WATCH: We’re on Lifetime TV’s Military Makeover: Operation Career! 

Watch the special to learn about Champion’s commitment to our veterans

This is not a drill: Champion® Homes and Star Fleet Trucking will be featured in a full episode of Military Makeover: Operation Career on Lifetime Television. As part of the special, you’ll be able to meet and follow along with 3 of our employees who have bravely served their country in the United States Military as they speak about how they transfer the skills and values they gained in duty to their roles here at Champion. 

Behind -the-scenes!

You’ll also hear from our President and CEO, Mark Yost, as he speaks to the importance of hiring and valuing veterans in the workforce. At Champion Homes, we take very seriously our company-wide dedication to provide quality homes to hard-working Americans, and hiring veterans fits perfectly in line with that goal.  

Get to Know More About the Featured Employees:

While we proudly employ many veterans on our team at Champion Homes, the Military Makeover: Operation Career special will feature 3 from various areas in Champion Homes and Star Fleet Trucking. You’ll learn more about their stories in the episode, but here’s an intro on who they are and what they do: 

  • Trish Nowak, Safety Director for Star Fleet Trucking  
  • Ron Baer, Jr., Star Fleet Truck Driver  
  • Scott Kennemuth, former Operations Manager for Champion Homes 

Hosted by Montel Williams, Military Makeover: Operation Career speaks to the opportunities we offer veterans at Champion Homes and Star Fleet Trucking

How Can I Watch the Special? 

Many of us personally know someone who has served in the U.S. Military, so this episode will surely warm your heart and remind you of the freedoms to cherish every day. If you’re interested in watching the Champion Homes and Star Fleet Trucking episode of Military Makeover: Operation Career, keep reading. 

The show airs on November 30th at 7:30 AM EST/PST time on Lifetime TV.  

The Light Choice

Choosing the right lighting for your home

It’s time to shed light on something important in the realm of home design: lighting! Choosing lighting fixtures for your home can really make a difference. In this blog, we’ll discuss some of the details and thought processes that will help you make the best decision for your home, room by room.  

Finishes are key. 

 The material used in a lighting fixture can add a special touch to a room and should be considered when thinking of your overall design. When it comes to choosing a finish, you want to let current trends guide you but not anchor you, so that you won’t bring in a finish that’s going to date the product.  

These days, you see a lot of mixed finishes. This helps because if one fades, the other will keep it from being considered outdated. Brushed nickels, matte blacks, lots of gold (champagne for example) — those are metal finishes. You’re seeing a lot of wicker, tan, basket weaving textures paired with metals. As for textures, cane is very popular. Terrazzo, which used to be huge in flooring in the 60s/70s, is now making a name for itself again in lighting.  

Paint and application are huge because you can have one material, but it can look something totally different. People are really exploring new approaches to classic touches, which means lots of mixing. 

Go big AND go home.  

The size of lighting has changed over the years, and larger than life lights are more popular than ever as lighting becomes more and more of a talking point in a home. “Oh, I LOVE these lights over your island” has become much more common of a conversation. At Champion® Homes, we are always trying to find the best in lighting with our customers’ best interests in mind, that includes both style and affordability. 

Lighting is important now because it’s so much easier to change the lighting out instead of trying to change the structure of your home. If you select something that allows for flexibility, and allows you to be eclectic, that decision will allow you to make changes down the road more easily. 

 Want to see a visual representation on the importance of lighting? Be sure to check out our models, including the Advantage 3276 211, the Titan Extreme 3276F and the Magazine. Interested in illuminating your path to homeownership? Contact us today.  

The Champion Approach: How We Set Industry Design Trends 

When you think “ahead of the game,” think Champion® Homes.

When it comes to design standards in the factory-built housing industry, it’s no secret that Champion Homes sets the curve. Whether it’s color combinations, texture choices or interior features, innovation has become part of the Champion name.  

But how are we able to predict trends and execute them sustainably? Well, a large part of it is the same reason you trust us to build your home: experience. Our team members know what they’re doing, because they’ve been doing it for a while now. We got a chance to talk about The Champion Approach with Tammie D., our Interior Designer who’s been working in the industry 20+ years. Keep reading to learn how we bring you the best aesthetics, season after season! 

Staying Ahead of the Game 

Champion Homes supports interactive research, which means we prioritize working with suppliers to not only see and touch emerging materials, but also develop entirely new materials. We utilize our experience and reputation in the industry to navigate important relationships, which allows us to participate in inventive conversations.  

We approach home design holistically, and that’s what sets us apart. This is key to, for example, making sure the flow of the home from room to room is sensible and complementary. We make sure the kitchen complements the bedroom, etc.  

Tammie’s Way

  • See your environment (the home and its features, the neighborhood, etc.) and think of it with every decision you make 
  • Remember we mentioned the flow of a home from room to room? Think of this as ‘movement.’ Try to gauge the movement within a house and correspond materials to said movement  
  • Have a balance of new and old! Too much innovation could scare people off, even if it’s beautiful 
  • Never underestimate the importance of complementary colors  

It’s Important to… 

  • Grow past bias against factory-built homes (remember: it’s high quality materials used in a site-built home
  • Be rightfully picky, keeping the customer in mind 

Now that you know The Champion Approach, you’ll be able to point it out more easily. Take a look at some of our most notably designed models, such as the Odyssey and the Glenwood.  

How to Determine Your Design Style(s) 

Figure out how to make your home feel like “you” every time you walk in.

It goes without saying that design and décor are hugely important when it comes to purchasing a home. You want your home to be a retreat; to welcome you back warmly every time you return. And, design plays an integral role in that. That’s why we seek to offer you cutting-edge design choices, so that you can love everything about the place you call your own.  

Where Design Style Comes into Play 

  • Cabinets 
  • Countertops 
  • Tiles and flooring 

Design Styles for the Traditional at Heart 

Farmhouse – a style which values simplicity and rustic charm. In farmhouse you’ll find quintessential dedications to rural architecture, mixed in with pieces of modernity. 

Classic – true to its name, classic style features ornate detailing, often with an ode to nature in some way. You’ll also find texture and patterns, to add personality. 

Nautical – an age-old style that adds coolness to the place. Nautical brings what you love most about the coastal lifestyle into your home by focusing on key colors and elements. 

Design Styles for the Trend-Aware 

Contemporary – a style that fully understands subtle sophistication, contemporary is bold in its use of texture. Key features include clean lines, bold colors and shape, creating a finish that is sleek and fresh. 

Mid-Century Modern – a style that has stood the test of time, mid-century modern finds the perfect balance between muted tones and vibrant colors, natural and manmade pieces, indoor and outdoor motifs. 

Modern Nordic – this minimalistic style takes a fresh approach by using a blend of textures. Modern Nordic prioritizes utility and functionality in tandem with aesthetics. 

Design Styles for the Stylishly Offbeat 

Contemporary Abstract 

Scandinavian – Similar, but not identical to Nordic styles, Scandinavian is meant to be a bit warmer and more inviting. This added coziness gives style a comfortable appeal. 

Boho Shabby Chic – a beautiful marriage of already complementary styles, boho shabby chic combines gentle hues and textures with bold splashes of bohemian colors and patterns. Bohemian adds punchy character to shabby chic, and the shabby chic softens up intensity of the bohemian. 

It’s perfectly fine (and even encouraged!) if your design style is a mix of one or two different ones. You aren’t one-dimensional, and it’s unlikely that your décor interests will be as well. Think of your home design as a “flow,” meaning think of how each room can peacefully transition into another. This may mean thinking of complementary colors or standout pieces. Above all, remember to get creative with it! A home is never fully “finished,” and that’s a good thing!  

What would you say your design style is?