As 2021 comes to a close, we're faced with a new year full of untapped potential, new design inspiration, a chance to start over, and most importantly, new episodes of Home Town.
Over the last few months, we've missed Ben's dad jokes, Erin's stunning design choices, and the overall unfolding story of each home and the people that will live there. It's an adventure to see an old house with potential and good bones transform into a charming homestead filled with light, laughter, and new memories.
Every episode has a surprise design element, like a bright paint color in the bedroom, a hand-crafted wooden treasure made by Ben, and we can assure you the upcoming season will not disappoint. One element we hope to see is more wallpaper.
Yes, you read that correctly. What once was an outdated, decor faux pas has become a statement piece and a work of art in its own. Erin has embraced this design element in its entirety and never backs away from the use of color. Let's take a look and see how she has surprised us over and over again, shall we? Perhaps you'll become a believer in wallpaper, too.
The Keith House
Do you remember the Keith House from Season Four? Tiffany inherited her mom's house when she passed away the year before, but it was far too small for her growing family. Ben and Erin came up with an ambitious plan for Tiffany and her husband Jonathan to be able to stay in Mom's house. They transformed this home into a dream come true and a legacy for generations to come.
Erin used Vincent Poppies Yellow (CY1514) by York to brighten this dining room into a formal (and fun) experience for her family to enjoy. How breathtaking!
The Ladd House
Seth and Susan moved to Laurel from New York City. Seth is a surgeon, and he came back home to work at a Laurel hospital, and Susan became the new Director of Laurel Main Street during season five. Ben and Erin paid homage to their new house's original aesthetic elements and designed a fantastic family home with a glamorous kitchen and a custom primary suite. Erin also included an elegant, southern wallpaper to their dining room with complimentary painted wainscoting. What a warm welcome to the south!
The Davis-Jefcoat House
Brooke is a local photographer and a close friend to Ben and Erin. With her new husband Robbie by her side, they set out to find a home for their new family to grow and make new memories. Ben and Erin create a beautiful transformation, turning a tired and in-cohesive house into a gorgeous home with a show-stopping family room and unexpectedly bold dining room. This wallpaper was original to the house and seemed outdated at first glance. Erin gave it a modern twist by adding charcoal black trim and wainscoting. (Her favorite!)
The Myrick House
After being away for years, Cindy Myrick moved back to Laurel. She wanted a place big enough where her parents, kids, and grandkids can all gather together at once. Erin designed Cindy's dream home by using her favorite — blue and white in the French provincial style. She even gained help from a local artist, Adam Trest, to design custom wallpaper that captured her heart from the moment she saw it in her entry.
The Douglas House
Gwen and Mike were in search for a house to entertain friends in a walkable neighborhood. Ben and Erin gave their new place a complete facelift, added a coastal color scheme, a built-in banquet, and a back patio that was perfect for entertaining! You can see the entire house here, but the textured wallpaper caught our eye immediately. Although it's a solid color, the room has a coastal, rope-like feel. Erin hit the nail on the head with this theme, don't you think?
The Starr House
Jack and Sandy were looking for a historic home with a porch and plenty of green space in the country. Ben and Erin took them outside Laurel to the century-old Ellzey homestead with a wraparound porch, but the house needed extensive renovations. They transformed it into a modern, southern oasis with a jaw-dropping jaw-dropping entry complete with blue and white botanical wallpaper, crisp white trim, and bohemian chandelier.
Will we see vibrant wallpaper in season six? We sure hope so! In the meantime, take your cues from Erin and just go for it. Create the space that brings you joy and reflects the story unfolding within your home. Share how you're taking chances in decor with us with us on Instagram or Facebook!
We love seeing how you dare to design.