by Erin Napier
All over town today I for some reason noticed houses that have been recently renovated, none by us, but all by talented Laurelites with plenty of vision for forgotten homes. Most notably, this was a $25,000 flakey pink mess just 3 years ago when it was last on the market, a little north of the historic district on the way out of town:
And I have no idea who bought it and turned it into this magazine-worthy masterpiece, but I swear I felt real, true, honest to goodness jealousy that I don’t get to live there now with its deep porch and screen doors and beautiful windows:
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!