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AMY PARISER

CO-FOUNDER × PARTNER

Amy spent most of her childhood in Berwyn, IL. She attended the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and a minor in English. With a passion for effective communication, Amy led marketing efforts in user experience and content strategy for over seven years at a large health care company in Chicago. Inspired by her late grandmother's travels, style, and sensibility, Amy embarked upon a career change, earning a Master of Arts in Interior Design from Harrington College of Design, and started her career in hospitality design at Simeone Deary Design Group. In 2015, Amy was honored with the Hospitality Design (HD) New Design Professional Award.

 

While Amy adores all elements of the design process, she's most eager to research and produce thoughtful design concepts. She also obsesses over sheer window treatments. Traveling solo to Turkey remains one of Amy's most rewarding experiences, while the PARINI journey will assuredly be another. When not contemplating travel, talking about travel, or traveling, you will likely find Amy brewing kombucha, watching The Shining, drooling over the latest Alexander Wang collection, or attending outdoor music festivals. Or twirling.

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CHRISTINE BABINI

CO-FOUNDER × PARTNER

Christine was born in Detroit, and raised in Rochester, MI. An NCIDQ certified designer and LEED Accredited Professional, Christine earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Michigan State University. Her fascination with hospitality design began during a foundational internship with Gettys in Chicago. During her time at von Staden Architects and Simeone Deary Design Group, Christine gained experience designing and managing a range of hospitality, residential, and corporate interiors projects from inception to execution. In 2018, Christine was recognized as a Boutique 18 Honoree, which celebrates ‘on-the-rise, cutting-edge designers who are having a major impact on both the industry and their firms’ according to Boutique Design magazine.

 

Christine is deeply inspired when experiencing other cultures, and she turns to architecture and high fashion for cues in form, composition, and texture. Christine has a relentless spirit for globe-trotting, Diet Coke, shoulder dancing, her pup Shosh, and caring for her bountiful houseplants. Her physical strength is unmatched by many and her intense regard for the arts is equally powerful. She relishes her time spent with family on Torch Lake and is thrilled to have returned home to the mitten.

ELIZABETH CRUZ

SENIOR DESIGNER

Elizabeth was raised in Toledo, OH, and eventually moved to Chicago as she craved the excitement and culture of city life. While in Chicago, she spent several years studying education at DePaul University, but soon realized she wanted to follow her true passion: interior design. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Harrington College of Design, she spent eight years at the boutique design firm blocHaus, which started as an internship and blossomed over the years into a position as Studio Head. Throughout her career, Elizabeth has maintained a passion for designing restaurants, crafting highly functional floor plans and carefully curated details driven by the design concept. Elizabeth loves designing custom lighting and furniture, developing a simple sketch into a detailed design and working closely with fabricators to make sure every custom piece is carefully crafted and brought to life.

 

Elizabeth thrives on the ever-evolving design process and enjoys every phase of a project. She values client relationships and understanding each clients’ specific needs, both functionally and aesthetically for any given brand. When Elizabeth is not working, she can be found chasing around her two year old son Oliver, cooking and trying out new recipes, drinking coffee, or spinning her favorite records. She is thrilled to be in the ever evolving and unrivaled city of Detroit.

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SYDNEY DROUILLARD
SENIOR DESIGNER

Sydney grew up in Grand Blanc, MI and went on to receive her Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design from Central Michigan University. While obtaining her degree, she gained valuable knowledge through coursework, an American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) membership, and internship experience where she discovered her love for commercial design. Sydney joined Detroit-based Kraemer Design Group after graduation and worked on numerous hotel, multi-family, and commercial office projects during her six year tenure. Her most recently completed hotel project was named a finalist in the Select Service Hotel Public Space category for the 17th annual Hospitality Design Awards.

 

Sydney received her NCIDQ certification in October 2020, indicating her proficiency in interior design principles and dedication to the profession. She is committed to continue improving interior environments and appreciates having the ability to practice her passion by contributing to the revitalization of Detroit. In her free time, Sydney is typically working on home projects with her architect husband, Blake, or walking their 100-lb bearded dog, Edmund, around Ferndale. She has a deep love for coffee, Orangetheory Fitness, fashion, Drake, and putting Sriracha on everything. 

 

MONICA RUMA
DESIGNER

Monica grew up in Toledo, OH. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from the University of Cincinnati. While she has always felt drawn to interior design, her dream became a reality when she interned with NY-based firm Nemaworkshop. While in school, Monica was able to work in various facets of the design industry, from experiential to furniture and interiors, and gained experience being a part of teams and processes that she loved.


Monica is perpetually curious and feels most inspired when she is able to immerse herself in new experiences. From traveling to China for a month-long pottery workshop to picking up a running habit, Monica finds that understanding someone else’s experience is the best way to grow as a person and a designer. While she loves to be active, her favorite times are those spent watching bad TV with her cat Cinder.

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COLLEEN YOUNG
DESIGNER

Colleen grew up in Romeo, MI, where she developed a love for design, detail, and the outdoors as a child. She went on to apply these passions, graduating from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design and a Minor in Environmental Studies and Sustainability. Following her undergrad, she attended the University of Detroit Mercy, earning her Master of Community Development degree. Throughout these academic endeavors, Colleen maintained her commitment to environmental integrity. She served as the vice president of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) student organization at MSU, and sought out a custom independent study in sustainability through her Master’s program.

 

In her free time, you can find Colleen hiking, planning trips, daydreaming about traveling, or dabbling with her musical pursuits in piano and bass guitar. These activities are frequently accompanied by truffle fries, smoked salmon, and her sketchbook. Her inspiration and drive comes from the natural world, which is manifested throughout her artistic ventures.

 
 

SHOSH
SHOP DOG

Shosh was born in White Lake, MI, and shortly thereafter, met her mom and soulmate Christine (see above). A city girl at heart, Shosh has spent most of her life in Chicago and Detroit. While she is technically a Shiba Inu breed of Japanese descent, we lovingly classify our regal girl as a 'cat-dog'. She is best known for her seal-like noises upon greeting, luscious thick coat, and never-ending appetite for cheese (in any form, though preferably cheese sticks).

In 2018, Shosh's life became monumentally more exciting when she was named Parini's official mascot, greeter, and shop dog. Shosh is the most blissful version of herself when receiving belly rubs, eating pastries on the weekends, snoozing the day away, or roaming freely around her grandparents' yard.

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