The Black Goose Design Blog

Say hello to Megan, our newest designer
Thursday Jul 23 2020

Meet Megan VanLeeuwen, the new assistant manager at The Black Goose Design.

 Megan VanLeeuwen

Megan comes to us from the bridal industry, where she designed custom wedding gowns and owned her own bridal business.

“With my background in fashion, I’m skilled with fabrics and high-end textiles,” Megan said. “It’s been fun to see how those skills easily translate to interior design and the work we do at The Black Goose Design.”

fabric options at The Black Goose Design

While design skills absolutely translate from one creative world to the next, we couldn’t help ask what prompted Megan to make the switch. 

“Running a business out of both Utah and LA proved taxing, pricy, and difficult,” Megan explained. “As difficult as it was for my business partner and I, we finally decided it was time to close that chapter in our lives. It was so emotional to decide to close, but I still do custom dress orders here and there, which makes it feel a little less final. For full-time work, I moved on to positions that weren’t as design focused, however, and I found myself greatly missing the design world.”

 bridal design

As timing would have it, Megan’s longing happened to hit just as we had an opening for an assistant manager.

“I was so excited when I saw this spot open up,” Megan recalled. “It spoke to my love of design and reminded me that I can still be a part of the design world, even if it’s not in fashion.”

With Megan’s extensive understanding of design principles, her impeccable eye for style, and her fresh take, she’s already an outstanding fit at The Black Goose Design.

“We have what we call ‘floor day’ here,” Megan explained. “It’s when new pieces come in and we place them on the floor. Being new, I spent much of the time this week simply watching Ali and Denise work their magic. They and the rest of the designers here really are like magicians, the way they put things together in spectacular ways that just work. I’m excited to learn all I can from them. And they’re all so approachable… It’s nice having that kind of friendly wisdom surrounding me.”

As much as Megan appreciates the company she’s in, our team appreciates HER. We can already tell she’s the perfect fit, bringing her own special magic to all she does here at The Black Goose Design.


Q&A with Megan


Q. What room is your favorite room in the home to design?

A. The bedroom! It’s one of my favorite spots in my home because it’s so relaxing. It’s all about comfort and feeling light. Lightweight fabrics, comfy bedding, calming colors… It’s a fun and peaceful puzzle to put together!”

 bedroom design ideas

Q. What is your favorite thing to buy for the home?

A. There’s no way to pick a single thing, but I do love pillows. You can change them from season to season to completely update the look of a room without a huge expense.

Summer 2020 decorative pillow trends 

Q. What is your favorite design style?

A. Traditional with a modern twist is how I’d define my style. I also adore the modern farmhouse look and California ranch style.

California Ranch design style 

California ranch style is where mid-century modern meets rustic. This painting, available at The Black Goose Design, is a gorgeous example of that vibe, with its warm hues and the clean lines of its frame.


Q. How did you get started in design?

A. My dad is an artist, so I grew up drawing. As a young child, I spent much time drawing figures and making my own paper dolls. I guess you could say my calling was clear from an early age, and I’ve loved the journey that has brought me to this point. I can’t wait to see where things go from here!

 bridal design sketches

Thanks, Megan! We can’t wait to watch you spread your talented wings at The Black Goose Design. You’re a tremendous asset to our team.

If you’d like to learn more about California ranch style, using textiles, or any other design-related topic, Megan is happy to meet with you. Stop by any time.

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