Posted by liz on Dec 20th, 2009
Seasons Greetings! Our annual holiday e-card went out this weekend wishing you all a fun and festive holiday season. This year has proven to be full of projects that were both inspiring and creative. Pushing my ideas further and doing more with what we have.
Emphasis on heirloom objects, renewable resources and placing priority on focal points has challenged my designs to work with your important creative goals.
Working together with a shared vision and common goal helps us create great interiors!
Wishing you all happy holidays and a prosperous new year! Best Wishes, – Liz Marusin
Posted by liz on Dec 15th, 2009
The “power of presentation” applies to so many facets of our lifes. We are a visual society that craves stimulus and makes decisions based on appearances.
We visited Joy Yee Noodle shop in Naperville this past weekend with our daughters. They were instantly swayed by the visual presentation of the noodle shop’s offerings.
Can chopsticks really suspend in the air? Can a fish really stand up on a plate? These are the fascinating visual effects in their display widows. The menu all in asian script and photos helps us figure out what looks good as we decipher what to order.
How can this translate to your interior design?
Presentation is everything so if you have a specific style, or are hosting a friend, party or your mom for tea. Go ahead and make it special. Take the time to consider how your interior design reflects who you are.
Posted by liz on Dec 13th, 2009
I ran across this Kroehler Chair offered online via Hindsvik.etsy.com. It got me thinking, how cool is this chair and can these mid-century models still be out there.
I came across a write up on the Kroehler Manufacturing Co’s past in Naperville on the Encyclopedia of Chicago.
Considering I live a stone’s throw from the building, I thought it be in my best interest to follow up on some local history.
Interesting facts from the article:
- 1902, Peter E. Kroehler bought the Naper ville Lounge Co.
- 1940s, Kroehler was the second-largest furniture maker in the United States.
- 1970s, closing its historic Naperville factory in 1978 and ending its operations in the area.
Posted by liz on Dec 13th, 2009
If you love the french antique vibe over at Les Tissus Colbert, check out State Street Salvage in Geneva, IL.
A new venture for Kevin Hanley and Steven Peterson, focused on reclaimed industrial furniture that has been hand crafted and retooled for residential applications. The companies collaborate on projects offering a renewed appreciation for old world furniture. It makes the trip out to Geneva so worth it.
Posted by liz on Dec 8th, 2009
After the time spent at interior design school, I made my girls a quick graham cracker A-Frame gingerbread house. I’m also stumbling across little holiday houses like those at My House Party.
Some online sources for handcrafted holiday ideas:
Keep your eyes open this holiday for creative ideas that inspire.
Posted by liz on Dec 4th, 2009
Renovating your kitchen. Looking for a pop of color and considering new countertop options. Check out Vertrazzo Recycled Glass countertops made with 85% recycled glass.
They recently won the “first annual Green Log Home & Lifestyle AwardsTM in the countertop division. Judged most eco-friendly from a crowded field of surfacing options.”
Posted by liz on Dec 1st, 2009
It’s December 1st and the holiday season has just begun.
In the spirit of all things festive and fun, I’ve listed a couple of holiday finds that are sure to bring out the cheeky cheery fun we all love.
- Ornament: Loosetooth Design
- Free Download – Advent Calendar and Monthly Planner: Mimbo
- Linen Fabric, Creative Gifts and Annual Linen Calendar: Lotta Jansdotter