About Marina Klima
I’m an interior designer and founder of this blog. I have been an interior designer for many years and was fortunate to win several American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) awards. My design work has been featured in the Apartment Therapy, HOUZZ, Asbury Park Press as well as design magazines, such as Vision.
With this blog, I hope to show you how to make your home decor projects as easy as possible. I want your home to be a warm and welcoming place for you, your children, grandchildren, and pets.
I believe that designers can change lives by making an impact on living environments and enjoy to work on community projects. In 2016 I was leading the team of designers on behalf of ASID community project, Lincoln Park Senior Center Newark, New Jersey, contributing many hours dedicated to concepts and final presentations.
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 painters internationally.
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, one of the most eclectic cities in Europe. No wonder that my inspiration comes from different cultures. 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 in a couple of years my mother finally joined me in New York bringing a hundred-years-old-album that I grew up with! It evokes many blissful memories of the time with my grandmother, 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 real house. I hopelessly fell in love with it. I painted every room, applied decorative finishes and made the curtains. Since there wasn’t even a single home decor blog at that time, I learned the old-fashioned way by taking interior design courses. There was no return. My passion turned into a formal degree in interior design.
Here 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.
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 inspiring home!
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!