The Big Time

I haven’t had many opportunities to dive into a large-scale project since joining Room & Board, and it’s something I’ve really wanted to do. Close collaboration with my clients to design an entire room — or better yet, an entire home — is what I daydreamed about when I imagined working here. But the past 2 years here has seen me winding my way down a long learning curve, and the thought of taking on anything bigger than, say, a couple of sofas and a cocktail table, filled me with apprehension.

I brought this up in my recent Priorities and Measures conversation with my manager (see here: and within days — WHAM! I was hit with two very big, very exciting projects! Careful what you wish for! I tackled them both head-on, and I can’t tell you what a transformative experience it’s been. I realized I’m ready to do this and I LOVE it. I find myself thinking about these projects at dinner, on my way to and from work, when I’m lying in bed at night — and not in an anxiety-dream sort of way. It’s so fulfilling to be able to completely immerse yourself in something. And I’m lucky to have the support of my colleagues — there’s nothing more fun than brainstorming a solution to a tricky entryway with a bunch of design nerds!