Journal



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



Skip the Hotels: The Most Charming Places to Stay in Laurel, MS

Skip the Hotels: The Most Charming Places to Stay in Laurel, MS

There's lots of things for us Laurelites to be proud of, and hospitality and charm are at the top of the list. What's the best way to be hospitable? To host guests, of course! Most visitors will choose to stay in hotels, but we have a better idea.   Make Your Laurel Experience Unique Why stay in a hotel, when you could stay in a one-of-a-kind BnB?There's many perks to this, including saving money. Not only... Read More



More Than A Dog Tale

More Than A Dog Tale

Everybody on this planet loves a heartwarming animal story. These type of stories are all over social media. I’ve tried, but it’s impossible to pass one by.There’s so much horrible stuff in the news these days, I believe that most peopleare simply searching for anything that will provide a bright spot, a little giggle, ahappy tear or a fond memory of a pet long gone. Shorts. Yard work. #bizarrowinter A post shared by Erin Napier (@erinapier)... Read More



Finding Your Home's Style

Finding Your Home's Style

I wrote on instagram stories last night about the oversaturation of the word "farmhouse" and how it's being applied to home designs of all stripes and more often than not, it's inappropriate, inaccurate, or used as a marketing buzzword. Because of it, the thing that makes charming homes on farms all over the country inherently special is being watered down until it means nothing. If everything is a farmhouse, nothing is. See what I'm saying? I... Read More



The Greatest Treasures

The Greatest Treasures

Like most Southern ladies (as well as a few of our gentlemen) I love beautiful interior design. I am also wildly sentimental about the pieces I choose to fill my home. I like to say my personal decorating style is “Early Attic” because I tend to choose furniture that has been passed down from family members through the years over the newest designer items on the block. I choose pieces that nobody else wants; things that are bound for the attic or the giveaway bin until I claim them as my own. I think that’s also a big part of being Southern— hanging on to things that keep your family history alive with stories of days gone by. My home isn’t likely to end up featured on the pages of a magazine but for me, it is filled with hidden gems. Read More



First Camping Trip

First Camping Trip

When I was a child, I loved to camp. Exploring in the woods for hours, catching fish in the stream near by for dinner, and then ending the night with s’mores. I would watch the sun go down through the trees, then just watch lightning bugs fill the space all around us. As we laid in the tent, it would be hot from the deep south summer air. We’d just hope for a breeze to... Read More



Called To Laurel

Called To Laurel

My husband and I were sitting in a parking lot on a Tuesday lunch break in September of 2015 when we were asked the question over the phone, “Do you feel called to Laurel?” The answer was yes. We both knew it and felt it confidently. But yes was scary. Between the two of us, we knew one person in Laurel. A move to Laurel meant a move from family and friends. And while it... Read More



The Craft of All Ages: Sign Painting in Laurel, Mississippi

The Craft of All Ages: Sign Painting in Laurel, Mississippi

It’s no secret that Laurel has a plethora of artists and makers hiding in every nook and cranny. We hone in on our distinct art scene religiously and we hope to show others that small towns draw in and create the most skilled craftsmen in the world. Today we’re shining a light on the craft that has been resurrected in the past years and is, thankfully, passing through a younger generation.  Meet River Prince.  ... Read More



Father's Day

Father's Day

Father’s Day in a house full of boys is pretty special. We all wanted to be him and wanted to be his favorite. Now, at the ages of 38, 34, 32, and 24, the only thing that has changed is the fact that 3 of us are now fathers. We still want to be like him, and we still want to be his favorite.             This year is special for me. A year ago, we... Read More



Birthday Sunday

Birthday Sunday

"When Leroy met Mary at the Snuff Dippers Ball.”  I sing this chorus in my head from a folky little song written by my uncle about the night my grandparents met and it sums up my entire world in my head.  Leroy, my Poppa, was out with his buddy "just looking for something to do” when they happened upon the Crystal Ball, nicknamed "The Snuff Dippers Ball" for I assume obvious reasons.  My 18 year... Read More