balance in all things

an ancient Sanskrit word...and a modern aspiration

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As a child I liked to draw, but I also liked to work out in the garden alongside my dad. As an adult I continue to balance art and nature, inner and outer, function and form. While I don't "draw" as much as my childhood self, I still thrive on design and illustration, and on nurturing little herbaceous things.
design in bloom is my graphic design company. I work with you to design publications, long documents, books and ebooks; marketing materials and trade-show displays; packaging, and just about anything design related — all in the service of communicating your messages in the most attractive and effective ways. I also design web-related materials and provide software training. I work with a team of freelance talents to provide you a full-service experience.
In tandem with graphic design, I love to help homeowners create their ideal landscapes. I can provide simple advice, mentoring and training, or even a full redesign. I am an advanced-level Purdue Master Gardener and with more than 30 years of experience in my own gardens.
Read on to see my portfolio, and please invite me to help you create hatha in your projects


    Graphic Design, Book and Publications

  • Photoshop and Illustration

  • P.O.P., Trade Show Displays

  • Webdesign, eBooks

  • Garden Design, Garden Mentoring

Why Choose Us?

As an independent, full-service designer with more than 35 years experience I provide the advantages of:

  • competitive rates
  • close attention to detail with accurate and timely turnaround
  • a proven record of cost-saving alternatives
  • a full range of services for print, publishing, packaging and web


Karen has worked for Kallidus Group for four years as a freelance designer and illustrator on a wide range of design projects. She has created illustrations, logos, posters, brochures, web banners, complex forms, advertisements, website designs, and more. Her eye for design is first-rate as are her skills in Adobe Creative Suite and her original illustrations are often specifically requested by our clients.

Karen is a genuine team player with a “can-do” attitude. Her strong work ethic and ability to quickly complete any job thrown at her have impressed us time and time again — our clients are prone to leaving projects to the last minute, but Karen somehow manages to not only meet the most impossible deadlines, but to provide top-notch art in that timeframe.

Tori Muir, Kallidus Group
It has been a pleasure working with Design in Bloom for more than 10 years on a wide variety of projects. Karen's experience, creativity, and determination to see projects through to successful completion have made her an asset to my company.
Andrew Dove, Dove Printing

Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.

Pablo Picasso


Just a few of the many projects recently completed.

There are always flowers for those who want to see them.

Henri Matisse


The best way to reach me is to send me an email with a brief description of what is needed. I try to respond quickly.

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