Orlando Interior Designer Products & Services
FLQ is an award winning Central Florida based north Orlando Interior Design Firm with locations in Orlando, FL and Lake Mary, FL. We invite you to visit our retail showroom located at 152 N 4th Street Lake Mary, Florida 32746. FLQ is unique because our designs are not repeated and we work within your budget and at your pace. “Each design is a reflection of you.” – Erika Benfield.
Our Lake Mary, north Orlando Interior Design center features a variety of fabric and wallpaper vendors exclusive to the trade such as Stout, Duralee, Kasmir Fabrics, Clarke & Clarke, Maxwell, Fabricut, Michaels Textiles, Romo, Thibaut, RM Coco, York Wallcoverings, Wallfab, Gianti Fabrics, Carol Fabrics, Romo, Phillip Jeffries and Seabrook to name a few.
We have a professional approach and take pride in our work, as a result each project is enjoyable for years to come. View our media page for a list of publications that renown Orlando Interior Designer Erika Benfield has been featured in.
Are you in Central Florida and ready to get started? Call us at 407-878-6657 or click on the contact us tab for more information on interior design packages on our website. FLQ can also complete your project utilizing our virtual interior design program for out of area/state clients. Locally, We service Orlando, Lake Mary, Heathrow, Longwood, Sanford, Winter Springs, Winter Park, Dr Phillips, Port Orange, Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Windermere, Celebration, Altamonte Springs, Apopka, Oviedo, Mount Dora, and Maitland Florida.
You may have noticed our Orlando Interior Design company van in frequented communities like Alaqua, Acuera, Alaqua Lakes, Antigua Pointe, Astor Farms, Banyan Pointe, Bay Hill, Bella Foresta, Bella Vista, Bellaria, Buckingham Estates, Camwood, Carisbrooke, Casa Del Lago, Chaine Du Lac, Comstock, Cypress Point, Emerson Pointe, Estates at Wekiva Park, Forrest Hills, Fountain Parke, Heathrow, Heathrow Woods, Island Club, Isleworth, Keene’s Pointe, Lake Brantley, Lake Butler Sound, Lake Club, Lake Forest, Lake Markham Preserve, Lake Markham Landings, Magnolia Plantation, Maitland Shores, Markham Estates, Phillips Landing, Reserve at Belmere, Retreat at Wekiva, River Crest, Springs Landing, Spruce Creek, Steeple Chase, Summer Oaks, Sweetwater Club, Sylvan Lake Reserve, Timacuan, Veramonte, Vizcaya, Waterford Pointe, Waterstone, Windermere Club, Windsong, Wingfield North, Wingfield Reserve, Woodmere Terrace
Trust our staff at FLQ to guide you through every step of your Orlando interior design project. We have a strong reputation and are proud of our experience which ultimately shines through by the number of client recommendations and referrals we receive. Feel free to contact us and book your consultation today.
How much does it cost for designing a small space?
When I think of hiring an attorney or a professional for their services I want someone good that I can afford and know exactly what it’s going to cost upfront. That is how hiring an interior designer should be, and it is available. It can be nerve racking if you never really know how much a service will cost. Yes you can get an upfront cost designer quote which I’ll discuss in this segment. First, let me explain why there are different ways that interior designers and decorators charge in central Florida.
At Florida Living Quarters we have always charged a flat rate based on the square footage and no additional hidden design fees. For us it starts at $700 per 300 square feet for a home within 30 miles of the showroom located in Lake Mary. If you are further away don’t fret, we will provide a flat custom rate. That’s comparable to a small living room and dining room or a family room of an average sized home. This design fee includes 2-3 floor plans per area (including dimensions of the scaled pieces), simulation of the room using our design software, paint samples, scopes of work, cad drawings of custom cabinetry designs, free quotes on custom designs and furnishings, one site visit-we call that a “house call” for residential, window treatment renderings using our software, and all this is done in a power point digital presentation. Most recently, a client of ours located in Lake Mary shared with us how “It was the best money they ever spent.”
Some companies have rates that start from $150 an hour or a design contract fee adding a cost plus percentage above their wholesale,this concept comes from jobs that are commercial interior design projects that take longer completion and design time such as hotels or office buildings. Flat higher design rates is similar to how some architects/decorators charge.
Who are you hiring?
A decorator, an interior designer, or a retailer? The upfront cost is only half the battle. What makes Florida Living Quarters unique is that we are all the above. A company with years of design experience in a retail store. Why is a retail store important?
Because you get the backing of a stocking dealer, they are not purchasing from a local store or at a designer discount (not equivalent to wholesale dealer accounts) What are the perks from buying from a stocking dealer? You get piece of mind warranty from a reputable dealer that are trained about the products you are buying. Having dealer accounts means that you are working with a direct representative of the furnishings, your items come quicker, samples and rep support on any product that the designer will recommend and sell.
At FLQ, we get a phone call a week on a claim from an ex-competitor 2nd party seller that is no longer in business and we gladly take care of filing the claim for a customer that we didn’t even sell the product to begin with. Unheard of but that is the difference of a “stocking dealer” and upfront flat rate designer pricing. How will I know if my designer is a stocking dealer if they are not in a retail store? Most likely they have a “designer account” through a rep if you don’t see an example of that vendor on the sales floor or supportive marketing. Most times you can log online to the vendors website and view if the decorator/designer you are working with is on the list of locations for service or products.
During Spring 2014 Furniture Market, I was in a continued education class at High Point North Carolina (The mecca of furnishings in the US) , It was a classroom of decorators/designers learning about this concept. Teaching fellow designers that they should know how many hours it takes to do a job if they are experienced. At Florida Living Quarters, in the greater Orlando area, we have been charging this flat rate concept from the beginning since 2008.
Why does Florida Living Quarters charge flat rates by the project?
We feel confident that once the client designer relationship is established and the design fee is agreed upon there should not be hidden fees. We hope to win your trust and you’ll feel confident buying from a knowledgeable reputable dealer. Flat rate design fees take away the fear of how much will hiring a designer cost.
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Owning a home for the first time is a truly exciting milestone for everyone. Whether it is a grand home in a budding new area, or a sweet bungalow in a small town it is a place to call your own to put down some roots. Naturally, new homeowners may have a few questions and doubts about where to go from here. Should I begin a renovation? What will increase my home’s value? How can I add my own personality to this new home? These are all very good questions with no simple, black and white answer. I would like to discuss several answers to each of these questions to give you, the first time homeowner, a realistic idea of what you can do with your new home.
Should I begin a renovation? A seriously daunting question for new homeowners. First you need to consider your funds. If you are able to do a renovation, whether big or small, I say go for it. Renovating is a great way to add value to your home (see question number two) and put your own personality into a home (see question number three). If you bought a fixer-upper, then you already know that you want a renovation. This is a great idea, even if it is your first home. There are lots of benefits to renovating, the ones I’ve already mentioned, and many more are good reasons to get started. Improving your home can leave you with a sense of accomplishment and pride that is crucial to have.
What can I do that will increase my home’s value? Another fabulous question. As I mentioned before, a renovation is something you can do that will increase the value of your home by thousands when it is finished. Not a bad idea especially if you don’t plan on making this a forever home and selling it eventually. The kitchen and bathrooms give the most return on investment. As interior designers serving Orlando, our opinion is that the kitchen truly is the most used area in a home. When recently asked “Should we just change the counter tops?” Designer, Erika Benfield replied “No, the counter top is 20-30% of the cost for a bathroom/kitchen renovation. Minor updates such as converting the bar top design to a peninsula or updating the back splash go hand in hand with the counter top.” Doing something really unique and different like the bathroom you see on the left adds a lot of value and personality. It is not something you see in every home so that makes your home more special and more valuable. Curb appeal is also critical to think about when increasing your home’s value. It is how someone creates a first impression of your home. According to industrial psychologists, an employer’s first impression of an interviewee (the first 10 – 30 seconds), makes a HUGE impact on whether or not they will hire the applicant. Same goes for houses. If you do plan on selling in the future, curb appeal adds value and interest with the buyer. So break out the shovels and fertilizer and make the outside look just as beautiful as the inside.
How can I add my personality to this new home of mine? Everyone has a their own individual style, whether they realize it or not. As interior designers, we help people recognize their unique taste in decor. Putting personality into your home is very easy to do once you know your style. You may not like the fluffy bench in the picture on the left, but hey, you love the plush area rug. Once you know your style you can run with it and put personality in every room of your house. Personality is in the little things, your collection of vintage storybooks, or that awesome light fixture you bought on your trip to India. Your home should reflect who you are and what you love. Creating personality is exactly what you want it to be, there is no right or wrong. Display your fun pieces in extraordinary ways like built in shelves or on a fireplace mantle. Add color where you want it and most importantly, have fun with it.
Overall, there are many questions you should be asking as a new homeowner. Renovations, big or small, can be helpful in many ways. Increasing the value of your home is important for resale. Personality is an ever evolving process of making a house your home. Thankfully there are designers, architects and of course, your family to guide you on this new and exciting journey of home ownership, because this is just the beginning.
Experience the FLQ difference. What makes us unique: Premium Interior Design Services. Our Orlando Interior Designers answer a number of inquires from discerning clients looking for interior design and interior decorator inspiration. We offer in-home, business, as well as in-showroom consultations to provide valuable solutions in the Orlando area. Contact us today at 407-878-6657 for help on your design project.
- Orlando Interior Design Professionals
- Retail Store Front
- Cost: Flat rate design fee contracts. Purchase online or at consultation.
- Electronically Savvy- Simulations using Power Point Presentation and Design Manager Software to keep you up-to-date and informed.
- White Hand Glove Delivery. Sit back and enjoy your furnishings being overseen by professionals. No 800 #’s to call.
Recently Completed Orlando Interior Design Projects
- Modern interior design project in downtown Orlando which includes space planning, kitchen re-design and a custom saltwater reef tank.
- Transitional Interior Design Project in Sanford, FL which includes build-out enhancements, outdoor and interior furnishings.
- Contemporary Orlando Interior Design project – 6700 sqft – Complete kitchen remodel.
- 6500 sqft Luxury residential interior design and remodel in the south Orlando area.
- Orlando Interior Design project, modern, clean lines in North Orlando – 4300 sqft.
- Traditional Orlando Interior Design project consisting of a complete remodel.
- Custom Window Treatments for a whole house in Orlando.
- Orlando Interior Design project in Windermere, FL including custom drapes and furnishings.
Imagine having your own design book that has your selected vision, scanned samples of all your selections, window treatment elevations, custom cabinetry drawings, kitchen design, bathroom design, scopes of work and budget with a timeline of approximation of when it all comes together at your finger tips in our digital design book. That is what you get for a flat design fee. Last we offer a third party delivery service…that means that while all your items are arriving at different times, our warehouse is carefully receiving the packages.
At delivery, we will attend to handle it all (including any claims)- no 800 #s to call. Sound too good to be true? Following this process and continuously upgrading is how we have stayed in business and grown into the corporation we are today.
We are the only interior design firm in a retail shopping center right in the heart of downtown Lake Mary. You can also ride the Sunrail as there is a path that is a short walk to our showroom. Contact us today to get started 407-878-6657.
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