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Erin Napier Celebrates ‘Realness Of Our Houses’ In New Book

Photo from Erin Napier’s Instagram

Erin Napier Celebrates ‘Realness Of Our Houses’ In New Book

By Movieguide® Contributor

HGTV’s Erin Napier recently opened up about the inspiration behind her latest book, “Heirloom Rooms.”

“I feel like there’s a lot of home design books that feel just unattainable,” the HOME TOWN star said during an episode of Southern Living’s “Biscuits and Jam” podcast. “I don’t care about seeing pictures of things that are perfect. I’m way more interested in the realness of how we live in our houses.”

Napier also revealed how she settled on the book’s title, admitting that her friend Mallorie Rasberry came up with the phrase “Heirloom Rooms.”

“The book cover shows a picture of me framed on a wallpapered wall,” she explained. “We will one day be the people and the frames on the wall, and that’s one kind of memory we need to be making…but then you take the cover off and you see the messiness that was really there and I want us to celebrate that.”

Napier elaborated on her desire to celebrate real life in an interview with ABC. 

“I found that I was scrolling really quickly through pictures on social media anytime I would see this perfectly styled, unlived-in interior, no matter how beautiful it was, no matter who designed it. I just didn’t care,” she said. “And so…I wanted to create a book that celebrates what our houses are really like when we live in them.”

Napier continued, “Our houses don’t have to look like they’re in a magazine to be loved and to be wonderful.”

“Heirloom Rooms” also includes essays Napier wrote about her family’s home.

“I wanted to write essays about our own home wherein every room is its own chapter about a particular time in our life together and I invited friends and designers to be contributors, self-photographing their unstaged and lived-in rooms and sharing their stories of what makes it theirs and no one else’s,” the HGTV star wrote on Instagram. “I hope you’ll find the stories and photos beautiful for their relatability, and that it makes you reframe the way you think of your own home.”

Movieguide® previously reported on “Heirloom Rooms”: 

Forgotten memories of HGTV’s Erin Napier’s childhood home inspired her new book “Heirloom Rooms,” coming out this October.

“In 1955, my grandparents built the home where my parents lived when I was born, and it wasn’t a house you would see on Pinterest. It was a regular house with linoleum flooring and laminate countertops,” Napier told Homes and Gardens. “I would give anything to have photos of it now because I can never go back there. I can never be a toddler in that house again.”

“There’s so much I can’t remember about the home, and it feels like a piece of my life story is missing because I don’t know exactly how every room looked. I wonder if other people feel that way and if others grieve their houses after leaving them,’’ the 38-year-old went on to say.

On the hunch that others may feel a similar connection to their homes as she did hers, the interior designer expert argues that it is more important to build a home with fond memories than ones “that get likes on social media.”

“I hope it helps people like me who are probably overly sentimental about their houses to connect on that. I want people to enjoy their homes not for their beauty but for what happens there,” she said.

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