D-Day is here!
Today we finish remodeling a Military family’s home.
Join me, and a platoon of dedicated professionals, as we
put the finishing touches on this Military Makeover.
Time for us to show our appreciation and give back to
those who have sacrificed. This is Designing Spaces:
Military Makeover, and it starts right now.
Well, here we are in the final stages of our military makeover
for Marine Robert Keefe and his family.
Soon, he will be returning to his home.
Who is Robert Keefe anyway? Pay attention.
Here’s your brief: I grew up in
Okeechobee, Florida. Graduated Okeechobee High School
in 1996, and went to a couple years of college and then joined
the Marine Corps. Before joining the Marine Corp,
Robert was working as a produce manager at a local grocery
store. I was a cashier, and he worked
as a produce manager. I couldn’t keep my eyes off of
her. I used every tactic just to talk
to her. Finally, she agreed to go on a
date with me, and first date, first kiss.
Soon after, Robert enlisted and joined the Marine Corp.
We averaged 6-10 IED strikes every mission.
My truck alone hit five IEDs. The first one destroyed the
front end, nobody was hurt. Robert was lucky to escape three
more IED attacks, but his luck eventually ran out.
The fifth IED strike was the one that injured me.
The injuries were serious. Diagnoses: Vertebrae compression
fracture, traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic
stress disorder. I’m alive and I have all my
limbs. I feel very very blessed.
Now it’s time for us, at Designing Spaces to give back to
Robert and his family. The heavy lifting will begin
right after this. .
(music). Well, this is it.
The mission deadline is approaching.
It looks like this undertaking can be completed in great part
due to the local Okeechobee community.
The kitchen is coming together nicely, with the help of Those
Kitchen Guys and Granite, who are putting in this incredible
looking counter top, the kitchen cabinets provided by our friends
at Choice Cabinets are coming out really nice.
Thanks for all your hard work, guys.
We are in the final moments of completing our renovations for
Robert Keefe and his family. When they return to this house
it will be a different place, their dream home.
Final touches are commencing right now.
We’re in the final stages of our military makeover, and the big
reveal is just around the corner.
While we have the chance, I want to get with David Sipperman,
creative director of Croscill Home to see what he’s doing to
the living room and master bedroom.
David came into our project with some definite goals in mind.
Do you remember I said a blank canvas is a major challenge,
right? So, you’ve gotta now, what are
you thinking? You want to float this out into
the room, but you’ve got to have ways to walk around it.
You have to see how this sectional all goes together.
Maybe the back of it will be here, just defining this walkway
into where the bedrooms are. Oh I see what you’re saying.
So, the largest part of the sofa will be looking out, and then we
can get a chair. That can go sort of anywhere.
Of course, the TV is a major component.
This is where the Omnimount will be installed with a large screen
Haier TV. Looks like David’s vision is
coming together with my help, of course.
Alright, because of the size of this furniture and the way we
have to position it, if you can pull the television out and
pivot it toward the viewer, that’s going to be very helpful.
Yes, I think I like what you’re doing.
So, I think once the rug is done, which has some nice pops
of color in it for some added interest, we can start to then
position the furniture. Alright, well, you’ve got your
work cut out for you David, so get to work, pal.
But, you know, we always like a challenge here.
Well, that’s why we flew in the best, you know?
Let’s shift our focus to the bedroom.
David, so all of the bedroom furniture has arrived and we’re
storing it out here because we have a little bit of an issue.
Yeah, let’s take a look. Yeah, we’ve got a little big of
a problem here. Now, this is all wet.
They’re still grouting. Ahh, okay.
So, we’re going to be under a major time crunch.
I don’t know if we’re going to get it done, really.
I have a beautiful rug to put down, also, so that really needs
to go down before we put the bed together.
Right. This is a queen size, and it’s
going to look really nice. Oh, it’s a great looking bed.
I like the black ebony finish a lot.
It looks really good. So, you were talking about the
style. I mean, we’ve got contemporary
elements happening and some traditional elements happening.
Well, I think that based on the early selections that Robert and
Bianca made, they tend toward traditional, but there are some
contemporary things here, as you mentioned, so I have also
brought in a mix of traditional and contemporary elements in
some of the decorative accessories.
Okay. And I have a couple art pieces
coming in, which are a little more contemporary, so I think
we’ll get a nice balance. Excellent.
So we have a few projects to do very quickly.
Alright, and then I think Gunney has got something going on too.
Gunney, what’s going on with you?
We are closing in on completion. Maybe some things, like
valuables, firearms, a favorite fishing lure, should be stored
in a safe place. Trust me, we’ve got it covered,
baby! Here’s a subject close to
Gunney’s heart: Gun safety. Joining in on our military
makeover is Bob Mossbaugh, managing director at LH licensed
products. He’s brought a pair of great
items to add to the Keefe household.
A long gun safe, and a water proof fire file box.
Bob, home security takes many forms and we have a state of the
art home security system in this house, but we also have this
great safe for the family, and a lot of people don’t think to
have a safe in their home. You’re right, Art.
You know, they really don’t think about the safe in the
home, but the safe is very important.
A lot of times, they have other valuables, different items that
if friends or family are here, those items may have a tendency
to walk out the door. So, you want to protect those.
More importantly, if you have any type of firearms, guns,
weapons, anything like that and you have children, you should
always keep those locked up in a safe.
When you consider that there are almost 600,000 accidental gun
deaths per year, and over 100 of them are
kids under the age of 18, you realize how important it is to
keep any firearm stored safely, especially if there are minors
in the household. Let’s open this bad boy up.
Okay. It only take a minute to get in,
right? Tell me about the combination.
Quicker than a minute. You program your own
combination. There’s actually two combination
codes for every safe, so it can be yourself, your spouse, or a
friend. Could be temporary access to
somebody. In the event of an emergency,
this safe allows you access in seconds.
I’m noticing this up here. Yeah.
So, this is what’s really cool. So, this is the first time, we
believe in the world, that a safe has had a very practical
thing put on the door. When, I say thing, it’s actually
a temperature and humidity gage, yet you can have a back light
too, this gives in Celsius and Fahrenheit.
So, Bob, I’m noticing inside we have moveable shelves for
different barrel lengths of firearm.
Many states have laws that require you to lock up
ammunition separate from firearms.
This box offers the perfect solution.
This is legal here because it is a separate locking box.
Don’t leave your key inside of this inside the safe.
Sure. You want to put it someplace
else, but it also has a nice carrying handle.
There is something in that safe you don’t want to miss.
Hey Gunney, what do you got? We’ve got the guy with the eye,
showing Art how to make a house a home.
There’s more right after this break.
(music). We’re right down to the wire.
The last install is now in progress, and if this doesn’t
get done on time, they’ll answer to me.
With TV screens now larger than ever, our living rooms are
transformed into entertainment centers, that offer maximum
sound and picture quality. By mounting your TV to the wall,
you have a simple solution to make any room an engaging space.
With me, is Brandon Stangle, from Omnimount, to tell us about
how this beautiful large TV got up there.
Really, the centerpiece of any family living space is the
beautiful TV, and after a lot of families spend a ton of money on
a nice flat screen, there’s often one thing that gets
overlooked, and that’s how to mount it to the wall, but you’ve
got a solution for that. You’re right.
Wall-mounting of your TV is an important solution to think
about. In a room like this, where we’re
mounting it in the family room, it’s a multi-purpose room, so we
wanted a cantilever where you could move it easily for
multi-room viewing, but also has an extremely low profile, so you
can nest it back into the wall when the room is in use.
A big eye sore with wall-mounted TVs are the cables and wires
handing down, but it doesn’t have to be there way.
With the mount that’s easy to install, it also has all the
provisions for wiring your cables through the wall, along
with that extension, the tilt, and a lot of other cool features
as well. But the TV mount is not the only
good Ergotron is bringing to our military makeover.
We have our Omnimount case and stand for iPad, and we use these
as a 3-in-1 solution, so it could be mounted underneath the
cabinet, on a wall, or it could be just a table top solution as
well. Now, there’s a lot of safety
features incorporated into this bracket too, right?
Well, absolutely. When you wall mount a TV,
instead of placing it on top of a piece of furniture, you
essentially eliminate the risk of accidental tip-overs that
could be caused by pets or small animals, or children.
Small animals, and/or children. Yeah, whatever is running around
your house. There you go.
But, not all wall mounts are created equal.
So, when you are looking for a mount, you want one with a UL
certification like our mounts do.
The mount installation can be intimidating, but these mounts
are a simple do-it-yourself kind of job.
Hey, even Joe can do it. This installation is as easy as
can get. Basically, all you need to do is
find two studs that are 16″ apart.
We have a template that is included that marks out all your
pilot holes, and all your drywall cuts.
How do we get ahold of you? You can find us at
Omnimount.com. Time to check back in with our
Croscill designer, David. David, it looks like you’re
making a lot of progress. Well, it looks like a little bit
of a mess right now, but we actually have gotten a lot of
things done. We have bar stools done.
We’re finally getting the draperies hung.
These are beautifully woven, neutral colored draperies by
Croscill. A little steam before the big
reveal certainly wouldn’t hurt. You know what’s most impressive,
you’re getting all of this done in spite of the fact that you
have to work with Joe. Well, true.
While this furniture selection, all provided by Haverty’s,
allows for the entire family to gather, it’s massive and all
dark brown in color. It’s important you add elements
that will break up the scale of the furniture, as well as the
one color statement. What we’re going to do is we’ll
start it over toward this wall. Okay.
We’ll come out and create an L going around this way, so you’ll
be able to sit facing the television here.
You could pivot the TV and you’ll be able to watch it just
as well here. Yet, we still have a pass
through. Yeah, you keep a nice easy
passageway from the bedrooms over here.
Once the furniture, the sectional is in place, I can
start to add some elements to the wall.
Also, multiple throw pillows and a woven wool throw blanket help
to give interest, texture and scale to this large sectional
sofa. There was a big challenge in the
The grout was not dry. The tile wasn’t complete, but
yet we had the furniture guys here and they needed to assemble
the bed and the bed frame, so that was a little bit of a
crunch. Where’d you go David?
Here I am. So, that was a little bit of a
crunch, right? It was, and then we also had a
beautiful new area rug that I selected for the room.
As you can see, the furniture is actually quite massive, so you
don’t need a lot of pieces of furniture in this room to create
a lot of drama. The Croscill-Bennett duvet cover
collection was selected for its beautiful, modern interpretation
of traditional design motifs. All natural cotton-woven, and
intricately detailed accent pillows and pillow shams.
This rug is a plush woven wool rug with a large scale medallion
design, in platinum gray and ivory that will give focus
to the room and provide a comfortable and inviting mood
to this space. David, you’re doing a great job.
I’m going to let you get back to work and I’ll check in with you
in a little bit. Good.
Let’s check back in with Bob. there’s more to learn about the
safe he brought. This is not just a safe to store
your firearms. Many people find it useful as an
executive safe. Speaking of important papers and
documents and digital media, what’s that down at the bottom?
This is what I think everybody oughta have.
This is a file box that is both rated for fire protection and
water protection. This safe will protect valuables
in case of a fire, for up to 30 minutes, at 1550 degrees.
Most home fires rarely get above 1200 degrees, but that’s not the
only thing special about this safe.
This is also completely water proof.
This box can actually go 1 meter under the water, that’s a little
over three feet, and it can be under the water for 24 hours,
and no water is going to get inside.
Wow, that is – No one has anything close to that.
Not to mention how safe and secure this is, but you have a
safe and secure warranty as well.
We absolutely do. We probably have the industry
best warranty. We have a 7-year warranty for
anything that happens to the safe.
We also have an after-fire replacement warranty, so in the
event that this is subjected to a fire, which we hope never
happens, but if it does, we will with a fireman’s report, we’ll
replace the safe. Tell us your website.
Our website is HoneywellSafes.com.
We’ll be right back, so stay right where you are.
Don’t even think about moving. It’s all coming together people.
Designing Spaces. David, our designer, is working
with the landscape team. They’re going to place all of
this beautiful outdoor furniture from Macy’s over on the brand
new patio, here. It’s really quite a
transformation. We’ve got the umbrella stand.
Let’s lift that up. Pop that into position.
There we go. So, I think this is great.
They’re going to love it out here.
I think they’ll be spending most of their time in the garden.
(music). Ahh, the most important grill
tool of all, a nice cabernet. I think we need to tap into this
at lunch. Someone was really thoughtful
about that. I know.
Did they leave that for us? I think so.
Okay good. For this moment.
Alright, good. Well, we’ll be on break for the
next half hour. Yes, catch up with us later.
Of course, all the items and additional style ideas can be
found at Croscill.com. All the work got done just
before the deadline. Now it’s time for the Keefe’s to
reclaim their territory. (thunder).
Hello Keefe Family. Hello!
Take an umbrella. Now, it may be a little nasty
out here, but it’s going to get a whole lot nicer inside.
It’s beautiful. It looks so pretty.
Doesn’t it? How are you?
Nervous, excited. This is our designer.
He flew down from New York City. This is David.
Hi David, from Croscill Home, and he got you started with some
beautiful home decor. Turn around guys.
Gunney. Welcome to my humble abode.
How smart? Wow.
Well, so we’ve been really busy. I’ll say.
We were kind of pressed for time.
We didn’t think we were going to get done.
Nice desk, huh? Oh my goodness!
That is beautiful. You know that desk is nicer than
my desk at home. I understand that you have a gun
or two, a rifle or two. Yes sir.
(motioning behind him) You’re right, I didn’t even see
that behind you you. So, we have a safe, and I’ll bet
Bianca probably doesn’t have a gun though.
No, Bianca sure doesn’t. So, you see, I found Glock is
more than happy to provide us with one that’s just your size.
Oh my gosh. Okay, you’re going to love the
kitchen. Turned out better than I could
have imagined. You’ve got a nice big fridge.
WOW!! Oh my gosh!
The island is very appropriate and very nice, all the way
around. All new appliances.
Now, I think we’ve got a bedroom over here.
After you. Oh wow.
Now, I believe this will be the master bedroom, if I’m not
mistaken. Yep, this is Mommy and Daddy’s
hideaway and a glamourous one at that!
Mom, you have a bunch of pillows.
Yeah, those are pillows for me and Mommy.
I might let you touch them. We have flooring.
We have a floor. We didn’t have a floor before.
Come on, guys. We’ll see the rest of it.
It is, look at this living room. It’s a completely different
area. I think that’s your room, right?
Check it out, bud. Wow.
Oh my god, Ricky look. Look at this nice carpet.
Look at your floor, honey. You like that design?
Look at that! (laughter).
You love it. Wow.
Now, I don’t know how you are about garages, but my garage is
so full of junk I can’t get my cars in it.
Oh my goodness. What is this?
A couple of Bosch tools. You know how to use tools.
I sure do. There’s always a need for those
around the house. Wow.
I actually turned this into a small Jurassic Park.
Oh my goodness. It’s a lot greener than it was.
Wow. This has all got to come to an
end sometime, so we’ll leave you guys here so you can explore on
your own, and take a closer look, and just enjoy it, okay?
God Bless you, Bianca. Thank you.
No, I’m going to hug you. (laughing).
Thank you so much. Well, thank you sweetie.
No hugging there. Semper Fi, I’ll just take a
salute. I’ll hug you.
Okay, Ricky, you look after him while I’m gone.
Thank you so much. Everything you’ve done to
facilitate making our life so much better.
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Designing Spaces. (music).