Happy Friday, friends!
I hope you have had a great week. :)
Today, I wanted to share with you that my kitchen was featured in the November issue of Better Homes and Gardens!
Well, let me clarify…in SOME November issues. I’m not sure why, but my kitchen is not in all of the November issues? It was in my paid subscription copy that I received in my mailbox, but it isn’t in the magazines at our local Kroger. #gofigure
It’s supposed to be on page 142, so it may or may not be in the November issue near you.
There is a little story behind that picture that I’ve never shared on my blog.
Four years ago, I was contacted by BHG to do a photo shoot in my home about the projects I have done around my house. It was going to be a several page spread about me, my blog, and my projects. They wanted to mainly focus on the transformations I had done in my den, my kitchen, and my office.
I was THRILLED to say the least!! BHG??!!! As a “home” blogger, it was a dream come true.
We only had a couple of months to get ready for the shoot, so we went into overdrive to get my house ready. We actually sanded and re-sanded the hardwood floors in my kitchen. We put a fresh coat of paint in every room of the first floor of our home, (you know, just in case they decide to take more pictures in other rooms.) We put up new light fixtures. I re-painted the shelves in my kitchen, and we bought a new couch and loveseat for the den because ours were looking pretty shabby. We added some more landscaping all around our house and repainted the some of the exterior of our home because they mentioned the “might” get a picture of the outside of our house. The weeks before the shoot, we had a lot of family and friends come over and help too. In full disclosure, we probably spent between $5,000-6,000 dollars on our home getting ready for BHG.
But it’s BHG, y’all!!! My mom would have been thrilled to know that I was going to be featured in a major publication.
The day of the shoot finally arrived, and I was a little bit nervous, but a whole lot excited. A photographer and stylist came to shoot my den, kitchen, and office.
They started with the kitchen, and I felt they styled it nicely. However, the wheels began to fall off when they moved into my den. Let’s just say that the stylist decorated my den with a “bohemian” flair. She and the photographer were working on a book project together about Bohemian style, and I think that had an influence on how they styled by den. On my fireplace, there were lavender, mint green, and pale pink vases! Not my style at all. My stomach began to feel sick because I knew that my den was being styled in a way that didn’t feel like “me.” I even heard the stylist giggle say, “BHG probably won’t like this because it’s a little wild.”
I remember thinking, “NO! I want them to like it!”
I went into my bedroom and called my husband and told him what was going on. He told me not to worry, they were the professionals, and it would probably look a ton better in the magazine.
So toward the evening, they moved into my office to style and photograph it. The same “bohemian” style made it’s way in there too, and my office felt very messy. I was trying to get the guts to say, “Y’all, this looks terrible!” But who in the world did I think I was to tell a BHG stylist and photographer that they weren’t doing a good job. I remember them asking, “What would you do in this corner?” when asking me where to hang something, and I remember thinking, “I wouldn’t do what you are doing!” But instead, I just shrugged my shoulders and said, “idunno?”
I then called my sister, my dad, and my husband again to tell them how I was feeling. I was in tears.
I hate to say it, but it was not a good experience at all. I was just hoping and praying that the pictures turned out better than they looked in person. But even if they did, and they were going to publish them in their magazine, I was a little embarrassed that it was styled in a way that didn’t look like me at all. I kept thinking that if readers came to my blog after seeing the article in BHG on me, they would be like, “Huh? The home on the blog looks nothing like the home in the magazine.”
Oh well. What do you do? I was just trying to focus on the positive and wish for the best.
That was in the fall of 2013, and then we waited. And waited. And waited to hear when my photos would be published. They were supposed to be in the spring, but when spring arrived, and I hadn’t heard from anyone, I finally reached out to the editor at BHG.
It was at that point that I was informed that the photos “did not turn out how they envisioned them,” and they would never be published. They said their stylist had “an off day.”
I. was. devastated.
I asked if they would come back out and re-take the pictures, but they said they could not. It was hard to swallow that we were out $5,000 because their stylist had an off day. I pouted for a few days, and then I let it go. Life was too short to be upset and worried about my home pictures not being in a magazine. I didn’t need to be published to be validated as a home blogger.
But truthfully, it still stung. I felt like my home was not “good enough” to be in BHG. I had only shared it with a few of my blog friends, and they were shocked with my experience. They had been featured in magazines as well and never had the type of experience I did.
Fast forward four years later….about 3 or 4 weeks ago, I got an email from BHG telling me my kitchen would be appearing in the November issue. I couldn’t believe it!
This week, the November issued arrived in my mailbox and believe or not, there was my kitchen! On page 142! But my kitchen was the only thing on that page. Nowhere did they mention my name or my blog. Nothing. Nada.
I was still happy to see my kitchen in print, so I shared it on my insta-stories, but I also shared that my name or blog were not mentioned.
I was disappointed, but not mad. However, there was a lot of talk about it on Instagram, and both readers and bloggers were upset that BHG did not mention me in their magazine. They made such a ruckus that they got the attention of the BHG Home Editor, Amy Panos, who sent me an email to apologize.
She also asked for my phone number to talk to me personally, and yesterday she shared an online link where they featured more pictures of my kitchen on their online site. You can check it out by clicking HERE.
I am very thankful that they shared my kitchen online. It was so fun to see my pictures there!
So I hope that I do not sound ungrateful at all. I truly am grateful. I was just disappointed in the process, but I know that there are far more important things to worry about in this world. For sure!
And I know my mom would still be thrilled! :)
Have a blessed day, friends!