Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Sonya's Bio



Domesticity turned divine, Sonya Nimri’s inspiration derives from a love of working with people and a knack for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.
 Sonya has written two books, Beadalicious and Just for the Frill of It, published by Random House. She is a regular contributor to arts and crafts books and magazines, her projects having appeared in a “Girlsworld Guide to Friendship Crafts” and “The Beautiful Beaded Home”, “A Very Beaded Christmas” from Lark Books, “Flowers That Wow” Random House, Altered Couture, Belle Armoir, Crafts N’Things, Craft: magazine, and the LA Times. On television, Sonya recently co-hosted an episode of Deserving Design with Vern Yip on HGTV.  Prior to that she designed the set and created all the crafts for a series of how-to projects with Raven-Symone, called “Raven-Symone Presents” available at Wal-mart stores nationwide. In addition, she has toured as arts and crafts superstore “Michael’s” national spokesperson, appearing on network morning shows throughout the country. She also represented Scholastic’s Klutz line of books and craft kits as their “Chief Executive Crafter.”  In 2004 Sonya was one of three finalists in the TODAY Show's search for its Domestic Diva on NBC, finishing second nationwide.  Sonya has appeared as a regular guest on television shows such as Soaptalk- SoapNet, Smart Solutions- HGTV, World at Your Table- Fine Living Network, and Craftlab- DIY Network as well as many other network news shows. Additionally, she appeared as a mentor to a participant on the award winning show "Faking It" on  TLC.
Beyond media, Sonya designed a table for the "Dining By Design" Elle Décor/Tatinger's fundraiser at the Design Institute Foundation’s event benefit to fight AIDS and has worked for Anthropologie on their visual displays team. She lives in Venice, CA with her husband and son.