Better Homes & Gardens Photo Shoot

On January 28th I received an email from Kit, a remodeling editor with Better Homes & Gardens inviting me to have BH&G come out to photograph my Kitchen Makeover.   There is nothing bigger or better than Better Homes & Gardens if you ask me, it’s one of the few magazines I still purchase at the checkout line.  I honestly never thought I would see one of my own projects in this magazine, it’s quite mind blowing!

After working out the details with Kit, a week later photographer Michael Partenio and David McCaughan arrived at my home the night before the photo shoot to do a walk through.  The weather was typical New England, with one snow storm after the next and a blizzard or two thrown in the mix.  What should have taken them 2 hours at the most ended up taking them hours to arrive at my home, poor guys but being New Englander’s they are used to this weather.

Better Homes & Garden photo shoot

At 7am the next morning Stylist, Kristine Kennedy arrived with a car load of props and apparel.  I helped Kristine unload her car and while she started “propping” out the kitchen I got ready.

Better Homes & Garden photo shoot

Michael & David arrived about 9am, it took an hour or so to set their equipment up and take a few test shots without me in the room.

I was drooling over their photography equipment, my camera has been broken for a year, I have to use duct tape to keep the battery door closed, so you can imagine my envy when I saw all their equipment.  Michael & David were so kind to give me some pointers too on lighting when I take my own photos.  Here’s a few behind the scene shots.

Better Homes and Garden photo shoot


Better Homes and Garden photo shoot

When they were ready, and after Kristine did my hair and picked out the shirt, my photo shoot began.  For those who know me well, know I prefer being on the other side of the camera unless I have my dog with me to take the focus off of me 😉 Luckily Michael kept me laughing and made the shoot a breeze.  After taking some photos they sent them off to headquarters.  When their feedback came in Kristine moved a few props and Michael took more photos.  The process took about 4 hours.  When they had their shots, I helped Kristine pack the props up and Michael and David were off then i sat down with Kristine to be interviewed about the project.  When we were packing the props up Kristine offered to let me keep whatever I wanted, I kept that shirt (for those wondering, it’s by Lucky Brand) as well as the yellow towel on the frige, the wooden cutting board, the bud vases in the window and a red tea pot that didn’t make it in the shoot!  The day was a whirlwind to say the least!

A week or so later Kit sent the proof to me, I was dying to show all my family and friends but wanted them to see the photo for the first time in the actual magazine so I kept it to myself, not something that is easy for me!

On April 14th my friend and fellow blogger Jen from Girl in the Garage sent me a message to say she saw me in her BH&G magazine!  I checked my mail when I got home from work and was thrilled to see three copies there.  Three months was a long time to wait but so worth it, to finally see the print in person.  I immediately took a photo and posted it for my friends and family on facebook and encouraged them to go buy the issue when it hits the stores.

Better Homes and Garden photo shoot

It doesn’t end there, on May 22nd I will be guest posting on the Better Homes & Gardens blog so be sure to save the date and check out that post, I will be going into greater details on how I was able to renovate my kitchen on $250.00!  Be sure to check back on my site, I have an upcoming project that ties into the frige surround I built!  Thank you Kit, Kristine, Michael & David for making this dream come true and making my Better Homes & Gardens photo shoot so easy!

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30 comments for “Better Homes & Gardens Photo Shoot

  1. April 30, 2015 at 1:27 am

    Congrats Dria, finally hard work paid (y)!!!!!

  2. Dawn Inman
    April 28, 2015 at 9:09 am

    I love it! Such taste! I have to know where you got the rug?

    • Dria S
      April 30, 2015 at 7:53 am

      Thank you Dawn! BH&G brought the rug in I’m not sure where who makes it, sorry!

  3. Joni White
    April 26, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    I loved your kitchen remodel, especially putting in the soffits above the cabinets!! I am wondering if you would please share the brand of paint you used, I’m assuming Olympic, and the color for the walls/cabinets. 😀

    • Dria S
      April 27, 2015 at 5:39 am

      Hi Joni, the paint is Sherwin Williams, color is wool skein!

  4. April 25, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    I just found your kitchen design in your home improvements section….got my answer about the refrigerator enclosure. Beautiful home…great ideas!

    • Dria S
      April 27, 2015 at 5:36 am

      Thank you so much Sandy, glad you found your answer!

  5. April 25, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    My son thinks you extended a wall to meet the side of the refrigerator. I think it is more of a “box”. Who us right?

  6. Jan
    April 24, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    You are an adorable, talented, youthful, great catch of a woman, so says your sister! Proud of you. J

    • Dria S
      April 24, 2015 at 8:09 pm

      Aww your the best, thank you!

  7. Kristy
    April 21, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    I saw your feature in the BH&G and came here to check out your blog and the kitchen project. Now to convince my husband to move our gas stove…

    • Dria
      April 21, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      How exciting Kristy! The kitchen has been my favorite room to renovate!

  8. April 20, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    That is soooo awesome! I would’ve been over the moon too! Congrats!

    • Dria
      April 21, 2015 at 8:25 pm

      Thank you so much Shelly! It certainly was a lot of fun!

  9. April 19, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Congrats! I am so happy for you Dria

    • Dria
      April 21, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      Thank you so much Vanessa!!

  10. April 19, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Dria, I’m so proud of you! I showed your feature to everyone in the grocery store line! 🙂

    • Dria
      April 21, 2015 at 8:30 pm

      Aww you are too cute Jeanette! Thank you so much 🙂

  11. chris aka monkey
    April 19, 2015 at 10:01 am

    oh my goodness, i bet you were excited… your hard work and genius ideas paid off, i love your kitchen, i love your ornaments and most of all ha ha i love the fish tail….. congrats and continued success xx

    • Dria
      April 21, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      Thank you so much Chris! LOL I love that you love that fish tail so much 🙂

  12. ereader
    April 18, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Be careful with the refrigerator enclosure. It looks to be a tight fit.

    Refrigerators need circulating air around them.
    You may have troubles with it. You might consider a column of air vents on the side panel, close to the wall

    • Dria
      April 21, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      The cabinet door above the refrigerator is not enclosed I used Union Jack Sheet Metal to specifically “vent” the frige, the shelf above the frige does not go all the way back to the wall, there is about a 4″ gap between the shelf and the back of the frige to the wall, the frige vents through the top / cabinet door.

  13. April 18, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Congratulations Dria. I can’t think of anyone more deserving! I am so happy for you!

    • Dria
      April 21, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      Aww thank you so much Meegan!!

  14. April 18, 2015 at 9:13 am

    This is awesome! Congrats!! You did an outstanding job on your remodel and I’m sure will motivate many others with your good ideas!

    • Dria
      April 21, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      Thank you so much Wendi! I love inexpensive makeovers so much!

  15. April 18, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Congrats Dria! That’s awesome and very well deserved!

    • Dria
      April 21, 2015 at 8:36 pm

      Aww 🙂 Thank you so much!

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