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Shutterstile Introduces Innovative Design for Exterior Shutters

Imagine redecorating the exterior of your home in just a few minutes. A new concept in premium exterior shutters offers unlimited design possibilities with interchangeable panels of decorative tile.

April 30, 2008, Montross, VA Shutterstile LLC has introduced a new concept in exterior shutters that combines the flexibility of interchangeable panels with the unlimited colors and patterns found in decorative tiles. Add a splash of color for the summer with bold Talavera tiles. Proudly display an American flag pattern for Independence Day. Then opt for a more subtle palette for the Autumn. Changing the style of your home is as easy as popping out the tile panels and replacing them with a different color or design.

Exterior shutters are no longer limited to a few tired design choices. Shutterstile shutters are available in western red cedar or PVC frames with interchangeable panels of porcelain, glass, Talavera, stone, cork, or just about any other exterior tile.

The idea is the brainchild of Elizabeth Donley of Montross, Virginia. During the process of renovating her home, Elizabeth drove around the area for inspiration. One of the first things she noticed was the shutters. From historic homes with operable wooden shutters, to newly-constructed doublewides with vinyl imitations of the hand-crafted originals — the shutters were the most dramatic architectural element ... and the shutters all looked alike. Elizabeth knew there must be a better way.

Inspiration came while remodeling her kitchen in a Mexican motif. If Mexican tiles can make a dramatic design statement in the kitchen or the patio, why not incorporate Mexican tiles into a shutter design? In fact, why stop at Mexican tiles? Tiles offer a wider range of design options than any other decorative medium. And wouldn't it be great if you could change out the tile for a different design without replacing the shutters?

Everyone she talked to loved the concept. But not everyone was convinced it was possible to incorporate tiles into an exterior shutter. To find out, Elizabeth spent hundreds of hours online and on the phone with tile, grout, and adhesives manufacturers. Meanwhile, her husband, John, got to work on a design that would allow the tiles to be replaced without removing the shutter from the wall.

Eventually, they found just the right combination of design and materials to make it happen. They filed two patent applications and began making prototypes. After a few minor improvements to the design, Shutterstile LLC was born.

Elizabeth explained: "our Web site includes an online shutter builder that lets you explore more than 10,000 combinations, with more to come. And, these are just a few of the unlimited design choices. If you can imagine it, we can probably build it for you. And the best part is that you can easily change the panels to match the seasons or your mood."

About Shutterstile LLC:

Shutterstile LLC was established in 2007 in Montross, Virginia. The company manufactures quality exterior shutters from western red cedar or PVC with interchangeable panels of porcelain, glass, Talavera, stone or just about any other exterior tile. For more information, visit


Elizabeth Donley
Shutterstile, LLC
13054 Kings Hwy, PO Box 647
Montross, VA 22520


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