FUN! our kitchen is in a magazine

Just over one year ago, a crew from Better Homes & Gardens came to photograph our kitchen.  We love our kitchen and made what used to be a boring space into a bright and functional (and pretty!) room.

Well, the magazine is now out.


Kinda weird seeing our regular not-so-fancy kitchen in a magazine!

I actually love that it’s in there though. It shows that you don’t need super expensive cabinetry and fixtures, lighting and appliances to make a space appealing. Sure, I would have loved soapstone counters instead of our on-sale spreckled granite and pendant lights over the window and island to replace the existing can lights, but I’m proud of the way we added character and infused a bit of our personality into what was once a mostly brown kitchen without spending a ton of money.


You can read all about it in the spring 2014 issue of BHG Kitchen + Bath Makeovers magazine (I found it at my local home depot). There are many charming kitchens and baths with tons of ideas should you desire some inspiration for sprucing up your spaces.

Just to give you a glimpse, here are the pages with our kitchen:




To see a few befores and afters, this post is a good one (although I sort of cringe at the photography). And to see it styled for the fall, click here.


Ryan and I are flattered and excited to have our house in a magazine, but it’s fun that the boys get it too. How fun for them to see their kitchen in print!

29 Responses to FUN! our kitchen is in a magazine

  1. Gwen, The Makerista April 9, 2014 at 11:43 am #

    So fun! It’s crazy the turnaround time on those mags, isn’t it?! Congrats!

  2. Ashleigh April 6, 2014 at 3:19 pm #

    Ooh! Congratulations! Better Homes & Gardens is such an achievement! Thanks for sharing — I’ll have to go out and get a copy as soon as I can!

  3. DLG in Mich April 3, 2014 at 7:46 pm #

    I was at Barnes & Noble today, so I had to pick up a copy. Congratulations, that’s so cool!

  4. Wendy April 3, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

    How exciting and well-deserved! I will be buying a copy of that magazine stat!

  5. Shannon [Our Home Notebook] April 3, 2014 at 11:02 am #

    So fun! Congratulations!

  6. Holly April 3, 2014 at 10:34 am #

    Wow, that’s really great! Congrats. Your kitchen is a star!

  7. teresa April 3, 2014 at 8:24 am #

    Awesome!…Your kitchen is perfect.

  8. Jessica @ Dear Emmeline April 3, 2014 at 7:33 am #

    Congrats Emily!! Well deserved feature! :) Your kitchen is gorgeous yet practical!

  9. Renee April 3, 2014 at 7:24 am #

    Going to get my copy today! Such a beautiful space.

  10. LauraC April 2, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

    Fun! Happy for you! We’re going to pull out our cabinets Saturday for our kitchen renovation; they’re probably 50-60 years old!

  11. Michelle Robinson April 2, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

    I will have to go find that magazine! I saw that you mentioned wanting to put in a pendant light over your sink instead of you canned lights. Lowes has a kit that you screw into canned lights and you can choose from a variety of glass pendants. We did this in our kitchen many years ago and it was about $50-75 and we recently changed out the glass shade for a new one for $15! Thank you for sharing your home and wonderful ideas.

    • emily April 3, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

      I love the idea … only problem is that the can light is not centered over the window (why?!!) so I’m afraid it will make it even more obvious if there is a hanging light.

  12. Madaline Meatte April 2, 2014 at 1:57 pm #

    Thought I was buying the magazine — turns out its BH&G Kitchen + Bath IDEAS! Whomp, Whomp!

    • emily April 3, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

      Oh no! Hope that is a good one too.

  13. Julia@Cuckoo4Design April 2, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

    So awesome! Congrats!

  14. Jami Nato April 2, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

    um. the before pictures.
    you are a treasure and gem of creativity.

  15. Chelsea Rotunno April 2, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    Your kitchen is so beautiful Emily! I’m so excited for you! Thanks for inspiring me to make my surroundings more beautiful!

  16. Tiffany April 2, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

    Well deserved, it’s beautiful.

  17. Sarah Barksdale Design April 2, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    this is really exciting Emily! Congrats!

  18. Ashley @ the handmade home April 2, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    Love love love!!!! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!!! :)

  19. Londen April 2, 2014 at 9:14 am #

    Loved going back and seeing the before pics. Gorgeous job guys!! And congratulations on the magazine feature! That would be so very fun:)

  20. Jeanette @ Creating a Life April 2, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    How fun! Love the shot of your boys. Congratulations!

  21. katelyn April 2, 2014 at 8:56 am #

    Just beautiful, Emily! love the picture of the boys! I am sure this will be the talk of their classrooms! How exciting!

  22. Janice April 2, 2014 at 8:41 am #

    Congrats on the feature! I really love your kitchen, especially the paint color! In fact, I love all of the paint colors in your home that you posted about recently and will be using them as inspiration to update our pallet.

  23. Heather Farrar - Seattle April 2, 2014 at 8:40 am #

    OMG! So excited for you! I will pick up a copy in support. YAY!!

  24. Tina April 2, 2014 at 8:35 am #

    Funny…. I just picked that issue up yesterday but haven’t cracked it yet! Must be divine proof it’s time for another cup of coffee! Congrats, very exciting!!!

  25. Dana April 2, 2014 at 5:06 am #

    Such a dream come true…congratulations!

  26. paige April 2, 2014 at 4:50 am #

    you guys are so crazy endlessly talented!!!

  27. Elizabeth April 2, 2014 at 3:57 am #

    This is so exciting and awesome!!!

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