Season 1, Episode 3


Kyle and Brooke want their "someday children" to grow up in a small town like they did, so they're leaving Nashville and heading back to their childhood hometown in Mississippi. They want a house with history and room to grow. Ben and Erin show the couple two Craftsman homes: a character-rich cottage in need of an update, and a quirky but roomy home with a cramped kitchen. Both houses come at a similar price, leaving Kyle and Brooke to decide where their all-in, $200,000 budget will go the furthest.
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Master Bedroom With His and Hers Closets

The size and layout of the bedroom and adjacent room provided the opportunity to slightly reconfigure the space to add large his and hers closets.

After: Kitchen With Dark Stained Hardwood Flooring

Dark stained hardwood replaces the old vinyl flooring. Other highlights in the new kitchen include recessed lighting, ceiling height upper cabinets and gray subway tile backsplash.

After: Dining Room With Rustic Dining Table

Salmon wall paint, updated lighting, tastefully selected antiques and a rustic dining table give the room new character that feels suitably Southern.

After: Kitchen With Large Kitchen Peninsula

Removing a wall and storage closet opened up the space providing a clear view to the dining room and leaving space for the addition of a large kitchen peninsula and plenty of lower-cabinet storage. A small pass-through window opens onto a newly updated breakfast nook.

After: Living Room With Patterned Tile Fireplace

The fireplace becomes a new focal point with boldly patterned tile and coordinates with carefully selected and colorful framed art by famed Mississippi artist Walter Inglis Anderson. The fireplace tile would actually become Erin's touchstone for the color palette used throughout the renovation.

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After: Contemporary Master Bedroom With Neutral Colors

The size and layout of the bedroom and adjacent room provided the opportunity to slightly reconfigure the space to add large his and hers closets.

After: Upstairs Landing With Rustic Bookshelves

Exposing the brick chimney helped completely change the aesthetic of this space and exposed one of the home's key architectural features. A vintage rug, simple rustic bookshelves and comfy chairs complete the change, turning an underutilized space into a welcoming retreat.

After: Living Room With Patterned Tile Fireplace and Cozy Sofa

Though the wall paint would need some toning down, the home did offer some desirable attributes like the large living room, hardwood floors, high ceilings and one very unusual feature upstairs.

Exterior: Porch With Twin Sconces

With the screens removed, and accents like twin sconces added, the porch takes on a whole different and more inviting character.

After: Contemporary Breakfast Nook With Inset Paneling

Simple updates to the built-in cabinetry including new hardware and copper countertop, along with fresh white paint, inset paneling and twin sconces, give the breakfast nook a warmer and inviting feel.

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