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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.” 

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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. 

Seasonal Wardrobe Solutions from Tailored Living

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Survive Seasonal Wardrobe Changes with Tailored Living’s Custom Closet Solutions 

The changing seasons conjure up emotional responses and memories in all of us. Thinking ahead to fall and winter, you can almost smell pumpkin pies baking and apple cider simmering. The cooling temperatures may bring memories of cozy sweaters and favorite bulky scarves and you almost can’t wait for that first frosty morning! Winter Clothes

But along with the changing seasons comes changing wardrobes and the challenge of maintaining the family closets with the necessary clothes and accessories. When it’s pouring rain and time to leave for work and school, is not the time to begin the search for rain coats, boots and umbrellas that were stashed away. Somewhere. Last year.

A little organization and planning can help smooth the transition from season to season so you don’t ever have to experience seasonal shock.

The Seasonal Wardrobe Swap

If you are lucky enough to have huge closets in each bedroom, you can accommodate seasonal wardrobe changes by merely moving the out-of-season items to the back of the closet and bringing current season clothing to the front.  Any size closet, reach-in or walk-in, can benefit from a custom closet design organizational system that maximizes space with tiered hanging rods, vertical shelves, pull-out bins or drawers, shoe racks and more.

When winter rolls around, summer wear like shorts, bathing suits, sun dresses and sandals can be placed in boxes and stored in the top of the closet, leaving room for winter clothes and accessories close at hand. This is especially helpful in children’s closets as it limits their wardrobe choices and prevents them from trying to wear their favorite shorts in below freezing temperatures.

Custom Closet SeasonalWhen the seasons change again, it’s quick and easy to swap out the summer garb, and the winter clothes go into the boxes to the top of the closet (or out to the garage). A turn in the dryer with your favorite scented dryer sheet will eliminate wrinkles and leave clothes ready to wear after the time in storage.

To eliminate bedroom closet overload, a closet dedicated to seasonal items for the whole family is useful. Heavy coats, boots, hats, scarves, gloves and other protective wear that doesn’t need to be readily available year-round can be consolidated in one place. Use garment bags to provide additional protection for stored items while not in use.

One caveat: be sure all clothing is clean and dry before you store it away or it may not be usable when you retrieve it. Moisture results in mildew and dirty clothes are an irresistible draw for bugs. Placing scented dryer sheets or whole cloves in the boxes and garment bags will help deter bugs.

This wardrobe swapping solution also works for special holiday decorations. Put away the everyday items by swapping out the existing with the new things you want to display or use. For example, if you have a spring/summer comforter set and a fall/winter comforter set, an under-bed storage bag holds whichever set is not in use. You don’t need storage for both sets.

Tailored Living’s organizational specialists are available to help with any home organization/storage needs you many have. From maximizing your garage to customizing closets, pantries or laundry rooms to capture valuable space we can offer solutions custom tailored to your space and budget. 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 find an organization specialist near you.



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Seasonal Storage Garage Solutions to Make Your Life Better All Year Long

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Seasonal Storage Garage Solutions to Make Your Life Better All Year Long

How many times have you found yourself standing in the middle of a room with something in your hand thinking, “Where am I going to put this?” It could be a new item or a misplaced-from-somewhere-else-in-the-house transient thing that has no place of its own. The old adage “a place for everything and everything in its place” seems like nothing more than a Martha Stewartesque pipedream.

Seasonal-Storage-Tailored-LivingMost of our homes could stand some de-cluttering (completely removing items we never use), but that still leaves all those things we do use, off and on or seasonally, that we want to keep but just don’t seem to have room for. Wouldn’t it be nice to have enough space so that everything is more organized and accessible all year long?

For instance, how many of the following items actually have a permanent space in your home where you’ll always find them?

  • Christmas dishes
  • Halloween costumes/decorations
  • Skateboards
  • Holiday linens and décor pieces
  • Gift wrapping supplies
  • Rain gear, jackets and boots
  • Winter coats, hats and gloves
  • Bathing suits and beach towels
  • Gardening/ handyman tools
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Organizing for specific storage needs will maximize your whole home space and save time and money by not having to hunt for what’s been misplaced, or by replacing what you simply can’t find when you need it. (Oh yes, this happens--just think “umbrella.”)

Garage Organization Captures Underutilized Space
Most garages are a wealth of space that most homes don’t take advantage of. Generally, the garage is relegated to car, yard and sports stuff when, in reality, it can provide storage for so much more. A Tailored Living® garage organization system that uses overhead and vertical storage can accommodate large objects like bicycles, skateboards, golf clubs or skis by getting them up off the floor with a system of hooks and racks designed for utility and safety.

A combination of enclosed cabinets and open shelving can provide space for boxes of seasonal decorations, arts and crafts supplies, auto care products, beach/pool toys or anything that needs to move out of the house. Gridwall Racks can accommodate large and small tools and gardening implements with ease and you’ll be able to find them when needed.

All this will even leave room to park a car or two, depending on your garage size.

Here are some general tips for successful garage storage:

  • Breakables should be carefully wrapped
  • Plastic, see-through bins let you see what’s inside
  • Accurately label each container
  • Group storage bins or boxes together by season or function
  • Use as many same-size, stackable containers as possible to maximize space
  • Largest and heaviest containers on the bottom; lightest on top
  • Don’t overload bins; dropping a heavy box of dishes or glassware can spoil your day
  • Plastic containers with lids repel moisture, rodents and insects, the nemeses of any storage


If you want to explore maximizing your garage space, a Tailored Living organization specialist is available to help. 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 find an organization specialist near you. From maximizing your garage to customizing closets, pantries or laundry rooms we can offer solutions custom tailored to your space and budget needs.



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Conquering Back to School Challenges with Tailored Living Organizational Solutions

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Conquering Back to School Challenges with Tailored Living Organizational Solutions

It’s the time of year when “back to school” issues take center stage and this can expose areas in a home or family that need some organizational help.

Not quite sure what that means?

  • Do your kids have a specific place to do their homework?
  • Do your kids misplace permission slips, lunch bags, backpacks and homework?
  • Is packing lunch an all-over-the-kitchen hunt for the essentials?
  • How many times have you tripped over a loaded backpack in the entryway?


Total home organization goes beyond custom closet design and garage cabinets. Total home organization means all space is maximized for efficient use to accommodate the demands and needs of your family’s everyday life. That covers a lot of important territory.

For today, we’ll focus on organizational ideas that will ease some of the daily back-to-school challenges that can make family life chaotic and frustrating. A little organization can go a long way to making back-to-school life run more smoothly.

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Back to school means back to homework, practically every night. Making this task easier for your kids will reduce their stress and yours, and probably improve their grades. Whether homework is done as soon as they get home from school or after dinner, having a specific place is important to optimize getting the homework done as painlessly as possible. Here are some pointers to help with establishing a successful homework station:

  • A quiet or low-traffic area eliminates distractions and helps concentration
  • A clutter-free, ample work space heightens focus
  • A comfortable chair or stool with a proper height work area reduces physical stress
  • Sufficient lighting prevents eyestrain and minimizes computer screen glare
  • Readily available supplies (paper, pens, ruler, scissors, glue) eliminate the distraction of getting up to find what is needed


A homework station can be in the child’s room, shared space in a home office, or a nook in the kitchen, dining or family room just as long as it’s available when it’s time for homework and designed to be effective. A Tailored Living organization specialist can work with you to find the optimum place in your home to create a homework station and implement design solutions that maximize the space.

For example, along with a place to do homework, having storage available for backpacks, books and supplies will make it easier to get ready for school in the morning. No more frantic searches for completed homework, books or permission slips that have been scattered about the house. Cabinets, shelves and drawers dedicated to housing school essentials will prevent things from getting lost and keep everything within easy reach.

What’s For Lunch?
Lunch is a big part of the school day. It’s a welcome mental break and an energy recharge. You want your kids to have a nutritional lunch and that takes a little planning. Not everyone is disciplined enough to prepare lunch the night before to save time in the morning. Even so, the question of “What’s for lunch?” can come up if what you need is not available. It’s discouraging to try to make a tuna sandwich when you’re short on time and out of tuna! Careful kitchen and pantry design can facilitate making school lunches so that even young children can pack their own.

  • Place clear shoebox-size containers in the refrigerator for kid’s lunchbox supplies. They can easily find what they need and you’ll be able to see when it’s time to restock.
  • Use low shelves with pull-out bins for individually packaged snacks, chips, pretzels, juice boxes and fruits so they’re easy to reach.
  • Group all the lunch box supplies together. This includes zip lock sandwich bags, plastic forks or spoons, napkins, straws, etc., so it’s “one stop shopping” to make lunch.
  • Take weekend inventory of lunch essentials to be sure you have what you need for Monday.


A kitchen pantry can be a blessing or a curse. Without organization, it can become a big, messy closet. If you need to get control of your pantry so that it’s user-friendly for your family, Tailored Living can help. Creatively using vertical storage so there’s no wasted wall space with a combination of custom shelves, drawers, pull-out bins and baskets can accommodate more than you would imagine!

  • Food stuffs
  • Small appliances and special seasonal dishes
  • Spice and wine racks
  • Non-refrigerated fruits and vegetables
  • Baking accessories and more


You can even have a special area for quick mixes such as cookies and cupcakes for those late night announcements: “Oh, Mom! I’m supposed to bring snacks for 35 kids tomorrow.”

If back to school demands are causing stress for your family, call 866-675-8819 (US) or 866-257-7231 (CAN) today to schedule a free, in-home consultation for a custom pantry design or even whole home organization ideas to find that ideal homework station. Go online to www.tailoredliving.com to find an organization specialist near you and start getting organized.

For more back to school tips check out, Back to School Organization Tips to Help You and Your Child Get an “A.”

Back to School Organizational Tips to Help You and Your Kids Get an “A”

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Back to School Organizational Tips to Help You and Your Kids Get an “A”

The term “back to school” conjures up all sorts of thoughts and emotions. For kids, it means seeing old friends, breaking in new teachers and lots of homework. Parents think about school clothes shopping, packing lunches, carpooling, bus schedules and trying to get everyone out the door on time in the morning.

Juggling work, school, and multiple schedules can create stress and conflict for parents and kids alike. Bringing some organization into the “back to school” equation specifically for your kids, will benefit the whole family and help your kids start each day on time and ready for anything.

Mastering the Closet

Does your morning start with, “Mom, I can’t find my ____!”

Tailored-Living-Kids-Closet-AccessoriesAn organized closet is the best way to avoid losing clothes, uniforms, socks and shoes. A closet that is stuffed from floor to ceiling in a hopeless jumble makes getting ready a difficult and frustrating task for any age child. Getting the closet under control is crucial to hassle-free dressing in the morning. The first step is to clear out the closet. Get rid of clothes, shoes and uniforms that don’t fit or are no longer needed. Relocate books, toys, games or anything else that doesn’t belong in the closet. Make a realistic assessment of what needs to be in the closet and begin from that point. If it’s a shared closet, you’ll want to incorporate design features that allow each child to have their own space.

Here are some tips for organizing a kid’s closet to make it easy to get ready for school:

  • Install hanging rods at easy-reach level for your child
  • Multiple-tier rods provide more hanging space
  • Color coded hangers can separate school clothes/uniforms
  • Let each child have their own hanger colors if they share a closet
  • Folded tee shirts, jeans, shoes or purses can stack on open shelves
  • Smaller items like underwear, pajamas and socks can go into labeled bins
  • Maximize space with vertical shelves and store seldom used/seasonal items up high
  • Move seasonal clothing out of the closet until needed
  • Vertical shelves down the middle of a shared closet gives each child their own side for hanging
  • A laundry bin in the closet or nearby corrals dirty clothes
  • Use hooks for “quick grab” items like jackets or pajamas
  • Over-the-door shoe hangers can provide pockets for shoes, jewelry or hair accessories


Picking out the next day’s outfit the night before is a great help to speed up the morning. No one is too young to start using a valet rod to help get organized!

Maximizing the Bedroom

For a kid, the bedroom is about more than just sleeping. It’s their own personal space in the house. Signs on bedroom doors like NO GIRLS ALLOWED and NO ONE UNDER 21 PERMITTED show the importance of room ownership. As with the closet, an organized room will reduce stress and facilitate getting ready for school in the morning. Finding the perfect balance between what’s in the room and what’s in the closet will create a more comfortable and functional living space for your child.

Some of the basic needs of a school-aged child’s room include:

  • Additional dresser or chest of drawers for clothes
  • Storage for toys, games, treasures, and sports equipment
  • Designated space for backpacks, books and school supplies
  • A place to do homework and read
  • Space for a pet cage or aquarium


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Incorporating creative storage ideas like tall, vertical shelves, enclosed cabinets with drawers, under-bed storage, stacking bins and trunks will maximize room space and lessen the demands on the closet. This makes it easier for your child to stay neat and organized with allotted space for everything.

If you need help getting your family organized for back to school success, Tailored Living’s organization specialists are experts at maximizing space and streamlining organizational processes. For everything from custom closet design to whole home and garage organization, our talented designers can work with you to meet the individual needs of your family. 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 find an organization specialist near you.

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Tailored Living Partners with George to the Rescue, Renovating Amy Van Dyken’s Master Closet for Functionality and Accessibility

Six-time Olympic gold medalist, Amy Van Dyken, had her life change forever on June 6, 2014, when she suffered a spinal cord injury in an ATV accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down.
 
She is a constant inspiration to her Twitter and Instagram followers as she publically shares every step of her journey--the highs and lows, the challenges and the victories.
 
Her buoyant spirit shines through as she declares her intent to learn to drive, ride a bike and mountain climb. Amy believes “every day you take a breath is a blessing,” and “you can get through anything as long as you have a positive attitude.”
 
Tailored Living Partners with George to the Rescue 
 
George to the Rescue is a national home improvement TV show that each week focuses on a home rescue for a deserving individual or group, nominated by friends and family that see a need and ask for help on their behalf.
 
Since the accident, Amy’s life has dramatically changed, and to help her progress in her new life, Tailored Living and its sister company, Budget Blinds, partnered with George to the Rescue to remodel her Scottsdale home with innovations that will improve her quality of life. 
 
Tailored Living and George to the Rescue are presenting Amy with this surprise home renovation when she returns home after months of rehab. On September 10, Amy is a guest on the premiere of The Meredith Vieira Show where she’s expecting to talk about her accident. Instead, she’ll be surprised with the news of the renovation. The remodel reveal show of Amy actually moving into her newly-customized home will air the weekend of October 18 on NBC. (We’ll remind you of that date!)
 
Improving Day-to-Day Living 
 
Tailored Living concentrated on making Amy’s day-to-day activities easier by designing a custom, shared master closet for her and her husband, Tom. Careful planning and innovative design will make dressing and wardrobe maintenance more convenient for Amy in her wheelchair while still being functional for Tom as well. Hang bars and wardrobe lifts will keep clothing within easy reach. Assorted storage features such as drawers, baskets and shelving will allow Amy to exercise her passion for fashion with easily accessible accessories such as jewelry, hats, shoes and purses. 
 
Budget Blinds installed motorized window treatments with touch-of-a-button, hand-held remote control so Amy can easily maintain desired privacy and light levels throughout the home. Energy-efficient cellular shades were selected to match the home’s existing décor and Amy’s personal taste and style. 
 
Home Franchise Concepts (HFC) is the parent company of Tailored Living and Budget Blinds. Chad Hallock, President and CEO of HFC, expresses their delight in being part of this remodel project: “We have a great history of being able to support national heroes including veterans, injured servicemen and women, and now Olympians. Every window treatment or closet that we donate allows us to give back to those who have given so selflessly. We all admire Amy’s courage and are honored to be able to give her something to support and celebrate her strength as she continues to inspire us.”
 
Special thanks goes to Tailored Living franchisee Kevin Kinney of Scottsdale for volunteering his time and expertise to design and install this beautiful custom master closet. 
 
If you would like more usable space in your home, Tailored Living’s organizational specialists are available for free, in-home consultations to assist with maximizing the space and the utility of your home, garage, closets, home office, and more. Call or go online today to find the organizational specialist in your area and change your life by getting organized!

 
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Simulate the Perfect Home Office Design with Tailored Living's 3D Design Software

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Before You Commit Check Out What Your Home Office Design Will Look Like With Tailored Living's 3D Design Software

For those that work from home there is an emotional yearning to create a work environment that motivates you to be productive, reduce stress, save time and money, and meet deadlines. The key to your success lies in the organization of your home office design and its overall layout. Once you have a space in mind, you will be able to set the wheels in motion toward creating a perfect working base. If you feel a little challenged and are not completely sure what components will best help you create that perfect work environment in your home, you can consult with a professional who will help you find the right design for your home office. Your home organization specialist can be the critical first step in your new professional venture.
 
Better yet, do you have a hard time making important decisions regarding changes or improvements to your home? This is a common problem when homeowners are looking to make any sort of changes in their home. No matter how big or small their project is, there is always the fear of making a wrong decision. Say goodbye to second guessing and old fashioned paper sketches, and say hello to Tailored Living’s 3D home organization design software, D’VinciTM
 
With our 3D design software you can: 
 
• View a model of your room before and after the transformation.
• See a rendition of exactly what the room will look like in 3D with the exact color scheme that you want to implement.
• Make hard decisions easy regarding budgets, types of organizers, color schemes, and spacing issues
 
Tailored Living’s years of experience, attention to detail, huge selection of home office designs, and completely unique 3D imaging design software is what separates us from other home organization companies. When you work with Tailored Living, you are working with a team of dedicated organization specialists whose primary focus is helping you improve your lifestyle by turning your home improvement aspirations into reality. 

 
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