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Tailored Living Partners with George to the Rescue to Renovate Amy Van Dyken's Home

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Tailored Living Joins George to the Rescue in a “Welcome Home” Renovation for Amy Van Dyken-Rouen

George to the Rescue Closet InstallAfter an ATV accident in June, 2014, left Amy Van Dyken-Rouen paralyzed from the waist down, she spent the next three long months in rehabilitation. Regaining control of her life as quickly as possible was the dedicated goal of this six-time gold medal Olympian swimmer.

During that same three months, unbeknownst to Amy, her husband, Tom, had been in communication with George Oliphant of George to the Rescue (GTTR), a popular national home improvement TV show that “rescues” homes when special needs arise. GTTR, Tailored Living®, Budget Blinds® and other local contractors and friends formed a solid team to renovate the Scottsdale home so she would return to a totally retrofitted house. George shares, “Contractors in the area, normally competing for jobs, today banded together to help us help Amy. We want her house to be 100% accessible before she gets out of rehab. She has no idea we’re here, it’s a total surprise.” 

Coast-to-Coast Support   

All across the country, people were working together to surprise Amy. Tailored Living serving Scottsdale franchisee Kevin Kinney was part of the committed team, designing and building a fabulous custom his-and-hers master bedroom closet to give Amy full access to her wardrobe and accessories from her wheelchair. Tailored Living’s sister company, Budget blinds, designed and installed custom, motorized cellular honeycomb shades giving Amy total light and privacy control. 

In New York, Meredith Vieira had Amy, her husband and George as guests on her show, The Meredith Vieira Show, to reveal the surprise to Amy.  Amy talked about her accident and shared some concerns about going home. 

Amy:  “Carpets are hard, and doorways. As my house was when I left it, I will not be able to take a shower, no cooking, won’t be able to see if pots are boiling, won’t be able to reach the faucet to do dishes. We’ve had some of Tom’s friends in the house making sure things are okay.” 

Meredith: “Do they know what they’re doing?” 

Amy: “I don’t know.” 

Any apprehension melted away when Meredith introduced George and they explained what had been going on and showed Amy clips of some of the renovations. (Click here to view The Meredith Vieira Show episode.) 

There’s No Place like Home  

Amy was anxious to return home. She says, “To me home means laughter, love and good meals—sometimes they’re burnt—but a place where you can put your feet up and your hair down and really be yourself.”  

George joined Amy and Tom in Scottsdale for the “welcome home” reveal. Everyone who had helped with the renovation was there to welcome Amy home and her thank you, even before she went inside, was touching: “You guys are amazing. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. Every morning when I wake up I’ll probably think of all of you.”

The Tailored Living custom closet was a big hit, especially when George explained that the pull-down closet rods work best when loaded with clothes (they can support 26 pounds): 

George:  “A girl loves the closet, right?” 

Amy:  “Mine was a hot mess! That is so cool about the pull-downs. ” 

George: “The more clothes, the easier they are to pull down.” 

Amy:  “The more clothes…!”  

Tom:  “Oh, George, don’t tell her that!”  

George took Amy for a room-to-room tour to show all the improvements that had been made for her: 
•  Carpets replaced with tile for ease of movement through the house. 
•  The motorized cellular shades perfectly compliment the home’s décor and increase energy efficiency. A/C and window shades are remote controlled so Amy can easily manage light and temperature.
•  Master bath received a barrier-free shower, lowered sink/makeup area for Amy, new faucets (she declared it a spa!).
•  Custom closet in master bedroom has pull-down rods, low hanging rods, drawers and shoe racks so clothes and accessories are reachable.
•  Kitchen island was lowered and fitted with sink and faucets to be wheelchair accessible. 
•  Stove was lowered and fitted to accommodate Amy’s chair so she can cook, and a remote control hood was added.
•  Drop-down cabinets bring dishes to counter top level at the touch of a button.
•  The backyard pool now has a specialized lift so Amy can get in and out of the pool. 
•  Her beloved Chevy was outfitted so she can drive again (this final reveal brought the big tears).

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Watching Amy smile, cry and laugh was testimony to the depth of feeling this outpouring of love and support created in her. Each person involved has a part in the overwhelming satisfaction and joy of the moment and Tailored Living was honored to participate. (Click here to watch the George to the Rescue reveal episode.)

It was a true Hallmark moment!  

“It’s like my sanctuary, and you know how you feel about your house. I didn’t want a lot to change but I also didn’t want it to look like the handicapped girl lives there. You guys did such a great job, I’m so excited. I feel like when I’m in the house I’m not really handicapped because I can do absolutely everything in this house. So without George to the Rescue, I would feel like a handicapped person, [but] I’m free. This has changed everything.” – Amy Van Dyken-Rouen 

If your home needs some TLC (tender loving care) to be more comfortable and functional for you and your family, Tailored Living can help. We’re experts at whole home organization and storage solutions, including custom closet design, garage cabinets and flooring, pantry design and more. Call 866-675-8819 (US) or 866-257-7231 (CAN) today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online to www.tailoredliving.com to scroll through our photo gallery or to find an organization specialist near you. 

Tailored Living Voted Best of Houzz 2014

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Tailored Living Voted Best of Houzz 2014!

Tailored Living has once again received the “Best Of Houzz” 2014 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design.  This prestigious award was chosen by the more than 11 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the community of 11 million monthly users, also known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 124 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app.

“Houzz provides homeowners with an in-depth, 360-degree view of building, remodeling and design professionals through images of their work, reviews and an opportunity to interact with them directly in the Houzz community,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community. “We’re delighted to recognize Tailored Living featuring PremierGarage among our “Best Of” professionals for design as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like Tailored Living, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and evaluating their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.
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Tailored Living Franchise Support System

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The Tailored Living Franchise Support System

When an individual is seeking to start their own franchise business, one of the main things they should consider is the support system a given franchise company has in place. Running your own business can seem like a daunting venture so it’s important to feel that you’re not alone.

Over the years, Tailored Living has been steadily growing its franchisee family. Today, it’s over 100 strong thanks in part to an established and tried system that has helped franchisees succeed.

At Tailored Living, a new franchisee can expect a thorough support system that begins with a business coach who is there to guide them through any difficulties they may experience. They also have a wide network of franchisee peers that they can turn to for advice. Additional support includes frequent webinars and training sessions.

“We want to make sure our franchisees feel they always have someone there to help guide them through any problems,” said Chad Hallock, CEO of Tailored Living. “It’s one of the things that have allowed us to grow into one of the top home organization franchises in the nation.”

Tailored Living believes military veterans make excellent franchise owners because they are already trained to work effectively within support systems. Because of this, its parent company, Home Franchise Concepts, launched the Million Dollar Franchise Event last year to encourage veterans to become business owners. The event offers a $5,000 discount off the purchase of a Tailored Living franchise with the goal of granting $1,000,000 in total discounts. For more information, visit www.HFCsupportsvets.com.

HFC Co-Founder, Dave Lewis, Gives Back to the Community

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HFC Co-Founder, Dave Lewis, Gives Back to the Community

In the spirit of giving this holiday season, HFC – parent company of Budget Blinds and Tailored Living – would like to spotlight co-founder and Chief Information Officer Dave Lewis and his efforts to give back to the community!

Dave has always believed in giving back to those in need. He is very involved with his local church and often supports many of their philanthropic initiatives including building homes in Mexico, water wells in Kenya, and feeding/housing the homeless across Orange County, CA. Dave also participates in his church’s Giving Tree every year where presents are donated to families in need by picking their names off a Christmas tree.

A few months ago, Dave and his wife were invited to a charity event for cystic fibrosis that featured a silent auction. Dave and his wife not only donated a 4 night stay at an oceanfront resort for the auction, but also bid on several of the auction items. Overall, the couple enjoys supporting great causes such as Teams in Training which contributes funds to leukemia research.

 “It’s important that we all come together and find ways to support and help one another,” said Dave Lewis. “Giving does not have to be financial; it can also be done by volunteering at your local church or homeless shelter. Anyone can find their own way of giving back this holiday season to help those who need it most.”

HFC is doing their part in giving back. This year, the company launched the Million Dollar Franchise Event to encourage veterans of the United States Military to pursue the American Dream of starting their own business. The event grants unprecedented discounts off the purchase of a Budget Blinds or Tailored Living franchise with the goal of reaching $1,000,000 in total discounts. To learn more, visit www.HFCsupportsvets.com.

 Dave Lewis, Co-Founder of Home Franchise Concepts 



Home Franchise Concepts Remembers Veterans on the Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

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Home Franchise Concepts Remembers Veterans on the Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

  Co-founder of Home Franchise Concepts, Tony Forbes, Whose Father Was Stationed at Pearl Harbor During the Bombing, Gives Thanks to Service Men and Women 

This Saturday, December 7th, marks the 72nd anniversary of the Pearl Harbor bombing that saw 2,402 American soldiers killed and another 1,282 wounded. It was an event that sent shock waves through a nation and changed the trajectory of World War II.   

Home Franchise Concepts (HFC) – the parent company of home improvement franchise properties Budget Blinds and Tailored Living – would like to take a moment to remember the sacrifices that were made that day and thank veterans of all military backgrounds for what they’ve done for this country.

HFC’s strong ties to the military are due in large part to the company’s co-founder and Executive Vice President Tony Forbes. Tony comes from a military family; his brother currently serves in the U.S. Navy and his father is a veteran of World War II. In fact, Tony’s father, William J. Forbes, was on-site when Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1941 which is why the upcoming anniversary is close to his heart.

“My father passed away 10 years ago but I will always remember his stories of the events at Pearl Harbor,” said Tony Forbes. “On the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, it’s very important for us to remember the sacrifices that were made and the brave soldiers that were lost that day. It’s because of these sacrifices that we were able to build the United States into one of the greatest nations in the world.”

Tony Forbes believes that through the enduring and selfless efforts of our military over the years, we’ve all had the opportunity to live the American Dream of starting your own business. Tony himself has lived it, acting as a co-founder to Budget Blinds, Tailored Living, and their parent company HFC.

As a way of giving back, HFC launched the Million Dollar Franchise Event this year which grants veterans of all backgrounds substantial discounts off the purchase of a Budget Blinds or Tailored Living franchise. The idea is to reach $1,000,000 in total discounts. It is HFC’s way of giving veterans the opportunity to live the American Dream which they have fought so hard to protect.

“Coming from a military family, I’ve been close to the people who have laid it all on the line in service to this country,” said Tony Forbes.  “This is why the Million Dollar Franchise Event is so important to me. It presents the opportunity to give back to veterans.”

The 72nd anniversary of the Pearl Harbor bombing presents a moment to pause, honor, and give thanks to the veterans of the United States military. Tony Forbes and the rest of the HFC team believe we should all come together to give back in any way we can.


Lisa Rosser Helps Veterans Find Business Opportunities

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Home Franchise Concepts Enlists Lisa Rosser to Help Match Military Veterans with Business Opportunities

Home Franchise Concepts (HFC) – the parent company of home improvement franchises Budget Blinds and Tailored Living – has enlisted military veteran and veteran business advocate Lisa Rosser to help reach and educate the veteran community on the benefits of owning a franchise business. Using Lisa Rosser’s expert advice, as well as personal and professional experience, HFC hopes to give retired service men and women an exciting new platform where they can apply their military training.

Lisa Rosser served 10 years of active duty in the U.S. Army and was involved in several military engagements, including the Gulf War.  Rosser later served in the U.S. Army Reserves for 12 years, where her career took her from operations to human resource management. Compiling all her personal and professional experiences in the military, Lisa Rosser founded The Value of a Veteran in 2007; an organization that teaches businesses principles in veteran hiring and retention. Today, Lisa takes part in workshops, seminars, and consulting engagements for programs that help build futures for veterans such as the VetFran program from the International Franchise Association.

“Working together with HFC, we can inform more veterans on the benefits of owning their own franchise business and ultimately open the door to a fulfilling career path for them after active service,” said Lisa Rosser. “Veterans have so much to offer the business world because of their military experience. Their focus and desire to succeed make them outstanding candidates for on opportunity such as this.”

Lisa Rosser was primarily brought on board to provide strategic direction to HFC’s Million Dollar Franchise Event, scheduled to launch on Veteran’s Day November 11, 2013. The event seeks to honor veterans and make the American Dream of owning a business possible for them by granting substantial discounts off the purchase of a Budget Blinds or Tailored Living franchise system. With a history of supporting veterans and military-related causes, HFC seeks to grant at least 30 franchises to veterans totaling over 1 million dollars in discounts.

“The Million Dollar Franchise Event is our way of giving back to the military men and women that have sacrificed so much for our country,” said Chad Hallock, CEO of Home Franchise Concepts. “We believe the discipline, determination, and confidence they have gained during active duty has prepared them for a successful career as franchise business owners. With Lisa’s unique background and skillset, we hope to get that message across to veterans of all backgrounds and help them reach success by taking charge of their futures through business ownership.”


US Navy Veteran Gives Thanks for the Opportunity to Start His Own Business

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U.S. Navy Veteran Derek Harris Gives Thanks for the Opportunity to Start His Own Business

Derek Harris is veteran of the United States military, having served 6 years in the Navy. Like many other veterans, he was faced with the question of what to do with his life after active duty. The United States is a nation where its citizens are free to pursue the American Dream. Derek Harris did just that and started his own Tailored Living franchise business. Looking back, he is very thankful to have had the opportunity.

“One of the greatest things about this country is that we are all free to pursue our aspirations,” said Derek Harris. “Whatever we can dream up, we can make happen. In my case, I’m very thankful to be able to run my own Tailored Living business!”

Veterans often make ideal franchise business owners because the skills they obtain while in the military can be directly applied to the business environment. These skills include discipline, leadership, determination and teamwork. Plus, franchise businesses have set structures and support systems similar to those in place in the military.

“When I was in the Navy, we had an established protocol to follow in order to accomplish objectives,” said Derek. “We also had a team-oriented support system, something I’ve experienced from the Tailored Living corporate team that I’m thankful to have.”

As a way to give back and encourage veterans to become franchise business owners, Tailored Living has launched the Million Dollar Franchise Event which grants a significant discount off the purchase of a Tailored Living franchise. For more information please click here.