Remembering 2014 and Moving Forward to 2015

by Ruben on December 31, 2014


I know it’s been a long while since my last blog post. It’s been a very hecticly busy few months. This year has been very challenging for me in my personal life, but it has also been amazing.

In March, my life drastically changed when my father unexpectedly past away from a heart attack. It was the most painful experience of my life. I never expected to lose a parent so soon and to this day it still hurts. I feel his absence all the time, but his spirit is very much alive in me. Then I got to experience an inspiring trip around the world to Italy and Dubai for a design project I am so proud to be a part of. Over the Summer, I had a near death experience when I got in a terrible car accident. I cannot express how blessed I am to have survived such a crash. My mother would always tell me that God will always put trials in our lives, but with faith we can surpass all trials. Mommy was right!

The interior design business at JBI has been exceptionally good, we secured many good clients and I cannot be more grateful from all the business we have received from our wonderful clients. Lastly, I was recently selected with my counterpart Casey Mason, to redesign  the Library and Library Powder Room for the 2015 Pasadena Showcase House of Design. It has always been one of my dreams to be part of such a prestigious showhouse. I will be sure to keep you posted on our progress of the Showcase House.

It is without a doubt that 2015 will be an even better and more grateful year. Thank you all so much for everything!

Cheers to 2015!

My dad will always be in my heart. I love you daddy! My dad will always be in my heart. I love you daddy!

 

Duomo di Milano in Milan, Italy. Duomo di Milano in Milan, Italy.

 

Casey and I presenting our designs for the 2015 Pasadena Showcase House of Design! Casey and I presenting our designs for the 2015 Pasadena Showcase House of Design!

 

At the French Quarter in New Orleans At the French Quarter in New Orleans

 

My family is my rock My family is my rock

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To me, art is an important element in interior design. This is where I see my clients’ true colors, ha! It is such a personal detail to each individual because it is a form of self expression.

I’ve seen a plethora of art mediums, galleries, artists and sculptors. Recently, the unique art of Linda Herzog has caught my attention. Linda is not your ordinary artist. Her work combines wildlife animals with imaginary scenery. Her use of colors and vivid details in her work are spectacularly amazing!  Each piece tells a story of wonder and fantasy.

Linda’s work has been featured in movies, displayed all over the world including Japan, Hawaii and throughout the United States.  Linda Herzog is a true talent. You can check out her website by clicking here.

The Last Supper. The Last Supper.

 

Masquerade. One of my favorite pieces! Masquerade. One of my favorite pieces!

 

 

Rhino Train.  Reminds me of The Polar Express, one of my favorite Christmas tales. Rhino Train. Reminds me of The Polar Express, one of my favorite Christmas tales.

 

The talented Linda Herzog, friends and I at her gallery premier. The talented Linda Herzog, friends and I at her gallery premier.

 

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Marhaba al Dubai! تحية من دبي

by Ruben on May 22, 2014


I recently had the opportunity to visit one of the world’s most progressive cities…Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

I was so impressed with all the high rise architecture, especially the notable Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. From the airplane view upon arriving, I was able to see Dubai’s rich collection of innovative architecture; it was simply breathtaking. As I toured this amazing city, it reminded me so much of Las Vegas, New York and a little bit of Los Angeles. The weather was quite warm, over 90 degrees. I will never complain about our “hot” weather at home lol. The people there are so friendly, and let’s not forget the food, oh my! They have every type of food imaginable, but what impressed me the most was the true Arabic food we had at the Burj Al Arab. The host even gave me their recipe of their famous lentil soup. Their service, hospitality, and attention to detail was top notch!

Everything about Dubai was impressive. I truly cannot wait until my next visit. Dubai was so much fun and inspiring.

Ana Bahib Dubai! I love Dubai!

The stunning architecture The stunning architecture The Burj Khalifa stands at 164 floors tall (2,717 feet) The Burj Khalifa stands at 164 floors tall (2,717 feet)

 

An indoor ski resort…only in Dubai! Ski Dubai at the Mall of the Emirates. At Jumeirah Beach next to the Burj Al Arab At Jumeirah Beach next to the Burj Al Arab Looking up! Looking up! On top of the world...literally! On top of the world…literally! In front of the Emirates Twin Towers In front of the Emirates Twin Towers

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In Loving Memory of My Dad, Ruben Marquez

by Ruben on April 29, 2014


I’m dedicating this post in remembrance of my father, Ruben Marquez who past away March 24, 2014. He was only 52 years old.

My dad who I always call “daddy” was my ultimate hero. He was born in Mexico and immigrated to California in his late teens. My daddy only made it to the third grade and managed to run a successful restaurant, manage multiple real estate properties, and was a true do-it-yourself worker. He did everything himself;  from designing and remodeling his homes to doing the construction and managing. It’s clear where my inspiration for design comes from!

I’m going to miss my daddy so much and will be thinking of him every single day until one day when we meet again!

I love you Daddy!

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My daddy and I at Disneyland My daddy and I at Disneyland With my mom and dad at my high school graduation. My dad was always proud of me. With my mom and dad at my high school graduation. My dad was always proud of me. On our way to Mexico! On our way to Mexico! Family adventures in Lake Tahoe Family adventures in Lake Tahoe Christmas won't be the same with out you Holidays and family gatherings won’t be the same without you

 

My college graduation My college graduation I'm going to miss my daddy so much! I’m going to miss my daddy so much!

 

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The Well-Traveled Home by Sandra Espinet!

by Ruben on February 5, 2014


If you love to travel and love interior design, this book is perfect for you!

Sandra Espinet is probably one of the most well-traveled people I know. Her interior work is a great representation of the exotic places she’s been. Sandy’s first book “The Well-Traveled Home” has now become one of my favorite interior design books, it happens to be on top of my coffee table at home! Every page and every image is beautifully photographed to capture the feeling of actually being inside Sandy’s interiors. I joke that Sandy’s book should also be titled “The Well-Photographed Home” Ha!

You may purchase “The Well-Traveled Home” on Amazon by clicking here.

I can't get my hands off of it! Showing off my new book!

 

Gracias Sandy...besos! Gracias Sandy…besos! One of my favorite interiors by Sandra Espinet! One of my favorite interiors by Sandra Espinet!

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Custom Furniture in the Making!

October 23, 2013

Everyday I’m pulling tear sheets and drawing custom furniture pieces for client projects. Once the custom items are quoted and signed off by the client, production starts! I love the opportunity of visiting my resource’s factory to see how the custom pieces are actually made. The experience to see all this production behind the scenes is quite […]

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