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Rising Stars: Meet Steven Marusarz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Steven Marusarz.

Hi Steven, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I have really been designing since I was a child, always drawing large houses and floor plans, I still have the binder full of hundreds of my old plans. I am lucky to have grown up always traveling between Louisiana, Chicago, Walloon Lake Michigan, and beach in Florida. I was always surrounded by my family’s beautiful homes in all kinds of places in all kinds of styles, so I’d say that set my internal precedent of what’s visually correct. My Freshman year of high school, I met an architect named Mike McSwain in Shreveport, Louisiana, and went over to work for him every day after school and summers until college. Art school at SAIC in Chicago was my first real taste of freedom of thought, and I truly grew as an artist and person in my time there. I left Chicago and began my Los Angeles journey working at several of LA’s top level design firms including Mary McDonald Inc., Timothy Corrigan Inc., Philip Nimmo Design, and Todd Yoggy Designs inspired us to create designs which champion craftsmanship, originality, and taste. I am an artist, so I usually am led 100% by a painting or random accessory I find along the way of a project. I studied daily all different styles throughout history and am constantly searching for what’s next! I’m lucky to have a photographic memory for images and places and can combine multiple pieces I’ve seen into a totally new something with ease. Fashion also really inspires my designs, so I am constantly looking at everything down the runway, new color combinations, what’s shiny, and what’s not, etc. I can scale up all of these images and colors into an entire room design in my brain. My business took a definite hit during this pandemic where I lost an associate and a major client due to Covid’s budget edit to his life, but I’m excited to say things have definitely rebounded! In my downtime, I chose to travel and grow my network beyond Los Angeles, and am proud to say now live in a beautiful triangle between Los Angeles, CA, Park City, UT, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The amazing people I have met along the way have launched me into something bigger than I ever thought I could be, I am incredibly thankful. Much more to come~

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Nothing about being a creative is easy, my favorite professor in school said the one thing that I think about daily, “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” I’ve experienced horrible bosses, horrible vendors, contractors purposely messing things up so we would have to pay more to fix it, a horrible client who self-sabotaged their own project to try to get me to pay to replace it, horrible business partner in the past who embezzled and stole my identity for more cash, dealt with other peoples jealously because of my age and abilities, actually dealt with sexual assault/harassment on several occasions. So, answer to this is you must have the toughest skin and a backbone of steel or you’ll truly flop in one second. It’s not lonely at the top, it’s brutal.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I work on high-end residential projects, everything from interior architecture, landscape and exterior design down to selecting every interior material, and my favorite, shopping for the furnishings of course. I am known for my floor plans, interesting furniture layouts, color combinations, and furniture/fixture customization connections and abilities in LA, Park City, and Puerto Vallarta. I am most proud of a current project of mine in the Deer Valley area of Park City Utah that has been such a great client relationship, I was brought on to do three other of her homes. I would absolutely say my artistry shows in everything that I do, and the way I’m able to make a relatively boring thing super exciting and fun for all personality types makes me happy to be me.

If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
I was an adventure buff, always outside climbing trees, falling out of trees, building huge forts with friends, never ending dreaming of what to do next. I have always needed a ton of friends around me, I’m the biggest extrovert imaginable and having my crew around helps me stay motivated and excited for life. I am very good at balancing work/play and that was really what started my need to live multiple places, white-collar nomad type of thing. I’ll get super bored in one spot so I love being needed in multiple locations, keeps me always on my toes and I’m still dreaming of what to do next.

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Image Credits
Steven Marusarz Interior Design Inc. and Kyle Ortiz Photography

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