Journal



The Floor Filler

The Floor Filler

Mackenzie Hurt, most recognized as the young wife of Jim and owner of the Hurt House in season two of HGTV Home Town, explains the importance of feeling at home rather than the unrealistic emphasis on aesthetic. Through their experience on Home Town, the Hurts continue to discover pieces that reflect their new life and beautiful, new home.  Read More



The Griffin House

The Griffin House

 In the season finale of HGTV Home Town, Anne and Russ Griffin, were looking for a place to call home for little awhile. What they didn’t expect was the dream, craftsman home that they will cherish forever.  What we’ve always loved about Erin and Ben is their unmatched ability to uncover the home owner’s taste and stay true to the intent of how they will live and use the space. With an “open door policy," Anne... Read More



The Trest House

The Trest House

When I look back at all the works of literature that have had a major impact on my life, they all have one thing in common -  a setting that acts as an additional main character. What would Harry Potter have been without Hogwarts? Lucy without Narnia? Peter without Neverland?   Looking back, I think I’ve always projected that idea into my own life. In college, I lived in a matchbox efficiency apartment that was... Read More



The Simmons House: The Ultimate Heirloom

Last week’s episode of Home Town was one for those who yearn to restore what is forgotten and value family and tradition. Robyn and Cassidy, a newly wed couple, were the epitome of sentimental, when they came to Erin and Ben with a daring request that made moving a mountain look easy.      Robyn’s ninety year old farmhouse, built by her great grandparents, was passed down to her but is in desperate need of... Read More



The Ponder House

Erin and Ben are undoubtedly the most thoughtful people when it comes to design and staying true to the homeowner’s practical needs and individualistic taste— last night’s episode of Home Town proved to be no exception!  Luke Ponder, a local minister in Laurel, expressed how his biggest inspirations are his love for hiking, fly fishing and baseball. He even has an amazing collection of vintage vinyl and an impressive library of books that had never... Read More



The Smith House

I never imagined I would move to Jones County. I'd told Jordan early in our relationship that I didn't want to stay in Mississippi. I had dreams of moving off and living a life outside of what I'd always known. And we did! We moved to Tennessee and started our life together. So never in my wildest dreams did I think we'd buy our dream house in Laurel, be on a national television show, and... Read More



#2,893 Showering Helen.

Today was the big church shower for Helen! We’ve been overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness and love shown to this precious girl we’ve yet to even meet. Every gift was special, but the ones that made me feel tears coming were the antique bud vase from the late 1920s, a gift from my grandfather when he was an elementary school boy to his teacher, that was passed down to her niece, and today, to me and Helen: And the last gift of the shower from my mama, a letter to Helen that I couldn’t read out loud without crying so Mallorie did it Read More



#2,891 Mall Date.

#2,891 Mall Date.

After filming wrapped and we were too tired to cook ourselves supper, I remembered I needed Vanilla Bean Noel lotion because it’s almost December and we had ourselves a right fine mall date, as we do at least once a year, usually around Christmas when it’s actually fun to be in a mall... Read More



#2,884 Teamwork.

Home Town season 2 would be impossible without these folks right here: Georgia and Sarah spent their morning down on the floor prepping a project for me to do on camera since bending down is getting harder and harder with my growing belly. They never complain, they only laugh and tell stories that make me laugh with them. Tim, our beloved camera man gives everyone a big hug first thing every... Read More



#2,876 A Slow Day on Set.

Now that I’m in the third trimester, our producers have decided it’s time for me to take a break from construction scenes for the most part from here on out. My call time was supposed to be 10 am so I could rest and come in later for a scene requiring no physical work, but Ben’s call time was 7, and we are happiest stuck together like peanut butter and jelly, and so I went along with him and got... Read More