As seen on Home Town, Ben and Erin Napier have completely renovated the Johnikin residence in Laurel, Mississippi. The kitchen looks completely different. A large beam ran through the middle of the space breaking it up into two parts. The dark red color and mismatched cabinets were all removed. After renovations, the bright and clean space now have ample cabinet storage and mood lighting to create a relaxing evening atmosphere. The pink door was also added to match the painting above the range that Erin Napier created for Ebonee.
Open-plan living can work on any scale. Case in point: This stylish home Uptic Studios designed for a retiree. “After living on the family farm for decades, our client was ready to move into town to be closer to her children and grandchildren,” say the architects. “Always the entertainer, she requested an open great room concept to accommodate dinner parties, as well as plenty of wall and shelf space for family photos and various mementos.”
As seen on Home Town, the Watts Residence has been fully renovated by Ben and Erin Napier. The new kitchen no longer has the dark cabinets that closed off the room. Wood veneer cabinets were added to the bottom to tie in with the existing brick floor and lighter white cabinets where added on the wall to brighten up the room. The kitchen now opens to the dining and into the living areas creating a more open floor plan.
HGTV Smart Home 2019 is located in Dallas, Texas: a city bursting with activities for the whole family, like the Dallas World Aquarium. With its monkeys and chameleons, flamingos and penguins—even ocelots, for cryin’ out loud—the Dallas World Aquarium isn’t your typical hometown aquarium (well, unless you live in Dallas). Check out the rainforest exhibit for beautiful birds and unusual sloths. The 20,000-gallon cenote exhibit walks you through the shark habitat, and South Africa is cool for its penguins. With a conservation focus, the aquarium has several endangered animals such as the Antillean manatee. Check out the website or call ahead to plan your visit around scheduled animal feedings and talks.
Whether you are renting or owning, in a city or town for one year or in a forever home, there is no reason you can't personalize and customize your space. Emily Henderson advises you "go into your attic or box of mementoes" for artwork and sculptural elements in your home in place of expensive, original artworks. "If it's two-dimension and means something to you, it can become a piece of art." The living room coffee table is a repurposed circus elephant stand painted with black spray paint, as is the etagere in the far corner. Circular forms that bring in a hip, Eighties vibe repeat in the couch and mantel mirror and peacock blue and natural wood side tables in the room to bring cohesion and purpose.
Located in the charming village of Mt. Pleasant, The Artist Collective is the brainchild of contemporary art entrepreneur Allison B. Williamson. A hometown girl who has periodically left Charleston in the service of her art education, Williamson has created a bright, comfortable alternative to the usual white cube, slightly intimidating gallery norm. Filled with work by a host of Williamson's represented artists—many of whom specialize in color, coastal themes and easy-on-the-eyes work—the Artist Collective also plays host to several artist studios and provides an easygoing way for art fans to dip a toe into collecting art or expand an existing collection. Williamson has expanded her brick and mortar collective presence to Atlanta, Nashville and Washington, D.C. and her artists are also available for anyone to peruse on the Artist Collective website.
As seen on Home Town, the Walker's Laurel, MS existing living room was cold and uninviting with a dark stain on the existing wood floor and a solid entry door allowing minimal light into the large open space. After the renovations, their Laurel, MS living room now gives the feeling of being wide open and flows nicely from the full glass entry door into the living and dining areas. The living room features the original refinished hardwood floor, new curtains and blind, updated furnishings and custom art designed by Mia's younger son Bryce. Host Erin Napier said the floors had to be sanded three times to get the old dark stain completely removed to allow the natural color of the wood to show again.
As seen on Home Town, the Walker's Laurel, MS existing living room was cold and uninviting with a dark stain on the existing wood floor and a solid entry door allowing minimal light into the large open space. After the renovations, their Laurel, MS living room now gives the feeling of being wide open and flows nicely from the full glass entry door into the living and dining areas. The living room features the original refinished hardwood floor, new curtains, and blind, updated furnishings and custom art designed by Mia's younger son Bryce. Host Erin Napier said the floors had to be sanded three times to get the old dark stain completely removed to allow the natural color of the wood to show again.
Once inside the man-cave, the cool angles and architectural features clearly identifies it as a former attic space. The room is accessorized with black and white images of career milestones and nostalgic art that references the homeowner's home town. There are two seating areas, a game table, a live edge counter with four barstools and of course a massive television. This room meets the needs of whatever type of guests our homeowner is hosting. There are four large club chairs for casual business meetings, a comfy sofa for lounging, or we can fill every seat for a big sporting event. Every element in this room has a purpose, but we still managed to inject good design principals into finishes, the space plan and overall mood to ensure a great result.
Part of the Savannah College of Art and Design's revitalization of downtown Savannah began with the school's founding in 1978 under the direction of president Paula Wallace (learn more about SCAD's history and Wallace's role in founding the arts college at SCADstory, the new interactive exhibition that debuted in spring 2019) has been reclaiming historic buildings. The meticulously restored 1888 Victorian mansion in the Queen Ann style Smithfield Cottage in downtown Savannah is a guest house for SCAD guests (Salma Hayek and Derek Lam have stopped in while in town), and is a billboard for SCAD's creative side. The home is filled with artwork by SCAD alums and Paula Wallace's designer husband and SCAD grad Glenn Wallace has integrated Asian elements and historic touches at Smithfield to create a sublime blend of the contemporary and the timeless in this beautiful home.