We had the good fortune of connecting with Nina Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nina, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
Interior Design is a fairly unregulated industry. A “Decorator” can be a house wife/mom that has a flair & bank roll. Ive. seen a ton of them come & go. An “Interior Designer” should have a College degree, knowledge of fabrication (how to put things together) & construction (how to execute an idea to fruition). An “Interior Designer” will have many positive refrences(within the industry as well) with years of experience & lastly – intuition of their clients style & taste.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I appreciate Gods grace in granting us the ability to use all of our 5 sense to feel a mood, while experiencing a space. I love natural rich, thick, tacktile, typography. I think this asthetic comes from growing up on the side of a mountain amongst a family of Chicago Architects during the 60-70-80’s in Palm Springs & La Jolla, CA. I’ve always appreciated California’s outdoors, architecture & design. Im enamored with the rich, coontrasting tones and textures of natures deserts, seas & mountains. I’ve always traveled and to this day, continue to have a profound wanderlust with interest in history & the arts. I feel its an Interior Designers job to make sense out of a busy clients whims & desires. A great designer knows how to draw, construct and build things. From this knowledge, Im able to organize and create a logical scope, for a projects vision. Our Interiors aim to layer and mix patterns, textures, colors, scents, shapes, sounds and forms, acheving a balanced natural symmetry with a unique sensory pallet. Im able to fabricate one of kind designs from selcted, complimentary mediums/materials. I work with many of the best, most talented artisans and master craftsmen in my arsenal, gleened from years of experience. I typically arrive at a timeless, organized essence of what my clients desires, with this approach. My 33 years in the Interior Design business has given me hundreds of very satisfied clients with many subsequent refferals. In this age of Social Media, my best jobs are (and have always been) refferal based. I try to photograph many of my unique jobs, while striving to maintain my clients personal anonymity. However, visiting a finished space personally, is always my best refrence.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
BALBOA PARK – the architecture, museums & gardens of the late 1890’s – early 1900’s. Kate Sessions, Irving Gill & William Hebbard, all amazing contributions. Reminds me of my GG grandfathers midwest gem “White City”. I wonder if he traveled west to see Balboa’s construction along the way? HOTEL DEL – exspecially during the Holidays, with the ice skating rink on the beach. Does it get any better then that?!
TORREY PINES STATE PARK – hike the trails and take in the amzing views
LA JOLLA SHORES – swim the bouys, surf, scuba, kayck, stand up paddel, hike to Black’s, check out the hang gliders, tide pools & tiger sharks
PB BOADWALK – rollerskate, great people watching
CASBAH – many a great times to be had while watching rocking bands!
BELLY UP – because I can walk there, see live music anytime (but for 2020)
HUMPHRIES BY THE BAY – great outdoor concert venue
DEL MAR HORSE RACES – beautiful racegrounds, fun times dressing up, spending a summer day with friends
RARE SOCIETY Solana Beach, “Trust Group” does it right! Great people, scene, bar, food – WOLFIES CAROSEL BAR San Diego, the carosel bar spins around in the middle of the room, while horses go up & down over dining tables.
DEL MAR, DOG BEACH or FIESTA ISLAND – my Two German Shepherds love to run & swim
MY FRONT YARD – BBQ with friends, great people watching.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Yes, I was fortunate to earn an internship with a prominate Interior Designer and my mentor. Prior to my last semester, graduating from Design Institute of San Diego, I went to work as a draftsperson for Steve Chase Associates, in Rancho Mirage, CA. I was subsiquintly hired as an associate, with a great start to my own design career. Steve had many renowned jobs/clients all over the world. In addition to Steve Chase’s contribution to my career, my paternal family “Burnham” were all infamous architects. I suppose growing up during the heydays of architectural prowess in Palm Springs, with “Design” in my blood, helped promote my skills and lust for the trade.

Website: http://www.ninawilliamsdesigns.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ninawilliamsdesigns/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nina-williams-designs-57052517/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ninadzns

Image Credits
Interior Images = Brady Ferdig, Headshots = Nikkie Achartz

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