Now that you’ve found your Darling Homes dream home in Houston or Dallas, it’s time to create a space for visitors. From selecting a room to choosing decor and accessories, creating the ideal guest space takes careful selection and thoughtful touches.
Lee Crowder, Design Gallery and Model Home Branding Manager for Darling Homes, offered her advice to help create an impeccable space for visitors. In Darling Homes’ designs, certain plans include guest casitas or secondary suites, providing a set space for guests to reside.
In homes without a space created specifically for guests, Crowder recommends selecting a room for visitors away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the home. Choosing a bedroom away from children’s rooms or media and flex rooms can help to create a feeling of privacy within the home.
Crowder recommends putting in a queen size bed. “Make sure it’s soft and comfortable, with good linens and a beautiful throw available – prepare for a range of temperatures so your guests always feels at ease in the room,” Crowder said.
Key furniture pieces must include a place for storage – chairs, nightstands, dressers or benches can create space for guests to place their luggage or clothing to make themselves feel more comfortable.
“Know your guests’ needs. Do they take coffee or tea? Adding a coffee bar or an electric kettle can go a long way,” Crowder said, noting that leaving a basket of important items is a key element to crafting the perfect guest room.
A basket with snacks, small toiletries, spare toothbrushes, fresh towels and other items you think guests may need is a way to help them settle into the space and ensure they will be taken care of during their stay.
“It’s about creating a welcoming environment,” Crowder said. “Fresh flowers are a nice touch, and make sure to include the information for the WiFi, how to work the TV, and any other information your visitors may need.”
Crowder also recommends continuing the themes, color and decor that exist throughout the rest of your home. Consider the guest suite to be additional space to display your personality in your Darling home.
What makes you feel at home? When planning a space for visitors, think about what makes you feel at ease and incorporate those elements into your guest room.
With Darling Homes, your kitchen is built for efficiency from the start with a distinctively designed work triangle comprised of the fridge, sink and cooktop. This ensures everything is within reach from preparation, to cooking and cleaning.
This leading Texas homebuilder helps homeowners create a kitchen meant for everyday use by offering upgrades that help with organization, including silverware and knife drawers, trash pull-outs, wine glass and bottle storage and the choice to have pull-out drawers instead of shelves in bottom cabinets.
After purchasing and personalizing your Darling Homes gourmet kitchen, it’s time to start filling your space with cooking gadgets, cookbooks, pots and pans.
While moving in, it’s important to consider which items are most useful in your everyday life, from pots and pans, to dishware and food storage containers. These heavily-used objects are best kept within the cabinets closest to the work triangle.
Use this method throughout the kitchen, with frequently used items close at hand and lesser used objects further away to help create a natural flow for cooking new recipes and cleaning up. For example, keep plates, cups, mugs, utensils and other everyday tableware near the stovetop, fridge and dishwasher.
For essentials, such as coffee, tea, sugar and flour, find chic countertop or pantry containers with easy-access lids to help cut down on prep time and provide stylish storage space.
For larger utensils, such as spatulas, whisks and more, a countertop storage unit or designated drawer can provide ample space and store various sizes of items conveniently. Shelf organizers, spice racks and knife blocks help keep different kitchen necessities separate but easy to access for food preparation.
Real Simple magazine lists other tips and tricks to adopt for kitchen organization, like dividing drawers, using trendy baskets for additional storage, and keeping your countertops clear by hanging paper lists and calendars on the wall.
After moving in to your Darling dream home, how will you organize your kitchen for culinary success?
Darling Homes continually strives to bring its customers the best in quality-crafted houses in Dallas and Houston. Over the last 30 years, offering fresh home designs in a variety of new communities has allowed Darling Homes to continually meet the needs of today’s discerning homebuyers.
Elevations are key elements to providing customers with distinctive curb appeal that leaves a lingering impression before you walk through the door. This year, new exterior design styles will be incorporated into Darling Homes communities in Houston and Dallas. The styles will broaden curb appeal for Texas homebuyers. A range of exterior styles gives customers the ability to truly craft their dream home with Darling Homes, inside and out.
Recently, several elevations have been introduced in Houston to bring a wider range of exterior options. One of these styles stepping up the curb appeal is a new modern elevation, and it can be found at The Woodlands Cassena Grove and Avalon at Sienna Plantation in the Villa Collection opening in early 2018. Both of these are in the Houston area, bringing in an alternative front for shoppers to select.
In Dallas, several up-and-coming communities are adding fresh elevations. Estates at Shaddock Park in Frisco just debuted its first Darling Homes models, complete with range of choices for elevations like Traditional and Mediterranean. Stonegate, which will open later this year in Irving, will offer selections for a varied curb appeal as well.
In each Darling Homes community, a variety of exterior designs creates unique streetscapes filled with sophisticated, timeless style. Varying elevation styles and incorporating timeless designs provides customers with the home of their dreams in the location that best fits their lifestyle and desires.
Spring is in the air, and Darling Homes is ready to leap into the season with home decor and color palettes that include bright tones. Follow Darling Homes Houston or Darling Homes DFW on Pinterest for idea boards and inspiration to help decorate your home this spring.
Simple, sophisticated design can be found in every Darling home, and adding in a splash of energetic colors and patterns can help bring the feeling of spring into your home. Layering textures with a range of neutral tones, with color added in small doses, creates timeless design throughout the house.
Throw pillows, wall art and other home accent pieces such as vases or lamps provide the perfect opportunity to inject bold patterns, rich color and trendy decor. In addition to fun patterns, varied textures are popular in home decor this spring, and incorporating natural patterns in wallpapers is a positive way to bring texture to the walls in your home.
Spring color palettes are utilizing bold tones, ranging from happy yellows and exotic reds to energized blues and olive green. For a temporary change of scenery, you can add in these seasonal colors by accenting your existing furniture with a blanket or decorative pillow, using high-end materials and fabrics to create the best design possible. For a unique piece of art that pulls together your decor, add in a piece of canvas artwork curated to match your home’s color and design.
Metallics are also trending this spring, so don’t forget to utilize accent items with various metallic materials. Copper, brass and other metal tones make a great addition to any room in furniture or hardware and create good elements in a focal wall or a powder bath.
When thinking about the best way to style your Darling home, it’s time to think big. Having a few, larger furniture pieces and accessories is better for the interior design than adding in numerous small pieces.
No matter how you choose to express your personal style this spring, Darling Homes has a community and floorplan to help create you the perfect home that’s uniquely yours.
Darling Homes works year-round to bring quality-built homes and communities to the Dallas and Houston areas. Throughout the year, new opportunities in existing communities and brand-new communities bring Texas homebuyers unique chances to find the home of their dreams in the area of their dreams.
Coming soon to Allen, homebuyers will have a multitude of new opportunities to explore with the opening of Montgomery Farm Estates, offering 55’, 62’ and 90’ homesites, and Montgomery Farm Angel Field East, 31’ and 55’ homesites. Featuring several of Darling Homes’ prominent collections, including the Villa Collection, Founders Collection, Keystone Collection and more. The Montgomery Farm communities will be open in the first half of 2018. If it isn’t too salesy, we could add a final sentence about VIP lists are currently forming and if interested, contact Melissa Thompson or visit the website to sign up for information?
Stonegate, in Irving, is another community coming to the Dallas area in early 2018. Debuting a new lineup of luxury homes that will blend into the Founders Collection. Stonegate will also feature a community park and provide access to the highly-acclaimed schools in the Coppell Independent School District.
This fall, The Terraces at Las Colinas will open in Irving for Darling Homes shoppers. With winding trails and boardwalk bordering on green spaces and a ravine, this community will offer access to natural areas while staying close to an exciting urban atmosphere with nearby restaurants and shops.
For more information on Darling Homes in Dallas, please request information or call the Internet Home Consultant at 469-252-2255.
In the Cypress community of Bridgeland, a new village called Parkland Village recently opened and with it, Darling Homes’ new model in the Sanctuary Collection debuted. With pocket parks, a lake system, grassy meadows and even a birding tower, Parkland Village was designed to feel connected to nature. Design options at Bridgeland in Parkland Village include a variety of 55’ homesites, and shoppers who come tour will be able to see modern elevation styles in Darling Homes’ model.
The Imperial community will debut new homes in Sugar Land in 2018, with both 30’ and 65’ homesites. Just 18 miles southwest of Houston, tree-lined boulevards, access to high-quality schools in Fort Bend ISD all make Imperial a desirable community. Darling homes at Imperial are in the Retreat Collection and the Villa Collection, with one- and two-story homes offering shoppers features including gourmet kitchens and beautiful courtyards.
Darling Homes Houston is also introducing new opportunities to own homes in Avalon at Sienna Plantation. This 10,000-acre, master-planned development is near the Galleria, Houston Hobby Airport and Texas Medical Center. Sienna Plantation also offers resort-style amenities and spacious recreation areas in a gorgeous, gated community. Darling Homes’ new opportunities at Sienna Plantation will feature upscale, luxury living in low-maintenance, two-story homes from the Villa Collection and the Retreat Collection.
For homebuyers in Dallas or Houston, Darling Homes has a wide array of options in current and coming soon communities to help every home shopper find the home and neighborhood that best fits their needs.
“Everything is bigger in Texas” is a phrase known around the world, but what does a Texas-sized living space actually mean for a homebuyer?
With Darling Homes, the difference is evident as soon as a homebuyer walks through the door. From start to finish, thoughtful transitions, terminating views and incredible details can make a Darling home unique and comfortable while providing an abundance of space.
In the main areas of a Darling home, shoppers will find a masterfully crafted living space unique to the overall design. From the foyers to the open doorways and spacious living areas, homebuyers have ample opportunities to find their dream home in Dallas or Houston.
Incredible great rooms often feature gorgeous beams on elevated ceilings, providing a sweeping, open feeling to the heart of the home. The kitchen is also in the central area of a Darling home, with distinctive cabinetry, islands and many designs featuring a work triangle to maximize nights cooking at home as well as entertainment space.
While Darling Homes puts great thought and care into transitions and the flow of all of its designs, the houses also come with a respect for privacy. An elegant, well-planned mix of privacy and open living area helps to create a welcoming atmosphere throughout.
With many homes featuring private master retreats, some designs also come with private guest casitas. With options such as private, intimate studies, media rooms or game rooms, there is plenty of room to gather loved ones or engage in separate activities.
Day after day, these impeccably crafted home designs give the homebuyer Texas-sized living. With room for lounging, hosting dinner parties, throwing a holiday soiree or simply finding room to work or relax, Darling Homes creates stunning homes with spacious living areas. With an award-winning multi-generational suite, Darling Homes focuses on achieving incredible designs with a space for each of your loved ones to feel comfortable.
As trends in housing change, homebuilders strive to keep models and decor up-to-date for interested homebuyers. When Darling Homes decided to update their American Classic series model in Woodforest, a community in Montgomery, they turned to Wendy Mitchell of Millennium Designs, Inc.
Mitchell works with homebuilders, like Darling Homes, to keep model homes looking fresh, trendy and ready to sell. It’s her job to go through the home with company representatives, discussing budget, paint, furniture and artwork. They decide, together, what has to go and what can stay during the updating process.
“The idea is to make it more current with what’s trending today,” Mitchell said. Mitchell said the client also focuses on specific demographics, and it’s her job to get decor to match that target audience.
After walking through the American Classic series model home and hearing the company’s desires, Mitchell compared that to what she believed needed to change, put together a presentation and agreed with the Darling Homes on what they were going to alter.
In the Woodforest model home, Mitchell said one of the biggest differences was repainting the interior.
“The walls were kind of a gold, so with trends changing that was one of the things that needed to change. It needed to be lighter and brighter,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell said other key focal points were swapping artwork for more modern pieces, replacing the kitchen backsplash to a subway tile and getting new drapery in dining areas to make the rooms flow. New light fixtures were also added to certain rooms, like the dining room, to update the area.
The goal — both for the homebuilders and Mitchell, as a designer — is to make the home feel like it’s ready to live in so those who come in seeking homes can envision a life there.
“We want it to feel current and relevant,” Mitchell said. In a refresh of a model, Mitchell uses some existing elements in the home to stay on budget while changing things around. Artwork, lamps and rearrangement of accessories and furniture are good ways to change the flow of the home without having to buy all new material.
Depending on the scale of the refresh, Mitchell said the work can take anywhere from 48 hours to around 5 weeks. Projects that focus on decluttering or changing small things are fast, while more labor intensive plans take more time to plan and execute.
One way Mitchell often updates a model is by simply taking out old accessories and making sure furniture is arranged so people who want to tour can get an idea of the floor plan for their own needs.
“It’s like Christmas every time you install a model. It’s a lot of fun, very gratifying and you get to see the fruits of your labor very quickly,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell said she always enjoys working with Darling Homes, and that her focus in designing, whether from scratch or a refresh, is always to get the best finished product for her client.
“We stay open-minded and listen to clients. When it comes to design, I think never say never is a good rule,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell’s refresh of the model at Woodforest is complete and ready for visitors to tour. The model is located at 102 Jackson Park, Montgomery, TX 77316. Interested in visiting? Call 936-447-2459 for more information on the Woodforest community or schedule a tour today.
Planning a patio party or backyard soiree? Get our five top tips for outdoor entertaining this spring with Darling Homes Houston.
Set the Tone for Warm Weather Living
First impressions matter, so set the tone for warm weather living from the very beginning.
Whether it’s an open-air courtyard or traditional front porch, create the right ambiance with a well-manicured landscape, potted plants of various sizes or a freshly seeded garden to achieve a naturally beautiful space that’s an expression of the season.
Choose from an assortment of spring’s signature flowers, like pansies, peonies, yellow trilliums, lilacs, tulips and hydrangeas for a bright and bold look that bursts with color.
For a clean, blissful palette, we recommend spring greens and white blooms, such as lilies, petunias, daisies, daffodils and magnolias coupled with fresh-cut grass, miniature palm trees or agave plants.
At Riverstone in Sugar Land, Darling Homes’ Luxury Patio home boasts an extended loggia entryway that opens to an expansive courtyard. Complete with vibrant greenery, detailed brick and stone arches and a wonderful lounge area, the Mediterranean-inspired home design is an ideal spring sanctuary guests will marvel over from the moment they step inside.
Create a Space That’s Multifunctional
Make the transition from indoor entertaining to the outdoors effortless by creating a space that’s multifunctional.
Whether you’re hosting an afternoon barbecue or evening drinks and h’orderves, having a place for guests to gather, relax, play and mingle is a must-have when entertaining.
Station a fully-equipped kitchen with a barbecue, counter space and storage under a canopy or veranda. This provides you with designated room for meal prep and cooking while still being a part of the fun that’s taking place outside.
Accommodate friends and loved ones with plenty of seating near a fireplace or fire pit, which will encourage guests to unwind and linger awhile longer.
At Grand Central Park in Conroe, Darling Homes’ model home is encompassed by heavily wooded landscapes and rich, natural surroundings that turn this patio into a dreamy getaway. Not only will you enjoy a picturesque backdrop, but also a sense of privacy. It’s the perfect atmosphere for yard games, laid-back get-togethers and elegant parties.
Add a Pop of Color
Bring your patio to life with a pop of color by choosing a theme that’s all your own.
Those who enjoy bold, vivid hues for an energetic feel can incorporate throw pillows and furnishings of spring’s go-to shades, such as sunshine yellow, apple green, turquoise and tomato red.
Powder blue, pastel pink and dusted yellow creates an enchanting combination for those seeking a more sophisticated atmosphere.
For the final touch, add a fresh flower bouquet or floating peonies and gardenias set atop a side table or as a centerpiece to bring texture and depth for a visually appealing display.
Captivate Guests with Great Lighting
For cool, breezy evenings, captivate guests with great lighting.
A glowing fireplace and flameless candles will give your outdoors a European-inspired feel perfect for intimate entertaining with close friends and loved ones.
Those hosting a soiree with many to please can’t go wrong with bold outdoor wall decor and stringed lights draped around columns or above a gazebo.
Darling Homes’ award-winning, outdoor living space at The Woodlands, Coronet Ridge is ideal for year-round enjoyment, complete with dramatic arches, fabulous seating and a covered pavilion for additional shade and privacy.
The impressive structure is as an architectural focal point of the home, blending an alluring color palette with unique brick textures. Pair that with great lighting and bold colors and you’ve created the ultimate location for a seasonal gathering.
Don’t Forget to Enjoy Yourself!
Once you’ve created the perfect spring oasis, don’t forget to relax and enjoy yourself.
Organize appetizers and main course dishes for buffet-style dining and assemble a mobile drink station or bar cart, which will not only alleviate you from the task of serving, but will ensure guests feel comfortable helping themselves to food and drinks.
Finally, press play on your favorite music and enjoy!
At Cross Creek Ranch in Fulshear, Darling Homes created an outdoor oasis that’s designed to feel resort style. With a sweeping wall of glass doors set behind a series of stucco columns, this expansive courtyard truly brings the indoors out.
Clean architectural lines and modern details bring a sense of refinement, while the glowing fireplace, designated sitting areas and conversational corners reflect a welcoming and relaxed environment.
One step into this private escape and you’ll feel like you’ve entered into your own staycation paradise.
Like what you see? Visit www.darlinghomes.com to see more outdoor living areas, ideal for spring entertaining!
Delivering a classic touch in new home architecture that harkens to the late-nineteenth century, Darling Homes brings Southern charm to Houston with all-new exteriors.
Painted brick exteriors are unique to new home construction. Until recently, painted brick lent its sophisticated look to prestigious and historic areas of Texas, including Houston Heights and River Oaks in Houston and Highland Park in Dallas.
Exuding grace and elegance, this all-new exterior brings an added level of value and appeal to not only the home, but the community’s streetscape.
“We love the idea of our buyers being able to choose the painted look for their homes,” said Lee Crowder, Darling Homes design gallery and model branding manager. “It not only creates a special and unique look for them, but it makes our Darling streetscape even more beautiful.”
In addition to the stylistic element these exteriors bring, painted brick allows homebuyers to mask color inconsistencies on their home due to the natural hues and variations of brick.
“For those seeking a monochromic appeal that is sleek and simple, this look is ideal,” Crowder said. “It also allows ours buyers to have a very light color palette, which is popular these days and not easy to replicate with a face brick. I love the ability to use a lighter paint color on the brick that’s contrasted with a deep shutter color to create a beautiful, balanced look.”
Darling Homes will offer painted brick for its traditional elevations with opportunities to choose from a collection of Traditional, American Classic and Southern color palettes.
To see Darling Homes’ painted brick exterior in action, visit the all-new model home at Stillwater in Conroe. Darling Homes’ luxury collection at Stillwater is the ideal complement to painted brick with home designs reminiscent of architecture seen in South Carolina and Georgia.
From the gabled and hip rooftops to the inviting front porches, these homes boast period-specific details and Lowcountry designs, creating the picturesque vision of Southern-style living.
The series at Stillwater includes four floor plan options that range from approximately 4,200 square feet to 5,300 square feet. Homes feature unfolding floor plans with up to five bedrooms and bathrooms, a home office, formal dining room, downstairs media room, hearth room, gourmet kitchen that connects to the breakfast room and opens to the family room, relaxing master bedroom suite and private interior courtyard.
“Painted brick allows us to differentiate certain architectural styles and create a more unique streetscape,” Crowder said. “We weren’t sure how our buyers would react to the new style, but we quickly found they love this way of making their home look unique and historically appropriate.”
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With Darling Homes, you have more opportunities to personalize your home design, like selecting your type of flooring, paint color, cabinet style and lighting fixtures or adding an outdoor fireplace and backyard kitchen area.
The homebuilder’s skilled team of architects and design consultants are dedicated to helping you create the home you deserve. When choosing from any of our floor plans and designs, you’ll work with experts to fine tune a home that suits the needs of everyone under your roof.
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Discover the Suite Life at Harvest Green
When it comes to design, Darling Homes at Harvest Green in Richmond offers thoughtfully crafted spaces for maximum livability. Each floor plan features a combination of spacious interiors and distinct exterior elements, like one-of-a-kind stone, metal and millwork details with superior finishes both inside and out.
The award-winning, multi-generational suite in the model home at Harvest Green adds luxury and functionality to this home collection. Designed to simplify the transitions of life, the next-generation suite offers a private entry and living space, kitchenette and en-suite bath, ideal for those seeking a home that caters to all phases of life.
Ranging from approximately 3,100 square feet to 4,000 square feet, the one- and two-story homes also provide up to five bedrooms, formal dining room, gourmet kitchen connected to the family room with a corner fireplace, master bedroom with spacious closet that offers access to the utility room and four-car garages.
Experience Open-Concept Living at Alden Woods
Whether you find yourself relaxing fireside in the family room or indulging in divine hors d’oeuvres in the kitchen, Darling Homes’ unfolding floor plans at Alden Woods in Cypress create exceptional living spaces that are as dramatic as they are functional.
Ranging from approximately 2,600 square feet to 3,800 square feet, the generously sized homes offer connected living areas that seamlessly flow from room to room. Expansive family rooms that open to the gourmet kitchen and dining nook allow you to cook, dine, relax and entertain with ease so you never miss a beat.
Among tree-lined streetscapes and lush landscapes, Darling Homes’ designs also offer finely appointed master suites, large secondary bedrooms, media rooms, game rooms and covered patios, perfect for year-round living.
Darling Details Make All the Difference at Parkway Terrace
At Darling Homes, details matter. From hand-scraped flooring to breathtaking archways, each Darling interior features delightful touches that create an impact and deliver an unmistakably distinct style.
Built specifically for Parkway Terrace, the homebuilder offers a popular collection of one- and two story home designs that feature all the Darling details. Stunning curb appeal, exposed beams and alluring shapes and textures implemented on kitchen backsplashes and along bathroom showers are just a few of the architectural details that set Darling Homes apart.
Homes at Parkway Terrace range from approximately 2,000 square feet to 3,200 square feet and offer flexible floor plans, high-end amenities, master bedroom suites, gourmet kitchens and covered patios, making it an ideal home for those who enjoy intimate entertaining and elevated style.
Like what you see? Make 2017 the year you discover luxury with Darling Homes Houston.