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Coffee maker /microwave combination – have to find right size appliances

Kitchen. Cari Berg House.LA

More Than a Feeling | California Home + Design.

This kitchen from designer Cari Berg’s house was published recently in CA Home + Design magazine.  It put a smile on my face when I saw this arrangement of the coffeemaker and the microwave  next to each other. Read more…


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Dearest friends,

 Over the past several days, I’ve been receiving a large number of e-mails and phone calls regarding the launch of my blog and website. Thank you so much for the kind words and congratulations! I’m so happy that you all appreciate and enjoy my work.

I’d be so grateful if you would put these warm wishes and kind feedback on my blog. The main purpose of the blog is to garner feedback, generate discussion and even to house all of your jokes.

Please, don’t be shy to leave your comments and questions. There is space at the end of every post for your participation. You’re also able to vote and leave your star ratings for the post.

You can subscribe to my blog or leave your e-mail address on the right hand navigational bar. I’m not planning on updating too often, however, will put up anything interesting or a simple photo post which you will receive automatic notification of.

Thank you again for all the support and best wishes to you and yours for the new year!

homemade cookies

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Professionals of the year

A lot of good professionals contributed to this big project(check previous post).  I’d like to acknowledge a few that I worked closest with:

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Project of the year!

Two years ago my good friends bought an estate in Atherton, CA.  They asked me to help them incorporate their taste and lifestyle to their new home. The  6,390 sq.ft. French chateau style house with 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, a swimming pool and sports court on a 0.75 acre lot became a full scale interior and exterior remodeling project.

The property underwent an all-encompassing design process, from conceptual sketches to complete installation. A number of different materials and techniques were applied to the surfaces of the house.

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Year’s Happenings!

I am very excited to have finally started my own design business at Nina sobiNina Design.  You can find more information about my projects, design process, clients and their experiences and more on my new website:

I’m always asked what kind of design I do. Truthfully, there’s nothing I can’t do, but to give you some ideas:

  • Common interior design services, such as:

Kitchen and Bath design * Color, Finish and Material specification * Lighting design * Furniture, Window treatments, Accessories specification * Custom Cabinetry and Furniture design * Purchasing services.

  • With my extensive architectural background, I can offer advanced expertise on Space Planning, Renovations, and Additions
  • Exterior design
  • Providing a second opinion, fresh ideas, or simply being a person you can count on (for creative [Surprise] party planning or a travel companion?..)

This year, I have been doing consultations on color design, furniture and lighting selection, conceptual design for bathroom and kitchen renovations, developing graphic art works, and wrapping up efforts on my biggest project to date!

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Season’s Greetings from Nina and Family

The end of 2011 is upon us, drawing a close to the year’s joys and hardships. With the festive season in full swing, I want to wish you all success in your endeavors, good health, optimism and the best of luck in the upcoming 2012 New Year!

Happy Holidays!

Sending warm wishes from our family to yours this holiday season

Nina on Blogging

We’re all busy.  Reading, and more so, writing multiple blogs – is quite a time consuming and at times tiring activity. My goal – keep it short and to the point. This blog is a chance to share my thoughts on a bit of this and a bit of that. I’d love to keep this a conversation and look forward to your comments, questions, and engaging discussions.

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