Karen Benson named Miromar Design Center Designer of Distinction



ESTERO, FL Karen Benson Headshot – Karen Benson has been recognized as Miromar Design Center’s February 2015 Designer of Distinction.  Benson is a two-time Designer of Distinction winner having first received the honor in December 2013.  Karen is the owner of Fort Myers based Benson & Associates Interior Design.  With more than 30 years in the architectural and interior design business, Karen has created award-winning luxury residential and commercial interiors throughout southwest Florida and beyond.

“Our firm enjoys working with Miromar Design Center because it is the largest “to the trade” resource center in southwest Florida,” Benson says. “It is extremely beneficial having so many great products right at our fingertips that are not available in retail stores. Our clients love to meet us at Miromar Design Center for inspiration and selections.”

Karen is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Interior Design.  She is a registered interior designer in the State of Florida, a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers, ASID and acertified relocation and transition specialist (CRTS).

Karen recommends that a space needs to be “right” before you furnish it. “Specifically we look at elements such as columns, windows, lighting and wall finishes that all work together in order to create the correct backdrop for any furnishings that are installed. In order to incorporate interior architecture and furnishings, homeowners must take the proper scale of the room into consideration before matching the overall style of the home,” Benson says.

Each month Miromar Design Center recognizes the talents, loyalty and support of interior design professionals based upon nominations from the Center’s 45 store managers. Designers are honored in this year-round appreciation program for their professionalism, creativity and commitment. Kelly Reese, showroom manager for Richlin International at Miromar Designer Center was one of those who nominated Karen for the award. “Karen Benson & Associates is a wonderful local Naples design firm to work with in ensuring design projects are executed seamlessly.  The firm is very dedicated and interested in being a supporter of the Miromar Design Center,” Reese commented. 

Miromar Design Center is the only design center in Southwest Florida and one of only 19 major design centers in the nation. It is the premier home furnishings shopping destination for design professionals and consumers. The 45 home furnishing stores feature a worldwide collection of the most desired names in furniture, fabrics, flooring, lighting, kitchen and bath products, art, accessories, and wall coverings such as Ligne Roset, Henredon, Poliform, Ralph Lauren Home and Ralph Lauren Home Lighting & Accessories, Poggenpohl, Francesco Molon and many more.  Also, the Clearance Showroom offers a collection of end of season furnishings from the design center’s stores guaranteed to be a minimum of 50% off regular retail pricing.

Visit the website at MiromarDesignCenter.com. Hours are Monday through Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. • Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Located at 10800 Corkscrew Road, I-75, Exit 123 in Estero, between Naples and Fort Myers across from Miromar Outlets • (239) 390-5111