If home is where the heart is, Skype has long-since played a part converting the globe into a giant, cozy, ever-connected living room. Lucky for all parties involved, we’ve got Designing Spaces to handle the décor.
Alongside educating viewers on the how-tos behind remodelling, redesigning, and redefining all kinds of residences, these crafty homemakers profoundly change lives—on a weekly basis. Their latest spin-off, Military Makeover, is especially moving. And, while Skype couldn’t necessarily chip in with say, carrying boxes or coordinating a colour palate, we were able to join forces—by ensuring the highest-quality production for a series highlighting the armed forces.
“Within this series,” explains Producer/Director Arash Farsi, “we identify deserving veterans around the country, and give their home a complete makeover.” He continues, “coordination can be a challenge, as there are many moving pieces. Trash container drop-off and pick-up, RV rentals for our green room, measurements for flooring, kitchen cabinets and countertops are just some aspects that need to come together to ensure a successful shoot.”
While the show’s talented, solution-driven team enables successful productions, integrating Skype has further streamlined the process—not to mention invited viewers (as well as participants) into a next level of intimacy and engagement.
“Skype truly brings people together, and that type of connection in today’s global society is just priceless.”
Arash elaborates, “Incorporating Skype in our latest Military Makeover was extremely emotional, as we, for the first time, gave away a home.” The specific segment he’s referring to covers the incredible decision of Wilma “Tinky” Stuart, an 86-year-old widow who lost her husband and former Marine, as well as her son, who passed away of leukaemia.
“We were able to make a Skype call with her, as we were making-over her former home, so she could see—in real time—what was going on,” Arash continues. “She was overwhelmed with what she saw. We also had the veteran’s friends and family record Skype messages, which we played for them during the big reversal walk-through.”
He adds, “As you can imagine, this was very emotional for the husband-and-wife recipients. It brought tears to their eyes to see the outpouring of support. Skype truly brings people together, and that type of connection in today’s global society is just priceless.”
To catch the full episode, as well as the entirety of the four-part series, tune in to the Lifetime Network, 7 AM ET/PT, October 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd. The series re-airs November 26th, December 3rd, 10th, and 17th.