A collection of essays walking the reader through every room in her home, telling the story of a family's life, of the days that made their home the place she longs for when she is away. Learn about when they became the new owners of Erin's dream house from childhood in downtown Laurel, Mississippi, and explore beautiful homes of family, friends, and projects past in photographs.
New York Times Best Seller
The Lantern House
Imagine a house’s early days as a home: A young family builds a picket fence and plants flowers in its yard, children climb the magnolia tree and play the piano in the living room, and there is music inside the house for many happy years. But what will happen when its windows grow dark, the paint starts to crumble, and its boards creak in the winter wind? The Lantern House dreams of a family who will love it again… and one day, a new story will emerge from within its walls.
Erin Napier’s lyrical prose and Adam Trest’s vibrant paintings deeply evoke the soul of a house cherishing the seasons of life and discovering the joy of rebirth.
Make Something Good Today
Long before their hugely popular TV show, an expanding family, or demolition day on their dream home, Erin began keeping a daily online journal to help her stay focused on the positive and count her blessings in life. She never expected that her depictions of small-town life in the tiny swath of Mississippi where she Ben call home would catch the eye of a television producer and set them off on the journey of a lifetime.
Make Something Good Today offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the struggles and triumphs of a couple that America has come to know and love for their easy humor, adoring relationship, and ability to utterly transform a place into something beautiful and personal. This is the story of how Erin and Ben took a small, tight-knit town into their own hands (literally) and used ingenuity, community, and authen- ticity to rebuild a once-thriving American Main Street. And how, by combining Ben’s carpentry skills with Erin’s design eye, Home Town is proving that small-town living can feel as big as you make it.
Fully illustrated and designed by Erin with family photographs, her hand-painted sketches, and never-before-heard personal stories, this inspirational memoir reminds us all not to give up hope, that great love stories are possible, big things can bloom in small towns, and there is always magic in the mundane if you know where to look for it.