A Surprise Home Makeover for a Marine and His Kids

A Surprise Home Makeover for a Marine and His Kids

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A Surprise Home Makeover for a Marine and His Kids

The Marine Corps taught Angel Cuevas how to live a spartan, pared-down lifestyle. Years after serving, though, he still hadn’t quite broken the habit. He recently moved into a townhouse in Lancaster, California, with his two young daughters. The few pieces of furniture he owned made the home look a bit bare. He knew he should warm it up for his girls, but he just didn’t know how. “I would have loved to have done it — coordinate this, match that — but I don’t have intimate knowledge of how to lay out a room or choose colors,” he says. “Never in a million years could I do that.”

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anniebird
Beautiful. Charmean is my favorite designer on Houzz...how wonderful to find that her heart is as big as her talent!
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bayskiff523
You're home is lovely! Thank you for your service and the sacrifices you and your family have made for our country. Best wishes to you and your beautiful girls.
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lesleycurl

I love this episode because it was completed in a short time frame and involved decorating, more so than total remodeling. Definitely a great example for all homeowners who do not wish to or cannot complete the larger projects that you usually see. Thanks!

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Katura Cleaning Services
That was so nice to watch. I️ Loved how Charmaine was able to order everything from the Houzz app without needing to go out and waste time driving around and finding the right pieces that would work for the home. Very nice video:)
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madeleinejs
That said, this was a wonderful story!
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Marko Babineau

What a great homecoming for that soldier's family. It brought a tear to my eye. Thank you Houzz

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hetherfether

thanks for honoring someone other than a celebrity! a veteran and his lovely family really deserved the makeover! thanks houzz and charmean!

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Sylvia Tallman
Beautiful story! Best wishes
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yogamom613

Please Houzz, more stories like this. So heartwarming and real. Thank you to all the people who made this happen for Angel & his girls.

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8012debbie
Such a beautiful story!
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Julie Johnson

What a beautiful tribute to the selflessness and kinship of our veterans. Charmean did a fabulous job with limited space and remodeling options. Thank you for your service, Angel and Jordan. Angel, your girls are adorable :)

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kaburges
This was a wonderful example of how we can make our homes lovely even if we don't live in large spaces. Thanks for honoring a worthy client!
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cwo2rm

Nice to see Americans helping Americans especially Marines helping Marines. Makes me very proud to have worn that uniform for over 20 years. Semper fi! CWO, USMC, Ret.

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sis2two

Beautiful thing done for an American hero!

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Gram 1954

Thanks for your service to our country Angel - what a beautiful family and home you have. Congrats to Charmean for her beautiful thoughtful work!

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HU-320484

tears! this is spiritually and physically beautiful! very well done for every one!

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bethiniowa

Very nice story! I'm so glad Houzz could have a part in helping this deserving family add beauty and function to their home. Bravo!

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Jorca Contractors
I am retired army ranger, makes my heart happy for angle and his daughters. that is why we do what we do, for our kids future. " leave it better than you found it ".
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Ingram Tate
It's great to see a father so involved with his daughters. Who makes the home environment feel safe and look kid friendly throughout the home.
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goodewyfe

I am in SoCal and am thinking of doing some very modest decorating (I'm in an apartment). I had thought of Charmean before from seeing previous projects. After this, I will definitely be contacting her firm when I'm ready to proceed. Great job and heartwarming story.

PS: I donate to Operation Gratitude. They are a wonderful organization. Their site is operationgratitude.com

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Susan Miller

This made me cry. Angel is one of those people who makes you want to be a better person. His sacrifice, his philanthropy, his Daddy skills - he's the real deal. So deserving of this beautiful and functional remodel by Charmean.

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bizeebees

so great to be able to give back to someone with a heart for serving others, great job, fun to watch!!!Thanks Houzz

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Elyse Stadlmayr

What a lovely story! Such a beautiful family and thank you for your service, Angel.

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Becky Harris

I smiled and teared up through this whole video. Charmean you are such wonderful person and the perfect one to do this!

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Kelly Stevens

Awesome story!! I would love to know where the barn prints hanging in the living room were purchased?

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Sheila Schmitz

Kelly Stevens, you can get those on Houzz! See the links in the source info next to the 10th photo. Or click onto the first photo, then click on the tags on the artwork. :)

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Bonnie Kidwell
what channel is houzz tv on? we cannot find it...
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Emily H

Hi Bonnie, Houzz TV is strictly online. You can find it here: Http://houzz.com/houzztv

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everblue

Angel, thank you for your devotion to our country and for the commitment and sacrifice that you've offered over time. Every single day I'm thankful for those who protect us and who stand for justice world wide. Bless your beautiful family in your new home.

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Feyza

Thank you, HouzzTV, for making a truly deserving makeover come together. This story warmed my heart. Thank you, Angel, for your military service and continued public service putting together care packages as mentioned in the video. Hope your adorable girls and you enjoy time together in your very function and beautiful home!

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RedRyder

It is good to see a selfless person getting help since he has devoted his life to helping others.

This story was wonderful on more than one level - obviously it's great to see a deserving family get a comfy redesign of their home, but it also shows how good design can transform a space. More articles like this will help those of us just needing decorating ideas.

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Hansens
so loving and cute it is awesome to see a project coming together for a person who served in the military it is very nice hope he has a nice time in his new house
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Hansens
what channel is House on on TV
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Booth & Williams

Beautifully done! Thank you Angel Cuevas for your service! You definitely deserve this and we are privileged to have been a small part of it with the Modern Navy Book Wall (https://www.houzz.com/product/63859684-decorative-books-modern-navy-book-wall-set-of-50-traditional-books/lid=48206693/lpv=1). Enjoy your beautiful home!

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sun sun
i like it
   
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silviakunst
Lovely story ! Thank you for your service and sacrifice to our country ! Good luck and a happy life for you and your girls !
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Westlake Sammamish
Best story of 2018. This is why we spend our energy to make a home a home.
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mdias591
Thank you for your service
   
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Michelle
This is wonderful. Not just for Dad and the girls but also for Dad’s coworker who took it upon himself to give this guy’s house a makeover. This article is truly in the Veteran’s Day spirit. And I always love to see Charmean’s work.
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Kate
Happy Veterans Day, Angel! I’ve received Operation Gratitude boxes when I was deployed and you couldn’t wipe the smile off our faces when we got your packages. Thank you so much!!! Hope you love your new place!
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relane913
So much sadness in the news, especially recently in California; then to read this story of friendship, kindness, service and family was uplifting. Thank you Angel & Jordan for your service then & now. Charmean your heart & talent is evident. Angel your daughters are adorable and clearly loved. What a gracious story. Thanks to everyone involve.
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Ane
Lovely home
   
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Dana Veach

Our Vets so deserve our kindness and respect. Thank you for this feature. I love the happy feeling in the girl's room now...and the functionality of the living/dining/work areas in the main living space.

   
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dakinak
Touching ❤️ Feels like home ❤️
   
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Annie-Laurie Blair
This newly designed home just looks perfect for this family. The girls’ bedroom is so charming, and the attractive desk area has to make work and bill-paying more purposeful. Bravo to the designer. And thank you for your Marine service, Dad.
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