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Ben and Erin Napier are reason enough to move to Laurel, Mississippi. She’s an artist, he’s a craftsman, and together on HGTV’s upcoming show Home Town, they welcome newcomers to their tiny southern town and help them scout and restore historic turn-of-the-century homes.

But restoring old houses to their former glories is only a small part of the talented couple’s work. Ben runs Scotsman Co and is a purveyor of wood and cotton products, while Erin is opening Laurel Mercantile—a destination for heirloom and vintage home goods—in downtown Laurel this holiday season.

Certainly, anyone who is a fan of bespoke, down-home renovations will be following their journey when the show premieres in March 2017.

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They’ve got some pretty great mentors.

The Napiers traveled to Waco to meet Chip and Joanna Gaines and to celebrate the wrap of Fixer Upper’s second season. Since then, Chip and Joanna have become mentors to the Home Town crew, teaching them the ins and outs of television production and how to, you know, stay sane while it’s all happening.

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Erin’s set serious journaling goals.

In Erin’s daily journal, she says she’s recounted “only the good things that happen” in her everyday life, since January 2010. This includes snippets from the show shoot, evenings playing cornhole, visiting with her beloved Mawmaw, and one midnight McDonald’s dinner right before Laurel Mercantile opened its doors for business. 

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They both boast a truly discerning eye.

The couple’s got classic taste when it comes to scouting for Laurel Mercantile and Scotsman Co. A few things we’re loving: copper cookware, classic kitchen towels, vintage book bundles, and maps and pennants from around the country.

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They’ve got a sweet love story.

Erin and Ben met in college, and he said “I love you” six days into their relationship. There are two sides to every love story—read both Erin and Ben’s recollections here.

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Their design sensibility embraces rustic charm.

The couple’s got an affinity for several things we love: rooms gushing with natural light, dark wood floors and light-toned walls, and gallery walls full of eclectic goods. They’re masters of the perfect mix—contemporary takes on vintage goods and those original, squeaky-in-a-great-way floorboards. Does it get any better?

Watch Home Town on HGTV, premiering March 2017.