Halloween Décor for Your Home

 

unnamedHalloween is here, and decorating your home to be ‘spooky’ can be fun for you and your whole family. Adding that “wow” factor to your Halloween display can turn your home into a real neighborhood showcase.   

So, what are the best ways to keep up with the “Munsters” in creating a truly creepy, yet tasteful experience for your kids and your neighbors?  Keep your main focus on your home’s exterior and entryway.  The first thing that your trick-or-treaters see on their way to your front door is crucial in setting the mood for your ghoulish gathering.  Here are three simple tips to help you get started:

  • EXTERIOR “HORROR” LIGHTING.  The right lights positioned at just the right angle (typically from below), can help create a creepy ambiance!
  • WEBS.  Pre-packaged or homemade webs are budget friendly, and effective! Using large webs strategically placed can have a ghostly and fun effect, while getting your visitors into the Halloween spirit.
  • SCARY WINDOWS.  Silhouetted window decorations can be accomplished for pennies on the dollar. Draping a few bats along your shutters, or using spooky skeletons to peer out of your other window coverings can make for a very frightful sight indeed!

Remember the basics while adding your own personal flair, and you just may end up with the most haunted house on the block!

Happy Halloween!

 

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Advice for Your Kitchen Makeover

Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 11.14.33 AMSeeing your kitchen windows with brand new shutters for the first time can be a revelation! Who knew the kitchen could take on such a sophisticated look? Well, this is what happens when you invest the right amount of time and energy into your home improvement projects. In the midst of all the excitement to get your renovation done, however, many homeowners overlook one crucial detail that can significantly extend the life span of their new window coverings: the choice of materials for your shutters or blinds.

Your kitchen shutters, for example, must be able to withstand exposure to moisture from the sink , from cooking and from the dishwasher. Choosing shutters for your kitchen – or even a bathroom for that matter – that are made from solid hardwood may not be a wise choice. Over time, wood is guaranteed to warp, chip, peal and even discolor from the effects of water and moisture.

How to avoid this costly mistake? Make sure you get design help from a Window Covering Design Specialist through a FREE in-home consultation right at the beginning of your renovation project. Make sure your selections are a good balance of beauty and function. Chances are you’ll avoid premature wear and tear of your window coverings in the long run.

So EXACTLY what material should you choose for areas of your home that often contain higher amounts of heat and moisture? The answer is a synthetic material for shutters or blinds are your best choice. Genuine Thermalite shutters from Danmer are water resistant, flame retardant, and guaranteed to never crack peel or discolor, making them a perfect fit for kitchens and bathrooms. If you’re looking for a natural wood grain look, select a water resistant faux wood option that will bring elegance to your room, while holding up well in moisture and humidity.

Need more information? Give us a call at (800) 684-3434, or schedule your consultation online at danmer.com

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Are Your Children Safe Inside Your Home?

Child safety and window coveringsStatistics can be alarming, but when it comes to the safety of our children and pets, we can’t be too careful. Did you know that Shades and Blinds can actually turn into lethal hazards for young children. That’s why we’re supporting the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) in their October campaign calling attention to Nationwide Window Cord Safety.

  • There are have been 500 child strangulations caused by blinds and shade cords in the U.S. alone
  • Over five million window coverings have been recalled due to the lethal strangulation danger they pose.
  • Horizontal blinds, vertical blinds, draperies, Roman shades, roll up shades and cellular shades are all responsible for child deaths and injuries.

To help make your home safer for children, the CPSC recommends replacing unsafe window treatments with safer, cordless window coverings.  From shutters to retractable lift cords, cord tensioners to wand controls and even motorized operating systems, we at Danmer want to eliminate potential strangulation hazards caused by dangerous, often ignored cords and loops.

There are also options available to help modify your current window treatments so that they meet current safety standards.  The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) offers repair kits and we at Danmer offer FREE Upgrades to Kid-Safe Cordless Window coverings. You can also download our Kid Safe home safety checklist for free here.Child safety and window coverings

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What’s Trending In Home Décor

Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 2.33.34 PMIt can be a challenge to keep up these days. Trends in fashion, design and technology seem to change at breakneck speed.  There are lots of options to choose from. But only the best ideas, products and services are sustainable as the newest trends come along to take their place.

When it comes to home decorating and home improvement trends, Window treatments can be seen as the focal point of almost any room, so homeowners and designers alike pay special attention to them.  Here are a few Window Covering ideas that are trending right now:

Stripes:  Window treatments that display solid lines make a dramatic and elegant statement.  This illusion can be achieved through vertical blinds, sophisticated plantation shutters and many styles of shades.

 

Organic Materials:  Everything from bamboo to hardwood grains are now being used to make custom made shutters, blinds and shades.  These materials can add an organic quality to your home while accenting the other earth tones in your decor.

Cool tones:  The ocean and sky lend inspiration to the color palette found in many modern window treatments, particularly in softer blues and greens that are trending now.  Accompanying shades of earth and sand – gold and brown – are used to ground the aquatic atmospheric tones.
Technology:  While look and function are most important in selecting the right window treatment for your home, modern technology is now adding the newest twist in form and function. For example, seamless motorization now make it possible for blinds and shades to be opened and closed with just the flick of a switch or the touch of a button.

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SEEING BEYOND WINDOWS

90212798755504129_yO7gG47l_fSometimes it can be difficult to just throw things away…especially if they were expensive to begin with. What’s the best solution to replace the old without feeling like you’ve missed out on its full potential? The answer is simple: Good old fashioned repurposing.

Imagine you’re remodeling your home and you’re replacing those old windows with newer, sturdier ones. Perhaps you’re having Danmer’s genuine American made Plantation Shutters designed and installed in your new windows. So what can you do with the original window materials that you’re replacing? Here are a few ideas:

Frames: Many window frames can be repainted and re-purposed as picture frames, or to frame artwork, certificates, or even mirrors!

Headboards: Even large/old windows can add an artistic flavor when displayed behind your bed… think old world decor!

Framed info boards: A good frame, sans glass, can contain a small bulletin board or dry erase board, while adding an essence of style and flair in your home office!

Art displays: Glass panes themselves can easily become works of art when coated with a little paint or other arts & crafts materials of your choice.

Room divider: The more windows you have to work with, the more you can do! The frames of multiple windows can be combined to make an interesting, edgy room divider. It’s sure to be a conversation starter!

Regardless of how you handle unused windows and frames, make sure the new ones are energy efficient, aesthetically pleasing, and made by American craftsman for exceptional quality! Visit Danmer’s website to learn more: http://danmer.com/

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HOW TO REDUCE YOUR HOME COOLING COSTS IN STYLE

Screen Shot 2015-09-23 at 4.09.19 PMOne of the best ways to survive California’s hottest days are to seek shelter indoors, where an effective A.C. unit can become our best friend. Often times, the most convenient place is in our very own home, and though we can find comfort in our icy manufactured breeze, we may actually “lose our cool” when it comes to paying the price for such convenience — the dreaded electric bill.

Unfortunately, this is a common problem that doesn’t leave us with many options.   Though we’d like to turn the dial down on the sun, it simply isn’t possible, while hanging out in cooled public places can be even more costly than the home A.C.. After all, frequently attending movies, malls, and dining out can have outrageous additional costs of their own. So what’s the most efficient way to stay cool without breaking the bank? The best way may be easier than you think.

Look no further than your own window treatments. Proper window coverings can make a big difference in the battle against your utility bills, and by keeping your home properly insulated, you’ll use less energy and save money at the same time — it’s a win-win!

The most efficient window coverings by far are Plantation Shutters. The right shutters properly installed, will put a significant dent in your ever-hungry energy bill. Danmer manufactures a patented shutter known as Thermalite. The Thermalite Shutter Insulation System will provide up to 3x the insulating properties of typical wood shutters, and can reduce the amount of heat transfer and airflow into your home.

Thermalite Shutters can also save kilowatt hours, which additionally helps save on your heating and cooling bills, and can lower energy bills by up to 35% — Thermalite shutters will actually pay for themselves in reduced home energy bills.

Regardless of your methods for beating the heat, be sure to stay hydrated and take sunscreen if you’ll be out in the sun for long periods of time. Stay cool!

For more information about the Danmer Thermalite Insulating System, call 888-326-6378.

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Shutters through the Ages

Bathroom shuttersDid you know that window shutters are more than 500 years old? When shutters first appeared, they often took the place of window glass, which was rare and very expensive at the time, and exclusively covered the bottom half of the open window area. These early incarnations could be folded inside to allow light and air to enter, or barricaded from within as a safety measure when closed.

As window glass became more common in the 1700s, builders were prompted to “double hang” windows, similar to the Federation style windows we utilize today. With these modern advancements, shutters were redesigned to cover the entire height of the windows, but the shutters were still installed within the home due to the thick stones and masonry that buildings of that period were constructed from.

Over a century later, timber and other materials were used to produce thinner walls, allowing inhabitants to fully reach out from their windows. This ushered in a trend of shutters installed on the home’s exterior, and were used for vanity every bit as much as they were for protection against the elements. As time passed, the shutters’ evolution included shutter blades, which were angled slats that acted as a filter against rain and incoming sunlight.

The image of the shutter continued to become a popular staple in the 1960s, as many homes exhibited them as a feature of their home’s facade. These shutters, however, were not intended for functionality, but were instead included as a design choice for aesthetic appeal.

Shutters continued to make their way around the world and evolved throughout the 1980s.   After becoming inspired by the shutters used in the breezeways of American cotton plantations, an Australian husband and wife began experimenting with different materials and methods to create their own version of the plantation shutter.

About a decade later, as experiments were conducted across the globe, an affordable variant of shutters were fashioned from PVC and helped grow the demand for stylish window treatments. This new version opened the door for technological advancements, both in manufacturing and installation.

Today, shutters can be purchased in many varieties and materials, and are able to be hinged inside or out. Though they began as something of a luxury item and can still carry a moderate price tag, there are many affordable options available to suit the needs of homeowners everywhere. The modern day shutter carries the basic function of its ancestor, while incorporating a timeless elegance that its predecessors have always intended. At this rate, the window shutter will never go out of style.

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Going Green with Thermalite Shutters

Maintaining a beautiful home that also is friendly to the environment requires a great deal of one’s attention. Whether “home” means your house, or our very own planet Earth, this statement is undoubtedly true, And Danmer takes both challenges very seriously. That’s why going green with genuine Thermalite Shutters are the perfect solution to improving the look and efficiency of your home, as well as pitching in to save the environment at the same time.

How can installing new shutters benefit you and save the world? We’re glad you asked:

  • The Thermalite Shutter Insulating System reduces energy consumption in your home by keeping it cooler in the summer and warmer during the winter
  • You can reduce your home energy bills by up to 35% with Thermalite’s efficient energy reduction properties
  • Thermalite provides up to 3 times the insulation of your average wood shutters, but still has the look and feel of real wood shutters
  • With your family’s safety and health in mind, Thermalite is crafted from a non-toxic, flame-retardant material with low VOCs
  • Thermalite shutters actually increases the resale value of your home because of Danmer’s transferable warranty can be passed on to the next homeowner.

Ready to go green with Danmer? Call us at 888-326-6378 for your free in-home consultation today!

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Help Rebuild America’s Economy

image001The United States is facing economic disaster on a scale few nations have ever experienced. We no longer produce what we need to sustain ourselves, we import much more than we export, and we are selling off our assets and taking on massive debts to sustain a standard of living we can no longer afford.

Danmer Custom Shutters are made and assembled right here in the USA. We know that investing in your home is an investment in rebuilding America. Help rebuild our economy with Danmer’s American made shutters.

So, you think all shutters are the same? Here are a few reasons WE believe out shutters standout amongst the rest!

1.) Danmer’s Thermalite Shutters will never peel, crack or warp. These American made shutters will last you 10-15 years or longer. We are proud of our products long-term durability.

2.) Danmer’s Thermalite Shutters are water resistant, which is ideal for bathroom and kitchen areas.

3.) Danmer’s Thermalite Shutters  are fire retardant for safety.  Most people rarely give a fleeting thought to the issue until faced with a serious threat to life and/or property. Don’t let that be you!  

4.) Danmer’s Thermalite Shutters are environmentally safe and are made out of 100% non-toxic materials and finishes. They also insulate up to 3 times more than wood!

5.) Our warranty is so unique, it’s transferable to the next homeowner!

So, what’s stopping you? When it comes to rebuilding your home, think of Danmer Custom Shutters and help rebuild Americas economy. Take advantage of our FREE in-home design consultation, FREE delivery, and FREE installation by factory-trained installers. We won’t let you down.

 

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From Our family To Yours

From Our Family to YoursWe’ve often asked why we’ve been able to thrive since 1976 while 100’s of other home improvement companies have come and gone in the neighborhood.

In part, it’s because we build the finest custom window covering in the world. Because of our 40+ years of experience, we know that the right shutters will pay for themselves by lowering your energy costs by as much as 35%.

But the real answer is in our company motto handed down to us by our founder, Dave Neiman: “‘Treat every customer like they are our friends and family.”

We can do this because we own the factory, we train our own designers and we certify our own installers. You’ll ALWAYS get the best advice and counsel about home window coverings. No matter where you end up buying your window coverings, you should know all your options so that you can make an intelligent decision. Our entire staff is trained to provide you with access to these options.

We invite you to discover The Danmer Difference for yourself.

Call us 7 days a week at 888-326-6378 for a FREE in-home design consultation.

Be sure to check out our 360 virtual tours at www.danmer.com.

All The Best,
Danmer Custom Shutters

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