Buying Guides/Resources

Buying guides that jump over advertising should include “Continued on” and “Continued from” lines. Put a period at the end of each entry in resources sections unless the contact information is in a stacked format (with one line of address per line).

Use all caps in company names only if the name is an acronym.
For commas in company names, see Punctuation/Commas and company names.

For space considerations, “(see above)” may be used rather than repeating the entire address only within the same story and only within the listing of resources for the same page or spread. For example, list the address at the beginning of resources for “Flights of Fancy” on pages 18–19, and use “(address above)” for subsequent listings on that spread. The address should be repeated when the listing for pages 20–21 of the same story begins.

If there is an e-mail address in a listing, there is no need to preface it with “email.” (added 5.14.14)

Use New York City, not just New York, when listing a company’s location but not a complete address.

For pieces from the Better Homes and Gardens® Furniture Collection, follow this example:

Sideboard Sofa Console Table 818816 from the Better Homes and Gardens® Furniture Collection—produced under license by Universal Furniture International, Inc., 877/804-5535; (removed # before product number 9/17/14)

No spaces are used around an ampersand (&) linking two or more initials in a company’s name. Spaces are used around an ampersand linking two or more words in a company’s name.


Drawer pulls (knife, fork, spoon)—Whitechapel Ltd., P.O. Box 136, 3650 W. Hwy. 22, Wilson, WY 83014; 800/468-5534;

Countertop Wilsonart Blackstar Granite—Ralph Wilson Plastics Co., 800 S. General Bruce Dr., Temple, TX 76504.

Armchair—American Home Furnishings; for store locations write P.O. Box 3685, Station D, Albuquerque, NM 87190; or call 505/883-2211;
Note: There is no comma after “locations” and no “to” after “write.” A semicolon following the ZIP code separates the calling information.

Rug—Crate and Barrel; to place an order or to learn store locations, call 800/323-5461.
Note: There IS a comma after “locations” because the preceding phrase is particularly long.

Vase—Macy’s; for store locations call 800/456-2297.

Striped sheer Parthian (Pearl)—Fabricut Inc., 9303 E. 46th St., Tulsa, OK 74145; 918/622-7700; fax: 918/622-7711.

Oak wood flooring C-5031 Walnut from the Natural Reflections collection—Bruce Hardwood Floors, 16803 Dallas Pkwy., Dallas, TX 75248; 800/722-4647;

Bumper pad Guardian Angels, crib sham Sandman, both from Bou-Bou collection—Edward Boutross Linens; 800/395-2400.


BH&G exceptions (added 2/11/21):

BH&G products are listed as the reader has to search for them on the website. So they may not follow word lists (e.g., flower pot might have to be open).

Products from the BH&G Walmart line must be credited as Better Homes & Gardens Collection® or BH&G Collection. (updated 12/27/21)


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Addresses: Street Abbreviations

Rte. (R.R.)

Spell out:
P.O. Box

Compass points (updated 9/15/17)
Abbreviate compass points used to indicate directional ends of a street (E., W., N., S.,) or quadrants of a city (NW, SE) in a numbered address. Use a period after a single-letter abbreviation; no period is needed after a two-letter abbreviation. No comma is needed before a quadrant indicator when it follows a street name.
Write the Energy Bureau, 450 W. State St., Boise, ID 83720.
Information is available from the Copy Editors Association, 1603 Grand Ave. NW, Hackney, IL 60201.

Do not abbreviate a single-letter compass point if the number is omitted.
West State Street
Two-letter abbreviations remain abbreviated even in text.
The office is on NW State Street.

If the address is not part of a complete sentence, do not put a period at the end.
Artagraph, 7100 Warder Ave., Markham, Ontario L3R 5M8 Canada


State abbreviations
Street Abbreviations
Website addresses
Stand-alone cities

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Abbreviations: Degrees and Certifications

In general, use periods in academic degrees:
The exception is MBA. Most reference books, including the dictionary, leave the periods out of that one, so we will, too.

In general, do not use periods in professional certifications (updated 1/26/22):
CDCES (formerly CDE; updated 7/31/20)

Sometimes this will result in mixed formats in a single byline:
Jane Johnson, Ph.D., CDE


Company Names
Dates and Times
Degrees and Certifications

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Covers: Designers

Updated 12/10/21

Designers are required to include spine information along with their cover layout documents. Place this information in correct position centered along the left-hand side of the cover. Spine type should be set as follows:

  1. If using: Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications® (10 pt. New Times Roman PS Bold); registered mark 8 pt. Symbol, option-R.
  2. Title of magazine (13 pt. New Times Roman PS Bold, ALL CAPS).
  3. ® or ™ as needed after title.
  4. Issue designation, such as Spring, Summer, Fall (10 pt. New Times Roman PS Bold)

Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications® DECORATING™ Spring 2005
Other cover elements:

  1. UPC artwork, which includes cover prices. At minimum, there are two UPCs, one containing both U.S. and Canada prices and one containing just the Canada price. There also could be UPC art for a price test and/or a polybag. All UPC artwork can be found in the SIM pub plan database.
  2. Color bars on top and bottom of UPC art; the color to use matches the off-sale month and is specified in the SIM pub plan database as Merchandising Assignment.
    –The top color bar contains the display until date (see SIM pub plan database) in 7 pt. type.
    –The bottom color bar contains the pocket assignment (see SIM pub plan database).
  3. Subscription titles only: Issue number
  4. URL (optional)
  5. If a reprint, on print covers add a burst calling that out.
    –For a title of the same name with no cover changes and reprinted in the same year: Second Printing
    –For a title of the same name reprinted in another year: Back by Popular Demand: Second Printing of XXXX 20XX
    –For a title reprinted with a new name within four years of the original issue: Previously Published as XXXXX.
    –No cover blurb is needed for a title reprinted with a new name that is more than 4 years old or a title that has new/updated content in excess of 20% of the book.
    –Titles with 30% new content: Updated Edition
    –ON REPRINT DIGITAL COVERS: no burst; use simplified “xx printing” near issue designation. (added 12/10/21)

Digital covers:

  1. Do not need a spine.
  2. Do not need UPC art, merchandising color bars, off-sale date, or pocket designation.
  3. Do need issue designation, such as Spring, Summer, Fall
  4. A URL is encouraged
  5. Should be created for all titles including reprints so one is always available if needed. Do not use a reprint burst; instead, use simplified “xx printing” text by the issue designation. (updated 12/10/21)

For cover routing guidance, see Routing Through Legal.


Sell lines
For designers

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Computer commands: Adobe InDesign

Apostrophe (’): shift-option-close bracket ]

Copyright (©): option G  (added 12/2/21)

Degree symbol (°): shift-option-8

Dimension X: Select text, then navigate to Window/Utilities/Scripts/Applications and select “Convert Characters.scpt.” (If this script is not installed on your computer, see a staff copy editor.)

Discretionary hyphen: shift-command-hyphen (Place before word to prevent hyphenation or at the point you want the word to be hyphenated.)

Ellipsis (…): option-semicolon

Find/Change: command F

Fractions: There are two ways to create fractions.
1) Highlight the entire measurement that contains the numbers to be changed into a fraction, then navigate to Window/Utilities/Scripts/Applications and select “Make Fractions.scpt.” (If this script is not installed on your computer, see a staff copy editor.) If a designer needs to adjust spacing on the resulting fraction, make a note on the layout for the editor.
2) Place the cursor where you want to insert a fraction. Navigate to Type/Glyphs. If the required fraction character is available, double-click it to add it to the text box.

Open quote (“): option-open bracket [
Close quote (”): shift-option-open bracket [

Registered (®): option R

Soft return: shift return

Spellcheck: command-I

Thin space: shift-command-option-M (To be used before end boxes, after bullets, and to line up copy vertically.) For other “white spaces,” navigate to Type/Insert White Space.

Trademark (™): option 2


Adobe InDesign
Microsoft Word

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Trademarks: Meredith (including partner pubs)

On Meredith titles with registered trademarks, include ® on covers, spines, mastheads, title pages, and postal ID/copyright statements. Include ™ on all Meredith titles that do not have registered trademarks. In display type, where the ® or ™ is placed at the end of the title is at the discretion of the designer.

100 Decorating Ideas Under $100®
100 Ideas® (title of magazine)™
100 Weekend Decorating Ideas®
American Patchwork & Quilting®
Beautiful Living Through Faith®
Best of Country Gardens®
Better Homes & Gardens®
(magazine) <<Do not use a ® in BH&G running text. updated 3/11/19>>
Better Homes & Gardens® (brand in general; when it’s a specific name, see those that follow or check with the legal department)
Better Homes & Gardens Collection® (no italic)
Better Homes & Gardens Creative Collection® (no italic)
Better Homes & Gardens Creative Collection® Publications (no italic)
Better Homes & Gardens® Furniture Collection (no italic)
Better Homes & Gardens® Home Decor Fabrics (no italic)
Better Homes & Gardens Special Interest Publications® (no italic)
Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden® (no italic)
Better Homes & Gardens® Test Kitchen—use second ® with logo, next to bottom right corner of red plaid
BH&G® (no italic)
BH&G® Creative Collection® (no italic)
BH&G® Creative Collection® Publications
BH&G® Special Interest Publications (on a cover in the box near the UPC)
BH&G Online® (no italic)® (no italic)
BH&G Specials™ (no italic)
Big Dreams. Real Budgets.®
Christmas Ideas®
Coastal Living® (added 2/4/21)
Cook This Not That®
Country French®

Country French Decorating®
Country Gardens®
Country Home®
Creative Collection® (no italic)
Diabetes What to Eat®
Diabetic Living®
Do It Yourself Ideas for Your Home & Garden® (but Do It Yourself™)
Dream Gardens Across America®
Easy Garden Guide®
EAT Easy Family Food®
Eat This Not That®
Eat This, Not That!®

Fine Cooking®
(acquired from Taunton Press) (added 2/3/21)
Flea Market Style® (acquired from Athlon) (added 11/8/21)
Forks Over Knives®
Garden, Deck & Landscape®
Garden Doctor. Advice from the Experts.®
Garden Ideas & Outdoor Living®
Halloween Tricks & Treats®
Heart-Healthy Living®
Holiday Baking®
Holiday Cooking®
Holiday Crafts®
Hungry Girl®
Kitchen + Bath Ideas®
Kitchen and Bath Ideas® Products Guide™
Living the Country Life®
Living with Quilts
Make It Tonight® (acquired from Taunton Press) (added 11/8/21)
Meals by the Plate®
Meredith® (no italic)
MeredithSpecials® (one word, no italic)
Mixing Bowl™ (ital.) magazine; Mixing Bowl® (no ital.) website
Quilt Pink™ (ital.) magazine; Quilt Pink® (no ital.) program
Quilt Sampler®
Renovation Style®
Scrapbooks etc.®
Scrapbooks Etc. Inspirations®
Simply Perfect®
(title of magazine)™
Southern Living® (added 2/4/21)
Traditional Home®
(added 2/3/21)
Window & Wall Ideas®
Zero Belly®

To make these symbols in Word and InDesign:
™ option-2
® option-r


Common trademarks
Meredith trademarks

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Numbers: When to use figures

When to use figures to represent numbers

Use figures in units of measurement (size, weight, distance, and degrees of temperature) and for ages and age ranges of people and animals. These units are always expressed in figures, regardless of the occurrence of other numerical expressions within a sentence.
The rows were planted 3 feet apart.
It was a sunny 8×12-foot room.
The cabinet was made from 3⁄4-inch plywood.
He poured 2 gallons into a 5-gallon can.
The book weighs 3 pounds 12 ounces.
The high temperature was 16 degrees.
Her mother is now in her 80s.

Use figures in percentages, ratios, and other mathematical expressions.
The interest rate is 10 percent.
He bought two 8 1⁄2 percent bonds.
The ratio of 2 to 8 is the same as 8 to 32.
Multiply by 3 to find the correct number.
The specific gravity is 0.9567.
It was a 5-degree angle.
Use 1 part paint with 2 parts water.

Use figures for specific ages of people and animals.
a 4-year-old boy
the 12-year-old cat

For numbers in the millions and up, spell out million, billion, etc., when possible. Use figures before the words million and billion.
5 million
20 billion
$2.3 million
more than 7 million people

Use figures for amounts of money.
9 cents
$4 per pound
We do not round prices unless it is the expressed desire of the magazine editor. (added 5.14.14)
Rounds prices to nearest dollar.  (added 7/25/17)

Use figures in fractions with whole numbers.

The 11⁄2-story house burned down.

Use figures for small numbers that occur in a series (three or more) with larger numbers (10 or more) and refer to similar things.
Of the 224 delegates, there were 20 from Michigan, 6 from Iowa, and 3 from Wisconsin.
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Use figures for dates.
His birth date was August 3, 1945.

Use figures for decades.
Her favorite decade was the ’40s.

Use figures for highway and comparable numbers.
We took I-80 to Des Moines.
On this TV set, we cannot get Channel 5.
Flight 527 will depart from Gate 4.

Use figures for house numbers, street names if applicable, room numbers, ZIP codes, and telephone numbers.
Her address is 9 17th St., Des Moines, IA 50312.
His room number is 906; his telephone number is 515/277-3940.

In direct quotations, use figures for large numbers (10 or more)  and small measurements.
“By carefully selecting the materials, we were able to build a 2,829-square-foot house for only $87 a square foot. We used 6-inch nails to hold it together,” the homeowner says.

Use figures, not Roman numerals, for volume and issue-number designations.
Volume 2, Issue 4
Vol. 2, No. 4

Use full-size figures, not fractions, in photographic shutter speeds. The numbers should be separated by a slash.

Use commas in numbers bigger than 999.
16,500 square feet
1,240 pages
The one exception is calendar years.
a house built in 1975
the 2004 election
Why the distinction? Consider the difference between these two phrases:
the 2,000 participants
the 2000 participants


See also Dimensions, Measurements, and Sizes


Figures to represent numbers
Words to represent numbers
Telephone numbers

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Credits: Photographers

To credit a company, say “Photo courtesy of”

Photographer credits: style.

(separated one list of names into two 1/26/21)
On staff 
Marty Baldwin
Jason Donnelly
Carson Downing
Jacob Fox
Kelsey Hansen (added 7/26/21)
Blaine Moats
Brie Passano

Adam Albright
Jean Allsopp (added 2/18/21)
Tatjana Alvegård/Alvegaard
Craig Anderson
Thomas Arledge
Povy Kendal Atchison
King Au
Quentin Bacon
Robert Bailey
Andre Baranowski (no accent on Andre)
Pamela Barkentin Blackburn
Edmund Barr
Gordon Beall
Matthew Benson
John Bessler
Laurie Black
Jeff Blanton
Christiaan Blok
Ernest Braun
Fran Brennan
David W. Brown
Graham Brown
Robert Brown
Steve Budman
Troy Campbell
Rob Cardillo
David Cavagnaro
Ross Chapple
Langdon Clay
Karla Conrad
Kim Cornelison
Grey Crawford
Stephen Cridland
Adam Crocker
J. Curtis
Cheryl Dalton
deGennaro Associates
Laurie Dickson
Mike Dieter
Erica George Dines
Andrew Drake
Colleen Duffley
Craig Dugan, Hedrich-Blessing
Rowland Egerton
Patrick Farrell: credit should be Thuss + Farrell
Clint Farlinger
Richard Felber
Tim Fields
Emily J. Followill
John Reed Forsman
D. Randolph Foulds
Kathryn Gamble
Michael Garland
Bill Geddes
Getty: Getty bought iStock. So all Getty and/or iStock images need to say: Getty Images. e.g., Nottomanv1/iStock by Getty Images (updated 1/29/18)
Joshua Savage Gibson
Susan Gilmore
Laurey W. Glenn (added middle initial 10/30/19)
Tria Giovan
Ed Gohlich
Susan Goldman
Leo Gong
Jay Graham
John Granen
Robert Grant
Karlis Grants
Sam Gray
Bob Greenspan
Jamie Hadley
Steve Hall, Hedrich-Blessing
Linda Hanselman
Chris Hansen
Bob Harr, Hedrich-Blessing
Brian Harrison
Chipper Hatter
Pat Haverfield
Jim Hedrich, Hedrich-Blessing
Craig Dugan, Hedrich-Blessing
Steve Hall, Hedrich-Blessing
Bob Harr, Hedrich-Blessing
Jim Hedrich, Hedrich-Blessing
Scott McDonald, Hedrich-Blessing
Nick Merrick, Hedrich-Blessing
Jon Miller, Hedrich-Blessing
Bob Shimer, Hedrich-Blessing

Chip Henderson
Aimee Herring
Christopher Hirsheimer
Allan Holm
Bill Holt
Jerry Honeywell
Hopkins Associates (credit for Bill Hopkins)
Mike Howes
Roy Inman
Brent Isenberger
iStock by Getty Images (see Getty above)
Jon Jensen
Michael Jensen
Erik Johnson
Gene Johnson
Stephen Kent Johnson
Jenifer Jordan
Dency Kane
John Kane
Lynn Karlin
Keller & Keller
Terri Ketcham
Muffy Kibbey
Susan Kinast
Bert Klassen
Caroline Kopp
Jim Krantz
Pete Krumhardt
David Land/Pat Bates & Associates (or David Land/Pat Bates)
      Details: For main edit stories, it should read David Land in byline and Pat Bates & Associates in the gutter.
      For FOB stories with the credit in the gutter, use David Land/Pat Bates.
Bob Lenz
Frances Litman
Chris A. Little
Scott Little
Mark Lohman
Hal Lott
Janet Loughrey
Sherry Lubic
David Lund
Andy Lyons
Allen Maertz
Charles Mann
Julie Maris/Semel
Dave Marlow
Kevin Marple
Barbara Elliott Martin
Ned Matura
Bob Mauer
Deborah Mazzoleni
David McDonald
Scott McDonald, Hedrich-Blessing
Jeff McNamara
Tom McWilliam
Michael Melman
Rob Melnychuk
Karen Melvin
Nick Merrick, Hedrich-Blessing
Janet Mesic-Mackie
Jon Miller, Hedrich-Blessing
Matthew Millman
William Minarich
Tommy Miyasaki
Ira Montgomery
Mike Moreland
Gordon Morioka
Tim Murphy
Bill Nellans
Alise O’Brien
Michael Partenio
Rick Patrick
Jerry Pavia
Rett Peek
Dan Piassick
M. C. Pindar
Gene Pollux
Diane Pratt
Greg Premru
David Prince
Howard Lee Puckett
Emily Minton Redfield (no hyphen)
Eric Roth
Kate Roth
Susan Roth
Jeffrey A. Rycus
Cameron Sadeghpour
Eric Salmon
James Salomon
Mark Samu
Kathy Sanders
Jeff Sarpa
Greg Scheidemann
Dean Schoeppner
Nathan Schroder (added 10/25/19)
Julie Maris/Semel
Richard Sexton
Bob Shimer, Hedrich-Blessing
Casey Sills
Brad Simmons
Beth Singer
Michael Skott
Kevin Smith
Lark Smothermon
David Speer
Julie Sprott
William Stites
Marilyn Stouffer
Werner Straube
Perry Struse
Peter Symcox
Rick Taylor
Mark Thomas
Thuss + Farrell (credit for Patrick Farrell)
Andreas Trauttmansdorff
Mark Turner
Joan VanderSchuit
Thomas Veneklasen
Peter Vitale
Dominique Vorillon
Roger Wade
Jessie Walker
Peter Walters
Judith Watts
Wendell Webber
Virginia R. Weiler
Michael Weschler
Deborah Whitlaw-Llewellyn
Brian Whitney
Jay Wilde
Brie Williams
David Wilson
Greg Wilson
John Yanyshyn
James Yochum


Copy editors
Field editors
Food stylists


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Also see the Dashes section of

Hyphens cause problems and confusion out of proportion to their size. Contributing to that confusion is a lack of consensus among experts on the proper use of hyphens. The following rules should eliminate much of the confusion, as well as the misspellings that often occur as a result of incorrect hyphen use.

Use a hyphen for a verb of two or more words that form a single thought.
She double-spaced the copy.

Use a hyphen for a one-thought compound modifier placed before the noun it modifies.
double-spaced copy
18th-century design
a three-piece suit
a factory-built home
polished-granite countertop
satin-nickel finish

Use a hyphen for a one-thought compound modifier of more than two words placed before the noun it modifies.
a fool-the-eye design
tongue-and-groove construction
an up-to-date design
do-it-yourself paneling
11/2-story-house (not story-and-a-half-house)

Multiple hyphens make it difficult for readers. Unless it’s needed for effect, look for ways to rewrite for clarity and readability as well as simplicity.
An out-of-India-by-way-of-Oregon garden … might become
This Oregon garden’s style comes straight out of India.

The singing sensation-turned-interior-designer … might become
Once a singing sensation, she turned her attention to interior design.

Use a hyphen when a number and a noun form a one-thought modifier before another noun.
3-pound roast
20-fold increase

Hyphenate compound adjectives that consist of a noun plus an adjective, such as tax-exempt, machine-washable, or ice-cold, whether they are before or after the verb.
The energy-efficient glass has a high R-value.
The coating makes the glass energy-efficient.
The weather-resistant finish makes the furniture durable.
The siding is maintenance-free.

Hyphenate “well” compounds before a noun. Hyphenate after a noun if preceded by a linking verb.
The well-known speaker came to town.
The well-organized team completed the task quickly.
The team was well-organized.
She seems well-spoken.

Use a hyphen when “odd” or “plus” is added to a cardinal number.
30-odd years ago
50-plus books

Use a regular hyphen in phone numbers and 9-digit ZIP codes.

Use a hyphen for spelled-out fractions.
Flowers are grown in two-thirds of the garden.

Use an en dash (option + hyphen) to indicate a range.
a 30–40 percent increase
75–90 percent of homeowners

Some adjectives are always hyphenated, regardless of their position in a sentence. (Consult a dictionary or the Word List.)
Though good-looking, the project was time-consuming.

SIM style: Hyphenate “-lover” compounds to eliminate ambiguity. (added 8.5.13)

Omit a hyphen in a compound modifier that contains an adverb ending in ly.
a hastily executed project

Omit a hyphen in dual heritage terms (employed only when relevant to the heritage of an American person). In choosing which term to use, defer to the individual’s preference or country of origin. (added 4.9.21)
African American
Caribbean American
Indian American

Omit a hyphen with a proper noun used as an adjective.
a Park Avenue address
a Supreme Court decision

Omit a hyphen when a well-established compound noun functions as an adjective.
acoustical tile ceiling
art supply stores
bay window curtains
crafts supply stores
dining room table
fat quarter bundle
flea market find
folk art collection
food preparation area
front yard garden
glass block wall
grand prize winner
home center product
home improvement loan
home office space
intensive care unit
life insurance agent
microwave oven shelf
plastic canvas crafts
sewing machine needle
sliding glass door
sour cream sauce
thrift store find
wall covering design
weight loss solution
whole grain bread
whole wheat rolls

However, when a well-established compound noun is combined with a participle to form a one-thought modifier, a hyphen is required before the participle. These open compound modifiers are often proper noun forms.
Art Deco-style chair
ice cream-covered counters
New York-based designer
Pulitzer Prize-winning play
Queen Anne-style house

Never hyphenate a word at the end of a page; try to avoid hyphenating the last word in a column.


Combining forms
Line-break rules

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