by Erin Napier
In the 1970s, my daddy had a dove hunting dog that he loved dearly. His name was Champ. When Champ died, he had an artist do an oil portrait of him.
You can’t make that junk up.
So I stole it out of his man haven cabin in the country and relocated it to my dining room. We’re sort of collecting all things Americana for that room and Champ just makes sense.
I thought daddy would be hesitant to let it go, but instead he said, “You think it’s cool? I think it’s real cool. I’d love to see it hanging your house. Yeah!” So, here we are.
Welcome to 7th Street, Champ!
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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!