Make A Wish Foundation and Darling Homes

Make-A-Wish with Darling Homes DFW

If you could be anyone, who would you want to be? If you could have anything, what would you want to have? If you could go anywhere, where would you want to go? If you could meet anyone, who would you want to meet? These are some of the questions the Make-A-Wish Foundation asks a child battling a life-threatening disease.

“Emmily wished for a swimming pool,” said Roxanne Owens, Land Analyst at Darling Homes. “The foundation granted that wish for her, which started our journey with Make-A-Wish.”

At age 3, Roxanne’s daughter, Emmily Blackburn, was diagnosed with Moyamoya, a rare and progressive cerebrovascular disorder caused by blocked arteries at the base of the brain. Just four years later, when Emmily was 7 years old, the family faced a sudden and tragic circumstance.

“We went in for her normal MRI and the doctors told us she needed to have brain surgery right away,” said Roxanne. “We ended up taking her to Boston Children’s Hospital for the surgery and the day we got back, she had a stroke that paralyzed the left side of her body.”

That year, Emmily was hospitalized for nearly 120 days. She spent a few weeks in recovery followed by approximately four weeks in rehab, learning how to walk again and improving her day-to-day abilities. Her rehab inspired her wish for a swimming pool.

“Emmily said the first time she could remember standing up again was in the water at rehab,” said Roxanne. “The water is her therapy.”

One year later, Emmily’s wish for a backyard swimming pool was granted.

“We realized how much that meant to her and we knew the reason behind it,” said Roxanne.

The organization grants a wish approximately every 37 minutes. Children with medical conditions and severe disease are given the opportunity to be someone, experience something, travel somewhere or meet somebody to bring happiness, energy and strength to their daily battle.

Roxanne began her career with Darling Homes in 2000, just one year before Emmily’s surgery. Shortly after, Darling Homes expanded to La Villita in Las Colinas where the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas also began building their new offices. As part of the new development, all builders were asked to donate to the foundation for each home sold in La Villita.

As the Darling Homes team learned about the family’s journey and Emmily’s condition, the company became interested in getting more involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

In early 2006, Emmily was asked to perform at the annual Make-A-Wish of North Texas Wish Night Gala, so Darling Homes purchased tickets for Emmily and Roxanne to attend.

The company has continued to sponsor the family with two tickets to each Wish Night Gala since 2006.

“We make it an all-about-Emmily night,” said Roxanne. “It’s an evening for her to mingle with friends and enjoy being a normal kid.”

This year, at the 20th Anniversary of the Wish Night Gala, the foundation raised nearly $2 million. In addition to Wish Night, children are invited to a variety of events and activities throughout the year, including art parties, sporting events and the Blue Angels Air Shows.

“Other people may not realize to the extent that Make-A-Wish becomes family,” said Roxanne. “Experiencing this makes you realize how much the foundation truly impacts those who need it at such desperate times.”

Today, Emmily is 22 years old and continues to support and actively participate as a Wish Ambassador for the foundation. She is attending North Central Texas College studying to be a pediatric nurse and participates in the Special Olympics swimming every year.

Although her stroke at age 7 caused her to lose half of her vision, it’s clear to see Emmily’s energy and motivation. She’s dedicating her life to help make a difference for children who need medical attention and care.

“People know what Make-A-Wish Foundation does, but may not understand how it’s truly a life-changing experience,” said Roxanne. “Emmily is a pretty incredible kid, and it’s exciting to see what she’s been able to achieve.”

Darling Homes’ support and encouragement of the family displays its commitment to employees and their families, as well as its dedication to local charities throughout Dallas-Fort Worth.


Last Opportunities Await in Several Popular Dallas Communities

Ready to make the Darling move? With a collection of move-in ready homes and to-be-built homes available, Darling Homes provides Dallas-area homebuyers an up-close look at its popular Dallas communities nearing closeout in a variety of DFW locations.

Explore communities that offer upscale amenities, on-site schools and the walkable lifestyle you’re looking for.

Experience Life at Your Doorstep

Lakeside-DFW-in-DallasFor those seeking the ideal live-work-play lifestyle, Darling Homes offers charming villa-style retreats in an intimate community setting at Main Street Coppell and Lakeside DFW in Flower Mound.

Surrounded by boutiques and local eateries that continue to flourish each day, Main Street Coppell offers a unique blend of city-life luxuries and Southern hospitality.

Reminiscent of the classic Texas town square, Main Street Coppell offers residents the convenience of walkable livability with a community-centric downtown area complete with local restaurants, playgrounds, a two-acre park, water features and a pavilion where community events and the weekly farmers market is held.

Vibrant, urban living and adventure epitomize the lifestyle available at Lakeside DFW. Darling Homes brings elegance to the close-knit neighborhood with its villa-style homes near the 8,000-acre Lake Grapevine, home to exciting outdoor activities including fishing, boating, hiking and camping. Residents are seamlessly connected through the Lakeside Trail that weaves throughout the community, providing access to excellent shopping, dining, parks and Lake Grapevine. 

Amenities that Delight

Imagine your dream home surrounded by sparkling lakes, pristine landscapes and extensive hike and bike trails. Darling Homes at Arches Point at Parkside in Irving and Light Farms in Celina offers an elevated living experience with excellent community amenities that are sure to delight.

At Arches Point, residents can enjoy amenities that include water features and pocket parks, as well as a dog park, playgrounds and wildflower-lined trails through greenbelts, along ponds and over waterways. With limited homesites remaining, homebuyers have the opportunity to experience a blend of outdoor livability and Darling Homes’ Tudor-style retreats priced from the $500,000s.Light-Farms

Darling Homes at Light Farms features a stunning collection of flexible floor plans for those seeking open-concept living. Light Farms incorporates environmentally-friendly elements and exceptional lifestyle amenities for all ages, including a state-of-the-art fitness center, junior olympic, athletic and kiddie-sized pools, tennis courts and a central hub known as the Barn Yard. The community is also home to an on-site elementary school, Light Farms Elementary.

Live Near the Center of it All

Whether you’re seeking a shorter commute to work or easy access to a dynamic lifestyle that awaits, Darling Homes offers a variety of move-in ready homes in prime areas throughout DFW.

Conveniently located just one mile south of Parker on Plano Parkway, Darling Homes at Mustang Park in Carrollton provides access to Hwy 121 and the Dallas North Tollway for a short commute to shopping, dining and major sports venues. Darling Homes features flexible home designs with up to five bedrooms, spacious living areas, three-car garages and expansive covered patios.

Looking for an amenity-rich community in an excellent location? Darling Homes at The Tribute in The Colony offers luxury homes ranging from approximately 2,900 square feet to 4,300 square feet with access to the award-winning Old American Golf Club and Tribute Golf Links. Located just minutes from the Dallas North Tollway and Hwy 121, residents of The Tribute will enjoy an easy route to attractions and sites in Downtown Dallas, as well as DFW International Airport.The-Tribute-Darling-Homes

Seeking a Mediterranean oasis in Southlake? Darling Homes at Verandas at Southlake offers an exquisite lineup of Mediterranean-inspired homes with expansive courtyards, exterior casitas and open-concept interiors. Minutes from the city’s social hub, Southlake Town Square, residents can experience upscale dining, shopping and entertainment on nearly every corner. 

Like what you see? Schedule your tour today to find your dream, move-in ready home.

For more information about Darling Homes, contact our Internet Homes Sales Team at (469) 252-2255 or visit

Lowcountry Design by Darling Homes at Stillwater in Houston

Discover the Beauty of Lowcountry Design at Stillwater

A new collection of Darling Homes is coming to Conroe at Stillwater, a community that offers gracious, Southern-style living in a desirable Houston suburb.

Our new Darling Homes model exudes elegance with a color palette that starts with a beautiful, painted-brick exterior that gives the home real Southern charm.

A Southern-style InteriorLowcountry design is featured at Stillwater in Houston

Creating a traditional Lowcountry design that reflects the Darling Homes’ aesthetic was our goal for this home. We achieved the look by using cream tones for the walls and furniture, paired with found and reclaimed objects. The result is a home that is elegant but feels like you can make yourself at home.

An Elegant Entry

The entry of this home is as breathtaking as it is welcoming, with a grand staircase a sitting area that opens into the dining room and updated design elements that reflect a more modern aesthetic

Timeless Kitchen Style

We used a smaller subway tile in a beveled cream and repeated the shades of cream in the cabinets and accessories. Our 2016 Darling Homes Color of the Year are shades of cream and white. When used in the kitchen it creates a look that won’t become dated. This Darling Homes kitchen is timeless.Lowcountry design kitchen in Houston, Texas

The heart of the home is the kitchen. In many of our new plans, hearth rooms are standard, affording a distinct focal point in this intimate gathering space for casual conversation, reading and dining. This thoughtful design element declutters the family room and provides for a singular focal point for the TV in the main part of the home.

A Study in Style

A walk down the hall to the master suite brings a pleasant surprise with a convenient and secluded study. Darling Homes are created for a lifetime of memories with family and friends, and a place to live life to its fullest. With this floorplan, the study is tucked away from the social areas of the home for convenience, this offers a quiet and private place to work.

Timeless TraditionLowcountry design in master bedroom in Houston.

Stained beams, a patterned carpet and painted shiplap-layered walls create the backdrop for a room layered in tradition. Add a cream-tufted headboard, skirted night stands and a candelabra chandelier for the complete effect, a master bedroom that’s an ideal retreat.

Want to see more? Come experience Darling Homes at Stillwater today. Our Community Sales Manager Alan Snead is ready to welcome you into this new home.

Darling Homes Outdoor Luxury

Outdoor Luxury is Your Comfort Zone with Darling Homes Dallas

Looking for a home boasting the ideal blend of indoor and outdoor luxury for year-round livability? Here’s your chance to discover Darling Homes’ stunning collection of move-in ready homes that offer the best in outdoor living with charming front porches, spacious courtyards and picturesque views, making every day feel like a vacation.

Now through June 30, 2016, Dallas-area homebuyers can receive up to 1.5 percent of the purchase price in closing costs with the purchase of a new Darling home with Taylor Morrison Home Financing.

Tucker Hill in McKinney

With homes priced from the mid $300,000s to more than $1 million, Darling Homes offers a diverse collection of flexible home designs fit for every style of living, including busy professionals, growing families and fun-loving retirees.

Capturing the idyllic style of Colonial-inspired architecture designed to reinvent the lifestyles of the past when neighbors gathered on their front porch steps, Tucker Hill provides a strong sense of community.

With classic, Grecian doorway moldings, a front porch swing and columns, Darling Homes’ period-specific designs are ideal for those seeking traditional, outdoor living.

The model home at Fairways at Gentle Creek offers an expansive interior courtyard complete with a secluded sitting area and stone and brick combinations influenced by Mediterranean designs that provide a shady refuge for hosting outdoor festivities on warm summer days.

Parkside at Woodlake’s model home brings a modern twist to traditional fireside lounging with a crackling fire pit perfect for roasting marshmallows and laid-back entertaining with close friends and family.

Verandas at Southlake Outdoor Luxury

Looking to host an elegant party? The luxurious courtyard at Verandas at Southlake offers the ideal venue. Surrounded by exquisite, Mediterranean arches with a natural brick covered fireplace as the focal point and whimsical blue accents, Darling Homes has created the ultimate entertainer’s dream.

As the evenings cool during the summer months in Dallas, our model home at Windsong Ranch provides the perfect space for elegant get-togethers and fun outdoor barbecues where guests can mingle indoors and out.

Like what you see? For more information about Darling Homes’ move-in ready and new-build homes, contact Internet Home Consultant Melissa Ruggles at (469) 252-2255. Restrictions apply. Click here for more details.


Behind the Scenes with Darling Homes

Have you ever wondered what goes into building a Darling Homes model home? Darling Homes is opening the doors and taking you behind the scenes for an up-close-and-personal look at the inspiration, construction and design of its model homes and communities.

Join us as we unveil our newest and most unique communities, tour new floorplans, and explore cutting-edge Darling Homes’ interiors that anticipate the desires of area homebuyers and shape expectations for luxurious living in Dallas and Houston.

Our first behind the scenes tour takes us to Parkway Terrace in Houston, a remarkable community in prestigious West Memorial where we’re building a Darling Homes model that’s part of brand new plan series designed especially for the area.

The new model series offers stunning curb appeal. Inside, architectural designs include vaulted ceilings and elements that blend perfectly with the local lifestyle in this upscale, urban area of Houston.

We’ve just completed our final construction walk and are excited to be opening our luxury model home to the public.

Let’s take a look inside.

The Kitchen

We wanted to create a light and bright kitchen with personality. We paired shades of white and cream, which happen to be our Darling Homes color of the year for 2016, in elongated subway tiles to create a classic herringbone pattern. This is a flexible design element we love. Tiles like these can be laid in many different combinations, and the colors lend a level of sophistication to the home.


Pairing dark bronze lighting and plumbing fixtures is a great way to highlight these elements and make them stand out. In the kitchen, the finishes created an industrial feel at the room’s focal point, the kitchen island.


The Master Bedroom

A design element that’s always consistent with a Darling Homes’ model is adding custom craft carpentry to accentuate the beauty of a space.

We added a unique element to the master bedroom by creating a focal wall with a harlequin pattern in wood trim.


The Study

In the study, we took a space that might traditionally be painted in a more neutral tone and flipped the expectation by painting the trim work Garrison Gray.


The Staircase

We love that painted risers are all the rage these days. Our model at Parkway Terrace takes advantage of the trend to create an eye-catching staircase that adds that little something extra to the home.


The Color Palette                

Want to add elements of our Parkway Terrace model into your home? Here is our color palette from PPG Paints.

Pantone Colors

To see more of this Darling Homes model, visit Amy Hill at Parkway Terrace at 13216 Stoneleigh Terrace Drive in Houston, TX 77077. The model will be open beginning June 4, 2016.