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.
Pet Friendly Focused Window Coverings
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.
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.
Going on now, Buy One Get One 50% Off Shutters, Blinds or Shades.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As a shopper, here are a few questions that most shutter companies would prefer you didn’t ask (because you won’t like the answer they give you):
- Are these shutters really custom made for me? Not all companies hand-craft their product to your specifications. Many companies use off-the shelf cookie-cutter shutter panels that are then fit to your openings. Be wary of this approach.
- Should I choose wood or other materials for my Shutters? Many companies don’t even have such options available. Only patented Thermalite Shutters from Danmer, unlike wood shutters, will NEVER peel, crack, warp, burn, or discolor.
- How fast can I get my shutters? Most companies import their parts and shutter materials from overseas. This can take 8-12 weeks for your shutters to arrive and assemble. But Danmer manufactures all of our shutters right here in the USA, which gives you the fastest turnaround time in the industry.
- Will shutters reduce my home energy bills? Not all shutters are made from materials that can reduce your home’s energy consumption by up to 3x better than wood shutters. Check out Danmer’s Thermalite Shutter Insulating System.
- Transferrable warranty? Insist on a warranty that’s actually transferable to the NEXT homeowner. These warranties are desirable because they can increase the resale value of your home. Trust in the company that gives you a copy in advance.
You can also download a copy of Danmer’s Shutter buying checklist called “ the 8 Questions that Most Shutter Companies Don’t Want You to Ask Them” Download it here. Or call us 24/7 at (800) 684-3434 to experience the Danmer Difference.
Don’t ever settle for “cookie-cutter” stock items when it comes to Shutters, or any window coverings, for that matter. That can be a recipe for disaster! Danmer Shutters are custom made by expert craftsmen for your home specifications right in our own facility here in the U.S.A.
When you order window coverings from Danmer, our friendly and experienced Window Covering Specialists are dedicated to making sure that your experience is fun and relaxing, never stressful.
During your free in-home consultation, we’ll bring the show room to you! Danmer’s representative will show you all of the available options so you can select just the right window coverings for your home. Your Danmer representative will help you with all you need ton know such as colors, styles, light control, energy efficiency, and cost. No Cookie-cutter approach from Danmer. That’s the Danmer Difference!
Danmer will then deliver and install your shutters with the fastest turnaround time in the industry! We can do this because we make your Shutters right here in our own factory to your specifications. The results are elegant custom shutters that are safe, energy efficient, easy to clean, and guaranteed to increase the value of your home.
For over 30 years, Danmer has been committed to designing and building the finest shutters in the world, while treating every customer like they are friends and family. Give us a call at (800) 684-3434 to learn what Danmer can do for you.
Custom Shutter App for android or apple.
The Shutter Shopper app is a revolutionary app brought to you by Danmer Custom Shutters for your Apple or Android device! The Shutter Shopper app lets you visualize how custom shutters will look in your home!
Using the Shutter Shopper app is simple! In just 3 short steps, you will see just how beautiful your home can be with custom shutters!
- Snap a photo of your windows.
- Outline the Window using the app.
- Select your shutters from a variety of colors, louver size and tilt rod options!
Once completed you will be able to see the beautify and elegance that custom shutters can bring to your home! Then you can save and share your design with family and friends!
The app is available now in the Apple App Store and in Google Play! Download it today or call one of our design specialist and they will bring the showroom to you!
In any home, wood shutters add a sophisticated look that many other window treatments just can’t compete with. Many homeowners love the look of wood shutters but are concerned with the environmental impact of buying wood shutters. The good news is that high quality synthetic shutters have the look and feel of wood, without the environmental impact.
Thermalite Shutters Are Superior to Wood Shutters
Thermalite Shutters from Danmer Custom Shutters are the best synthetic shutters available on the market. These synthetic shutters have 2 times the insulating power of wood shutters, but no natural materials are destroyed in the construction of Thermalite Shutters. Thermalite Shutters are also non-toxic, water resistant, and flame retardant making them the perfect solution for window treatments in kitchens and bathrooms. When you have Thermalite Shutters installed in your home, you may even qualify for a federal tax credit.
When you are in the market for hardwood shutters, you want to be sure to buy shutters made of the highest quality wood. Cheaper shutters made of inferior wood have the tendency to bleed through their finish or discolor their stain due to high resin content. Higher quality hardwood shutters tend to not only look better than their cheaper counterparts, but they also last longer, giving them higher value in the long run.
Buy your hardwood shutters from Danmer Custom Shutters. All of Danmer’s harwood shutters are made of the most durable, furniture grade basswood. The wood is tight grained, with a low resin content so that they are guaranteed not to bleed. All of Danmer’s hardwood shutters are given a Diamond undercoat to seal out all moisture.
All hardwood shutters from Danmer come with a lifetime warranty against bleeding as well as on all moving parts.
If you are like many others, you are choosing alternatives to wood, especially if you don’t know if the company selling it is responsible in where they receive it. Animal habitat is being taken away at an alarming rate from forests that the Earth really cannot afford to lose. Some companies make a point to know where the wood comes from, others do not.
Here at Danmer, we understand the growing concern over wood furnishings, but we also understand that nearly everyone loves the look of shutters made from wood. This is why we have created our Thermalite shutters.
They Look Like Hardwood Shutters
It is nearly impossible to tell the difference between hardwood shutters and Thermalite varieties, but rest-assured, no trees are used in their production. In fact, we choose to use recycled materials, making them a very environmentally friendly option. Your guests will never be able to tell they aren’t real wood, yet they are fire-retardant, water-resistant and nontoxic.
If you have decided to add a charming, inviting and beneficial focal point to your room with a wooden shutter, you are likely wondering how you should go about measuring for it. There are probably quite a few questions going through your mind too, such as:
- Do I measure on the outside of the window frame?
- Do I need measurements of the window pane itself?
- Should the blinds fall right at the window sill?
- How do I accommodate handles for crank windows?
Wooden Shutter Measurements Should be Taken by a Professional
If you are ordering a wooden shutter, then fit should be a primary concern. These window treatments will provide you with maximum privacy and light control, as long as they fit properly. If you have a handle for a crank window, a cutout in the blinds will need to be made. This is also true if you are buying for French doors.
To ensure that your shutters fit perfectly, the windows really need to be professionally measured. Of course, the last thing you probably want to do is pay a professional to come measure, right? Well, when you shop at Danmer, you don’t have to. We offer a free consultation so you can have peace-of-mind knowing that your shutters will fit perfectly!