Sunday, July 12, 2020

Uptown Acorn Travels {Laurel, Mississippi}

J and I love the HGTV show, HomeTown with Ben and Erin Napier, so we decided to take a day trip to Laurel, MS to experience the tastes and sights that we have seen on TV. 

A shared love of simple, Southern living and revitalizing historic properties keeps Ben and Erin Napier busy in their hometown of Laurel, Miss. That's the setting of this HGTV series, which follows the couple as they renovate turn-of-the-century homes for first-time buyers, young families, and adults wishing to live closer to grandchildren. Erin's keen sense of style and a background in graphic design guide the renovations, Ben's building and woodworking skills preserve and celebrate the home's history, and by using found materials and old textiles, they keep the character intact but create modern and affordable updates.

Laurel, MS is only a 2 1/2 hour drive from New Orleans up I-59. 

We arrived in Laurel around noon, parked, and set our sights on Pearl's Diner featured in one of the episodes. I can honestly say that the fried chicken was some of the best I have ever eaten. I also loved the baked beans and jalapeno cornbread. Jeff loved the lima beans which my Me-Me called "buttah beans."

After lunch we walked through some of the most charming shops in Downtown Laurel. Our favorites included Guild & Gentry, J. Parker, Southern Antiques, and of course the Laurel Mercantile owned by Ben and Erin Napier. We also visited Ben's workshop, Scotsman General Store and Wood Shop. Loved it all!

Once we finished downtown, we set out to drive the streets surrounding downtown in search of some of the homes renovated on HomeTown. 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Streets were filled with gorgeous homes. We did locate some of homes we recognized from the show. It was really fun to drive up and down the oak-lined streets.

HomeTown spottings:

We did not stay overnight, but we hope to return and stay the night.

Do you watch HomeTown?

Touring Laurel, y'all!

Friday, July 10, 2020

Summer Blooms {Limelight Hydrangeas}

I love all types of hydrangeas, but I really adore the limelight hydrangea blooms in the front garden. The large, conical-shaped blooms in whites with hints of green look magical given the whites and greens of the garden.

Limelight Hydrangea is an award winning shrub by Proven Winners®. ... The Limelight hydrangea is a type of Panicle Hydrangea. The Limelight Hydrangea flowers will start off lime green color, which is a perfect accent for hot summer days. As the blooms age, they turn to hues of cream, pink, red and burgundy.

Limelight Hydrangeas, y'all!

Friday, July 3, 2020

Acorn Cottage Uptown {Happy 4th of July!}

I do not decorate a lot for the 4th of July, but I do add a few elements to get into the spirit of the holiday.

I added a red, white, and blue plaid ribbon onto the oyster shell wreath by Cynthia Kolls. The American flag was hung on the flagpole, and a patriotic bunting was hung from the porch. I think it looks simple and classic.

I hope you and yours have a happy and safe 4th of July! 

Proud to be an American, y'all!
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