It is a great thing to have a job that you feel passionate about. My mom and I feel like that.
I can’t describe the wonderful feeling I get when idea that was born and visualized in my mind takes a form in the physical world and brings contentment and comfort to other.
Getting The Phone Call
Our families watched Extreme Makeover: Home Edition program for years. Seeing people’s lives change overnight was exciting. We never dreamed that we would one day be part of that process.
Early in 2009, we got a phone call asking if we would like to participate in a makeover for show. We were more than happy to help the Bell family in Tuscon, Arizona. Our entire Window Coverings Association of America (WCAA) local Phoenix chapter got involved.
Working On The Draperies
We had very little time to finish the products. Fabrics, trims, hardware, and linings were coming in right and left, all donated materials for the show.
Drapery Solutions volunteered to do the kitchen window treatment. We made flat soft Roman shades with a continuous loop for the bay window.
Working Through The Night
When the fabrication was complete, we bravely made the drive to Tucson which is about 150 miles from our workroom in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
When we arrived that evening, there were people working everywhere. In fact, it looked like an ant colony.
While we were hanging valances, roman shade, draperies and cornice boxes, other design professionals were installing different home items and working on floors, wall, tiles and even finishing up painting the walls.
Some of us worked until morning. We installed though the night and ran into a few problems that had to be resolved by the morning. Everybody looked busy but we were all very happy. It was the most intense experience.
The Extreme Makeover Big Reveal
The next morning, after every piece of furniture, décor and household items were in place, we waited for the Bell family to arrive.
It seemed to take forever for them to arrive. The fabricating and working on the project through the night was much more fun than just hanging around and watch filming. We could not wait to see the family’s reactions.
It was very rewarding to see tears in their eyes. If I had a chance, I would definitely do Extreme Makeover: Home Edition again.