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Designer Spotlight: Melissa Gardner

July 11, 2017

Melissa Gardner
Meet Melissa Gardner, a professional window designer at Danmer Custom Window Coverings. Melissa has over 16 years of professional industry experience and likes to blend the traditional with the contemporary, the new with the old.  She enjoys working with clients to create a custom look for their home.

Melissa’s’s unique design talent and business experience (she owned a successful marketing company for 14 yrs before transitioning to design) have allowed her the opportunity to work with a diverse range of clients and home owners through her career.


Style and Design Trends

What’s a recent design trend you’re loving or following. New design trends that I like are the use of Gray colors.

Blinds, Shades or Shutters… what is your preference?  I like and I love using textures on a window but my favorite to sell is always shutters they are a classic and will never go out of style.  Plus I love the energy efficiency of our shutters.

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Pet Friendly Focused Window Coverings

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Have fur babies at home? Melissa has some advice for you and your pets. When it comes to man’s best friend and your blinds or shades, the problem isn’t playfulness as much as curiosity. While cats like to lounge in windows and play with cords, dogs want to know what is going on in the world outside. Because of this, if you have pets at home, you need to consider your options. Window treatments are just an obstruction keeping your furry friends from a clear view of that squirrel, or the mailman, or whatever may be going on outside. Melissa can suggest the right options for you, weather it’s Cordless Blinds or top down/bottom up Honeycomb Shades or Custom Interior Shutters, your pets will be safe and you’ll have a piece of mind knowing that their aren’t dangers at home.

Melissa serves the Laguna Niguel and Newport Beach area, if you’re interested in a Free In-Home Design Consultation, call (888) 835-1571 to schedule an appointment. Click here to learn more about Melissa.

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Summer Design Trends in Interior Design

June 2, 2017
Window Treatments, Interior Design, Green, Window Treatments, Summer Design Trends

The “era of relaxation” isn’t going away anytime soon. American families have grown fond of living spaces that allow them to unplug and unwind from the hectic pace of life these days. But as we near the midpoint of 2017, cheerful and up-beat colors are still in vogue and a new flock of “trends” in interior design look a lot like recent tried and true standards for summer. Here are some of the most popular summer design trends so far:

  • Color pops: Small but Bold. Summer bring bold flavors, sights and sounds…don’t shy away from bringing a little bit of color into your home. If furniture is too much for you, opt for bright accessories such as throws, pillows or accent rugs.
  • Outdoor comes in. You’re probably spending more time outdoors than indoors during the summer, but you can still bring the season’s best elements inside with you. There’s no stopping the current nature trend by decorating homes with lots of indoor plants and trees and the warm earth tones to complement them.
  • Window improvements. The right Window Coverings remain the best way to complement to any decor while you regulate the amount of light that gets in, and how much of your room’s decor they illuminate. With nearly limitless possibilities for colors, styles, and shapes, swapping out window treatments can transform an entire room or your entire house without breaking the bank.
  • Texture. Weaving texture into your home’s interior makes it more inviting and relaxing. Texture’s don’t need to be permanent, try draping a wool throw over a chair or mix up your fabrics used for decorative pillows to test this trend.

Before taking on any major home improvement projects, it’s always good to research upcoming trends and home improvement solutions — and never hesitate to consult industry professionals with any questions you may have.

If your summer decor plan includes a window treatment upgrade, contact Danmer to find the solution that best fits your style and budget.

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Window Coverings That Reduce Home Cooling Cost

May 23, 2017
Thermalite Shutters, Plantation Shutters, Custom Window Treatments, Window Coverings

Whether you’ve been beating the heat with box fans or AC, you may feel like you’ve gotten the last laugh … until the electric bill comes — and then nobody’s laughing. It’s simple math: the hotter it gets, the more energy it takes to cool down, but by treating windows with energy efficient window coverings, such as Danmer’s Thermalite Shutters Insulating System, you can stay cool while slashing home energy bills by up to 35%. Here’s why:

  • Maximize R-Value. Thermalite Shutters are great for double pane windows, providing one of the highest R-Value shutter ratings on the market.
  • Less Heat Transfer. Using the Thermalite Shutters Insulating System in hot climates reduces the amount of heat transfer that enters into your home.
  • Restricts Air Exchange. Thermalite Shutters allow you to control the amount of airflow traveling between your window openings and the outside environment.
  • Lower Kilowatt Hours. Saving kilowatt hours means saving on your cooling bill, and Thermalite Shutters assists you in both.
  • Enhanced Energy Efficiency. Thermalite Shutters will insulate your home up three-times better than wood shutters.
  • Monthly Energy Savings. Energy efficient window coverings pay for themselves by keeping your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Ready to keep cool while saving some cold hard cash? Call us at (800) 684-3434 for a FREE in-home consultation, featuring Danmer’s Thermalite Shutter Insulating System.

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Make your holidays incredible with Plantation Shutters

December 12, 2016
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Get into the spirit of the holiday season by decorating you windows for all to see, both inside your home and from outside. Look for inspiration from your neighbor’s homes with Christmas trees, poinsettias, wreaths and bows seen from the front yard to the street. Keep an eye out and you’ll be amazed by the spectacle of all the lights and Christmas décor on the windows  at night during this winter season. Don’t be afraid to create some holiday magic of your own with lights, candles, ornaments, garlands and snowflakes, pine cones and a nativity scene. Here are a few diverse window décor ideas below to start decorating your windows for the holidays!

Christmas balls and wreaths: Hanging a wreath over the window gives a beautiful illusion of the wreath floating on the glass. With a magnetic wreath hanger simply hang one hanger on the inside of the glass. They are sturdy hangers backed with protective pads so your window will not be scratched.

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Christmas Window Boxes: Overflowing with white poinsettas, green pine needles, red berry clusters, and real pine cones good for indoor/outdoor use adds brillant color to your home during the day and sparkles at night while accentuating your homes plantation shutters.

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Budget Decorations: Not only is it cost effective, but you can never run out of great window display ideas using paper cut outs, pine leaves and a tree branch. Sure to brighten up any kitchen this holiday season.

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Don’t forget, the best part of Christmas window decorating is from both inside/outside the house. Dress up your house for the holidays with some simple projects and spread the holiday cheer. Plus, you can get into the spirit of the holiday season with a gift of Window Coverings to your home and your family. Call us at Danmer and we’ll help you design the perfect Shutters, Blinds or Shades to start the new year out right.

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Introducing 72 Hour Quick Ship Shutters

December 5, 2016
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Do you have a special party or gathering you’re hosting at your house for the Holidays?  It would seem next to impossible to have brand new Plantation Shutters installed in your home in time for the Holidays, right? Well, Danmer has taken care of that.  Exclusively from Danmer, our 72 Hour Quick Ship Program can deliver on such a promise.

Our genuine patented Thermalite Shutters are made right here in the USA – in our own factory – to fit the exact specifications for your home. So if you really need to beautify your home for the Holidays – or for any special occasion – we can make that happen.

With our 72 Hr. QuickShip Program, you’ll receive a shipping confirmation within 72 hours from the moment our factory trained installer completes the measurement of your windows. All you have to do is give us a call and say “I want the Quick Ship Program” and we’ll have one of our Shutter Design specialists help you choose just the right design to fir your décor and your budget. If you really need them fast, we’ll have your window measurements taken quickly and then we’ll get to work building and shipping your Shutters within 72 hours from the completed measurements.

With a FREE design quote, FREE delivery and FREE installation, you can enjoy your brand new Thermalite shutters with the entire family for the upcoming Holiday Season. Give us a call today or schedule your FREE in-home design quote.

Custom Shutters, Home Shutters, Shutters, Thermalite, Window Shutters, Window Treatments

Repurpose Old Window Shutters

November 28, 2016
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Have you ever thought about what you might do with those older shutters  – interior or exterior shutters – that you’re finally going to replace with quality Danmer window coverings? Turns out, there are some really cool DIY (Do-It-Yourself) ideas to turn old shutter panels into something useful and even highly decorative in and around your house.

These kind of DIY projects are easy and affordable. And if you’re replacing older NON-DANMER shutters with some new ones, you might as well put the old ones to use if you can. Or you can simply look for older vintage shutters being tossed out when your neighbors are replacing window coverings. You can brush paint them, spray paint them, or treat to a cool spontaneous paint technique. They make great tables, chairs, decorative walls pieces as well as mantels and doors to cabinets.

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The top of this table is made from a re-purposed vintage shutter found at a local flea market. This is a creative, easy way to make a rectangular top.

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Re-purpose old shutter panels to make a bench made using shutters, old balusters, and spare wood for the arms.

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Here you can add a sense architectural perspective to a dining room with distressed window shutters placed on the wall.

Don’t forget to visit us at www.danmer.com or call us at (800) 684-3434 to speak to trained professionals who are excited to help you find the right window coverings for your decor and budget!

 

 

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Tips To Easily Clean Your Shutters, Blinds and Shades

November 14, 2016
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Since we’re all getting ready for the holidays, it’s tough to find the time to finish home projects we may have started throughout the year.

Here’s a quick way to brighten up your home for the holidays: clean those dusty blinds, shades or shutters. Your guests will notice that something is fresh and new in your home, and all you’ve done is a simple refresh.  That way next year you won’t have to devote several Saturdays to cleaning the house.

CLEAN YOUR SHUTTERS WITH EASE: Window shutters can be either decorative or functional, and often times are both. Whether they are Danmer Thermalite, Heritage Wood, Ultraluxe or Plantation Shutters, they’ve added beauty and character to any home. However, over time, your shutters will collect dust, and their beauty can easily be overlooked. Routine cleaning is not only recommended, it is absolutely necessary. The good news is that shutters, are relatively easy to maintain, and cleaning is a breeze. Use a soft cotton cloth and mild soap and water to wipe the louvers, and then dry immediately with a clean dry cloth. Do not use any harsh chemicals or ammonia based cleaners. Throughout the year, you can use a feather duster to keep them dust free in all seasons.

HOW TO CLEAN YOUR SHADES: It’s important not to begin by spot cleaning your shades. Start by dusting the shades, instead of starting with the stains. Whether your shades are Honeycomb shades, Roman shades, Sheers and Shading, or Solar or Roller Shades begin your cleaning process by using your vacuum’s suction hose with the soft brush attachment. Work your way from side to side all the way down the shade, and see the dust disappear.

 HOW TO CLEAN YOUR BLINDS: Regular cleaning will keep your Wooden Blinds, Skyline Panels, Solid & Stained Wood Blinds, Faux Wood Blinds and Vertical Blinds looking and working like new.

Your grandmother probably used this trick for cleaning blinds:

  • Fill a small bowl with white vinegar and find a pair of clean cotton gloves or socks
  • Put your hand inside one of the gloves or socks and dip the tip of the sock, or your fingers into the bowl
  • Run your hand or fingers along each slat to remove the dust and grime. You may need to rinse the sock or glove a few times
  • Switch back and forth between the two socks or gloves, soaking one sock or glove while you use the other

Important: Although this method is safe for most materials, do not oversaturate the blinds, especially if they are wooden. Water warps wood, so squeeze as much out as possible and dry immediately. Avoid letting the vinegar come into contact with your eyes or skin.

Contact Danmer for all your Window Covering needs at 800-684-3434 or e-mail us at ScheduleMyAppt@danmer.com

Happy Holidays!

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What you didn’t know about Danmer Heritage Wood Shutters and Faux Wood Blinds

November 10, 2016
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Whether you are thinking of mixing Heritage Hardwood Shutters with Faux Wood Blinds being you are looking to save some money. Great idea, because it is very common to put plantation shutters in the front side of a home and Faux Wood Blinds on the back side. They look very similar from the outside of the home.

At Danmer Custom Window Coverings, we use the highest grade USA made Basswood and Premier Hardwood to manufacture our Heritage Custom Wood Shutters. Each one is made right here in the USA to match your décor and your budget.

These Hunter Douglas Faux Wood Blinds are the most popular of all their wood window blinds. Hunter Douglas Wood blinds are the modern alternative to shutters. The Hunter Douglas Faux Wood Blinds collection is the perfect choice for homeowners who appreciate solid look and warmth of real hardwood.

A few reasons why Heritage Wood Shutters are the ultimate window dressing:

  • Heritage plantation wood shutters are made from durable, furniture grade basswood
  • Tight grained, low resin basswood will not bleed
  • Duraglide Louver Tension System: nylon bushing with stainless steel pin
  • Epoxy coated staples: guaranteed not to fall out
  • Rabbeted stiles
  • Diamond coat finish seals out moisture
  • Hand sanding creates a silky-smooth finish
  • Furniture grade dowels every inch where stiles and rails meet
  • Elegant and traditional feel
  • Come with a transferable warranty

A few reasons why Hunter Douglas Faux Wood Blinds is the ultimate alternative to window dressing:

  • A sturdy, strong, and cost-effective interior window treatment
  • Easy-to-clean blinds and engineered to withstand moisture
  • Faux wood blinds coordinate beautifully with your décor in matching color and wood grains, stains and whites
  • Protection from harmful UV rays
  • Covered against fading, yellowing, warping and bowing
  • Cost effective

With over 40 years of experience Danmer has been manufacturing elegance you can afford with shutters and window coverings. Contact us at (800) 684-3434 for a FREE in-home consultation, and to explore the many options and most stylish window coverings for your home.

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Daylight Savings: Make the Most of Available Light

October 31, 2016
Daylight Savings: Make the Most of Available Light

You can choose window coverings not only for decoration but also for energy savings. The right window treatments will reduce heat loss in the winter and keep your home cooler in the summer. Here’s a guide to help you weigh the options and come up with a perfect solution for your home or office.

Danmer Genuine Thermalite Shutters
Energy efficient Thermalite™ Shutters Insulating  system will insulate your home up to three-times better wood shutters for optimal temperature regulation. The right shutters can lower your home energy bills by as much as 35%

Hunter Douglas Duette Architella Honeycomb Shades
Duette Architella honeycomb shades keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  A variety of fabrics and a Vertiglide™ option for large windows and sliding doors make it the top-selling product in the industry.

Huntter Douglas Silhouette® Shades
Silhouette® shadings feature soft adjustable fabric vanes that appear to be floating between two sheer fabric panels that beautifully diffuse harsh sunlight. Simply tilt the vanes to achieve your desired level of light and privacy, while helping to lower your home energy bills.

Hunter Douglas Vertical Solutions®
Vertical Blinds are an economical assortment of verticals offered in 3 ½” styles, patterns and colors.  Vertical Solutions® will protect your furniture and flooring from fading with at least 75% protection from harmful UV rays.

What kind of window treatments do you prefer? Call us at (888) 326-6378 to learn more about Danmer, or to set up your free in-home consultation.

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Trick or Treat: Is Your Home Safe for Halloween

October 24, 2016
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Halloween is around the corner, so it’s likely that you and your family are planning a fun-filled season full of tricks and treats.  Fun costumes, scary movies, haunted attractions, and other forms of spooky entertainment make for festive frights that are usually harmless.

But beware, as accidents do happen. The best way to avoid them is to ensure that precautions are taken to ensure a happy Halloween for all.  Here are a few helpful tips promote family safety, both in and out of your home:

  • When taking the kids on a trick-or-treat run, make sure they are wearing costumes with light colors, glow sticks, and/or reflective elements for maximum visibility to drivers.
  • If the kids are trick-or-treating without adult supervision, make sure they travel in a group, and only visit houses in familiar neighborhoods.
  • When driving, remain alert and drive slowly in residential areas where young pedestrians may be present.
  • If you’re hosting a Halloween party, be sure to inspect your home for possible dangers. Did you know that over 500 children have suffered strangulations due to unsafe blinds and shade cords over the past few decades in the U.S. alone?  Think about retrofitting your shades or blinds with cordless operations, retractable lift cords, cord tensioners, or wand controls.

Ready to make your window coverings child safe?  Call Danmer at (800) 684-3434 to learn more about window coverings with child-safe features, and from the Danmer family to yours, have a safe and happy Halloween!

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