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Behind-The-Scenes of My ‘I Did It’ Feature in BHG!

Hi, my name is Heather Patterson, and I am so excited to be here today on the Style Spotters Blog at! I am a home décor and DIY blogger of At The Picket Fence, and as a blogger in this genre there have been a few “dreams” I’ve had.  The dreams you wish would come true, but ones you can’t imagine ever would! Recently I had a chance to live one of those dreams.  It was one I had always hoped for and when it actually came true, ended up being more than I could have ever imagined.  My home gracing the pages of Better Homes and Gardens!

When I look back on this experience, I find that I want to hold onto every moment of it and really appreciate this amazing opportunity.  I thought it would be fun to list and always remember the highlights of my journey onto the pages of the November 2012 issue of BHG!
1. Getting the email from Kit Selzer (Better Homes and Gardens remodeling editor) asking if I was willing to have my kitchen island project featured in BHG, while on the phone with my mom, which resulted in a conversation that went something like this:
I scream and scream and jump up and down, and my poor mom screams, “What?! What?!” and I couldn’t breathe…and I might have started crying a little.
All because I adore Better Homes and Gardens, seriously adore! There have been decades of BHG love in this home.  I keep every issue and have them categorized by year.  In fact, at one time I even get TWO copies of BHG every month because in my enthusiasm subscribed twice this year…haha! This was truly a dream come true!


2. Seeing the boxes arrive on my doorsteps full of props and furniture.  This made it all seem suddenly real.  Big boxes! Huge Boxes! Boxes marked from “Better Homes and Gardens” were waiting at the door.  This was really happening.

3. Nervously anticipating this sophisticated and world traveled crew to arrive at my rural Kentucky home, only to find them to be the nicest, kindest and most down to earth people! Like having friends spend the day with you.  Except these friends completely redecorated your kitchen and took 1,000 photos of you all day long! Stacey arrived first and got straight to work tearing apart my kitchen, I even gave her one of my ponytail holders to pull her hair back.  Now if that doesn’t make you friends right away, I don’t know what does!

Edmund Barr (the photographer of many, many amazing BHG features) came breezing in from Los Angeles a few hours after Stacey, looking hip and cool, but so down to earth and fun and funny. I couldn’t have asked for nicer, kinder people to spend two days with.  We laughed and joked and just hung out.  They made me feel so comfortable and relaxed and for that I thank them so much!


4. Waiting and waiting for months and months to get the magazine, anxiously hoping Edmund was true to his word and would make me look magazine worthy, and finally getting to “see” it in the middle of North Carolina in a Wendy’s bathroom on my phone because it arrived while I was out of town!  Thankful I have a daughter who knew how anxious I was and broke into the box and snapped a picture of the feature!


5. Then finally getting to see it on newsstands, while speaking at the Southern Bloggers Conference, could not have been more perfect!

6. And the best moment of all! Glancing down and seeing my “best and most faithful friend” peeking out from the corner! My sweet Zoe in the shot made this feature perfection!  A big thanks to Edmund for including my puppy in the shot, it made the “staged shot” that much more realistic!

Here’s what I love best about sharing my experience with others… they can have it too! Better Homes and Gardens magazine is looking for everyday people to share their amazing home projects and ideas. Post your photos at or e-mail them to to enter projects where you stand back and say, “I Did It!”
Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams, you never know what fabulous opportunity is awaiting your around the corner! If you’d like more information on how I modified my kitchen island, and remodeled my kitchen on a budget and on my own, visit my Kitchen Island Tutorial!
Thank you to Better Homes and Gardens for letting me share my “I Did It” Story and I hope you’ll stop by and pay me a visit…At the Picket Fence!
- Heather Patterson, At the Picket Fence

31 Responses to “ Behind-The-Scenes of My ‘I Did It’ Feature in BHG! ”

  1. Heather! I was so excited to see you in BHG ~ My favorite magazine (the only one I subscribe too) featuring the home and face of someone whose blog I visit regularly. You and Vanessa are quite literally INSPIRING with your creativity and positive outlook on life, home and family.

  2. Heather – I was so excited for you when I saw this! It was wonderful to share your enthusiasm over dinner at the conference when the magazine hit the stands. Very well deserved!

  3. I love Better Homes and Gardens also. That is what drew me to a post someone made about this whole thing on facebook. So of course I had to look up “who” they were talking about and discovered your facebook page “At the Picket Fence” and then your blog and THEN discovered you were a KY gal! That really got me excited. Upon further investigation aka as snooping, discovered you even lived in my country and had went to a church I went to and we had quite a few mutual personal facebook friends.

    Well that was all amazing, but the icing on the cake is when some of these mutual friends started a cool antique shop called “Sweet Buy and Buy” in Dry Ridge KY and I happen to run into you there! Crazy and you even included a pic of you and me on your blog with the gorgeous pics you took while there.

    It made me giddy with joy for you to hold in my hands this issue of Better Homes and see this shot of you and your awesome project. I remember well the play by play you posted about it all. What a thrill for you and well deserved Heather! :)

  4. Heather – when I heard you were featured, I ran out to my local grocery store and told the cashier “I know her, I know her!” and the two of us held the line up staring at your pic! Ha! Your kitchen is beautiful and it sounds like you had a lot of fun with the BHG crew! What an experience! Congrats! Couldn’t happen to anyone more deserving! I look forward to seeing more of your home in the mags!! ;)

  5. Heather, I LOVED reading this! Everything is just gorgeous…I just wish I was the lucky one to buy that beautiful home!

  6. Heather, what an experience! So happy for you! Your hard work is most deserving of your feature in BHG.

  7. I loved this story…you are so deserving and I just LOVED opening my magazine and seeing you and Zoe in it.

  8. Thanks everyone for your sweet comments, it truly was a dream come true!


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