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.  

Mommy Nearest

In the Market for More Mom Friends? There's an App for That.

We chat with Michelle Kennedy, London mama and CEO of Peanut, the moms-only social network that officially launches in Houston this week.

07/29/2019 By Laura Furr Mericas

Education

Expand Your Mind With These Classes

These Houston-area continuing education courses will restore your wellbeing and feed your mind, body, and soul.

07/22/2019 By Morgan Kinney, Gwendolyn Knapp, Nicki Koetting, Abby Ledoux, and Laura Furr Mericas

Space City

These Historic Bungalows in the East End Might Be Houston's Coolest Airbnbs

Every design detail—from the eco-friendly mattresses, to the mismatched furniture, to the pendant lights, to the prints of Texas oilfields and native plants—is part of a Houston story.

07/22/2019 By Laura Furr Mericas

Dive Right In

20 Texas Swimming Holes to Cool You Off This Summer

It’s that time of year again, Houston, when the weather is downright relentless and we have to escape. But don't despair: There are many cool, clear, refreshing lakes, rivers, and spring-fed pools to enjoy right here in this beautiful state of ours.

06/25/2019 By Morgan Kinney, Gwendolyn Knapp, Nicki Koetting, Abby Ledoux, Catherine Matusow, Laura Furr Mericas, and Dianna Wray

Ice House

Behind the Scenes with Galveston's Newly Minted DIY Network Stars

In Big Texas Fix, Ashley and Michael Cordray see treasure in the tear-downs.

05/24/2019 By Laura Furr Mericas

Home Away from Home

The Houstonian's Essential Guide to Owning a Second Home

Always wanted a vacation house? Houstonia is here to help you figure out if you’re ready, and if so, what kind of place—and where—to buy.

05/24/2019 By Abby Ledoux and Laura Furr Mericas

Home Away from Home

7 Ways to Make Your Airbnb Stand Out (and Make Bank)

Get that five-star review.

05/24/2019 By Laura Furr Mericas

Home Away from Home

10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Second Home

Everything from "can I afford this" to "do I vibe with the neighbors?"

05/24/2019 By Abby Ledoux and Laura Furr Mericas

Shine Bright

JDRF's Glitzy Platinum Anniversary Promise Ball Raises $1.9 Million

The glittering event honored individuals personally impacted by Type 1 diabetes.

05/13/2019 By Laura Furr Mericas

Sink or Swim

Is the Heights Getting a New Pool?

Three burning questions, answered.

04/25/2019 By Laura Furr Mericas

Gulf Coast Vacations

Living the Luxe Life Along Florida's Scenic Highway 30A

Alys Beach is a side of Florida we've never seen before.

04/25/2019 By Laura Furr Mericas

Top Neighborhoods

Neighborhoods by the Numbers 2019

Compare commute times, public school enrollment, home prices, and more.

03/25/2019 By Laura Furr Mericas

Dream Homes

A Modern Oasis That Brings the Outside Inside in the GOOF

Scaled for the kids and the neighborhood, this AIA-honored home stands out and fits in all at once.

03/25/2019 By Laura Furr Mericas

Dream Homes

In the Heights, a Transformed House, Equal Parts Charming and Funky

One of the few mission-style homes in the historic neighborhood, this renovated Heights abode stands out for more than one reason.

03/25/2019 By Laura Furr Mericas

Happy Trails

5 Local Races Worth Running in 2019

Donuts and beaches can convince anyone to run a 5K, right?

01/28/2019 By Laura Furr Mericas

Happy Trails

Find Your Pack at These Houston Running and Biking Clubs

Just about every day of the week, all across Houston, there's a running or biking club that's just your speed.

01/28/2019 By Laura Furr Mericas

Designing Woman

Paloma Contreras's Decor and Design Shop Is Finally Here. We're Kind Of Obsessed.

Get to know the self-made mogul behind River Oaks' Paloma & Co.

01/24/2019 By Laura Furr Mericas

Have Fun, Feel Great

5 Houston Experts Share the Locally Made Products They Can't Live Without

Upgrade your life with these hair and skincare picks from beauty pros.

12/31/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas

Money, Money, Money

How Do Houstonians Earn and Spend Their Money?

We break it down.

12/31/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas

Money, Money, Money

5 Houstonians With Cool (and Profitable) Side Hustles

Every day they're hustling. (Literally.)

12/31/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas