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Better Homes and Gardens I Did It Magazine Feature

Hello, hello again. I have some crazy news for you all today. My blog has just been featured in Better Homes and Gardens magazine! I’m still a little shocked and pinching myself.

This post is all about how BHG found me for an I Did It feature. AND, what the magazine photo shoot in my home was like.

I also have some tips for other bloggers about how to get a magazine feature in Better Homes and Gardens. And, the truth about whether or not it actually helps a blog.

Here's what it was like having my home in a Better Homes and Gardens DIY Feature, including how they found me and what the photo shoot was like.
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How I Got My Blog Featured in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine

It seems that the Better Homes and Gardens Editor actually found my DIY project through an Instagram post that I used the hashtag #BHGIDidIt on.

I had only used the hashtag a few times at that point. But I’m pretty sure 1 of them was my mudroom. If you want one of your DIY projects featured in Better Homes and Gardens magazine, that is how they suggest submitting a project.

Actually, if you open any monthly issue of BHG and flip to the “I Did it!” feature, you can find a little note somewhere on the feature about using the hashtag to try to be featured.

NOW, tons of IG posts are using that hashtag. So, it’s pretty hard to catch the BHG Editor’s attention. AND, if you do catch their attention, they’ll only pick certain projects.

Better Homes and Gardens tries to pick DIY projects that are UNIQUE, NEWLY TRENDING, or EYE-CATCHING. So, you can hashtag an amazing DIY project, but if they have recently shared a similar project, yours probably won’t be picked.

It can be tough, you never know what they might be looking for. They want to share DIY projects with their readers that the readers haven’t seen OR at least a common DIY project with a unique spin or choice of colors.

Try to hashtag IG posts that might catch the BHG Editor’s eye as a ‘new’ DIY. Include a before or process picture and be sure to write a good description on your IG post too.

Sometimes it’s easier for people to understand the DIY project with full details about how you did it. Keep scrolling to see how Better Homes and Gardens contacted me AND what the photo shoot was like!

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Here’s the before picture, guys. The DIY mudroom bench and coat storage conversion was just beginning. But I had already started trying out coat and shelf layouts for that tall cabinet.

How My Featured Project Is Unique

Here’s a little history on my DIY project that was in the Better Homes and Gardens DIY Feature. I converted some built-in cabinets in my Laundry Room into a Mudroom in early 2015.

Then I blogged the mudroom makeover tutorial for it in mid-2017. I’ve been tweaking the room and design since then.

The BHG editorial team thought my project was unique because I cut existing cabinets in half to turn them into something else. They hadn’t featured anything quite like that before.

The key to that feature was the uniqueness. So the best way to get that magazine feature is to use that Better Homes and Gardens hashtag on IG for the projects you’ve done that no one has seen before!

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Here’s those same cabinets now. I made some big changes to this space. Like, the tall cabinet makeover into coat and shoe storage, building DIY Wood Storage Bins to throw shoes in, adding Plywood Liners inside the cabinets, and building a DIY Laundry Table Over the Washer and Dryer.

It Started With An Email From Better Homes and Gardens

I got the email from Better Homes and Gardens editor Kit Selzer one night, in early June. It was short and to the point.

She said she was an editor at BHG and wanted to possibly feature my mudroom in the ‘I Did It’ section of the magazine.

So, of course, my instant reaction is excitement and disbelief. I was more than a little afraid it was a fake email. After a quick Google search, I found out Kit was definitely the real deal. Eek!

I showed my husband the email, excitedly. Then realized I had to explain to him how cool this was because he’s English and didn’t grow up reading Better Homes and Gardens, like I did.

LOL. I have to do this for a lot of things, being married to a non-American.

I mean, he has no idea about some very American things from my childhood. Commercial jingles that are forever stuck in my head, 80’s and 90’s TV Sitcoms, the cartoons I grew up with, Pretty in Pink.

Pretty in Pink, guys! In fact, every John Hughes film is basically a new thing to him. What!!

After explaining how cool this was to my husband, I said I was going to wait until the next day to reply to the email. I was worried that a quick reply to a BHG editor might be like a quick reply to an email from a guy you like.

I didn’t want to seem too anxious and scare her off. My husband basically told me to stop being crazy and reply already. 🙂

After a week of emails with Kit, we had set up a photo shoot date and gone over the details about the day and shoot. They’d be coming in early July. Yea!!

Getting my House Ready for the Magazine Photo Shoot

During that month of waiting for the shoot, a lot was going on. I sent a few test shots from different angles in the room.

A few included me in the shot so that Kit could get a good idea of the scale and where she wanted the picture taken. They were busy scheduling a photographer and stylist from my area too.

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Cue the awkward photo. Here’s one of the test shots I sent to Better Homes and Gardens I Did It Feature editor.

Kit also had me answer a bunch of questions about the changes I made in the Mudroom, other DIY info, and some facts about myself.

She asked a lot of questions, then picked a handful of answers that her team thought would be good in the story.

Meanwhile, I’m in full on ‘my house isn’t ready’ mode. In the month before the photo shoot, I finished a bunch of projects I had on my to-do list. I was in overdrive, guys.

Here’s what I did before the photo shoot for the Better Homes and Gardens DIY Feature.

While all of that was happening, I also had to clean my whole house. You know how it is when you have little kids.

AND, I needed to find something to wear for the photo shoot. They suggested long-sleeves and slightly fitted. You know, the camera always adds 10 pounds, even in the arms.

I ended up picking up a few things and took pictures of the shirts in the Laundry Room. This helped me pick a favorite and I had photos ready to send the stylist when she contacted me.

The Behind the Scenes details behind this DIY bloggers BHG I Did It feature in 2018. #AbbottsAtHome #BHG #BetterHomesandGardens #BHGIDidIt
The 4 options I found to wear for the photo shoot.

I was finally ready, with just 24 hours to spare.

Here's what it was like having my home in a Better Homes and Gardens DIY Feature, including how they found me and what the photo shoot was like.
The day before the photo shoot, after the stylists spent a few minutes testing out some items.

Better Homes and Gardens Photo Shoot in my Home

The day before the photo shoot the stylist came by with loads of potential props to use in the magazine. They like to add color and fun objects to the scene to make it look more homey and lived in.

You can see in my pictures how I normally have it and how they ended up staging it for the picture. Everything just looks a bit fuller in their picture. But you can picture a family living there.

Here's what it was like having my home in a Better Homes and Gardens DIY Feature, including how they found me and what the photo shoot was like.
The photographers set up on the day of the shoot.

The stylist was only at my house for about 30 minutes. She quickly tried a few props to get an idea of what they might use. I asked her about what to wear and recommendations for hair and makeup and that was it.

She felt like they were ready for the next day. I was totally excited and ready too.

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Another look at how my mudroom normally looks.

The photographer, her assistant, and the stylist came back around 9 the next morning. Better Homes and Gardens had already sent them a shot list for the I Did It Feature.

They knew exactly where to set up the camera for the day. I showed them where everything was and got out of their way while they worked. The Midwestern in me wouldn’t want to get in the way of people hard at work.

They spent about 3 hours setting up their equipment, the room, and the props. Lots of pictures were being sent to the Better Homes and Gardens DIY Feature editors and evaluated by what sounded like a team.

The Editorial team would evaluate the sample pictures, then call back with suggestions to move a prop, or change colors on something. It was pretty cool to see it in action.

Here's what it was like having my home in a Better Homes and Gardens DIY Feature, including how they found me and what the photo shoot was like.
A look at the finished project. See the full story in the October 2018 issue of Better Homes and Gardens.

When they finally thought they had the room ready, they added me to the picture. Then it got even more awkward, for me.

Basically the same process of taking sample pictures to send to the editorial team happened with me this time.

The team made suggestions about where I should stand and sit, the position of my hands, etc. Luckily for me, that only took about 20 minutes of awkward poses and weird smiles.

I tend to hide from cameras, IRL. Once BHG gave the green light, the photographer took a ton of photos in a few minutes and saw enough she was happy with. So, we headed outside for another shot.

Here's what it was like having my home in a Better Homes and Gardens DIY Feature, including how they found me and what the photo shoot was like.
The detail shots taken for the Better Homes and Gardens DIY Feature.

This time she just held the camera for a quick shot outside. Then they spent another hour or so grabbing the detail shots of the mudroom (on the 2nd page of the article).

That’s pretty much what the photo shoot for the magazine was like.

The BHG editorial team was happy with what they had. The photography team and the stylist packed up all those props and headed home around 2 PM.

Now I just had to wait a couple months for the magazine to be published. It’s all been pretty exciting and I’m so thankful for this great opportunity. You know I’ll be telling my grandchildren this story, over and over again!

That’s it! So glad you stopped by to find out all the behind the scene details about my Better Homes and Gardens I Did It Magazine Feature.

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calypsointhecountry

Friday 5th of October 2018

This is so exciting! Congratulations! Thanks for sharing at Best of the Weekend! You were one of my features for the week! Shelley

Stephanie

Saturday 6th of October 2018

Wow. :) Thanks so much! That's made my weekend, Shelley!

Dorothy

Friday 5th of October 2018

This is a fun story. You let us get right into it with you. This is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. That we all wish could happen to us, right?? Enjoyed the post very much.

Stephanie

Friday 5th of October 2018

Oh good, so glad you like it Dorothy! It was pretty cool.

Mary-The Boondocks Blog

Thursday 4th of October 2018

Congratulations Stephanie. You are so talented and I'm glad the editors over at BHG recognize that as well. So well deserved!

Stephanie

Friday 5th of October 2018

Aw, thanks, Mary. That's made my day. :)

DearCreatives (@DearCreatives)

Wednesday 3rd of October 2018

I'm super excited for you! I can't wait to get a copy and flip through it. I actually have an app for magazines. I'll have to see if it's up. Congrats! Thanks for sharing this at the Inspiration Spotlight party. I wish my laundry room was as tidy. I need to work on mine. It's ready for some updating. Pinned and sharing.

Stephanie

Thursday 4th of October 2018

Aw, thanks! A clean laundry room always makes life seem easier. :)

Amy

Wednesday 3rd of October 2018

Congratulations! That's so exciting! Thanks so much for sharing the whole process with us, so that we can all live vicariously. :D

Stephanie

Thursday 4th of October 2018

Thanks so much, Amy. It was pretty exciting. :)