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Sensory Design Can Make Your Home More Inviting

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Sensory Design Can Make Your Home More Inviting

 Relaxing-Beach-SoundsThink about the last time you had a massage or a facial. Just remembering the experience revives the relaxing feeling you left with, and probably makes you smile. Wistfully. Now you want another massage or facial, don’t you?

It’s no accident that wellness spas and massage therapy centers make you feel so good.  They are purposefully designed to maximize ambient experience by appealing to all of the five senses: sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell. Every element of sensory design engages one of the five senses to heighten the experience for the customer:

  • Soft lights and relaxing color schemes in comfortable surroundings
  • Soothing sounds of nature like gentle waves or nighttime sounds
  • Spicy herbal teas or refreshing flavored waters
  • Fluffy, luscious towels and robes
  • Hands-on treatments by trained professionals
  • Aromatherapy oils and wonderfully scented beauty products


Using the Five Senses as Basis for Home Design
Industrial designers, home decorators and even brand designers believe that the best designs appeal to all (or most) of our senses. Our senses are how we perceive the world, so it‘s logical that the more involved we become with our surroundings, i.e., the more senses we use, the stronger the experience.

Consider this: you smell coffee brewing, you cradle the warm cup in your hands and you slowly drink, savoring the moment. That’s three senses engaged; smell, touch and taste. If it’s got a fancy cream design on top, you can add sight and if it’s a steamed-milk latte, the hissing of the steamer adds hearing. All five senses are engaged in this coffee experience. That pretty much describes Starbucks; they excel at marketing to all the senses. (Now you want a coffee.)

Design that speaks to the senses can evoke comfort and relaxation; the end result is the desire to spend more time in the space. Using the five senses as a basis for whole home design will result in a more personal, warm and inviting home. Here are some decorating ideas for engaging each of the five senses that can be adapted for any room in your home to reflect your own personal taste and style.

Sight
Budget Blinds Cordless Cellular ShadesWhen you walk into a room you form an immediate impression by what you see. You want your home to be interesting, attractive and inviting at first look and every day, so being visually appealing is a big part of that first impression. A room should say, “Glad you’re here; come in and stay awhile!”

  • Mix patterns, textures and colors in your furnishings.
  • Use interesting artwork and décor as eye candy.
  • Capitalize on the best view for each room, whether it’s outside or inside (such as a fireplace) and arrange seating to capture that view.
  • Clutter can be unsettling, so de-clutter and have ample, comfortable seating.
  • Frame your windows with beautiful window coverings to enhance the view and dress the room.
  • Let in natural sunlight, it’s easy on the eyes and a natural mood enhancer.


Hearing
To a degree, sounds are subjective, not everyone likes the same things. The sound of a fountain, children laughing, or tinkling wind chimes can be soothing. Everyday living noises like dishwashers, washing machines, TVs and computers can become overwhelming without some peace and quiet as well. Listen to your home and see if you need to make some auditory adjustments.

  • When setting up game rooms, media rooms, or work rooms consider how the sound will impact other areas of the home; you may need to add some sound buffers.
  • Be sure a home office or nursery has the availability of quiet.
  • Place furniture (big comfy reading chair) by an open window to bring pleasant outside sounds in.
  • Layering drapes over blinds or shutters helps block noise from freeways, schools or train tracks.
  • Keep your windows closed and create a calming ambiance by using music, a sound machine for sounds of nature (ocean waves or rain), or just enjoy the golden silence.


Taste
You may not have thought of incorporating elements of taste into decorating, but there are ways to utilize the sense of taste in many rooms for an added feeling of enjoyment and belonging.

  • Use appetite-inducing red or orange in the kitchen or dining room.
  • Fresh fruit in a bowl stimulates the desire to taste it.
  • The irresistible allure of chocolate in a decorative candy dish invites a bite in any room.
  • Arrange several clear containers on the coffee table filled with appetizing snacks.


Smell
Smell is often considered the strongest sense, and a smell can instantly bring back memories. A distinctive perfume recalls a special person, or a wood fire can transport you to carefree days at camp. There are great comfort smells like cookies baking, popcorn popping and fresh flowers. There are also uncomfortable smells like litter boxes, kitchen trash and smoke. A pleasant smell will obviously make your home more inviting, so consider these tips:

  • Place fragrant plants like lavender, rosemary or mint around the house, fresh or dried.
  • Potpourri, scented candles or oil burners can lightly scent a room.
  • Open the windows to provide a cleansing breath of fresh air.
  • If you have a fragrant tree or garden outside, an open window will allow these scents in (orange blossoms or night-blooming jasmine).
  • Join the 73.9% of American households that use air fresheners (Statista.com)
  • Don’t allow smelly items or areas to get out of control.
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Touch
The sense of touch is closely associated with the emotions of belonging and warmth. Add sensory design elements to every room in your home to make it most inviting. Create a balance of same or dissimilar textures that express your own personal style.  For example, if you have an eclectic sense of style, playing off distinctions like a distressed wood dining table with an elegant fringed linen table runner can make quite a statement.

  • Use natural materials like woven wood shades  to exude warmth.
  • Incorporate interesting textures in various décor items that provoke the desire to touch.
  • Shutters, shades and draperies will all enhance the textural experience of a room.
  • Contrast textures in your furnishings; layer a soft throw over a wood chair.
  • Pillows and rugs in different textures and fabrics add dimension and interest.
  • Large and small plants add living texture that brings nature indoors.


Are your senses fully engaged? By now you want a massage and a coffee, and probably some custom window coverings! If you’re ready for some sensory design ideas to customize your living spaces and refashion your home as we move into 2015, your Budget Blinds Style Consultant is ready to help. Call 866-590-6341 today for a free, in-home consultation or go online to www.budgetblinds.com to find your nearest Budget Blinds location. And don’t forget to put the coffee on.

Layered Window Treatments Increase Market Value When Selling Your Home as seen on Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers

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Layered Window Treatments Increase Market Value When Selling Your Home as seen on Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers

When buying your new dream home is contingent upon selling an existing home, you’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen. The HGTV home-improvement series, Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers, follows real-life families who take that challenge with Jonathan and Drew Scott, the ever-popular Property Brothers. These families in transition place both the selling of their existing homes and the buying of a new home into the capable hands of Jonathan and Drew.

The Double Challenge
Jonathan and Drew Scott are uniquely qualified to handle the renovating, the selling and the buying. Drew is a real estate professional who knows the industry inside out and orchestrates the absolute best deals possible. Jonathan is a contractor, able to make renovations on both ends so selling price is maximized and the new home is customized to meet the family’s every need, on budget. Years of experience have made them the consummate pros and the makeovers are fascinating to watch.

To help bring the outgrown or “seasoned” homes up to top-dollar market standard, Budget Blinds® partnered with the Property Brothers on 10 of this season’s renovations to provide custom window coverings to enhance the beauty and value of each home. Custom layered window treatments work almost like magic in transforming uninspired rooms into possibilities.

The customized blinds and draperies installed in these two homes were provided by Budget Blinds’ long-time, trusted manufacturing partner, Springs Window Fashions.

Layering Adds Beauty and Style
Ken and Laura were ready to leave the suburbs for a larger downtown home to accommodate two kids and space for Ken’s race cars. While Drew was challenged with meeting Laura’s artistic tastes and fulfilling the couple’s wish list for a new home, Jonathan’s expertise was needed to update window treatments and do an overall freshening up to get their old house ready to sell. Installing Budget Blinds’ Signature Series® 2” Milk White faux wood blinds in both the dining and living rooms transformed the windows. Pleated draperies in Engagement White Gold in the living room created a softened, elegant effect for the windows flanking the fireplace. Floor-length drapery panels in Engagement Madrid added an appealing splash of color in the dining room, increasing marketability. See the final reveal on Pinterest by clicking here.

Budget Blinds Property Brothers DrapesJennifer and Adesola’s home makeover presented some unexpected challenges to Jonathan and Drew that complicated the whole process. Franchise owners Jan Fitzgerald, of Budget Blinds serving Roswell, and Mike Hewitt of Budget Blinds serving Atlanta North East came through with dazzling window treatments that helped pull the extensive makeover together. Installing Signature Series 2” Milk White faux wood blinds in living room, dining room and kitchen set the stage for a clean, consistent look that was further enhanced in the living room and dining room by colorful draperies to brighten up each space. Jennifer, Adesola and their three children were finally able to move into a much-needed larger home. See the final reveal on Pinterest by clicking here.

Draperies from the Inspired Drapes collection, sold exclusively by Budget Blinds, and coordinating Signature Series® blinds create an elegant atmosphere. Draperies or curtains alone can beautifully dress a window, but layering them over blinds or shades can add extra glamour to a room. Draperies over blinds also provide an added layer of insulation to improve energy efficiency, helping to maintain a constant room temperature while maximizing light and privacy controls.

In your own home, your imagination can run wild with layered window treatments:

  • Add drama with contrasting color-block drapery styles or exhilarating colors and patterns
  • Bring nature indoors with woven wood shades in natural fibers and textures for a casual, calming effect
  • Create a softening effect by using sheer fabrics in light colors and subtle patterns
  • Incorporate valances and custom hardware to add interesting details and style
  • Add motorization to makes drapes, blinds and shades easy to manage with either a handheld or a wall-mounted remote

Budget Blinds is the world’s largest window coverings franchise in the U.S. and Canada, and we’ve been helping people love their homes for over 20 years. Your Budget Blinds Style Consultant can show you dozens of options of fabric, textures, colors and styles to create exactly what you want to dress your windows.

Call 866-590-6341 today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online at www.budgetblinds.com to find a Style Consultant near you. They design, measure, order, inspect, install and warranty your new window treatments. All you have to do is enjoy them!

HGTV’s Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers offers lots of remodeling advice and tips in a very entertaining way. Check your local TV listings to join the fun.

Image: Draperies from the Inspired Drapes collection, sold exclusively by Budget Blinds, and coordinating Signature Series® blinds create an elegant atmosphere.

Home Franchise Concepts Partners with George to the Rescue and Welcomes Olympian to a Renovated Home

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HOME FRANCHISE CONCEPTS PARTNERS WITH GEORGE TO THE RESCUE TO RENOVATE OLYMPIAN AMY VAN DYKEN-ROUEN’S HOME

Budget Blinds and Tailored Living Help Welcome Athlete Back Home Following ATV Accident

ORANGE, CA—(Oct. 14, 2014) Home Franchise Concepts (HFC), parent company of Budget Blinds® and Tailored Living®, is partnering with NBC’s George to the Rescue TV Show to transform the home of six-time Olympic gold medal winning swimmer, Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, who recently severed her spinal cord in an ATV accident leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. Home Franchise Concepts and its network of franchises, along with a valued manufacturing partner is donating new products and materials to upgrade Van Dyken-Rouen’s Scottsdale residence so that it meets her needs as she continues to recover. Budget Blinds, Tailored Living and the George to the Rescue team aim to have the renovations complete in time to welcome her home. 
 
Budget Blinds is outfitting Van Dyken-Rouen’s dining room and family room with energy-efficient honeycomb shades and her master bedroom with roller shades. The new shades will be fully motorized so that Van Dyken-Rouen can open and close the window coverings in her primary living spaces with the touch of a button. In her bedroom, the roller shades will accompany her existing drapery to create an additional level of insulation and energy savings. 
 
Tailored Living is outfitting Van Dyken-Rouen’s master bedroom closet by adding a combination of hang bars and wardrobe lifts at a convenient height making it easy for Amy to access her wardrobe. Tailored Living has also added elements that will speak to Van Dyken-Rouen’s passion for fashion including baskets, drawers, a lined jewelry drawer and custom shelf tower for handbags and shoes.  
 
“We have a great history of being able to support national heroes including veterans, injured servicemen and women, and now Olympians,” said Chad Hallock, President and CEO of Home Franchise Concepts. “Every window treatment or closet that we donate allows us to give back to those who have given so selflessly. We all admire Amy’s courage and are honored to be able to give her something to support and celebrate her strength as she continues to inspire us.”
 
“On the show we witness amazing stories of courage and strength every day and Amy’s story is a powerful example of this,” says George Oliphant, host of George to the Rescue. “We’re proud to be able to transform Amy’s home into a place where she can continue to thrive alongside her family and friends and we couldn’t have done it without the support of companies like Home Franchise Concepts.” 
 
Van Dyken-Rouen’s home renovation will appear on the 2014 season airing on NBC starting the weekend of Oct. 18, check your local listings. The George to the Rescue crew partnered with The Meredith Vieira Show to reveal the remodel to Van Dyken-Rouen on-air during an interview on Sept. 10.   
 
Home Franchise Concepts would like to thank its manufacturing partner, Custom Brands Group for donating the motorized window coverings. It would also like to recognize its franchisees Gloria Guillermo of Budget Blinds serving North Scottsdale and Kevin Kinney of Tailored Living serving Scottsdale for volunteering their time and skills to design and install the custom window treatments and custom master closet. 
 
For more information or to view episodes featuring Amy Van Dyken-Rouen’s home remodel please visit this link. For more information about Home Franchise Concepts please visit: http://www.homefranchiseconcepts.com.
 

About Budget Blinds

Budget Blinds® was founded in 1992 and currently boasts over 900 franchise territories serving nearly 7,500 cities throughout the United States and Canada. The company offers customers a full line of quality window coverings including shutters, shades, blinds and draperies. It also provides free in-home consultations as well as measuring and installation services. Budget Blinds has been recognized as a leader in the franchise industry by organizations such as Entrepreneur, AllBusiness, Inc. and Franchise Business Review. With a strong vendor alliance program and growing product portfolio, Budget Blinds is the clear franchising leader in the multi-billion dollar window coverings market. For more information on Budget Blinds, visit www.budgetblinds.com. For franchise opportunities, please visit www.budget-blinds-franchise.com.
 
About Tailored Living
 
Tailored Living® featuring Premier Garage® proudly offers homeowners high quality organizational solutions for their garages, closets, pantries, family rooms, home offices and more through complimentary in-home consultations. The company also provides complete design, measuring and installation services adapted to each client’s specific needs. Tailored Living's industry experience, commitment to service, and wide breath of product offerings has allowed it to grow into the largest whole-home organization company in the nation. For more information on Tailored Living, please call (800) 519-6296 or visit www.tailoredliving.com. For franchise opportunities, visit www.tailoredlivingfranchise.com. Connect with us on Facebook for behind the scenes photos and features by visiting www.facebook.com/TailoredLiving
 
About George to the Rescue:
 
Each week, Emmy® Award-Winning host George Oliphant teams up with design and construction experts to rescue a family or community in need of home improvements. From complete design updates to brand new kitchens and community centers, George to the Rescue fixes the homes of those in need. A spinoff of the successful Open House franchise, George to the Rescue has resonated with audiences across the country.  Episodes begin with the homeowners plea for help and the exciting moment when George and his team meet them for the first time to tell them they are about to be rescued. The makeover and renovation process is energetic and dramatic as the team deals with time issues, budget, and overcoming the inevitable hiccups of home improvement projects. In the end, there is nothing better than seeing the looks on the families faces when they step into their new space for the first time, and know that a community came together to come to their rescue.
 
George to the Rescue is produced by LX.TV, the lifestyle production arm of the NBC Owned Television Stations division of NBCUniversal.  The show airs on the 10 NBC-owned television stations: WNBC (New York), KNBC (Los Angeles), WMAQ (Chicago), WCAU (Philadelphia), KXAS (Dallas-Fort Worth), KNTV (San Francisco Bay Area), WRC (Washington, D.C.), WTVJ (South Florida), KNSD (San Diego) and WVIT (Connecticut) as well as the NBC affiliate station in Boston. Check local listings for airtimes.
 
 Show segments will also appear on www.nbcnewyork/georgetotherescue as well as on NBC Owned Stations’ digital out-of-home properties, such as taxi cabs.  Viewers can also get show updates via Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/georgetotherescue  and Twitter at @George2Rescue and @GeorgeOliphant.

Worry-free Installation is Part of Budget Blinds' Promise of Excellence in Custom Window Coverings

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Worry-free Installation is Part of Budget Blinds’ Promise of Excellence in Custom Window Coverings

Budget Blinds Installation ProcessIt's a difficult task to design your dream home all on your own, and many homeowners don't have the experience, expertise, or resources necessary to truly make that dream a reality. At Budget Blinds, we know how much your home means to you, so when you buy blinds, shades, shutters, draperies or any other window coverings, you're not simply buying the product and installation - you're also getting design expertise in the convenience of your own home. Here's a look at how it works…

At Budget Blinds, Your Window Treatment Installation Is A Start-to-Finish Experience:

  • The first step in your custom installation process starts with custom design. This initial vision will help define your home improvement goals and ensure a cohesive and complimentary look when you finish. The Budget Blinds' Design Guide is a valuable resource for getting up-to-date on the latest trends and interior design inspirations, helping you identify your personal style and aesthetic.
  • Once you've identified images that suit your personal style from the Design Guide or other resources, you're definitely ready for our complimentary in-home consultation.  A Budget Blinds Style Consultant in your area will come to your home with product information, samples, detailed options and benefits for all types of window coverings, innovative layering techniques and more - to help turn your vision into a reality that not only looks good, but makes your home feel great too.
  • When it's  time to install your custom window treatments, Budget Blinds can also take care of all the heavy lifting and labor. No need to hassle with unknown or unreliable subcontractor, since your local Budget Blinds professionals are there every step of the way from sizing for a  perfect fit, to completing the expert installation with their own trained installers.
  • The Budget Blinds custom experience doesn't end with your window treatment installation. Count on your local Budget Blinds to be there should you need any advice, support, or repairs in the future. Budget Blinds also offers window treatments covered with the best warranty in the industry. Ask for details about our "No Questions Asked Product Warranty" for the ultimate peace of mind.

When you choose your local Budget Blinds for your custom design and window treatment installation, you can rest assured you're in good hands. Our custom installation process is a start-to-finish experience that will give you the guidance and confidence necessary to make your dream home a reality much easier than you believed was possible. Take the first steps toward experiencing the Budget Blinds custom process first-hand by calling 866-590-6341 to find a Style Consultant near you, or go online to www.budgetblinds.com to take a look at our Design Guide and schedule your complimentary in-home consultation today!

Budget Blinds Participates in This Old House's 35th Anniversary Project House

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BUDGET BLINDS SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE ON THIS OLD HOUSE’S CHARLESTOWN, MA 35TH ANNIVERSARY PROJECT HOUSE

ORANGE, CA—(Sept. 25, 2014)—Budget Blinds, a quality window covering franchise serving the United States and Canada, was selected to participate with PBS’s This Old House to install custom window treatments in the show’s 1850 Greek Revival Rowhouse in Boston’s oldest neighborhood, Charlestown. The window treatments will complement the aesthetic and history of the home while adding to its beauty, value and energy efficiency. 

The master bedroom, closet and bathroom now all feature cordless Cellular Shades. Cellular shades are not only incredibly versatile; their honeycomb-shaped pockets are designed to keep air from escaping or entering a home to increase the room’s energy efficiency. This is particularly advantageous in diverse climates like New England and in older homes. According to the US Department of Energy, window treatments like cellular shades can help reduce summer heat gain by 33 percent and reduce winter heat loss by up to 25 percent

The kitchen and sitting room both feature new Woven Wood Shades. Woven wood shades are made from one hundred percent organic materials such as rattan reeds, grasses, bamboo and jute making them environmentally friendly and completely recyclable. 

To add to the overall quality, convenience and value, motorization has been installed in the master bedroom and kitchen. Motorized shades can be activated by a hand-held remote, set on timers that allow the owner to program when shades open and close, by light sensors that will automatically open and close shades at peak times to maximize energy-efficiency, or wireless wall switches for ease-of-use. Motorization can be added to almost any type of window treatment to eliminate dangling cords, not only to add comfort and convenience, but to also make the home more kid-friendly by removing potential safety hazards.  

“It is a great honor to be invited to take part in the anniversary of a show that is so widely revered and respected in the home remodeling community,” says Chad Hallock, co-founder and CEO of Budget Blinds, Inc. “We’re thrilled to be a part of the care and preservation that the crew has poured into this beautiful historic home. This has been a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase the value and comfort that custom window treatments can offer a home.”

Budget Blinds would like to thank its manufacturing partner Springs Window Fashions for donating the window treatments. It would also like to recognize Janet Rosa of Budget Blinds serving Waltham, Westwood and Dover-Sherborn for volunteering her time and skills to design and install the custom window treatments. 

The thirty-fifth anniversary season of the Emmy Award-winning home improvement show will air on October 2 on PBS (check local listings). The Charlestown, MA home remodel will take place over an eight-episode story arc.

For more information about Budget Blinds please visit: http://www.budgetblinds.com. For more information about parent company Home Franchise Concepts, please visit: http://www.homefranchiseconcepts.com.

About Budget Blinds
Budget Blinds® was founded in 1992 and currently boasts over 900 franchise territories serving nearly 7,500 cities throughout the United States and Canada. The company offers customers a full line of quality window coverings including shutters, shades, blinds and draperies. It also provides free in-home consultations as well as measuring and installation services. Budget Blinds has been recognized as a leader in the franchise industry by organizations such as Entrepreneur, AllBusiness, Inc. and Franchise Business Review. With a strong vendor alliance program and growing product portfolio, Budget Blinds is the clear franchising leader in the multi-billion dollar window coverings market. For more information on Budget Blinds, visit www.budgetblinds.com. For franchise opportunities, please visit www.budget-blinds-franchise.com.

About This Old House:
THIS OLD HOUSE is produced by THIS OLD HOUSE Productions, Inc., for THIS OLD HOUSE Ventures, Inc., and is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston.  Executive Producer is Deborah Hood. Director is Thomas Draudt. Producer is Jo Sagar. Series creator is Russell Morash. THIS OLD HOUSE is the No. 1 multimedia home enthusiast brand, offering trusted information and expert advice through award-winning television, a highly regarded magazine and an information-driven Web site. THIS OLD HOUSE Ventures, Inc., is owned by Time Inc.

WGBH Boston is America's preeminent public broadcasting producer—PBS's leading source of content for television and the Web (prime-time, children's, and lifestyle programs) and a major supplier of programs heard nationally on public radio and online. For more information, visit www.wgbh.org.

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Budget Blinds Contact:
Michelle Hoffman
Lola Red PR
612.333.1723

This Old House Contact:
Amanda Ice
WGBH Boston
617-300-5398

Budget Blinds® Fabulous Faux Wood Blinds Increase Home Value and Sales Appeal on Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers

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Budget Blinds Fabulous Faux Wood Blinds Increase Home Value and Sales Appeal on Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers

An all new Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers premiered in the U.S. on September 3rd on HGTV.  The new season of this top-rated home improvement series was filmed in the Atlanta, Georgia area and 10 episodes will feature Budget Blinds' custom window treatments, including fabulous, versatile faux wood blinds.

The Property Brothers are twins, Jonathan and Drew Scot, and they've been called the "dynamic duo of real estate."  Jonathan is a licensed contractor, renovating the current homes to meet top-dollar market standards for selling. Drew is a real estate expert, working with each family to find and secure the ideal new home to accommodate their needs and budget.

Budget Blinds brings over 20 years of expertise in creative design and installation to this exciting collaboration, as well as one of the widest selections of shutters, blinds, draperies and window shades in North America.

Faux Wood Blinds Offer Beauty and Durability

Faux wood blinds offered by Budget BlindsOne of the most common observations by the brothers about the homes going up for sale is "lackluster unfinished interiors." Buyers need to be inspired when they are looking at houses, excited by the possibilities if they are going to pay asking price for a home. Beautiful window treatments greatly enhance a room's allure by giving it a polished finish and buyers can begin to imagine their own furnishings in the home.

Budget Blinds' faux wood blinds are the ideal complement to any room. Available in a variety of finishes from white to rich wood grains, with smooth or textured finishes, they can match any décor. Faux wood blinds have the beauty of wood blinds with the added durability of composite blinds. They are highly moisture-resistant, making them the perfect choice for areas like kitchens, laundry rooms and bathrooms, or in any humid climate. Other valuable features include:

  • Won't crack, chip, peel, or yellow over time
  • Two sizes: 2" or 2.5" slats depending on your style preference
  • Blinds can be motorized for ease of use and safety for children and pets
  • Compatible with a wide range of fabric valances or draperies
  • Less expensive than real wood blinds

Budget Blinds' faux wood blinds can be customized for any room and are available in a variety of colors and textures.

Abby and David and Chuck and Kim

One of the biggest reasons homes go on the market is the need for more living space.  Families change and grow, and home requirements change-more bedrooms, a bigger kitchen, a yard for a swing set, etc. And very often the purchase of the new home hinges on the sale of the existing home so it needs to be as attractive as possible to potential buyers. Budget Blinds can help make that happen.

  • Abby and David felt the pinch of a "tiny home." With one young son and a baby on the way, they needed more living space. Budget Blinds installed 2" Whisper White faux wood blinds from our Signature Series® collection to make the windows beautiful and practical, reducing glare and heat gain, making the home more energy-efficient…and more marketable. See the final reveal on Pinterest by clicking here.
  • Chuck and Kim have a three-generational family under one roof.  With growing kids, they wanted a better school district (without a long commute) and a separate living area for grandma. Upgrading several rooms with Signature Series 2" Albino faux wood blinds to create consistency and harmony throughout the house increased the sales value and helped them on their way to a new and larger home. See the final reveal on Pinterest by clicking here.

 Franchise owners, Mike Hewitt of Budget Blinds serving Atlanta North East, and Bill Herder of Budget Blinds serving Kennesaw, provided the measuring and installation services and seemed to enjoy every minute. Mike said, "It was fun being part of the home renovations and seeing rooms transform right before my eyes."

Many thanks to Budget Blinds' trusted manufacturing partner, Springs Window Fashions, for donating the high-quality, custom faux wood blinds installed in both homes.

Whether you want to increase your home's value and sales appeal or you just want to banish the "lackluster interiors" of your rooms, your local Budget Blinds Style Consultant can help. It doesn't matter if your personal taste is formal, casual or eclectic, your Style Consultant can bring samples, swatches and style guides right into your living room to help you design window treatments that are truly you. Call 866-590-6341 today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online at www.budgetblinds.com to find a Style Consultant near you.

Check your local TV listings to catch Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers on HGTV and get some exciting design inspiration from the pros!

Budget Blinds Featured on NBC's George to the Rescue

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Budget Blinds and George to the Rescue Brighten Amy Van Dyken’s Home with Motorized Window Treatments

In the blink of an eye, a life can be changed forever. Amy Van Dyken, six-time Olympic gold medalist, experienced this on June 6, 2014, when she suffered an ATV accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down.

She has been very public about her injury and rehabilitation, the ups and the downs, actively sharing with her Twitter and Instagram followers every step of her journey. 

Her buoyant spirt shines through as she declares her intent to learn to drive, ride a bike and mountain climb. Amy believes “every day you take a breath is a blessing,” and “you can get through anything as long as you have a positive attitude.”

Budget Blinds Partners with George to the Rescue 

George to the Rescue is a widely-popular weekly national home improvement TV show that focuses on home rescues for deserving individuals nominated by friends and family that see a need.

Since the accident, Amy’s life has dramatically changed, and to help her excel in her new life, Budget Blinds and its sister company, Tailored Living, partnered with George to the Rescue to outfit her Scottsdale home with amenities that will improve her quality of life. 

Working together, they are presenting Amy with a home renovation when she gets out of rehab. On September 10, Amy is a guest on the new The Meredith Vieira Show where she’s expecting to talk about her accident. Instead, she’ll be surprised with the news of the renovation. The remodel reveal show of Amy actually moving into her newly-customized home will air the weekend of October 18 on NBC. (We’ll remind you of that date!)

Easier Day-to-Day Living

Budget Blinds installed motorized window treatments throughout the home to make life easier as Amy progresses with her rehabilitation.  A hand-held remote gives touch-of-a-button control so Amy can effortlessly maintain desired privacy and light levels in any room. Budget Blinds selected cellular shades which are energy saving window treatments that will contribute to maintaining summer cool and winter warm to create a year-round comfortable environment. All cellular shades installed complement the existing décor, reflecting Amy’s personal taste while adding beauty and function to every room.

Tailored Living designed a master closet organization system to accommodate Amy’s accessibility needs from her wheelchair to facilitate dressing and wardrobe maintenance. Various level hang bars, wardrobe lifts and low-level storage options make this the perfect shared closet for Amy and her husband, Tom.

Being part of Amy’s home makeover is an exciting event for Budget Blinds and Tailored Living, both brands of parent company, Home Franchise Concepts (HFC). Chad Hallock, President and CEO of HFC shares the corporate philosophy: “We have a great history of being able to support national heroes including veterans, injured servicemen and women, and now Olympians. Every window treatment or closet that we donate allows us to give back to those who have given so selflessly. We all admire Amy’s courage and are honored to be able to give her something to support and celebrate her strength as she continues to inspire us.”

Special thanks to our manufacturing partner, Custom Brands Group, for donating the motorized window treatments, and to our franchisee, Gloria Guillermo of Budget Blinds serving North Scottsdale, for volunteering her time and expertise to design and install the custom motorized window treatments. 

If you’re looking to update your home with customized window treatments, such as cellular shades or motorization, call your local Budget Blinds Style Consultant today for a complimentary in-home consultation. In the comfort of your own home, you can view samples, swatches, finishes and styles to ensure you’ll get exactly what you want.

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