Like most great ideas, Manor started as an innocent suggestion. After eight years living and working in Houston as an interior decorator and a house stager, Beth Delozier-Hayes got the idea to open her home-focused online boutique from a friend.
"She said, 'You have so much fun finding products—what if they were all shoppable in one place?' That's where the spark came from," says Delozier-Hayes.
As a native of Maryland with ties to Clemson University (it's where she met her Houston-raised husband), Beth has friends and family spread across the United States, so she thought an online shop would be the perfect way to share the stylish goodies she discovered. From this, the Manor was born last fall.
"The street that I live on has Manor in the name, so it started as a peek into my own home," she says. "Everyone thinks of their home as their own personal manor."
The goods on offer are a chic and colorful mix of furniture, lighting, home accessories, art prints, and other extras that catch her fancy, from party favors to jewelry to candy. Delozier-Hayes has also made an effort to give a platform to local Houston brands alongside established names like Jonathan Adler and Ro Sham Beaux. Manor has an exclusive collection of designer baby bibs by Cuteheads, and statement rings in opal and druzy by Sweet Suri Jewels.
"It's all stuff I fell in love with, but the most important thing is that you're not going to find it in every store. It has to have that stand-out quality," says Delozier-Hayes. "It doesn't fit into one box. It's not all traditional, it's not all modern, it's a mix of different styles. I have a dash of Southern with the colors and I love the Northern coastal look, too."
For spring, she's stocking up on bright colors and pastels with a vintage 1950s and '60s look and a heavy dose of whimsy: think inflatable flamingo pool rafts, a gold turtle-shaped trinket box and a porcelain vase in a shape of a hand holding an ice cream cone.
"I think it's great to have a nice, neutral base and then bring in pillows that are fun, or fun little curiosities like the turtle or gold antlers to make a huge impact," says Delozier-Hayes. "It's just fun. It makes people happy."