Hi there! I’m Kelly and I blog about budget-friendly DIY home decorating at View Along the Way. My husband and I are attempting to fix up our previously-yucky foreclosure on a TINY budget and I’m sharing the steps, before-and-afters, tutorials and inspiration along the way.
1. Getting “The Email Heard Round the World.”
…or at least around my house. Possibly the nearby tri-county area.
I was THAT excited when a tiny little email popped up in my inbox from Kit, Better Homes & Gardens Senior Editor, saying that BHG was considering my laundry room makeover for an “I Did It!” feature. I read the email and reread it, then smoke came out of my ears and I exploded into a giant happiness crater right in my living room.
We took on this laundry room makeover as a simple, budget-friendly fix. (The cabinets came from a yard sale; we painted the linoleum floors; the wall is stenciled!)
It was the first room I’ve redone where I really stopped and mindfully considered what I truly love, regardless of what anyone else might think. I’m the one who uses the room, so it should be a happy place that speaks to my tastes. I finally gave myself permission to shed the burden of decorating for others or following trends, and it was so freeing. I shared the makeover on my blog knowing that it might not be everyone’s taste, but I was okay with that.
So, when the email came from Kit, it was an incredible confirmation that it is okay to eschew the trends. It is okay to design for you and your family. Can I get an amen?!
2. The giddy prep-work frenzy
Does Better Homes & Gardens do a white-glove test in your home before they let you be in their magazine? I wasn’t sure, so just to be safe, I turned my entire house upside down cleaning in preparation for the shoot! Under the sofas? Spotless! Behind the fridge? Immaculate! The guest room closet that stays closed at all times? Tidy and sparkling!
I have two kids under three, so it probably doesn’t need to be said: that never happens in my house.
I worked myself into a little frenzy getting the house ready for the pros, then I attempted to make myself presentable. Haircut! Brows done! Drop everything and run across the country Forrest-Gump-style for days straight to get in peak shape! (That last part was just a fantasy. Didn’t fit it into my schedule.)
…and I shopped. And shopped. And shopped. (What girl can’t use a good excuse to shop once in a while?) I wasn’t sure what I’d be asked to wear, so I wanted to have a million different options. I hastily populated this clothing rack with brand new clothes in preparation of the shoot and hoped that there’d be something worth wearing in there!
3. PHOTO SHOOT DAY- the prep!
My husband had taken off work to help me corral the little ones. We were up early and making breakfast when Annette Joseph, the stylist, arrived with her assistant Katie. We went straight to my little clothes rack to decide what to wear.
I don’t know where you live, but if you felt the earth stand still one day not too long ago? It was the moment when Annette said that the options I’d selected wouldn’t work for their vision and I felt sheer panic! We headed to my closet to see what else I had. (Nothing! of course!) Annette was able to work some crazy magic and pull together a cardigan, an old t-shirt I’ve had since forever, and a chunky yellow necklace. It took her five seconds, and it was perfect. (Dear Annette: Please come style my whole life. Please?)
With the clothes selected, I sat down with Dulce, who’d dropped by to do my makeup. By the way? This? Also never happens in my world.
The whole time Dulce was doing my makeup, my little three-year-old was hovering nearby, overseeing her work and asking five million questions. “What are you doing to mom? Mom, why do you need makeup? What’s this? What THAT? I’m THWEE! I poopoo in the potty! What are you doing?”
Meanwhile, Annette and Katie were upstairs putting the finishing touches on my laundry room and Lauren, the photographer, was setting up her equipment. Annette and Katie restyled the shelves with some new art and lots and LOTS of laundry soap. (I’ll never need to buy laundry soap again! Woohoo!)
They styled the room with lots of yellows to accent the teal. Perfect complement to that chunky necklace! Isn’t it cool how everything comes together like that?
4. PHOTO SHOOT DAY- the shoot!
When Dulce had worked her magic and with my “new” outfit on, I was ready to step in front of the camera. Ready, but so nervous! My husband and I always joke about how unphotogenic I am – it’s an actual physical condition, and I’ve come to terms with it – so I was more than a little scared about how the photos would turn out.
Pssh! Silly thing to worry about! These BHG pros are the best at what they do and they made me feel so natural, comfortable and at ease. I posed all over the laundry room, in front of the washer, in front of the dryer, with my toe turned this way and that, sitting on the dryer, holding towels and not holding towels. Meanwhile, Annette was on Hair Duty, keeping my crazy mane out of my face and tamed for each shot.
The actual shoot was in the books before I knew it, and I enjoyed a lunch out with my family to bask in the amazingness of the entire day. (And to get one more use out of my professional makeup job.)
5. Seeing my house in print!
I’ll be forever grateful to Better Homes and Gardens for making this dream come true for people like me. And for adding one more thing to the list of items I must grab if my house is ever on fire: my June 2013 issue of Better Homes & Gardens!
We have many more DIY projects just like this laundry room on my blog. You can check out our before-and-after room makeovers, or see a gallery of all our projects. And there’s lots more to come! I hope you’ll follow along via Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. You can even get new posts sent right to your email!
Thanks again to BHG for this amazing experience and for all the inspiration I find in every issue!
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