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
Blaine Moats
Brie Passano

Contributing
Adam Albright
Jean Allsopp (added 2/18/21)
Tatjana Alvegård/Alvegaard
Craig Anderson
Anthony-Masterson
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
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
Kritsada
Pete Krumhardt
David A. Land/Pat Bates & Associates (or David A. Land/Pat Bates)
Details: For main edit stories, it should read David A. Land in byline and Pat Bates & Associates in the gutter.
For FOB stories with the credit in the gutter, use David A. 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


 

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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; bhgfurniture.com. (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.

Examples:

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

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; am-home.com.
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; bruce-floor.com.

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®.


 

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Symbols

Symbols, with the following exceptions, are not used in text. (updated 9.18.19)
This will be several dollars cheaper.
Do you have 35 cents?
The interest rate is 12 percent.
It rests at a 45-degree angle.

Exceptions:
Quilting how-to content.
BH&G does use symbols on the Better opener page and occasionally elsewhere for space. (added 2/11/21)

The percent symbol can be used in digital content and in print food ingredients lists and method
[e.g., 50%-less-sodium beef broth, microwave on 50% power (medium)]. (updated 9.18.19)

Product numbers and paintbrush sizes: Use the # symbol.
The hutch (#B4617) is only available online.
Use a #2 liner brush to finish the treatment.

Specific dollar amounts.
The cost is $20.

Temperatures: Use the degree symbol (option-shift-8) and the abbreviation for Fahrenheit (with no space between). For temperatures below 0°F, use a minus sign (hyphen), not an en dash.
The plant is hardy to at least 10°F.
The plant is hardy to at least -5°F.

Symbols are acceptable for tables, charts, and notations on drawings, but use them consistently throughout.
” (inch, inches)
‘ (foot, feet)
° (degree, degrees)
% (percent)
$ (dollar, dollars)
¢ (cent, cents—except with decimals)

Use Dimension X in all measurements. (Select text, then navigate to Window/Automation/Scripts and select “Convert Characters.” If this script is not installed on your computer, see a staff copy editor.)
Use a 2×4 for the project.

Use symbols, such as ampersands, in company names that use them. Leave space around an ampersand separating words, but not around one separating initials.
It’s manufactured by Smith & Co.
It’s manufactured by B&R Designs.

Abbreviate number (No.) in text material when it precedes a figure.
Use a skein of No. 6 yarn for the project. (not #6)

 


 

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Quotes (Attribution)

QUOTES (7.8.14 added content from SOTG archive)
• Every quote needs attribution. Just mentioning someone in the previous sentence doesn’t suffice.
incorrect: Sandra loves living so close to the water. “You just roll out of bed, and there’s the beach.”
correct: Sandra loves living so close to the water. “You just roll out of bed, and there’s the beach,” she says.

• When attribution comes before a quote, use a comma to introduce a single sentence and a colon to introduce multiple sentences.
correct: Chris says, “Breakfast is a treat with the sunlight streaming in.”
correct: Chris says: “Breakfast is a treat with the sunlight streaming in. Even on the coldest mornings, our breakfast nook is bright and cheery. No one wants to leave the table.”

• When your quote consists of more than one sentence, try to avoid waiting until the end for attribution.
acceptable: ”Breakfast is a treat with the sunlight streaming in. Even on the coldest mornings, our breakfast nook is bright and cheery. No one wants to leave the table,” Chris says.
preferred: ”Breakfast is a treat with the sunlight streaming in,” Chris says. “Even on the coldest mornings, our breakfast nook is bright and cheery. No one wants to leave the table.”

• Don’t combine full and partial quotes. Use attribution or some other transition to separate them, or paraphrase the partial quote.
incorrect: Sergei calls the new pool and deck area “a resort in our own backyard. We don’t even need to leave home to feel like we’re on vacation.”
correct: Sergei considers the new pool and deck area a backyard resort. “We don’t even need to leave home to feel like we’re on vacation,” he says.
correct: The new pool and deck area is “a resort in our own backyard,” Sergei says. “We don’t even need to leave home to feel like we’re on vacation.”

Using “says.”
• In general, attribute quotes with “says,” which should follow the person’s name unless a long identifier follows and makes this awkward.
“We love spending time in the sunroom,” Phil says.
“My mother cried when she walked into this house,” homeowner Lisa Burgess says.
“Garden clubs should consist of couples because they are gardening together,” says Clyde
Thompson, past president of the Men’s Garden Club in Minneapolis.


• No one laughs words. If you need to mention laughter, find another way.
incorrect: “I gave up and got carpet the same color as the dog’s fur,” she laughs.
correct: “I gave up and got carpet the same color as the dog’s fur,” she says, laughing.
correct: ”I gave up and got carpet the same color as the dog’s fur,” she says with a laugh.

BH&G occasionally uses attributions other than “says” for voice.  That is OK but try to limit the occurrences. (added 2/11/21)

Anonymous sources
Direct quotes from anonymous sources (including unidentified homeowners) should not be used. Paraphrase instead.

Thoughts
In direct quotes, put thoughts in an opposite typeface.
“The place was a mess,” Jane says. “I asked myself, How will we ever feel at home here?”

 

PULL QUOTES (7.8.14 added content from SOTG archive)
• All direct quotes used as pullouts must be attributed. If you cannot include attribution for design reasons, paraphrase the quote into third person.

• All attributions should be treated the same way throughout an issue.
If the attribution is grammatically separate from the quote, full identification (including professional title or homeowner status) must follow the first usage in a pull quote. On subsequent references, the same speaker may be identified by full name only.
correct first reference:
“The old beams give the new space a sense of history.”
—kitchen designer Susan Serra
correct second reference:
“We wanted to honor the home’s past.”
—Susan Serra

If attribution is grammatically part of the quote, the speaker must be identified fully in the first usage and may be identified by only a first or last name, as appropriate, on subsequent references.
correct first reference:
“Old beams give the new space a sense of history,” kitchen designer Susan Serra says.
correct second reference:
“Fine details create new interest with an old-world charm,” Serra says.

 

 

Also see the Credits: Names section of the BHGStylebook.
To set smart quotes (curly quotation marks) as your default, see the InDesign Tip in Style on the Go, Issue 111.

 


 

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Use versus With

Use use when you need the object to complete a task. Use with when you are doing something along with the person/thing.
Correct: Use a pencil to trace …/Using a pencil, trace …
Incorrect: With a pencil trace …
Correct: I went to the library with the copy editors.

Note: This does not apply to BH&G. (added 2/11/21)

Measurements

Spell out common units of measure in narrative copy.
Cut it into 23-inch squares.
The package contains 14 ounces.
The table stands 26 inches high. (the 26-inch-high table)
The room measures 160 square feet.

Spell out lengthy units of measure on first use, and follow them with their abbreviations in parentheses.
Use abbreviations in subsequent references.
The capacity of each size is measured in cubic feet per minute (cfm). A 5×9-foot bath would need at least a 48-cfm fan.
They said their power company charges too much per kilowatt-hour (kwh). The charge is 7 cents per kwh.

BH&G uses symbols in product descriptions in sections for shopping, get the look, etc.  (added 2/11/21)

EXCEPTION:
Always use mph and rpm when preceded by figures.

Spell out measurements in materials lists.
2-millimeter bead
One 10-inch string
BH&G tends to use abbreviation for metric measures, especially in the Better section and when space is tight. (added 2/11/21)

Do not use a comma in phrases such as:
2 feet 6 inches

Hyphenate a measurement used as an adjective.
The 5-foot-7-inch sofa

In measurements, use linear foot not lineal foot.

Use Dimension X to connect numbers in a measurement. (Select entire measurement, then navigate to Window/Utilities/Scripts and select “Convert Characters.” If this script is not installed on your computer, see a staff copy editor.)
5×9-foot room
12×45-inch fabric strip
13x9x2-inch baking pan

There are two ways to make a fraction:
1. 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.
2. Highlight the entire measurement that contains the numbers to be changed into a fraction, then navigate to Window/Utilities/Scripts 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.

See also Numbers.
See also Dimensions, Measurements, and Sizes.


 

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Italics

Use italic type to set off titles, foreign words, unvoiced thoughts, and words used as words.
My favorite book is She Wanted to Read.
Schadenfruede means feeling enjoyment from the misfortune of others.
The word purple sounds funny.

Avoid using italics for emphasis because it is as likely to confuse the issue as to clarify it. (All-capital type isn’t a great option for emphasis either. It’s difficult to read and, in the age of e-mail, widely construed as yelling.)

When you want to stress certain words, look for ways to do it with punctuation or sentence structure. Emphasis naturally falls near the beginning and end of a sentence or after strong punctuation marks such as colons and dashes.
avoid:

Remember, you have to live with your decision.
Remember, YOU have to live with your decision.
options:
Remember who has to live with your decision—you do.
Remember: You have to live with your decision.
You have to live with your decision, remember.

BH&G allows italics for emphasis. Just try to curb their enthusiasm for the use. (added 2/11/21)

BH&G guidelines for credits

In regard to staff credits:

  • Because we are on the masthead, we need to be judicious about crediting ourselves, even in the gutter.
  • Everyone needs to play a role in not putting names where unneeded—weigh the necessity and benefit.
  • We will not double credit staff on a page. For example, “Producer and Styling” becomes “Producer,” with the styling aspect included in the credit. If styling played a larger role in the work, by all means use styling instead. (“Writer and Producer” or “Recipes and food styling” for non-Meredith people is OK.)
  • That also means avoid double credits for one job, e.g., By: Jane Doe and John Smith. When possible, credit one person for a role.
  • If you have questions, see your deputy editor. As needed, the EE will make the final decision on individual cases.

One-page stories:

  • Credits go in the gutter.
  • If a photograph or illustration fills a significant portion of the page, that will be credited at bottom of the page.
  • Freelancers can get a byline.

Section openers:

  • Photographer and stylists get byline credit.
  • Anyone else goes in the gutter.

Two-plus page stories: 

  • There can be no more than three credits at the bottom of the page. The rest go in the gutter. Who gets the on-page vs. gutter credit depends on the level of work contributed.
  • In general, we want to credit non-Meredith contributors on the page.
  • If the story involved a significant amount of writing (200+ words), we want to credit the writer on the page, especially if it is a freelancer.
  • We want to credit the producer or stylist because their work is seen in the story.
  • This is the order and wording:
    • By, Photos, Illustrations, Food/Prop Styling, Crafts/Recipes By, Produced By

Gutter format (updated 10/1/2020)

  • By: name; Photo/s: (item) name, (item) name, (item) name …;  (Food, Prop) Styling: name; (Crafts, Recipes) By: name; Produced by: Name
  • When only a portrait is getting a gutter credit, you can use:  Portrait: Name name.
  • On a roundup page with multiple bloggers, Instagrammers, etc with name and blog/Instragram name in text, we do NOT need to run a gutter credit unless the photo was shot by someone other than the person named in text.

Well stories:

  • There can be four or five credits on the page. Although the layout might require fewer.
  • Staff needs to balance when they get credit (rather than every issue).  For instance, save “Produced by” for stories you feel you made a large contribution to.
  • Minimize use of gutter credits. Limit them to substylists, such as hair, makeup, …
  • Order: By, Photos, Illustrations, Food/Prop Styling, Crafts/Recipes By, Produced By

Credits for Getty Images, Shutterstock, etc.

  • They go in the gutter at the end of the photographer credits.
  • They must include the photographer’s name.
  • There are two ways to format these:
  1. When all the credits (stylists, etc.) will take up less than one line in the gutter:
    Photos: (photo) name/Getty Images, (photo) name/Getty Images, …
    For example:
    Photos: (Product) Carson Downing, (Bubbles) Joe Smith/Getty Images; Styling: Jane Doe
  2. When credits will wrap to a second line due to the total number of credits (styling, etc.)
    Photos: Getty Images—(photo) name, (photo) name, (photo) name, …
    For example:
    Photos: (Product) Carson Downing, Getty—(Bubbles) Joe Smith, (Ribbon) Paula Lee; Styling: Jane Doe

Credits for supplied product are not necessary if text names the company.

Credits for drop-outs pics (a book cover, a vegetable, one bottle of lotion, etc.) are not necessary.

Colors: Products and project instructions

For an item to be described as gold, it must be at least 14-karat gold. If not, it must be described as golden or gold tone.

BH&G will no longer use golden in lieu of gold/gold tone.
If we are painting something gold, it is gold the color.
If we an art frame, faucet, or something like that has a gold finish, the EE prefers warm metal or the like. (added 2/11/21)

Generic colors (red, yellow, green, blue, brown, black, orange, purple, white) generally should not be capitalized. (generic colors added 9.17.14)
Use acrylic paints in red, glossy black, and white.
Colors that are specific to a certain manufacturer should be capitalized.
Use Plaid acrylic paints: Green #443, Blue #12, and Yellow #16.
If one color in a listing is capitalized, all should be, even generic colors.
Finishes available include Sandy Beach, White, and Cream.

In Better Homes & Gardens magazine:
Cap every color name and put “in” in front of it:

Acme Weatherproof Stain in Brown
ChiChi Textured Weave in Dewy Doe Eye Brown


 

Colors and hyphens
Products and project instructions

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Captions: Directionals

View examples of correctly used directionals. (PDF)

In most cases, every photograph must have a reference in text (either through a caption, directional in body copy, or both). Directionals may be placed at the beginning of a caption or internally, but treatment should be consistent throughout the same issue.

Spreads with two or more photos should include a directional for each photo. Order the captions for the photos from left to right. (updated 9.25.13)

Internal directionals should be placed as close as possible to the noun they are emphasizing. Always use commas to set off internal directionals. Set internal directionals in a typeface opposite that of accompanying text. (For instance, use italic type within roman copy.) See Punctuation for how to treat a punctuation mark following a directional.
WRONG:
The blooming roses create refreshing fragrances, left, near the patio.
RIGHT:
The blooming roses, left, create refreshing fragrances near the patio.
The porch, left, features ample seating.
Trace the patterns on pages 57 and 59.
See the Buying Guide on page 112.

BH&G: If the number of commas in a sentence means setting off directionals in commas makes the sentence choppy or difficult to read, parentheses are OK. If the text is labeled with room id (e.g., dining room, kitchen), we can skip directionals. We have also sometimes skipped using “opposite” if there is an arrow pointing a column of captions to the opposite page. Avoid “clockwise” construction. (added 2/11/21)

When deciding whether to use “right,” “left,” etc., ask yourself: Where is the photo in relation to the caption?

Do not use opposite typeface for spatial references in copy.
There is ample storage below the sink.
Do not use opposite typeface for spatial references within a photograph.
The living room table left of the window, top right, accommodates eight.
Opposite, right, left, or WHAT?
If a photo jumps the gutter, do not use opposite.
If the entire photo is on the opposite page, use opposite.

Multiword directionals
Use two-word directionals this way: top right and bottom left. One element of three-word directionals should be set off with a comma: opposite, top right.

Three or more photos
Use middle instead of center.

Up and down
Use above and below first, then top and bottom to indicate photos farther from the caption. Don’t use top unless there’s an above; don’t use bottom unless there’s a below.

Overprinted captions
Use this photo when a caption prints over a photo—not other directionals such as this page or this image.

No directional is necessary, but still may be used, when:
• A caption prints over the only photo on a spread.
• A caption is printed next to the only photo on a spread.

No directional is necessary when a caption uses an arrow or a similar character that indicates the appropriate photo.

 


Captions
Directionals

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