Laura is a Louisiana native who has been exploring her second bayou-home since graduating from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism in 2015. Joining the Houstonia team in August 2017, she has taken the reins of SagaCity’s custom publications and also contributes data-focused and animal-related content to Houstonia.

Previously, she served as data reporter for the Houston Business Journal, where she managed the annual Book of Lists. She has also reported on an array of subjects in Houston, Louisiana and Chicago ranging from technology to weddings to tacos.

Laura is a die-hard LSU Tigers fan, having competed for the school’s varsity swim team in undergrad, and living five minutes from campus for 22 years of her life. Now she, her husband and their golden retriever live in a 1954 fixer-upper in Garden Oaks–Oak Forest.  

Howdy, Neighbor

Houston Saw an Influx of Renters Last Year. Here's What We Know about Them

A new report introduces us to these New-stonians, telling us they come from and how much money they probably make.

04/15/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas

home sweet home

How Covid-19 Actually Boosted Houston Real Estate Last Year

The growth in Houston’s market isn’t going to be extinguished any time soon.

03/26/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas

home sweet home

5 Home-Design Trends That Developed During the Pandemic

Styles come and go—think Italianate exteriors and (dare we say?) sliding farmhouse doors—and the pandemic has only helped expedite that process. Here are five trends that home builders are seeing in the market.

03/25/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas

Friendly, Happy People

This Posh Houston Suburb Was Just Named the Best Place to Live in America

Meanwhile, the Bayou City earned top marks for diversity.

03/24/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas

home sweet home

9 Houston Home Builders You Should Know

Local custom builders and renovators to help you perfect—or create—the home you’ve been dreaming about.

03/24/2021 By Catherine Wendlandt, Laura Furr Mericas, Denise Cathey, and Timothy Malcolm

Spruce Up

5 Tips for Perfecting Your Spring Greening Game at Home

Jemine and Matthew Oakes, founders of The Flora Culture, talk all things indoor plants.

03/23/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas

home sweet home

So You Want to Build a House in Houston?

Here's what you need to know.

03/23/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas

home sweet home

A By-the-Numbers Look at Houston Real Estate

A primer on home prices, growth rate, square footage, and more per Bayou City neighborhood.

03/22/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas

home sweet home

A Map of 2020 Median Home Prices in Houston

A look at the Houston-area and Harris County neighborhoods that are hot—and those that are not—according to home value fluctuations over the past year.

03/22/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas Illustrations by Monica Fuentes Carroll

Vintage Staycay

Look Inside the Stunning New La Colombe D'or Mansion Hotel

The 1923 former home of Houston royalty reopens to the public March 29.

03/12/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas

Work from home for life

On the Market: A Family- and Pandemic-Friendly Southgate Charmer

Offers are already pouring in for this revamped '40s home. 

03/04/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas

Staycation

The Hyatt Regency’s Multimillion-Dollar Revamp Will Make You Excited to Travel Again

The renovation mixes an eclectic flair with industrial-chic design.  

02/26/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas

Good to Know

Houston Homes Aren’t Built for Weather This Cold: Here’s Why

A Houston homebuilder explains.

02/19/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas

Dream Home

Celebrity Designer Launches Online Consultation Platform Featuring Sought-After Houstonian

The Expert matches savvy DIY decorators with the upper echelon of the interior design world.

02/12/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas

Howdy, neighbor 

Meet the Architect Who’s Designing (and Living in) Houston’s First Cohousing Community

It’s all about shared greenspaces and knowing your neighbors for Kathleen English.

02/05/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas

Modern Family

On the Market: A Contemporary Show Home on Lots and Lots of Land 

The sweeping family property is now up for sale to the public.

01/29/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas

Wait. Where?

Here’s Why People Across the U.S. Are Flocking to This Houston Suburb

One real estate agent calls Conroe the land of opportunity. 

01/21/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas

Let’s go buy a house

It’s Official: 2020 Was the Best Year for Houston Real Estate on Record

Even a pandemic couldn’t cool off the white-hot market. 

01/15/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas

New Year, New Home

On The Market: A Kirby Drive Fixer Upper

It’s a big project for someone with an even bigger budget. And we’re dying to see the end result. 

01/11/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas