Lifestyle Tips

Top 5 Mudroom Organization Tips

When guests enter your home, the mudroom sets the tone for what they expect to see in the rest of your house. With that in mind, Darling Homes is helping you set the stage for great first impressions with our set of tips for beautiful, well-organized mudrooms.

Mudroom Lockers

In order to keep backpacks, raincoats, and shoes in check, Mudroom lockers are ideal. Separating each family member’s items into their own space will help keep everything together so misplacing items can be avoided. Darling Homes’ built-in mudrooms do just that with divided spaces that can be used by the homeowners, kids, or a combination of both, providing everyone their own space to place their things when they enter the home.

Utilize Baskets

Organizing smaller items like hats, key rings, sunglasses and even shoes is a great way to keep everyday items handy when it’s time to leave for the office or take the kids to school and can be easily done with attractive baskets, bins or boxes. Choose ones that complement the look of your decor for space that goes relatively unnoticed by guests.

You can separate items by bin or assign a bin to each member of the household to store their own items. Whichever you prefer, you can’t go wrong with this easy storage tip.

Mudroom Benches

Sometimes putting on your shoes in the mornings isn’t the easiest job and taking them off can be even harder, especially if you want to avoid tracking in mud and dirt. Having a bench in your mudroom is more than ideal. Luckily, Darling Homes includes mudroom benches in your built-ins to make changing shoes easy.

Umbrella Storage

Using a tall planting pot as a place for storage in your mudroom is more useful than it seems. Umbrellas, canes, and even baseball bats and golf clubs can easily be stored and help keep your space neat and tidy.

Vertical Hat Rack

Oftentimes, vertical storage is overlooked but helps to organize numerous items using minimal amounts of space. You can use stylish hooks or vertical racks to hang hats, jackets, raincoats, umbrellas and even dog leashes. The more organized the better. After all, your mudroom isn’t just a place to keep things, it’s there to help you stay organized so outings and trips become an easier part of your daily routine.

No matter how you choose to organize your mudroom, Darling Homes Houston and Darling Homes Dallas offer homes with attractive and sensible mudroom designs built to help you keep your home organized and tidy every day of the year.

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Find Your New Darling Home Without the Wait

Are you in the market for a new home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area? Want a new home without the wait? Discover the new homes now available for quick-move-in with Darling Homes’ selection of inventory homes in must-see communities throughout Dallas- Fort Worth.

With Darling Homes, you’ll explore unique floor plans designed around the way you live, authentic architectural details, and distinctive design elements that make up the Darling Difference, an ideal blend of superior craftsmanship and luxurious livability.

What are the Benefits of Purchasing an Inventory Home from Darling Homes?

Choosing to buy an inventory or showcase home can speed up the home buying process. How? Let us show you:

  • Your New Home is Already Customized: Showcase homes are built with today’s trends and buyer’s needs in mind. That means you’re getting a home already designed with the latest features, fixtures and finishes included.
  • Your New Home is Right in Front of You: When you decide to purchase an inventory home, you’ll be able to tour a variety of homes that are available in the community of your choice. Design features are already included so the price you see is the actual price of the home.
  • Quick Move-In: Most inventory homes are already move-in ready so you can begin your next chapter in your beautiful Darling home as soon as you’d like.

Desirable Communities in Dallas

Inventory homes are offered by Darling Homes in a variety of communities throughout the Greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. With new homes in Frisco at communities like Edgestone at Legacy and new homes in Prosper in communities like Windsong Ranch, there are plenty of diverse home styles and community amenities to choose from. Take a closer look at what some of these communities have to offer below.

Edgestone at Legacy: This master-planned community is located in Frisco, ranked No. 1 in Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live in America” for 2018. Boasting pocket parks and miles of lush landscaping, the 307-acre Edgestone at Legacy features an upscale community clubhouse and swimming pool, fitness center, as well as a pond, trails and playgrounds to create the luxury lifestyle you’ve been seeking. Homes in this community include open-concept living and entertaining spaces, hearth rooms, sweeping entrances and balconies that radiate with old-world charm.

Edgestone at Legacy is also conveniently located just west of the Dallas North Tollway and north of Legacy, providing an easy commute to major employment centers, excellent dining, shopping and entertainment venues.  – Could we add a sentence about the “$5 Billion Dollar Mile” either at the beginning of this paragraph or along with the No. 1 ranking?

The Tribute Somerset: Located in The Colony, Texas, this master-planned community offers resort style amenities as well as two award-winning golf courses. The Tribute is situated just minutes from the Dallas North Tollway and State Hwy 121, providing convenient commuter access to major employment centers, Downtown Dallas, DFW Airport and excellent schools within Little Elm ISD, including the prestigious, on-site Prestwick STEM Academy. There are four beautiful move-in ready inventory homes available in this community.

Bering Heights at Parkside: Limited new home opportunities exist at this beautiful Irving community. Parkside features an upscale amenities package including a series of lakes and pocket parks for hiking, biking and recreation. With more than fourmiles of wildflower-lined trails through greenbelts, along ponds and over waterways, the community is exactly where you’d expect to find beautiful Darling Homes opportunities. Find your new home in Irving today.

Windsong Ranch: This beautiful Prosper master-planned community offers two Darling Homes collections, both with limited opportunities remaining. It’s easy to see why Windsong Ranch is a popular destination for Dallas homebuyers. If you’re looking for a new home in Prosper, this community is hard to resist. Unparalleled amenities and more than 600 acres of natural and improved green space, Windsong Ranch puts a focus on lifestyle living. . There’s convenient access to DFW and Love Field Airports via the Tollway and Highway 121 and the area is served by highly regarded Prosper ISD schools.

Spicewood at Craig Ranch: If you love McKinney, another Money Magazine “Best Places to Live in America” city, then you’ll adore Spicewood at Craig Ranch, an intimate collection of homes that gives residents everything from winding creekside trails to state-of-the-art sport and fitness facilities, including baseball and soccer fields, an ice rink, a five-star TPC golf course, beach sand courts, and even a spa. With luxury home plans that demand less attention and award-winning community amenities, you’ll get the active lifestyle you desire without sacrificing the luxury and quality you deserve at Spicewood at Craig Ranch. But you have to hurry. Only the model remains!

Wherever you choose to live, it’s nice knowing there’s a Darling home community nearby. And with the current selection of showcase homes available for purchase, maybe you’ll find the home you’ve been dreaming of available for quick move-in!


Top 5 Things to Do in Dallas-Fort Worth During Thanksgiving

The holiday season is almost here! With all the shopping, decorating and preparation to be done, here’s one less thing you have to worry about: planning fun things to do on Thanksgiving weekend. That’s because we’ve already made a list of the top five events going on in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Home for the Holidays

The day after Thanksgiving, enjoy a spectacular presentation of Home for the Holidays by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Let your ears indulge in a sweet sonata while you sit back and relax in the beauty of Bass Performance Hall, the crown jewel of downtown Fort Worth.

Enchant Christmas 2018

Looking to experience the wonder and magic of the holiday season? Look no further than the World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze and Market, Enchant Christmas 2018. And yes, this festive holiday attraction is as captivating as its name suggests. Lose yourself in the light maze and make cherished memories under the glow of millions of dazzling lights. Located just twenty minutes away at Globe Life Park in Arlington, you won’t have to travel far to escape to a winter wonderland.

Christmas Lights, Chocolate & Sips Tours

What could possibly be better than a holiday light tour? How about a light tour plus chocolate? Now we’ve got your attention! Your weekend will not be complete without Christmas Lights, Chocolate & Sips Tours presented by Dallas by Chocolate Tours. Delight in scrumptious treats from premier local dessert venues before enjoying some of Dallas’ most spectacular light displays all from the comfort of a private, heated motor coach. Tours will take place in Vitruvian Lights (Addison), Farmers Branch Historical Park, downtown Dallas and select homes in the Park Cities.

The Nutcracker

Enjoy a holiday tradition like none other than – The Nutcracker, presented by the Texas Ballet Theater. Watch as Christmas Eve comes to life during the enchanting performance of the story that has delighted audiences for generations. You’ll never forget this exquisite experience stepping into a beloved Christmas dream at the Winspear Opera House.

Vitruvian Lights

Watch as the gorgeous Vitruvian Park transforms into a winter wonderland with the flip of a switch at 6 p.m. on November 24. Vitruvian Lights – A Magical Night of Lights will include a performance by the Jordan Kahn Orchestra, gourmet food trucks, delicious desserts, free photos with Santa, an Elf balloon artist, holiday shopping village, Addison Police & Fire Santa’s Heroes Toy Drive and much more. Can’t make it to opening night? Don’t worry, the merriment will continue all the way up until the new year, so friends and families will have plenty of time to come and enjoy this festive celebration.

It’s easy to stop and experience the magic of the holiday season with the numerous events going on in Dallas this year. Get out and enjoy the season!

Lifestyle Tips

Tips for Cold Weather Home Maintenance

Winter is coming! As the cold weather approaches, there are plenty of things you can do to ensure your home stays warm and protected this season. Check out these home maintenance tips that will help you save money and prevent damage to your Darling home this winter.

Protect Pipes from Freezing

Some homeowners like to turn their heat down when they leave the house to reduce their electric bill. However, you may not want to turn it down too much, since the heat helps prevent your pipes from freezing. Make sure your pipes are not exposed or vulnerable by wrapping them in insulation. If your pipes do end up freezing this winter, make sure to call a plumber as soon as possible.

Inspect the Fireplace and Chimney

If your home comes with a beautiful fireplace to enjoy during those cold winter days and nights, it’s important to maintain it properly. Before lighting a fireplace with a flue, make sure your fireplace and chimney are clean and free of any hiding critters. Keep the flue closed all the way when you’re not using it to prevent warm air from escaping your home.

Seal Windows and Doors

Warm air from the inside of your home can easily escape through gaps around windows and doors. To prevent this, seal gaps around windows with caulk and install weather stripping around doors. This small task is inexpensive and can even help you save money on heating costs this winter.

Prevent Ice Dams on Roofs

When heat escapes through the roof, it can melt snow that has landed on the roof. When this happens, ice dams can form from the melted snow and refreeze on your roof’s edge. When this ice eventually melts, sometimes it doesn’t have anywhere to go but through your roof, damaging the inside of your home. Here are a few simple steps that will help you avoid this:

  • Clean out clogged gutters to keep water flowing during winter.
  • Seal areas around vent pipes, exhaust fans, chimneys, and light fixtures to prevent warm air from leaking to your attic.
  • Install a heat cable along the eaves to melt ice. This is something you may want to hire a roofer to do.
  • Add more insulation to your attic floor.

Stock Up on Cold-weather Essentials

If ever a power outage were to occur, you’d want to be prepared. Make sure your family is ready for any unexpected weather by having these cold-weather items on hand:

  • Fire extinguisher
  • An alternative heat source like a generator or wood-burning stove
  • Sand, ice melt, and a shovel

Now you can enjoy your Darling Dallas or Darling Houston home without worry that the winter weather will damage it.


Top Five Things To Do in Houston During Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving brings families and friends together for a little while before the rest of the holiday season begins. Most share a festive feast together, catch up and enjoy each other’s company, and maybe even venture out to the mall for Black Friday shopping, but sometimes you’re left wondering, what else is there to do?

Well not to worry, because we’ve compiled a list of exciting things to do in Houston during Thanksgiving.

H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade

The 69th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade in downtown Houston is the perfect event to take family and friends on Thanksgiving morning. This free parade has been a Houston holiday tradition since 1949, when Santa arrived at Union Station and rode his sleigh to the downtown Foley’s.

Houston Turkey Trot

How about a workout before you indulge in a delicious Thanksgiving feast? They say life is all about balance, right? The 2018 Houston Turkey Trot is a great way to balance your holiday. The run will include three separate races in the Uptown Galleria area designed to appeal to runners of all ages and experience levels. Not to mention, it all benefits a great cause, BakerRipley’s mission to connect and empower Houston, neighborhood by neighborhood. Gather together with fellow Houstonians and celebrate how far the city has come, and how far it can go.

Ice Land at Moody Gardens

Discover a winter wonderland inside Moody Garden’s Ice Land in Galveston. Guests will take a journey from the North Pole to the South Pole and encounter polar bears, penguins, reindeer, and more snowy creatures all carved out of ice and chilling out inside a 28,000 square foot insulated tent. Adults over 21 can enjoy ultra-cool holiday spirits inside Shiver’s Ice Bar creatively sculpted into an igloo. Guests will marvel at all of the marvelous ice masterpieces carved by a talented team led by chief ice and snow carving artist Mr. Qui Guanghui.


Test your ice-skating skills on The ICE powered by Green Mountain Energy in downtown Houston’s Discovery Green. This ice rink will have you gliding gorgeously under the glittering Houston holiday lights. The rink is open from 11am- 11pm on Thanksgiving and will also be open during various weekend and weekly hours for the rest of the holiday season.

Texas Renaissance Festival

Don’t miss your last chance to experience the spectacular Texas Renaissance Festival, as it will be ending on November 25. This interactive theme park will take guests on a journey through different eras from the 16th century and beyond. Visitors will travel along shaded cobblestone walkways and pass by almost 400 shoppes that offer unique arts and crafts as well as themed food and beverage. Hundreds of costumed performers are showcased in over 200 enchanting daily performances.

No matter how you choose to spend your holiday season, cherishing every moment with the ones you love is always time well spent. Thanksgiving events around Houston can make the holiday all the more memorable.