Open house Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17
By Starrla Cray
MAPLE PLAIN, MN Anyone who is building a house, remodeling a room, or just needs some new furniture may want to check out Manor House Interiors Est. 1992.
Located a few minutes east of Delano (5469 Highway 12 in Maple Plain), the interior design studio and accessory boutique offers custom furnishings, floral designs, window treatments, and expert design services.
“A lot of people are intimidated by interior design firms, but we are attainable and easygoing,” owner Jamie McCandlish said.
The public is encouraged to check out Manor House Interiors Est. 1992 at its holiday open house Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17. Those who aren’t able to make it are also welcome to stop in any other day during store hours Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The open house is a “meet and greet” opportunity to enjoy wine and cheese while shopping for lamps, candles, chairs, and other interior accessories.
“Right now, we’re decked out for the holidays,” McCandlish said. “It’s pretty over-the-top.”
McCandlish has nearly two decades of experience in the interior design industry, and has clients throughout the region and out of state.
For many years, he ran his own design firm in three locations in Texas. About two years ago, he sold his firm and moved to Minnesota with his family, with plans to semi-retire and run a hobby farm.
“Five months later, I was bored, bored, bored,” McCandlish laughed.
He missed working in interior design, and it wasn’t long before he created Manor House Interiors Est. 1992. The company was in Wayzata its first year, but moved to Maple Plain in July.
McCandlish said being in Maple Plain puts him in an affordable position, and allows him to better serve his clients. In the short time he has been in the area, the business has gained considerable popularity.
For instance, one family McCandlish worked for wanted him to design their new house like a photo they saw in a magazine. Coincidentally, the picture they showed him was one of the houses he had designed in Texas.
“People really appreciate what we do,” he said. “The best compliment is referrals or word-of-mouth.”
From lighting to flooring to paint colors, the interior design work at Manor Homes Interiors Est. 1992 is customized to the needs of each homeowner.
“None of my projects look alike,” McCandlish said. When he does a walk-through in a house, he takes into account how the rooms will be used, how many people are living there, and other factors.
He’s also skilled at working within a defined budget, finding the best items for the price.
“We’re not uppity,” McCandlish said. “Some days I come to work wearing a baseball cap.”
McCandlish is currently training Abby Hogan as his assistant interior designer. Abby’s sister, Hillary Hogan, works part time in customer relations at the studio.
To learn more about Manor Homes Interiors Est. 1992, call (763) 479-1800, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the company’s Facebook page.