z Blog | West Country Shutters
We use cookies to improve your experience of our website. Find out more.


What have we been up to recently? Read on, and we’ll tell you…

Behind The Scenes Of West Country Shutters…

Behind The Scenes Of West Country Shutters…

Posted on: November 21st, 2018 | 0 Comments

Duncan and Gules Cleere are a match made in heaven, not just because they are a husband and wife but because they are also the driving force behind the West Country Shutters team.

Prior to the launch of West Country Shutters this dynamic couple ran Cleere Interior Design, offering expert advice and guidance in helping clients throughout the West Country, establish the perfect surroundings for their home or business. 

Duncans’ early path began in 1987 at the prestigious Study Centre for the History Of Fine and Decorative Arts (known as the V&A course) in London.

Filled with passion and enthusiasm he began his working career at Knightsbridge Restoration & Decoration Company, specialising in the art of decorative paint finishes.

Gules’ early path was slightly different…working as a super nanny in Hertfordshire! 

In 1999 Gules and Duncan met and one year later, they joined forces to form Cleere Interior Design.

Although having had no formal training Gules’ natural flair for what it takes to create a lovely home added a new dimension to the business. With her eye for detail, her exceptional customer service and natural warm personality made customers feel more like friends than clients. Still the case today!

For their Interiors work they brought together a great team of expert and experienced tradesmen with the same ethos as themselves and undertook projects incorporating all aspects of interior work. This included window dressings & soft furnishings, specialist paint finishes and decoration work through to Kitchen & Bathroom design, joinery and bespoke furniture, flooring, tiling, lighting solutions and full project management. During this period and adding another ‘string to his bow’, Duncan also guest lectured on Interior Design at Plymouth University 

Their passion for Shutters came in 2004 when they designed and built their own home. They were very much drawn to using shutters and this, their very first foray into the fastest growing trend in the window dressing world, was the inspiration and spring board to the future. 

From that point onwards, their beautiful hardwood shutters became the mainstay window dressing for all their interior clients and in 2008 they hit the ground running and established West Country Shutters, focussing all their attention solely on this aspect of business. 

After ten years of experience, a life time of knowledge and passion in design and all things interiors, a warmth, friendliness and true care for others, this wonderful team have built a business that they love. They are committed to ensuring that from that first phone call or email contact, through to installation and beyond,  their clients’ are respected and treated as they would wish to be themselves.

Here’s to the next ten years and beyond….

It’s Our Birthday!!

It’s Our Birthday!!

Posted on: November 19th, 2018 | 0 Comments

Today we celebrate 10 years of West Country Shutters. Our business, built on our interior design knowledge and passion has gone from strength to strength. Through sheer hard work and determination we have a business that we are incredibly proud of and one that we would have no hesitation of using ourselves.

Of course we are a team and our heart felt thanks and appreciation go to our hugely talented and loyal fitters Jon & Steve who always give a 100% on every single job we do.

Their skill, passion, knowledge and like minded driving force ensures we are not only a team in name but also in our approach to work making it a fun and easy working relationship. Thank you Jon & Steve for making sure we have reached our ten year birthday and we look forward to celebrating many more years to come.

Duncan & Gules Cleere

Solid Panel Shutters in Period Homes

Posted on: September 11th, 2018 | 0 Comments

Whilst the majority of our clients opt for shutters with ‘Slats’ for the obvious benefits of light control and privacy, we also find that  there is a definite need to offer something that presents a more traditional feel… That’s where Solid panels shutters come in.

On sash windows it’s possible to create a Tier on Tier design which enables a great array of different settings for practical living whilst retaining a period style look.

The ones in the pictures are constructed in hardwood Timber (actually…we don’t work with anything less) in a white painted finish which is offset by the considered use of contrasting hinges and knobs in black

We think They’re great!





French Door Shutters

Posted on: September 11th, 2018 | 0 Comments

With a great degree of flexibility in design options, French Door Shutters offer multiple options for dressing what is very often the key window within many homes. There are possibilities for bi-folding panels that can be folded completely ‘back to wall’ which offer great space saving within  a room or panels that are installed ‘into the window’ and can be folded back to sit perfectly within the recess. Division of slats top and bottom for multiple settings to reflect light control/ privacy, and an array of colours.

Fitted to perfection… they really do offer the most stylish solution for your French doors  


Read More

Shutters & Listed building consent

Posted on: March 3rd, 2015 | 0 Comments

We’ve come across many Shutter clients who live in listed buildings and they  will often ask if there are implications to installing our shutters.

The answer is a resounding no… installing shutters have no greater implication than hanging a picture on a wall or putting up a curtain pole. Yes, there are fixings that we need to establish, but this is always done ‘invisibly’ (so that screw holes cant be seen) and always with a sympathetic approach to the setting and with no compromise to any window frames, stonework or fittings within the property


We recently had the experience of dealing with a listed building officer within our Somerset area, who was nervous about granting permission to our client, the owner of a converted 14th Century Mill and adjoining cottage  . Following a site meeting, to explain our approach, to show the frame sections we use and how the panels work …full approval was granted with no reservation and we went on to complete another stunning installation


Free Shutters Quote
Shutters Brochure
West Country Shutters on Facebook
West Country Shutters on Twitter

Their approach from the outset was in marked contrast. We were immediately taken by Duncan & Gules on a personal level and their design expertise, quality of their shutters and passion for their product marked them out from the outset. David & Sarah Murnaghan. Bristol