#2,589 I Love This House.
by Erin Napier
After we finished dinner tonight (this yummy spaghetti squash recipe), I thought about, for probably the 10th time today, how much I love our little house.
I loved it when I was child, passing by on trips to town, deeply curious about what it would be like to live in that little yellow cottage, right in the middle of town. I loved it as a teenager when I took photos of it that I deemed creative. I loved it on long walks with Ben in college when we would daydream about our someday life together. I love its creaky spot in the hallway, the way it holds on to the smell of garlic and bacon when we cook. I love the doors on the stairs, and the narrow, almost-too-steep steps to the two little bedrooms upstairs. I love that I know right where everything is, and I love that it feels friendly even on a rotten day. I love that my grandmother’s quilts have a place in the linen closet. I love the picture rails where we hung paintings of my daddy’s old hunting dog, Champ, an oil painting of Tony Soprano and his race horse, and a WWII Red Cross print in the same room and they seem to get along well. I love the little lamp in the kitchen that I hope makes overnight guests feel welcome to a midnight snack. I love the deep, deep porch that wraps around the corner to the French doors, and I love to eat unplanned, last minute dinners on that porch with my family in the springtime. I love the way you can smell clean laundry from the front door, and the way it comforts me after a long day, the moment I drop my bag on the landing. I love that Ben lives here. I love this house. I think I always will.
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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!