2014 – Artprize Winner

Posted by liz on Oct 13th, 2014


This weekend we had the opportunity to “stumble” upon one of the coolest art shows I’ve been to in a really long time.  Grand Rapids, MI – is the home of Artprize, a city-wide event hosting artist from all over the country/world.  Sculptures, installations, paintings, glass, 3D, fiber, time-laps… art of all types is spread out all over downtown Grand Rapids.  Art is exhibited outdoor, in museums, churches, hotels, shops, pop-up venues… literally all over GR.  This years winner of both the juried and popular vote is Anila Quayyum Agha –  Intersections.


Renegade Chicago – Favorites of September Market 2014

Posted by liz on Sep 11th, 2014


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il_170x135.584273217_5vhsIt’s a summer highlight of mine to attend the @Renegadecraft Chicago show.  Always in September, typically hot, tasty food and lots of interesting art and people.  Check out a list of vendors online, below is a small sampling of some of my favorites.

2014-NeoCon / Commercial Design Conference

Posted by liz on Jun 11th, 2014

This week, I took my annual pilgrimage to NeoCon 2014 – Merchandise Mart, Chicago IL.   NeoCon is the industry’s place to be if you are interested in commercial design, furniture and finishes.  I took a sampling of some of my favorite products of the day.  Bright colors, natural materials, unique shapes in geometrics and planks.  It was sort of an modern simple style – resting heavily on geometric patterns and shapes.  NeoCon is filled with unique designs and characters.  A highlight of the design year that carries into project design ideas.

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Check out my images in larger scale.


California Coincidence – Selections from Fireclay and Heath Ceramics

Posted by liz on Apr 15th, 2014

Heath Ceramics- Seasonal 1219132014-04-15 14_46_09I’m calling it a California Coincidence – this week, while researching a new tile option for a backsplash – I came across the new CRT – Tile from Fireclay.  The 100% recycled tile made up of TV screen glass is offered in many colors from the subtle to vibrant fuchsia.  I selected some other finishes from their clay line – all made in California.  Heath Ceramics, offering their Spring line in the lavender, grey, and limey green color palette.  I must have been inspired! What a coincidence.

Project Completion: DeEtta’s Bakery and Harvest Bible Chapel

Posted by liz on Mar 10th, 2014

Two projects that I collaborated on were opened to the public this month.  I’m happy to say they turned out great!  With many contributors these projects will serve Naperville in a positive way.

DeEtta’s Bakery

Architect: Torch Architecture

Design Assistance: Elizabeth Marusin

Opening Date: 3/2014



Harvest Bible Chapel – Naperville / Multipurpose Room

Contractor: Riedy Construction

Architect: Torch Architecture

Designer: Elizabeth Marusin / Asparagus Interiors

Opening Date: 2/2014 Harvest_2014

Conversation Furniture / Structured and Cozy

Posted by liz on Feb 3rd, 2014

Watching Downton Abbey last night, got me thinking about “conversationdownton interior 3article pieces.”  Not the type of pieces that are exciting and outrageous, but the type of furniture that encourages conversation.

Consider a wing back sofa or a modified tete-to-tete chaise – these pieces have structure that confines and encourages soft spoken conversation.  Something worth considering as we sit down with our iPad or a cup of coffee or engage in micro-conversations with a loved one. One of my favorite pieces out today is the Alcove Plume, by Vitra. This soft, structured and contained sofa is modern, inviting and creates one of the coziest conversation pits around.


2014 – Pantone Color of the Year / Radiant Orchid

Posted by liz on Jan 6th, 2014

2014_Pantone_Color Happy New Year / Happy New Purple

Pantone released 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, as their 2014 Color of the Year.

As described on the Pantone site, Radiant Orchid is “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

They recommend the using this color in your interiors by, “sprucing up interior spaces by incorporating this eye-catching hue in paint, accent pieces and accessories. As adaptable as it is beautiful, Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows.”

A great complement to all the neutral / cool grey tones we’ve been using.  Consider subtle lavender and iridescent complements in materials and objects.

Check out this Etsy article – featuring objects, furnishings, jewelry and accents from their online artisans.


Chicago Renegade Craft Fair 2013 – Still a Hit with Me

Posted by liz on Sep 9th, 2013




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My favorite time of the year, Renegade Craft Fair – Summer.  This year was packed with new and some returning artists that are always great to see.  An awesome array of art, hipsters, dogs, tattoos and interesting mix of city grunge and urban style.  Heres some of my fav’s from this year’s show:

USGBC-Illinois / Green Apple Day of Service

Posted by liz on Jun 27th, 2013
This summer I’m VOLUNTEERING – USGBC-Illinois chapter promoting the GREEN APPLE DAY OF SERVICE. Interested in joining us as a School, Mentor, Volunteer or Sponsor? The USGBC-Illinois Green Apple Day of Service begins September 28, 2013. For More Information Check Out:http://www.usgbc-illinois.org/events/green-apple/
Green Apple Day of Service : USGBC – Illinois Chapter
The USGBC-Illinois Chapter and the National Center for Green Schools is inviting communities to take action on campuses around the world for

My 2013 NeoCon – Fav’s

Posted by liz on Jun 17th, 2013

2013_NeoConFav This year’s 2013 NeoCon – was a splash of saturated colors and mix of geometric shapes and bold patterns.  Really exciting to see lots of citron, red, orange and pink.  I like the mix of planks, hexagons and organic carpet patterns.  Lots of play with mixing colors and pairing bold themes with simple backdrops.

Check out the manufacturers of these items – I posted the montage on my facebook page.

Contract Magazine’s Best of 2013 NeoCon

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