In 1992, five young entrepreneurs began what evolved into Home Franchise Concepts (HFC) when they started a company called Budget Blinds®. The dream was to bring homeowners high-quality custom window coverings for every style and every budget, with the ultimate convenience of in-home shopping. Over time, this dream grew to encompass expanded home services and products as Home Franchise Concepts acquired two additional franchise brands, Tailored Living®, and Concrete Craft®.
Now, Home Franchise Concepts is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, has become the top-selling family of direct-to-consumer brands in the home-related goods and services space. A leader in franchisor/franchisee relationships, HFC is one of the world’s largest franchise businesses with over 1,275 franchised territories in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, across all three brands.
- Budget Blinds – custom window coverings, including blinds, shades, shutters, decorative window film and drapery styles for indoor/outdoor application, residential and commercial, including motorized window treatments
- Tailored Living – whole home custom storage solutions like closet organization systems, home office design, pantry and laundry room storage, garage storage cabinets, and industrial-strength Premier One® garage flooring options for home and business
- Concrete Craft – custom decorative concrete overlays, including staining, stamping and resurfacing indoor and outdoor floors and hardscapes, such as walkways, driveways, patios and vertical surfaces like fireplaces, retaining walls and home siding
25 Years of Home Fashion Excellence
Today, each brand is top of its category in the home improvement space, continuing to provide homeowners with high-quality, trend-setting products and services to improve their homes and enrich their lives. As color and home design trends have come and gone over the past 25 years, Budget Blinds, Tailored Living and Concrete Craft have not only kept pace but have brought innovative style to every customer.
Window coverings, especially, have reflected society’s fashion evolutions and Budget Blinds has continued to offer the most up-to-date window treatments, incorporating trending styles and colors at every budget level, with exclusive product lines and fashion-forward solutions. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and see how window fashions have evolved.
The 1980s were fraught with florals and pastels, often reflected in trending mirrored walls, creating even more florals and pastels. There was the distinct threat of sensory overload as a colorful window covering patterns were repeated in additional elements in a room.
Today, florals are still popular, striking a more subtle balance with solids and neutrals for a serene presentation. These full-length, floral curtains create a focal point in the bedroom without overpowering the other furnishings. The pattern colors are picked up in accessories for a cohesive color scheme.
The 1990s introduced saturated colors in wall paint and patterned wallpaper to liven up rooms. Ruffled valances adorned windows, and throw pillows in coordinating and contrasting colors create a homey, comfortable vibe. “A little bit of country” was a popular 1990s style, mixing multiple patterns with upholstered and wood furniture.
Drapery panels are still one of the best ways to frame a window, including layering with other window treatments like blinds or shutters and adding valances. Gone are the voluminous ruffles, replaced with stylishly structured and detailed valances and cornices. Still celebrating color, layering with a complementary Roman shade controls the view, giving complete light and privacy control for any room.
In the early 2000s, clean-line roller shades became stylish again due to the growing focus on minimalist design. Advanced from the plain roller shades of the past, they now come in an amazing array of colors and fabrics, including contemporary prints and natural weaves for “going green.” They are a perfect stand-alone window covering or they pair beautifully with other window treatments like drapery panels or decorative valances.
The 2000s have seen an increase in cordless window coverings in response to safety issues with dangling cords, and smart home automation includes motorized window coverings for the ultimate convenience in controlling light and privacy. Budget Blinds offers all window treatment styles with optional cordless or motorized operation, working with our manufacturers to ensure the best in quality and functionality.
Innovative Brands Mean Gracious Living
Each year as new styles, trends and colors are announced by decorating divas and trend-setters, the HFC brands have met the challenges head-on with products and services that keep up with the times and look to the future of home fashion/home services so our product lines are always in style and on target.
Budget Blinds has continually expanded its product base of blinds, shades, shutters and drapery styles to keep pace with the ever-changing world of home décor, responding to the need for eco-friendly products, energy-efficient options, child safety through cordless operation and Smart home automation with motorization powered by Somfy® and MotorEase™ by Budget Blinds. The growing movement of combining indoor and outdoor living was met with beautiful solutions for outdoors, including aluminum shutters and durable outdoor fabric curtains and drapes to shield and protect outdoor living areas like patios and pool cabanas. Budget Blinds developed exclusive designer collections, reflecting the trends and desires of conscientious homeowners who value custom, high-quality products for their homes.
- Signature Series®: most beautiful on-trend window treatments available
- Inspired Drapes®: luxurious drapery, tailored valances, decorative drapery hardware
- Inspired Shades™: finely woven natural, organic shades for elegant softness
- Inspired Blinds™: fabric blinds in room-darkening and light-filtering for a unique style
- Inspired Bedding™: opulent bedding styles for gracious living
Tailored Living offers all that is exceptional with whole home organization for the full spectrum of home design trends over the years. The current craze of tiny home living is in direct opposition to the also current big rooms/big house style, yet Tailored Living’s innovative storage and organization solutions are the perfect fit for either with custom closets, home offices, pantries, laundry rooms, Murphy beds, entertainment centers and more. Custom solutions can maximize the smallest corner or the greatest great room with built-ins for all its activities. Custom closet storage systems create the luxury and ultimate functionality for reach-in closets, walk-in closets, and secondary bedrooms turned into mega-closets.
The shift of garages from just storage and parking to multi-use space is a natural for Tailored Living with custom garage storage cabinets and wall hanging systems to control clutter and PremierOne® industrial-strength custom garage floors to create beautiful space. An organized garage could include integrated countertops and workspaces, an exercise area, game room, a media man cave, laundry room or hobbies and gift wrapping station.
Concrete Craft joined HFC as decorative concrete overlays for indoor and outdoor spaces were gaining popularity. Patios as extended living space are at the top of the home remodel lists, turning entire backyards into entertainment areas. Resurfacing patios to look like authentic stone such as flagstone, cobblestone and Ashlar slate, or realistic wood plank and brick patterns adds beauty, functionality, and value. Decorative concrete seat walls and fire pits give structure and design to patios, creating ideal entertaining spaces. Vertical resurfacing with faux stone overlays upgrade fireplaces, accent walls, retaining walls, backsplashes, and siding for indoor and outdoor enhancement. Attention-grabbing curb appeal can be added with new resurfaced concrete driveways and walkways, as well as front porch and entryway makeovers.
Stained, stamped and resurfaced concrete for interior floors reflect the trends of carefree living and healthy, allergen-free living spaces. Basements, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens are especially enhanced with easy-care, durable and moisture-resistant stained and resurfaced concrete floors.
25 Years of Empowering Business Owners
Keeping up with design trends is only part of the power of the HFC franchise brands. As more people are following the trend of business ownership and being their own boss, HFC’s franchise opportunities can be the perfect solution to a strong financial future. Owning a franchise business puts you in control of your work and your life. Each HFC brand–Budget Blinds, Tailored Living or Concrete Craft–is a proven business model with low initial fees and discounts for qualifying Veterans. A franchise business with HFC offers freedom and security.
- You determine the scale of your business
- Your set your own hours and schedule
- You select and train the team of people you work with
- Flat royalty and marketing fees so you keep more of what you make
- HFC is the top-selling family of direct-to-consumer brands in the home-related goods and services space
- Over 1,275 successful, independent franchise business owners can’t be wrong!
Celebrate 25 dynamic years with HFC by renovating your home with beautiful new window treatments, innovative storage solutions to revolutionize your home’s living space, or a new patio or driveway to enhance your yard for a more gracious living. Call 866-879-9730 to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online at www.budgetblinds.com to find a Budget Blinds Style Consultant near you to get started. Budget Blinds can help with our extensive and versatile line of window treatments, with benefits including increased energy efficiency to keep your summers cooler, eco-friendly products that let you “go green,” and added safety of cordless options, including motorization and smart home automation to protect children and pets.
With Budget Blinds, you’ll find style and service for every budget!