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.  

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

Space City, Spaced Out

The State of Houston's Rental Market As 2021 Kicks Off

Spoiler: League City is hot.

01/04/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas

Stay home, feel fab

How to Make the At-Home Workout Work

A local fitness instructor gives us tips on what equipment to buy, what areas to focus on, and more.

12/31/2020 By Laura Furr Mericas

Stay home, feel fab

Our Favorite Virtual Fitness Classes

These four Houston-based trainers will get you sweating.

12/29/2020 By Laura Furr Mericas

Home for the holidays

The Truxillo Victorian in the Heights Is All Dressed up for Christmas

We can thank the new owners of this iconic 1892 estate for decking the halls in style.

12/21/2020 By Laura Furr Mericas

House Hunters

Expert Says Houston’s Real Estate Market is Booming—Even in the Middle of a Pandemic

Interest rates are at historic lows, yes. But Houstonians are buying up homes at staggering rates.

12/14/2020 By Laura Furr Mericas Illustrations by Amy Kinkead/Shutterstock.com

Home For The Holidays

Our Favorite Gifts for Every Room in the House

Get that HGTV-level present from one of these local shops.

12/08/2020 By Laura Furr Mericas

Charitable Giving

Just How Far Can Your $5 Donation Go in Houston?

Even the smallest amount helps.

12/07/2020 By Laura Furr Mericas

Shop Local

Check out These Awesomely Creative Black-Owned Businesses

Back the “Buy Black” movement at these H-Town shops.

11/27/2020 By Denise Cathey, Catherine Wendlandt, Rebecca Noel, and Laura Furr Mericas

Apartment envy

Look Inside Houston’s Top Apartments of 2020

The winners of the Houston Apartment Association Honors Awards offer an array of styles and amenities.

11/25/2020 By Laura Furr Mericas

Beautiful and Thoughtful design

Peep the Architecture Center Houston and AIA Houston’s New Downtown Digs

The groups are finally moving into their ultra-modern space, three years after a major setback from Hurricane Harvey. 

11/24/2020 By Laura Furr Mericas

Classic for the modern lifestyle

On The Market: A River Oaks Abode That Balances Form and Family

Stature and surprise meet in this renovated stunner. 

11/18/2020 By Laura Furr Mericas

Classic for the modern lifestyle

On The Market: A River Oaks Abode That Balances Form and Family

Stature and surprise meet in this renovated stunner. 

11/13/2020 By Laura Furr Mericas

Dream Home

The 2020 Virtual AIA Houston Home Tour Is Reaching More Viewers (and Continents)

Explore the swoon-worthy houses from the comfort of your own home now through November 15.

11/06/2020 By Laura Furr Mericas

Sponsored Content

Saving Us from the Post-Lockdown Grizzlies

While we were hibernating, Milan Laser, the experts in hair removal, opened two local clinics.

10/15/2020 By Laura Furr Mericas

Numbers Game

Houston Lags Behind in 2020 Census Reporting

But check out Fort Bend County!

05/04/2020 By Laura Furr Mericas

The Sesquipedalian

Grace Walters Is the Spelling Bee Coach of Champions

In the world of competitive spelling, an 18-year-old from Magnolia is queen bee.

05/01/2020 By Laura Furr Mericas