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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.

04/26/18 1:05pm
Lavish

The IIDA will host its fourth bi-annual Lavish event, which benefits Dwell with Dignity. This year’s theme is Dallas neighborhoods, but previous events have centered around culinary, gemstones, and trend-setting cities around the world (Photos courtesy IIDA).

Flexing that creative muscle is something the designers belonging to the International Interior Design Association do daily — after all, creating spaces that reflect a company or homeowner’s personal style (and often budget) requires a fair amount of inspiration.

So it’s little wonder that when the Dallas City Center council began crafting its fundraising effort for Dwell with Dignity that the biggest component would be a celebration of creativity.

And the organization’s fourth bi-annual Lavish, which will be held at 6 p.m. on May 11 at the 2616 Commerce Events Center,  is just that. (more…)

04/25/18 9:30am
blue house

The Blue House has begun its trek seven blocks away to a new lot, after years of neglect and a couple of years of hard work by preservationists (Photos courtesy Preservation Dallas).

It took a bit, but the Blue House is almost completely safe now.

Almost, because windy weather has held up the removal process, so it sits on two lots — its original on Griffin, and the new lot at Beaumont and Browder.

It may take a while for the entire house to make the trek over to the new location, Dallas developer Mark Martinek told me last week.

We’re still moving it,” he said. “It’s kind of half on the original location, half on the new location.” (more…)

04/25/18 8:45am

wednesday wtf

If you’ve been following along with the Wednesday WTF for any length of time at all, you know that we adore smart alecks. We employ almost exclusively smart alecks. If we had an application for employment, I’m 92.34 percent sure that there would be a question about whether or not you’re a smart aleck that would need to be satisfactorily answered to be considered. (more…)

04/22/18 9:54am

A Concord, Massachusetts, home that was built before the Revolutionary War is on the market for the first time since 1949 — making it a perfect choice for this week’s historical shelter.

We have all the details on this lovingly updated home on SecondShelters.com.

04/18/18 4:06pm
Dallas ISD

Dallas ISD District 9 school board trustee Bernadette Nutall (far left), is facing three candidates (from left to right): Justin Henry, Ona Marie Hendricks, and Edward Turner.

This just came across our desk today, but if you live in Dallas ISD District 9 (the only contested school board race this year), or if you just want to see what the four candidates say and where they stand on the issues, the students of three high schools  Skyline, Lincoln and Irma Rangel — are hosting a forum tonight at El Centro College, 801 Main St., Dallas, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (more…)

04/18/18 12:15pm

Look, y'all. A rainbow.Listen, sometimes the Wednesday WTF is one of those things where you’re recoiling and scared. Sometimes induces incredulity. But sometimes, it’s just so damned magical you just have to embrace it, because anything else is just incomprehensible.

This is one of those weeks.

I mean, how can you not love a house whose exterior shot includes a freakin’ rainbow? Are you made of stone? It’s a rainbow, in all it’s Lisa Frank unicorn glory, arching above this perfectly lovely two-story house in the Orlando suburb of Windermere, Florida. (more…)

04/18/18 9:00am

(Courtesy The Urban Institute)

A look at student loan and medical debt across the nation reveals that how much debt a person carried boils down to quite a bit — especially when it comes to race. And that debt has become one of the top five barriers to homeownership.

The Urban Institute’s study of debt — specifically, student loans and medical bills — has some illuminating data when it comes to Dallas County. (more…)

04/16/18 9:30am
property taxes

PropertyTax.io may just change the way people appeal their property taxes.

First, the bad news: A very important property tax deadline is coming up, and not many people are aware of it.

But the good news is that one company has created a way to make meeting that deadline so much easier.

PropertyTax.io was developed by Goodrich Realty Consulting, first as a tool for their tax consultants to use in the company’s property tax division. Last year, they released the tool to the general public, and it has the potential to really shake up the way people appeal their property tax bills.

“Our mission was to create a smarter, faster appeals process,” said Glenn Goodrich, GRC’s Director of Technology & Property Tax. (more…)