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Home Town: A Southern Dream in Shades of Blue

In a project of ambitious scale, Ben and Erin Napier help a couple re-imagine a family home they won't soon outgrow -- creating bright and upbeat interiors and a stellar kitchen in a palette of vivid blues.

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Deep Greens & Blues Are the Colors I Choose

The clients for this renovation wanted bright and beautiful interiors with an emphasis on an eye-pleasing palette. They got their wish as Erin and Ben incorporated vibrant blues and other fun color-play across a newly transformed den, dining room and kitchen.

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The Brooks House. Margaret and Michael Brooks purchased this house in 1995 and lived here for 24 years. Michael Brooks was a prominent physician in Laurel, and the house is expansive and stately — albeit just a bit dated in appearance. Built in 1982, it''s 5900 square feet and comes with six bedrooms, 4 baths, an impressive front door and front courtyard. It listed for $345,000.

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Erin and Ben's redesign made relatively moderate alterations to the home's exterior profile, with the main modification being replacement of the metal roof above the front door with a new front balcony, accessible via the upstairs master bedroom. The general vibe of the exterior is brightened up with a few details like new gas lanterns flanking the front door, and pale blue paint for the existing shutters — offering a visual preview the newly refreshed spaces to be revealed inside.

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Meet the Homeowners

Tiffany and Jonathan Keith moved to Laurel, MS with their two-year-old daughter after having lived for a time in Pennsylvania. Originally returning to to care for Tiffany's mother when she became ill, the couple has decided to stay and make Laurel their home. "We just fell in love with the community in Laurel." says Tiffany.

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