18 episodes

The Better Buy, a podcast from Better Homes & Gardens is back for Season 2! This season we'll delve into the full home buying process, from house hunting and moving to interior design and landscaping. Each episode will progress through this homeownership journey, with host Mélanie Berliet talking to both experts and celebrities who will share their stories, practical tips, and advice. We’re on a mission to inspire and empower you to create your dream home. New episodes every Wednesday!

The Better Buy Better Homes & Gardens

    • Leisure
    • 4.0 • 45 Ratings

The Better Buy, a podcast from Better Homes & Gardens is back for Season 2! This season we'll delve into the full home buying process, from house hunting and moving to interior design and landscaping. Each episode will progress through this homeownership journey, with host Mélanie Berliet talking to both experts and celebrities who will share their stories, practical tips, and advice. We’re on a mission to inspire and empower you to create your dream home. New episodes every Wednesday!

    Stephen Orr: Making Renovations Matter

    Stephen Orr: Making Renovations Matter

    When given the chance to turn a 1760s Cape Cod home into his forever home, Better Homes & Gardens Editor-in-Chief Stephen Orr jumped at the opportunity—but his 11-month renovation wasn’t without some challenges. In this week’s episode of The Better Buy, Orr shares his renovation journey, from buying a historical Cape house to balancing traditional features with modern needs. Also in this episode, host Mélanie Berliet chats with Samir Patel of Discover Personal Loans about how the right loan can support your home improvement goals.

    For more info visit: bhg.com/thebetterbuy

    The Better Buy is produced by:
    Mélanie Berliet - Host/SVP & Group General Manager, Dotdash Meredith Home & Design
    Lauren Phillips - Associate Director, Special Projects
    Lottie Leymarie - Executive Producer, Lifestyle Audio
    Jennifer Del Sole - Director of Audio Growth Strategy & Operations
    Jeremiah McVay - Producer/Editor
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    • 31 min
    Whitney Leigh Morris: Unhurried Restoration and Biophilic Design

    Whitney Leigh Morris: Unhurried Restoration and Biophilic Design

    Known for the “right-sized” approach she takes to designing her homes, Whitney Leigh Morris is an expert at creating spaces where she and her family can live both comfortably and responsibly. She’s also become a trusted source of guidance and advice for those who’d similarly like to improve the harmony between their lives and the environments they inhabit. In this episode of The Better Buy, Morris shares tips for living luxuriously in small spaces, how and when to swap out home items for lower environmental impact, and the principle of immersing spaces in nature known as biophilic design.

    For more info visit: bhg.com/thebetterbuy

    The Better Buy is produced by:
    Mélanie Berliet - Host/SVP & Group General Manager, Dotdash Meredith Home & Design
    Lauren Phillips - Associate Director, Special Projects
    Lottie Leymarie - Executive Producer, Lifestyle Audio
    Jennifer Del Sole - Director of Audio Growth Strategy & Operations
    Jeremiah McVay - Producer/Editor


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    • 35 min
    Carmen Johnston: Bringing a Game Plan into the Garden

    Carmen Johnston: Bringing a Game Plan into the Garden

    Carmen Johnston is an expert gardener and landscaper who helps homeowners across the country reimagine their outdoor spaces. In this episode of The Better Buy, Johnston shares her gardening tool must-haves, her tips for crafting the yard of your dreams, and her advice for anyone just beginning their gardening journey.

    For more info visit: bhg.com/thebetterbuy

    The Better Buy is produced by:
    Mélanie Berliet - Host/SVP & Group General Manager, Dotdash Meredith Home & Design
    Lauren Phillips - Associate Director, Special Projects
    Lottie Leymarie - Executive Producer, Lifestyle Audio
    Jennifer Del Sole - Director of Audio Growth Strategy & Operations
    Jeremiah McVay - Producer/Editor
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    • 34 min
    Katie Lee Biegel: Hosting a Great Party Starts with a Great Plan

    Katie Lee Biegel: Hosting a Great Party Starts with a Great Plan

    Katie Lee Biegel, co-host of Food Network’s ‘The Kitchen,’ cookbook author, television food critic, and co-founder of the organic line of wine, Kind of Wild, knows a thing or two about entertaining. In this episode of The Better Buy she shares her go-to tips for entertaining at home, including how she handles the unexpected and the importance of staying organized. 

    For more info visit: bhg.com/thebetterbuy

    The Better Buy is produced by:
    Mélanie Berliet - Host/SVP & Group General Manager, Dotdash Meredith Home & Design
    Lauren Phillips - Associate Director, Special Projects
    Lottie Leymarie - Executive Producer, Lifestyle Audio
    Jennifer Del Sole - Director of Audio Growth Strategy & Operations
    Jeremiah McVay - Producer/Editor
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    • 32 min
    Mika Kleinschmidt: Designing a Dream Space Starts with a Vision

    Mika Kleinschmidt: Designing a Dream Space Starts with a Vision

    Mika Kleinschmidt is a Tampa-based realtor and the creative force behind Dirt 2 Design, a company that designs and builds custom homes. In her HGTV show, 100 Day Dream Home, she works with her husband to design, build, and finish dream homes in just 100 days. In this episode of The Better Buy, Kleinschmidt discusses the importance of collaboration in the design process, why functionality is at the foundation of her creative process, and what she’s learned during her years as a business owner.

    For more info visit: bhg.com/thebetterbuy

    The Better Buy is produced by:
    Mélanie Berliet - Host/SVP & Group General Manager, Dotdash Meredith Home & Design
    Lauren Phillips - Associate Director, Special Projects
    Lottie Leymarie - Executive Producer, Lifestyle Audio
    Jennifer Del Sole - Director of Audio Growth Strategy & Operations
    Jeremiah McVay - Producer/Editor
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    • 28 min
    Jenna Dewan: Creating a Dream Home, If Not a Forever Home

    Jenna Dewan: Creating a Dream Home, If Not a Forever Home

    Jenna Dewan is an actress, dancer, mom, and partner, among many other things, and she’s made a mission out of creating a home that exudes good energy, without being too precious. In this episode of The Better Buy, Dewan shares the evolution of her design style over the years, how she incorporates repurposed or refurbished furniture into her space, and whether her current home is a forever home.

    For more info visit: bhg.com/thebetterbuy

    The Better Buy is produced by:
    Mélanie Berliet - Host/SVP & Group General Manager, Dotdash Meredith Home & Design
    Lauren Phillips - Associate Director, Special Projects
    Lottie Leymarie - Executive Producer, Lifestyle Audio
    Jennifer Del Sole - Director of Audio Growth Strategy & Operations
    Jeremiah McVay - Producer/Editor
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

Lee 421 ,

Great host and engaging guests

Enjoying the new season! Melanie is a great host and the guests are all really engaging to listen to!

Belleave1096 ,

Loving it!

For me, the host makes or breaks the podcast. I love Melanie’s way of keeping the conversations flowing and getting the little gems out of each guest. It’s a great podcast to listen to when I’m out in my garden. I hope there’s another season!

CE223 ,

Fun + Informative

Very concise podcast with a very fun host. All the episodes have a lot of energy and are fun, but also dive into the brass tax of things and really give home owners useful advice.

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