Journal



The Smith House

I never imagined I would move to Jones County. I'd told Jordan early in our relationship that I didn't want to stay in Mississippi. I had dreams of moving off and living a life outside of what I'd always known. And we did! We moved to Tennessee and started our life together. So never in my wildest dreams did I think we'd buy our dream house in Laurel, be on a national television show, and... Read More



Water Valley

For my first entry into the Laurel Mercantile Daily Journal, I thought it seemed fitting to talk about raising my son in a small town. As we welcome Helen, I wanted to share some of my favorite moments from raising Tom Otis, my five year old, in Water Valley, MS. I hope you will follow along monthly as I share here frequently, everything from small town living, running my own business, design, travel and more… ... Read More



This is Why

Why do we do this?  Now, this could be viewed as some big existential question, but in this instance, I literally mean, “Why are Erin and I doing what we do?” We’re asked this question all the time. Our answer has always been something along the lines of shining a positive light on our town and our state. When our social media manager, Lindsay, reached out to me about writing for the premiere of Home... Read More



#2,494 Tree Lighting.

I’m so glad we finished work in time to make it to the town Christmas tree lighting. We barely made it in time! Read More



#2,492 Appreciating the Quiet.

#2,492 Appreciating the Quiet.

We’re getting close to the end of filming and while the days are still a bit long, I’m finding more quiet moments as the saws are done and it’s now the quiet work of painting and cleaning that’s left on each of the houses... Read More



#2,491 Our Last Solo Decorating.

#2,491 Our Last Solo Decorating.

It’s a rule: if we want something to get done it has to be on our calendar. Christmas decorating was no exception and somehow, with everything we’ve got going on, our house is already clean and decorated for Christmas before December even arrives. I think two years ago we barely got a tree up before December 24... Read More



#2,490 Home Again.

#2,490 Home Again.

We made it back home just in time to pick out our Christmas tree at the Mercantile. We didn’t have the energy to actually decorate it tonight, but there’s always tomorrow! For now, there is a Chinese carry out and Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Which I have somehow never seen until tonight... Read More



#2,486 Mall Date.

#2,486 Mall Date.

After filming wrapped and we were too tired to cook ourselves supper, I remembered I needed Vanilla Bean Noel lotion because it’s almost December and we had ourselves a right fine mall date, as we do at least once a year, usually around Christmas when it’s actually fun to be in a mall... Read More



#2,482 Holiday Special.

We spent the day with our director Jim from season 1 putting together the super fun Home Town holiday special that’s coming in a few weeks! I’ll keep y’all posted on air times as soon as we know. Now I hope we will see you at The Market Beautiful tomorrow (today, if you’re reading on Saturday) when we speak at noon and have a meet and greet inside the Mercantile from 2-3 pm.  Read More



#2,481 Dinner with the Market Folks.

Tomorrow (today, if you’re reading this on Friday morning) the Market Beautiful kicks off again in Laurel for their vintage fair down by the Mercantile on Front and Oak Streets for the weekend. Saturday Ben and I will be speaking and hanging out at our shop and I hope we get to meet some of y’all there. Just like before, they invited us over to their Airbnb for dinner tonight with their friend... Read More