Erin Manwaring’s first degree was in business, but home design proved to be her true calling. She studied architecture at the California College of the Arts, and in 1992, she and her husband relocated to Portland to pursue residential design and work with the city’s many beautiful homes. She now co-owns Ste. Maine, a design studio and home furnishings shop in Westmoreland.
What has most inspired the design of your own home? Our home is a mix of midcentury modern and antiques, and we love to mix things up like that. It’s sort of modern with a twist.
TIP “Hire carpenters by the hour and work side by side with them. It’ll give you motivation to get the job done and provide a great learning experience. If you can do one room with somebody, you can do the next one by yourself.”