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Budget Blinds and Homes for Our Troops Move Veterans Into New Homes for the Holidays

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Budget Blinds and Homes For Our Troops Move Veterans Into New Homes for the Holidays

This holiday season, Budget Blinds® begins a new venture in helping U.S. military veterans by partnering with the non-profit, national organization Homes For Our Troops (HFOT). For 10 years, HFOT has been dedicated to building brand new, specially-adapted homes for post-9/11 veterans. These custom-tailored homes allow them to live more independently as they and their families rebuild lives shattered by the devastating injuries these veterans received while serving their county.

The loss of limbs and other injuries present everyday challenges that most of us cannot begin to comprehend. For example, imagine if just brushing your teeth was a major undertaking; how frustrating would that be? HFOT builds each home around the unique needs of each veteran, enabling them to experience day-to-day living in an environment that again makes all of life possible. In a recent interview while touring his new home, Sgt Sweeney was asked, “Do you cook?” Surveying the custom kitchen, he replied with a big smile, “I do now!” (Read the rest of his story below.)

HFOT depends on numerous partners like Budget Blinds and Budget Blinds’ trusted vendor partner, Springs Window Fashions, for products and donations to keep the project funded so each home is presented, mortgage-free, to the veteran. Budget Blinds is honored to install faux wood blinds in 120 homes over the next three years, with 11 families placed by year end as part of HFOT’s 2014 Home for the Holidays campaign. Here are two of their stories.

Marine Sgt Joshua Sweeney

Sgt Sweeny Sgt Sweeney has spent the last five years in a wheelchair since the loss of his legs and other injuries he suffered due to a bomb blast in Afghanistan in 2009. He has had over a dozen surgeries and continues recovery treatments on an out-patient basis. But even in light of so many new challenges, his spirit is undaunted.

  • He joined the U.S. National Sled Hockey team and scored the winning goal that won the gold in the Paralympics in Sochi.
  • He plays recreational wheelchair basketball and regularly visits the gym.
  • He’s planning on getting an Engineering degree.
  • Wants to start a sled hockey program where he lives in Oregon.
  • He and his wife, Amber, plan to raise a family in their new home.

His optimism is inspiring:  “Living in a regular apartment presents many challenges that frustrate me on a daily basis. With a home, specially-adapted to meet my needs, I know my life will immediately become less stressful and I will feel more capable of doing the things I want to do in my own home. Receiving a gift of this magnitude is something I could never have asked for or even imagined. Receiving this house will lift a huge weight from me…knowing that my family will always have a place to lay their heads and a place to call home will be incredible. Thank you.”

You can “visit” Sgt Sweeney on the HFOT website by clicking here and watch a video as he tells his own story. You can also see a video news clip of Sgt Sweeney’s “Key Ceremony,” (receiving his new home) by clicking here for FOX 12 Oregon. You can’t miss Budget Blinds franchisee, Colin Gagne, in the red shirt, who installed the blinds.

Marine Cpl Jon Schumacher

Sgt Schumacher Cpl Jon Schumacher continued alerting other Marines about dangerous areas even as he was being aided after stepping on a buried IED in Afghanistan in 2011. In hindsight, he no doubt saved others from harm although he lost both legs, part of his left hand and suffered lung damage. Despite the ongoing recovery he deals with daily, he has continued to build a full life with his wife, Courtney, and two young sons, Ethan and Easton. He’s very involved in sports, coaching baseball and football. He is pursuing an Engineering degree to secure a strong future for his family.

Schumacher shared how he anticipates this new home will enrich their lives:  “This home will allow me to be a father, husband, and better family man. Without this specially adapted home from Homes for Our Troops I would not be able to help my wife with the raising and daily care of our family. Thank you for helping me live more independently and as an active, involved member of my family.”

We met Cpl Schumacher at the Volunteer Day for a fellow veteran just the day after his family had moved into their home. True to his expectations of getting to be a more involved dad, he says, “For the first time in years I was able to tuck my son into bed last night.”

Corporal Schumacher

Cpl Schumacher and his son at Volunteer Day for fellow veteran, Cpl Carlos Garcia

Click here to watch a video of Cpl Schumacher as he tells the story of witnessing his youngest son’s birth while still in hospital recovery.

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Our Nationwide Network of Dedicated Franchisees

Homes For Our Troops builds houses all across the nation, accommodating as best they can where each returning veteran desires to live. Budget Blinds has franchisees in all 50 states, positioning us to be able to assist with building the HFOT homes as local franchisees volunteer their time and expertise to measure, design and install new faux wood blinds in each house.

  • Colin Gagne of Budget Blinds serving Hillsboro, OR, installed Sgt Sweeney’s blinds, and participated in Volunteer Day (landscaping goes in) and the Key Ceremony when Sgt Sweeney took possession of the home. Gagne shares, “When I was asked to participate in the HFOT program there was no way I could say no. I'm not from a military family, but I do have a great appreciation for our freedom and those who have sacrificed to preserve it. I attended both the Volunteer Day and the Key Ceremony… and I was honored to have the opportunity to meet Sgt Sweeney. The Key Ceremony was made even more special by the fact that it fell on Veterans Day. [It was] a great show of people who have the same appreciation for the hard work and sacrifice of Sgt Sweeney and all of our troops.”
  • Tony Richerson, franchise owner of Budget Blinds serving Temecula, CA, gladly installed the blinds for Cpl Schumacher’s home: "With a few of my family members still deployed I understand the sacrifices these men and women make to protect our freedom. Any opportunity to show support and gratitude to them is an honor." 

Homes for Our Troops is fortunate to have the support of patriotic businesses like Budget Blinds to help us in our mission of building specially adapted homes for our nation’s veterans. Having partnerships like this is crucial in allowing us to return the gift of freedom and independence that these heroes fought so bravely to protect.” --Major General (USA, Retired) Timothy P. McHale –President/CEO of Homes for Our Troops

To date, Homes for Our Troops has moved 173 veterans and their families into completed homes in 39 states, and there are 48 projects currently underway. Click here to learn more about how you can become involved with helping veterans rebuild their lives.

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Milk White Faux wood blinds installed in Cpl Schumacher’s home frame a view of the backyard

Part of a comfortable home is attractive and functional window coverings. Budget Blinds offers an extensive line of window treatments including shutters, shades, blinds and drapes that offer benefits beyond beauty: energy efficiency, motorization, eco-friendly and child safety. There’s still time to freshen up your home for the holidays or plan for a New Year with updated, stylish windows. Make that resolution now, and call 866-590-6341 for a FREE, in-home consultation or go online to www.budgetblinds.com to find the Style Consultant near you. Download the 2014 Design Guide to dream, design and be inspired!

Budget Blinds Corporate Staff Partners with Homes for Our Troops

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Budget Blinds Corporate Staff Participate in Volunteer Day for Homes For Our Troops

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Saturday, November 15, 2014 was an eye-opening day for many Budget Blinds® Corporate staff who participated in a Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) Volunteer Day for the first time. Upon arrival at the home site, there were two distinct first impressions:

  • The extremely diverse crowd (249 volunteers) from young children to seniors
  • The aroma of mountains of compost and mulch…

Volunteer Day is a tangible way to say THANK YOU to our U.S. veterans who fought and sacrificed to protect the freedoms we enjoy each day.  Volunteer Day is the second major milestone in the process of placing a severely-wounded veteran and his or her family into a new home, specially adapted to meet their unique needs. Homes For Our Troops has been building homes for 10 years and has the process down to a science, as you’ll see.

The Urgent Need

Many veterans are returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan with life-altering injuries. The Veteran’s Administration estimates that over 1,900 veterans have suffered injuries such as loss of one or more limbs, varying levels of paralysis, traumatic brain injury, blindness, deafness and severe burns. They are faced with having to relearn skills we take for granted: walking, getting dressed, eating, working and playing. Some are confined to a wheelchair, some use prosthetics to replace lost limbs. Home is no longer a place of comfort, but room after room is filled with barriers that make simple tasks difficult or even impossible.

Each new home is built to accommodate the veteran’s unique situation, and possible home adaptations include open floor plans, keyless entry, roll-in showers, roll-under cook tops, sinks and counters, touchless faucets, pull-down shelving, easy-care window coverings, lift systems, and voice activation controls. Homes are built far beyond the demands of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) to ensure maximum comfort and mobility for each veteran.

HFOT believes that these American heroes need and deserve specially adapted homes that allow them to regain their independence. Budget Blinds is one of many corporate sponsors that strongly agrees and by contributing products, labor and donations to HFOT, this vitally important mission can continue to grow, year after year. Budget Blinds, in collaboration with Springs Window Fashions, is committed to placing faux wood blinds from our Signature Series® brand into 120 homes over the next three years, starting with 11 in 2014 as part of HFOT’s Home for the Holidays campaign.

“Many Hands Make Light Work”

HFOT’s enduring strength is in the network of thousands of individuals, foundations, corporate sponsors and professional tradespeople who donate time, money and products so all homes built can be passed, mortgage-free, to each veteran.

Homes for Our Troops Corporate Staff

Many hands accomplished an amazing amount of work in a very short time

At the start of a new build, HFOT works to rally the local community that the veteran will call home, and create support and excitement for the project, including lining up the Budget Blinds franchisee in the area. Through phone calling, emails and radio campaigns people come forward, out of patriotism, pride and gratitude, to sign on and the team emerges that will support the process from Groundbreaking to final Key Ceremony. The milestones are:

  • Groundbreaking:  This is the introduction into the new community with HFOT representatives and the key individuals that enable putting shovel to dirt and getting the official building underway. Locals learn more about HFOT, the veteran who will become their neighbor, and ways they can become involved.
  • Volunteer Day:  It takes about five months from groundbreaking to move in. As the home nears completion, HFOT schedules the Volunteer Day when volunteers come together to complete the landscaping, do any other necessary tasks like assemble a swing set, and meet the veteran and his or her family.
  • Key Ceremony:  This is the day the family gets to move into their new home. There is a “formal” key presentation, cutting a yellow ribbon allowing access to the home, and the veteran proudly raises the American flag in the front yard to cheers and tears.

Experiencing Volunteer Day

Volunteer Day was in Murrieta, CA, landscaping the home for Cpl Carlos Garcia. Cpl Garcia lost both his legs in Afghanistan in 2010 in an IED blast. Upon arrival at the house, we joined other excited groups of volunteers, including American Legion Riders, HFOT veterans and family members, The Patriot Tigers (a local high school group), church groups, a Sheriff’s Office team,  neighbors, BJ’s Restaurant and other corporate sponsors. There was a noticeable number of fellow veterans who, like Garcia, had lost limbs and were there to offer help and support.

A flag-flying motorcycle motorcade heralded the arrival of Cpl Garcia and he was greeted with applause and cheers. He and his family were all smiles as they were introduced to the crowd and shook hands with many of the volunteers standing close by.

Homes for Our Troops Corporal Garcia

After instructions for planting, it was gloves on, shovels and rakes up and the work began!

  • Patches of sod were carried assembly-line style and placed together like a giant puzzle
  • Pickaxe-swinging volunteers dug holes for flowers and trees, planting teams finished up
  • Little children worked alongside parents, getting hands, feet and clothes dirty
  • 20-30-40-somethings and seniors were planting, raking, carrying sod, mulch, compost and water
  • The activity gave the impression of a bustling anthill

Miraculously, within two hours, the job was completed. Front and back yards were completely landscaped, watered, trees staked, sidewalks cleared and the mountains of mulch were evenly spread. It was a beautiful sight to behold!

Homes for Our Troops After Photo 

It was a moving experience for all our attendees and they shared their impressions of the day:

  • “It’s overwhelming to see everyone come out from different backgrounds and communities to help one person; all banding together.”
  • “I feel inspired. So many people coming together; it’s cool.”
  •  “I had such a fun time and I can’t wait to do it again.”
  • “It feels wonderful. [Budget Blinds] did a job to fulfill needs of people who sacrificed for this country. As a participant, I feel like I did something for the country too.”
  • “The day was a great success…a heartfelt and humbling experience.”
  • “I’m fulfilled. It made me get into the holiday spirit a little more.”
  • “An incredible outpouring of support from fellow wounded veterans.”
  • “It’s awesome!”

Volunteers were rewarded with gourmet sandwiches, pasta salad, fruit, homemade cookies and gracious words from Cpl Garcia: “Thank you for coming, it means so much. We’re happy to be part of a community. I hope you’ll come back on [December] 16th for a tour when the house is completed. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. My family really appreciates this.”

Homes for Our Troops Budget Blinds

Cpl Garcia and his family will have their Key Ceremony on December 16 and be in their new home in time for Christmas. They’ll have another new addition as well—“baby” Garcia is due around the first week in December, just in time to move into the new house with his dad, mom and big sister.

The Budget Blinds Commitment to Veterans

Franchise owner Tony Richerson of Budget Blinds serving Temecula, CA, personifies the Budget Blinds commitment to our veterans and will be installing the faux wood blinds just before the move in. This is Tony’s second HFOT home in Murrieta and he shares, “With a few of my family members still deployed, I understand the sacrifices these men and women make to protect our freedom. Any opportunity to show support and gratitude to them is an honor."

Budget Blinds, its parent company, Home Franchise Concepts, and sister company, Tailored Living®, continue to have an active role in support of veterans. From home improvement shows like George to the Rescue helping to furnish homes for veterans in need, the 2013 Million Dollar Franchise Event assisting veterans to become franchise business owners, and now our newest partnership with HFOT, Budget Blinds expands its commitment to honor our country’s veterans with special thanks for their sacrifice and service.

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Todd Jackson, his son, and national League of Young Men members take a photo op moment with the Garcia family. 

“Homes For Our Troops perfectly aligns with Budget Blinds’ commitment to honor U.S. military veterans. We are proud to make this contribution to returning soldiers and their families, and to also have our Budget Blinds family be part of the actual building process,” says Todd Jackson, COO at Home Franchise Concepts.

To learn more about Budget Blinds window coverings, including shutters, shades, blinds and drapes go to www.budgetblinds.com to find a Style Consultant near you. Call 866-590-6341 today to schedule a free, in-home consultation and see how stylish new window treatments can enhance your lifestyle. 

To volunteer with Homes For Our Troops and find a project in your area, click here.

Home Franchise Concepts Brands Outfit Home with Window Coverings and Organizational Solutions

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ORANGE, CA—Budget Blinds® and Tailored Living®, two national Home Franchise Concepts® brands, have partnered with HGTV’s Property Brothers, to provide custom window coverings and organizational solutions for their Las Vegas home. Property Brothers at Home is a new show in HGTV’s repertoire that premieres on Nov. 26, 2014 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The show marks No. 4 on the network that features Jonathan and Drew Scott and provides viewers with an inside look as they join forces to complete a massive renovation of the Scott family home in Las Vegas, just in time for a family reunion.

Budget Blinds, along with its trusted manufacturing partner, Horizons Window Fashions, provided custom window coverings on a total of nine windows inside the Scott family home. With help from the local Budget Blinds franchisee serving Reno, Jonathan and Drew were able to select shades, drapery and hardware that provide a sophisticated and comfortable aesthetic.

Budget Blinds products were also featured in seasons two and three of HGTV’s hit series featuring the Scott Brothers, Buying and Selling.

Tailored Living outfitted the home with custom storage solutions for the master and guest bedrooms as well as a main storage closet. The three-car garage as well as another tandem garage both received a similar treatment with personalized storage solutions, flexible tile flooring and durable PremierOne® floor coatings.

“We have loved working with Jonathan and Drew on their past home projects and were thrilled at the opportunity to do so again on a much more personal project,” says Chad Hallock, CEO of Home Franchise Concepts. “Our goal was to provide custom home solutions that would work for the entire Scott family. Each family member brings a different personality and a unique need to a home, and we are proud to see we struck the perfect balance for all of them.”

For more information on Property Brothers at Home, visit www.HGTV.com. Check your local listings for air times.

About Budget Blinds

Budget Blinds® was founded in 1992 and currently boasts over 900 franchise territories serving more than 7,500 cities throughout the United States and Canada. The company offers customers a full line of quality window coverings including shutters, shades, blinds, draperies and window film. It also provides free in-home consultations as well as complete 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 or connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/budgetblinds. 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 with over 150 franchise territories serving more than 2,000 cities throughout the United States and Canada. 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.


America’s leading home and lifestyle brand, HGTV features a top-rated cable network that is distributed to more than 96 million U.S. households and the HGTV website, HGTV.com, the nation’s leading online home-and-garden destination that attracts an average of four million unique visitors per month. DIY Network, currently in more than 56 million homes, covers a broad range of programming, including home improvement and landscaping. The network’s award-winning website, DIYNetwork.com, consistently ranks among America’s top home and garden Internet destinations for entertaining videos and home improvement advice. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., HGTV and DIY Network are wholly owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI).

Budget Blinds Helps and Homes for our Troops Help Rebuild Veteran's Lives

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Budget Blinds Partners with Homes For Our Troops to Help Injured Veterans Recover and Rebuild Their Lives

In a new alliance with Homes For Our Troops (HFOT), Budget Blinds® is helping to build specially-adapted homes for severely wounded veterans. These homes are new construction, mortgage-free homes to allow veterans to live more independently as they recover from debilitating loss of limbs and other injuries.

Homes for Our Troops began in 2004 and has become the driving force in getting the most severely wounded post-9/11 veterans and their families into homes that facilitate day-to-day activity, allowing them to focus on rebuilding their lives. Privately funded, HFOT depends on partners like Budget Blinds to contribute products and donations so each house is free to the veteran and uniquely equipped to meet their needs.

Budget Blinds and long-time vendor partner, Springs Window Fashions, have committed to providing window coverings for 120 homes over the next three years.  Our first 11 homes are part of HFOT’s 2014 Home for the Holidays campaign, getting as many families as possible into their new homes in time for Christmas!

Meet Army Sgt Matthew DeWitt

Sgt Matthew DeWitt served 6-1/2 years before his first deployment to Afghanistan in 2003. During a takedown of a suspected enemy’s house, he and his Battalion came under heavy fire and his weapon was hit by a rocket propelled grenade (RPG). Sgt DeWitt lost both his arms below the elbow and received burns that required extensive skin grafts on his face, arms and legs.

Sgt DeWittHe and his family are excited and grateful for a safe and secure home that allows him to pursue life more on his own terms. Some of the features are keyless entry, raised counter tops, touchless faucets, easy-care faux wood blinds and raised garden beds so he can purse his gardening hobby (which he hopes to turn into a business one day).  “Having a house that is built around my needs so I can have an easier time doing day-to-day things will help ease some of the stress and frustration that comes from having a severe disability for me and my family.”  

His passions include cycling, hunting and spending time with his family. He is currently in training to compete on the Paralympic cycling team. Click here to “meet” Sgt DeWitt and hear his story in his own words.

Our Franchisees Rise to the Occasion

As a nation-wide organization, HFOT builds homes all across the country, accommodating the different parts of the country where the veterans live. Budget Blinds is also nation-wide, with franchisees all across the U.S. and they are the “feet on the ground” that bring this partnership with HFOT to life. For each home, a local franchise owner donates time and expertise measuring and installing faux wood blinds throughout the house. It’s a very personal way to say thank you to the veteran for his service and sacrifice.

Dianna Desaulniers, franchise owner of Budget Blinds Serving Portsmouth, participated in building the home for Sgt DeWitt. She shares, “Budget Blinds of Portsmouth was honored and excited to help out with the Homes For Our Troops program.  We are looking forward to meeting Sgt DeWitt and his family at the dedication ceremony this weekend.  Our part was such a small token of a much larger appreciation for his service and sacrifices."

Sgt DeWitt received the keys to his new home on November 8 and Matt McGuire, HFOT Corporate Partnership, was there:  “I just returned from Sgt Matt DeWitt's Key Ceremony in New Hampshire and wanted to tell you how impressed everyone was with the blinds and our partnership. We received many kudos from the attendees, HFOT staff, HFOT board members and the Dewitt’s themselves for partnering with Budget Blinds.”

Faux Wood Blinds

Faux wood blinds were chosen for the homes because they are very versatile and appropriate for any area of the country. They give an elegant look that is universally stylish and functional.

  • They provide insulation and energy efficiency.
  •  They offer light and privacy control.
  • Their classic look is compatible with any décor.
  • They can be enhanced with additional window treatments like valances or drapery.
  • They can equally withstand dry or wet climates as they are moisture resistant.
  • Faux wood blinds are easy to operate and beautiful for years to come.
  • They can be motorized providing one-touch control and cordless for child safety.

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Faux wood blinds are moisture resistant and add functionality to any room

We are excited about helping to get these families settled into their new homes for Christmas, and proud to support our veterans in this way. Chad Hallock, CEO and co-founder of Budget Blinds says, “We share a strong commitment to supporting veterans who have served our country. Many of our founders have personal connections to the U.S. Armed Forces as do a number of our franchisees across the country. It is our hope that the synergies between Budget blinds and Homes For Our Troops will continue to honor returning soldiers for years to come.”

To date, HFOT has placed 169 families into homes in 38 states, with 52 current projects underway. Visit their website to learn more about how you can get involved.

Budget Blinds can assist you with beautifying your home with blinds, shutters, shades, drapery and more. 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.  There’s still time to brighten up and refresh your home before the holidays and take advantage of our Customer Appreciation Sale Event (see details online).

Budget Blinds Particpates in Buying and Selling

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Budget Blinds’® Stylish and Trending Window Coverings Help Get Top Dollar on Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers

With passing time and inevitable life changes, your once perfect home has become a daily survival nightmare. That quaint, cozy two-bedroom that was just perfect for you once upon a time, now with kids and pets and all the accumulation of life over the years, is crowded, cluttered and just no longer workable. It’s time to move on, but that task is too overwhelming to contemplate!

  • Things need fixing and your “style” needs updating
  • What improvements will guarantee the best sales potential?
  • With working, it will take a really long time to make it sales ready
  • Can your budget accommodate all you want in a new home?
  • The kids need a better school district
  • A shorter commute to work would be lovely

Enter the Property Brothers

HGTV’s popular home-improvement series, Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers is tailor-made for this situation. Jonathan and Drew Scott are masters at helping stressed-out families transition from out-grown homes into new, perfectly suited residences to accommodate their busy families. Jonathan is a seasoned contractor who handles all the renovations necessary to get the homes ready to sell at top dollar. Drew is a real estate professional, expert at selling the newly-renovated homes as well as discovering new homes that are a perfect fit for each family.

Combining their unique talents and large doses of humor and sensitivity, Jonathan and Drew help families to relocate as painlessly as possible. For example, Jonathan’s encouraging words to one couple: “Your home is exactly what buyers are looking for…in the 70s.”

Budget Blinds is privileged to participate in 10 of the home renovations for this season. As the “expert of choice” for windows, Budget Blinds and trusted vendor partner, Springs Window Fashions, provide new, custom window treatments to beautify the homes, bringing them into this decade and making Drew’s selling job a whole lot easier!

Buying and Selling Property Brothers Window Makeover

Faux wood blinds add elegance in the bedroom when paired with luxurious drapery panels

Trending Window Treatments Add Real Value

David and Sunita were faced with a “must move now” scenario or face a major financial crisis. The time frame and their budget for a roomy new home for themselves, two kids and David’s hobbies turned up the heat for both Jonathan and Drew. Franchise owner, Michael Hewett of Budget Blinds serving Atlanta North East, installed 2” faux wood blinds in the dining room, kitchen and master bedroom to update the windows. The Milk White blinds added energy efficiency as well as contemporary styling when layered with neutral floor-length drapes and contrasting drapery rod. These beautiful window coverings were the perfect backdrop for Jonathan’s renovations and vibrant furnishings that appealed to buyers and helped get David and Sunita into a new home.

Greg and Kristin had allowed having five children to make their home so kid-friendly that the dream of any adult retreat space was lost. Their ideal was a home large enough to give each child his own room, a dedicated play room, and the rest of the house as adult-style living space. Jonathan recaptured adult sophistication in the existing home to make it attractive to buyers, staging every room with furnishing and accessories that reflected style and elegance. Bill Herder, franchise owner of Budget Blinds serving Kennesaw, expertly measured and installed Milk White faux wood blinds and colorful Cornflower drapery that turned the master bedroom into an inviting haven for stressed-out parents. The kitchen was brightened up with matching blinds, and Drew sold the house quickly so Greg and Kristin could move into a kid- and adult-friendly spacious new home.

If your windows belong in the “Throw Back Thursday” category, it’s time to call for help. A Budget Blinds’ Style Consultants can assist you in creating fabulous, trending window treatments, tailored to your own personal style and budget. In the comfort of your own home you can view samples and design ideas that will ignite your imagination including:

  • Real wood and composite Shutters
  • Curtains and Drapes
  • Eco-friendly, energy-efficient window treatments
  • Woven wood shades, sheer shades, solar shades and more
  • Window blinds available in real wood, faux wood, vinyl and fabric!
  • Child-friendly cordless and motorized options

Call 866-590-6341 today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online at www.budgetblinds.com to find a Budget Blinds Style Consultant near you. You’ll be so glad you did!

Watch Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers on HGTV to be inspired and entertained. Check your local TV listings to follow Jonathan and Drew as they help families’ dreams come true.

Budget Blinds Helps Celebrate This Old House's Anniversary

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Budget Blinds’ New Window Treatments are the Icing on the Anniversary Cake for This Old House

TV’s longest running home improvement series, PBS’s This Old House, celebrates its 35th anniversary this year with an All-America season, including the five-month renovation of a quaint, 1850s red brick Greek Revival rowhouse in Boston’s historic Charleston district.

Nine-year owner Angela loves the “old-house feel,” but not the old house deterioration. Over a series of eight episodes, This Old House will accomplish the miracles of structural reinforcement, restoration of crumbling retaining walls in the back yard, reconfiguring the basement to capture usable space and major overhaul of the interior. The three-story house will retain its historic charm, but new windows, new bathrooms, an added breakfast nook, updated kitchen and laundry and motorized window coverings by Budget Blinds® will bring this grand old home up to modern living standards while preserving all the classic period detail.

Budget Blinds: the Icing on the Cake

Angela’s goals are comfort and elegance. She loves her home and loves to entertain friends and family. Style Consultant, Janet Rose of Budget Blinds serving Waltham, Westwood and Dover-Sherborn, Massachusetts, worked with Angela to choose a combination of light-filtering cellular shades and motorized woven wood roman shades, handcrafted from reeds, grasses and natural woods, for the final touches of elegance and utility that Angela desired.

  • Motorized cellular shades in Divinity White Chocolate were installed in the master bedroom on the third floor, with cordless lift cellular shades installed in the master closet and the guest bath on the second floor.
  • Roman style woven wood shades in Delight Toffee were installed in the first floor kitchen and sitting room. The larger windows are solar-powered motorized shades--with all five shades controlled from one convenient remote.

The exquisite custom-designed cellular shades provide energy-efficient insulation from the cold Boston winters, and light and privacy control. The motorized roman shades bring eco-friendly, natural beauty indoors, providing one-touch function so Angela can effortlessly maintain comfort in every room.

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Woven wood shades bring natural beauty indoors

Just as icing a cake is the finishing step, so installing the new window coverings means you’re done; time to move in and enjoy! Budget Blinds is featured in Episode 8, “A Rowhouse Reimagined,” which aired November 20, 20104 on PBS. Watch it now online to see the fully renovated home from top to bottom, the custom dressed windows, and Angela’s total delight as the This Old House team introduces her to all the exciting new features in her home.

Your home may not be from the 1800s, but if your home décor needs a new distinctive style, your local Budget Blinds Style Consultant can help you design fresh window coverings to elevate your look. Whether you prefer blinds, shades, shutters, or drapes, with hundreds of samples and custom design ideas, you’ll definitely get your picture-perfect windows.   Call 866-590-6341 today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online at www.budgetblinds.com to find a Budget Blinds Style Consultant near you.

Budget Blinds Is Pleased To Remember Our Veterans Today & Every Day

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Budget Blinds Is Pleased To Remember Our Veterans Today & Every Day

Thank You to VeteransTuesday, November 11th marks Veterans Day – an important time for all Americans to honor and remember those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The first official Veterans Day was celebrated on November 11th, 1919, the one year anniversary of the end of World War I. Since that time, Veterans Day has continued to be a revered American tradition of support and patriotism.

As American citizens, it’s our duty to not only show our support with celebrations such as Veterans Day, but also to ensure that all of our valued veterans have the opportunities they need to live happy, healthy, and productive lives when they return from overseas.

In recent years, franchising has become one of the most lucrative career paths for veterans and retired military personnel. Franchising with an industry leader like Budget Blinds offers first-time business owners an established business model and brand name to build on. Franchising is a unique way for military veterans to channel the skills and experience they gained during service to their country into a productive career without having to work in a rigid corporate structure.

Budget Blinds has a long history in supporting veterans through franchising opportunities. A leading provider of window coverings and custom drapes, Budget Blinds has strived to offer unique franchise opportunities tailored to the personal and financial goals of military veterans. Window coverings represent a nine billion dollar industry that’s projected to continue to grow, and Budget Blinds is proud to participate in various programs for our military veterans.

"Thank you so much for your dedication to this country . . . without you and your families making sacrifices, my partners and I could not have started our business . . . and been allowed to live the American Dream that we so richly enjoy.” – Chad Hallock, CEO of Budget Blinds

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