Hey, I am Marina Klima Goldberg, and I’m an interior designer and founder of My Decorating Tips, my personal blog. I am here to show you how to get things done and fall in love with your home. I am hopelessly devoted to giving you all the tools you need. Whether you’d like a bit of hand holding or you feel lost and don’t know where to start you’ve got my expert eye!
I came to interior design because, just like you, I was longing for an inspiring home of my own forever.
I lived in many homes and spent my childhood in Odessa, Ukraine, a gorgeous city on the Black Sea with beautiful European architecture. My grandmother showed me how to be creative and make the best with very little that we had.
After that, I moved nine times between Ukraine, Austria and finally found my home in the United States. 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.
When I finally got the keys to my house I felt like it was a pure 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 made the curtains and the drapes.
My inspiration comes from learning about different cultures. I love to travel, and Italy is my favorite. I can spend twelve hours on my feet making hundreds of photos and chatting with amazing Italian craftsmen right in their studios.
But more than anything I am inspired by my clients, readers, and fans. Their life stories inspire me to put the tools in their hands so that they could get exactly what they want- a comfortable and dynamic home away from the hustle of the world.
If you are like me, and always want to learn more, here below are some things that I like. You can have a peek before you read about my credentials.
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’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.
Then I come here to my blog to share with you!
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.
My work is featured in the Apartment Therapy, HOUZZ, Stir, Asbury Park Press as well as glossy magazines, such as Window Fashions Vision. I received American Society of Interior Designers awards as well as Dream Draper awards for window treatments design.
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!