Sugar Beach Interiors — designing South Walton for 30 years

Sugar Beach Interiors

Visit Sugar Beach Interiors at 11974 U.S. Highway 98W in Miramar Beach.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 05:46 PM.

For almost 30 years, anyone moving to South Walton has been familiar with the name Sugar Beach Interiors.

The interior design/decorating and furniture store has been a fixture in Miramar Beach for as long as most can recall, and has helped most in the area with decorating, design, art, home accessories, and furniture needs.

Owner Karen Waterfield was a student at Florida State University when she saw a note on the school's bulletin board saying that a design firm at Sandestin was looking for designers. Her parents came down from New Jersey to look at the area with her and thought it was lovely.

"There was not much here then and you could look out on the Gulf from 98 as this was before there were condos in the way," she said.

After graduating in 1980, Waterfield moved here knowing no one.

 In 1986, she felt it was time to venture out on her own and opened Sugar Beach Interiors in the building that now houses Brocante on U.S. Highway 98 in Miramar Beach. The store remained in that location until 1990.

Waterfield built the building Sugar Beach Interiors now occupies on U.S. Highway 98, just past Seascape, and is one of the few businesses that can claim the recognition for this length of longevity in this area, surviving hurricanes, oil spills, and floods.

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