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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® 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.

George to the Rescue Amy

Budget Blinds Featured on PBS's This Old House

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Budget Blinds Celebrates 35th Anniversary of This Old House with Motorized Window Coverings

 This Old House and Budget Blinds Completed Master Bedroom WindowThis Old House, PBS’s home improvement TV show that launched a whole new genre of programming with its first program in 1979, is celebrating its 35th season of renovating homes and Budget Blinds has joined the celebration! For the 35th anniversary, Budget Blinds has been asked to design and install custom, motorized window coverings for an 1850s Greek Revival rowhouse in Boston’s historic Charlestown.

Style Consultant, Janet Rose of Budget Blinds serving Waltham, Westwood and Dover-Sherborn, Massachusetts, was doubly excited about this opportunity. In addition to the always delightful experience of helping a client fulfill their decorating dreams for their home, she has a life-long love for This Old House: “I have been a This Old House viewer since it started in 1979! My Mom worked at Lexington Gardens where they built the Victory Garden. I [have] met Tom Silva and learned we share the same home town. This is very exciting for us.” 

Making Dreams a Reality

Homeowner, Angela, dreams of a bathroom on every floor, cozy guest quarters for family visits and a master bedroom suite that “feels like I’ve checked into a luxury hotel.” Her passion for comfort in every room is evident in the delicious colors she chose for her Budget Blinds shades: Divinity White Chocolate and Delight Toffee.

Working with Janet, Angela chose a combination of cellular shades and motorized woven wood shades to accomplish her desired result of beauty, luxury and function. 

• Three Divinity White Chocolate cellular shades were installed in the master bedroom (motorized), master closet and guest bath (cordless lift) giving complete light and privacy control. These elegant cellular shades also provide energy-efficient insulation, saving on utility bills while keeping Angela’s home at her own personal comfort level.

• Five Delight Toffee woven wood shades were installed in the kitchen and sitting room, adding beauty and function. The smaller kitchen window shades have cord control, and the larger windows have solar-powered motorized shades to give effortless, touch-of-a-button control for all five shades from one remote. Motorization provides the added benefit of no tempting, dangling cords making motorized window coverings child safe and pet friendly

Budget Blinds and This Old House Crew On SetWoven wood shades are eco-friendly and add natural beauty and texture to any room, and can be custom-made to fit around awkward air conditioning units, heat registers and window cranks. Energy-efficient cellular shades are very versatile, available in three cell sizes and four light control options, and they pair up beautifully with valances and drapes. 
 
Special thanks to Budget Blind’s long-time, trusted manufacturing partner, Springs Window Fashions, for providing the fashionable window coverings used in Angela’s home.
 
Budget Blinds: America’s #1 Window Coverings Franchise

This is not our first venture with PBS’s This Old House. Budget Blinds was involved with two renovations in 2006 and 2007, Austin (Episode 2626) and East Boston (Episode 2618), providing window shutters and Roman shades. For over 20 years, our reputation has been built on quality products and expertise in design, making Budget Blinds the “Brand Worth Watching” with: 

• Convenient at-home service
• Free design consultations 
• Knowledgeable Style Consultants
• Expert measuring
• Professional installation
• Quality, name-brand window treatments
 
If you’re thinking of redoing your window treatments to spruce up for the holidays, adding motorized window coverings, or you just want a fresh, new look in your home, call your local Budget Blinds Style Consultant today to schedule a free in-home consultation. We’ll work with you on colors, styles and textures to design the windows of your dreams!
 
Check your local listings for This Old House on October 2, 2014 to see this anniversary episode and our beautiful window treatments.
 

Budget Blinds Sponsors 2014 DIY Network Blog Cabin

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Budget Blinds Helps Renovate the 2014 DIY Network Blog Cabin for One Lucky Winner

The 2014 DIY Network Blog Cabin is an interactive home improvement Internet and TV series that asks consumers to vote on the design features of a vacation getaway, and then enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win the finished residence! This year’s Blog Cabin is a historic 1920s era bungalow located on a lake in the beautiful city of Winter Haven, Florida. This dream vacation retreat boasts 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and a total of approximately 2,500 square feet of living space. Did we also mention it comes with a wake/surf boat and a two-story boat dock for the ultimate in entertaining, relaxing, and communing with nature?

As the window coverings sponsor, Budget Blinds installed energy-efficient cellular shades and Tandem™ cellular shades with blackout liners to contribute to the home’s amazing renovation. With the help of franchisee, Nelson McCullough of Budget Blinds serving Lakeland Highlands, the window treatments were expertly measured and installed, resulting in beautiful views from all 46 of its windows!

Budget Blinds offers a wide variety of window coverings from many trusted manufacturing partners, including Custom Brands Group, who supplied the cellular shades installed throughout the Blog Cabin lakeside retreat. Cellular shades are an excellent option when renovating any home, especially those located on the waterfront. Not only do cellular shades have the ability to complement virtually any décor, they are also designed with small honeycomb-shaped pockets or “cells” that help keep air from either entering or escaping the home. This unique attribute provides insulation and energy-savings, keeping the home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Plus, when cellular shades are drawn open, they allow for beautiful views!

In the home’s den, Budget Blinds chose to install Tandem™ cellular shades with blackout liners. Because these innovative window treatments combine a front shade with an independently operated back liner, the homeowner attains enhanced versatility in light and privacy control, making Tandem cellular shades perfect for media rooms.

The 1-Hour Blog Cabin special airs on Monday, September 8th, and will re-air throughout the month. For a sneak peak and more behind the scenes footage, including a virtual walkthrough of the Blog Cabin, visit www.DIYNetwork.com/BlogCabin. Eligible viewers have until 5:00 p.m. ET on September 12, 2014, to enter the DIY Networks Blog Cabin Sweepstakes! Click here for details.

To learn more about how you can add cellular shades to your home in order to create the perfect environment, request a complimentary in-home consultation from your local Budget Blinds Style Consultant today! They’ll show you all the styles and options available to help renovate your home as seen in the 2014 DIY Network Blog Cabin.

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  Cellular shades are available in a variety of colors and sizes to meet the needs of your home.

 

Free Swatch Program from Budget Blinds

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Experience Window Coverings Firsthand with Our Free Swatch Program

At Budget Blinds, we want to make your window covering shopping experience as easy as possible. That’s why we’ve developed a free swatch program that allows you to have a variety of customized swatches sent directly to your door. Seeing what the product looks like with your furnishings and lighting scheme can be extra helpful.

Ordering swatches online is simple. All you have to do is select the products you’re interested in, click the type of window treatments you’re looking for, select samples and then click “Add to Order”. Once you’ve ordered, you can expect to receive your swatches within 10 business days.

We have a variety of free swatches available including cellular shade, composite blind, wood blind, horizontal blind, pleated shade and roller shade swatches. To help you select the best types of window coverings for your home, here is some useful information on a few of the options available:

Cellular Shades

Our Signature Series Cellular Shades have the ability to complement virtually any décor and are built with small honeycomb-shaped pockets or “cells” designed to keep air from either entering or escaping the home. This provides insulation to help keep homes cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Composite & Faux Wood Blinds
Composite Blinds are resistant to warping and yellowing with age and are constructed from high-quality synthetic materials that prevent blind slats from fading and cracking over time. Faux Wood Blinds offer the beauty of wood at an affordable price.

Wood Blinds
Our Wood Blinds are made using high quality North American hardwoods harvested from sustainable forests. Each slat has a unique, natural wood grain to add a luxurious feel. You can choose from a variety of finishes and custom colors to complement the décor of any room.

Pleated Shades
Signature Series Pleated Shades are a unique and affordable window covering. The folded accordion style shape adds an attractive dimension to rooms and stacks flat when raised to provide an open view. Styles are available in light-filtering and room-darkening fabrics to meet your specific light control preferences.

Roller & Solar Shades
Roller Shades have a lot to offer due to their functionality and ease of operation. They are ideal for wide windows and can be layered with draperies for a more finished look. Solar Shades are a great eco-friendly option designed to protect against heat gain, solar glare and harmful UV rays. They also help maintain optimal privacy while letting you enjoy outdoor views.

Contact one of our friendly Style Consultants today to get information on all the products, brands and swatches you have at your disposal. Schedule a free in-home consultation today!

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Budget Blinds on Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers

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Budget Blinds Contributes to Home Renovations on Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers

Budget Blinds Provides Window Coverings for a Popular Home Improvement TV Series

ORANGE, CA - Budget Blinds – the largest window coverings franchise in North America – supplied and installed window treatments as part of home renovations in select episodes of season 2 of Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers. The episodes begin airing on HGTV this September.

Each episode of Buying and Selling follows the Property Brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott, as they help homeowners sell their current home and buy a new property that better fits their needs. Jonathan renovates and prepares the family's current home for a successful sale, while Drew checks out the best options for the family's new property while overseeing the selling of their old home.

With a wide selection of shutters, blinds, shades and draperies available, Budget Blinds provided hundreds of product samples and window covering solutions to address the specific needs of each home and help make the renovation visions a reality.

The window coverings used in these episodes were made possible through a contribution from Budget Blinds' trusted manufacturing partner, Springs Window Fashions, and through the expert measuring and professional installation services of various Budget Blinds franchisees in Atlanta, Georgia, and surrounding areas.

“It was a great experience working with the Buying and Selling team,” said Chad Hallock, CEO of Budget Blinds. “We hope the episodes help enlighten viewers on the wonders the right window coverings can do for a home.”

The Buying and Selling episodes featuring Budget Blinds window treatments will begin airing this September on HGTV. Please check your local listings. For more information on Buying and Selling, click here.

 

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