• Gold Rush : CHI

    Veering from my usual full canvas paintings; I pulled the composition inward on this pieces for a more focused and dramatic centerpiece. I loved the texture of the wood base coming through the mix of thin and thick layers. The signature gold splash is a favorite and shakes up the composition in just the right way.

  • Thinking Pink

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. A cause near and dear to my heart, I've been enjoying the pink inspo in some of my paintings lately! Here's one of my favorites, combining my sketch patining process with a bold pop of color in the background.

    (all photos copyright Elizabeth Grube, LYZ Design)

  • Travel Inspo: AUSTIN

    On a recent work trip to Austin, I had the chance to check out South Congress and fell in love with the quirky, artsy, authentic, laid back vibe. The vibrant colors, patterns and overall style were so inspiring! I love visiting new cities and experiencing what makes them tick. I fell in love immediately with the grounds of Hotel Saint Cecilia, the bold yet comfortable design was right up my alley and the intimate feel of the grounds was unlike most hotel experiences. I will definitely be back for another visit! 

    [All photos taken by Elizabeth Grube]

  • Hyper Sketch

    Here's a fun hyperlapse video of my sketching process. Enjoy!

  • Urban Artist

    A couple years ago, I was asked to do an artists' interview for an art show I was exhibiting at KGB Studios in Los Angeles, hosted by ChocolatArt. In lieu of doing a typical interview...I offered up the idea to do it right in downtown LA, on the street - right in the energetic locale from which my inspiration is drawn. It is by far one of my favorite memories of living in LA.

    Watch the interview HERE !

    Photo and Video Credit: ChocolatArt

  • Pattern Play

    I was commissioned recently for a custom piece of art in a dining space I was designing for a client. The request was a bit of a departure from my typical "painting style". But, being the creative creature that I am, it was actually really refreshing to look at something with a unique perspective! Here is the end product. Each of the 6 pieces measures 24" x 24" and is subtly unique. Painted on a white textured mat board with black acrylic paint and white border, it was then framed in a 1" thick clean black frame. Overall, the scale of the pattern plays off the large graphic scale of the rug and creates a large scale art moment to anchor this dining room design.

    All images are copyright of Elizabeth Grube, LyzDesign

  • White Space

    Since I've been painting abstracts and skylines over the past 7 years, I find that I have a natural instinct to fill the entire canvas. Lately I've been thinking more about the evolution of my process and have decided to embark on embracing the negative space. Because sometimes the negative space in a composition is just as important as the positive.

    The piece below was painted on an unprimed wood panel. The lightness on the edges are a white wash of paint over the wood so you can still read the wood texture beneath. This is one of my favorite paintings that doesn't "fill" the entire frame...and thus creates a very dynamic focal point.

    All images are copyright of Elizabeth Grube, LyzDesign

  • Classic Chicago

    I have officially completed my longest painting yet! At 8 feet long, this 2 paneled painting was a Chicago skyline commission for a good friend's new home in Michigan. I got to deliver it in person this weekend and hang it in the space...and its perfect! This painting was a slightly different color palette than I'm typically used to, as I wanted to create a very timeless, yet modern painting for the home that involved neutral and classic colors that worked well with their love of midcentury modern design. I loved working on this piece and will definitely be re-visiting this color palette soon!

    All images are copyright of Elizabeth Grube, LyzDesign

  • B + W

    Anyone who knows me knows I'm a huge fan of black and white patterns - in tile, in fabrics, in art, in name it, if its black and white, I love it. I have taken that inspiration and channeled it in some recent paintings. Removing the color from these paintings has challenged me to focus on creating compositions out of form and texture instead of color, and breaking down my painting process to a more simplified form. I think this process will only improve my future paintings, even the colorful ones!

    All images are copyright of Elizabeth Grube, LyzDesign

  • Hotel Allegro / Chicago

    A few months ago, I was asked by Simeone Deary Design Group, to paint an abstract painting for the newly renovated Hotel Allegro. Here is the painting hanging in the lounge just off the main lobby. I am so proud of this piece as it challenged me with its monochromatic approach, and honored to have it hanging in such a stunning space! Kudos to Simeone Deary on the beautiful renovation - the design of the new Hotel Allegro is truly remarkable. If you're ever in Chicago, check it out!

  • Sketching Chicago

    I never intended for my first skyline doodles to ever become pieces of art themselves. The loose lines and squiggles give so much energy and personality to each skyline, so why not capture that? Chicago has always been my favorite skyline to sketch (and paint) because no matter how identifiable the skyline is, each piece is truly unique and different from the next. I'm on a mission to create 10 new city sketches in the next 10 days....check in with my Etsy site for the final products!!  LYZ design on Etsy

    Photo Credit: Elizabeth Grube

  • Watercolor 101

    I haven't touched watercolor since my Watercolor 101 Class in college. I've been kind of scared of the watery medium, its so hard to control! But I decided to embrace the chaos in the same way that I approach my abstract acrylic paintings. Here is my first LYZ watercolor, a mixed media piece with a watercolor canvas background and ink and acrylic layered on top. I love the transparency of the colors and the composition that was created. I think it offers another level of depth to my paintings! 

    Studio Fun...

    Ta Da!

  • Cool Clocks

    Recently, Society6 has been adding some cool new products to their already diverse offerings! Proving once again that you don't have to sacrifice style for function. Check out all my LYZ design products today, like this recently added Los Angeles Clock! L Y Z D E S I G N on Society6

  • Urban Jungle

    Just because you live in the city doesn't mean you can't bring some nature indoors. Amp up the healthiness and happiness of your adding a plant (or two or three!)! They make the perfect roomies - less demanding than a pet yet still alive and thriving, adding a touch of natural life and whimsy. Go on, find your own Green Thumb!

    Find these AMAZING planters at Amsterdam Modern (

    If you don't have a green thumb (like me), go for easy to care for plants like succulents and cacti. Watering is key, but placing your plant in the right light is imperative.

    All images taken by @lyzdesign unless noted otherwise.

  • Rose Gold

    You may have noticed accents of rose gold and copper being used in interiors spaces, decor and fashion lately. I find the warm metallic hue very elegant and its so easy to mix and match with things you might already own. It looks great in both modern and traditional spaces, mixes well with textures and patterns and offers a warm accent to any space. I personally love it most as a shiny pendant light in a modern eclectic home.

    Image Source A House in the Hills

    Image Source West Elm

    Image Source Domaine Home

    Image Source West Elm

    Image Source David Derksen

    Image Source Blu Dot

  • Inspiration at its finest

    Recently I got to see, in person, the exact view of a painting I did of NYC for someone special a few months ago. I painted the painting using a photograph as inspiration since I had not seen the scene in person myself (yet!). However, when I arrived at Brooklyn Bridge Park and saw "my painting" in real life, I was speechless for a moment. As much as I love painting a scene/ city/ view after I've traveled there in person....its almost more fulfilling for me to paint something before I see it, and then go travel there to find the exact view I painted. Because up until that moment, it existed in my mind only as a painting and offers limitless possibility. 

    All images taken by @lyzdesign unless noted otherwise.

  • Eclectic Modern

    I'm most inspired by interiors that don't feel like they've come straight from a catalog. My dream spaces include mixed metals, mixed textures, a pop of bold color, artistic accents and crisp white to balance it all out. I'm a huge fan of pattern, but not overdoing it. Coco Chanel once said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” I feel that same way with an interior. A little breathing room and simple balance can prevent designs from being overdone and fussy. These modern eclectic interiors below are most inspiring to me. Bold, textured, artistic, balanced, unique.

    Images via Elle DecorDomaineCatherine Kwong Design, Roseland Greene, Interior Infatuations, Domino Mag

  • Urban Artistic Living

    Up until this point this website has been mostly about paintings and my growing collection of vibrant and energetic skylines and palm trees. I’ve been honored to commission paintings for friends, family and strangers alike and all of that is creative fuel for new paintings and ideas, I can hardly keep up! Thank you all for your support and keep sharing the LYZ design love! I can’t wait until the next painting and/ or design project begins.

    As many of you may know, my creative outlets stretch past painting and I find inspiration in almost everything I see. Every time I travel, every time I pick up a magazine, every time I see someone fashionable walking down the street. I am starting these blog posts as an extension of my creative self. Consider it just another facet of LYZ design and stay tuned for all thing urban and artistic; inspirations that influence me, my artwork and my design style.

    Creativity is a way of life. Follow along and get inspired!

  • Art Impact

    I may be biased, but as an artist and designer, I can't imagine a space without a punch of bold art. Interior or exterior, traditional or belongs everywhere! I love putting a bold piece in a calm space to add some energy and make it more dynamic, but a monochromatic space with an uber textural simple piece of art works well too. There's a piece of art for any body, any any form. Below are a few of my favorite LYZ paintings in their homes!

    All images taken by @lyzdesign unless noted otherwise.