Home Town Holiday Special
Ben and Erin ring in the New Year with a look back at some of their favorite memories and stunning transformations from the past season that changed the face of their community. Join Ben and Erin as they share their approach to design work and some behind-the-scenes fun, as well as exciting new changes for their family.
Virginia newlyweds look for a new place to call home in Mississippi. They have an all-in budget and a wish list that includes a banquette, a master bedroom and a spacious front porch. After showing the couple two houses, Ben and Erin begin work creating a warm, welcoming cottage with never-before-seen porch swings and a beautiful kitchen banquette that reminds the happy couple of home.
An Island For All
A long-time local teacher looks for a house where she can entertain her large family. She has an all-in budget and a wish list that includes a large kitchen and family living area to host her big family get-togethers. Once Ben and Erin have shown her two possible homes that need a little love, the work begins transforming one of them into a stylish, welcoming oasis where the whole family will be comfortable. Even better, they're able to use beams and cabinets from the original house to build a stunning custom table and kitchen island.
Countryside in the City
A couple is ready for a different pace after living in the country for years. Erin and Ben create a haven in the city for them complete with handmade print wallpaper made by a local artist and a set of dining room buffets created entirely from one of the house's demolished rooms.
Southern Italianate Charm
Ben and Erin Napier get the opportunity to find and restore a home for some longtime friends. They're hoping to find a historical house with a porch and cozy charm. Ben and Erin show them two houses: The Thompson House where the Italian style potential is masked by bad design and The Carmichael House whose mix of 1920s and 1990s styles will be expensive to redo. Ben and Erin then use creative solutions to convert mismatched design elements into a beautiful historical house complete with a custom-built ottoman and a unique outdoor entryway cabinet.
A Quiet Place to Call Home
After renting his whole life, a local pastor is ready to settle down in a house that will give him enough space for his cooking and gardening hobbies. Ben and Erin show him two options -- The Lindsey House shows a lot of potential with its charming, brick exterior and spacious kitchen, but the low-priced McRae House gives them a lot of room for imagination. Ben and Erin give the house a Creole cottage makeover, adding bright colors and a cozy study as well as a spectacular chef's kitchen and a custom-built gardening bench.
Move It or Lose It?
Robyn and Cassidy want to move Robyn's great-grandmother's house to a new plot of land, but Ben and Erin are skeptical that the home could survive the move. With a budget of $100,000, Ben and Erin transform a cozy cottage in town into a dream home to present the couple with a safer option.
Colorful Custom Cottage
A local restaurant owner and grandmother chooses a cottage that Ben and Erin inject with her shining personality, adding unique touches like a custom-built rolling island in the kitchen and a handmade raised garden bed.
A Little Rough, A Little Refined
Caroline and her husband, Corey, are moving home to follow her dream of opening a men's store. With a budget of $150,000, they're hoping to find a house that matches their authentic, early-century style and has an office worthy of their new business. Ben and Erin Napier show them two houses, and after the couple makes a choice, they use some unique solutions to open up the space and embrace its authentic style. The stunning transformation includes an office reminiscent of an old English library, a hand-cut brick backsplash and a piece of art from the home's history.
Room to Grow
A couple with two kids are in desperate need of more space and hope to find a home with a big yard and studio for his work with an all-in budget of $200,000. After showing them two great options, Ben and Erin transform their choice into a modern, spacious farmhouse that includes a chicken coop made from a dilapidated children's playhouse.
Small Town Sophistication
A couple that's moving back to Mississippi is looking for a spacious home for under $260,000 where they can host friends and throw parties. They have their heart set on one of the options, but it's out of their range, leaving them to either negotiate or settle on the home they can afford. In the end, Ben and Erin create the ultimate gathering place complete with a custom table for outdoor dining and a pergola party area.
A Vacation Every Day
Toy and Cory are moving their family of five inland from the Mississippi coast for Toy's new job as school district superintendent. They call on Erin and Ben to help them find a large home with architectural details and plenty of space for their three kids. Their budget goes a long way as they consider a 5,000-square-foot brick beauty and a 3,600-square-foot home with a pond and gazebo. Along with a new kitchen and living room, a spa-like bathroom is high priority for these professionals to relax in after a busy day.
Everybody Wants a Porch
A couple moves from Arizona to Mississippi in search of a slower pace of life and their forever home. They have an all-in budget of $250,000 and a wish list that includes a home with historic Southern architecture and a spacious kitchen. Ben and Erin inject their new home with a deluxe kitchen, a classic Southern Mississippi porch and find unique ways to highlight the original architecture.
Small Town Life Awaits
A Canadian couple looks to purchase a vacation home that will one day become their retirement home. With an all-in budget of $140,000, Ben and Erin show them two Craftsman cottages. Fans of Craftsman design, Ben and Erin restore the classic architectural features and charm to give these out-of-towners a true Southern experience.
Leaving the Nest
Newlyweds are ready to move out of a parents' garage apartment and into their first home together. With an all-in budget, these two local artists hope to find a house with a master suite, large open kitchen and plenty of room for entertaining. Ben and Erin show them three unique homes with a variety of amenities hoping to help them make their decision. Once a home has been chosen, Ben and Erin design a luxury open-concept kitchen and deluxe master suite for it that leaves the happy couple speechless.
A Doctor in the House
Ben and Erin are eager to welcome a new pediatrician that hopes to settle down with his wife and work in the beautiful community. The couple wants a historical charmer with room to grow and a spacious outdoor area for entertaining. Along with a complete interior transformation, Erin creates a beautiful outdoor living room while Ben builds a custom grilling station for the ultimate barbecue experience.
A Modern Millennial Makeover
An engaged couple is ready to buy a home of their own so they can start the next chapter in their lives together. With the help of their families, they have an all-in budget and a wish list that includes a master bathroom with a soaking tub and a place where they can read and study. After helping the couple find the perfect home, Ben and Erin give the home a colorful millennial makeover that includes a charming book nook and stunning master suite.
Home Is Where the Art Is
An artist wants to raise her teenage son in the small town near their friends and family. With a budget of up to $200,000, her wish list includes plenty of room to welcome visitors and a dedicated art studio. Erin embraces the opportunity to design for a fellow artist by designing a home with bold patterns balanced with a calm color palette. They dedicate an entire room to an art studio customized with thoughtful furniture built by Ben and dip-dyed drop cloth curtains created by Erin.
Sweet Home Laurel
A Laurel, MS, native is ready to plant roots in the place her family has called home for generations. With her all-in budget of $100,000, Erin and Ben create a beautiful transformation that includes a quaint home office and a master bedroom and bathroom fit for a queen.
An Old Familiar Place
After being away for 30 years, a woman dreams of retiring in the small town where she has fond memories of her childhood. With her all-in budget of $120,000, Erin designs an elegant, airy home while Ben creates some unique builds including a laundry chute and a custom screen door.
Small Budget, Big Style
A local business owner is looking to buy a starter home within walking distance to town with character, has plenty of space for her dog and fits her thrifty all-in budget. Ben and Erin Napier narrow her search down to two homes -- one is on the historical Bush dairy farm with a sizable yard and lake view, the other is a well-kept cottage with great bones and a small yard. Once a decision is made, the duo creates a jaw-dropping transformation complete with a covet-worthy kitchen and a dreamy outdoor patio.
Southern Coastal Style
A couple is ready to move back home to Mississippi and put down roots after years of moving for work. They need help finding a home with charm and character in a small town. With an all-in budget of $300,000, Ben and Erin infuse their new home with coastal charm and create a gorgeous kitchen and breathtaking outdoor entertaining space using reclaimed cedar from the home.
Putting Down Roots
After falling in love with the small-town energy and hospitality, a couple that was recently recruited by the local hospital looks for a place to live as they start their new jobs as doctors. They have an all-in budget of $200,000 and a wish list that includes a historic home and a place to entertain as they make new friends. Ben and Erin's dazzling makeover includes a new kitchen and a stunning open-concept entertainment space.
Moving to Main Street
A woman wants to downsize and move into town to be closer to friends and work. With her all-in budget of $125,000, she hopes to find a small home with a maintenance-free yard, a master bathroom, and space for her son. Ben and Erin give her house a colorful makeover that includes a whimsical kitchen, stunning master bathroom and dedicated music room.
From Los Angeles to Laurel
Actor Richard T. Jones and his wife, Nancy, fell in love with Mississippi and want to invest in the community. Their wish list includes a historical home with good bones, so Ben and Erin give it a classic Craftsman front porch and a colorful makeover.
The Littlest House
A business owner that's been living with her mom is ready to find a place she can call her own. She's looking for a small home with a porch, so Ben and Erin transform her new house using breathtaking Americana charm.
The Church House
A minister and his wife are offered a clergy house, but the home is cramped with their family of seven. Ben and Erin share their vision for updating the space and show the couple The Collins House to give them a second, larger option.
Can This House Be Saved?
When she turned 18, a young woman inherited her family home that had been sitting abandoned for years. Now 21, she comes to Ben and Erin to see if the house can be saved with her $120,000 budget or if her money is better spent on another property.
Inspired by the Sea
A woman who has been renting for years is ready to buy a home, and her wish list includes a master bathroom with a big bathtub. Ben and Erin capitalize on the charm of the house and design a Nantucket-inspired kitchen and a stunning master suite.
The Sky's the Limit
A man who has always moved around and loves to travel and meet new people is looking for a large home. Ben and Erin can't believe their luck when he gives them a limitless budget to design a gorgeous retreat with a Spanish-style kitchen and master suite.
Restoring a Craftsman
A couple from Alabama is excited to settle down in a small town for the next phase of their lives. Ben and Erin help them choose a forever home and give it a historic renovation complete with a gorgeous master suite, custom kitchen and screened-in porch.
Home Away From Home
A couple wants a vacation home that's big enough to entertain but manageable to maintain. After showing them a 1920s cottage and a 1912 Craftsman, Ben and Erin create the perfect getaway for them with a large chef's kitchen.
After years of traveling, a bachelor is ready to buy a home where his family has lived for five generations. Ben and Erin find a cottage with good resale potential, and their design includes a stunning master bedroom and a quaint front porch.
There's Just Something About a Porch
A couple is looking for a historic home in the country with a porch and plenty of green space. Ben and Erin transform their new home into a classic, dogtrot-style house full of historic charm and Southern touches.
A House With History
Jay and Rhonda are professors interested in historic preservation, and now they're looking for an old home of their own. Erin and Ben revive a 1920s craftsman cottage that stays true to its character, including original woodwork.
A school teacher misses small town life and looks to make a fresh start in a historic home. Ben and Erin come up with big plans to update her home, but they encounter an unexpected problem that could derail the entire renovation.
A Southern Dream
A woman inherits her mom's house after she passes away, but it's far too small for her growing family. Ben and Erin come up with an ambitious plan to double the size of the house, adding a master suite and two additional bedrooms upstairs.
Fire and Water
A couple is looking for a house where they can entertain friends in a walkable neighborhood. Ben and Erin give their pick a complete facelift by adding a coastal color scheme, built-in banquet and a back patio that's perfect for entertaining.
The Cafe House
Young restaurateur brothers want to open a cafe near downtown with an apartment on the property. Ben and Erin give their choice a functioning cafe kitchen, beautiful cafe dining rooms and an incredibly efficient home.
A New Beginning
A photographer and close friend of the Napier's is looking for a traditional home with a touch of modern style. After deciding on a classic mansion in need of a complete makeover, Ben and Erin transform the tired house into a show-stopping home.
A couple who runs a non-profit is investing in a property that provides transitional housing for women recovering from difficulties. Ben and Erin get scrappy and turn a neglected building into an uplifting oasis where new beginnings can flourish.
A Musician's Retreat
A recording producer is back in Laurel looking for an artist's retreat. He received a dilapidated cabin from his late father, and while Ben and Erin are up for the risky restoration challenge, they think he'll get a better return with a bungalow in town.
From the Big Apple to the Little Catfish
A surgeon and his wife are moving to Laurel from New York City, and their all-in budget goes a long way in the Mississippi town. Ben and Erin pay homage to the historic property's original elements and peculiar charm to design an amazing family home.
A Laurel Hug
A woman is moving back to Laurel to be close to family after the sudden passing of her husband. Ben and Erin thoughtfully bring their design to life and create a gorgeous, sun-filled home as a soft landing to help get her through this difficult time.
All in the Family
Erin's uncle, Danny, likes to go big when it comes to restoring old houses, and he's not concerned about the budget. Together with his son, Jim, Ben and Erin try to convince him that bigger isn't always better in a historical home renovation.
Closer to Mom
A New Orleans couple is looking for a vacation home in Laurel to be closer to her mom, and their ideal house needs space for hosting crawfish boils. Ben and Erin transform a dated home into a modern oasis complete with two kitchens and a spectacular pool.
Clean Lines, Open Spaces
After living in temporary situations after a tornado destroyed his house, a man is ready to find a home with clean lines and open spaces. Ben and Erin give his new place a complete facelift, creating an awesome midcentury modern home with a cozy study.
A couple trading in Oregon's cold weather for Laurel's humid climate is looking for a house with nature-inspired whimsy and historic Southern charm. Ben and Erin rise to the challenge of creating a storybook-style home that's truly one of a kind.
Angie took a huge leap of faith when she quit her New York job to work as a producer on Home Town. After falling in love with Laurel, Mississippi, she's ready to make it her permanent address, and Ben and Erin help their boss find her dream home.
Design for Living
An interior designer wants to buy a starter home in Laurel, and Ben and Erin are up for the challenge. Whether she picks the quaint cottage or the former rental, Erin is excited to flex her design muscles with a boho/mid-modern style her colleague loves.
Thanks for the Memories
With their daughters leaving the nest, a couple must decide between renovating their high-maintenance home or moving into a clean slate. Ben and Erin aim to mark everything off their wish list and save Laurel's first family of hospitality's reputation.
Ben's baby brother Jesse and his wife Lauren are buying their first house, and the Napiers are there to guide them every step of the way. Using their love of eclectic style and bold colors, Ben and Erin create a fun-filled home ready for new memories.
Country House, City House
A Georgia couple loves the outdoors as much as they love Laurel, and they're in need of a home with a big kitchen and lots of yard space for entertaining. Ben and Erin are determined to bring this couple's outdoorsy ways into the design of their home.
A woman moving back to Laurel after being away for years wants a place big enough to accommodate her parents, kids and grandkids if they visit all at once. Erin can't wait to deliver on her ideal design plan: blue and white in the French provincial style.
First Time's the Charm
One of the kids that Ben advised as a youth minister is all grown up and working as a mentor for the next generation. Now, this athlete is ready to buy his first home, and Ben and Erin have $150,000 to find one that fits into his industrial/modern style.
Bones and Bugs
A couple is trading in their small apartment in a big city for a big house in a small town. Ben and Erin work to find them a home that blends a love of eclectic color with a need for simplicity and has a space to showcase an unusual collection!
Pumped About Laurel
A couple loves Laurel so much, they've decided to buy a vacation home there. Now, Ben and Erin are set to find a place big enough for their family of six (and counting) that shows off their traditional style and has plenty of space for hanging out.
One Space at a Time
The city inspector who works with Ben and Erin has a $60,000 reno budget but is in need of some design help. The Napiers pitch two different plans, leaving her to decide if she wants to overhaul the kitchen and living room or create a private main suite.
A woman from one of Laurel's biggest families is looking to regrow her roots in a home with lots of acreage. Whichever property she chooses, Erin is eager to flex her "Grand Millennial" design that brings a fresh take on a traditional "grandma" style.
The Zen Room
A couple who wants to settle in Laurel and never move again is looking for a home with a zen-style room for relaxation and a porch for entertaining. Ben and Erin set out to create a Mexican-inspired home that will check everything off their wish list.
Campy Cabin Vibes
After years of traveling, a nurse is looking to turn his hometown of Laurel into a new home base for get togethers. Ben and Erin transform his starter house into a comfortable home featuring a cozy cabin design that includes grandma's mementos.
Sweet Tea Dreams
A couple of tea farmers want to turn their historic, sixth-generation farmhouse into an event space. Ben and Erin take on the challenge of renovating this century-old residence into an indoor/outdoor party venue that will welcome people from all over.
In preparation for future grandchildren, a couple is looking for a big, historic home with a wraparound porch and shower room. Ben and Erin face annoying plumbing reroutes and termite damage to turn a problem-filled property into their dream home.
Architect's Linear Loft
An architect is looking to expand his business, so he's headed downtown to find the perfect combination of work and living space. Ben and Erin show him two buildings with plenty of room and opportunity for both a growing business and his Great Dane, Zeus.
A House for Mom and Dad
A couple is looking to set her parents and grandmother up in style with a newly renovated home in Laurel. Ben and Erin will have to find a property where they can design a perfect porch for Dad, a heavenly bathroom for Mom and a private suite for Grandma.
The Country House
Inspired by their childhoods, the Napiers buy a country retreat where they can slow down and watch their daughters run free. Ben and Erin roll up their sleeves to transform their new place into a classic English country house with a kid-friendly design.
The Family Tree
After a family tragedy strikes, a native of Laurel reevaluates his priorities and moves back to be closer to loved ones. Ben and Erin find him a fixer-upper, but serious demo problems become a tough decision of saving the house or bulldozing it down.
The Mullet House
A newly engaged couple looks to put down roots in Laurel and has an opportunity to buy her grandmother's house, but the property comes with an unusual set of rules. All about options, Ben and Erin also show them a place they can truly make their own.
Ginkgos and Gondolas
A California couple fell in love with the Mississippi small-town vibe and look to relocate to Laurel. Ben and Erin show them a classic Victorian with an unusual backyard vault and a Prairie-style home known for its Ginkgo tree in the front yard.
A Solid Foundation
After facing tough times, a young family is ready to plant roots and be part of the vibrant community of Laurel. Ben and Erin show them two houses in two very different neighborhoods, one in the country and a larger place in the city.
From Windy City To City Beautiful
After living on the outskirts of Chicago for the last 30 years, a couple looks to return to his Mississippi roots for a quieter life. Ben and Erin present them with two houses, and one has something special that Erin thinks they won't be able to resist.
The Buzzard's Roost
A young entrepreneur wants to bring the tradition of hotels, bars and entertainment back to downtown Laurel with a four-bedroom boutique inn. Ben and Erin look to create an experience like no other, and it's one of their most ambitious projects yet.
A Colorful Match
Young entrepreneurs are excited to embark on a new chapter with the purchase of their first home. They want to incorporate bright colors into their design, and while Ben and Erin look to maximize space, it may also mean a bit of compromise.
A woman is thrilled to move to Laurel and wants a house that speaks to her feminine and eclectic style. Ben and Erin present her with two options, and whichever she chooses, they're on a mission to bring a little bit of local Mississippi into her home.
A Drop of Sunshine
California transplants look for a simpler small-town feel in Laurel and they're hoping to find a house with architectural charm. Ben and Erin present them with two home options, and the one they choose gives Erin a few design surprises along the way.
A retired father of six looks for the perfect place in Laurel where all his kids can come together for more quality time. He's looking for a particular blue and white color palette, and his decision between two houses takes Ben and Erin by surprise!
What's Good for the Goose
A recent graduate accepts a dream job in Laurel and now she's ready to buy a house. She's known for hosting great parties and wants to entertain, but she has a surprise requirement for Ben and Erin that will be a major factor in the home she chooses.
With an early life as a troubled youth, a man who has turned his life around wants to reno his small guest cottage into a safe haven for those who need it. Also, Ben and Erin's best pals help them take on a massive project Erin has dreamt of for years.
The Heart of Laurel
After a tornado destroyed a family's long-time residence nearly three years ago, they still have been unable to return. Now, Ben and Erin rally the entire community to roll up their sleeves and open their hearts to help finally bring the family back home.
The Clock Starts Now
A couple looking for a fresh start decides that Laurel is the perfect spot, but they want to move in their new place before Christmas. Ben and Erin present them with two homes that need some work, and they have just five weeks to complete their selection.
Wood, Brick and Clay
A young graphic designer in love with midcentury design looks to buy her first home. Ben and Erin present two options that will satisfy her love of natural elements, and Erin is determined to make every inch of the house feel as creative as its owner.
Three siblings return to Laurel to find a place large enough to accommodate all their families while visiting their dad. Ben and Erin present them with a historic Victorian that's right in town and a country cabin that boasts six acres and a pond.
The Maui of Mississippi
A couple who have lived on islands their entire lives are ready to downsize, and they've decided that Laurel is the perfect place to do so. Ben and Erin show them renovation options for two homes they can create into the cozy home to fit their needs.