#972 Tea Time + Laundry Room Re-Do.
by Erin Napier
Our incredibly talented friend Cassie invited Brooke and I over to for tea this afternoon and I was thrilled to finally take a tour of their Mediterranean mansion that’s around the corner from our humble abode. Since I was a little girl, I’ve been enamored with that gorgeous poured concrete home and seeing the inside was like taking a museum tour. I feel like I should’ve tipped Cassie for all the great history! We sipped iced mint tea and had hot poppyseed bread hot out of the oven as a wicked storm was blowing in and before long the power went out and we were in the dark. We lit a candle and carried on and I began to wonder why I don’t sit in the dark more often. It felt cozy and like our conversation was weightier because of it.
I really like these girls. I hope we’ll make a habit of tea visits. After a couple hours, Brooke and I walked the 50 steps to our own houses under my big umbrella as the drizzle died down.
When I got home, I found Ben hard at work making the built-ins I’ve been wanting in the mud/laundry room that will house dog things and the miscellaneous, and a bench that we can slide our rainboots underneath on sunny days across from it. Before, there was just a flimsy black particle board bookcase so this is a major upgrade.
Why all the cayenne pepper, you may ask? Because it keeps the dogs from digging.
I can’t wait to get everything cleaned back up and see it all painted and finished with hardware! I can’t tell you how fantastic it is to live with such a handy guy.
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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!