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Fall in Love with Fall All Over Again on a Darling Homes Patio

Fall in love with fall all over again! Whether it’s a relaxing evening with loved ones or a lavish get-together with close friends, our gorgeous patios and courtyards are the perfect location to celebrate any occasion.

Those who like being up before the sunrise can relax and enjoy the day as it begins with quiet mornings outside with a fresh pot of coffee or a delicious homemade latte. Include plush chairs and couches and a place to hold a few warm blankets during the chilly months and make the most of mornings at home!

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Planning a brunch with friends? Bring it outdoors in your new Darling Homes patio home at Cross Creek Ranch in Fulshear, Texas.

  • Plan a delicious menu featuring egg dishes, fresh fruit platters and a freshly squeezed carafe of orange juice. Serve your brunch on your Darling Homes patio for an idyllic setting guests will adore.
  • When decorating your patio this fall embrace the beauty of season with a selection of rich browns, neutrals and dynamic reds for a relaxing, Autumn ambience.
  • When morning temperatures cool, light a fire in your Darling Homes outdoor fireplace and cuddle up under a blanket for added warmth.

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With spacious courtyards featuring outdoor kitchens, fireplaces and more, our luxurious patios are a great space to host afternoon activities and celebrations.

  • Birthday parties are a great way to get the kids outside playing and, with an expansive patio, why not host celebrations outdoors? Here, you can serve delicious drinks and appetizers for parents, lunch for the children and play games and organize activities for the kids to enjoy.
  • There is no better place to host a barbeque than at your Darling Homes outdoor kitchen. You’ll prepare the entire meal with ease with your built-in barbeque and range, refrigerator, sink and plenty of counterspace. Put together a delicious menu and invite the neighbors for an afternoon of fun!

For an early evening soiree, open your favorite bottle of wine, light a fire and entertain a few, close friends surrounded by gorgeous views of the lush Houston landscape. An evening like this is a perfect way to kick-off weekends at home.

After a dinner in the city, continue the celebration at home on your stunning patio. Our outdoor patios are ideal for enjoying an evening with close friends and loved ones to relish each moment of the holiday season.

Like what you see? Experience backyard luxury with Darling Homes and discover modern architectural design elements and classic comfort both inside and out. Visit today.

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Luxury Patio Home Living Now Available with Darling Homes at Sienna Plantation

Looking for the ideal Houston-area home that offers luxury living with every square foot?

Darling Homes’ Patio Home Collection, now available at Rosewood at The Village of Sawmill Lake at Sienna Plantation, offers upscale luxury living with seven one-story home designs and one two-story home design.

The eight patio home floor plans range in size from approximately 2,288 to 3,000 square feet, each with three bedrooms, desirable open-concept designs and uniquely crafted architectural features for which Darling Homes is renown.

Gorgeous gourmet kitchens are just the beginning with Darling Homes’ signature Patio Home Collection.

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Open floor plans create beautiful living spaces with charming breakfast nooks and gorgeous formal dining rooms ideal for celebrating holidays and special occasions at home.


Secluded master suites allow for lavish living with master baths that include dual vanities and spacious walk-in closets with private access to the laundry room.


Elegantly designed family rooms with gorgeous fireplaces become the backdrop for quiet evenings at home and offer plenty of room for family fun.

Large patios with optional outdoor fireplaces and expansive backyards provide the perfect setting to enjoy the natural beauty of each, new season.


Options include wine storage rooms, powder baths, three-car garages and attic storage rooms.

Darling Homes’ new Patio Home Collection at Sienna Plantation is ideal for those who seek single-level luxury living in the vibrant community with unparalleled amenities.

Residents enjoy access to eight full-size tennis courts with lessons, tournaments and mixers and a state-of-the-art fitness and recreation center with aerobic classes, weight-training, a lap pool and diving well.


The Sienna Plantation Golf Club offers golf at its finest with lessons at the Golf Academy, tournaments and a traditional clubhouse that’s ideal setting for get-togethers with friends, fine dining near home and hosting a private party.

Recreation and activities for children include team sports at Camp Sienna, a 160-acre sports park that includes baseball and soccer fields, volleyball and basketball courts, and organized sports leagues that children and teens can enjoy throughout the year.

Sienna Plantation’s resort-style waterparks offer recreation for the young and the young at heart.

Enjoying the outdoors is easy at Sienna Plantation, where 100 acres of parks and trails, lakes and waterways offer the perfect playground for residents of all ages, with places to walk, run, bike and fish.

Sienna Plantation is conveniently located just minutes from downtown Houston, the Galleria, Texas Medical Center and Houston Hobby Airport.

Be among the first to receive invitations and updates about Darling Homes Patio Homes at Sienna Plantation. Sign up for special community updates and information today.

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Dine and Entertain in Luxury this Holiday Season

Are you hosting the holidays at your house this year? Want to create the perfect holiday atmosphere for a get-together they’ll remember for years to come?

We’re sharing our favorite ideas for a holiday at home that will surprise and delight guests at every turn with an amazing menu and serving plan that will keep your guests happy and the party moving throughout the day!


First, you’ll dazzle them with your choice of an amazing appetizer that stimulates the senses with sensational presentation and tantalizing tastes that are sure to please.

  • Your guests are sure to gather ‘round and enjoy the feeling of harvest and home with a harvest-inspired vegetable platter that’s so good they’ll think you’ve hand-picked each delectable piece from your own garden.
  • An artisan cheese platter is sure-fire hit. With an assortment of dried and fresh fruits, rich cheeses and seasonal nuts, this spread is sure to be a guest favorite.
  • Have plenty of people to please? Serve an assorted appetizer platter that offers it all: fresh fruit, a selection of artisan cheeses and crackers, antipasto and roasted nuts!

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Serve your appetizer and drinks in a central area that encourages guests to gather and mingle. An ideal location is a breakfast nook or kitchen island.

After appetizers, bring guests together in your formal dining area to enjoy a holiday dining experience that’s worth the wait. An elongated dining table with holiday tablescape decor that allows enough room to lay out each dish without causing clutter is ideal.

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Your holiday dinner is a time for you to show off your cooking and style. Start with a first course that whets appetites and sets the stage for an amazing meal that’s sure to rank at the top for beauty and flavor.

  • Start by serving a delicious holiday soup recipe topped with a colorful garnish and warm your guests after their holiday travels.
  • Then wow them with this classic Thanksgiving turkey recipe with a twist, garnished with fresh greens, pomegranate slices or cranberries, and other flavorful fruits for a bold, decorative statement that’s as good as it looks.
  • Add dazzle to your dining room table with fresh maple dijon roasted carrots and your best mashed potato recipe!
  • Then roll out a basket of piping-hot pumpkin shaped dinner rolls for that little something extra your guests can’t help but notice.

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Now for the fun part, dessert!

Shift the party outdoors before the sun goes down to indulge in your most spectacular holiday dessert fireside. Plush furnishings and plenty of space will allow guests to relax and enjoy each other’s company while partaking what’s sure to become a holiday classic, like cranberry layer cake, chocolate pear spice cake, pecan pie or your perfect pumpkin pie.


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Live in One of Money Magazines Best Places to Live

Looking for your dream luxury home in a gorgeous Dallas community? Ranked #8 in Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live,” Coppell, Texas is home to two Darling Home communities offering charming villa-style homes surrounded by rich landscapes and city amenities that continue to grow and revive each day.

Coppell has proudly made a name for itself due to its unique blend of city-life luxuries and desirable Southern hospitality lifestyle.

According to Money Magazine, community events and festivities- including ice cream socials, outdoor concerts and block parties- fuel the small-town pride.

The renovated downtown area brought “much-needed walkability” offering local restaurants and residences surrounding the community with braided freeways throughout to provide easy access to all parts of Coppell including the DFW International Airport, Dallas and Fort Worth.

With a bustling town square complete with a pavilion, playground and splash pad, homebuyers can look forward to an active Dallas community particularly during the Saturday farmer’s market.

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Although the community has grown, Darling Homes maintains a unique presence by providing a quality lifestyle in the close-knit neighborhood of Main Street dressed in classic architecture that sets itself apart from anything else in Coppell.

Designed for those who enjoy an intimate community lifestyle, Main Street Coppell and the American Classic collection offer uniquely designed homes reflecting early century architecture that is displayed throughout the city’s framework.

Both collections offer villa-style homes featuring stunning entryways, gorgeous gourmet kitchens with charming breakfast nooks, beautiful open family rooms, spacious master bedrooms, and oversized porches as well as tree-lined streetscapes.

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With Main Street Coppell (ranging from approximately 2,300 to 2,600 square feet) and the American Classic collection (ranging from approximately 2,400 to 3,200 square feet), both offer a one-of-a-kind living experience catering to those who enjoy the outdoors and desire a strong sense of community.

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Store Holiday Decor at Home with Darling Homes’ Innovative Texas Basements

The holidays are upon us and Darling Homes has once again anticipated the concerns of new homebuyers with the introduction of Texas Basements.

This innovative design offers an additional attic space with full stairs for easy access to a large storage room where homeowners can pack away holiday decorations, personal items, collectables and keepsakes.

Now unpacking holiday boxes and decorating your home for the season is an easy affair with all of your favorite decorations and mementos stored at home.

When the time comes to pack up your holiday decor and put the boxes away, you’ll stress less with a Texas Basement where you can organize and store all of your things conveniently and more safely with staircase access in lieu of pull-down stairs.

Darling Homes’ new Texas Basement will be offered in specific home designs in its Patio Home Collection available now in Missouri City, Sugar Land, Fulshear and Montgomery, Texas.

Patio home buyers at Sienna Plantation, Imperial, Cross Creek Ranch and Woodforest will soon experience the convenience of additional space for storing keepsakes and decorations with attic spaces that offer approximately 450 square feet of space.

Darling Homes’ Patio Home Collection offers luxurious, open-concept living with gorgeous gourmet kitchens, charming breakfast nooks, formal dining rooms, spacious living rooms with fireplaces, expansive master suites and unique one- and two-story floorplans to meet the varied needs of Houston-area homebuyers.


Delicious Recipes for Fall

Keep warm as the weather turns cooler with easy fall recipes made with our favorite fall ingredients. This is one of the simpler ways to make your home smell heavenly for the holidays.

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This is the fall season in a skillet right here: Two kinds of cool-weather squash (butternut and kabocha) get a cozy blanket of breadcrumbs, parsley and cheesy goodness. Get this fall recipe.

Autumn Chowder

When the weather gets chilly, there is nothing better than comfort foods like this hearty chowder. It’s easy to prepare, and the aroma of it will fill the air throughout your home and makes your mouth water.

Recipe via Taste of Home.

Applesauce Chutney

We’re getting close to applesauce season, and if you’re in the mood for a little upgrade, then consider this exotic, but very easy, spiced apple chutney. This awesome sauce is super comforting and great for the holidays. Get this fall recipe at Rachel Ray Magazine.

Pear-Pecan Upside-Down Cake

Bosc pears step in for the usual pineapple or apple in this upside-down cake, which is made entirely in a slow cooker. Add the fruit, pour in the batter and then let the kitchen appliance handle the rest.

This delicious fall recipe is from the Food Network.


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Three Trends to Experiment with this Fall

The weather may be cooling, but there are plenty of hot trends in home décor this fall. Spice up your home this fall with the season’s hottest colors, projects and patterns to get your home cozy for fall and ready for winter entertaining.

Mix Up Your Metals

There was once a time when matching metal finishes was a big design must-do. Now, more designers are finding that mixing metals rounds out a space in an intentionally interesting way. A room where brushed copper kitchen pendants hang with stools that show off shiny chrome legs is in! In your home décor this fall, mix metals to your heart’s delight to bring a creative and warm glow to your home.

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Play with Textures and Saturated Colors

Add a variety of textures to your home décor this fall with fabric that displays a warm, cozy feeling. Cover your furniture with suede covers and place throw blankets around the room in a variety of textured fabrics. Indigo is in and a popular fall color this year. Indigo has several moods, thus, it is versatile and easy to use. Indigo décor can serve to aggressively contrast against white or to use in patterns. White furniture against the darkness of indigo décor can make a room look modern and edgy. The effects can make the whole room look aggressive and eye-catching.

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Look for Basic Geometric Shapes

Geometric designs are among the hottest trends for home décor this fall and they will spread around us to dominate everything you can imagine, such as fabrics, furniture, walls, decorative items, lamps and more things that we use in our homes. Basic geometric shapes add interest to a room’s look and they add a fun flavor to almost any room in your Darling home. While chevrons were in a few years ago, look for more polygons like honeycombs and hexagons this fall.

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These fall home décor trends will keep you busy as you create a style of your own. Do something different this year and enjoy a new environment. These trends will last you through the holiday season and work well with additional seasonal decorations.

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Community Spotlight: Woodforest, American Classic Home Style

Michael Carroll is the Community Sales Manager for Darling Homes American Classic Series in Woodforest. Michael has a true passion for this unique, architecturally pleasing home design based on the Early American Craftsman and Cape Cod style homes. We took a few minutes to ask Michael a few questions about what makes the American Classic Series in Woodforest so special.

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Fall for Autumn Decor

Fall is here and the only thing that will make these Darling homes even more show stopping is a little autumn décor. Here are some ways to use pumpkins, pinecones and pretty fall foliage to take your home’s curb appeal up a notch.

Garnish your front door with the colors of the season from deep reds to bright oranges and golden yellows with a wreath or go above and beyond with a festive fall garland.

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You can also enhance your front porch and dining room table alike with lavish, seasonal floral arrangements.

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Finally, if fall is your favorite season of them all, incorporate seasonal throw pillows and scents throughout the house.


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Three Car Garage Still Not Enough

Good news for car collectors, workshop DIYer’s, multi-generational households and anyone who claims a three-car garage just isn’t enough space. We now offer new plans with four-car garages that would make a NASCAR driver green with envy.

In addition to space for an extra vehicle, the fourth garage bay can also be used for an expansive workshop or to store sports equipment, holiday decorations, bikes and just about anything else suitable for garage space.

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Our new plans with four-car garages are now available on our 70-foot homesites in Long Meadow Farms, a Richmond master-planned community.

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The best news? In addition to a four-car garage, our homes in Long Meadow Farms feature open entertaining spaces, gourmet island kitchens, formal dining rooms, first-floor master suites, spacious secondary bedrooms and media rooms.