Sugar Beach Interiors
Referred to as “A Design and Art Gallery” located in Destin, Florida, Sugar Beach Interiors was established in 1986 by Karen Waterfield and has since grown into a robust team of professional licensed designers. Our steadfast success can be attributed to a reputation for business integrity and a commitment to excellence, customer service, and creativity. The 10,000-square-foot Destin showroom opened in 1990 and includes high-end furniture from top contemporary brands along with original artwork, accessories, and more.
Sugar Beach Interiors is not only a furniture showroom where you can find the perfect outfittings for your space; it is also a full-service design firm here to consult you on your next project, create a vision, and see your new interior through to completion with complete client satisfaction.
Focusing its design efforts predominantly along the Emerald Coast, Sugar Beach Interiors’ design staff has a well-honed ability to meld current trends in fashion and decor with Northwest Florida’s unique and timeless coastal traditions.
With a portfolio that lists Rosemary Beach, The Retreat, Kelly Plantation, WaterColor, Indigo, and Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort (including One Beach Club and Burnt Pine), to name a few, the team understands the varied design styles found in custom full-time residences and high-end vacation homes and condominiums found within the area’s resorts and planned coastal communities.
What types of services do you offer?
Sugar Beach Interiors offers a wide variety of services including: Bathroom Design, Color Consulting, Custom Furniture, Custom Rugs, Floor Plans, Furniture Selection, Interior Design, Kitchen Design, Living Room Design, Space Planning, Sunroom Design & Construction, and Universal Design.
What are the advantages of working with an interior designer?
An experienced interior designer will ensure fewer construction mistakes are made and will often save the client money in the long run. A professional designer helps you understand your needs and keeps you focused on your design goals without an emotional attachment to your existing furnishings or plans. A good interior designer is an educator, helping clients define and achieve the vision they’ve always dreamed about.
Will I save money by doing it myself?
No. An interior designer should be pulled in at the beginning stages to eliminate costly construction mistakes. By working with the architect and builder, they can ensure proper placement of electrical outlets, space planning for furnishing, and creative use of “built-ins”.
What is the difference between a decorator and a designer?
An interior designer is licensed by the state, has a formal education in design, building, and architecture, and must maintain his or her license through continuing education. Licensed designers are qualified to start with your blueprints and carry the job through to completion. Decorators assist with furnishing selections, do not hold a professional license, and do not have the level of education and experience necessary to become a licensed interior designer.
How do I select an interior designer that is right for me?
When you meet with a professional designer, he or she will explain the design process, how his or her process works, and how he or she charges for services. The designer will interview you about your individual needs and lifestyle, and it is important that both parties feel comfortable with the working relationship. Clients should keep in mind that the design experience is supposed to be pleasant and enjoyable.
What They're Saying
“We are a Destin local custom home builder and have been a customer of Sugar Beach Interiors for many years, using their services to furnish our model homes as well as our personal homes. Most recently they furnished our grown son’s and daughter’s first home purchases. Both homes turned out absolutely stunning and our kids are thrilled! Sugar Beach offers quality furnishings and accessories, competitive prices, and knowledge in their trade that really helped us pull the spaces into "the look" we were after. Best advice; Never go it alone, always use a professional decorator. You will be amazed at the difference it will make. Promise!”
O’Shea Builders Inc.
“It was such a pleasure working with Janet on my living room and front room; I am so pleased with the end result! Janet was efficient and aware of my time and budget. Her knowledge and expertise were invaluable. The house looks fantastic thanks to Janet's ability to put together colors and textures. Her help with furniture selection and overall interior design allowed the final design to truly represent my personal style. I’m very fortunate to have found her! ”
Studio Image, Inc.
“Janet helped us furnish two rental condos on the beach. She understood our requirements and listened to our likes and dislikes and was able to furnish both projects in a very short amount of time and on budget. Working with Janet has been a very pleasant experience.”
“Janet helped me furnish a three-story house on Scenic Highway 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. I am from Mississippi, so what I needed for the beach was totally different from what we have at home. She had access to the most wonderful, perfect furniture for the beach. We found a great deal of it in the store, but we had to order a great deal of it also. When it arrived, it was even better than I had hoped for. Her delightful personality and excellent taste made it extremely easy to work with her. She selected and ordered some pieces that had a wow factor that would knock your socks off!”
“Janet has been wonderful to work with! She assisted us in selecting color schemes, granites, lighting, flooring, and beautiful furniture for our home. She was very professional to work with and a great listener to my ideas. I would definitely recommend Janet to work with on a design project!”
“I feel so fortunate that we found Karen Waterfield and Sugar Beach Interiors. Her advice and expertise have been invaluable to us. Though always the ultimate professional, Karen was also so much fun to work with. At my request, she let me be involved in all the many choices of colors, styles, etc. Karen provided all the resources plus her incredible talent and know-how to help us solve every problem we encountered during the building process as well as with decorating the finished product. Sugar Beach Interiors has a fabulous showroom that is always changing. Karen and Sugar Beach Interiors will always be number one in our book!”
Carol & Mike Branson
“We worked with Karen Waterfield and Sugar Beach Interiors to furnish and design our vacation home in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Karen was great to work with. She really listened to what we liked and then ran with it. We were working long distance and she took care of everything. We couldn't have been happier with what she did.”
“I have just finished my second project with Karen Waterfield with Sugar Beach Interiors. Karen has such talent as an interior designer and so easy to work with. She listens to you and is very considerate of what your vision is for your home but, also, is there to guide you with suggestion and to keep you on budget. The showroom has beautiful furniture and accessories but you are not limited to what is on the floor. She reps all the high-end furniture companies and fabrics. Her staff and designers are always eager to help you with any concerns and questions you may have. I highly recommend her and Sugar Beach Interiors.”
“There are many choices of interior decorators in the Miramar Beach/Destin area. Choosing Karen Waterfield and Sugar Beach Interiors was easy, affordable, and the best decision my husband and I made when we were building our new home. Her suggestions on fabric and wall colors were exactly what I was looking for, as well as her finishing touches on general decorating were perfect. From measuring the floor plan to delivering the furniture and hanging drapes and art, she made sure that every detail was properly installed. We are extremely happy with our new home. Many thanks to Karen and her staff at Sugar Beach Interiors.”
“Sugar Beach has supported us in numerous projects from local Parade of Homes winning entries to Southeast Builders Conference Grand Aurora Award winners. We have been fortunate to forge a level of trust and reliance on this firm to always achieve a unique top-quality design tailored to the client, establishing a level of excellence emulated by others. As an integral member of our team on our custom Metropolitan Modern home project, Sugar Beach took the lead in developing interior design features that brought to life the dream of our clients and provided us with yet another custom home of award-winning quality.”
Ronald J. Roberts
“We have been privileged to have Karen Waterfield of Sugar Beach Interiors assist us over the past 12 years in decorating all five of our beach homes. Her style of involving us as owners in helping with the many selections in order to make it “our” home has been ideal for us. When we built our “dream” home, Karen accompanied us to all the different vendors to make every overwhelming choice. We have been exceptionally pleased with the outcome of every project and plan to use Sugar Beach Interiors for any future decorating.”
Linda & Eddie Neal
“We have had the privilege of working with Karen and her team at Sugar Beach Interiors on some of our most successful projects. We always know we can count on their professionalism and expertise to assist us with interior residence designs and common area spaces that suit and complement the specialized planning of a project.”
David Head, Jr.
Best of the Emerald Coast
- 2017 Best of the Emerald Coast Furniture Retailer
- 2015 Best of the Emerald Coast Furniture Retailer
- 2014 Best of the Emerald Coast Furniture Retailer
- 2013 Best of the Emerald Coast Furniture Retailer
- 2012 Best of the Emerald Coast Furniture Retailer
- 2009 Best of the Emerald Coast Interior Design Firm
- 2008 Best of the Emerald Coast Interior Design Firm
- 2004 Best of the Emerald Coast Interior Design Firm
Partners & Builders
Boswell Properties of Northwest Florida, Inc. offers a wide selection of Modern, Classic, Cottage, and Mediterranean–style homes which are customized to your choice of inclusions and design. Boswell is passionately committed to ensure the very best quality for each and every corner of your new home. Its custom-built homes are defined by a unique level of craftsmanship.
Linn's Prestige Kitchens and Baths
Linn’s Prestige Kitchens and Baths has been providing quality cabinetry and appliances to discerning homeowners and builders for 30 years. They have won over 20 national design awards as well as Apex and Aurora Awards. Their beautiful designs have been featured in many national publications such as Woman’s Day, Southern Accents, and Better Homes & Gardens.
D.R.E. Roberts Inc.
Ron Roberts of D.R.E. Roberts Inc. is a state-certified home-building specialist offering custom home building and design, green construction, remodeling, and more. The firm is located in Destin and has been a winner of the SEBC Grand Aurora Awards, Parade of Homes, and APEX Awards.