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Better Homes and Garden was Here

Somehow, someway, through some lucky stroke of chance, our home was taken over yesterday by a crew sent from Better Homes and Gardens Do It Yourself magazine! When we were first contacted several weeks ago by (the wonderful, adorable, and super sweet) Brenda from Meredith Corp., we were asked if we’d be interested in a home feature (yes!), and if so, can they come over and shoot our home (yes!)?

Scott and I focused on remaining calm, promising each other to keep our hopes down in the off-chance we were nixed from the drawing board. We already have so much going on (hello, new-to-us future home – hopefully sooner than later!), so we played it way down, you know, no big deal if it doesn’t work out.


It did work out, and they did come, and it was pinch-us fun, exhausting and such an incredible, happy way to celebrate our home! Photo gear spilled into the building’s common hallway, lights lined our entry, and computer stations were moved from one spot to the other as we all propped, styled and tip-toed over cables, cords and kitties in this little space.

Of course what you don’t see through the lens is what’s behind the lens – flowers, photo sheets, fruit bowls, lint rollers, coffee and chaos on every surface. And yes, I actually enjoyed this chaos, as it brought back memories (aw, I could get misty-eyed) of my days as a photo assistant. Brenda not only toasted the day by wearing a cat-printed blouse, but I’m sure she humored me by asking for my suggestions and not getting all weird when I wanted to help. I switched out of my portrait outfit only 30 minutes into the day, switching into a comfy tee and climbing up stools to find stashed away art, digging up old cigar boxes and fussing over pillows.

All the while, the girls cozied up to their favorite nesting spots – making sure to re-coat every surface with their fuzzy fur. They awoke only when it was time to put on their best kitty smiles, shmoozing the camera and surely wondering what all the fuss was about. (And don’t worry, Jackie Boy made his way into a handful of photos, too – here’s hoping making he makes that cut!)

At the end of the day, we gathered around for a drink and a cheers, and I didn’t give the crew a choice but to snap an instant photo with us. We’ll be adding this one to the memory box, definitely.

It’s too soon to know when our feature will be published in Do It Yourself, but you’ll hear us screaming when it runs (and you know we’ll share it with you, too!). As we continue to look forward to our still-uncertain-home-future, we couldn’t be happier to know that we were able to honor this home in such a sweet way.

Thank you to the awesome crew that shared their day with us – hugs to Brenda (stylist and columnist), Warren and Dustin (photo team)!

PS: Today is the last day for a chance to scoop some loot from Baba Souk!

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  • zandi5.7.13 - 11:07 AM

    omg, that is SO exciting!! congrats!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ashly5.7.13 - 11:09 AM

    I love how chill your cats seem in the photos! My cats would be hissing and spitting at everything!

    Also: Congrats! This is awesome!ReplyCancel

    • Kim5.7.13 - 11:17 AM

      Ashly, have no fear! Little Miss Maddie made sure to throw out a few hisses throughout the day. It was Libby who remained calm and unfazed!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole T.5.7.13 - 11:13 AM

    OMG! I’m excited!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY5.7.13 - 11:26 AM

    LOVED the sneak peek!! And I look forward to seeing your smiling faces show up at my door – if only in print form ;)

    Congrats again!ReplyCancel

  • This is too cool! And, it sounds like a lot of fun, I can’t wait to see the photos when they come out!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K5.7.13 - 1:35 PM

    WOW! How exciting! And SUCH a great way to honor all the hard work you’ve put into this home! Congratulations!!

    And be sure to let us know when it’s coming out — I’ll definitely have to pick up a copy!!ReplyCancel

  • Marti5.7.13 - 1:37 PM

    That’s great – congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Giuli5.7.13 - 3:38 PM

    I’m SOOO excited for you guys! Your place deserves all the accolades. Lots of blood, sweat, tears and laughs have been put into making your place a home. Go Team Kim and Scott!!! Congrats!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim5.7.13 - 3:41 PM

    Giuli, haha, your comment expresses how we feel! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Susan @ Jubilee Furniture5.7.13 - 3:44 PM

    What a lovely honor and one well deserved! Congratulations, Kim and Scott!ReplyCancel

  • renee5.7.13 - 3:48 PM

    Nice job Vargo(s)! Excited to see the mag next year!ReplyCancel

  • Julia @cuckoo4design5.7.13 - 3:52 PM

    WOW, congratulations! Good for you!
    Love all the snapshots with the kitties in it!ReplyCancel

  • Trude5.7.13 - 3:55 PM

    So thrilled for you guys! You totally deserve it! :)ReplyCancel

  • kelly5.7.13 - 9:49 PM

    Congratulations! This is so exciting!! So proud of you xoxoReplyCancel

  • Kaitlin5.7.13 - 10:05 PM

    Amazing and well deserved! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Lynn5.7.13 - 10:23 PM

    Woooooo! Congrats Slices!! So exciting. As a side note, I love the “instant photo” at the end … was that a self-snap (if so that dude has mad skills! SIX peeps … I can barely manage to get myself and my plus one when I take those)?ReplyCancel

  • Kim5.8.13 - 8:36 AM

    Thank you!

    Amy, can you believe it was a self-snap? We were so amazed that all 6 sets of eyes were in the photo. I suppose that’s why he’s a photographer, ha!ReplyCancel

  • Jane @ The Borrowed Abode5.8.13 - 10:30 AM

    No Way! That is so exciting and SO well deserved. Your home is one of my most favorites of all time. Can’t wait to snag a copy (or two) of that issue!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian5.8.13 - 1:51 PM

    Sorry I’m late to this post but hooray! I got chills when you wrote about honoring your place, for reals, what a good way to put it! Too perfect! And what fun, you deserve this recognition more than anyone! MWAAAAAAAAAA!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim5.8.13 - 2:02 PM

    Awww, thanks, Jill! You gave ME chills!ReplyCancel

  • Ahh that’s so exciting. Ironically I work for Meredith (in their digital department), and this is one of my favorite publications we have. I can’t wait to see how your shoot turns out. They picked the perfect apartment to photograph!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Marlene @ Jade and Fern5.8.13 - 7:48 PM

    How cool! You guys deserve it. :)ReplyCancel

  • AHhhhhhh!!! OMIGOSH!!! AHHHHHH! Seriously guys….so cool. :) Exciting stuuuuffff. AHHHHHhhhh. :) Sorry, I’m not the most articulate when I’m excited. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim5.9.13 - 8:01 AM

    Thanks so much, everyone!

    Henna, I’m the same way, ha!ReplyCancel

  • blair @ the fox and she5.9.13 - 4:18 PM

    This is so totally awesome! I can’t wait to see it when it comes out! And lucky for you they left all those gorgeous flowers behind :)ReplyCancel

  • Nina5.10.13 - 6:13 AM

    How am I just reading this post?! Great behind the scenes shots. Congrats on the shoot. Definitely well deserved. Glad the kitties were so generous in sharing their home ;) Go YBH!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie5.10.13 - 11:59 AM

    You guys are the coolest… seriously!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi5.30.13 - 11:07 AM

    eep! so fun and exciting!!ReplyCancel

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