DeerSpring, for these and for every post you've made.

    Those juxtaposition pictures were unexpected and so much fun!

    Lindingo on May 29, 2016 at 1:49 pm
  577. Thank you Veteran's. May God Bless America

    nycfirefighter on May 29, 2016 at 1:27 pm
    • Beautiful . Thank you for sharing. May God bless you and may God bless America.

      Grammynan on May 29, 2016 at 1:39 pm
  578. The letter T brings to mind that time is growing short in the s-m-a-r-T h-o-m-e 2016 Sweepstakes countdown, at number FIVE.

    Day by day, through calm and sometimes stormy seas, we've come this far… so it's the Smart Home or bust. No turning back now.

    Rain or shine, don't look up! Stay focused on the prize and give thanks that tomorrow there'll be another day of Smart Home entries.

    DBCoop on May 29, 2016 at 9:57 am
    • Now it's turkeys and turtles. What a combination. :)

      DesignABCs on May 29, 2016 at 3:13 pm
    • I am enjoying your count down. I was confused yesterday with the bunnies … Rabbits. lol

      Eugenia27 on May 29, 2016 at 4:05 pm
      • I had to look this up. I didn't know there was such a difference between a hare and a rabbit. I guess bunny and rabbit are common words for the same thing.

        I think of the Easter bunny that time of year. The rest of the time I say rabbit. Is that a city thing? I don't know.

        Have you ever raised rabbits?

        DesignABCs on May 29, 2016 at 4:55 pm
        • I had angora rabbits that I would comb out their fur I had hoped to spin into yarn, then I found out how I was suppose to be doing it, so they became pets.
          Did you know you can teach a rabbit to use a litter box?

          Eugenia27 on May 29, 2016 at 6:21 pm
          • It makes sense, Eugenia. If rabbits are smart enough to dye Easter eggs and hide them all around the neighborhood, I'm not surprised they can be trained to use a litter box. ^_^

            DBCoop on May 29, 2016 at 9:46 pm
        • Oh, a Hare and a Rabbit are kind of like the difference between a Kangaroo and a walaby

          Eugenia27 on May 29, 2016 at 6:22 pm
          • Wall-A-by darned! You learn something new all the time.

            Come to find out the kangaroo is the full-size model while the wallaby is the compact edition… and then there's an intermediate version, the walleroo.

            As an Aussie might say, "now that's a bit of good oil." (useful information) ^_^

            DBCoop on May 30, 2016 at 8:59 am
  579. Absolutely gorgeous laundry a dream come true for many I'm sure with 2 level laundry great work

    Jamie Comfort on May 29, 2016 at 6:13 am
  580. What awesome 2 laundry rooms a girl dream.

    janet on May 28, 2016 at 11:05 pm
  581. Just an after thought – Did you watch the 2016 Dream home video on HGTV? It is so far after the fact. –
    I still have to wonder why they chose to do the presentation at the Church and still not say to the public who the winner was. There was so much chatter on the blog about if it was or was not true. I found myself still hoping to win. If the do another Dream home, I hope they announce the winner In a better way. I was very annoyed and do not think I was alone. Anyway -. I wish the winner the very best . It was a miracle with his transplant and his wife donating also. May God bless him and his family with good health and happiness.

    Grammynan on May 28, 2016 at 12:44 pm
    • You were not alone……. hope next giveaway is much better :) the winner was blessed :) I am happy for them . have a great Weekend:)

      gbfla on May 28, 2016 at 1:06 pm
      • Thank you gbfla ! Wish you the same. : )

        Grammynan on May 29, 2016 at 1:19 pm
    • They have done it in restaurants, places of employment, their home, and now a church. with the special after the winners weekend. Some years you did not find out until the special. Except for someone letting the cat out of the bag, it was pretty much like it usually is.

      Always an element of surprise.

      nursejudyfromca on May 31, 2016 at 3:56 pm
  582. Wish everyone a peaceful Memorial Day. May we all give thanks to all those that gave their lives for us. May we help and support the many injured in so many ways that their daily needs are met. And, their families too.
    May God bless them and give peace to the world.

    Grammynan on May 28, 2016 at 12:29 pm
    • A-men

      Eugenia27 on May 28, 2016 at 6:30 pm
  583. In numerology, 6 is said to refer to earthly matters, and what could be more down to earth than submitting today's s-m-a-R-t h-o-m-e 2016 entries to honor the letter R — at number SIX.

    Unlike this silken sextet that just keeps growing and going, the days left in the countdown to enter the Smart Home Sweepstakes are getting fewer!

    And no, you don't have to be named Rudolph or even have a red nose to win this year's Smart Home — just lucky to be chosen!

    DBCoop on May 28, 2016 at 10:07 am
    • Cute ! ! ! ! Enjoyed sooooo much Thanks DBCoop Have a blessed Memorial day.

      Grammynan on May 28, 2016 at 12:23 pm
    • From rabbits to Rudolph. Good job, DBCoop. What's up for day 5, with the letter T?

      DesignABCs on May 28, 2016 at 2:12 pm
  584. This is a fabulous home and the Mercedes; Wow !!! All the other homes were beautiful as well; excellent art. However, I can see my family living in this home. #Dreaming
    Good luck and god bless to everyone entering! I pray that whoever does win this year, is a family who really needs it.

    A1VK on May 28, 2016 at 9:20 am
  585. what is the color of the cavinets in the laundry room? i love it
    also I need help picking out the floors for my teens room should. option tile wood look like flooring or vinil wood floors. I have puppis and they somethings have accidents.

    Grettel Cottner on May 27, 2016 at 6:05 pm
  586. Tiffany Brooks is proudly showing off some of her design work at Smart Home 2016…

    Look familiar? Do you recall which room the photo would have been taken in?

    In case you have to peek, here's a quick link — and another angle to refresh your memory:

    DBCoop on May 27, 2016 at 4:38 pm
  587. In love with this laundry room! Wish mine were like this! Having 4 kids, a laundry room on the 2nd floor is so much better then on the first or in the basement!! People could come to my house and I don't have to worry about them seeing the piles of clothes my kids can rack up in a day!! The only way this could get any better would be having someone to do it for me too!! ;)

    Andrea on May 27, 2016 at 1:08 pm
  588. If a woodchuck could chuck wood, it still couldn't come close to matching the beauty and quality of these fine art pieces that Tiffany Brooks wisely chose for the Smart Home media room.

    And… Jeremy Gould of StainsAndGrains in Raleigh, NC was the master craftsman behind the impressive "Total Eclipse of the Sun" wooden wall art also prominently displayed in the Smart Home media room.

    DBCoop on May 27, 2016 at 10:27 am
  589. This could be your lucky day! With one week left in the s-m-A-r-t h-o-m-e 2016 Sweepstakes, the letter A is in the spotlight at number SEVEN.

    …And, "herd" on the street: Win the sweepstakes and you won't need an Alpaca sweater to stay warm and cozy inside this Smart Home during winter's worst weather.

    It's clear to see that with winning Smart Home 2016 in mind, these Antelope aren't wasting any time running to get their daily entries submitted!

    DBCoop on May 27, 2016 at 9:43 am
  590. Love that laundry room! I have never seen anything like it. Anyone who wins this home is blessed!

    munchkingranny on May 27, 2016 at 9:19 am
  591. Madden 15 strategy

    Dayna Tipps on May 27, 2016 at 6:21 am
  592. implanty gdansk

    Faviola Wasielewski on May 27, 2016 at 2:45 am
  593. A tribute to Memorial Day 2016! Thanks HGTV!

    alicesoneysmom on May 27, 2016 at 1:46 am
    • Awesome video Alice! Reminds me of the emotions I experienced when my friend was killed in battle. The fly-over and 21 gun salute are etched in my mind. However I never thought about the depth of commitment of a fallen soldier. Thanks for sharing! Also thanks for your service.

      Lessie on May 31, 2016 at 10:16 am
      • Thanks Lessie for sharing this with us. Many reasons why I joined the Army, but one was to provide for my Son because I was a single mom. Being a single parent meant that someone had to legally adopt my Son. My Mom, Bless her heart, did just that. You do what you have to do. Thanks Lessie for sharing you are a great friend.

        alicesoneysmom on May 31, 2016 at 7:18 pm
        • Just don't understand about the thumbs downer on the DH Blogs. Does it make you feel good or important.

          alicesoneysmom on June 1, 2016 at 10:15 pm
          • I saw a cartoon the other day that showed two chained dogs barking and growling at each other, the caption was "on the internet" the second picture was titled "in real life" the chains were broken and the dogs had to face each other; they both slinked away.

            Eugenia27 on June 2, 2016 at 1:40 pm
  594. Hey, I've got an idea. Since we are being left to our own devices, since HGTV clearly doesn't give a c*#^p, let's make our own blog topics.
    Here's a suggestion:
    Let's share what each of us would consider our "Dream Home."
    Where is it located? What style of architecture is it? What interior design style?
    How do you envision living there? Is it just for you or extended family and friends?
    What's important to you? Large entertaining space, indoor/outdoor living, a guest cottage, big vegetable garden, pool, library or art studio?
    I'll start:
    If there is no budget, I'll take a modern farm house style compound in Sonoma Valley, on at least 2.5 acres.
    My family and I are all SF Bay Area people, so it's a perfect location for us.
    I love modern style, with rustic elements, but it needs to be super comfy and a little luxe with the textiles, and with some vintage pieces, including mid-century modern, but as much Milo Baughman as Danish Modern. Maybe a little transitional style too, just no "Dwell" home severity for me. And I love color and modern art. Oh, and I love high ceilings.
    I'll want a large entertainment/ great room with an awesome kitchen, as I am a chef, with massive moveable walls of glass which open up to expansive outdoor living spaces. Indoor-outdoor living is a must.
    I'll want large, expandable, dining tables both indoors and out to entertain lots of friends and family.
    I'll take a modest-sized pool too please, one that has an evaporation resistant cover and is filled by filtered grey water from the house. Can't forget the drought. Oh, so drought tolerant landscape is a must as well.
    And on the green topic, I'll take enough solar panels to be more than net zero. And all the Smart gadgets to make life easy.
    And speaking of friends and family, I'll take at least one guest house, preferably two, with two or three suites, and a guest space above the garage. The main house will just have one bedroom, my master suite.
    Oh, and I do want some great raised bed gardens and orchard trees.
    Am I asking too much? I think 20 to 25 mil should cover it.

    Addy243 on May 27, 2016 at 1:35 am
    • I wish I hadn't seen this so late in the day. I will get back with you tomorrow. My wish list isn't very long. (or is it?) I'll dream about it tonight .

      Eugenia27 on May 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm
    • Ok, I have been told that I am not average. (I was going to say normal but changed my mind – lol)

      My wishes and needs in a home are that it feel like a home and not a show room or museum. It would need to be eco-friendly. I prefer hardwood floors but would not want the rainforest to be raped of it's trees just so I could have some fancy flooring.
      Feng-Shui is important to me, so no stairs running out the door or the sink being across from the range. Even if that had nothing to do with Feng-Shui it just is logical. A good (and Practical) flow is a must.
      This Smart Home has that with the flow from the mudroom / pantry and the master suite and the location of it's laundry.
      I would need a real chiefs kitchen with a real pantry and also a root cellar. I don't want a "pretty" kitchen but a working kitchen. (a wood cook stove as back up would be appreciated and probably used) It would be nice if there was some type of line of sight from the kitchen but I do not want the Kitchen to be center stage of the home. Maybe a comfortable sitting area off the kitchen so I wouldn't be in there alone. Once I'm done cooking, I don't want to look at the kitchen anymore.
      I would need the home to be constructed by Mike Holmes. To me the structure is far more important than the bling.
      The next "need" would be outdoor living space and that indoor-outdoor space.
      My Dream Home would have a water catchment system where the grey water would water my food crops in the attached green house and that water used in the toilet.
      Solar panels and wind turbine are a must because my home must be net Zero.
      The only smart feature I would want is solar powered skylights that would open to ventilate the home and close when it begins to rain.
      What I want is an Earthship with a humongous green house, larger than what is normal for Earthships.
      The bedroom doesn't need to be huge. Bedrooms are for sleeping, living rooms are for living.
      Guest cottages would be my preference that way I could put in a tree house.
      I would need enough land so that I could grow most of my food and a root cellar large enough to store my root veggies and canned goods.
      I would like the land to have an artesian well/spring. I plan on using rain catchment but with global warming and acid rain, that may not be 100% practical.
      If all of this could be next to a forest it would be perfect. Also a view of water (lake or river) would be great but NOT close enough to said lake or river unless it is at least above the 500 year flood zone.
      Lots of natural light but triple pained glass.
      That should cover everything .
      OH, and outdoor summer kitchen that is screened in. I don't want to heat up the house when I'm canning all my produce in the summer. I don't want bugs in my jam.

      Now if we are going totally over the top. A lap pool would be nice. Not big just large enough. a place to workout would be nice.

      Eugenia27 on May 29, 2016 at 4:49 pm
      • Oops, I thought I was replying to Addy243

        Eugenia27 on May 29, 2016 at 4:52 pm
      • Love it. This reminds me of my grandparents old farm in PA…. Root cellar, Summer kitchen, wood stove.
        Agree – I don't like to see or smell the kitchen all over the whole house.

        Leewardmark on May 31, 2016 at 3:07 pm
        • I'm so happy to know I'm not the only person on the blog who knows what a summer kitchen is.
          I miss my old wood cook stove. It would warm our home in the winter and it was perfect for simmering a stew or tomato sauce. Especially the tomato sauce, a good sauce should cook for days.
          I also agree about not smelling the kitchen odors. Fresh baked bread is one thing, cabbage soup, not so much.

          Eugenia27 on May 31, 2016 at 10:44 pm
          • You might not need a separate greenhouse with this kind of earthship, Eugenia. Go bananas, or rather, grow bananas, fruit and veggies right inside your home!


            DBCoop on June 1, 2016 at 4:10 pm
          • I guess if I'm going to dream I might as well dream about having that monster big beautiful Earthship. Michael Reynolds has one that has a giant, gigantic circular greenhouse. It is like real jungle, it is so beautiful. Can you imagine living in a place that has a banana tree producing bananas? Plus other fruit trees and berry bushes and vines

            Eugenia27 on June 1, 2016 at 7:19 pm
      • I like your wish list. I hope all your dreams come true.

        DesignABCs on June 1, 2016 at 9:28 am
        • Thank you

          Eugenia27 on June 1, 2016 at 1:07 pm
      • Seeing how I'm dreaming, I would also like a chicken coop.

        Eugenia27 on June 1, 2016 at 10:09 pm
    • Oh no, I thought I was Replying to you but put it as a new post on it's own.

      Eugenia27 on May 29, 2016 at 4:51 pm
  595. Compliments of Tiffany Brooks — a pair of artistic Smart Home Terrace Bedroom photos:

    Start with some timeless classics. Mix with perky mid-century modern style. The happy result? A pleasing vignette where Olde World charm meets New World flair.

    Follow up by pairing wood tones with just the right fabrics and accessories. I wonder, is that design task as complex as pairing the perfect fine wine with the right foods? Properly done, both are a treat for the senses.

    DBCoop on May 26, 2016 at 10:27 pm
  596. The most amazing home the 2 laundry room a time saver and you will do laundry in style this home is a total retreat package the master bath I do not say more.

    janet on May 26, 2016 at 10:26 pm
  597. What a great idea to have the laundry room "handy." It is my dream to have a laundry room as cozy as my kitchen or any other room in the house. Thise loundry rooms are high level thinking.

    Luz Araceli on May 26, 2016 at 7:32 pm
  598. Now, not river neither ocean blue from the sea , it's just The Smart house of my Dream paint, flowers, pillows, vases, rugs and much more that only HGTV can built

    AlmaC on May 26, 2016 at 5:57 pm
  599. HGTV Bloggers, normally I wouldn't call for a revolt (OK, not really a revolt)
    Those of us that have been here for several years, remember a fun packed interaction on the blog with the HGTV staff member that ran the blogs.
    I think, (yes, I do that on occasion) If we ALL scroll down, at the very bottom right side is the Contact Us link; If we all contacted HGTV and tell them to adjust the link on the SH page for the Blog. If they shortened the link Vote for favorites (or what ever it says) they could bring back the link. That would increase the amount of Bloggers to the blog.

    If we are respectful and remind them that we bloggers spend more time on the HGTV site and are more apt to use the products that are advertised here. Also remind them that the more we are excited by new posts on the blog the more we talk to our friends which is good for HGTV and their advertisers.

    Just a thought. I have contacted them before and will do so again.
    Come on bloggers we can do this!!!!

    Eugenia27 on May 26, 2016 at 4:47 pm
  600. Time Is Getting Close. Who Else Will Be Looking Out The window, Waiting To Be Ambushed?

    PrayDreamBelieve on May 26, 2016 at 12:10 pm
  601. With 8 days remaining in the s-M-a-r-t h-o-m-e 2016 Sweepstakes, it's time to look at the letter M, number EIGHT in the countdown.

    Yep, these photos tell the story… there are 8 of these characters, count'em, eight, to remind you how close we're coming to the finish line.

    We're not talkin' Monkey business here! Those entries won't submit themselves!

    After all, there's no ducking the fact, as these Mallards will quackly tell you, that of today's two entries, one of them could put that feather in your Smart Home cap!

    DBCoop on May 26, 2016 at 9:36 am
  602. It would be fun to put some kind of colorful wallpaper or paint on the underside of the laundry cabinets. Maybe they aren't not visible at all standing there moving clothes from the washer to the dryer, but from to top pic, the undersides are clearly visible and blah. Just my take, I like surprising pops of pattern and color.

    dooby78 on May 26, 2016 at 9:23 am
  603. Imagine that you are dreaming about the Smart Home, your attention is drawn to the
    address numbers on the front porch entrance…………7421. What does it mean?
    Online dream interpreters like to analyze numbers predicting possible outcomes.
    Could a Smart Home be in your future? Who knows? Be sure to enter!


    Seven is a magical, mystical number and acting upon its presence will insure success……..


    Dreamy number meanings of four deals with structure, stability and order. Four is a foundational number and is very grounding. Ergo, number four may point to matters of the home (as there are typically four foundational corners upon which a house is built)……..


    Dreaming of number two indicates choice and balance. The number two in our dreams may be telling us to make a choice about a decision we've been putting off……………

    When we dream of number one, our deeper knowing is expressing concepts of new beginnings. Ones are symbolic of fresh starts, starting over and launching in a new direction………….”

    7 + 4 + 2 + 1 = 14

    1 +4 = 5


    Number five in dreams is about motion, mobility and travel. When you're dreaming of number five you might be compelled to start packing your bags and traveling to parts unknown…….”

    Pack your bags! You may be the winner of the HGTV Smart Home! : )

    “And when you dream, dream big,
    As big as the ocean, blue.
    Cause when you dream it might come true.
    For when you dream, dream big.”

    DeerSpring on May 26, 2016 at 5:29 am
  604. There are design hits….

    Does this bold geometric pattern go where no man, woman — or interior designer — has gone before?

    Well, I wouldn't go THAT far, but Tiffany Brooks DID bring in some eye-catching style to Smart Home 2016 with her choice of a statement fabric for the dining room chairs.

    And then, from distressed homes around the globe, there are these design misses that defy logic! Makes you wonder, were they all the homeowners' diy inspirations? (Tiffany Brooks clearly had NOTHING to do with these design failures.)

    A little too heavy on the pattern, perhaps?

    Style aside, just how functional is all that beadwork and skirting?

    An 'E' for effort — but if it makes you happy — sweet dreams!

    In one word, "Why?" Exactly.

    Designers talk about pops of color. This is more like an explosion. Rest in peace!

    Seriously? How could you NOT see that something is very wrong with this picture?

    Didn't they ever hear the phrase "location, location, location"? In this case, it's measure once, slice twice!

    Short of the mark. Water, water everywhere, except where you want it. ^_^

    DBCoop on May 26, 2016 at 1:19 am
    • Unbelievable!!! Definitely not Tiffany Brooks' style!

      Lessie on May 26, 2016 at 4:59 pm
  605. what happened?? they do not do the blog anymore with the link on top of the page???? don`t like it! The house is beautiful as always and the count down has begun, want to wish everyone good luck!!! keep believing~~~~

    Debs730 on May 25, 2016 at 11:24 pm
  606. Any hints on the next Urban Oasis??? I see that the Asheville home sold. Such a cute place!

    southernlady on May 25, 2016 at 12:21 pm
  607. Only 9 more days left to enter the S-m-a-r-t h-o-m-e 2016 Sweepstakes.

    To kick-off the countdown, we'll start with the letter S, the first of NINE in the final stretch.

    Question: What's better than counting Sheep?

    Answer: Submitting your two daily Smart Home entries just might Seal the deal !!

    DBCoop on May 25, 2016 at 11:50 am
    • Hopefully one of us will seal the deal.

      Eugenia27 on May 25, 2016 at 6:49 pm
  608. What is the tile manufacturer and name of rustic tile on porch that is laid in herringbone pattern?

    rhonda on May 25, 2016 at 10:50 am
  609. I have been entering for years and am so excited about this year's Smart Home. I used to work in NC and would love to go back. Raleigh is a great area of NC to live in. Fingers crossed!

    KimB924 on May 25, 2016 at 10:29 am
  610. Wow. They (Scripps) really have abandoned the blogs, haven't they?
    Almost a month and we're still in the laundry room?
    Even the Blog Cabin, ironically, given its name, has been abandoned.
    Blogs are dinosaurs.
    Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.

    Addy243 on May 25, 2016 at 2:04 am
    • We are still here.

      Eugenia27 on May 25, 2016 at 6:49 pm
      • Yes you are, thank goodness. Sorry, I didn't mean to slight you. You are appreciated. I know I haven't been contributing much these days.
        It seems that it is only a few loyal bloggers who keep the blogs going these days, with very little effort given by the hosts. I find it very telling that no one has even bothered to switch out the photo of the previous year's SH with the SH 2016 in the banner at the top of the page.
        I just think that the blogs are no longer a priority for Scripps. I do miss the good old days of the blogs.
        Do you remember when a single blog topic could generate thousands of responses?

        Addy243 on May 25, 2016 at 9:10 pm
        • I do remember the good old days. It was so much fun. Mary kept us amused and Gail was fantastic, showing us all the areas that we couldn't see in the regular pictures.
          It is not the same.
          BUT, you and many others are my blog family so I keep coming back. If it wasn't for DBCoop and dear DeerSpring the blog would die. AliceSoneysMom still provides us with songs and fun videos.
          Too bad HGTV doesn't share in the fun.

          Eugenia27 on May 26, 2016 at 1:05 am
          • I agree Eugenia- some of those that keep us going are the BEST ! ^_^ . So nice of them to share. I appreciate the contacts and nice things they share. "see" you later- Grannynan

            Grammynan on May 27, 2016 at 7:55 am
        • Oops I forgot Lessie and when Hokiemom graces the blog, that really livens things up.

          Utah4ever and I used to have some great times with onemanpraying.

          Eugenia27 on May 26, 2016 at 1:06 am
          • Eugenia, we did have some great times didn't we. I will never forget the silver haired swimming post with its many thousand funny replies. There have been so many fun people on these blogs it is hard to remember them all quickly. I enjoyed HGTV back then when they were interactive and on TV had professionals to learn from. Now I rarely watch their network and check into the blog periodically – and getting less frequent all the time. I doubt I'll be reading this blog much in the future. So just in case, thank you for being such a kind person. Our world could use more like you!

            Ut4evr on May 26, 2016 at 9:26 am
          • You are so kind and if you don't come back much in the future, I want to say that I count you as a friend even though we have never met, AND, I would have given you that huge fish.

            Eugenia27 on May 26, 2016 at 4:27 pm