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.  

Pets in the City

5 Apps That Make Pet Ownership Safer and Simpler

It takes a village—and technology—to raise a pet nowadays.

06/22/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas

Pets in the City

4 Under-the-Radar Houston-Area Dog Parks

Your suburban doggo will love these parks.

06/22/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas

Pets in the City

Our Favorite Pooch-Approved Patios

Watering holes across the city you and your dog will love.

06/22/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas

Pets in the City

The Pet Checklist: 7 Things To Do When Adopting Your New Best Friend

How to be a responsible pet parent.

06/22/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas

Best Campgrounds

Inks Lake State Park Is So Beautiful, Even Newbies Will Come Around

New to camping? Inks Lake will ease you into the experience.

05/29/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas

Historic Homes

This Galveston Estate Was 144 Years in the Making

Restoring this old beauty was a labor of love.

05/29/2018 By Abby Ledoux and Laura Furr Mericas

Historic Homes

The Queen Anne Bungalow in the Heights That Oozes Southern Charm

It's hard to tell where new begins and old ends in this 1920s-era home.

05/29/2018 By Abby Ledoux and Laura Furr Mericas

Historic Homes

This Midcentury Modern Ranch Is Now an 'Art House'

Tim Kollatschny and Stephen Goldberg have managed to create a slice of Zen countryside in the middle of the city.

05/29/2018 By Abby Ledoux and Laura Furr Mericas

100 Best Shops

18 Shops to Satisfy Your Pinterest Fantasies

Don’t just add it to your Dream Home board—go find it at one of these swoon-worthy stores.

04/24/2018 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen, Laura Furr Mericas, and Abby Ledoux

100 Best Shops

Our 13 Favorite Vintage and Resale Shops

Houston’s vast and rich resale landscape runs from bargain to Balenciaga and low-priced to Louis Vuitton.

04/24/2018 By Abby Ledoux, Laura Furr Mericas, and Mary Cate Stevenson

100 Best Shops

9 Places to Adorn Yourself With Jewels

From engagement rings to grills, there’s no shortage of bling in Houston.

04/24/2018 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen, Laura Furr Mericas, and Abby Ledoux

Bean There, Done That

Three Lapsed Chicagoans Explain Once And for All Why The Bean Isn’t Worth Caring About

A counterpoint to the recent Bean Discourse.

04/02/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas, Nicki Koetting, and Morgan Kinney

Real Estate

Neighborhoods by the Numbers 2018

From walkability to crime rates, incomes and unemployment rates, here's what you need to know about Houston's 147 neighborhoods.

02/28/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas

Top Neighborhoods

Houston's Best Places to Live 2018

Your guide to Houston's 10 hottest neighborhoods right now, plus expert advice on the right way to go about buying a home in this brave, new, post-Harvey world.

02/28/2018 By Roxanna Asgarian, Morgan Kinney, Laura Furr Mericas, and Dianna Wray

Top Neighborhoods 2018

10 Questions Every Houston Homebuyer Should Ask Before They Press Go

Get these answers before you commit to a house.

02/28/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas and Roxanna Asgarian

Top Neighborhoods 2018

The 10 Hottest Neighborhoods in Houston in 2018

Seven excellent places to buy, three great locations to rent

02/28/2018 By Roxanna Asgarian, Morgan Kinney, Laura Furr Mericas, and Dianna Wray

Let the Good Clothes Roll

Want/Love/Need: Mardi Gras Edition

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me, “What should I wear to Mardi Gras?” ...

02/08/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas

The Houstonian Woman

6 Houston Women Leading the Way in Male-Dominated Jobs

These women are breaking glass ceilings all over the place.

01/30/2018 By Roxanna Asgarian, Gwendolyn Knapp, Abby Ledoux, and Laura Furr Mericas

The Houstonian Woman

The State of Houston and Texas Womanhood, By the Numbers

What is it like to be a woman in Houston and Texas? We have the data.

01/30/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas Illustrations by Amy Kinkead

Weather Report

Even the National Hurricane Center is Blown Away by Their Harvey Findings

"Truly overwhelming, literally and figuratively.”

01/26/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas