Mortgage holidays and home repossessions ban extended until end of October

HOMEOWNERS now have until the end of October to apply for a mortgage holiday if they're struggling due to the coronavirus crisis.

The Financial Conduct Authority has also extended a ban on home repossessions for another four months, so owners can self-isolate according to Government policy if they're ill without fear of losing their property.

Households whose finances have been hit hard by the COVID-19 lockdown can apply for a payment break on their mortgage of up to three months.

Some 1.7million payment freezes have been granted so far, according to banking trade body UK Finance – accounting for around one in seven UK mortgages.

Applications for the payment freezes were due to come to an end in June but now they have until October 31 to ask for the help.

The missed cash will need to be repaid by either adding it onto your remaining payments or the end of your mortgage term – but homeowners have been warned that it could end up costing them £2,769 in higher repayments.

The watchdog is urging borrowers to continue making the payments if they're able to do so.

The FCA also says that banks must offer borrowers further support if they are still in financial difficulty after the payment break, including a further three month freeze on repayments.

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Care home opened by the Queen gets delivery of PPE from Mail Force

Mail Force follows in royal footsteps as brain injuries care home opened by the Queen gets delivery of vital PPE

  • Oakwood care home, in Stockport, received boxes of aprons from Mail Force
  • Centre which helps people with brain injuries was opened by the Queen in 1991 
  • 100,000 gowns arrived on lorries from Turkey through Mail Force efforts  
  • Charity, set up by the Mail and its partners, sourced PPE from Instanbul factory

A care home opened by the Queen that helps rehabilitate people with brain injuries yesterday thanked Mail Force for delivering desperately-needed PPE.

Boxes of aprons were handed to the staff at Oakwood, on the edge of Stockport, which is run by the Leonard Cheshire Foundation.

The Queen opened the 13-resident home, which looks after people after their release from hospital, in 1991.

Corinne Waters, service manager, said: ‘I think it’s really generous that people are taking the time and trouble to give to charity. 

Boxes of aprons were delivered to staff at Oakwood, a care home outside of Stockport, which is run by the Leonard Cheshire Foundation

‘It’s just showing the whole country is coming together at what is an unprecedented time.’

It was one of a string of deliveries this week around the country, as the Mail Force charity goes from strength to strength.

Mail Force was set up to help solve the PPE crisis. It has found untapped sources of vitally needed protective equipment from around the world and bought it for the NHS and care homes in the UK.

At the heart of the campaign are the exceptional letters from Daily Mail readers which have flooded in accompanying generous donations. 

Alan Smith, of Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, sent in £200, and wrote: ‘It is the very least I can do, after what the NHS has done for me, patched me up after numerous accidents down the mine.

‘I am not complaining. I’m compos mentis… Yes, I’m very vulnerable but it is what it is. I’m 76 years old and can do my bit in some way to help the NHS. Thanks for your campaign. Good luck!’

Hilary Whitmarsh, of Bournemouth, sent £100 of ‘money saved by not going out’. She added: ‘I hope this will help, just a little bit, in this fight… and that it will help our nurses, doctors. Thank you Daily Mail.’

The Queen opened Oakwood care home, that helps rehabilitate people with brain injuries, in March 1991

Every penny given to Mail Force helps buy the next load of crucial gear. So far, £8.5million has been raised.

This week, lorries bearing 100,000 gowns arrived from Turkey after the charity – set up by the Mail and its partners – sourced PPE from a factory near Istanbul.

After their quality checked by the Health and Safety Executive, the gowns were delivered to the NHS.

The charity also imported £1million of coveralls and masks from China, and 1.5million aprons from British firm The Issa Group, which had them made in a former cotton mill in Blackburn.

Mail Force is determined to help get the PPE to where it is most needed, and in few places is the generosity of the donors more appreciated than at St Leonard’s Hospice in York.

The doctors and nurses at St Leonard’s need full-body coveralls to deal with some Covid-19 patients. Only ‘a couple’ of staff have tested positive and the PPE has helped keep staff safe.

St Leonard’s has been able to source sufficient PPE supplies until now – but costs are likely to rise in future.

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Care home staff and patients face 21 day wait for Covid-19 results

Care home residents and staff have to wait up to 21 days for Covid-19 test results, peer tells ministers

  • House of Lords debate reveals care homes are waiting weeks for Covid-19 results
  • Baroness Brinton says some care homes ‘are not getting any results back’ 
  • Lord Bethell accepts delays, adding ‘we had a laboratory let us down’
  • It comes after PM and Sir Keir Starmer squared off over care homes this week 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Patients and staff across Britain’s care homes are waiting weeks for Covid-19 test results and, in some cases, are not receiving results at all, peers in the House of Lords have claimed. 

Labour former minister Lord Peter Hain said patients discharged from hospital were among residents facing length delays at a care home where one of his close relatives.

Liberal Democrat health spokeswoman Baroness Brinton also said of care home organisations: ‘Many are not getting any results back, a big black hole.’

Lord Hain, speaking in the House of Lords, asked why care home patients and staff, including patients recently released from hospital, are waiting up to 21 days for Covid-19 test results

She added:  ‘Those that do say 10 days is not unusual and that local resilience forums are not being allowed to get the results either – they cannot plan support.’ 

Lord Bethell claimed Lady Brinton ‘casts the situation unfairly’, adding: ‘There are undoubtedly cases where test results have taken longer and last weekend we had a laboratory let us down and we did have some delays last weekend.’

He went on to pay tribute to the team who turned around a ‘very difficult situation’ before insisting the majority of tests are returned within the Government’s target time.

Lord Hain later asked: ‘Why in an English care home, where a close relative of mine lives, do staff and patients – including astonishingly patients discharged from hospital – still have to wait up to 21 days for the results of their Covid-19 tests?’

Lord Bethell replied: ‘He gives powerful personal testimony, I can’t possibly argue with the details of his story.

‘But can I just reassure him that the data I have is the turnaround time for tests is in the vast majority of cases radically less than what he describes, and we’re on course for hitting the target of 48 hours for a very large number of tests and 24 hours for a lot of tests.’

Lord Bethell earlier said ‘it was not true’ that the Government’s list of priorities at the beginning of the crisis did not include care homes, telling peers: ‘In every epidemic, care homes are always a priority.

‘History has taught us that and we knew it from the beginning.’

Care homes have become the focus of the coronavirus pandemic, with the Westminster Government coming under pressure over its approach in controlling the virus.

Boris Johnson was on the rack over care homes on Tuesday following an explosive confrontation with Sir Keir Starmer over whether they had been abandoned to coronavirus.

The Labour leader accused the PM of misleading the House of Commons after he denied the Government had previously said the virus was unlikely to break out in care homes.

Almost 10,000 care home residents have now died of coronavirus, accounting for a quarter of all victims. 

He ambushed Mr Johnson at Prime Minister’s Questions by quoting official guidance that had been in place until March 12 – well after coronavirus had started being transmitted in the UK. 

Sir Keir said it showed the Government had been ‘too slow to protect people in care homes’.

Mr Johnson replied that ‘it wasn’t true’ to say the advice said that. He later refused to apologise and accused Sir Keir of quoting selectively from the guidance.

 

The Prime Minister admitted to MPs however, that the lockdown could not be lifted until the coronavirus crisis in care homes had been dealt with.

In a section on face masks, Public Health England advice to the care sector said: ‘It remains very unlikely that people receiving care in a care home or the community will become infected.’ 

Responding to a private notice question today, Lord Bethell also told peers: ‘The provision of tests for care home staff and patients is a number one priority for the Department of Health and Social Care and we’re currently making 30,000 tests a day available through satellite, mobile and at-home channels.

‘We aim to have offered tests to all care home staff and residents specialising in the care of older people and those living with dementia by early June.’

Labour’s health and social care spokeswoman Baroness Wheeler said there was a ‘squabble’ between the department, Care Quality Commission and Public Health England over who is responsible for the “total and tragic chaos” in care homes, something Lord Bethell denied.

The minister said: ‘I completely acknowledge the threat of a second peak.

‘It focuses the mind and it’s very much a priority for the Government. But there is no squabble of the kind the baroness describes.”

Lord Bethell also paid tribute to the ‘many’ care homes with no infection which have ‘applied the correct disciplines and systems’, adding testing priority was for those with infection.

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This Bodyweight Home Conditioning Workout Only Takes 20 Minutes

While the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has halted the cadence of everyday life for just about everyone, the world is now beginning to adjust. We’re all handling the challenges of social distancing and self-isolation differently—but that doesn’t mean that we have to go it completely alone in every sense.

At Men’s Health, we’re using this period as an opportunity to build up our community and share as much useful, positive information as possible. For everyone stuck missing their typical workout routines with gyms and fitness centers closed down, we’ve done our best to provide as many at-home workout options as possible. But that’s just the start. We’re also hosting live workout sessions on Instagram with some of our favorite trainers to fill the fitness class-shaped void in your daily routine.

Sean Garner, the creator of the Men’s Health 6-Week Sweat Off program for the All Out Studio streaming fitness platform, hosted another live home workout session at home. For this routine, you won’t need any equipment whatsoever—just a bottle of water or your favorite sports drink once you work up a sweat.

If any of the exercises feel like they’re beyond your ability level at first brush, don’t worry. Garner has you covered with modifications to scale down the difficulty. “I’m going to be showing you guys variations, progressions, and regressions so you can make this your workout,” he says. “Whenever I do these workouts, I like to show you frameworks that you can take, modify, based upon your ability, skills, equipment you have access to so you can use this as a framework to build your workout on.”

Sean Garner’s 20-Minute Bodyweight Workout

3 to 5 rounds of 40 seconds of work, 20 seconds of rest

Stay up to date with our workouts every single weekday at 12 p.m. ET. Want to keep up with the sessions you’ve missed? Check out the whole collection here.


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Devoted care home workers sleeping in tents to protect the residents from coronavirus – The Sun

DEDICATED care home workers are sleeping in tents to protect the residents from the coronavirus.

A dozen staff are spending nights outside for at least the next four weeks to stay isolated from the rest of society — including their own families.

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Care homes have been hit hard by the pandemic so employees at Pilgrim Wood residential home, near Guildford, Surrey, are prepared to do whatever it takes to prevent more deaths.

Manager Sharon Mitchell had the idea and owner Keshel Lakhani said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by how supportive and positive the staff have been."

"It’s a massive personal sacrifice.”

“Some are spending weeks away from their families, we are so grateful to them.”

Keshel added: “The reaction from the relatives of our residents has been wonderful."

Staff will kip on camp beds and air mattresses in the tents, donated by a resident’s family.


They can eat, brush their teeth and shower in the home.

There have been no signs of the killer virus at the family-run care home so far.

Meanwhile residents Doreen Woodman, 95, and husband Harry, 93, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary there yesterday.

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Couple die in agony after home brewing their own lockdown beer

Couple are killed by their home-brew beer that they made to get around South Africa’s ban on alchol sales during lockdown

  • Tony Hilliar, 54, and Alida Fouche, 42, brewed their own homemade beer 
  • The South African couple were unable to buy their own beer due to a ban 
  • All alcohol and tobacco sales have been banned during the Covid-19 lockdown
  • The couple’s illicit alcohol supply was taken by police for forensic testing   

A couple who made up a batch of home-brew beer to get round South Africa’s tough alcohol  ban during lockdown died in agony after drinking one bottle of the ale each.

Tony Hilliar, 54, and Alida Fouche, 42, had run out of their own supplies of alcohol and decided to make their own brew with no end of the controversial restrictions in sight.

It is believed both collapsed at their home in Port Nolloth in Northern Cape province after sampling the homebrew and that estate agent Tony made a desperate call for help.

South African couple Tony Hilliar, 54, and Alida Fouche, 42,died after making their own illicit supply of beer to get around their country’s strict alcohol ban 

After drinking some of the home brew, Ms Fouche collapsed. Mr Hilliar called for an ambulance and collapsed holding his stomach in agony. He died a short time later in hospital 

Emergency services who arrived at the scene found secretary Alida already dead on the floor and her fiancé Tony writhing in agony nearby clutching his stomach in pain.

He was rushed to hospital but died and police investigators sent two empty bottles of home brew beer for forensic testing fearing that they died from alcohol poisoning.

The rest of the batch which had not been drunk was also seized and taken away for laboratory testing.

Close friend Tommy Cockcroft, 52, said: ‘They both liked a drink at the end of the day which is typically South African but thanks to this poorly thought out government ban there is no alcohol.

‘Everyone is making their own beer so Tony did as well but it seems something went terribly wrong with the brew and that they both collapsed and died very senseless deaths.

‘This alcohol ban is just beyond total belief and there is no sense whatsoever in it and the sooner people are treated like grown ups the better’ he said.

Friends of , Ms Fouche, pictured, and Mr Hilliar claimed the alcohol ban was responsible for their deaths

Pastor Bertus de Jager who knew the couple well said: ‘They were very much in love and you would always see them around the town or on the beach hand in hand together.

‘They were lovely people and had been together about six years and were engaged to be married two years ago. This is so so tragic’ he said.

South African Police spokesperson Brigadier Mohale Ramatseba confirmed that Alida was found dead at the flat and that her partner died in intensive care in the local hospital several days later.

He said: ‘A 42-year-old woman was found dead in a flat and 54-year-old man was found in extreme pain and subsequently died in hospital and an inquest docket has been opened for both.

‘Two empty bottles of homemade brew have been seized for forensic tests’ he said.

South Africa went into Covid-19 lockdown six weeks ago on March 26 and among the many restrictions was the total ban on the sale or purchase or transportation of alcohol.

Now there is growing anger amongst the 58 million strong population at the ban on alcohol sales after President Cyril Ramaphosa said it would only last  three weeks but has been rolled over twice.

He has also banned the sale or purchase of cigarettes nationwide as part of his strict coronavirus lockdown which only a week ago allowed people to exercise within 5km of their homes.

The illicit production of home brewed alcoholic pineapple beer has gone through the roof with 10 times as many pineapples now being bought than when the alcohol ban was brought in.

Google announced that ‘how to brew homemade alcohol’ was amongst their top internet searches in South Africa and it is almost impossible due to demand to find brewing yeast in supermarkets.

South African Breweries have also just announced that it will have to pour 400 million bottles of beer down the drain as they are not allowed to transport it to their bottling plants.

President Ramaphosa however is refusing all calls to relax the hugely unpopular alcohol or cigarette bans despite the colossal loss to the struggling country in taxation revenue.

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said earlier this week: ‘I don’t like the ban on alcohol and tobacco. I lost the debate in Cabinet and therefore I must toe the line or I must leave the Cabinet’.

Parliament’s Finance & Appropriation Committee was also told that the tax lost by the alcohol ban for just April alone was the equivalent of £29.5m for beer, £13.3m for wine and £17.7m for spirits.

That does not include 13 days of lockdown outside April and with no end in sight of the ban being lifted there is growing anger amongst the population at off-licences staying shut.

The South African Liquor Brandowners Association called for the ban to be lifted stating that the revenue loss to the nation was enormous and that the industry was deeply affected. 

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Fears second home owners could cash in on coronavirus grants

Fears second home owners who used ‘loophole’ to avoid paying taxes on their properties could cash in on millions in coronavirus grants meant to help small businesses

  • Around 55,000 holiday home owners are eligible for £550million in cash grants
  • The Government is being faced with the prospect of closing the ‘loophole’
  • Second home owners have been found to have gained in Yorkshire and Cornwall 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Second home owners who avoid paying tax by declaring their property as holiday accommodation without letting it out are eligible for millions in Government coronavirus grants meant to support struggling small businesses. 

Fears were first raised after more than £30million was provided to holiday properties in Yorkshire through the scheme, which provides £10,000 grants to companies receiving small business rates relief during the pandemic.

Second home owners can receive the cash if they register their properties as self-catering accommodation and let it for at least 140 days per year. This allows it to be valued for business rates, but with no requirement for any letting to occur. 

Second home owners can receive the cash if they register their properties as self-catering accommodation and let it for at least 140 days per year (pictured, Runswick Bay in Yorkshire)

Rishi Sunak launched a consultation to close what the Government called a ‘loophole’ costing local authorities millions in late 2018.

The consultation warned that ‘the Government is concerned that owners of properties that are not genuine businesses may reduce their tax liability by declaring that a property is available for let, but making little or no realistic effort to let it out’.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak (pictured) is offering small businesses struggling with the pandemic £10,000 cash grants

It proposed a change in the rules in line with Wales, where a property must be let for 70 days per year to qualify. So far, no legislative changes have been made.     

Experts are now saying, as a result, that 55,000 properties across the UK which have been flipped from residential to commercial use stand to qualify for the £10,000 grants introduced by the Chancellor as panic swept the nation.

Real estate adviser Altus Group has warned these properties are eligible for £550million in state funding provided to keep the economy on life support.  

Altus Group, which based its figures on analysis of Valuation Office Agency statistics, told The Yorkshire Post there is no available data on how many second holiday homes are being genuinely let. 

Robert Hayton, head of UK business rates at Altus Group, thundered: ‘It cannot be right that second home owners, who make them available to rent for as little as 20 weeks a year, are set for cash grants, while many businesses who share space or those with business rates inclusive rents, are set to miss out.’ 

A UK Government spokesperson said: ‘Property owners will only be eligible for grants if they are paying business rates and their property is available to let commercially for at least 140 days in the year. These strict criteria will ensure that Government funding is directed to those who genuinely need it.’ 

Fierce calls for the Government to close the ‘loophole’ have been echoed in light of the revelation that holiday home owners claimed £50million in Cornwall.  

Five thousand lets in the county have claimed £10,000 each from the fund, which was set up to help minor firms survive the coronavirus lockdown.  

Cornwall councillor Cornelius Olivier branded the holiday home owners ‘greedy’ and called for the government to close the loophole letting them mask as small firms.    

Experts are saying that 55,000 properties across the UK which have been flipped from residential to commercial use stand to qualify for the £10,000 grants (pictured, Dartmouth)

The Post reported that more than £15million worth of support has been provided to holiday homes in Scarborough Council area, £5million has been provided in York, £3.8million in Richmondshire, and more than £2.4million in Harrogate. 

Leeds Council has provided £430,000 to 43 holiday lets in its area as part of £118million given to local businesses so far.

A spokesperson said: ‘It is an incredibly stressful time for small businesses and we are glad that the council has been able to move quickly to begin paying out grants.’  

The criticisms have been made at a critical time, as economic activity has slowed to a catastrophic all-time low since the ‘stay at home’ order on March 23. 

The Government was advised to pursue a lockdown policy after scientists from Imperial College presented statistical models which warned that half a million people in the UK could die with the coronavirus if no action was taken. 

Concerns are rising, though, of the severity of the economic damage which has followed the lockdown. Economists have estimated that shutting down a huge part of the UK economy is costing the country around £2.4billion per day.

The Government revealed that 4million workers have already been furloughed, while British Airways said 12,000 staff would be made redundant.

A Bank of England official recently warned that Britain could be facing the most severe economic contraction in three centuries. 

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Home baker reveals how to make a pavolva in a slow cooker with just four ingredients – and it looks delicious

PEOPLE have been sharing how they have made impressive pavlovas in their slow cookers instead of their ovens. 

An easy recipe was shared in the Facebook group Crock Pot/Slow Cooker Recipes and Tips, and foodies have been quick to say they want to try it in lockdown. 

Thankfully for those struggling to get hold of supermarket supplies, you only need four ingredients to follow the tasty pavlova recipe, from Acoking.com. 

All you need is to combine egg whites, caster sugar, vinegar and corn flour then place the mixture into a lined slow cooker. 

After baking for one-and-a-half to two hours, your pavlova should be ready and is sure to be a welcome treat in self-isolation. 

The man advised that you make sure sugar is thoroughly combined and completely dissolved before adding it in the slow cooker. 


HOW TO MAKE PAVLOVA IN A SLOW COOKER

Ingredients: 

4 egg whites

1 cup caster sugar

1 teaspoon vinegar 

1 teaspoon cornflour

Method:

Beat whites till soft peaks and gradually add the sugar a few spoons at a time slowly, making sure it's fully dissolved – this can take 15 minutes

Once mixed fully, fold in the cornflour and vinegar.

Line your slow cooker with baking paper and lightly grease.

Spoon the meringue into a round and bake on low with a dry tea towel under the lid for approximately one-and-a-half to two hours or when top is slightly firm to touch

Turn slow cooker off and remove lid and tea towel and let cool in slow cooker

Decorate

Source: Slow Cooker Recipe and Tips Facebook

He said: “Rub a little of the mixture between your fingers. You shouldn't feel any grains – if you do, keep beating.

“And make sure your lid fits snugly on top of the tea towel – the top [of the pavlova] may feel a tad sticky but the sides should be crunchy.”

People asked the foodie what difference it makes cooking it in a slow cooker compared to an oven. 

He replied that it actually doesn’t sink down as much when made in a slow cooker. 

The man added: “Also I have a large oven so it's [much] cheaper to use the slow cooker for me than heat up the oven just for a pavlova.”


Many food lovers were quick to rave about the delicious-looking dessert, and said they wanted to try it for themselves. 

One said: “Oh my goodness I have been craving pavlova for weeks! I'm going to give this a go this weekend.”

Another added: “I just attempted this! Thank you so much for the recipe – so easy, mine needed at least 2 hours.”

We shared how to make the perfect pizza in a slow cooker plus six other tasty meals as the 70s favourite makes a comeback.

And people are making amazing chocolate chip cakes in their slow cookers and you only need three ingredients.

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Who is playing in the PDC Home Tour darts tonight, and how can I watch it? – The Sun

DARTS is back – but not as you know it.

Stars of the PDC Tour have returned to action despite the Covid-19 pandemic, battling it out from their living rooms and returning live sport to our screens.

Who is playing in the PDC Home Tour darts tonight?

IT was a dramatic first evening of the tournament as things got underway last night.

Reigning world champion Peter Wright is OUT after shock defeat to Jamie Lewis, which sent the Welshman safely through as group winner.

The competition is being held across 32 consecutive days, so there's plenty more drama where that came from.

Tonight, it's the turn of Gerwyn Price, Rowby-John Rodriguez, Luke Woodhouse, Ted Evetts to face off from the comfort of their own homes.

The fixture schedule is as follows (all times BST):

  • Gerwyn Price vs Rowby-John Rodriguez (7.30pm)
  • Luke Woodhouse vs Ted Evetts (7.55pm)
  • Rowby-John Rodriguez vs Ted Evetts (8.20pm)
  • Gerwyn Price vs Luke Woodhouse (8.45pm)
  • Luke Woodhouse vs Rowby-John Rodriguez (9.10pm)
  • Ted Evetts vs Gerwyn Price (9.35pm)

How can I watch it?

YOU can watch every leg of the tournament for free through the PDC website.

Usually requiring a subscription, the PDC have made the Home Tour available to everyone as the UK faces at least another three weeks of coronavrius lockdown.

To stream, grab a free account on the PDC Darts homepage and watch away.

The first night saw darts fans frustrated by server issues, with unprecedented numbers chasing a rare live sport fix.

Here on SunSport we're running a dedicated LIVE BLOG throughout the tournament to bring you all the action as it happens.

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Where do Home Town’s Ben and Erin Napier live?

Ben and Erin Napier of Home Town fame are known for their impressive design skills and if you don’t agree with us, it’s time you check out their home in Laurel, Mississippi. The 1925 Craftsman was originally spotted by the couple while they were on a walk and, according to Erin’s blog (via Country Living), they loved it so much they had to say something to the owner. The couple let her know that “if she ever decided to move, to please call us because we would love to buy it,” Erin wrote.

“Not two weeks later, Mrs. Mary Lyn’s daughter called to ask if we would seriously like to buy it because she’s tired of keeping up a yard and is thinking of moving into a condo where she won’t have to worry about a thing,” Erin recalled. 

And the rest is history.

Ben and Erin Napier's home is where they feel most comfortable

From the looks of both Ben and Erin’s Instagram profiles, the house boasts a home office, living room, dining room, kitchen, laundry room, backyard, and bedrooms, all with a light and airy yet modern feel. Complete with a white picket fence and dreamy front porch, the Napiers feel right at home in their family home. As Erin revealed in an Instagram post in January 2016, “Every room in our house is white with exception of the ‘pass through’ rooms like the entryway, where I hope anyone walking in the door immediately feels cozy and welcomed.” 

She continued to describe the welcoming home she has created: “You won’t find photos of @btnapier and me because our walls are covered with the people we love, our grandparents and parents, holding watermelons proudly beside a lake in 1949, riding bicycles in rolled up jeans, posing with an English setter and an awkward haircut, laughing, holding up blue crabs on some distant dock. Our people were young and silly and adventurous, they shaped who we are and what we become, and their presence everywhere we turn makes home feel the way it should–the most comfortable place where we can be ourselves.”

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