I Did It! {Better Homes & Gardens Feature}

I squuuuealled with delight when I got my first text that the new Better Homes & Garden’s magazine was out in newsstands.  While I love BHG magazine the squeal wasn’t for the magazine itself (confession: I haven’t even read it yet).  It was for the very back page!

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That is me and my Striped Painted Curtains, Fabric Stenciled Upholstered Headboard, and Coral Lamp.  BHG spent two days out here in February shooting for the magazine.  A bunch of my projects should be in their digital edition too.  Although I don’t have an IPad so I will have to find someone who does to check it out.

So pick up a copy of the May issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine this month.  And if you don’t have a subscription to the magazine you can get a year of Better Homes & Gardens (<—-click here) for $5.00 on Amazon. Disclosure: that is my affiliate link.

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Anyway, when I get the call from Kit Selzer, the remodeling editor for BHG that they wanted to come to my house in three weeks I was ecstatic.  The only problem. I was currently undertaking building my dream craft room.  So I had moved all the stuff from that room into my guest room.  The very room that BHG was going to shoot!  So after hours of moving everything back I was ready for stylist Jenny O’Connor and photographer Edmund Barr to come over.

The first project they shot for their digital edition was my cabinet door measurement conversion chart and cup labels.  Jenny had purchased white dishes to make everything look amazing but here is what the rest of my kitchen looked like during photo shoot time. {giggle} It just goes to show you that what you see in a magazine is cropped, edited and styled.

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Next we moved upstairs for them to shoot my daughter’s hutch turned bookshelf. Jenny’s attention to details is crazy…like she notices tiny wrinkles and flecks of fuzz kinda crazy.  Her and Edmund were literally combing the carpet in my daughter’s room to make the picture BHG quality.  It officially became known as the “carpet dragon.”  Get it?  Like carpet dragging? I guess you had to be there.

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Then we moved to the guest room where they photographed the lamp made from crutches and my end table turned bookshelf project.  Lastly, they shot the vintage television turned hallway table.  All the while Jenny worked her magic and made my home look amazing.  And Edward captured it all with perfect lighting and amazing pictures.

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After day 1 Jenny and I headed to Target to return some things and to try and find an outfit for me for Friday’s shoot.  I desperately wanted to run into someone I knew so I could introduce Jenny as “my stylist.”  Of course God needed to keep me humble and I didn’t see a single soul I know. Bummer.  HA!

Day 2 began and Edmund and Jenny got the lights and camera ready and the guest room styled.  We tried a few different poses but it only took us two hours to complete the shoot.  The lighting was perfect, my smile was good (or so they said), and everything looked amazing.

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After perusing Edmund’s portfolio and seeing the amazing homes he has shot I kept thinking “my home does not belong in BHG, he probably thinks my house is ghetto compared to what he is used to.”  By the end of the photo shoot I got to see the pictures he shot and I said all emotional “my home totally belongs in Better Homes & Gardens.”

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I will say having a photo stylist and professional photog around spoiled me.  My blog could get used to that. Thank you BH&G for the feature.  I can officially cross it off my bucket list.

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I have gotten many questions about the stencil I used for my headboard.  It was the Zagora All-Over Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils.

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Comments

  1. Wow! That’s a HUGE success! Congrats to you. You totally deserve it! :D

  2. Shawn B! says:

    Now the whole world knows what we ‘fans’ have known for years – You Are Awesome!! CONGRATS!!!

  3. Tia Nielsen says:

    Congratulations on getting such excellent media coverage. Your creativity deserves a broader audience. What a marvelous blog post, too. It was fun to see and read. Well done.

  4. You kick so much butt and your house totally deserves to be in BH&G. BTW, you may need to call them back for a feature on your awesomely amazing craft room. It needs to be in every magazine!

  5. What an accomplishment! Congratulations on the reward for all the amazingly hard work you put forth! You (and your home) look fabulous!

  6. I saw that yesterday and was SO excited for you! Congrats on something very well deserved — your work is amazing. :)

  7. SO EXCITING – the picture looks beautiful!!! Love that they featured such a deserving woman :)

  8. Wow – am speechless! You are an inspiration and am glad I came across your work.. I had my mouth open as I read this post and looked at the work you have done. I hope to be like you when I grow up (wink)!! seriously, wow!

  9. P.s – I went and got myself a BGH subscription:) hurray!

  10. Beckie I am so so so excited for you!! This is huge! What a proud moment of accomplishment! xo Bridgett

  11. Hey, great job on the post! All the behind the scenes looks great! I DO love the photo of you peeking from behind the camera! Congrats!

  12. How exciting! Congratulations! Well done!

  13. Congrats…it looks amazing and you are certainly very deserving!

  14. What!! You are a super star! I can only imagine how you feel… So awesome!

  15. Congratulations Becky! BH&G is a huge deal!!!

  16. Congrats Beckie, well deserved. That’s truly a bucket list item and you’ve done it!

  17. Congrats Beckie! What a special time in your life!

  18. CaraRose says:

    Gorgeous and congrats! You look amazing..

  19. Congratulations, Beckie. :) That is awesome!

  20. A big deal congrats. Enjoy.

    Now, turn it into something big for your bank account. For decades.

    And keep us posted every step of the way. A joy to watch.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  21. Looking forward to reading the new issue! Congratulations!

  22. So happy for all your successes Beckie! What an awesome thing to have happen. And yes, I agree — your home TOTALLY belongs in BH&G! But I didn’t need a magazine to tell me that! Hope to see you at SNAP!

  23. Congratulations on this amazing opportunity!! Can’t wait to see the article :-)

  24. Congrats, Beckie!! Way to go, fun to see your hard work and great style featured!

  25. YAY!! Congrats to you! I love, love, love seeing bloggers achieve great things- beyond wonderful blogs. Greatly deserved and you, and your house, look amazing!

  26. Amy Cornwell says:

    That is amazing, so proud of you. What an accomplishment!!

  27. Your home does belong in BHG! It all looks so amazing and so do you.
    Congrats!
    ~Sonya

  28. Faith Drobinski says:

    Amazing and awesome! Obviously hard work pays off. You are Wonderful and it shows.SO cool!!

  29. Lady Delores LeBoeuf says:

    WOW…..fantastic………such a honor……enjoy…Love & Blessings

  30. How exciting!! I love BHG. Congrats!

  31. Yaaaay! What an amazing experience! Your milestones keep getting bigger and better. Can’t wait to see what comes next for you. By the way, I was cracking up at your carpet dragon joke! I could totally hear your voice in my head as I read that!

    ~ Ferly
    Gifts We Use {to grow, love and serve}

  32. Congratulations! I can’t wait to get my issue.

  33. Beckie, I am so very happy for you. You deserve every bit of the attention as your work is truly amazing and you yourself are a rock star. Big hugs!

  34. Michelle says:

    CON GRAT YOU LA TIONS!

  35. Oh BECKIE!!! That is FABULOUS!!! I can’t wait to see it!! I love BH&G and subscribe so I will totally be checking it out!! HOORAY!!!!!!!!! :-D

  36. That is so totally exciting! I can’t even imagine living in a house as beautiful as yours! A huge Congratulations to you!!!

  37. Congrats! I am so happy for you, I wanna be like you when I grow up lol
    Great job! I will be sure to buy and save it.

  38. oh Beckie, How Exciting!!!!! Congratulations, can’t wait for my BHG to arrive in the mail

  39. Donna Doble-Brown says:

    Wait a darn minute . . .. YOU STENCILED THE HEADBOARD???????? How, with what, how did I miss this??????? To say it’s FANTASTIC doesn’t do it justice . . . . .
    Everything looks amazing and you SO belong in BHG! Way to go!!!!!! xoxoxoxo

  40. Yes I saw you on that back page– it’s always one of my favorite features in the magazine. You looked great and your room was stunning too. Congratulations! It was such fun to read through the magazine and find a familiar face at the end. So happy for you!

  41. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer person! It all looks great! I love the passion you share, not only for DIY home projects, but for life itself. How fun that your kids have such an energetic, positive mom. You are all blessed!

  42. Taryn @ Design, Dining and Diapers says:

    Congrats congrats!!!!! This is so exciting and your home looks stunning and so do you! Very well deserved.

  43. wow! that’s so GREAT! big high five!

  44. woohooo!!! great picture in the magazine Beckie, and amazing what they go through to get those shoots so perfect!!!

    have fun at SNAP!
    gail

  45. Monica Converse says:

    F A N T A S T I C !!!

  46. Congratuations. I have always enjoyed BHG. I might have to subscribe again, just because of you. Only, I don’t know when I will find time to read it. It seems like I read more than ever with the digital age, but it is not always as relaxing as opening a magazine.

  47. Becky, I knew your home was BHG material. That’s one of the reasons I love your blog. You rock!

  48. That is so cool! Well done, Becky! That’s always the page I turned to first in their magazine. :^)

  49. Fabulous, fantastic, amazing!! Can’t say much more than that only this time when I read the BH&G I will feel like I actually know you even though I’ve only been following your beautiful blog for a couple of weeks now. So very happy for you!

  50. I was so excited that I recognized a blogger that was featured in BH&G! Good for you!

  51. Alexandra says:

    Congratulations, Beckie! I got the magazine couple days ago and your photo was the first page i saw (i usually read my magazines backwards :)). I don’t know you personally, but i got so excited for you: “I read her blog! She is great!” Congratulations again!

  52. Just got my latest BHG and had to come over to check out your website – great great work! I love what you’ve done with your guest room and really loved reading about the shoot. It’s amazing what goes on behind the scenes. Congratulations on a great feature.

  53. I was curious about the ikat pillows seen in your guest room photo in BHG – did BHG swap those in from their own props? They’re great and look so nice with your headboard, drapes, lamp.

    • Yes they did. That was from West Elm. They let me keep it which was awesome, since I am too cheap to spend that much on a pillow. {giggle}

  54. How fabulously exciting Beckie! Thanks for a peek behind the scenes! Congrats to you!!! :)
    Nancy

  55. Jennifer Haag says:

    What an amazing accomplishment!! Congrats :)

  56. so very exciting, your spread looks fabulous!!!! I love the behind the scenes details. I’ll have to go pick up a copy;)

  57. Yay Beckie! So proud of you!

  58. Congratulations Beckie!! What an amazing time for you!! It’s fun to see the behind the scenes!! Thank you for sharing!!

  59. So happy for you Beckie! Very cool!! Congrats!! :)

  60. Congratulations! I will be sure to pick up a copy!! Everything looks so amazing! :)

  61. YOU did it! Congratulations! The pictures look amazing. I was so excited when I saw you in BHG.

  62. So exciting Beckie! Your home totally does belong in BHG!! You are a rock star! So happy for you friend. It was so good to see you this weekend too! xo

  63. Ashleigh Hall says:

    Beckie!! What a beautiful shoot!! And thanks for the “behind the scenes” post!! You totally deserve it!! It COULD NOT have happened to a more deserving girl!! God Bless you sister! :)

  64. So ridiculously cool, Beckie!! You’ve got mad talent and definitely belong in BH&G. I’m so happy for you!

  65. Wow that’s got to be an amazing feeling! I just discovered you through my issue of BHG. I had to check out your website mainly because painting fabric is totally something I would do and was thinking of doing for my dining room curtains and then there you were on the back page with your painted fabric. :)
    So as a mom that will re-work anything, I salute you for your hard work and getting into BHG so that I could find your site. I can’t wait to really look around and get inspired for my next project! I just redid our bathroom for under $100 and now on to the dining room. We live in a 98 year old craftsman and I am slowly working on a room at a time while raising 2 kids at home with 2 kids out of the home and 3 grand babies! We are busy.
    So congrats again to you and to me for finding you!

    • Awww thanks for taking the time to put down the magazine to come check out my site. Did you see the painted strip curtains in the picture too. All of the tutorials are on my blog. I hope you will stay awhile. Welcome Rayna!

  66. Mindy Schaper says:

    Wonderful- congratulations. It must feel really nice. Interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes. Makes us all feel normal to know that what’s in the magazines is based on reality but spiffed up beyond every day level. (and with lighting that doesn’t exist in real life)

    • Exactly. It is a facade for sure. That room will never look that good again. HA! But magazine pictures sure inspire me to decorate and add beauty to my home.

  67. Congrats Beckie!
    I just got my bhg mag in the mail a few days ago and I love your guest room!
    What an achievement to be featured!!! I love your space.
    I was wondering if you could tell me what white is on your walls in your guest room?
    Thank you! Congrats again!
    -Kaara

    • It is just color matched to my trim. I am sorry I cant be of more help. If you want the custom color formula off the can let me know and I can get it out.

  68. A big, BIG congrats! That is so awesome!

  69. WOW! It is so cool to see and hear about the behind the scene. It looked like a barrel of fun! Congrats, you stylist did great, you look amazing!

  70. Beckie, I’m behind on my blog reading, so I didn’t know to expect this. I’ve been a BHG reader forEVER. My May issue arrived this week, and I got a chance to crack it open today. My ritual is to flip through the whole thing and then go back and read it cover to cover. When I got to the back page, I SQUEALLED too! You and your room both look beautiful. Great job. See you at Haven! xo

  71. Yay! What an awesome feeling! It must be absolutely thrilling! Congrats! :)

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