BHG Christmas Ideas Magazine


I realize the end of October might seem early to start talking about Christmas, but I couldn’t resist popping in to share details about my little feature in the BHG Christmas Ideas Magazine 2019.

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It always feels awkward writing a post such as this because I don’t want to come across in the wrong way. However, I’ve been getting questions about the BHG article, so I thought it might be best to have a place to answer those and also share a few links. Plus, having a 10-page spread in a magazine is a dream come true for me, so it’s hard to contain my excitement! The issue is out on newsstands now through Christmas if you’d like to pick up a copy.

BHG Christmas Ideas Magazine 2019:

Back in February of this year, the Better Homes & Gardens crew descended on my home to photograph it for their Christmas Ideas Magazine. If you experienced deja vu as you read that, there’s a reason. In 2017, the same crew came to photograph my St. Marys home for the 2017 Christmas Ideas Magazine. My Christmas tree made the cover of that issue. (You can read more about that here.)

Even though my decor didn’t make the cover this year (They did shoot a few cover test photos.), my home is featured in a beautiful 10-page spread that I couldn’t be more pleased with!

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While the crew was here, I snapped a few photos to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the process. They were at my home for two full days. Their process is much more intense than my photoshoots. They bring lights, screens, filters, and so much more. During the two days, they only shot 20-25 photos. Some photos took up to an hour to shoot.

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What I love about working with BHG on this type of shoot is that they barely touch or move anything. They will move and adjust things so they look more pleasing in the photo, but the design is 100% mine. I love that.

Looking at some of the behind-the-scenes photos, you might be able to tell that the photoshoot took place before my big kitchen remodel. It’s fun to see that and know I’ll have a new space to decorate this year.

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Christmas Inspired from BHG Christmast Ideas Magazine 2019 #christmas #holiday #decor #recipe #entertaining #ideas

It was also bittersweet for me to view these behind-the-scenes captures. Sebastian, my first-ever kitty, was sick around that time. He would slowly work his way through the photographers’ gear and find places to sleep. It was so sweet. He passed away a couple weeks later.

Christmas Inspired from BHG Christmast Ideas Magazine 2019 #christmas #holiday #decor #recipe #entertaining #ideas

Christmas Inspired from BHG Christmast Ideas Magazine 2019 #christmas #holiday #decor #recipe #entertaining #ideas

Unlike my previous Christmas photoshoot with BHG, the decorating for this issue stayed pretty much the same as it did when I shared my 2018 Christmas home tour. Typically, they like the decor to be new and fresh for the issue. However, I was notified a little too late in the season to completely redecorate. In one way, that was nice because decorating twice for Christmas is A LOT!

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Christmas Inspired from BHG Christmast Ideas Magazine 2019 #christmas #holiday #decor #recipe #entertaining #ideas

BHG Christmas Ideas Magazine Sources:

If you want a closer look at my decor or are looking for sourcing information for things you see in my home, I want to direct you to this post here. This is my full 2018 Christmas Home Tour. There are loads of photos and lots of details about items in the space, plus even more holiday decorating inspiration.

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Christmas Inspired from BHG Christmast Ideas Magazine 2019 #christmas #holiday #decor #recipe #entertaining #ideas

I also wrote two posts about my 2018 Christmas trees. You can find information about my green-themed tree here and my red-themed tree here.

And if all of that isn’t enough, I did a bonus photo tour of my home. Typically, I take photos of my home during the day, but for this special tour, I snapped photos of my home at night. If you want another look around during the evening hours, click here to see that post.

Printable Plaid Gift Tags:

Every year I like to pick a theme for my wrapping paper. (Yes, I know that may sound a bit extreme, but that’s me!) This past year it was plaid. Inspired by that, I shared plaid gift tags you could download and print.

These Plaid-Inspired Printable Christmas Gift Tags are the perfect finishing touch on your holiday gift wrapping! #printable #christmas #gifttags #plaid #tags #holiday #wrapping #giftwrap

Better Homes & Gardens was also kind enough to show my plaid-inspired Christmas gift tags. They are available as a free printable here on my blog. If you’re looking for those, you can find them here.

Recipes from the Issue:

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The BHG team asked me to prepare a few recipes for the shoot. Since baking and cooking are two of my other passions, I happily obliged. If you’re looking for links to any of the recipes, just tap on the photo or recipe name below.

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Christmas Tree Cheese Ball – I made this Christmas Tree Cheese Ball two years ago, and the recipe continues to be a holiday favorite. I’m one of those people who LOVES a cheese ball. I’ve compiled a post with cheese ball recipes for every season!

Very Merry Ornamentini - 10 Christmas Cocktail recipes #christmas #cocktail #recipe

Very Merry Ornamentini – In addition to my three-ingredient Jingle Juice Holiday Punch, this Very Merry Ornamentini is one of the most popular IBC pins on Pinterest during the holiday season. It’s a delicious cocktail, and the presentation is wow-worthy. If you’re looking for more holiday cocktail recipes, I have plenty. Take a look at this post here.

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Birch Yule Log – The BHG team loved the Pink Yule Log I made several years ago. However, they knew pink wouldn’t match my Christmas decor. I suggested doing a birch-inspired version of that recipe.

This was the result. You can find the recipe for my Pink Yule log here. I used the same recipe; I just didn’t add red/pink food coloring for the one I made for the BHG crew. I will be posting my Birch Yule Log version soon.

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Olive and Rosemary Wreath – This Olive Wreath is a delicious and beautiful holiday appetizer idea. You can assemble it in minutes, and it adds a tasty and colorful touch to any party spread. Get the recipe here.

Christmas Ideas Magazine FAQ:

As I said, I’ve been getting emails and messages with questions about the article and where to find things. I’ve linked and sourced a few items above, so please read through this post first. I also wanted to create this Frequently Ask Questions section for other inquiries. Let’s get to it!

Q: Where can I find the large paint-by-number in your dining room?

A: It’s from the fabulous Lindsay Letters. You can get it here. The artwork in my living room,  is also from her site.

Christmas at Bayberry House - Holiday Home Tour with color Christmas Decoration ideas. #christmas #holiday #home #decor #decorations #christmastree

Q: Any tips for decorating Christmas trees?

A: My goal for 2019 is to write a post about my process from start to finish. Until that is ready, let me direct you to a few posts where I offer guidance on various aspects of trimming a tree:

Christmas at Bayberry House - Holiday Home Tour with color Christmas Decoration ideas. #christmas #holiday #home #decor #decorations #christmastree

Q: Where do you get your Christmas Tree ribbon.

A: Anywhere and everywhere. I spend a ridiculous amount of time sourcing and shopping for Christmas decor, but I love doing it. If you’re curious about my green and red tree from this issue, I found the green ribbon here. The plaid ribbon on my red tree came from TJ Maxx and HomeGoods.

Well, friends, I think that covers everything. If you’re looking for more Christmas and holiday inspiration, I’ve listed more posts below. They are packed with dozens of Christmas crafts, decorating ideas, and recipes, plus lots of holiday merriment!

More Christmas Ideas:

If you have any questions about the 2019 BHG Christmas Ideas Magazine, please let me know in the comments below. I’ll do my best to answer your questions as quickly as possible.

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  • Elise Laney at

    Congrats Michael. As always, I am so happy when your hard work is recognized. I can’t imagine alllll the behind the scenes work you do to create such beautiful spaces.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You are so kind, Elise! Thank you so much!

      xo Michael

  • Amy at

    Yes, congratulations Michael! Every year your holiday decor inspires me to shake things up a little bit. This is simply stunning from the tree to the gifts and even the recipes! Chuckled at the gift to Cindy Lou Who from the Grinch. LOL So much thought is put into every detail and the result in always enchanting. BHG was smart in dedicating ten pages to you because you create a whole Christmas experience. Well done!! I can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve for 2019. I’ll definitely be buying several copies of this issue to give to friends and keep one for myself. Thank you for sharing your immense talents with us all. YOU are a gift!!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much, Amy! It’s so fun to plan for the Christmas season. I’m still trying to come up with some new ideas for this year. The season definitely snuck up on me. I can’t believe next week is November!

      xo Michael

  • Calypso in the Country at

    Congratulations! I just happened to buy the issue the other day. Your home looks beautiful! Even though I don’t normally decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving, I am SO in the mood to now! So sorry about your kitty.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Totally understand. I have mixed feelings about decorating now, but I don’t have much of a choice so I try to embrace it!

      And, thank you so much. I’m glad you like the issue!

      xo Michael

  • Barb Feidler at

    Love the close ups of the Emerald tree! The stars wow! Also like the black and white with the emerald tree. Love the mix of the mercury trees with the throws, basket, books and houses. Love plaid at Christmas so I maturally love the red tree. Love the wall color. What is it? I need to put my milk glass collection in a dark cabinet. Love the look. And how clever is that cranberry cocktail. Love it!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Barb, I’m so glad you found the issue. Thank you so much for all of your sweet compliments!

      xo Michael

    • Dawn at

      I just got my hands on the magazine yesterday and didn’t even know you were in it, I totally missed your posts about it. But as soon as I got to the article, I knew it was you before I saw your name. ♥️♥️♥️ I loved every single photo, congratulations again!!

  • Teri at

    BHG should just book you every year! You are so talented…can you come decorate my house?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I would be so honored if they did! And thank you so much!!

      xo Michael

  • Jennifer @ Town and Country Living at

    First – congratulations on the feature!! You are truly Mr. Christmas so it’s no surprise that BHG seeks you out for holiday features. Second – thank you for all the resource information. I was drooling over the Lindsay Letters landscape painting and have been following her story on Instagram about her sweet Eva Love. Awesome job, as always! Your blog is the one-stop spot for holiday inspiration!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You made my day! Thank you so much!! And yes, Love Lindsay. Her and Eva have been on my mind and in my heart.

      xo Michael

  • Talia at

    Congratulations, Michael! You are so deserving of any and all the recognition. You are endlessly talented and BHG should seek you out for every holiday feature – no one does it better. Your blog is my MOST favorite. Well done and thank you for sharing!

    PS: I was in Pgh this past weekend (it’s where I am from). Would have loved to cross paths!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much! It’s such a joy for me to decorate for Christmas! I just love it!!
      And yes – that would have been so fun to cross paths!

      xo Michael

  • Pam at

    Congrats Michael! I love how you share your talent, your sources, your recipes, and your willingness to help guide others to make their home warm and inviting for the holidays. I know for sure that one can not go out shopping one day and come home with everything needed. It’s a process and starting in October (or sooner) is never too early! Never underestimate everything you have to offer and just keep doing you! Thanks so much-Pam

  • Dee Guinn at

    Can’t wait to get the magazine. Everything is just stunning, like everything you do! The rosemary olive wreath is genius. Congrats on the magazine spread but you truly deserve it. I always look to your site for inspiration and the recipes are to die for. Stalked you for many years but this is my first comment!

  • Jan Portland OR at

    Congrats Michael – another stunning display of your talent! To be honest, I think that decorating Christmas trees (and decorating for Christmas in general) is your SUPER POWER! So enjoy all that you do. Thanks for sharing with us in the open and generous way you do.

  • Caroline at

    SO beautiful, and you are so deserving and so talented. Love it all!

  • Teresa at

    Congratulations Michael on being featured in the BHG Christmas Ideas magazine. In fact, I spotted your beautiful festive home today when browsing through magazines in the grocery store. You are always so detailed oriented in your design and your emerald flocked Christmas tree as well as your entire home from last year was stunning so this honor is very well deserved.

    I too obsess over ribbon and color themes each season. Each year, I change up my colors and this year I drew inspiration from a set of Moscow mule mugs I was given last year as a gift. I thought how beautiful a copper metallic theme would be for Christmas. Less traditional but none the less elegant for the Christmas season. So when I happened to pop into Hobby Lobby two weeks ago and found some beautiful copper metallic ribbon I knew I had found the look I was after. I paired it with some peacock blue ribbon and it really looks beautiful together. I shop early for Christmas ribbon and paper before things get picked over by crafters, etc.

    I forward to seeing your home all decked out again this season!

  • Debi at

    You should be excited ! We are excited for you! Congratulations! I can’t wait to get to the store to pick up the magazine. And I’m anxious to try your ribbon idea this year. I’ve always added the ribbon after the ornaments. Love your blog Michael and can’t wait to see your kitchen and pantry decorated this year. You are so talented.

  • Lisa Bare at

    Michael, never feel any guilt or worry about sharing where you get published. This is what you are so passionate about and why we love to see and read your ideas to get inspired by charm. Congratulations on the article…’s marvelous.

    And hey, who isn’t thinking about Christmas year round? I do!

  • Marla at

    Oh my gosh this is awesome!! Every single detail in your Christmas decorating is amazing! I’m going to “borrow” some of your inspiration when I start my decorating next month.

  • jae at

    Congratulations! You have made your house a beautiful home and I am glad you are getting recognition! It is fun following along as you make changes. I understand the bittersweetness of seeing our pets who have left us. Remember, Sebastian is always safe in your heart. Looking forward to purchasing the BHG magazine and having a good look.

  • Julie at

    Michael, I too, am so happy and proud of you – thank you in letting your readers share in your joy because it is so well deserved! Congratulations and can’t wait to find the issue in my area. I usually start decorating early November and take down in January sometime. Hey it’s a lot of work and want to enjoy it. So although a bit early and yet ever so sincere MERRY CHRISTMAS!! =)

  • Aimee at

    Incredible! Love your blog regularly but Christmastime is my absolute favorite to see your talent.

  • Donna at

    Oh my goodness Michael, Congratulations. I will definitely look for this BHG issue. By the way Thank you for all the yummy recipes. You are inspiring me to bake more often and now to decorate more than usual at Christmas. Thank you so much.

  • PJ at

    Congratulations, Michael! You never fail to inspire.

  • Patricia Godek at

    You are unbelievable! Every detail is just perfect! I love your style. Are you a professional decorator? Do you do this for a living? You should be styling for Pottery Barn or Crate and Barrel or something! Perfection! It’s beautiful, yet warm and cozy!

    Pat in Chicago

  • Marlene at

    Seriously nobody does Christmas as well as you Michael-your trees and decor stop me dead in my tracks every single year!! Congrats and I think you should have been featured on the cover. Keep up the phenomenal work & inspiring posts-you’re the best🎄🎄

  • Michelle Vincent at

    You have such talent. Your home deserves to be in a magazine, it’s absolutely beautiful!! Congrats and thanks for sharing your Christmas photos and decorating tips!

  • Sarah at

    Congratulations! Everything looks beautiful. Bookmarking to come back to for decorating ideas ❤️.

  • barbara t whitaker at

    So happy your lovely home and tree were shown. So sorry about your sweet Kitty but hope the memory of its life continues to bless your daily routine. You should be so proud of your accomplishments and I recall not too long ago….you were not very happy about an upcoming move/uncertainty in your life. I prayed your future would bring happiness and know you may be at a new happy place in life. Best of luck in the future and keep on creating.

  • Susan at

    So happy you and your home are featured again in a BH & G magazine. I kept the 1st issue that you were featured in. I am having trouble finding this particular magazine. I’ve tried WalMart, Target, and a few grocery stores that have large magazine selections. Any thoughts?

    • Debra Ruffing at

      Barnes and Noble Susan. That is where I got mine although I have seen them in Walmart and our grocery chain. Good luck finding it. He is also in the December 2019 regular issue of Better Homes and Gardens…

  • susan at

    I’m not surprised you have been picked again to display your beautiful home in BHG. You are soooo talented and have such wonderful ideas! Everything is beautiful! Pinning the whit birch log 😉

  • Debra Ruffing at

    Congratulations Michael for your article in this magazine. I am wondering if you would mind telling me which magazines you are in…all of them…I believe I have the new special edition, the regular one just came in the mail, and I know there was one or two others from BH&G. I want to save them together for next year’s planning. I must admit that my blue and navy tree has gone back to just green since I saw yours. I don’t have the same color green, but I did try to buy that color. I love a deep kelly green like you have! You have a fabulous talent for decorating for Christmas.

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