Milestones

Fall is a time of transition and beginnings for me, far more so than Spring. I have been thinking a lot about milestones recently, especially after the time warp that we've been in since early 2020. It's October, and I have no idea where the summer went. It's easy to let anniversaries and milestones slip… Continue reading Milestones

Inspired Buffalo

Owner Marinette Kozlow and her Mom, Mouna, in front of Inspired Buffalo's Blackrock studio ({Photo: Jennifer Santora). Part of the defining vision of Design Synergies was to, well, create synergies with other creative entrepreneurs and small businesses. DSA started as a home-based business, then grew into a tiny office shared with another home-based business, Allieway… Continue reading Inspired Buffalo

Happy 5th birthday!

Design Synergies is celebrating its 5th birthday this month!  The 5-year mark is a big milestone for us, as it is for a lot of small businesses.  In 2012, the Small Business Administration (SBA) reported - based on research by the Bureau of Labor Statistics - that about 2/3 of small businesses make it to the 2-year… Continue reading Happy 5th birthday!

Lessons learned, and learned again

I met a former client at a social event last year, and he introduced me as "his Designer" who had worked on his store, "...but actually I designed it.  She just helped". About a year after finishing that project, along came another client with very definite ideas and his very own 3D model.  The General Contractor balked at anything… Continue reading Lessons learned, and learned again

Know your value

  Price is what you pay. Value is what you get. Warren Buffett Two things happened in the past month that have me questioning the value of our work as Architects.  To be specific - the value of my work.  The first was a client telling me he expected my fee to be about half of what I proposed.… Continue reading Know your value