Who We Are:
Welcome to Design Interiors. We are a family owned furniture business that began its operations in 1943. We are located in the historic district of Ybor City near Tampa, Florida. We are a moderate to high end retail furniture store and with a lot to offer. We offer something different and unique that you are not going to find at any other furniture store. Along with that uniqueness, and unique experience, we offer as competitive prices as you’ll find anywhere in Tampa and we feel we have some of the best designers on staff to assist you with your design needs. All of our sales people are interior designers and they have the capability of planning a room from start to finish and can assist you all the way through the sales process.
“We have the best design staff in town, the best delivery crew in town. I want to get to know the customer. Mr. and Mrs. Jones , when you walk in the door, 90% of the time I’m here . You are going to see me, I’m going to say hello or I’m going to know who you are. I want to become a personal friend of yours.
When the sales process is done and you’ve gotten your furniture, you can look me in the eye and say, ‘Mary Jo, this was a great experience. I love everything you’ve done for me’ and guess what, we are friends at the end. That is who we are.” – Mary Jo Polo , Owner.
History: How We Started
Design Interiors was founded by Belarmino Cadrecha. Belarmino Cadrecha came over as an immigrant from Spain. He was only 16 years old when he came over to Tampa. Most his life he worked in the cigar factory in Ybor City. Later on in his life, as a side job, he began to repair old furniture and sell it. When he retired from the cigar business, he started selling used furniture. His two sons, Charles and Robert Cradrecha started the furniture business with him. The business eventually evolved into a designer showroom business. After exclusively serving interiors designers and their clients as a trade-only showroom for more than 30 years, in 2005,Design Interiors opened to the public as a full-service furniture retailer. We wanted everyone to have the opportunity to shop at Design Interiors.
“We’ve been here for a long time and we intend to stay here for a while, my dad taught me to work hard and to do for others and be a good steward of what he’s given me.” – Mary Jo Polo, Owner.
For more than 65 years, Design Interiors has been Tampa’s premier resource for fine furniture and accessories. Come visit our showroom and shop over 25,000 square feet of fully accessorized galleries while enjoying unrivaled selection, uncompromising service and unprecedented low prices.
Design Interiors is a consistent donor to the Metropolitan Ministries, Human Development Corp and local Catholic parishes.