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Marina Medina, Astro Designer

My strong interest in built environment guided me to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design from Algonquin College. I had spent the following 4 years working at 4té Inc., leading commercial design firm in Ottawa, delivering professional design solutions to an enviable portfolio of corporate clients. Simultaneously, I independently nurtured my love of residential interiors by working on several home design projects. A month ago, I decided to pursue my passion for residential design full time and joined the talented team of designers at Astro Design Centre. My latest career milestone is passing a rigorous three-part professional examination and earning the NCIDQ certification, a global standard for proficiency as a design professional. My passion for design and my natural curiosity have led me to attend numerous design shows and to travel constantly, always seeking novel sources of inspiration and staying current in the industry. I hope to continuously expand my expertise and skill set to deliver design solutions that are functional, beautiful, environmentally responsible and innovative.
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Recent Posts

Before & After: Transitional Kitchen Design

Posted by Marina Medina, Astro Designer on Aug 29, 2017 9:34:27 AM

Interior Designer, Marina Medina met her clients as they came in to the Astro showroom looking to change and update their kitchen. The client’s original U-shaped kitchen was short on storage, counter space and in need of a facelift. They were really hoping for an island but saw no way of fitting it into the space without doing a major costly expansion. Enter, Astro...

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Topics: kitchen design, KITCHEN RENOVATION, KITCHEN MAKOVER

Before & After Kitchen: Modern Monochrome

Posted by Marina Medina, Astro Designer on Jul 21, 2017 3:44:31 PM

A client with an extensive background in the visual arts came in looking for guidance in streamlining her vision. From early meetings it became evident that this couple is looking for a warm and inviting contemporary space with an eclectic industrial vibe where they can enjoy their retirement and host company. Through a process of multiple meetings, the designer helped the couple to define their vision for their space, to finalize the layout and to narrow down the aesthetic which would elicit a sense of comfort and excitement at the same time.

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Topics: KITCHEN RENOVATION, KITCHEN MAKOVER

Trendsetting Italian Designs

Posted by Marina Medina, Astro Designer on Mar 29, 2017 9:23:26 AM

LA DOLCE VITA

HERE IS WHY WE ARE HEAD OVER HEELS FOR ITALY

Cold snowy March days have us dreaming about our favorite sunny vacation destinations. From food to fashion to culture, Italians seem to know a thing or two about la dolce vita – the good life – not shying away from living vibrantly and indulging in all the good things in life.

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Topics: kitchen design, design, bath design

Kitchen Cabinet Styles And Trends

Posted by Marina Medina, Astro Designer on Jan 24, 2017 10:46:29 AM

When it comes to kitchen planning. cabinets play one of the most important roles in both your kitchen's appearance and functionality. With so many new kitchen cabinet options out there, we narrowed down our top 6 cabinet door styles, ranging from sleek high gloss to refined shaker and rough-chic. Explore the different options available in today's kitchen world from Downsview, Aster and our house brand to find the one that's right for your dream space. 

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Topics: kitchen tips, kitchen planning, Kitchen Style, kitchen design, Trends, kitchen idaes

Friday Favourites: Visual Comfort & Co Lighting

Posted by Marina Medina, Astro Designer on Nov 11, 2016 11:13:09 AM

To get you inspired on this Friday, Astro’s Interior Designer, Marina Medina shares her top 7 light fixtures from Visual Comfort & Co.  They offer quality home lighting that are as beautiful as they are timeless. The best part is these lights are now on special during our Holiday Lighting event.  See the light?

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Topics: home, Home Design, lighting

Quebec City, Bain Ultra & The Art of Living

Posted by Marina Medina, Astro Designer on Nov 4, 2016 10:41:56 AM

As part of product knowledge training for Bain Ultra tubs, I attended their facility in Quebec City and was fortunate to spend a few days wondering around Old Quebec, taking in beautiful sights of cobblestone-clad streets. Astounding combination of European charm and rich history set against the splendor of Canadian landscape, Old Quebec was an especially lovely place to be in early October with leaves turning colors in a stunning palette of yellows, oranges and reds. Below is my list of not-to-be-missed activities and gastronomic experiences in Ville de Vieux Quebec and surrounding area.

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Topics: bathroom designs, bathroom ideas, Bathroom Style, Bathroom Remodel, bathroom

10 Latest Trends in Kitchen Design

Posted by Marina Medina, Astro Designer on Aug 4, 2016 11:59:33 AM

As the kitchen continues to evolve from a room with a merely utilitarian purpose to becoming the heart and soul of the home, designers strive to re-imagine and improve upon this ever more important gathering space. The new dual function of the kitchen – preparing food as well as encouraging family interaction and entertaining guests – lends itself to several key design features that continue to enhance both aesthetics and functionality of the new social hub of the home.

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Topics: kitchen tips, kitchen planning, Kitchen Style, kitchen design, Trends, kitchen idaes

10 Ways to Bring Nature Indoors With Design

Posted by Marina Medina, Astro Designer on Jun 27, 2016 11:30:23 AM

As our lives continue to urbanize and pick up pace, our connection to nature – natural light, organic materials, greenery - has been greatly reduced. It is a well researched fact that adding elements of natural world to interiors can help to reduce stress, improve well being and enhance creativity, focus and clarity of thought. Our design team has often looked to the natural world for inspiration for the interiors that we create. With interior trends constantly changing and evolving, we continue to seek out highest quality natural materials and organic forms to create timeless and lasting spaces. Below is a list of our favorite ways of incorporating biophillic design elements into home interiors.

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Topics: bathroom designs, bathroom ideas, Bathroom Style, Kitchen Style, kitchen design, lighting, kitchen idaes