Franklin Report Report Card for Barbara Maker Interiors in Florida Southeast
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Barbara Maker Interiors
by appointment only
(561) 558-3332
Main Contact: Barbara Maker
Interior Design

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Contemporary Florida Interiors

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A transitional style with splashes of color characterizes Barbara Maker Interiors. Maker captures South Florida style with a contemporary slant, juxtaposing neutrals with bold patterns and whimsical touches of modern artwork. Maker began her career in retail working for Ethan Allen in Rochester New York. In 1985, she opened her own design business. After moving to Florida in 2000, Maker began working on the design staff of retail company, Robb & Stucky, and eleven years later, she reopened her interior design business in Boca Raton.

Maker is the sole employee at her firm and usually tackles six projects at once (three large and three smaller.) Half of her work is on condominiums in the 3,000 square foot range and half are houses in the four to seven thousand square foot range. Though she mostly works in South Florida, Maker has done work for clients in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Most of her work is renovation involving only fixtures and furnishings, and she does very few ground up projects. Maker is an affordable designer who does not charge a design fee and her markup over net is on the low to average side. She will sometimes work as a consultant for an average hourly fee when the project is small or when she can gauge from the beginning how long a project will take her. Satisfied clients say it all, and Maker has a lot of repeat business. She’s even done five projects for a single client.

Representative Client Comments:
“After having just spoken to Barbara Maker once and telling her what I wanted and sending her some pictures of furniture and styles that appealed to me, when we met five weeks later at my new apartment, looked at the rooms, we then once again discussed what I wanted and went to her office. To my amazement each of the rooms had been laid out, the furniture size and placement and colors were perfect and we had little to discuss. Six months later all was done!!! Hard for me to believe after having just almost finished an apartment with four years of construction and decoration hassles to have our Florida apartment done to my type A liking in such a short period of time. This "miracle" I attribute to Barbara's skill in knowing and understanding her clients’ needs and wants and having fine subcontractors. She takes responsibility and gets the job done on time. No one could ask for more or be happier.” “My wife and I started using Barbara as our interior designer over 20 years ago and she has helped us design/furnish/decorate three houses in New York and Pennsylvania as well as two office spaces in Florida and Pennsylvania.” “Besides being creative and in tune with the cutting edge of latest trends, Barbara is practical (stays within budget) and "easy to work with". She learns your aesthetic and she uses this knowledge to help her create several good options for each project. We trust her decorating design judgment completely. She has worked with us successfully augmenting existing furniture, floor plans and artwork, and she has helped us start from scratch with her designing everything including flooring, wall coverings, architectural improvements, furniture, artwork, lighting, kitchen layout/appliances/cabinets/countertops/etc., as well as the overall decorative finishing.” “We love our current home decoration which Barbara handled entirely and we would welcome questions and can share pictures of her work for us if needed. In short, we think Barbara is fantastic and we would recommend her to anyone who is considering working with a top interior designer.” “We have used Barbara Maker's design services for eight years and five homes: a condo in Boca Raton, Florida; a ski lodge in the Catskills, an apt. in Manhattan, our home in Woodbury, NY and currently our beach home in New Jersey. She is always amazing and we always work at something until we both agree it is just right.” “Barbara always takes in consideration aesthetics and practicality for our very busy household. We never hesitate to recommend her design services as we know she will deliver her best every time.”

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