Ballard Designs Locations & Hours Near Tampa, FL -
By: gailna
INTERIORS by Decorating Den
Debbie Dembowski of Decorating Den in Tampa, is wonderful. She is patient, helpful and will make things right if there is any snafu. She did a great job for us with curtains and rugs and has plenty of good ideas. Of all the people I have used for remodeling and decorating, I am most pleased with Debbie. She is friendly, knowledgeable and very responsive. I strongly recommend her services.
By: amysandersntampa
The Room Depot
My husband and I spent $4000 at this store. We couldn't be happier. We furnished and entire vacation home.....3 bedrooms, living room and dining room. With Furniture made by Ashley. The place looks small from the outside but we were impressed inside. We bought everything on a Wednesday and it arrived Friday. The assembled everything and cleaned up. Perfect!!! Thanks guys.
By: kmbrly390
Mr Furniture
I bought a mattress from Brandon at Mr. Furniture. I was very impressed by the set up the store, prices, and customer service. Employees go out of their way to help ensure you get what exactly you're looking for. It's also in a great location! I would definitely recommend Mr. Furniture to anyone because of their quick service and pricing.
By: Lucas S.
Hudson's Furniture Showroom
What a deal the 1 year protection plan I was offered by Hudson Furniture is! The couch and love seat that I purchased is beautiful and accents my home perfectly! I highly recommend Hudson Furniture to anyone looking to buy furniture in central Florida.
By: Aimee C.
Paris Flea Decor & Design Studio
Fantastic one of a kind decor! A simply must-see whether you're looking for that one special item or looking for an entire house full. Truly a one stop shop that caters to your needs and will go out of their way to custom design your dreams. Great Job!
By: Sandi M.
Paris Flea Decor & Design Studio
A friend recommended The Paris Flea and wow. I love the professional manner in which they handled our needs. I am from NY and hard to please, but they have it down. So refreshing in this industry. We Highly recommend them. Sandi
By: Sebastain I.
Oak Emporium
Ordered A King bed from here and I must say, I'm very please with the quality. Real solid wood and they delivered my bed the day as promised. I will be ordering my new living room entertainment center from them real soon.
By: B B.
Florida Leather Gallery
I bought a couch and loveseat by Natuzzi here and I love it. I also bought end tables. Salespeople were very friendly and knowledgeable. Even the delivery guys were great! I would recommend this place.
By: sbfburg
The Room Depot
The best place in town for furniture. I save $100's on an Ashley Bedroom and Living Room Set. The people were nice and I hope they stay around. Great Place!!!
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By: Nikki M.
Ashley HomeStore
The sales associates that assisted me was named Eliud Castro. He was very helpful and I would definitely recommend my friends and family to Ashley HomeStore .
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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