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.


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

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

Blackbird Crossing Vintage Market – Three Oaks MI

Posted by liz on May 28th, 2013

This weekend we stopped by the Blackbird Crossing Vintage Market in Three Oaks, MI.  Awesome vintage finds, great display, some really fun things.  We stopped by on the last day, I’m sure the selection was interesting on Friday.

Summer dates last Friday, Sat and Sunday of Summer months:  June 21-22-23




LEED GA – Exam Passed!

Posted by liz on May 17th, 2013

credential-ga With much excitement, I’m happy to announce I’ve passed the LEED Green Associate examination!

USGBC defines the credential as, “The LEED Green Associate credential demonstrates a solid and current foundation in green building principles and practices.”

More information on the LEED building certifications and professional credentials, USGBC.org.

Spring Break wrapped up – moving into Spring Design

Posted by liz on Apr 3rd, 2013


With Spring Break wrapping up last week, Spring design season is in full swing.  Natural, nautical and pops of bright colors are fun again.  A renewal of color offering a punchy vibe to the home.  We enjoyed our trip to Mexico Beach, FL and saw some neat seaside relics an architecture.





Lisa Swerling’s Glass Cathedrals – Diorama Fun!

Posted by liz on Feb 28th, 2013

Freewheelin_cu_WPLooking for artwork, but something different, actual – relatable, almost touchable, drop you into a setting kinda artwork?

Check out “Lisa Swerling’s Glass Cathedrals.”  She’s just released a new set of diorama’s appealing to the travelers and dreamers in all of us.  I saw her artwork at the Summer – Renegade Chicago – Craft Fair.  If she’s in the Chicago area again, I’ll be picking one up for sure – kicking myself for not jumping at the chance the first time.

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