How HGTV Maintains Its Grip on Comfort Television by Constantly Evolving
When David Bromstad, the host of HGTV’s “My Lottery Dream Home,” won that network’s reality series “Design Star” in 2006, the network was a very different place. “Coming in through a reality show, I was just at the start of the big changes that were happening,” he recalls. “When HGTV started, there were still crafts in the morning and quilting — it was a whole other genre.”
By Daniel D'Addario
The Incredible Comeback of Laurel, Mississippi
The rebirth of Laurel, Mississippi, is proof of what real people can do with a little creativity, a lot of commitment, and a deep well of love.
by Danielle Claro
Erin Napier Shares How She and Husband Ben Came to Be HGTV Stars
She was a designer; he was a woodworker. Together, the hosts of Home Town stepped out in faith to shine a spotlight on Erin’s hometown of Laurel, Mississippi.
by Erin Napier
Erin and Ben Napier Give Us a Peek Behind the Scenes of HGTV's Home Town Season 4
The show, entering its fourth season, follows Erin and Ben as they turn dilapidated old houses into dream digs. It’s also bringing new energy to Laurel, an old timber town of almost 19,000 that waned in the mid–20th century once the area’s loblolly pine forests were logged. Laurel has “seen some hard times,” said Ben in the show’s season-one opening.
by Leanne Potts
How Ben and Erin Napier Throw the Ultimate Small Town Thanksgiving Feast
HGTV's Home Town stars give thanks for their beloved Laurel, Mississippi, during a "Friendsgiving" feast beneath twinkling lights.
by Laura Kostelny
How ‘Home Town’ Stars Erin and Ben Napier Are Preparing for Baby Helen
At age 6, Erin Napier was confident she’d never have kids. “My dad is a doctor in physical therapy and he had all these medical books,” the artist, one half of the husband-wife duo on HGTV’s hit Home Town (season 2 returns January 8) reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly. “I found pictures of childbirth and it seriously traumatized me! I was terrified.”
By Sarah Grossbart
HGTV is a starmaking network. Will this small-town couple be the next Chip and Joanna?
Ben Napier is massive, 6-foot-6, 300 lbs. His wife, Erin — 5-foot-5, slim — is not. She calls him "Big" and cranes her neck in such a constant state of adoration that she appears to be risking long-term muscle strain.
by Karen Heller
Garden & Gun
Home Town Strong
After a tornado swept through Laurel, Mississippi, locals Erin and Ben Napier of HGTV’s Home Town start a fundraiser to help get their community back on its feet.
by Caroline Sanders
HGTV Is Looking for U.S. Town In Need of a Complete Makeover for New Show — Could it Be Yours?
On their HGTV show Home Town, Erin and Ben Napier have completely transformed their home base of Laurel, Mississippi, one house at a time. Now, the design-savvy duo is taking their talents to a new neck of the woods — and this time, it could be yours.
by Hannah Chubb
New York Post
‘Home Town’ hosts Erin and Ben Napier are building an empire of adorableness
Apparently they really are as cute as they seem. Erin and Ben Napier, the supernaturally sweet married duo who star in HGTV’s hit “Home Town” reality series, made their name restoring old homes in the quaint city of Laurel, Miss. And when they’re not power sanding floors, they’re putting other couples to shame with the intoxicating beauty of their love.
by Hannah Sparks