PORT Manufacturing & Design was established in 2011 by Anne Strickland to emphasize the belief that a house becomes a home when there is a narrative interwoven into the design. With thoughtful selections, Anne envisions how clients will live in the space and then creates an environment that promotes the utmost quality of living. She knows that sometimes perfection lay in the imperfections, and details are what make you look twice. Our principles are rooted in the attitude that the most personable surroundings are those that are relatable at a very individual level. It is with this understanding that we bring our own personal flair, and occasionally an element of the unexpected, to further promote the distinctive properties of every project.
Anne Strickland became highly aware of the profound influence of environment while attending Cranbrook Schools. It was here that she discovered how design can subconsciously elevate our everyday interactions. Cranbrook’s strong focus on the arts, combined with the opportunity to travel to various culturally influential destinations, became the instrumental backbone in Anne deciding she wanted to make a career in interior design. From Cranbrook she went on to attend Michigan State University, where she received a BA in Interior Design from their FIDER accredited program. Graduating in the top10% of her class with honors, Anne spent summers in Chicago working in showrooms at the Merchandise Mart and then went on to begin her career at McCann and Associates, a very highly regarded interior design firm in downtown Chicago. Moving back to Birmingham, Michigan in September of 2008, Anne went to work for Duncan Fuller Interiors, a long-time fixture in design in Metro Detroit. In June of 2011, Anne took the opportunity to begin her own design firm, PORT Manufacturing & Design. In 2013 Anne won Detroit Home's prestigious "Rising Star" award and has continued to win multiple Detroit Home Design Awards. She lives in Birmingham with her husband, Scott, daughter Corinne, son, Webb, and golden retriever, Hogan.