my office is in better homes & gardens

The craziest thing happened …


My office made the pages of Better Homes & Gardens.

The photo shoot was all the way back in December {they did the playroom too, but no word yet on when that one will appear} and I’ve been super excited to see how the room looked in print after being styled and photographed by inspiring and talented professionals {janna lufkin on the styling; john granen behind the camera}.



Doesn’t it look so pretty and clean and organized?! Don’t worry, it doesn’t always look like this. But it was so fun to see a real stylist do her thing – pulling L’s off the L wall, an old typewriter from the entry table and little cards and trinkets, ribbons and papers from my collection to use in the photos. She brought in a bunch of props, but I was so flattered that most of what was used is actually mine.

Another crazy thing? It took over 8 hours to get these shots. This was our first experience with magazine photo shoots {we’ve since had one more done in our kitchen – which is slated to be published next spring} and we had no idea what to expect. When I take photos, I just snap a few and go with it; when professional photographers photograph homes, they snap, then adjust, then adjust some more and then again until everything is exactly perfect. I loved watching John and his assistant work that day and hope that my photos have improved just a teeny bit because of seeing them.

If you would have told me five years ago that part of my house would be in a magazine, I never would have believed it. I am beyond grateful to the blogging industry for the ways it has opened doors and presented opportunities to just a normal girl like me. So, so honored.


You can read the article in the September 2013 issue {which should be available in stores now}.

79 Responses to my office is in better homes & gardens

  1. May December 31, 2017 at 8:45 pm #

    I realize this is overdue-however, where is the magazine/file rack/organizer from?

    • emily January 1, 2018 at 9:47 pm #

      My mother-in-law found it at a thrift store – probably something from a doctors office or retail store :)

  2. Soo September 15, 2014 at 10:44 am #

    We just moved back into our home from a year traveling. Your office is a wonderful inspiration to get organized with see-through bins and other functional items!

  3. Christy September 17, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    I just got my September copy of BH&G in the mail! It came with my October copy- so something was messed up there. However, I was SO excited to see your office featured!!! It’s gorgeous and I was so proud I went and showed my husband. I told him, “Look I know her” because I feel that I do. Congrats again, I hope this will be displayed in a prominent spot somewhere in your home!!

  4. Taylor September 10, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    Hi! I just got the magazine and I am in love with your office! I was wondering where you got the woven baskets (up in the closet holding fabric). I am obsessed!
    & Congrats on being in the magazine! :)

    • emily September 12, 2013 at 8:42 am #

      The woven baskets are from world market.

  5. Jessica @ Dear Emmeline August 27, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    Saw it in the magazine this weekend! Wonderful article! Congratulations!

  6. Janis August 26, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    Hi Emily, I saw your wonderful desk in the BH&G article. The article stated the table legs came from IKEA but I can’t find them on their website. Can you confirm where you obtained the legs? Thanks

    • emily August 26, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

      The table legs are from Ikea, but we probably bought them 5 years ago, so perhaps they no longer carry them. Sorry for the outdated resource!

      • Janis August 27, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

        Too bad. Thank you for getting back to me.

  7. Tammy August 24, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    Great job! I look forward to getting my copy. I found your blog through Emily Clark and I just live it.

    Tammy @ thecoloreddoor.blogspot.com

  8. Val Jamison August 24, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    Amazing!! It looks incredible. My husband made a desk with a door for his office. your’s looks incredible. I am in love with the print of the blue flowers on your desk. Any details on where to find it.?

    • emily August 26, 2013 at 9:09 am #

      The print is called Primrose from United Thread {https://www.etsy.com/transaction/91740231?ref=fb2_tnx_title}. I ended up getting a custom size for my frame, but it comes as an 8 x 10 and is beautiful.

  9. Jenny Collier August 23, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    That is incredible. Your office looks gorgeous!

  10. Jamie August 23, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    Yes! I opened up the pages of one of my favorite magazines and there you were! I immediately called me mother so she could see it too! We both love you!

  11. Kelly August 23, 2013 at 7:28 am #

    Emily, I’m so excited for you! I think I would have to pinch myself over and over again! Congrats, girl!

  12. Chelsea Rotunno August 23, 2013 at 12:48 am #

    Emily–I am so so so happy for you. I am also not at all surprised–you are truly an amazingly gifted person. Love, Chelsea

  13. Kelly August 22, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

    Wow! So cool! I just got my copy of the magazine yesterday, but haven’t had a chance to sit down to look at it. Now, I’m even more excited to peruse the pages! Congrats!

  14. Kim August 22, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    I received my copy yesterday before I saw your post and I did a squeal when I saw it (as I was sitting in a very crowded Starbucks) The people at the next table looked over at me and I pointed to the article and said ” I know her !!!” (well through your blog anyway). Congrats Emily, you are an inspiration for this long time follower.

  15. Mindy August 22, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    My copy arrived in the mail yesterday! So fun to see your room in their magazine – congratulations.

  16. julie August 22, 2013 at 7:50 am #

    Congratulations, Emily! I knew it was just a matter of time before I saw your pretty home in a magazine. :)

  17. meg duerksen August 22, 2013 at 5:22 am #

    THIS is awesome!!! Congrats Emily!

  18. Gwendolyn August 21, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

    I’m so very happy for you, Emily! It’s great to see this kind of recognition come to you. I know you’ve been working very hard, and your office is just lovely…very deserving. It’s crazy to me how far out those publications run. I can’t imagine having to wait so long to see something in print!

    I know what you mean about how long they take. I find myself shifting and zhuzhing and dusting for one shot and 30 minutes has gone by!

  19. Arianna August 21, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

    Congratulations! You truly deserve this, your work is amazing and always inspiring!

  20. Donna ~ The Decorated House August 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    Your office is one of my favorite spaces! Congrats! Looks like they did a great job showing it off.

  21. Rebecca August 21, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    congrats what an honor

  22. Monica August 21, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    Wow. So glad I just received mycopy the other day and haven’t had a chance to looks at it. Congrats you’re such an inspiration even the magazines know it.

  23. Deanna Lowe August 21, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    Congrats!!! Can’t wait to get my copy in the mail to see it in print

  24. Krissy August 21, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    That is so wonderful! God has truly gifted you in this area. I’ll have to pick up a copy now. Congratulations!!

  25. Lisa August 21, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    Congratulations Emily…..I agree with the magazines description, “great looks, tons of storage and serious personality”….you did a beautiful job on your office!!!

  26. Andrea August 21, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    Imagine my surprise to see a familiar face and space while flipping thru my copy a couple days ago! Huuuuuuge congratulations to you, Emily!!! You’re certainly very deserving.

  27. Shannon {Our Home Notebook} August 21, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    Congratulations! How exciting.

  28. Katelyn August 21, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    Absolutely beautiful! So happy for you!

  29. Nicole August 21, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    This is beyond amazing!!! Congrats and enjoy all the kudos coming your way, you deserve it!!!

  30. Grace Adkins August 21, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    Wow! That is awesome! Congratulations! I do love your office, so I’m not surprised they wanted it in their magazine.

  31. Dee August 21, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    Very cool! Congratulations!

  32. Emily C August 21, 2013 at 11:13 am #


  33. Michelle Weller August 21, 2013 at 10:40 am #

    Congratulations Emily!! Very very cool! I can’t wait to get my copy in the mail. I know Janna Lufkin–you must stop by her home and see it. You’d die!! It’s incredible.

    Again, congratulations!!


  34. Wendy August 21, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    Congrats, Emily!! How very exciting!! I can’t wait to get a copy of Better Homes & Gardens. You should be so proud. It will be nice to see your office in a print format, too. So happy for you!

  35. Margaret August 21, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    Wow! What an honor and a blessing! Congratulations!

  36. Sondra Gazin August 21, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    Congrats! It’s beautiful.

  37. Lisa August 21, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    Congrats!! I was so excited when I saw this!! So excited for you! Hopefully we will see the playroom too very soon!!

  38. Erin August 21, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    Emily, Congratulations! I’m so excited for you . . . I can’t wait for my issue to arrive, either. I really enjoy looking at your home–it gives me a lot of inspiration.

  39. Crafty grandma August 21, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    Congratulations!!! YAY!!! you did it!! how cool is that!!! Too bad BH is not available around my area but I am going to have my daughter check out the newsstands in her area or I’ll send her over to Vermont to get one!! LOL!!

  40. Liz M. August 21, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    I picked up a copy on Sunday, was flipping through, and got so excited when I recognized your stenciled office wall! So exciting for you, it looks great! :-)

  41. kimberly oyler August 21, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    how awesome, emily!

  42. Sarah Barksdale Design August 21, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    That is awesome Emily! I will need to pick up a copy of the new BH&G! your office is just so darling, I could definitely work in there all day.

  43. Caroline August 21, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    Wonderful news, congratulations :-)

  44. kirsty August 21, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Congratulations Emily! looks awesome

  45. Courtney L. August 21, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    Yay! Congratulations! You have a beautiful home and I always love seeing your photos. What an honor to be featured in BH&G!

  46. Tracy Waldrop August 21, 2013 at 9:04 am #

    Congratulations!! What an honor..So happy for you. Love reading your blog – It’s so inspirational!!

  47. Danielle August 21, 2013 at 8:50 am #

    Very, very awesome! It is an amazing space Emily! You should be so proud!!

  48. Jennifer August 21, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    Hello Emily,

    I subscribe to BHG and saw your office in the magazine. Beatuiful, BTW!! I was super inspired by your office labels. I downloaded them from the BHG website, but quickly relized that I can not add my own text to them. I would love to do so, it there anyway to do this?? I can always write on them, but would really like to add the printed text to them.

  49. Estela August 21, 2013 at 8:46 am #

    Cool! congratulations it looks great!

  50. Tammy Culpepper August 21, 2013 at 8:43 am #

    I’m so excited for you, Emily! The office looks amazing!! Can’t wait to see the kitchen published.

  51. Jessica August 21, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    Yay!! I remember you mentioning it awhile back. Congrats, that’s awesome!! :)

  52. Gretchen Neal August 21, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    Oh my stinkin’ GOODNESS!! SO happy for you!! Emily, you so deserved to grace those pages and actually several others I know your style would pop in!! Isn’t it unbelievable how things have changed from just being you on a blog. I love how you called yourself just a normal girl. Well, I think you are a ROCKSTAR girl and I could not be more thrilled for the opportunities that keep knocking for you. You truly are my “go to gal” for all things stylish as well as encouraging. Keep up the good work! We love it!!

  53. Karen August 21, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    Congrats Emily! I spotted it as I was scrolling through my digital issue. I stopped and said “hey, I know that office.” So exciting for you and for us, your readers.

  54. Julie D. August 21, 2013 at 8:24 am #

    Congrats, Emily! So fun!

  55. Kim R August 21, 2013 at 8:22 am #

    I can’t wait to get my copy – congratulations!! I feel like I can say “I know this extremely talented person”!

  56. Sharon B. August 21, 2013 at 8:18 am #

    How exciting! Congratulations, Emily! It is a beautiful space, so glad it was showcased in BH&G.

  57. kayce hughes August 21, 2013 at 8:16 am #

    Yea!!! I haven’t gotten my copy but my office is in there too so I guess it is kind of like we are room mates! congratulations.

  58. Angela August 21, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    That is SOO awesome!! Congratulations Emily!!

  59. Kathryn August 21, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    Congrats! What a cool experience!

  60. MollyS August 21, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    Looks amazing, Emily! Congrats!

  61. Lori @ A Bright and Beautiful Life August 21, 2013 at 7:52 am #

    I came home from a two week vacation yesterday and saw that my BHG was in the mail and I just looked at it through the clear packaging bag, admired the pretty cover photo, and thought, “I’ll get to it this weekend after I play catch-up”. But after reading your post that your office is featured I’m going to run and open my copy right now. How thrilling for you ~ and for all of us that read your blog. Congrats!!!

  62. Amy W August 21, 2013 at 7:34 am #

    Wow. That is so thrilling… but can’t say that I’m surprised, your home is stunningly beautiful! Congrats.

  63. Elisa August 21, 2013 at 7:30 am #

    Congratulations! It looks amazing!!

  64. Amelia August 21, 2013 at 7:17 am #

    Way to go on the magazine spread! I was just looking through it and instantly recognized your office!!

  65. CT August 21, 2013 at 7:08 am #

    Congrats Emily! Your feature is a tribute to all the hard work you have put into your home and also a great reward for sharing it with the internet. Cheers – CT

  66. Denise August 21, 2013 at 6:57 am #

    Congrats! Can’t wait to get my issue!!

  67. Lynda August 21, 2013 at 6:53 am #

    That is very exciting news! Congratulations to you!

  68. Kate August 21, 2013 at 6:35 am #

    Congratulations! I’m adding BH&G to my shopping list this week. :)

  69. Melanie August 21, 2013 at 6:10 am #

    Wow, how cool! have loved the office ever since you posted pics of the wall treatment. I have a subscription to BHG and can’t wait ’til I receive it. Now I can put some real photos into my old school ‘pinterest’ notebook. Congratulations!

  70. Jill T. August 21, 2013 at 5:56 am #

    So, so excited for you!!! And I can’t wait to see your kitchen next spring! When I first discovered your blog I instantly fell in love with your kitchen redo. The booth seating being my absolute favorite and something I have plans to do in our dining room…..though my husband and I have absolutely no clue what we’re doing when it comes to building things :) So great for a family and perfect for lots of kids! I adore your blog and love your inspiration — inspiration that you share with the world!

  71. Christa @ BrownSugarToast August 21, 2013 at 5:38 am #

    Hooray hooray!!! SO excited for you! I’m sure it was a thrill to get the initial contact that they wanted to shoot your home! A moment that will go down in “fabulous memory history,” no doubt. :)

  72. Janice August 21, 2013 at 5:21 am #

    It looks great!!! Thanks for telling us that they did move things around in your home to get “the look.” I love the idea of that cute tray between your monitor and your keyboard. I’m going on the hunt through my house to see if I can find something to use that way too. And seeing your mousepad reminded me of the cute project you had on your blog to re-do one last fall. Going to do that too. Congratulations!!! Such an exciting time for you all!

  73. Emily Clark August 21, 2013 at 4:44 am #

    Congrats! Can’t wait to get my issue :)

  74. Sarah August 21, 2013 at 4:12 am #

    Yay! Congratulations!! I’m gonna look for a copy today (Better Homes and Gardens is one of my favorites besides Southern Living)! We are redoing our house right now (its such a mess I NEED inspiration) the up side we’re starting with a clean slate.
    Thanks for the post and for all your great decorating ideas.

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