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41 Years Gone

41 Years Gone

WARNING: If you don’t know or care what happened on this day 41 years ago, this blog post is not going to mean a thing to you. Read it anyway because you need to be enlightened.  Anybody who knows this family of mine knows that we revere his legacy, uplift his music at the weirdest moments and are dedicated to keeping the legend of Elvis Aaron Presley alive among our friends and family. Furthermore, we are always willing to indoctrinate the unfortunate among us who were born too late or into families where the rock-n-roll gospel of Elvis was never heard. Read More



Made to Last | Handmade Leather in Mississippi

Made to Last | Handmade Leather in Mississippi

When the LMCo. co-owners dreamed up what #LMCo would look like, we wanted to create things that matter and things that last. If you're lucky and yo... Read More



A Creative Entrepreneur's Dilemma

A Creative Entrepreneur's Dilemma

This wall is big and the first thing your eye is drawn to when you walk in, and I’ve been waiting to hang just the right thing. As soon as I hung them up, I was bummed I didn’t do it sooner. They’re beautiful and weird and everything I wanted. In truth, I wanted to make these for years but didn’t want to “copy” Lauren Liess, a designer who did the same thing above a client’s sofa (she is amazing!). Because my home is intertwined with my job as an interior designer, I can stress myself out over whether or not my home will be a good reflection on my talent. The pendulum swings back and forth from wondering if I should be more original to fearing that something won’t work because I’ve never seen it before. Creative entrepreneurs, do you ever feel this way too? Like it’s tempting to cater our services to receive praise rather than out of passion? Read More



How Do You Say Mercantile?

How Do You Say Mercantile?

How do you say it? Let's settle this once and for all.     Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and see ore behind-the-scenes of HGTV Hom... Read More



The General Store

The General Store

I stopped by the feed store the other day.  Not the new one down the road with all the pre-packaged bags and nationwide distribution centers, but the old one where the wood floors thick with corn dust still creak under your step, receipts are handwritten and the grain mix of your choice is poured into feedsacks and tied off in a miller’s knot faster than you can follow.  The younger kids run off through the aisles looking under pallets and over piles of barley sacks for the calico mama cat that surely is out training her spring kittens how to keep the store free of any intruders as an old farmer sits at the counter casually casting off his morning talking about what needs to be done.  I’m grateful that these stores still exist narrowly between yesterday and tomorrow, down the road from the supercenter, just beside where the old train depot used to stand. Read More



Mallorie's Gallery Wall | DIY

Mallorie's Gallery Wall | DIY

A gallery wall is a great way to make a big impact in your home, but they can sometimes be overwhelming.  Erin's best friend and co-owner of Laurel Mercantile, Mallorie Rasberry, is here to walk you through the process.  With her keen eye for personalized design, Mallorie knows how to fill your walls with things that matter. Read More



Emily's Rolling Pin | Giveaway

Emily's Rolling Pin | Giveaway

When it comes to kitchenware, I prefer items that are dependable and consistent.  I like to buy the last one I'll ever need, and that's why we desi... Read More



Tales from my Momma's Table

Tales from my Momma's Table

I haven’t eaten a meal cooked by my mother in probably twenty years. She passed away in 2006, but she divorced her kitchen long before that. Maybe she forgot how to cook or maybe she figured out that if she didn’t do it, somebody else would.  Either way, her days in the kitchen were finished. She probably wasn’t one of the best cooks in the world, but she was the best cook in the world I knew.  Read More



Laurel: Visiting 'The City Beautiful'

Laurel: Visiting 'The City Beautiful'

Although Laurel has recently gained national attention as the setting of HGTV’s “Home Town,” starring locals Erin and Ben Napier, the picturesque ... Read More



Becoming a Small Town Creative

Becoming a Small Town Creative

Although Laurel is a small town relatively speaking, I grew up in a town that makes Laurel look like New York City.  It was understood that if fun was happening, it was up to me and my brothers to find it. Television was a Saturday morning thing, cartoons on demand certainly didn’t exist and the closest thing to an iPad was my etch-a-sketch. I vividly remember creating back yard soup concoctions in a green five gallon bucket with my next door neighbor on a regular basis. I also remember spending three consecutive days one summer choreographing a line dance to “Boot Scootin’ Boogie.” I still know every move to this day. Read More