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Home Town: Italianate Splendor in the Deep South

January 30, 2018

Erin and Ben help longtime friends Aly and Jordan Smith upgrade a 1920 home with distinctive Italianate elements, returning it to a classic look with a warm vibe and European inspired touches.

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Meet the Homeowners

Jordan and Ally Smith (left) have been friends with the Napiers since college days at Ole Miss. They had been through several moves and were looking for a more permanent home to settle into. Aly, who works with Erin at Laurel Mercantile, prefers homes with a tie to the past and romantic feel. Jordan, who Ben describes as quiet and reserved, is nonetheless up for the adventure of a creative home renovation.

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The Thompson House, built in 1920, had once been home to the owner of Laurel's iconic small-town service station. A beautiful old oak tree, one of the home's defining features, and the landscaping had become overgrown. But with its classic brick exterior and large porch, the house offered a lot of promise.

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From: Home Town


The renovation returned much of the home's classic grandeur, replacing the plain white trim with a palette of dark green and classic brick that feels more somber and historic. 

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Overgrown shrubs masked much of the home's visual potential, and the upstairs addition with large windows and peeling white paint detracted from the historic profile.

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