The homemakers in Mississippi who renovate turn-of-the-century homes by installing affordable updates while preserving the home’s history. There are very few people who haven’t heard of Ben and Erin Napier. The couple is famous as the lead of the show Hometown. Truly a perfect fit for each other, the pair have taken it upon themselves to preserve and renovate old homes. Erin who worked as a corporate designer looks at creative ways of renovating which is then put to use by Ben’s custom handiwork. Here are a few facts about the pair’s daily life.
Is it na-pier or nay-pier?
Their last name is pronounced as nay-pier. Nay as in yay or nay and pier as in pier which refers to the landing docks for boats. Both Ben and Erin are asked quite a lot as to how their last name is pronounced and we are here to help them out.
A normal job?
To the rest of the world, reality TV seems like something which is filled with stress. After all, being in front of a camera for most of your day is not exactly easy. But both Ben and Erin claimed that even reality TV feels like a normal job once you get used to it. “It doesn’t feel like a big thing,” Ben told House Beautiful. To them, it’s just a normal job. “We get up, we work with our coworkers, and we go home.”
When the producer of the show Lindsey Weidhorn contacted the pair for a TV show, Ben and Erin thought she wanted to buy some stationery. Lindsey found the couple through the #ILiveInLaurel hashtag. Erin would often use them in most of her photos. Both Ben and Aren were surprised at the idea of a reality TV show in Laurel, Mississippi. After hearing the initial pitch, Eren claimed that it would not go anywhere. “We didn’t think it would be possible,” she told. “Why would it be possible to make a TV show in a town like Laurel, Mississippi? We love it very much, but that doesn’t mean everyone else would. So we had fun and never had any expectations.” With four seasons in the bag, the pair claims that everything turned out to be a happy surprise.
Day’s off from a hectic schedule:
Both Ben and Erin are entrepreneurs. Ben owns the Scotsman Co. while Erin looks after the Laurel Mercantile. Also, the pair have a furniture line Vaughan-Bassett. Alongside their show and individual projects, cramming everything in day’s job seems hard. But the pair do take a day off now and then. They spent some leisure time with their daughter, Helen Napier.
Love at First Sight:
Ben and Erin met at the University of Mississippi sometime in December 2004. Erin who was an art major had a major crush on Ben long before the pair met. When the pair eventually met, Ben said that he was starting to fall in love with Erin. Talk about a match made in heaven. Things progressed and the pair got engaged on September 21, 2007. They were married exactly a year later on the 22nd of November, 2008. Erin who keeps a blog described the details of the proposal and it was heart-warming, to say the least.
Ben and Erin moved back to Erin’s hometown of Laurel after getting married. They bought a 1925 craftsman cottage and renovated it with their own style and flair. Their work caught the attention of HGTV, who offered them a show in 2016. Home Town premiered in January 2017 and became an instant hit with viewers who loved the couple’s chemistry, design skills, and Southern charm. The show follows Ben and Erin as they help other families find and fix up their dream homes in Laurel’s historic district.
Pet Peeves of the couple:
A lesser-known fact about Ben is that he leaves his shoes lying around the house. The man wears size 14 shoes and Erin often complains that she trips over them. On the other hand, Erin likes leaving subtle hints here and there. In an interview, Ben said that Erin wants Ben to do things for her without asking directly.
“For instance, she might say ‘Man, the garbage is getting full,'” Ben said. “And he wouldn’t take it out just to spite me!” Erin responded. “He’s like ‘If you want me to take the trash out, just tell me to.'”
Ben and Erin welcomed their first child, a daughter named Helen, in January 2018. They announced her birth on Instagram with a sweet photo of them holding her hand. Helen was named after Erin’s grandmother, who passed away shortly before she was born. Ben and Erin shared their joy of becoming parents on their show and social media, posting adorable pictures and videos of Helen growing up.
In May 2021, Ben and Erin surprised their fans with the news that they had another daughter, Mae, who was born on May 28. They kept Mae’s pregnancy a secret until she arrived, saying that they wanted to protect their privacy and enjoy the experience as a family. Mae was named after Erin’s aunt, who was very close to her. Ben and Erin shared the first photos of Mae on Instagram, showing her cuddling with her big sister and parents.
Ben and Erin are still going strong with their show, which is currently in its seventh season. They have also launched two spin-offs: Home Town: Ben’s Workshop, which showcases Ben’s woodworking skills on Discovery+, and Home Town Takeover, which features them transforming an entire town in Alabama. They have also written a book Make Something Good Today, a memoir of their love story and life lessons.
Ben and Erin are also passionate about giving back to their community and supporting local businesses. They own several shops in Laurel, including Scotsman Co., which sells Ben’s handmade furniture and goods; Laurel Mercantile Co., which sells home decor, apparel, and gifts; and LMCo. Bookstore & Soda Fountain, which sells books, ice cream, and candy. They also host events and festivals in Laurel to celebrate its history and culture.
Ben and Erin Napier are more than just TV stars; they are a loving couple who share a vision of making the world a better place through their creativity and kindness. They have inspired millions of people with their story of finding each other, following their dreams, and creating a beautiful hometown.
Ben and Erin Napier have a combined net worth of about $5 million. They have earned most of their fortune from their HGTV shows, Home Town and its spin-offs, as well as their home restoration business and local store in Laurel, Mississippi. They also own several vintage cars, such as a 1988 Grand Wagoneer and a 1962 Chevy pickup.