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.

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) 879-9730 today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online at to find a Budget Blinds Style Consultant near you.