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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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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.

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Bring Spring Into Your Home with the Help of Darling Homes’ Colorist Lee Crowder

Designed to surprise and delight, Darling Homes has unveiled its new model at Newman Village in Frisco, Texas.

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Inspired by a robin’s egg and the imagination of Lee Crowder, colorist for Darling Homes, the home offers a new look for elegant living with a unique color scheme that brings spring into the home.

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Step inside and revel in the beauty of a formal dining room dressed for the season in enchanting blue and decorated with an antiqued floor-to-ceiling mirror, sheer curtains that let in the light, and golden-wheat colored rustic wood furnishings for a refreshing interior that captivates the senses.

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The kind of home that keeps opening up as you walk through, this model offers a feeling of intrigue as you explore the beautiful spaces around every corner.

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From the formal dining room, an elegantly decorated family room catches the eye. Designed as an ideal location for relaxing or hosting get-togethers with family and friends, the open-concept floor plan offers an expansive family room and a gorgeous, gourmet kitchen decorated in white and blue.

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The special emphasis placed on the living areas of the home can be seen in every aspect of the design. As the centerpiece of family life, the space is a comfortable refuge where each moment at home is celebrated and families can stay connected. Afternoon snacks can be served at the kitchen island, homework can be done at the dining room table, and homeowners can relax in the evening next to a crackling fire.

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Need a home that’s also a great venue for entertaining? The living room and kitchen offer access to an outdoor oasis featuring a covered patio, an outdoor fireplace and an optional outdoor kitchen and barbecue.

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Throughout every room, home buyers experience the Darling Homes Difference with design elements that resonate.

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From the master suite to the guest casita, Darling Homes’ newest model home at Newman Village is a must-see.

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Inspiration can come from anywhere, such as the soft hues of a robin’s egg woven into each room of this beautifully designed home. What will inspire you?

To take a tour of this Darling Homes model, visit us in Newman Village at 12522 Riverhill Road, Frisco, Texas. Call (214) 387-8483 for more information or visit www.darlinghomes.com.

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Creative Homework Hubs

School is back in session! With children and teens in Darling communities heading back to A+ schools in some of the best school districts in Texas, it’s time to find a prime spot at home to get those studies done. Luckily, there’s no shortage of homework spots in these Darling homes, from formal studies to computer niches.

Here are some tips to create an A+ worthy homework hub:

Stock up on supplies. Eliminate distractions by keeping any supplies your child might need within arm’s reach. Then they won’t need to pause their studies to grab a sharpened pencil or different color marker.

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Make it mobile. Sometimes a change in scenery can inspire productivity. Keep homework station supplies in a caddy so your child can move around as needed.

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Minimize clutter. Organization is key to ensuring no important assignments or permission slips get lost. Clear off clutter from your homework station daily, add a bulletin board or use a filing system to keep everything in order

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Host a Labor Day Soiree

This Labor Day, throw a backyard bash filled with food and fun for all – because a day off is always a reason to celebrate! Here are some tips:

Select Your Venue: Host your get together at home or change up the scenery and pick another place to party. Many of Houston’s top communities including Bridgeland, Cross Creek Ranch, Cypress Creek Lakes and more feature beautiful outdoor spaces, clubhouses and pools where you can host your soirée.

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Gather Your Guests: Labor Day is a busy weekend for everyone, so give your guests plenty of notice prior to the party. If you’re keeping it small with just a few close friends, give everyone a call to let them know your plans. For a bigger bash, go big and mail invitations.

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Choose Your Menu: The Food Network has plenty of mouth-watering recipes to include in your Labor Day spread. From personal grilled pizzas and American-style potato salad to flank steak with balsamic barbecue sauce and Dijon chicken wings, your guests will leave craving more!

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Determine Your Décor: Decide if you want to give your party a theme or keep it a casual get together. You can go all out with a patriotic theme or take Martha Stewart’s advice on decorating for a Labor Day bash and incorporate seersucker napkins and dip-dyed bamboo place mats.

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Kids in School

School is here, but don’t let that stop you! Here are some fun activities in and around the Houston area so you and your family can soak up the last rays of summer.

Museums. Houston has plenty of museums to explore, making for a fun, educational day on the town with the kids. From hands-on experiences at The Health Museum and the Children’s Museum of Houston, to the Art Car Museum and others that unleash your creative side, there’s something for everyone!

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Discovery Green. Have an outdoor adventure in the middle of downtown Houston. Enjoy kayaking and stand up paddle boarding on Kinder Lake or take a stroll on the McNair Jogging Trail.

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Moody Gardens. Experience the rainforest, explore the ocean’s depths, challenge your agility on a ropes course and zip line at Moody Gardens. Visit for the day or stay at the Moody Gardens Hotel and enjoy a weekend with the family. Even better? It’s just 45 minutes from Sienna Plantation and Riverstone, perfect for a last-minute getaway!

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When Life Gives You Lemons

Nothing quenches a Texas thirst quite like an ice-cold glass of lemonade. Here are some refreshing lemonade recipes to help cool you off.

Classic Lemonade Nothing complements a summer day quite like an ice-cold glass of lemonade. Consider stirring in some fresh mint for an energizing twist.

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Raspberry Lemonade This low-calorie raspberry lemonade will quench your thirst without jeopardizing the summer figure you worked so hard for.

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Blueberry Lemonade This take on traditional lemonade is just the right blend of sweet and tangy. You’re just six ingredients and 5 minutes away from a delicious refreshment.

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Tips on How to Hang Those Family Photos

A new home means plenty of blank walls to adorn. Gallery walls are an easy solution to display beloved family portraits and add a chic element to your home.

Make a Statement: Mix personal photos, prints and paintings to express your personality through your gallery.

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Experiment with Layouts: Arrange different layouts on the floor to visualize what your gallery will look like before hanging the pieces.

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Stick to a Theme: Try to maintain the same palette and theme when collecting pieces for your gallery wall. This ensures one piece doesn’t draw more attention than others or the group collectively.

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Sizzling Summer Decor Ideas

Changing seasons always inspire fresh home décor ideas and now that summer is officially upon us, we’re eager to try some of these hot interior design trends.

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Sunny yellow, nautical navy and flirty pink are just a few of the vibrant colors interior designer Tobi Fairley recommends to give a traditional space a colorful twist. Keep it simple and add pillows, throws and other home accents in these hues or go big and paint an accent wall to enjoy a slice of summer year-round.

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When it comes to adjusting your interior for summer think old and new. Use this as an opportunity to give old furniture new life with a coat of high-gloss paint in a bright color or buy new accent dishes to add a festive summer pattern to your table setting.

Like what you see? Take a look at this article to see more interiors decorated to perfection with this summer’s latest design trends.

 

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Rainy Day Make it a Movie Day

Summer days aren’t always clear skies and sunshine and with kids at home. Finding ways to entertain on rainy days is a must. One easy solution is to host a family movie marathon. Take a look at these ways to jazz up your movie watching experience:

1. Build a comfy fort to watch your movies in, it takes extra time and helps expend any energy the kids might have pent-up.

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2. Spice up your popcorn– literally! Garlic-parmesan, a dash of ranch seasoning or a spoonful of candy, playing with popcorn toppings is fun for both kids and adults

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3. Finally, if you can’t decide on a good movie to watch, here is a list of 100 of the best family movies of all time with options for all ages.

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