Designing Spaces’ Military Makeover airing on Lifetime® Television is a special mini-series dedicated to improving the lives of deserving Veterans and their families with home renovations. Budget Blinds® is proud to join the select group of home decorators and designers, landscapers, neighbors and volunteers who contribute to the process. As each brings their expertise to the project, the finished homes are truly awesome, tailored to the specific needs of a Veteran and their family.
Hosted by retired United States Marine Corps Staff Sergeant R. Lee Ermey, “The Gunny,” and co-host Art Edmonds, their joy in assisting military families is contagious as you watch the excitement unfold. Gunny shares the heart of everyone involved and takes a good-natured jab at Art (something he does quite regularly on the show): “When you serve in the military you become part of a unique culture. It’s a way of life much more difficult than the mainstream. Our efforts here recognize that. And some of our partners have made it their sole mission in life to serve those who serve. A bunch of our partners keep showing up, giving their time, getting their companies involved, and dealing with Art. Fortunately, that hasn’t stopped anybody yet.”
Budget Blinds meets the Adams family
This is the third Military Makeover project for Budget Blinds. Pam Shaw, owner of Budget Blinds Serving South Orlando, and her team had the privilege of meeting with the Adams family and helping them select the perfect window treatments for their home makeover. Priority concerns were convenience and child safety, along with light and privacy control and energy efficiency, making each room highly functional and secure for the family.
Marine Lance Corporal Michael Adams and his wife, Britiany, have two young daughters, eight-year old Nevaeh and three-year-old Cecelia. JW, Adams’ service dog from K9 for Warriors, makes the family complete. LCpl Adams was severely injured in Iraq in 2005 when his vehicle struck a double-stack anti-tank mine, causing multiple injuries to his left ankle and wrist, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and PTSD. Cecelia is wheelchair dependent, with cerebral palsy and acute Autism, so one goal of the renovation was easing daily stresses of care with special adaptations like a walk-in tub in the girls’ bathroom and a full master bath makeover, including motorized blinds. Pam shares: “Our favorite room was the kitchen where we were able to perfectly match the new kitchen cabinets to motorized wood blinds for the hard-to-reach window.”
Tracy Christman, Vice President of Vendor Alliance for Budget Blinds, talks with Art about the product choices for every room in the home.
- In the living room, eco-friendly 2” wood blinds were stained a natural wood tone, Campfire, to coordinate with the floor color as well as cabinets in the kitchen, tying the spaces together visually. Remote control motorization powered by Somfy® ensures the ultimate in convenience and child safety.
- The family room French doors perfectly match the living room blinds, as do the dining room and home office blinds, giving a consistent color scheme throughout the house with light and privacy control and UV protection for all their home furnishings.
- The master bedroom blinds, also in Campfire, are layered with Floral Jacquard drapery in Chocolate from the Inspired Drapes® collection of ready-made panels, adding rich softness. Brushed bronze rods and birdcage finials give an artistic touch, creating an elegant hotel suite ambiance for the room, inviting relaxation.
- The two girls’ bedrooms became totally girl territory with painted wood blinds in Chalk that complement the white furniture and “pop” with the lavender walls in Cecelia’s room and pink in Neveah’s. The Cordless Lift System makes these blinds the ideal window covering for their rooms—no long dangling cords used to lift the blinds up.
It was all smiles as the family toured their new home, and Britiany declared, “This is gorgeous! Y’all did amazing!” Gunny got in the last word…as usual, “Accomplished. We did it. Victory! Take a Veteran to dinner. Give a Veteran a hug. Hoo-rah! Semper Fi.” Watch the reveal show for the Adams family by clicking here.
Budget Blinds: supporting Veterans
Budget Blinds has been beautifying windows across the nation for over 20 years, and giving back to Veterans by providing custom window coverings is a privilege. Between Military Makeover and Homes for Our Troops (HFOT), a national non-profit that builds specially adapted, mortgage-free homes for severely injured veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, Budget Blinds has provided custom window treatments in nearly 70 homes for Veterans and their families in the last two years.
We also support Wounded Warriors Canada (WWC) in their mission to assist ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans and their families through various help programs, and offer special discounts to Veterans interested in becoming Budget Blinds independent franchise business owners. Learn more about the Budget Blinds’ veteran support initiatives by clicking below:
- Budget Blinds – Homes for our Troops
- Budget Blinds – Wounded Warriors Canada
- Budget Blinds Veteran Opportunity
If you would like to see what Budget Blinds can do to make your home more eco-friendly, child safe or stylish with new window coverings, 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. You’ll be amazed at the design diversity of custom blinds, shutters, shades, drapes and more! Tracy explains why Budget Blinds is your very best choice for windows: “We actually have 1,000 style consultants and franchise owners across the United States, Canada and Monterrey, Mexico, and we cover 8,000 cities. We take care of you from start to finish, we do the design process and we actually come in and do the installation and teach you how to work with and take care of your blinds and shades.”
View all three Budget Blinds Military Makeover shows: