Now that’s how you premiere a show in the South.

By Meghan Overdeep
March 22, 2017
@erinapier

Ben and Erin Napier had the most Southern viewing party for the premiere of their new HGTV show, Home Town. And somehow, we’re not surprised.

According to a photo Erin shared on Instagram shortly after the show’s March 21st premiere, about half the population of Laurel, Mississippi turned out (with lawn chairs in hand) to watch the maiden voyage of the show projected onto the brick facade of the couple’s downtown general store, Laurel Mercantile Co.

The couple was understandably moved by the culmination of the project that involved so many of their neighbors, so naturally, they invited the whole town to celebrate alongside them. “That was worth the wait,” Erin captioned the ‘gram. “Thank you for taking a chance on us, @hgtv.”

In the first episode, Ben and Erin helped a couple new to the area renovate a 1940s Craftsman-style house from drab and dated to a fresh, more traditional-looking bungalow. And the results are stunning.

The Napiers completely reworked the home’s exterior, most notably by removing the glass and brick that covered the wraparound porch. "The porch is the star of this house; it's the reason our clients bought the house," Erin explains in the episode. "In this small town, the porch is just as important as the living room or kitchen. It's where you gather. It's where you hang out. So we treated this porch like a living space."

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Amen to that.

Find out when you can catch more episodes of Home Town on HGTV.com.

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