Pat Manning-Hanson is our Featured Designer of February. For over 30 years Pat has been creating beautiful environments that reflect her clients taste and support their lifestyle.
Share your background
At the U of M my interests were in Studio Art, specifically printmaking and watercolor, as well as Art History and French. Then I realized I need to make a living, so I switched into the Interior Design program, and that is what I graduated with a degree in. I joined ASID, and passed the NCIDQ, becoming a professional member in 1986. I worked at Collins Interiors, then Daytons Interior Design Studio for 20 years, which became Marshall Fields and Macys. After the design studio at Macys closed, I came to Gabberts Interior Design Studio and have been happily working here since.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why
Paris, the city of light. The way the Seine flows through the city, the beauty of its architecture, its diversity, restaurants, museums and of course the French.
Describe your dream home in five words
Welcoming, comfortable, light-filled, and retreat
What are your hobbies
Cooking, entertaining and I love traveling!
Five things your can’t live without
My dear husband Charlie, my cats Harry and Sookie, Vinyasa yoga, good food and the natural world.
What are your favorite local shops and restaurants
Shops: Foreign department stores (when I travel), locally; the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Walker Art Center gift shop.
Restaurants: Cafe Maude, The Lowry, and Big Bowl
Describe one of your favorite projects
My favorite project is the one most recently photographed. The client found me on the Gabberts website and made a trip across the country to interview me. This project was their third residence soon to become their primary, post retirement home. The space is a 2 level condominium in a new building in downtown Minneapolis, very different from their current, traditional home. They planned to bring only two pieces of furniture from their current home, so we were able to furnish this space completely in a soft contemporary style.
All of the pieces are designed to complement each other and the space and to function for the clients when they entertain. In addition to providing a comfortable city retreat for them and their two Jack Russell terriers. My focus as an interior designer is to listen and collaborate with my clients so they can live well at home. This project was uniquely satisfying to me. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed working on this year long project.
Who are your favorite artist and furniture designers
Artist: Georgia O’Keeffe
Furniture Designers: Eero Saarinen and Barbara Barry
What is your favorite room in your home, why?
My living room, because of the pale blue walls (BM #867) and the White Dove painted wide crown molding, baseboard and the fireplace mantel. These are enhanced by an antique Sarouk carpet and the room is flooded with daylight. It is a place of relaxation, respite and a space to entertain and be entertained.
No room would be complete without…
Art, a mirror and lighting to be reflected in it.
Do you have “go to ” paint colors, which ones are they
Benjamin Moore historical colors in general, specifically, HC-45 Shaker Beige, HC-6 Windham Cream, HC-98 Providence Olive, HC-44 Lenox Tan, and White Dove with any of the afore mentioned colors.
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