Welcome to my blog!
I am Marina Klima. With this blog, I hope to show you how to make your home decorating projects as easy as possible. I want your home to be a warm and welcoming place for you, your children, and pets.
Why I am here
I believe that good design can change lives and bring joy. From my experience, many of my readers and clients have no problem when it comes to fashion and personal style but struggle with conceptualizing a room or the whole house. I am here because I want to provide you with access to the resources that you can trust. I also give my honest expert advice about all phases of decorating. I hold your hand and help you with any questions you have- small or more in depth. I want to put the tools in your hands so that you have exactly what they want- a comfortable and inspiring home!
I’m an interior designer who has been 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.
I have a degree in Interior Design, Masters in Art History and English Linguistics, CAPS designation (that’s to help people that are older to stay in homes of their choice as long as they want). I was obsessed with color and painting and studied both extensively. My numerous diplomas in the decorative painting come from Pierre Finkelstein, one of the most recognized decorative painters in the world.
My heart is still in my native city Odessa, Ukraine, one of the most beautiful cities on the Black Sea. My grandmother showed me how to be creative and make the best with very little that we had. And when I left Odessa in 1988, I was allowed to take just one suitcase.
What a delight 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!
The album 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.
My journey as an interior designer
We hardly had any money to set up our first apartment in New York. Decorating on a budget remained an unattainable dream for a long time. We were lucky if we could buy diapers for Rachel, my daughter.
Many years have passed and I finally got the keys to my own house! Miracle! I hopelessly fell in love with it. I painted every room, applied decorative finishes and made the curtains. Since there weren’t any home decorating blogs or anything even close to that, I learned the old-fashioned way by taking interior design courses, one after another. There was no return. My passion turned into a formal degree in interior design.
I’m guilty of buying exciting accents anywhere I go. Then when it comes to the finishing touches I am a 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 popular articles archives soaking up my knowledge and tips? Please do so and then ask me anything!