How to Work with a Designer to Design Your Story

The first time I had a client who allowed me to really go for it and design with all the unlimited budget I had trained for it scared me. He said, 'I want you to make it amazing', and then didn't really tell me much about what he wanted. I really wanted it to be right, yet I needed to discover what 'right' was for him, not me. So how do you know when a design is 'right'? In creating the right setting for someone else a designer has to get bold, and I don't mean by bringing bold ideas. Well designed spaces happen when your designer is more focused on you and your vision than their cool ideas. A designer should ask bold questions, and then listen so client can find bold answers. Listening is w

Beneath the Surface, Root Vegetables

Carrots, parsnips, radishes, fingerlings, beets, horseradish, turnips, and yams might might not look like much above ground, but there are some really beautiful varieties out there. These roots give us a new perspective about what’s happening beneath the soil. I love to peruse the seed catalogues and select root vegetable seeds I might never find in the store. Roots, both the heritage kind and the herbaceous kind, are foundations. Whether they be good genes or a yummy potato recipe, roots are grounding and centering. They grow deeper and more complex as we give them the proper care from the surface. This is the time of year when the die hards prep their beds for the early roots for soups and

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