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.  

Post Covid Travel Guide

Learn to Fly (Again) in a Post-Coronavirus World

Returning to the airport in the middle of a pandemic puts a lot of questions up in the air. Here’s what you need to brush up on before venturing back—from terminal to tarmac.

9:52am By Laura Furr Mericas

living color

Find These Avant-Garde Floral Designs All over Houston

He's taking his avant-garde creations to new heights.

07/24/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas

Plant On

Here’s What Achieving "Tree Equity" Could Mean for Houstonians

Houston’s wealthier neighborhoods have about 14-percent more tree cover than lower-income neighborhoods,

07/23/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas

Deep Roots

Dr. James Morrison Fixes Teeth and Lives

The community-minded endodontist helps Houstonians with more than just root canals.

07/16/2021 By Chris Gray Edited by Laura Furr Mericas

Fixer Upper's Graduation

5 New Shows We're Binging on Magnolia Network

Chip and Joanna Gaines have debuted their long-awaited Magnolia Network. And we're eternally grateful.

07/16/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas

Beat the Heat

5 Houston Pools We Want to Rent This Summer

Swimmy, the Airbnb-esque app for swimming pools, has come to Texas just in time for blazing hot temps.

07/02/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas

$$$$

Here's How Many Million-Dollar Homes Are in Houston

A new report begs the question: Is Houston still an affordable city for homeowners?

06/29/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas

Home Goals

On the Market: A Brilliant Modernist Mansion in Near Northside

An elaborate chef's kitchen, downtown views, and a celestial library make this home an unexpected gem.

06/18/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas

Upward and Onward

The Rice Design Alliance's 2021 Home Tour Looks up (Not out)

Take a peek at the first-ever multifamily units to be featured on the cherished tour.

06/11/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas

Here Comes The Fun!

The Houston Family Guide

There's so much to see and do all summer long for kids of all ages.

06/11/2021 Edited by Laura Furr Mericas

Family Play-cation

Our Favorite Family-Friendly, Houston-Area Hotels

A roundup of local spots where the kids can be kids.

06/08/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas

Summer Field Trips

The Ultimate Houston Family Bucket List

15 can’t-miss summer field trips that toddlers to teens will dig.

06/07/2021 By Gwendolyn Knapp, Laura Furr Mericas, Brittany Cristiano, and Kaitlyn Miller

Everything Must Go!

A Houston Oil Exec’s Stunning Arts and Antiques Collection Is Heading to Auction

Take a peek inside this River Oaks treasure trove.

06/03/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas

Stylish Summer Savings

3 Local Decor Sales We’re Watching This Holiday Weekend

Move over Home Depot and Wayfair. These local Memorial Day sales have caught our eye.

05/28/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas

Wide Open (Concept) Spaces

Houston's Most 'High-End' Rental Locations Might Surprise You

No, they're not River Oaks, Memorial, or even The Woodlands.

05/21/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas

Pets Guide

My Pet Project

Our guide to everything you need to know about owning an animal in Houston.

05/21/2021 By Gwendolyn Knapp, Laura Furr Mericas, Kaitlyn Miller, and Dianna Wray

Good Vibes Only

Peek Inside This Transformed Retro Hotel in the Heights

The overhauled Heights House Hotel boasts a hip restaurant, pool, discounted concert tickets, and more for travelers and locals.

05/14/2021 Photography by Laura Furr Mericas

pooch perfect

18 Houston Pet Services and Activities That Are Squad Goals

Pet shops, parks, hotels, groomers, and other hot spots that are simply the best for treating your pet—and yourself—right.

05/14/2021 By Gwendolyn Knapp, Laura Furr Mericas, and Kaitlyn Miller

The best bang for your buck

5 Home-Improvement Tips to Boost Your House's Resale Value

In a new report, Realtors list where to spend and save when staging your home to sell.

05/07/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas

March Madness

Houston's Luxury Real Estate Market Is a 'Buying Bonanza'

Go ahead and scrub the record books.

05/03/2021 By Laura Furr Mericas