Last week, Better Homes and Gardens invited me to attend a webcast preview of their newly redesigned website. As a long-time reader of the magazine, I agreed out of pure curiosity. BHG’s redesign didn’t disappoint. As a former designer for Real Simple, I love seeing how the uncluttered, fresh, Real Simple look continues to influence nearly all other women’s magazines. And it works. Heck, I’m unapologetically influenced by that look myself.
Being a home blogger, I naturally gravitate toward home-decor photos and DIY ideas, so BHG’s bigger photos, better slide shows, and the ability to save your favorite articles are all big plusses. I also love the new “plant quick find” and “recipe quick find” search boxes. You can search the latter for a recipe using ingredients you have on hand. Brilliant.
One more feature makes me jealous: Readers can upload their own photos. Considering the time it takes me to update my own reader gallery, this would be lovely on Crafty Nest.
Finally, just for attending their webinar, BHG gave me five 1-year subscription giveaways of Better Homes and Gardens magazine for my readers. So here’s how you win a subscription: Leave a comment on this post with your best idea(s) for making over my dining area. I’ll choose five winners at random to receive a BHG subscription. Plus you’ll be eligible to win the $100 Home Depot gift card in a couple weeks. So gimme your best shot. The deadline is in one week — Friday, May 27, 2011. Good luck!
UPDATE 5-31-2011: Thank you to all of you who commented. I chose five of you at random to win a BHG subscription. This time, my random number generator was my brother, Troy. He chose numbers 5, 13, 14, 26, and 30. So the winners are Diny, Jen R, Trinity, Valerie, and Ann Rishell. Congratulations! I’ve notified all the winners via email.
This post is sponsored by American Express. I received compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own.