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Home Town: From the Countryside to the Small City

January 22, 2018

Erin and Ben transform a 1908 Craftsman for a couple who have been living the country life but are ready for the vibrant metropolis (or maybe make that the quiet hamlet) that is Laurel, Mississippi.

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Artfully Southern

Ben and Erin pose for a casual portrait on the front stairs at the newly transformed home of Emily and Billy James. The Napiers brought period charm and sparkle back to the historic home, with creative repurposing of vintage materials and some original artistic flourishes.

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The Rutledge House was built in 1908 and came with some traditional Craftsman style elements like a front gable and decorative corbels. The faded yellow paint was peeling, however, and the front stairs and porch were showing signs of rot. 

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From: Home Town


The home's exterior gets a striking makeover with a return to a traditional Craftsman three-color palette. Erin went with blue-gray for the siding, a rirch cream for the trim and deep ox-blood as an accent for the doors and windows.

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A portion of the original front porch had been enclosed and glassed in to create a front sunroom.

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