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Designer Spotlight: Michael McKendree

October 18, 2017

October Designer of the Month

Michael Mckendree - October Designer of the Month for Danmer

Get to know our October designer of the month, Michael McKendree! Michael and his partner of 37 years, live in Palm Springs, Ca. They moved from the San Francisco Bay area 8 years ago, mostly to slow down a bit. Over the span of his career as an Interior Designer, Michael has been very lucky to work with some great clients and projects such as: a 20,000sq ft mansion in Saratoga for Arnold Swartzennegger and Developer Robert Emami. He has also decorated and hosted a fundraiser for Palin and McCain, which featured design inspiration such as old world French with 35ft curtains, the budget was over the top coming in at over 80K and also featured fine threads by Italy’s Etro. While working on this project, Michael was also consulting on Kid G’s penthouse at the new Millennium Tower in San Francisco this projected included a zebra rug in his kitchen! Then he worked for Michael Chiarello Napa Style Stores in Marin, which featured hay on the floor.  He also helped design showrooms at the San Francisco and Denver Design Centers for modern kitchen cabs and appliances, and has also worked for Clarence House and Ralph Lauren.

Michael’s mom was an interior designer and he missed a lot of time from school as he was always working with her, thus he attended 5 different high schools and 3 colleges! Michael stays fit and maintains an active lifestyle, at one point he was really good at tennis and fencing. At 15, he even had a stint as a professional ice skater, which seemed “to keep me fit and looking good and on the track to health and fitness”.

“Life is to be enjoyed not endured”

Designer of the Month Michael

Michael’s son Eddie loves the Palm Springs weather!

View from My Backyard

View from My Backyard


Style and Design Trends

What Inspires You: New clients inspire me and when they are willing to be brave, try new ideas and listen to my ideas. I love to fight back and fourth with couples over design ideas, it means they are serious!

What’s a recent design trend you’re loving or following. Any one can spend a million to make a place look good, but try to spend less and make it look like a million is talent

Custom Shutters in the living room!Blinds, Shades or Shutters… what is your preference? I like the shutters crowd. They are very aware and in touch young and old. The product is great because it adds a lot of value to the clients lifestyle in many ways. Having said that, I love Hunter Douglas Duettes and Roller Shades.


 

Michael serves the Palm Springs area. If you’re interested in a Free In-Home Design Consultation, call (800) 684-3434 to schedule an appointment with Michael and take advantage of our Buy One, Get One 50% OFF on all window coverings or other special promotions!

Designer Spotlight, Home Decor, Shutters, Window Shutters

Designer Spotlight: Gabriela Whiting

September 13, 2017

September Designer of the Month

Gabriela Whiting

Gabriela (Gabby) is from Argentina and attended Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.  Gabby is Bilingual (Spanish and English) and completed her Design and Home Improvement education training in 2016.  She has over four years of professional industry experience, which includes working with clients to create custom window covering solutions and custom closets and pantry interiors. Her design philosophy is about creating elegant solutions for clients – that create a moment of delight in their home.

“Home is an ongoing story of a person.”


Style and Design Trends

Favorite Decorating Tip: Design should create space that is functional, beautiful and You!

What Inspires You: When I do a presentation and the client gets so exited about it. I love it!

What’s a recent design trend you’re loving or following. To turn any window in a stunning focal point. No matter if it is a shades, blinds, drapes, or shutters.

Blinds, Shades or Shutters… what is your preference? I prefer what is more cost effective and more efficient, simply to the client at the present time. However, I would say I love to sell Shutters and more shutters! Amazing product with a wonderful warranty.


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Gabby serves San Bernardino county and The Inland Empire. However, she also travels to other counties such Riverside, Los Angeles, and sometimes Orange County. If you’re interested in a Free In-Home Design Consultation, call (800) 684-3434 to schedule an appointment with Gabriela and take advantage of our Buy One, Get One 50% OFF on all window coverings!

Blinds, Designer Spotlight, Shades, Shutters, Thermalite

Designer Spotlight: Simone Vianna

August 8, 2017

Meet Simone Vianna – August Designer of the month.

Danmer Interior Designer

Simone is from Brazil and got her Interior Design degree at the American River College. She has over 17 years of professional industry experience and her design philosophy is to work with clients to create a functional and comfortable look to their home. To her, less is more and you can do so much more with custom window coverings!

Why have one chandelier when you can have two (Candice Olson)


Style and Design Trends

What Inspires You: When I get to explain how amazing Danmer Thermalite product is. It’s Energy efficient, non-toxic and water resistant. Thermalite insulates more than three times greater than wood.

What’s a recent design trend you’re loving or following. I’m really into the new trends with Wallpaper, it’s back in a big way.

Blinds, Shades or Shutters… what is your preference? Shutters for best insulation (such as our Thermalite Faux Wood Shutters), shades for softness, blinds for places where you can not have shutters!


Roller Shades

Simone serves the Sacramento area, if you’re interested in a Free In-Home Design Consultation, call (800) 684-3434 to schedule an appointment with Simone!

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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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