Interior Design: Fort Lauderdale


Broward County is the second most populated county in Florida and one of the three Counties that comprise the South Florida metropolitan area. Broward County is famous for its luxury beachfront hotels, fine dining covering all nationalities, the white sand and sparkling oceanfront of Fort Lauderdale Beach, the popular blue wave of Hollywood Beach and the Boardwalk and the exotic Everglades. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is a 2700-seat architectural gem, which features Broadway style musicals, plays, dance symphony, opera, rock, film, lectures, comedy and children’s theatre.

Through interior design and interior decorating, the image of Broward County that comes to mind is sun drenched rooms and open spaces. As interior design has changed over the decades, many of their respective influences have been noted in the Broward County area, which includes: Fort Lauderdale, Coral Ridge, Hillsboro Mile, Las Olas, Lighthouse Point, Rio Vista and Victoria Park.

While today’s interior design and interior decorating 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 Broward County area. Interior design and interior decorating influences have occurred over several decades. The following represent historical influences for interior design in Broward County.

The city of Fort Lauderdale is a popular tourist destination and is known as the “Venice of America” because of its intricate and expansive canal system. Adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean, Fort Lauderdale is a major Yachting center as cruise ships and nautical recreation provide the basis for much of the revenue raised by tourism. It is home to Port Everglades, the nation’s third busiest cruise port. Fort Lauderdale is the home of the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which is the world’s largest boat show and is held annually.
Las Olas is the premiere street for shops, fine dining and art galleries. The landscape of Las Olas transforms from modern downtown high rises to original boutiques and ethnic eateries. Beautiful mansions and traditional Floridian homes line the Intracoastal Waterway and define Fort Lauderdale. The streets of Las Olas connect to the pedestrian friendly Riverwalk, which continues to the edge of the New River on Avenue of the Arts. Along the Riverwalk brick lined meandering promenade, you will discover the Broward Center for Performing Arts, Museum of Discovery and Science, Florida Grand Opera, Fort Lauderdale Historical Center and the Museum of Art. Home to the cultural attractions, shops, parks and restaurants, the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District is close to the beach.
Lighthouse Point is an affluent city in Broward County and was named for the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse, which is located in nearby Hillsboro Beach. Lighthouse Point is located in northeast Broward County with Hillsboro Beach to the east across the Intracoastal Waterway.
Rio Vista is an affluent community located next to downtown Fort Lauderdale. One of the oldest communities, Rio Vista features tree-lined streets, sidewalks and residences of unique architecture. It is bordered by Federal Highway on the west, the Intracoastal Waterway on the east and the New River on the south.
Victoria Park is one of the city’s most prestigious communities. Centrally located near trendy Las Olas Boulevard and the famous Intracoastal Waterway, Victoria Park is one of the most beautiful and pristine areas in South Florida and features many classic Victorian style homes. Victoria Park maintains the status as one of the most luxurious and attractive communities in the city with its elegant oak hammock, miles of prime waterfront and gorgeous climate. It is known as the crown jewel of Fort Lauderdale.
Lauderdale By the Sea beach is popular with divers and snorklers. This laid back stretch of sand provides great access to lovely coral reefs.

Interior Designer: Debra Stein

Debra Stein, of Debra J. Interiors, is a nationally recognized interior designer with over 20 years of professional experience. Her knowledge and appreciation of the history and a variety of the interior design influences in the Broward County area is well known by residential and business owners.

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.

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 both residential and commercial interior design projects to your exact specifications to ensure that every facet of the client’s project is handled with utmost professionalism.

Client satisfaction is amongst her highest priorities and timely installations her commitment as referenced by her clients.

“I interviewed four other designers before I was recommended to Debra. Wow, what a difference, she was the only one who listened to me! I wanted an updated country feeling with a contemporary flair and she was able to exceed my expectations. This was from Masha and Amir who have a home in Parkland, Florida, Broward County.”

Masha and Amir Home in Parkland, Florida, Broward County.