Nina Williams Designs

Nina Williams Designs

5.0 (6)
3 employees
33 years in business

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Nina Williams earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design at the Design Institute of San Diego, and started her career with legendary designer Steve Chase at his firm in Palm Springs. Her first Project Management job was the L.A. corporate office of singer Johnny Mathis. Nina also worked with Mr. Chase for philanthropist Joan Kroc, who contracted many projects, local and abroad. One of Nina's most memorable ventures was the creation of a cave room, which entailed combining unusual elements to build a theatrical den-like space for lounging and entertaining. In 1989, Williams founded her own firm near the ocean in Solana Beach.

Nina is inspired by the intricate and ever-changing patterns of nature. Her passions reside in absorbing the colors, textures, and other natural elements of everyday living and seamlessly incorporating them into each unique project.

Her atypical approach to all of her designs shows her childhood influences, wherein she was surrounded by the juxtaposition of classic and modern architecture in Palm Springs of that era.

Though Nina's broad design background includes executive offices, yachts, and aircraft, today her passions focus on facilitating clients in attaining their ultimate vision.

Williams has designed primary and holiday homes across the globe. Today, her focus centers on clientele in North County, San Diego.

I love texture, pattern & color. I've been creating enviroments for 30+ years with interesting plans from the blending of those 3 elements. It's a geometric equation, a balancing act of mediums. Taking the clients history and personality into the mix, to make the surroundings, their own unique space is the key to each individual customers sucessful interior. The entire process is fun! I hope to enjoy the Design Business for many more years to come.

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Solana Beach, CA 92075
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6 Reviews


  • Dean Williams

    deanuu Relationship: Client Project Date: December 2013-2019 Project Price: more than $100,000 Nina and her team have helped my wife and I with multiple stages of remodeling our home and we could not be happier. She designed our kitchen, bathrooms, custom cabinets, molding & paneling, and even landscaping. She is knowledgeable, professional and always a pleasure to work with. We have come to trust her judgement with design decisions without question. Like October 8, 2015

  • Alexis Waadt

    awaadt Relationship: Client Project Date: June 2015 Project Price: $10,000 - $49,999 Nina was able to help us beautifully update our older home, with great ideas for paint colors, flooring and window treatments. She also was very professional at scheduling her subcontractors who were on time and professional as well.

  • Mara Zigman

    mara zigman Relationship: Client Project Date: February 2015 Project Price: $10,000 - $49,999 Mara Zigman Nina’s firm has reliably worked on our personal residences in Point Loma over the past 28 years. This past year Nina orchestrated the remodel of our 1940’s Spanish Bungalow, updating the bathrooms, fireplace, finishes & furnishings for this little gem. Nina works seamlessly with all of our trades/vendors (my husband is a general contractor). She gets things done! We have always been able to relay on Nina and her years of experience and expertise in the design field to make all things beautiful, timeless and up to date. We will continue to use Nina on all of our projects.

  • Jim Kralovic

    Jim K Relationship: Client Project Date: June 2015 Project Price: $10,000 - $49,999 Nina did an amazing job working with us on our bungalow style home in Cardiff. We were attempting to make multiple changes to our home on our own, but quickly realized we were stuck. We reached out to a friend who is a designer before concluding that we really needed an outside 3rd party professional to come in and get us back on track. Nina was the one who did that. Nina came in and very quickly had us focused in on what we wanted to accomplish. Our project included selecting new wood floors, paint, additional lighting, baseboards, crown, and custom wood casings. We also worked with Nina on designing a custom fireplace door and custom cabinetry and floating shelves in the den. After that, she worked with us on some new furniture pieces to round out the remodel. Nina is a great listener, very patient, professional and open to the customer’s likes and dislikes. She was a pleasure to work with and is highly recommended. Thanks again – Jim & Beth

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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

Client contact's us (by phone), set up an appointment to meet at job (with plans). We discuss scope of work. Design agreement is issued and work begains after signing.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

4 year, BA Degree in Interior Design from Design Institute of San Diego and College of the Desert, Palm Desert.

Internship and subsiquent hire at "Steve Chase Asscoiates" 1985-1989

Gerhard Design Group, La Costa Ca 1988-1989

Nina Williams Designs founded in 1989 -present

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

$150. per hour, Hourly Consultation or Flat Fee also available with our standard Design Agreements, Wholesale cost + 25% on all Designer Goods purchased for clients thru NWD

How did you get started in this business?

Family of Architects, always was my desire to carry on the family trait/tradition.

What types of customers have you worked with?

high end residential, vacation and custom homes, yachts, planes and hangers, private offices of established clients.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

A client was recently married in their 9000 sq. ft. estate, on 4.5 acres, that we had completely and rapidly remodeled within Two Months! Fun stuff!!! 

Services offered

Interior Designers Bathroom Designers Kitchen Designers Drapery and Curtain Installation Services Blind and Shade Installers Wallpaper Installers Mural Painters