Lori Man­ning De­signs

Cape Coral Living - - Features - BY ANN MARIE O’PHE­LAN

When Lori Man­ning de­signs a res­i­den­tial or com­mer­cial project, she brings a daz­zle, ex­pe­ri­ence and pro­fes­sion­al­ism to each space she touches. She adds the right fur­ni­ture, the right win­dow and wall treat­ments, the right light­ing and the right floor­ing—one room, a whole house or an en­tire build­ing. “I am a full-ser­vice de­signer who has a lot of pas­sion for what I do,” says Man­ning, owner of Lori Man­ning De­signs, a Fort My­ers firm spe­cial­iz­ing in res­i­den­tial and hos­pi­tal­ity de­sign, new home model mer­chan­dis­ing, win­dow and wall treat­ments and re­sale con­sult­ing. Lori Man­ning’s res­i­den­tial de­sign sig­na­ture is ev­ery­where, from Sani­bel to Es­tero to Punta Gorda, as well as in re­sort, hos­pi­tal­ity and com­mer­cial prop­er­ties. 'Tween Wa­ters Is­land Re­sort & Spa on Cap­tiva, Sun­dial Beach Re­sort & Spa on Sani­bel, and Tun­dra Homes in Cape Co­ral, for which her de­sign won best of show in the 2013 Cape Co­ral Con­struc­tion In­dus­try’s Show­case of Homes, are just a few of the prop­er­ties in her port­fo­lio. Man­ning has worked on new home mer­chan­dis­ing with devel­op­ers such as Burnt Store Ma­rina in Punta Gorda and Stoney­brook at Gate­way in Fort My­ers. She’s also put her de­sign skills to work on va­ca­tion rentals in Cape Co­ral and Es­tero. Lori Man­ning’s ca­reer be­gan nearly 30 years ago in Gillette, Wy­oming, where she owned a fur­ni­ture and de­sign com­pany, re­lo­cat­ing to South­west Florida in 2000. She also serves The Wood­lands in Texas. When work­ing with clients, Man­ning of­ten gets in­volved be­fore a home or space is built or dur­ing a re­model. Armed with blue­prints, she’ll as­sist with space plan­ning and fur­ni­ture lay­outs so that costly er­rors―such as over/un­der fur­nish­ing or hav­ing the wrong-sized fur­ni­ture for a room―are not made. Room pur­pose and other de­tails are con­sid­ered in her de­sign con­sult­ing. With res­i­den­tial de­sign, Man­ning also de­cides place­ment of ob­jects and art­work for best ef­fect and to bet­ter com­ple­ment space. There are times when Man­ning has her own ideas for art­work, too, which may in­cor­po­rate mu­rals, faux fin­ishes and wall cov­er­ings. “I work to make my client’s homes their sanc­tu­ary, their style and their show­piece,” says Man­ning, ex­plain­ing that there is no cookie-cut­ter ap­proach to de­sign.

Re­mod­el­ing, re­dec­o­rat­ing or re­ar­rang­ing, her firm does it all

Clean styling and defin­ing a room's pur­pose char­ac­ter­ize Lori Man­ning's work.

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