hints-designer-local-home-design-0Hotspots Magazine wants you to impress your guests with your superior interior design style. We spoke with some local experts on the topic of their expertise – design, furniture, painting and home improvement and asked them about their businesses, their most popular products/services and also their opinions on current trends. Please read below and you will find the key to make your home stand out!


Helpful Hints and Information
from Local Home Design Businesses

Hotspots Magazine wants you to impress your guests with your superior interior design style. We spoke with some local experts on the topic of their expertise – design, furniture, painting and home improvement and asked them about their businesses, their most popular products/services and also their opinions on current trends. Please read below and you will find the key to make your home stand out!

hints-designer-local-home-design-1Adam’s Interiors

Contemporary Furnishings
3900 North Federal Highway Fort Lauderdale

Adams Interiors has cutting edge world class contemporary home furnishing and would like to send a thank you to South Florida for voting them the best furniture store for the past three years.

Located on what is locally known as Furniture Row on Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale, Adam’s isn’t a chain. There is only one location and that one 26,000 square foot, two floor store has everything you need to make sure the pieces in your home stand out.

Their most popular products are their Italian seating pieces, followed by German-made floating beds in leather and textiles. Adam’s Interiors has furniture from over 32 countries. Besides carrying unique items, the company itself is unusual in many ways. At Adam’s they offer larger swatches of fabrics so that you can drape them over pieces and get an idea of how the finished look would be. They also offer the option of custom-design on around 75% of their pieces, so if you see something you like, but want it in another color or finish, the option is there. Another unusual option Adam’s offers is white glove service.

Adam’s has everything you need to decorate your bedroom, dining room and living room and they just started offering a variety of furniture for home office and also outdoor furniture. They also have the largest variety of bar stools in the area. For those who want to use a designer, they offer a Design Center.

Some of the manufacturers that they offer include Couture, Woodbrook Designs, Directional, Seasonal Living Outdoor, American Leather, BDI, Calvin Klein, Flexsteel, H Studio, Johnston Casual, Elite Manufacturing, Moroni Leather, Skovby, Jesper, Tomasella, Statements; and pieces from Larry Laslo, Calvin Klein, Stanley Friedman, Rick Lee, Michael Wolk, Vladimir Kagan, Rob Jones, Louis Lara, Vera Wang and Shloami Haziza.

Don’t let the variety of brand names intimidate you because Adam’s offers fantastic deals for all price ranges. Upstairs at Adam’s there is a clearance section which offers gorgeous pieces for a steal.

When asked about the latest design trends, Vice President of Merchandising Mike Ptaszek said that some of the biggest design trends this season are bright and bold colors and furniture and pillows trimmed with Swarovski Crystals.

Adams Interiors recently opened a Kelvin Giormani Leather Gallery and will soon be opening a custom design boutique featuring drapes, bedding, window treatments flooring and turnkey design projects. Stop by and check out their gorgeous showroom!

hints-designer-local-home-design-2B-Home Designs

Interior Design
Located in Fort Lauderdale

What makes B-Home unique in the local design arena is that it provides tiered levels of service that are custom made for each client around his/her unique budget and design needs. They don’t rep product lines, there isn’t a cookie cutter approach, and no job is too small. Homeowners may receive help with space planning, color coordination, functionality, material recommendations, and personal shopping for specific items that will help complete a space. Through each job, they strive to bring purpose, balance and passion both to homes and homeowners by providing affordable and customized interior design consultation services to those who wish to transform their homes into the reflection of who they are at their very best.

Their clients love the fact that they can affordably and quickly create “new” living spaces by reimagining and rearranging the items they already have. At B-Home, they call this “giving your home a “Spa Day” – restoring the luster and rejuvenating what is tired. Sometimes the key to being happy with your home is not overspending on new décor and architectural elements, but by revisiting what you already have and falling in love with it again.

When asked about the design trends this season, David Bolus, owner of B-Home, said that trends are not at all what B-Home is about.

“We don’t create residential spaces based on cultural or geographic parlance alone. Rather, we believe that a home design should do two things well – it should offer a unique insight into the character of its owners, and it should stand the test of time…after all, you shouldn’t have to change home design like you change your clothes,” Bolus said.

hints-designer-local-home-design-3Broward Boys Painters

Commercial Painting Services

Broward Boys Painters is a commercial and residential painting company that has been in business in Broward County for 25 Years.

They specialize in giving homeowners, condominium associations, shopping centers, restaurants and office buildings a new look to help increase their property values in today’s economy. They recently completed the renovation of the New Tropics Restaurant for Tony Dee.

According to Broward Boys, some of the new trends seem to be getting slicker, with the use of more greys, blues, and greens.

“Everyone has definitely gotten away from the pastels from the ’80s (thank God),” said Jerry Polis, owner of Broward Boys Painters.

hints-designer-local-home-design-4CGR Professional Painting

Custom Painting and Specialty Wall Finishings

CGR Professional Painting guarantees the best finish in painting work in town, said owner Carlos Gonzales.

“We are affordable, good and very responsible in our schedules and appointment,” he continued. “We give color and finish advice to our clientele who remain with us after they try our services the first time.”

The company specializes in solid color finishes and faux finishes as well. They work in interior and exterior projects. Beyond painting, they also offer services of wall repairs, popcorn removal and skin coating on ceiling and install and finish crown molding and baseboards. They also do some custom work and help clients to define their projects no matter the size of it.

Gonzales said that lately there’s a lot of solid painting requests. Some of the paint brands like Behrs from Home Depot, have developed the paint and primer in one which is a great product for saving time money and sometimes makes the work faster.

When asked about trends, Gonzales also said that colors are very personal.

“We all have different taste about it, but nowadays earth tone colors are used often. Like the family of the browns and greens,” he said. “Some other clients like more colors and contrasting. He said that accent walls are also very popular and give a great contrast in areas like living rooms and bedrooms.

hints-designer-local-home-design-5Complete Home Improvement

General Contractor
10481 NW 11th Court in Plantation

Complete Home Improvement Group is an independent and licensed certified general contractor firm. They are very proud of the tradition of excellence that has marked their firm since its beginning. Their experience as general contractors in project management, construction management, and overall construction can be of great value to any clients seeking those services. They approach each project with a professionalism and personal attention that has established for them a unique place in the industry. They believe performance and value are expected and are in the business of exceeding expectation.

Their most popular service is bathroom remodels. Sivan Kathein, President of Complete Home Improvement said that he has noticed that glass mosaics are a big trend this season.

hints-designer-local-home-design-6Danish Furniture Center

Contemporary Home and Office Furniture
4849 N. Dixie Highway in Fort Lauderdale

Danish Furniture Center has been bringing Scandinavian and contemporary home and office furniture and accessories to South Florida since 1976. Their beautiful 14,000 square foot showroom is open 7 days a week.

Their most popular products are their Stressless® recliners and sofas, which are known as the world’s most comfortable recliners and sofas. They have over 40 on display. They have BDI – industry leading TV stands and high tech home office systems; Jesper – innovative wall systems, entertainment centers and modular office designs.

At Danish Furniture, they offer simple, functional, timeless designs that makes it easy to coordinate even when you add additional pieces in 5, 10 or 15 years.

“This year they are seeing more colors as well as an emphasis on natural materials such as wood, leather and stone,” said owner Klaus Ludtke.


Pre-owned Furniture and Consignment
1500 NE 4th Ave, Fort Lauderdale
and 2661 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale
Decades has two stores in Fort Lauderdale.

“We call it Decades Classics and Decades Modern,” said Jerry Marino, who owns Decades Design Group Inc., with partner Miguel Schaffino. “We are a pre-owned furniture consignment store and decorator closeout.”

Marino said that it’s hard to tell what their most popular products are since it runs the gamut.

“Everything we have is unique,” he continued.

When asked about this season’s trends, Marino said that people are learning to combine modern and traditional décor.

“They are now combining antique dressers and funky, modern Lucite lamps,” he said.

hints-designer-local-home-design-8Earth Elements

Custom Tile/Glass/Mosaics
3000 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale

Earth Elements is your source for unique artisan tile, fine ceramics, glass, mosaics and stone. They offer assistance with every step along the way from design to completion. With concern for the planet, Earth Elements is committed to protecting the environment offering eco-friendly and recycled materials that are truly beautiful and sustainable.

For the finest tile, handmade mosaics, glass tile or stone, Earth Elements, “The Art Of Tile And Stone,” is there to make their customer’s vision a reality.

Their most popular products are iconic mid-century modern designs, hand-painted artisan tiles and dimensional patterns in cement and recycled glass.

According to Larry Coukis, owner of Earth Elements, trends this season tend towards a cleaner look with a blend of materials, large formats of ceramic, stone and glass — a mix of different size tiles.

“Mosaics of glass and stone blended as accents or used on entire walls,” he said. Coukis explained that another big trend involves the use of HD, High-Definition reproduction, in porcelains, giving a realistic look of stone and wood, even fabrics with no maintenance.

“This is used not only on floors, but walls,” he added.

hints-designer-local-home-design-9Island City Traders/Retro Interiors

2450 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors

Retro Interiors is a full service interior design firm, licensed by the State of Florida. They offer complete professional interior design services including space planning, architectural design consultation, finish selections, furnishings and accessories as well as a broad range of custom services such as drapery, cabinetry, lighting and flooring. They operate an 8,500 square foot showroom in partnership with Island City Traders, their sister company. The showroom displays home furnishings products from around the world and is open to the public as well as the design trade.

The most popular service at Island City Traders is providing their clients with a complete interior design package utilizing some of the finest as well as competitively priced home furnishings and accessories.

“One of the things their clients like best is the ability to complete their project without the use of third party purchasing commissions and our method of presentation which enables the clients to approve all the selections and costs involved for the entire project before anything is ordered,” said Principal and interior designer of Island City Traders, Bill Philby.

Philby said that one of the biggest current trends is towards a more relaxed and natural interior with the emphasis being placed on the family’s lifestyle instead of their possessions. Reclaimed, distressed woods, leathers, textures, metals and organic materials are extremely popular especially with clients who entertain often or have children or pets.

“The design flavor is primarily transitional to contemporary, appealing to men and women alike,” he said. “Neutral colors dominate the larger pieces while the artwork and accessories add a spark of color.”

He said that larger scaled homes are now trending towards smaller scale, personalized rooms with a greater amount of attention towards architectural details and moldings.

“Many people are choosing to remodel their existing homes than rather purchasing new ones, customizing them with state-of-the-art media and security systems, outdoor living spaces, gourmet kitchens and baths, and quality flooring such as stone or wood,” Philby explained.

Drop by their spectacular showroom in the heart of Wilton Manors and say hello!

hints-designer-local-home-design-10Tampa Museum of Art

Ashley Drive in Tampa

The amazing Tampa Museum of Art is finally open after many years of planning and construction. Located in downtown Tampa, it has art for every taste, plus it has an amazing Museum Gift Store. The store offers unique items that were made exclusively for the Tampa Museum. You’ll find one-of-a-kind glasses, dishes, mugs, coasters and more. They even have products for your pets like collapsible water bowls for dogs. Prices range from between $3 to $25.

This guide should help you update your home and stay on trend! Whether you are looking to make subtle changes or to give your home a full overhaul, our list has everything you need to makeover your home to your own little paradise. Happy decorating!