Dreams Do Come True in Iowa

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Happy Monday everyone… Have you ever been to Iowa?


I never have until I went last Wednesday for 4 days to take part in the BH&G March Makeover Madness Final Four Challenge.

If you have seen the movie Field of Dreams with Kevin Costner you may remember the exchange his character, Ray Kinsella has with his ghost father at the end of the movie: 

Is this Heaven?…

No, It’s Iowa…

Iowa, I could have sworn this was heaven?….

Is there a heaven?…

Oh yeah. It’s the place where dreams come true

Well, Maybe this is heaven…

Iowa surely is a place where a dream came true for me!

BHG March Makeover Challenge

It started when I was asked if I would like to take part in the BH&G March Makeover Challenge and then proceeded to the finals of the competition with 3 other bloggers. The finals were held in Des Moines, Iowa at the BH&G headquarters last week.


I love magazines – everything about them. I consider my blog my magazine where I am the Editor-in-Chief.  It was what I was meant to do…to write and share about my DIY passion.


To get to spend a few days behind the scenes and see how a big time magazine and all their publications come together every month was beyond fascinating!  Meeting the editors of BH&G and of many of their other publications was so beyond awesome I can’t even find another word to express my excitement!  It was truly a dream come true.

Dreams come true

Photo Credit:  La Dolce Vita

I am still trying to float down from the high and trying to process everything that I got to experience while there.

I will be posting photos later this week, but wanted to let you know that there are videos of each of the 4 bloggers who took part in the challenge talking about their IKEA dresser makeover.


You can find my video here: BHG Final Four Challenge   You have to watch an ad before the video shows up.

We each had our hair (mine looks a bit different than the way I normally wear it) and make-up done for the videos and our dressers were styled for the “After” photos by a photo stylist.

Voting for the Final Four winner takes place tomorrow – Tuesday April 8th.

You can vote, HERE – starting at 9 AM EST.

Whoever wins tomorrow will have another dream come true… a feature about them and their makeover in Better Homes & Gardens magazine sometime this summer.

I appreciate each and every one of you who voted for me in the first and second round of the challenge over the last few weeks which got me to the finals and would love to get your vote again tomorrow!    XOXO

I will post photos and more insights about my trip in a few days.


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  1. Diane – you did a wonderful job with the dresser – very unique! The video was awesome, too! Good luck!

  2. You are so deserving of your accomplishment..You are such a talented lady and I just love everything you design. ..I’ve really been missing you but I knew you had a big pot on the burner. lol.. I know you had a blast last week. I’ll be voting in the morning…Good Luck

  3. Hey Diane,
    Your moveable desk is genius! Anyone would love to have that piece in their home. I will be very surprised if you don’t win the challenge. I will be gone most of the day tomorrow but I will vote as soon as I can. I’m still in the “dark ages” with a flip phone so there is no way to vote unless I’m home. Looks like you had a wonderful time at the BH&G headquarters. When I was getting rid of most of my cookbooks I never even considered giving away my red and white checked BH&G cookbook. It was a bridal shower gift way back in 1967. You did a super job on your video and you looked so pretty! Love that scarf you were wearing :). Vikki in VA.

  4. Ha, yep, been here, went to college here, and lived here for nearly fifteen years now (not including college). I’m a Chicago girl and I will NEVER go back. I even lived on a farm for a decade (but really, that wasn’t so much me…) Des Moines is a quick two hour drive from our house, and like another commenter I had no idea BHG was located there! I’ll be voting! Thanks for visiting, sorry you didn’t have better weather. It does get to be spring here at some point (or so they tell us).