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A fireplace is the focus of a room, bringing elegance and sophistication to living spaces, bedrooms, and sometimes even bathrooms. Whether traditional wood-burning, modern gas, or electric, fireplaces like these six from Porch.com are heating up Dallas-Fort Worth homes.

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A fireplace is the focus of a room, bringing elegance and sophistication to living spaces, bedrooms, and sometimes even bathrooms. Whether traditional wood-burning, modern gas, or electric, fireplaces like these six from Porch.com [http: /porch.com] are heating up Dallas-Fort Worth homes. --- A classy black and white living room is topped off with a soft, neutral fireplace in this home staged by Design by Keti [https://porch.com/projects/thomas-ave-townhomes].
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Crib ideas for the heart of your home from these 6 local kitchens

Design Inspiration

The kitchen may be the most important room in the house, and its design often sets the tone for the entire interior. Get inspired by these well-designed Dallas-Fort Worth kitchens spied on Porch.com.

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The kitchen may be the most important room in the house. It's more than a place to cook; it's where we make memories with family and friends. And a kitchen's design often sets the tone for the entire interior. Get inspired by these well-designed Dallas-Fort Worth kitchens — from contemporary to traditional — spied on Porch.com [https: /porch.com/]. --- Tailored to a couple who wanted an open and modern residence, Ware Architecture Studio [http://www.warearchitecture.com/] designed this simple yet superb kitchen with sleek countertops and cabinetry in high-contrast white and chocolate brown, large stainless steel appliances, and a mosaic tile backsplash on one wall that reads like art. Yellow accents in the pendant lights and chair cushions add sunny yet understated color.
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These 6 local living rooms inspire bright design ideas

Living Room Love

It can be daunting, deciding how to decorate your living room. There's arranging the layout, choosing the color palette, picking out the most comfortable couch, and deciding on stylish accessories. Look to these six Dallas-Fort Worth living rooms, discovered on Porch.com, for inspiration.

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It can be daunting, deciding how to decorate your living room. There's arranging the layout, choosing the color palette, picking out the most comfortable couch, and deciding on stylish accessories. Look to these six Dallas-Fort Worth living rooms, discovered on Porch.com [http: /www.porch.com], for inspiration. --- Make a statement in your living room by infusing the design with bold color, like the large, striped rug and red accent chair in this interior by Domiteaux & CO Architects [https://porch.com/projects/1476140-11].
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7 local master bathrooms better than a luxury spa

Master Bath Envy

A master bathroom should be functional, yes, but it should also be a place to get away from it all, a spa-like retreat within the confines of your own home. Look to these seven luxurious Dallas-Fort Worth master bathrooms spied on Porch.com for inspiration.

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A master bathroom should be functional, yes, but it should also be a place to get away from it all, a spa-like retreat within the confines of your own home. Look to these seven luxurious Dallas-Fort Worth master bathrooms spied on Porch.com [https: /porch.com/] for inspiration. --- A large, open master bathroom in this home features a sleek frosted glass shower designed by Ware Architecture Studio [https://porch.com/projects/ridge-residence-147539605]. With a little less privacy and a fresh look, this walk-in shower design presents a state of peace and tranquility.
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These are the 13 best things to do in Fort Worth this weekend

Weekend event planner

Welcome to February, when the ice always seems to come to town. This week's storm has already wreaked havoc with early week events, and it's possible weekend events - of which there are many - will be affected as well. For now, the ones listed are still scheduled to take place, but check with the event organizer or venue before heading out to be sure.

Below are the best ways to spend your precious free time this weekend. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.

Thursday, February 2

Final days of Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
It may be cold and icy outside, but the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo goes on through Saturday. Some outdoor events like the carnival may be canceled on Thursday and Friday due to the frigid weather, but it'll be nice and cozy inside Dickies Arena for the final three days of the rodeo. There will also be two more concerts in the Auditorium Concert series - keep reading for details.

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo's Auditorium Concert Series: John Anderson with Bryan White
The final two concerts of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo's Auditorium Concert Series will start with country singer John Anderson with special guest Bryan White. Anderson, whose most recent album was 2020's Years, celebrated the 40th anniversary of his iconic hit “Swingin'” in 2022. White, best known for No. 1 hits like "Someone Else's Star" and "Rebecca Lynn," has released five albums in his career, most recently 2009's Dustbowl Dreams.

Circle Theatre presents Lonesome Blues
Lonesome Blues is the celebration of the legendary local bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson. Born blind, but ultimately able to express his deepest emotions through music, Jefferson was discovered on a street corner in the Deep Ellum section of Dallas in 1925. He made more than 80 records over the next four years, becoming one of the most prolific and influential performers of his generation and propelling the growth of rhythm and blues, soul, doo-wop, rap, and hip-hop. The production runs through February 11 at Circle Theatre.

Ryan Bingham in concert
Americana/roots rock musician (and Yellowstone star) Ryan Bingham is one of those artists whose popularity is belied by his chart performance. He has released seven albums in his career, most recently 2019's American Love Song, with only a couple reaching the top 10 on the Country charts. His biggest success has been winning an Oscar for his song "The Weary Kind" from the 2009 film Crazy Heart. Winner of the Stephen Bruton Award at the 2022 Lone Star Film Festival Gala, Bingham returns to Fort Worth to play two shows at Billy Bob's Texas on Thursday and Friday. Both are sold out, so scour the resale market if you want in.

Friday, February 3

Magnolia at the Modern: All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
Movie lovers wanting to be completists for the upcoming Oscars will want to see Best Documentary nominee All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Laura Poitrasis. It is an epic, emotional, and interconnected story about internationally renowned artist and activist Nan Goldin told through her slideshows, intimate interviews, ground-breaking photography, and rare footage of her personal fight to hold the Sackler family accountable for the overdose crisis. There will be six screenings through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

TCU Opera Series: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
While the next Fort Worth Opera production won't come until Aida in April, opera lovers can get a temporary fix by taking in this performance of Mozart's The Magic Flute from The School of Music for the TCU Opera and TCU Symphony Orchestra. The performance of the classic opera will take place in Ed Landreth Auditorium on the TCU campus.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents "Twist & Shout: The Music of the Beatles"
"Twist & Shout" celebrates The Beatles in America, beginning with their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964, and following their journey through the U.S., including highlights from their Shea Stadium and Hollywood Bowl appearances that brought Beatlemania and the British invasion into the hearts of Americans everywhere. Conducted by Bryon Stripling, the concert will have three performances through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.

Jubilee Theatre presents Moon Man Walk
Upon hearing about the sudden death of his mother, Spencer returns to his home in Philadelphia to plan her funeral. Along the way Spencer falls in love, discovers the truth about his absent father, and learns that his past is also the making of his present. This magical journey through space and time takes audiences literally from Philadelphia to the moon and back. The production runs through February 26 at Jubilee Theatre.

Saturday, February 4

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Family Series: "Heroes at the Symphony"
This family-friendly concert from the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the most memorable musical themes of heroes and heroines, from Beethoven to Superman. Attendees will hear all their favorites from blockbusters like Harry Potter, Wonder Woman, The Incredibles, The Avengers, Star Wars, and more. The concert will be at Bass Performance Hall.

Casa Mañana presents Charlotte's Web
In Charlotte's Web, Charlotte the spider, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer,” is determined to save Wilbur the pig. She begins her campaign with the “miracle” of her web in which she writes, “Some pig.” It’s the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte. The all-ages production will run through February 19 at Casa Mañana Theatre.

Kody West in concert
Country singer Kody West is one of the latest in a long line of musicians to come out of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Hailing originally from Denton, he gained a loyal following with his 2017 debut album, Green, which led to him serving as the supporting act for artists like Charlie Robison, Whiskey Myers, and Koe Wetzel. He'll play at Tannahill's Tavern & Music Hall in support of his new album, Circles.

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Auditorium Concert Series: Shane Smith & The Saints
The final event of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo will be this concert by Shane Smith & The Saints from the Auditorium Concert Series at Will Rogers Memorial Center. The Austin-based band can be considered veterans, having released their first album 10 years ago. They've become a mainstay on the Texas circuit, playing at a wide variety of local venues and festivals (and recently appearing on Yellowstone). Their most recent album was 2021's Live from the Desert.

Casey Donahew in concert
Country singer Casey Donahew had a nice run of success on the national country music scene, charting four straight albums in the top 10 on the Billboard Country charts in the 2010s, including the No. 3 All Night Party. He comes back to town in support of his 2022 album, Built Different. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.

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Circle Theatre presents Lonesome Blues through February 11.

Fort Worth's TCU celebrates milestone the best way: with special-edition wine

Vino News

Texas Christian University is celebrating its 150th anniversary with the unprecedented release of two special-edition wines, made by a California winery with a TCU connection.

According to a release, Saarloos + Sons winery in California’s Santa Ynez Valley has created a cabernet sauvignon and a sauvignon blanc to commemorate the university’s sesquicentennial.

The winery is operated by the Saarloos family, a fourth-generation business run by Keith Saarloos — brother of Kirk Saarloos, the head baseball coach at TCU.

"TCU supports my brother, and our family loves this school so much that I immediately said, 'Let's do it,' when we were asked," Keith says.

Keeping with family tradition, Keith's daughter Brielle will attend TCU in the fall.

Normally, Saarloos wine is sold only at the winery, located in Los Olivos, California, or else direct. But they're making an exception for the TCU 150, which will be available in limited quantities at the TCU Campus Store by spring.

“Every one of our wines is an estate wine, which means we grow the grapes, we pick them and we bottle the wine,” Keith says.

Food writer June Naylor Harris, herself a ’79 TCU graduate, provided tasting notes on the two wines, as follows:

Sauvignon blanc: A medium-bodied wine with smooth balance of mineral and acidic tones, softened with notes of stone fruit, honeydew, and fresh herbs. Pair with soft cheese such as goat, feta, and green peppercorn brie, with grapes and granny smith apples, smoked salmon, salty nuts, Thai-spiced shrimp, and herb-grilled chicken.

Cabernet sauvignon: Rich and bold with moderate acidity, dark fruit tones, earthy notes, and a hint of spice and herbs at the finish, with tannins and structure throughout. Pair with spice-rubbed beef tenderloin, lamb skewers with rosemary-blackberry glaze, venison, elk, charcuterie boards with hard cheese, cured meats, & berries, and dark chocolate truffles.

The labels were created by TCU partners using a gold anniversary crest, reserved for limited use. The back of the bottle includes the primary 150th mark in addition to details about the wine.

The sauvignon is $69, and the cabernet is $119. They'll be available at the Campus Store in late February, in limited quantities.

TCU creative director Kris Copeland calls it "a really special year," stating, "not only do we get to create materials that celebrate 150 years of our history, but we're also creating the artifacts that future generations of Horned Frogs will look back on."

New ways to work out — including in a movie theater — abound in Dallas-Fort Worth this February

Fit Feb

Raise your hand if you're still going strong with that resolution to work out more or improve your health. Now raise your hand if you believe every day is a new start, and February is as good a month as any to start a new good-for-you habit.

There are lots of new fitness and wellness studios proving the February theory, with openings galore.

Read on to get caught up on where you should be visiting next, then make note of the fun classes, races, and events happening around Dallas-Fort Worth this month.

EōS Fitness, which recently became headquartered in Dallas, is opening its first Texas location, in Euless at 2401 Rio Grande Blvd.

Memberships start at only $9.99 a month, and include start-of-the-art equipment, group fitness and cycle classes, an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, a Kids Club, and the unique MOVEoS Cinema, where members can work out while watching a big-screen movie in a theater-like setting.

SweatHouz — which already has locations in Plano, West Village, and Watters Creek — has opened another infrared sauna studio in Preston Royal, at 5959 Royal Ln. It boasts eight private sauna suites and offers cold plunge, hydromassage, and Celluma red light therapies.

Restore Hyper Wellness + Cryotherapy has opened two new locations, in McKinney (1620 N. Hardin Blvd.) and Richardson (212 Campbell Rd.).

Restore provides whole body and localized cryotherapy, IV drip therapy, stretch therapy, Cryoskin facials, mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy, infrared sauna, red and near infrared light therapy, compression therapy, and micronutrient testing.

Dallas Yoga Center has a new home above Gloria's Latin Cuisine at 4140 Lemmon Ave. There are more than 40 classes per week in-person and digitally, with private yoga lessons also available. Single classes, 10-class packs, and monthly memberships that include the wellness immersive experience range from $25 a class to $120 a month.

Fashion brand LoveShackFancy has teamed up with wellness brand BelliWelli to launch a probiotic chocolate chip cookie snack that's free with all purchases at LoveShackFancy stores. The snack bars are gluten-free, dairy-free, and low-sugar, and were designed to help those with IBS improve their gut health.

And now for classes and events. Mark your calendars for:

Stage West First Tuesday, February 7
Yes, this is put on by a theater company, but who better to help you tap into your emotions and leave feeling great? Tune Your Heart with Sound Healing, lead by Sara Southerland, will start at 6 pm and last approximately 90 minutes (the first 20 minutes include a complimentary drink and snacks from the bar).

Sara will then use her voice, crystal singing bowls, chimes, and drum to recharge and relax participants.Tickets are $20 each, with discounts for the theater's season ticket holders.

Hot Chocolate Run, February 11
A chocolate lover's oasis awaits following this 5K, 10K, and 15K, with fondue, dippables, and hot chocolate. Those 21 and up can add one free shot of RumChata, peanut butter whiskey, or Irish cream, if they so choose (be sure to bring your ID!).

Love on the Run, February 18
Be one of the first 350 participants to complete this inaugural USATF-certified race that includes a 10K, and 5K run/walk. All fitness levels are welcome to this family-friendly event, which begins at Toyota Music Factory and benefits the Irving Schools Foundation.

Black Girl Magic Ride, February 20
Head to Grit Fitness in the Design District for these two 60-minute spin classes (6 pm and 6:45 pm), highlighting the studio's Black spin instructors and celebrating Black musical artists.

And be sure to come back on Saturday, February 25, for the Black Business Girl Boss Pop-Up Shop from 8 am-12 pm.

The Cowtown Marathon, February 24-26
See the sights in Fort Worth, from the Stockyards to the Museum District, TCU to Trinity Park, during this half-marathon, full marathon, ultramarathon, healthy HIG relay, kids 5K, adults 5K, and 10K. With so many choices, you're sure to find a race that's right for you.