Hey, I am Marina Klima Goldberg, and I’m an interior designer and founder of My Decorating Tips.
I am here to show you how to make your HOME COMFORTABLE and WELCOMING for all including kids (young and old) and pets. I am hopelessly devoted to giving you all my knowledge, talent, and resources. Also, if you feel lost and don’t know where to start you’ve got my expert eye!
I’ve got over fifteen years of experience as an interior designer, and I never stop learning. I wheel my tote from one design trade show to another sponging in the latest trends, learning from the artisans about their process, meeting new vendors.
My work is featured in the Apartment Therapy, HOUZZ, Stir, Asbury Park Press as well as glossy magazines, such as Window Fashions Vision. I am honored to receive American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) awards. In fact, the most recent one was as a winner of an interior design competition and it was judged by other interior designers.
I have a degree in Interior Design, Masters in Art History and English Linguistics. Then I obtained CAPS designation, which is Certified Aging in Place Specialist (that’s to help people that are older to stay in homes of their choice as long as they want). I obtained many diplomas in decorative painting and color mixing studying color and decorative finishes with Pierre Finkelstein, one of the most recognized decorative painter internationally. I am an allied member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers). I love to work with other designers on community projects by contributing my time and leading others. In 2016 I was a lead designer for Lincoln Park Newark reconstruction project contributing over 50 hours of work and creating conceptual drawings and presentations.
I came to interior design because, just like you, I was longing for an inspiring home of my own. I lived in many homes and spent my childhood in Odessa, Ukraine, a gorgeous city on the Black Sea. My grandmother showed me how to be creative and make the best with very little that we had. The Soviets didn’t let me take anything with me. I left with just one suitcase. What a surprise when my mother brought in a hundred-years-old-album that I grew up with. It evokes many blissful memories of the time with my grandmother who was my first educator in art history and antiques. It is filled with old postcards of real people whose lives became part of my imagination.
I moved nine times between Ukraine, Austria and finally found my home in the United States on July 11, 1988. I spent five years in Washington Heights, New York in the late eighties and I’m an expert when it comes to decorating on a strict budget (like zero). Everything we owned was either gifted or picked up. many years have passed and in 1998 I finally got the keys to my 3,200 square feet house which felt like a miracle. I fell in love with my house and did as much as I could by myself. I painted every single room, plastered the walls of the dining room with seven layers of Venetian plaster to get it just perfect. Then I took many interior design courses which turned into a formal degree. I come from one of the most eclectic cities in Europe. No wonder that my inspiration comes from different cultures. I have collections from Italy, Arizona, Spain, Ukraine, France to name a few.
But more than anything I am inspired by my clients, readers, and fans. I want to put the tools in their hands so that they could get exactly what they want- a comfortable and dynamic home!
If you are like me, and always want to learn more, here below are some things that I like.
I’m guilty of buying exciting accents for future or existing projects. But then when it comes to the finishing touches I am real Mary Poppins. I open my “bag” of exquisite accessories and edit things around until it all falls into places.
I can’t wait to get to know you better! Want to dive into my blog archives soaking up my knowledge and tips? Please do so and then ask me anything!