I've never been a person who thinks "it's my way or the highway". Things should work for you. When I'm looking at charts, something has to appeal to me . . . the content, the colors, a verse, etc. Some charts I work exactly as the designer intended it to be . . . love it all. Other charts I might tweak a bit to suit me . . . it might be the colors . . . it might be the placement of something. Don't be afraid to make something your own. Yes, I have ripped stitches out where it didn't work, but sometimes it does!
This Shepherd's Bush design was an R&R Retreat piece from a few years ago. Again loved the piece but something didn't feel right with the color placement for me. It's a perfectly lovely piece as designed, but it worked better for me when I changed the color placement . . . don't know why. I also attached the autographed design cover to the back of the piece . . . for posterity . . . you know, when the piece winds up in a museum of 21st Century needlework some day . . . LOL !!!!!
So go do your own thing! If you have a piece you've changed . . . be it one of mine or someone else . . . send it to me and I may share "your own thing"! (my email address is over there on the right)