Journal



The Laurel Cottages

The Laurel Cottages

Co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and cast member of HGTV Home Town, Mallorie Rasberry, enjoys sharing her secrets to great home design  and the beauty of opening her home and heart to those who visit Laurel to experience small town life.    If you would’ve told me 10 years ago that in 2018 our life would look like this: We would have a nearly 5-year-old precious, baby girl getting ready to start Kindergarten in one of... Read More



Top 10 Reasons To Road-trip to Laurel this Summer

Top 10 Reasons To Road-trip to Laurel this Summer

  It’s about that time again, when the air is getting thicker and the temperature is rising. Families are traveling to and from the beach and Laurel is the best stop along the way or the perfect weekend getaway.  That's why we're sharing our top 10 reasons why you should make Laurel your destination this summer.    Home Town Sight-Seeing  Laurel's very own, Home Town, the hit show on HGTV that focuses on restoring old homes  around the... Read More



Mother's Day

Mother's Day

As many of you know, Mother’s Day is never quite the same after your mother passes away. Just as my own mother did, I do not make a big deal of the holiday or expect to be lavished with gifts from Clark and Erin. The best present they can give me is just to drop by frequently so we can spend some quality time grilling, talking and laughing out on the deck. Once you become... Read More



A Dinner Down Main Street

A Dinner Down Main Street

Erin Austen Abbott, a local and lover of small town America, is back again to share her journey with her son, Tom Otis, through Water Valley. Read her previous posts about Small Town Living here.    Water Valley, MS is a really small town. Only about 3900 residents and only 19 miles from Oxford, so it’s a sweet little bedroom community to the bigger college town to the north. For such a small town, we... Read More



Laurel's Best Pet-Friendly Spots

Laurel's Best Pet-Friendly Spots

Our friends at Visit Downtown Laurel are dedicated to showing visitors and Laurel natives all that the City Beautiful has to offer. Today, they are showcasing the lesser-known but significant parts that Erin Napier from Home Town on HGTV has contributed to the revitalization of Downtown Laurel to its former beauty.   If you're anything like us, you love your furry friends! Sometimes when traveling, leaving your pet at home or in a kennel is unavoidable. But in Laurel, there's... Read More



Five Favorites for your Next Northeast Getaway

Five Favorites for your Next Northeast Getaway

As much as we love exploring new places here in the Northeast, there’s always a handful of tried and true favorites that keep us coming back. Sometimes it’s the beauty, other times it’s the ease and familiarity, but most times it’s the memories we’ve made there that tug at us to return time and time again. The following is a collection of places that feel like home to us, and never fail to deliver that... Read More



Just say yes, and watch it bloom.

Just say yes, and watch it bloom.

Years before I even started my design business, Cultivate Interiors, I knew my “why” behind designing interior spaces. I may not have been able to write it in a sentence, but in my soul, I knew that I had a gift to design spaces that make you feel something. I could create homes that were beautiful to look at, yes, but I could also make them welcoming - a place you wanted to linger a... Read More



Why You Should Visit Laurel This Weekend

Why You Should Visit Laurel This Weekend

 If you found yourself in Laurel this weekend, you were in good company. By 11am on Saturday morning, Front Street and the Mercantile Green were flooded with locals and visitors who took part in the very first Community Bank Crawfest. With over 20 teams, there were spicy, ravioli-filled, pineapple flavored crawfish available for every palette to try and select for the title of 'Best Crawfish.'     It’s been the funnest day in #DowntownLaurel celebrating... Read More



Creating a Kid-Friendly and Well-Designed Home

Creating a Kid-Friendly and Well-Designed Home

We move frequently. In our short seven years of marriage we’ve moved a total of nine times. I wouldn't say it’s an ideal situation but, for us, it’s been a necessary part of the journey. An endless quest to capture timeless design.  Nowadays, our adventures in homebuilding are shared with our three boys, whose constant energy and sheer physicality put our design ideas through their paces. To work for everyday life, our home needs to... Read More



How Erin Napier Helped Laurel Become "The City Beautiful" Once Again

How Erin Napier Helped Laurel Become "The City Beautiful" Once Again

Our friends at Visit Downtown Laurel are dedicated to showing visitors and Laurel natives all that the City Beautiful has to offer. Today, they are showcasing the lesser-known but significant parts that Erin Napier from Home Town on HGTV has contributed to the revitalization of Downtown Laurel to its former beauty. Read More