South Florida

South Florida is known for its sandy white beaches, miles of sparkling ocean frontage and calming Intracoastal waterways as well as the breathtaking open areas that comprise the vast number of parks, shopping venues and residential communities.

The image of South Florida that comes to one’s mind is one of bright sunny days and open, spacious areas.

As interior design has changed over the decades, many of their respective influences have been noted in the South Florida area, which includes: Palm Beach County, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Highland Beach, Jupiter, Jupiter Island, Manalapan, Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Broward County, Coral Ridge, Fort Lauderdale, Hillsboro Mile, Las Olas, Lighthouse Point, Rio Vista, Victoria Park, and Williams Island. Miami-Dade County includes: Bal Harbour, Coral Gables, Downtown Miami and Sunny Isles.

While today’s interior design combines a variety of styles from different sources, furnishing your home in a variety of periods, styles and cultures is a popular design approach. Today’s contemporary interiors, which is interpreted as any style using current day materials, are designed to be comfortable and welcoming by showcasing space through the use of color, space and shape so interiors appear sleek and fresh.

There have been many changes in interior design over the decades that have influenced the South Florida area. These interior design touches that occurred over several decades include:

The ancient Egyptians decorated their humble mud huts using murals, sculptures and painted vases.
The Roman and Greek civilization utilized vases, mosaic floors and wall paintings of frescoes to beautify the interior spaces. Both cultures celebrated pride by developing domed roof public buildings.
The Gothics, in the 12th century, were noted for open interiors and windows to capture the natural light, as emphasized in today’s South Florida designs.
The French Renaissance (15th and 16th centuries) renewed the focus on art and beauty in interior design. The architects created spaces with decorative elements, which included marble floors, inlaid woodwork, paintings and furniture made from the finest woods.
The Italian Baroque (17th century) used interior design elements such as colored marbles, stained glass, painted ceilings and twisted columns.
The Rocco Style (mid 18th century) showed appreciation for Asian porcelain, flower designs and furniture inlaid, using elegant materials such as mother of pearl and tortoise shell.
The Neoclassic style (late 18th century) used classic designs of Ancient Rome and made use of bronze, silk, satin and velvet.
The Art Noveau (1890s) style used curvy, elongated lines and had elements of stylized natural forms such as flowers, seeds and rocks.
Art Deco (1920s) is considered an eclectic form of elegant and stylish modernism. It is well known for its geometric and angular shapes, bold outlines and zigzag forms. Today, this can be seen in “South Beach”, located in the South Miami Beach area.
Mid Century Modern (1930s) is characterized by clean simplicity and integration with nature. It emphasizes structures with amply windows and open floor plans with the intention of opening up interior spaces and bringing the outdoors into the home. They utilized walls made of glass. Many of these features are utilized in interior design to highlight the beautiful scenic qualities of South Florida.
Minimalist Style (1960s) was influenced by the Japanese interior design and enlisted details to serve multiple visual and functional purposes through lighting and geometric shapes.

Interior Designer: Debra Stein

Influences of these decorating decades are seen in homes as well as office buildings all over South Florida today. Debra Stein, of Debra J. Interiors, is a nationally recognized interior designer with over 20 years of professional experience. Her company is guided by a simple, profound mission to enhance lifestyles through design. Debra’s extensive experience allows her to provide sophisticated, cultured and inviting spaces that reflect her client’s personalities and unique lifestyles. Debra’s interior design projects have appeared on the cover of the New York Times Home Magazine, and have been featured in Florida Design, Boca Raton Magazine, Broward Design, Palm Beach Design and Fine Furniture International.

Debra has had the privilege of hosting a weekly segment for the First National PBS Design Series Décor with Dina Merrill and she produced a video called, “Tricks of the Trade”, which provided interior décor and design ideas to a national audience.

A trained and licensed interior designer, Debra and her team are dedicated to designing luxury design spaces that are both functional and timeless, with personalized attention that adds value to your property. Debra J. Interiors is committed to tailoring the residential and commercial interior design projects to your exact specifications to ensure that every facet of the client’s project is handled with the utmost professionalism. The goal of Debra J. Interiors is to satisfy the needs and resources of each client. Debra has worked all over Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. Whether you are decorating, remodeling or creating a home addition or starting fresh with new construction, Debra’s aim is to manage your space making it comfortable, functional and beautiful.

As client satisfaction is amongst her highest priorities and timely installations her commitment, the following clients have said:

“Deb Stein is an expert designer who I have been working with for over a decade. She has designed multiple homes and offices for me and manages the architects and contractors on the job. The results have been spectacular! I have enjoyed many different styles and palettes from romantic tropical, Mediterranean, soft modern to English Manor. Her taste is divine and she is a joy to work with, efficient, practical and inspired.”

Robert and Shelley Homes in Palm Beach and Jupiter, Florida

“Debra, you had an uncanny knack of knowing what I wanted even when I wasn’t able to verbalize it. Your knowing left me repeating how did you do that, how did you know I would love it? My favorite part was opening the door to my beautifully designed home-my dreams had come true. All I can say is it was like magic.”

Dr. Ellinger Home and Office in Delray Beach, Florida

Masha and Amir interviewed four other interior designers before being recommended to Debra. Masha said, “She was the only one that listened to me!”

Masha and Amir Parkland, Florida

Debra Stein, of Debra J. Interiors, is a licensed, accredited interior designer who is experienced about safety, accessibility issues, building codes, ergonomics as well as psychological issues as they relate to the spaces people inhabit. Debra can fulfill your residential or office interior design dreams and make them come true.