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In case you missed it: Erin Napier announced last February that she wrote a book titled Heirloom Rooms: Soulful Stories of Home. Now the release date, October 3, is finally here! Dedicated to reframing the way we think about our homes, the book will make you want to embrace your lived-in environment.
Throughout the book, readers can expect to enjoy a collection of essays written by Erin about her own family's home "wherein every room is its own chapter about a particular time in [her family's] life together," she shared on Instagram. The HGTV star also invited her friends and fellow 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."
Erin hopes that readers will find beauty and relatability in the stories. The book also serves to adjust how readers think about their own homes. "It's a little frustrating, what you see on Home Town,” Erin told House Beautiful in February. She explained: "Everything looks so perfect on reveal day, but no one has yet lived there. And that's what the book is really about. It's about living in our houses, less about the imperfection. As humans, we tend to bring our clutter with us—and that's not a bad thing. The clutter is what makes our houses personal."
She then set the scene. "Think about the photos of yourself growing up in the house that you grew up in," she said. "There's always a Pepsi can in the background and somebody's ugly old jacket laying over a chair—no one's styled things. You just live in it, and I want to celebrate that."
To toast to the launch, Erin is doing a book signing this weekend in Laurel, Mississippi. It'll take place on October 7 at her store called the Scent Library from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The signing is happening the same day as the town's annual Loblolly Festival, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., which features various food vendors and artists. (So far, Erin singing karaoke is not on the schedule, unfortunately!) Admission isn't required for the festival, but it is required for the book signing. Tickets cover the cost of the book, and you can get them here. If you can't attend the signing, you can still order the book to enjoy its heartwarming stories.
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