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Historic style meets modern utility
While sometimes called plantation shutters because of their popularity in antebellum estates of the American South, that name carries a troubled legacy, and anyway doesn’t tell the shutters’ full story. Interior shutters actually originated in Ancient Greece, where — made of marble — they served to keep coastal weather out of the un-glassed windows. As the shutters became more popular, wood replaced marble, allowing for movable louvers. Their fashion spread through Europe and they were eventually brought to the Americas by Spaniards. Lacking access to a suitable marble quarry, I built mine from poplar, painted white to match my window trim. Pine, basswood, or paulownia would work just as well; or use cherry or oak stained to match your home’s existing trim.
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