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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



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



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 hospitabl... 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 pas... 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 ... 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 yo... 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 a... Read More



Our Favorite Kid-Friendly Spots in Laurel, Mississippi

Our Favorite Kid-Friendly Spots in Laurel, Mississippi

Every parent knows that when you're planning a trip, you have to plan around the littles. Whether you're just stopping in or staying with us for a ... Read More