Budget Blinds and Designing Spaces’ Military Makeover Work Some Magic in Miami for a Veteran and his Family

Budget Blinds® has aligned with Military Makeover for a fourth home renovation to assist a deserving Veteran and his family. The Phinizy family in Miami was losing the battle in maintaining their home and Designing Spaces’ Military Makeover airing on Lifetime® Television stepped in to lend a hand. Show host, retired United States Marine Corps Staff Sergeant R. Lee Ermey, “The Gunny,” shares why: “Watch your buddy’s back and help him get where he needs to go. Our policy–no man left behind.”

Military Makeover, a special mini-series dedicated to giving back to members of the military and their families, enlisted the help of seasoned expert decorators, designers, landscapers, volunteers, neighbors, and Budget Blinds, so the Phinizy home could become a dream come true, with whole home renovation, including custom window coverings from Budget Blinds’ private label, Enlightened Style®. Our specific goal was to help the Phinizy home become more energy-efficient and child-safe with stylish window treatments they can be proud of and enjoy for years to come.

Jeremy Sherman, franchise owner of Budget Blinds serving Kendall met with the family and worked with them around their needs for light and privacy control in each room to design the perfect window coverings to enhance the functionality and beauty of their home.

A special thank you to those who served


Billy Phinizy, a 68W Army Combat Medic, served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, resulting in severe PTSD, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other related health issues that resulted in medical retirement in 2010. He has faced many challenges since returning home, but continues to maintain a positive outlook on life and works hard with his wife, Lauren, to build a future for their two young children, Benjamin, who is seven, and Grace, who is five. They also stress to their children the importance of giving back to Veterans and their families, in appreciation and thanks for the sacrifices made…just like dad.

Around jobs, school and the busyness of life, the family home was beginning to show some wear. Military Makeover volunteers took tools in hand, rolled in the trucks and waged a battle against seemingly impossible odds:

  • Half the kitchen cabinets were secured with duct tape
  • Garage was classically cluttered and marginally functional
  • Master bath shower was too small for Billy’s shower chair
  • Ineffective storage in nearly every room
  • The big backyard was underutilized space with no design or amenities
  • Windows had truly sad window coverings, or none at all


While the family moved to a hotel during the renovation, “The Gunny” and co-host, Art Edmonds, coordinated all the work, cheering on the volunteers and making sure the home was ready in record time for the family’s return.

Tracy Christman, Vice President of Vendor Alliance at Budget Blinds, appears on the show. “We were thrilled to participate in Military Makeover for a fourth time. Not only does Budget Blinds have a long-standing history and commitment to supporting our Veterans, but also because one of our goals is to help educate consumers on products, options, and features that promote child safety in conjunction with beautiful, stylish window coverings.”

Set your DVR to catch all three episodes of the Designing Spaces Military Makeover for the Phinizy family and watch the magic of the renovation unfold, week by week. Budget Blinds will be featured in the three-part series airing Fridays, beginning on November 11 on Lifetime® Television at 7:30 a.m. (ET/PT). Check your local listings.

If the holidays approaching make you wish for new window coverings to update your home’s décor, Budget Blinds can help! Call 866-879-9730 today to schedule a FREE, in-home consultation or go online to www.budgetblinds.com to find the Style Consultant nearest you. Budget Blinds offers unlimited design potential with custom blinds, shutters, shades, drapes and more. You can add the ultimate convenience of motorization, increase energy efficiency and improve child safety–all while making your space more beautiful.

View our previous Military Makeover shows to see how innovative window covering design ideas helped make life a little better for each Veteran and their family:


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