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Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson lives in a 1950s Midway Hollow bungalow with a husband, a preschooler and a dog. If she didn't live in the Hollow, she would probably live in Eastwood or Lochwood, and would buy a Fay Jones home if she won the lottery.

11/23/17 9:49am

It’s no secret that we at Second Shelters have a soft spot for the Texas Hill Country — with its wide open spaces, the beautiful scenery, and the plethora of wineries that dot the landscape, it’s hard to find something you don’t like about Fredericksburg.

Come see the adorable farmhouse we found that would make a great second home for anyone who wants to be within walking distance of shopping and dining downtown.

11/22/17 10:30am
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Oh, you will want to be reading this (photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons).

I thought for sure I’d have a hard time finding a Thanksgiving-ish Wednesday WTF because let’s face it — gratitude and weird stuff don’t exactly always go together. (more…)

11/22/17 10:17am

Chip and Joanna Gaines are back for their last season of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper,” which premiered Tuesday night.

While there won’t be a “Flip or Flop Fort Worth” recap this week because it’s a repeat, the HGTV gods are still in a giving mood — Tuesday was the premiere of the first episode of the last season of “Fixer Upper.” (more…)

11/21/17 12:00pm

The holiday season can be a great time to find a bargain on a new home, experts say (Photo courtesy Pixabay).

Why would anyone want to buy or sell a house during the holiday season? Who in their right mind would want to pack and move in the middle of all those Christmas parties, family gatherings, and other assorted holiday commitments?

Turns out, plenty of people like to take advantage of a traditionally slower period to go shopping for a new house. (more…)

11/17/17 11:00am

Ashley and Andy Williams transformed a Burton Hills home in this week’s “Flip or Flop Fort Worth” but not without some drama (Photo courtesy Ashley and Andy Williams).

Not to brag, but I’m getting pretty good at finding tile since Flip or Flop Fort Worth launched — I may no longer remember my own phone number, but I have become adept at scouring the Internet for our readers, identifying tile by sight.

Last week, I found the gorgeous vintage-looking tile from the bathroom in the first episode (I’ve subsequently further narrowed it down to a stateside source). Reader Jana gave me another tile to hunt for this week — from the same episode.

“Is there any way to find out what the name of the tile is that they used around the fireplace on the first episode of The Flip or Flop Fort Worth series?” Jana wrote. “I would just certainly appreciate it so much if I could get that information or be told where I can go to find the information myself. Thank you so much in advance and I’m keeping my fingers crossed!” (more…)

11/17/17 8:32am
Dallas ISD

Trustee Edwin Flores’s (left) proposed changes to a policy governing the district process for school closures has some worried, including fellow trustee Bernadette Nutall (right).

Adjourning by 8:30 p.m., November’s Dallas ISD school board meeting Thursday could’ve been a lot longer if a proposed policy change had not been pulled from the agenda.

Social media (if you knew where to look) has been on fire recently with rumors that Lincoln and Madison high schools were facing closure. The idea that these closures are possible, it seems, stems from a proposed change to a district policy that governs the procedure the district takes to close a school. (more…)

11/15/17 1:41pm


In this week’s edition of Wednesday WTF, we’ll be taking a look at home decor.

Thanksgiving is next week, and Christmas will be on its heels — which means only one thing: You’re probably looking for a few things to spruce up the old hacienda.

Well, have we ever got a few things to show you. Wondrous, amazing(ly horrible and really embarrassing) things to show you.

And we worked hard on this, too. I mean, seriously, I think we should be creating a WTF version of the HGTV Dream Home with these things so we can get the opportunity to see them in the wild. (more…)

11/14/17 1:19pm
Dallas ISD

Hopefully this is the last time we have to explain this.

After last week’s vote to dismantle Dallas County Schools, I learned that there are a few people that — despite lots of news coverage that should explain the difference — think Dallas County Schools and Dallas ISD are the same thing.

The day after the election, in fact, someone told me, “I voted to abolish DISD.” I took a deep breath, and said, “You mean DCS?”

“Same thing,” the person replied.