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By: denise.conte.90
Martini Furniture
I want to share the diamond in the rough I have found. It all started on Saturday when I told my husband who is out of town that I found the bed for us online.He told me that I should shop around but for me I had already done so online. He suggested I go to the Flea Market on Beach Blvd and I thought he was joking.He said he had seen some nice things there, but I was weary. Well, I decided to go and I discovered Martini Furniture. I was very impressed and now I am expectingto have my new bed delivered in just 2 days and it is gorgeous. If you have good taste but want to budget then Martini Furniture is the place for you. I was so happy with the style, the quality and the customer service. I didn't have to ask for help, even though it was busy and that matters to me. I like attention and good customer service.I told the owner that I would leave her a nice review online and her face lit up. Once I looked online I noticed that they don't have much of an online presence but they do have a website. So I have decided to leave a few reviews here and there for good measure. For one I get to support a business that I believe deserves a lot more recognition that it has and two I get to share the good thing that I have found. I rely on trustworthy reviews for certain items and love when someone shares a good deal with me, so here is my chance to pay it forward. Enjoy! I hope you find something that makes me as happy as my purchase has made me.I came here to post and saw the previous review. Now I am not sure if they sell used things because I didn't see anything that looked used. I did notice a little dark spot on the white footboard and pointed it out but I was assure that I would get mine's straight out of the box.I am keeping my own mattress and box springsI didn't think to check for bedbugs and that is a scarey concept.I am going to stop by Home Depot and get some Diatomaceous Earth just to be on the safe side. An ounce of prevention is better than the cure, so an 8oz bottle it is going to be. I don't think it is true but i don't want to take any chances. Now that I think about it, I will always do that when bringing home anything I purchase furniture wise.I am going to dust everything with DE and keep one eye open. But still I find it hard to believe something like that is possible. Oh and wait a minute, wait a minute, I just remembered the catalogs they had as well. I was able to look through it to see if there was something else that I liked besides what I saw on the floor. In fact, now I remember there were other people looking through the catalogs too. How would they show us catalogs to shop from if the furniture was all used? Who would have owned such nice furniture first? ha ha A foreclosed mansion or estate sale is the only place that could have housed the bed I chose. It is that beautiful and if that is the case I don't mind. I would love to be able to shop for previously owned Mansion/Estate furniture for an everyday price. I guess that was a disgruntled customer or something.Oh and I also just remembered that I told her I wanted the delivery people to take my old set. As not to be charged extra, I told her she could sell it as used but she never agreed. She gave me a strange look when I said that and there was a slight shaking of the head. At that moment I kinda wished I had never suggested it. I was embarrassed just a little but I told her it would be a good idea. Mainly because there is no way I am going to be able to carry my heavy frame out to the garbage by myself.I really would hate to have it sit here until my husband gets home. Plus the bed frame and headboard I have now is way nice, too nice to be in the garbage.
By: Rain L.
Avonlea Antiques Mall
I have been antiquing for many years always on the hunt for that something special. I think I have found my Nevana.First off Avonlea is huge! It is also an antique mall with real antiques and lots more besides.The prices vary but are good on the whole. There are some expensive pieces of furniture but they are real antiques and look like really good quality.I think when I am earning more I shall try and invest in one or two pieces. There is also so much for people like me to buy who is just making a home for myself. The staff,who are fun and very friendly and helpful told me it is the biggest mall in North Florida. I love antiques and am always searching for something a bit different or quirky to decorate with or just look at! I found so much here. There is a great range of really good antiques, the real thing so to speak, showcases are packed with everything fro dinosaur teeth and marbles to postcards but there is also a design element to Avonlea too. Lots of painted furniture and decorating accessories some really cool mid century modern - took some home with me! - and vintage jewelry and clothes too. The bathroom is amazing and needs to be seen to be believed.There is a place to eat called the Old Florida Cafe which serves up excellent food for lunch.This is my second visit, I went first last Friday with a friend to a special event they were holding in the evening and couldn't wait to get back today! Took a trailer with me!Avonlea really is worth a visit and I think if you are thinking of buying something for your home or just a gift for yourself you need to go and see this place. A new country store has been but and is just being filled with some great seasonal stuff - cannot wait to go back next month!
By: Mona L.
Fantastic Furniture
My husband and I were looking for a stylish & comfortable futon our home office. We went into two major furniture chain stores and they did not even try to find something for us by possibly pulling out a catalog - so we could search for something we liked & then order it. Our third stop was Fantastic Furniture on Atlantic Blvd. and they were FABULOUS! They worked with us and we picked out something in their Coaster catalog. We wanted something extra comfortable for our grandsons when they sleep overnight. The futon is the most comfortable, gorgeous futon (klik-klak) in light grey fabric. They requested "extra padding" which was added to the back and seat both! You just sink into this futon and don't want to sit on anything else. Also, when the factory had delayed the furniture delivery somewhat to the store, we were given FREE DELIVERY by these incredible owners / staff that run this family owned business. These guys are the best and we will always have them as our #1 place for furniture. The other furniture stores here in Jacksonville must not need our business, apparently!
By: suziequeh
Circle K Furniture
Great customer service. We were very excited about the new couch we ordered. The designer was so helpful in picking out fabric and colors that would work with the rest of our room. I couldn't have done it without her. When it arrived, they called us to let us know that it had been damaged in shipping and that they were getting a replacement immediately. They also remembered that we were having guests soon, so they asked us if we wanted to have a substitute couch while we were waiting. They even let us choose from several styles in colors that go with our color scheme. They got the replacement couch very quickly and all is well. Despite the shipping damage, which was not their fault, our experience was very positive. It felt like they really cared about us and wanted to make sure we were taken care of and happy. I would highly recommend Circle K and intend to go back there again.
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By: Kate C.
San Marco Food Store
My husband and I have lived in the Lofts for almost a year and a half - and if we weren't moving out of state we certainly would have stayed. Apart from the beautiful historic qualities of the building (high ceilings, huge windows with lots of natural light, original floors), we've found Cesery Companies a great property manager. Any maintenance requests were dealt with very promptly, and questions were answered in a timely manner. Our apartment, a one bedroom, is very quiet and spacious. We also love being able to walk to the restaurants and bars nearby. When we first moved to Jacksvonille we lived in a generic apartment complex in Southside - but I wish we had found the Lofts early on. The San Marco neighborhood has so much more character than elsewhere in Jacksonville.
By: tcbabadi
Circle K Furniture
I've was and have been extremely satified with circle K. I bought my furniture a few years ago from their main location out on jones road. They have furniture you cant find anywhere else. They also have alot of furniture you can customize straight from the manufacturer. I've even had a few problems with the furniture which I think is more on the part of me being a very large person more so than the furniture itself. And they have sent somebody out to fix it at no charge to me. It can be hard to get ahold of somebody at times at their location. If you go to it you'll see why its very big and people are often helping customers on the floor and not sitting at the main desk waiting for a phone call. Go out to the main store and take a look for yourself. It's worth it.
By: msc1027
Circle K Furniture
Great experience! I just purchased a new living room set from Circle K. The moment I walked in the doors I felt at home. Everyone was so helpful! They really cared about my wants and needs and made me feel like I was part of the family. They didn't stalk me around the store like other furniture stores, but they were always there when I needed them. Their design suggestions were right on point with what I was looking for. And, they really gave me a great price. I didn't know there were any furniture stores like this one around anymore! They had my furniture in stock and I had it delivered within a week. The delivery guys were so helpful in putting the furniture right where I wanted it. I will definitely be back to buy my new dining set soon!
By: Suszanna K.
Avonlea Antiques Mall
Avonlea Antiques Mall8101 Philips Hwy. @ Baymeadows Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32256(904) 636-87855 starsGot to be one of the best selections of antique furniture and collectibles, re-purposed furniture fabulous and cool design interiors and painted furniture ever! Seasonally Avonlea has a great choice of decorating ideas,wreaths and gifts. It is a one stop shop and you can even have lunch at their cafe which serves lunches from 11 a.m.I bought a great vintage bracelet for my sister's 21st and my cousin got a gift certificate because she couldn't make up her mind what to buy! I shall definitely be taking all of my friends as often as possible.
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By: Maria Y.
Ashley HomeStore
When I walked in the Ashley Furniture at St. John's town center store, I was so impressed with the choices right away. Mike Paterno immediately assisted me with no hassles he was very helpful and extremely knowledgeable with their products. I needed lots of help and he took his time with me, was very patient, and worked diligently to make sure that I choose furniture that what I would love over the years. He was supposed to go home early but ended up staying another hour to make the transaction easier for me. He has so much dedication with his clients! You have to go see Mike. Thank you so much Mike ur the best! Keep up the good work :)
By: Mike R.
Sauder - The Furniture Co.
Message from the owner: “The Furniture Co is a locally owned and operated business right here in Jacksonville, Fl. We strive to have an everyday low price guarantee, but we cannot prevent another company from advertising sale prices on our products. However, we can control whether or not to beat that advertised sale price. Please bring it to our attention if you find any Sauder product online for less… We will gladly beat that sale price for your convenience (If it’s not already lower at our store). Please allow us to earn your business…” Sincerely,Mike Rusomaroff Owner/Operator
Tips & Advices
Interior designers can generally work on every type of room, but one should not assume that all of them can work on every type of space. More complicated projects--for example those in buildings with historic preservation strictures, or those that are going for sustainability certifications--will be suited to interior designers with specific expertise. Also, interior designers that have experience in a certain type of project may not want to take on projects that are outside their expertise. For example, an interior designer who has only worked on commercial projects may not want to do a small private home.
Every interior designer has their own style, but some designers are more versatile than others. Some really do specialize in functionality and code compliance, whereas others are more focused on aesthetics. Interior decorators are completely focused on visual impact, and therefore should be reviewed and selected based on how well their style is a match for the client’s tastes.
Full-service interior design starts with an assessment of a site and the client’s long-term needs for that space. It encompasses concept design, floor plans and lighting plans, providing project specifications to contractors, supervising  contractor negotiations and installations, applying for permits, and shopping for all the materials and pieces for the project. On top of this, there are the “decorator” deliverables, i.e. creating the aesthetic of the space, selecting wall colors/covers and furniture pieces, purchasing products and installing them.
An interior designer may come into a development project very early on, working with the developer and architect from the pre-construction phase. They may be the one to design floor plans, decide where to place interior walls, and supervise contractors that are installing elements of the build. They often work on commercial projects, although many of them work on residential projects. Interior designers can “switch hats” and do interior decoration, which means they are only focused on the aesthetic elements and visual components of a residence.
An interior designer or interior decorator should ask a potential client what the scope of the project is, what the projected budget is, what payment structure the client wants, and what the timeline for the project is. Also, they should be asking whether the client has any samples of other projects they like, and would like to use as a guideline. They could also ask what the client’s budget for furniture/accessories/art is, since that in many cases is a separate amount from the budget for the designer’s labor. If an interior designer is being interviewed early into a new build or a renovation project, they might ask questions to determine whether they can collaborate with architects and contractors from early on, to execute their vision for the space. If that is not in line with a client’s wishes, the client can then say that the project scope is for interior design only.

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