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Dress Your Home for the Holidays with Darling Homes DFW

Fall is in the air and it’s the perfect time to dress your home for the holidays with Darling Homes DFW.

Make a statement with a front porch that’s sure to impress guests with these sensational seasonal decorating tips.

A Wreath’s Warm Welcome

Create a warm and inviting atmosphere as soon as guests arrive at your front door with a homemade wreath that is tailored to your unique style.

From burgundy to rustic tan, golden yellow to rich, chocolate brown, enhance your wreath with the colors of the season using leaves, fresh hydrangeas, berry branches and pinecones woven together with a seasonal burlap ribbon or twine.

At the wreath’s center, place a monogram door hanger or a weathered wooden sign that’s painted with your favorite fall saying such as “Welcome”, “Fall”, or “Thankful”. This simple touch will complete the look.

A Picturesque Pumpkin Display

Celebrate autumn’s splendor with a picturesque pumpkin display.

Those who enjoy the beauty of tradition will be delighted by a stylish ensemble that uses gourds, mums and pumpkins of various sizes. Create a gorgeous arrangement by artfully stacking them in barrels or positioning them on a tiered, wooden stand.

Achieve a cottage-inspired look by incorporating bundles of hay, cornstalks and oversized lanterns for a fall scene that’s timeless and charming.

Finally, fill the empty spaces with fresh plants for a sleek and simple design to savor all season long.

An Elegant Embellishment for Fabulous Fall Decor

Love a neutral color scheme that’s graceful and elegant? Although the season boasts a rich color palette of burnt oranges, rustic reds, golden yellows and chocolate browns, make your home something to be admired that’s modern and simple, focusing on neutrals and natural decor.

Using creams and pastel colors, paint your pumpkins and assemble them next to gourds, hay and pinecones in a planter or an oversized basket. For those wanting to add a little sparkle, dust select pumpkins in silver and gold glitter.

An Enchanting Fall Glow

Here’s your chance to complete the inviting entry that guests, neighbors and passers-by can’t help but notice.

A few favorites when creating a cozy, fall look are cafe lights that frame your front door, LED lights in pumpkins or lanterns to create a flickering effect or string lights woven with garland between railings or around columns.

Bring the magic of fall to life in your new home!

Built in premier locations throughout Dallas and Fort Worth, Darling Homes offers luxurious homes that are move-in ready. Styles include one-, two-, and three-story designs, charming, villa-style retreats, elegant patio homes and thoughtfully crafted luxury homes with prices from the mid $300s to more than $1 million.

For more information about Darling Homes, contact our Internet Home Consultant Melissa at (469) 252-2255 or visit www.darlinghomes.com. Follow us on Pinterest for more fall decorating ideas.

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Darling Homes’ Guide to Fall Fun in Dallas

Fill your fall season with the best holiday happenings with Darling Homes’ Guide to Fall Fun in Dallas.

The team at Darling Homes has put together eight must-see festivals, events and activities that friends, neighbors and loved ones of all ages are sure to enjoy.

Get out to the State Fair of Texas!

Are you an avid fairgoer? Whether you love the food, family fun or live entertainment, the State Fair of Texas provides something for everyone.

Boasting more than 100 live performances, including 15 headlining acts and 75 bands and musicians, the State Fair of Texas offers a series of performances and musical genres that appeal to all ages. In addition, the fair provides thrilling entertainment and shows, including the Lone Star Stampede, the Lords of Gravity Basketball Slam Dunk show, Wild West Pet Palooza, light shows, acrobatics, pig races and more.

While you’re there, indulge in classic Texas staples like Fletcher’s State Fair Corny Dog, the Barnyard Burger, Crunchy Fried Oinkers and Dallas’ Fried Bacon-Tilla. Craving something sweet? Try the state fair’s Chocolate Tease Wine Cooler.

It’s all a part of the fun at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas, open now through October 23. Visit http://bigtex.com/ for admission prices and more information.

Take a Ride on the Pumpkin Patch Express

Jump on The Texas State Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch Express every Saturday and Sunday during October. The train departs at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and is perfect for kids ages 2 through 12.

Children are encouraged to wear their costumes as they peruse the railroad station’s pumpkin patch, visit the Trick or Treat Street and enjoy hayrides, games, music and more!

For ticket prices, visit https://www.texasstaterr.com/ride/pumpkin-patch-express/.

Discover Halloween Nights at Dallas Zoo

Experience family fun and spooky excitement during Halloween Nights at the Dallas Zoo, beginning Thursday, October 27 through Sunday, October 30, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Children and their families are invited to dress up in Halloween costumes, trick-or-treat throughout the zoo and catch special events and activities, including pirate-themed animal shows, interactive magic shows, a haunted carousel, mini-train rides, face painting, mystery games, bounce houses and much more.

Don’t miss it! Visit http://www.dallaszoo.com/event/halloween-nights-13/ for admission prices and more information.

Find Your Perfect Pumpkin at Tucker Hill’s Pumpkinville

Mark your calendars from Monday, October 17 through Monday, October 31. Dallas-area residents are invited to experience festive, fall fun during the annual Tucker Hill Pumpkinville event in McKinney.

Known as “Your Patch-to-Porch Destination,” visitors can enjoy tractor-pulled hayrides, perusing the patch for the perfect pumpkin, visiting the petting zoo, participating in the Pumpkinville costume contest and much more. This free, family-friendly event offers fun for all ages.

Times may vary, so visit http://www.tuckerhilltx.com/news/pumpkinville-2016—open-oct-17-31 for more information.

Trick-or-Treat at Frisco Fire Safety Town

The Frisco Fire Department invites toddlers to 5th graders to their annual Fall Festival and trick-or-treating event on Friday, October 28, from 6 to 9 p.m.

For one evening, members of the Frisco Fire Safety Town will dress their village in Halloween decorations and pass out treats to kids.

It’s a special evening for families to meet Frisco Firefighters, take photos with the popular “Fire Clowns,” and trick-or-treat with members of the community.

For more information, visit http://www.friscofiresafetytown.com/142/Special-Events.

Explore Autumn at the Arboretum

Autumn at the Arboretum has been named Dallas’ Favorite Fall Tradition and for good reason.

Now through November 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., immerse yourself in fall beauty as you explore the nationally acclaimed, one-acre Pumpkin Village, featuring 90,000 pumpkins and 150,000 fall-blooming plants arranged among gourds, hay, corn stalks and squash.

While you’re there, have some fun in the Haybale Maze and the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch. Be sure to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in and around the Arboretum’s beautifully manicured gardens.

For ticket prices, visit http://www.dallasarboretum.org/visit/seasonal-festivals-events/autumn-at-the-arboretum.

Lace up for the Dallas Turkey Trot Run

Trot around the town during the 49th Annual Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot on Thursday, November 24, at 9 a.m., at Dallas City Hall.

Dubbed the “Way to Begin Thanksgiving Day” by the running community and thousands of locals, the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot has grown to be the largest Thanksgiving Day event of its kind in the country, offering a 5K or 8-mile course that’s suitable for all ages.

Interested? Learn more about the exciting race by visiting http://www.thetrot.org/.

Celebrate a Holiday Light Show in Plano

As winter festivities near, it’s time to delight in an evening of holiday merriment during one of Collin County’s biggest neighborhood light displays at Deerfield in Plano.

From Dec. 1 to Dec. 30, Dallas-area families and friends will share nights filled with holiday revelry as the residents of Deerfield create a magical scene with their home’s light displays and decorations, from 7 to 11 p.m. each evening.

Deerfield’s holiday light tradition can be viewed by car, horse-drawn carriage or with a segway tour. After you’ve seen them all, you can even vote for your favorite decorated house.

Visit http://www.deerfieldplano.org/Page/616~250326/Holiday-Information for directions and more information.

Want to live near the fun? Darling Homes offers a wide variety of home designs, including a luxurious collection of move-in ready homes available in up and coming new-home communities throughout Dallas and Fort Worth.

For more information about Darling Homes, contact our Internet Home Consultant Melissa at (469) 252-2255 or visit www.darlinghomes.com.

Here’s to a wonderful and memorable season in Dallas!


Find Your Energy Efficient Home with Darling Homes Houston

In search of a new home? Want a home built with high quality construction and advanced, green-certified technologies? Find your energy efficient home with Darling Homes Houston.

For more than 28 years, Darling Homes has focused on creating a home that buyers feel proud to live in, combining custom details, a variety of design options, flexible floor plans and premier locations to fit the unique life and style of every customer.

In addition to these key elements, Darling Homes ensures each home is built to the standards of the Green Built Gulf Coast (GBGC) certification program. With more than 1,200 homes built throughout Greater Houston under the GBGC program, Darling Homes continues to improve its home designs by implementing these eco-friendly building methods and new, innovative technologies.

What are the benefits of owning a green-certified home?

Energy Efficiency

The average person spends approximately 90 percent of their time inside their home and, surprisingly, air pollutant levels inside your home can be up to ten times higher than the air pollutants you breathe outdoors, according to the United States Environment Protection Agency.

The practices used in building GBGC-certified homes significantly improve the air quality inside the home by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 33 percent.

Certified products range from building materials, insulation and flooring to countertops and appliances, as well as irrigation and landscaping. Darling Homes has also adopted the use of LED lights throughout its homes, resulting in greater energy efficiency and reduced energy costs for the consumer.

Durability and Moisture Protection

Darling Homes’ new building technology, the Zip System, protects the quality and structure of the home during the construction process and beyond. The Zip System is structurally stronger and more resistant to high winds. Designed to reduce air leakage and prevent moisture from seeping in from the outside, the roof and wall system acts as a housewrap and includes an integrated water and air resistant barrier installed in two, simple steps with panels and taped seams.

Homes are tightly sealed for more efficient air conditioning, protection from extreme weather conditions and humidity, which minimizes maintenance associated with severe weather.

Reduced Maintenance Costs

Incorporating green building methods not only increases the value of your home, but results in higher savings on utility bills and lower maintenance costs.

The average person spends approximately $1,200 per month on home maintenance fees. In comparison to the average home, green homes provide a 13 percent reduction in maintenance fees and consume less energy by as much as 26 percent.

To see these homes in action, visit Darling Homes’ model home at Parkway Terrace in West Memorial, Stillwater in Conroe and Harvest Green in Richmond.

The new model homes at Parkway Terrace and Stillwater utilize the latest green practices, including the Zip System and energy-efficient LED lights.

Nestled among acres of lush greenery and waterways, Darling Homes at Harvest Green is a community built for sustainability. The neighborhood is designed for low impact on the natural setting, with homes that combine distinctive architectural details and thoughtfully crafted spaces to maximize livability and luxury. Each home also features its own garden.

Darling Homes is dedicated to developing strong building techniques and advancing in home design functionality. For green home building and new technologies that are environmentally friendly, discover Darling Homes at Parkway Terrace, Stillwater and Harvest Green.

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Festive Fall Things to Do in Dallas

Farmer’s markets, wine tasting, pumpkin patches and trick-or-treating, there are plenty of festive fall things to do in Dallas. As the days get shorter and mornings grow cool and crisp, it’s time to start celebrating the season.

Now’s your chance to savor this beautiful time of year with Darling Homes in sought-after DFW communities you’ll enjoy first-hand.

Those looking to experience all things fall throughout the Dallas area will be delighted by the bountiful opportunities that await. Shop the fresh display of organic produce at the Fall Farmer’s Market at Light Farms in Celina, indulge in a variety of delicious wines while listening to the sounds of talented local musicians during the Wine & Music Festival at Windsong Ranch in Prosper, or peruse the patch for that perfect pumpkin and enjoy an old-fashioned, tractor-pulled hay ride at Tucker Hill’s Annual Pumpkinville event in McKinney.

Shop a Fresh, Locally-Grown Harvest

Welcome a new season at Light Farms on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Fall Farmer’s Market held at the Barn Yard. Those who attend will enjoy family activities and live music while shopping for fresh, organic produce, artisan foods and one-of-a-kind products from more than 20 local vendors and food trucks.

Light Farms is committed to providing a healthy lifestyle with community-wide farmer’s markets and weekly deliveries of fresh, locally-grown produce. Designed around bringing residents together, building relationships and creating new memories, Light Farms offers more than 200 events each year.

Want to call Light Farms home? Darling Homes at Light Farms provides timeless designs with expansive interiors that are beautifully crafted to fit its community-centric look and feel, featuring move-in ready homes with up to four bedrooms, gourmet kitchens with upgraded cabinets and appliances, luxurious master suites with oversized closets and large covered patios.

An Afternoon for the Wine Connoisseur

Indulge in artisan foods and delicious wines while listening to the sounds of live, local music during the annual Windsong Wine and Music Festival on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The signature event is a great opportunity for adults to mix and mingle in Texas’ gorgeous autumn weather.

In Prosper, explore an award-winning community that’s truly unlike any other. At Windsong Ranch, residents have access to world-class amenities and a full calendar of community events, from the Windsong Ranch Wild West Fest in spring to the Fourth of July Splash Bash in summer.

Interested in finding your new home? Darling Homes’ designs at Windsong Ranch include two collections of luxury homes with its 61’ and 71’ series, providing options for all styles of living.

Pumpkins, Pumpkins and More Pumpkins

There’s no shortage of pumpkins at Pumpkinville! Revel in two weeks of free, fall fun with pumpkin picking, tractor-pulled hayrides, a petting zoo, face painting, costume contests and more, during Tucker Hill’s Pumpkinville event, from Monday, Oct. 17 to Monday, Oct. 31. This family-friendly event offers something for everyone and is sure to get you and your family in the Halloween spirit. Visit www.tuckerhilltx.com for details as event times vary.

Inspired by Colonial-style architecture, Tucker Hill provides a strong sense of community designed to reinvent days gone by, when residents gathered on their front porch steps and neighbors knew each other by name. Family-friendly community events are part of life at Tucker Hill.

Do you enjoy the beauty of tradition? Darling Homes’ designs at Tucker Hill are ideal, featuring classic, Grecian doorway moldings, charming, wraparound front porches, beautiful columns and exquisite interiors that are a true delight.

Like what you see? Discover Darling Homes in one of these resident-dedicated communities at Light Farms, Windsong Ranch and Tucker Hill.

Here’s to a memorable fall season!

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Discover Three-Story Urban Luxury at VUE Las Colinas

Darling Homes unveiled three-story urban luxury at VUE Las Colinas in Irving, boasting the authentic, architectural design elements for which Darling Homes is renown.

With three signature collections, including its single-family, villa-style and brand new, three-story home designs, Darling Homes buyers can choose from a variety of innovative floor plans for a dynamic lifestyle in a new landscape.

Designed specifically for VUE Las Colinas, Darling Homes’ three-story Urban Series is built to support a sophisticated style of living, boasting urban appeal and unbelievable views in an incredible location.

Let’s take a look…

Urban Appeal

Reminiscent of East Coast brownstones, these three-story homes offer beautiful, upscale living that’s easy to manage. Stylish open-concept floor plans feature exquisite architecture with gorgeous living spaces and master suite details that make these homes a must-see.

On the first floor, guests will enjoy their own private suite with access to the home’s covered patio and options for a home office or exercise studio. The second floor opens to a stunning family room, a gourmet kitchen with an extended island, a dining room and scenic balcony views, providing an airy, open feel and plenty of natural light. On the third floor, discover a private master suite with cathedral ceilings, an en-suite sitting area, and its own spa-inspired master bathroom. Homeowners will awaken each day to breathtaking golf course and city views.

Unbelievable Views

VUE Las Colinas is a unique community situated along the lush fairways of the TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas golf course; home of the Byron Nelson PGA Championship. With homesites located on the outer perimeter of the neighborhood, the three-story collection gives residents optimal views of Dallas’ cityscapes and the TPC golf course. Homebuyers will also have access to one of the best private country clubs in Dallas, Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas.

With 37 of the 129 homesites positioned along the TPC golf course, Darling Homes gives homebuyers the perfect blend of indoor luxury and outdoor livability.

Incredible Location

VUE Las Colinas offers a prestigious lifestyle in a gated community for those seeking a home that’s a prime lock-and-leave property.

Surrounded by excellent hotels, landmark office towers, private country clubs, gated enclaves, highly regarded schools and offering convenient access to exceptional dining, shopping and entertainment venues in both Uptown and Downtown Dallas and Fort Worth, this community combines a desirable location with the best in Darling Homes living.

Visit VUE Las Colinas today and explore the new level of urban elegance by Darling Homes.