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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!

Draperies, Home Decor, Window Treatments

Custom Window Draperies

September 28, 2017
Custom Window Draperies
Custom Draperies

Danmer is pleased to announce a new exciting way to decorate your windows with Custom Window Draperies. Our new Simplicity By Design program offers a vast selection of custom window drapery products and accessories for your home.  These products include: Draperies, Panels, Valences, Roman Shades, Cornices and even decorative pillows.

Custom DraperiesWhether you want a time tested classic look or something completely new from our latest drapery collection, you are sure to find the perfect window treatment for your home with Danmer.

Fabric Selection

2017 New FabricsEach year, Danmer will introduce two new fabric collections comprised of fabrics sourced from around the world that feature on-trend designs, textures and colors, the 2017 Fall Collection is sure to suit today’s home interiors.

Blackout Lining

Blackout Lining FabricsWhen additional light control is need, you can add a blackout lining to your fabric. This greatly reduces the amount of light that will come into a room.

Cornices and Valances

Simplicity By Design CorniceValances can work as a perfect treatment for your window. Combine them with roman shades or our drapery panels for a sophisticated look that reflects your design and home décor.


Contact a Danmer Designer today to schedule an In-Home Design Consultation. We bring the showroom to you and will show you all our Custom Window Drapery products and how together we can create quality, hand crafted personal window treatments for your home.
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!

Home Decor, Home Shutters, Patio Doors, Plantation Shutters, Shutters, Window Shutters, Wood Shutters

Can You Use Shutters on Patio Doors?

August 1, 2017
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Many homeowners like the look of interior shutters, but they aren’t sure if shutters can be installed on patio doors. The answer is: yes! In fact, custom shutters and window coverings from Danmer can be installed on any door or window, no matter what size.

Benefits of Shutters on Patio Doors

Installing shutters on your patio doors is a great investment and brings along with it many benefits from attractive interior design to making the home more comfortable.

Décor – Complete the look of any room or entryway with beautiful shutters. They can match the color of the interior walls and door frame or select a bold, accent color for a dramatic look. Shutters look stylish and inviting in any home.

Privacy – It’s not always preferable to have someone walk up to your patio and be able to see right into your home. Shutters can be closed completely so that no one is able to see through them, providing privacy when you want it.

Blocks Light – Not only can you keep people from looking in, you can also keep light from peering in. Shutters fit tightly and block almost all light from coming in.

Noise Reduction – Shutters also block out unwanted noise. Whether you live near a busy street, school or business, installing stutters on doors and windows can make a big difference.

Choosing Custom Shutters for Patio Doors

While it can be easy to install shutters on patio doors, it may not be easy to find them premade at your local hardware store. Most doors are narrower and longer than typical premade shutters so it is best to have them custom made. Custom shutters will match the door and the look of your home perfectly.


Don’t let your doors feel left out. Install custom-made interior shutters on patio doors, front doors and windows. Danmer Custom Shutters can help you design practical, affordable, and stylish shutters for your home. Call us at (800) 684-3434 for a FREE Design & Quote or book your appointment online and take advantage of our Buy One, Get One 50% Off on all window coverings!

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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.

Blinds, Custom Shutters, Home Decor, Shutters, Window Treatments

4 Tips for July During National Picnic Month

June 27, 2017

4th-of-july-2005-4-1547429Did you know that July is National Picnic Month, and just in case you’re throwing your own star spangled 4th of July shindig, here are 5 tips that will make sure your celebration is one for the ages!

  • Fashionalbly festive foods.  Add a decorative twist, like red and blue berries to cakes or presenting watermelon wedges on a stick to reinforce the colorful red-white-blue theme of the 4th.
  • Red, white, and beautiful drinks.  Click here for inspired 4th of July beverages – both cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks – that’ll keep your guests cool and all set for the day’s entertainment.
  • Declaration of entertainment.  What’s the best way to pass time between eating and fireworks?  Party games, of course!  There are tons of kid-friendly 4th of July activities available — from scavenger hunts to epic water balloon battles — to keep the family entertained until the main event.
  • Location, Location, Location.  Whether you’re watching this year’s free displays from your backyard, or you’re enjoying the brilliant spectacles in a park or other public environment, two things are certain: safety is important, and a good view is crucial!  Always research both aspects before choosing a spot for your picnic.

OK, so if you’re staying at home with your family or having some friends over, you can still often see lots of festivities and fireworks right out your windows.  Danmer’s custom shutters and window coverings, proudly made in assembled in the USA, are designed to frame your windows with style and elegance so that you can get a full view of the action when desired, and shut it out when you’re finished for the night (and any other night, for that matter).  

However you decide to celebrate, Danmer wishes your family a safe and happy 4th of July!  Call us anytime at (800) 684-3434 to learn more about our custom window coverings and set up your free in-home consultation.  

Home Decor, Home Shutters, Window Treatments

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.

Events, Home Decor, Window Treatments

Memorial Day vs. Veterans Day

May 25, 2017
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Do you get Memorial Day confused with Veterans Day? The truth is, it happens more often than you think. Here’s a handy cheat sheet to help you differentiate between the two (and be a hit at your Memorial Day BBQ):

Memorial Day:

  • Began as “Decoration Day” (originally celebrated on May 30th) as a day to honor those who were killed in any past war by ‘decorating’ their graves with flowers.
  • Celebrated the last Monday in May.

Veterans Day:

  • Rooted to “Armistice Day,” a day set aside to celebrate the end of World War I in particular.
  • The honor was expanded in 1954 to include all Veterans, and thus renamed Veterans Day to reflect the change.
  • Observed on November 11th.

As we attend gatherings with friends and family this weekend, let us not forget the sacrifices that were made for our freedoms. Danmer honors the brave men and women of the U.S. Military.  We wish you a safe and happy Memorial Day, from our family to yours.

 

Bay windows, Home Decor, Shutters, Window Shutters, Window Treatments

Shutters for Your Bedroom Sanctuary

August 23, 2016
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Your bedroom is your sanctuary. It’s where you can escape from the world and catch some well-deserved z’s. But whether you’re awake or asleep, there’s no reason why your bedroom shouldn’t be looking fantastic at all times. Here are 5 of the best ways to feature shutters in your bedroom:

  • Master Bedroom with Specialty Shutters. Danmer’s UltraLuxe Shutters can be installed in any opening, any door, any window or any specialty shape. They add a simple, but sleek and elegant design to each window.
  • Eco friendly Thermalite Shutters. Master bedrooms with larger windows can be fitted with bi-folding custom panel shutters, perfectly functional and color matched to fit any decor! And Thermalite’s energy saving properties will keep you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
  • Specialty Arch or Slant Top Shutters. A beautiful window deserves a beautiful window covering. UltraLuxe Shutters are custom designed and installed for Fan Top windows, Arch windows and Slant Top windows – all of which are a difficult fit for most other window covering companies…but a breeze for Danmer.
  • Double Hung Custom Shutters. Double Hung Thermalite shutters add more control of light and privacy to any shutter design. Simply open the shutter doors for a clear, open view of your backyard, whether it’s the patio, the pool, or your window to beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
  • Shutters in Bedroom with Bay Window. Like other unusually shaped and sized windows, bay windows add significant beauty to any room. Adding custom shutters to them enhances that beauty, while adding privacy, light control, and temperature regulation.

As you can see, the possibilities are endless. Visit Danmer’s website to see what Danmer can do for your bedroom. Or, if you’re ready to experience the Danmer Difference first hand, call us 24/7 at (800) 684-3434 to set up your FREE in-home consultation.

Blinds, Custom Shutters, Home Decor, Home Shutters, Shutters

OUR SHOWROOM WILL COME TO YOU

July 11, 2016
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As of 2016, Danmer has now dedicated itself to 40 years of service to your neighborhood. We simply design, manufacturing and install the finest custom window coverings in the world. From innovative product design, to unsurpassed quality and relentless attention to detail, Danmer delivers the best products and customer service in the industry.

PLUS: We bring the showroom to you! Danmer believes that selecting new shutters for your home should be fun and relaxing, never stressful. That’s why our experienced and friendly Danmer representatives are available to visit your home, show you all the options, walk you through the Danmer process, and then deliver and install our top-of- the-line products directly to you. There’s no crowded showrooms to travel to! That’s the Danmer Difference!

Danmer is ready to accommodate all of your window covering needs. Contact us 24/7 at (800) 684-3434 to set up your free in-home consultation, or visit any of our 25+ SoCal locations to see the difference that Danmer can make in YOUR home.

 

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