Wednesday Jun 21 2023 by Stacey Beyer
Where should I hang my art? What about my mirrors? At The Black Goose Design, we get asked these questions all the time. It’s easy to understand why this is a common conundrum. After all, a blank wall is a big space to tackle. Hanging height can make or break the look. Fortunately, we’re here to help with our top 10 placement pointers. Thanks for hanging out!
TIP 1: Sight Before Height
This, of course, makes sense for mirrors. If a mirror is placed too high, it becomes useless. But did you know the same is true for art? When hanging an art piece, a wise rule of thumb is to place the midpoint of the picture about 57" from the floor. Depending on the size of the art this can vary, but this should keep the focal point at eye level, where it can be most enjoyed. After all, nobody wants to kink their neck to take in the sights.
photo credit: Universal Furniture
TIP 2: Become One with the Art
Okay, this advice is actually for your furniture, but we’re all for any Zen appreciation you have for your surroundings. In this instance, we encourage you to create a single unit between your wall hanging and the surrounding structures. Where you hang your items makes all the difference. If pieces on the wall are too far from the furniture, it will feel disjointed and like two separate collections. Grouping them together provides a more collected collection.
photo credit: Universal Furniture
When hanging something above a console, for example, we recommend defaulting to 4-10" above. Again, this distance can differ a bit depending on the size of the art or the height of the accessories on the console, but less than a foot is typically pleasing and unifying. The same is true when hanging items above sofas and other significant pieces.
TIP 3: Center-Shmenter
Okay, so this isn’t exactly a technical term, but we want to bust the belief that everything has to be directly centered between the floor and the ceiling. Let’s say, for example, you have 10’ ceilings and a 5’ headboard. You don’t want to also center your art at headboard level. Nor do you want to center wall pieces at equal distance between the headboard and the ceiling. Going back to our previous tip, this could feel disjointed. Instead, sticking with this example, hang the item(s) approximately 4-8” above the headboard. Rather than finding your perfect floor-to-ceiling center, consider the surrounding items and place accordingly.
photo credit: Universal Furniture
TIP 4: Purpose First
A mirror is often a beautiful art installment all on its own, but it pulls double duty as a tool. When adding a full-length mirror to the home – something super on trend at the moment, BTW – put function first. Position the mirror in such a way that it will reflect your full reflection back. Seems obvious, but you’d be amazed at how quickly mirror placement can go wrong. This is no reflection on the home owner. It’s an easy mistake to make. Avoid it by always putting function first.
TIP 5: All Hail Scale
When choosing an art piece, you want it to be a minimum of 2/3 the width of the furniture piece it is going over. Anything smaller and you would need multiple items to create a sense of balance. Of course, you don’t want to go too far in the opposite direction either. If the wall art is wider than the furniture beneath, it could feel too heavy and looming.
photo credit: Hooker Furniture
TIP 6: Let It Lean
Who says you have to hang your accents? We’re all about the perch. Art can be set on a piece of furniture or leaned up against the wall. It’s still a good idea to secure your item(s) to the wall for safety’s sake.
TIP 7: The Stack Is Where It’s At
If you aren’t hanging and are instead placing, give the layered look a try. We love stacked art. Whether you place art in front of art or slightly overlapping a mirror, the collected look introduces interest and depth.
photo credit: Universal Furniture
TIP 8: Remain Seated, Please
In dining rooms, you are sitting much of the time, making this one space in the home where you’ll want to hang things a little lower than is otherwise considered normal. Lower placement brings the pieces closer to eye level for seated guests.
photo credit: Universal Furniture
TIP 9: Won’t You Be My Neighbor
When hanging a group of pictures, make sure to hang them between 2-4" inches apart. Anything more and items begin to feel disjointed and floaty. Again, this is all about helping the collection come together.
TIP 10: Common Margin Magic
The eye appreciates balance, which is why it’s never a bad idea to create equal spacing around your grouped art. By this, we mean common margins from one item to the next and on all sides. For example, if you have a mirror grouped with a canvas grouped with a framed photo, keep the spacing between each equal. This is especially important when creating a collage wall with numerous pieces. The margins above, below, and in between each item should be the same. Yes, like any rule, there are exceptions to this, but common margins are a smart place to start if you’re unsure of placement.
photo credit: Hooker Furniture
Bonus Tip: If you need a margins guide, painters tape is the tops. Add strips between your pieces when hanging for consistent spacing.
Thanks for hanging out today! We hope this roundup of our top 10 placement pointers will take the guesswork out of bringing your walls to life with art and mirrors. If you remain unsure or would simply like to discuss options, stop by The Black Goose Design. We’d love to take a look at your unique space and offer suggestions.
Wednesday Jun 7 2023 by Stacey Beyer
A sofa is a significant investment, so it’s important you do your homework. Consider this your place to start when it comes to prepping for your purchase – how to choose the right fabric. Our team at The Black Goose Design has prepared a list of dos and don’ts to remember when it comes time to shop for your next sectional, sofa, or any other upholstered piece.
Consider Your Sitters
If kiddos or pets will be regular resters on your sofa, performance fabrics are the way to go. Each brand of performance fabrics has different qualities, so you should look into each to determine what is best for your space. If you aren’t sure where to begin, give us a call or stop by to discuss your performance options.
Here’s the Rub
Fabrics go through what is called an abrasion test, which determines the durability of the fabric. The results are referred to as double rubs. A low number of double rubs means the fabric wears through quickly and will not be a great sofa/sectional option. Anything over 40,000 double rubs falls into the “heavy” category and should be a good option.
Clean is King
Any fabric that is not cleanable is one to avoid. Yes, this seems pretty obvious, but it’s always good to double check a fabric’s cleanability factor.
Viscose Can Be Vicious
High viscose quantity won’t hold up well to stains of any kind, so you’ll want to do your research in this area.
Some fabrics will pile and require being shaved every so often. If you don't want to shave your sofa, make sure to ask for fabrics that are lower maintenance in the shaving department.
FINAL FABRIC THOUGHT
This one can sound silly, but consider what looks and feels like you, even if it’s not on trend or in all the home décor magazines. Truth is, we all have our personal preferences. With those, it’s important to remember that different fabric types can wear differently. Velvet, for example, often looks more formal, while linen feels more casual. Selecting a fabric that aligns with the style of your home and those who live there is your best bet. We just encourage you to do a little research in the process to ensure you’re getting something you adore that also stands the test of time. If you’re unsure, the designers at The Black Goose Design can help steer you in the right direction. Stop by today to see fabric swatches, do some test sitting on our sofas, and walk away confident you’re ready to make an informed decision.
Wednesday Nov 23 2022 by Stacey Beyer
Decorate a tree that sparkles in three easy steps. The expert designers at The Black Goose Design have tips to create an evergreen look that’s on point!
Before we get into the our three tree steps, we have a few go-to tips we use at The Black Goose Design.
Tree Tip 1: Balance your size. Include larger items (stems, large bulbs, paper chains, etc.), medium elements (traditional bulbs, trims, etc.), and small elements (lights, tinsel, etc.). Thinking in this S/M/L way helps the tree feel balanced.
Tree Tip 2: Once your tree is lit, start with a few key large items and then fill in with medium and small items.
Tree Tip 3: Blend a few new favs (if you wish) with some classic family favs to keep your tree feeling special and uniquely yours.
Tree Tip 4: If you love the look of a tall tree but don’t have one, place the tree on a small end table. Use a stylish tree skirt or throw (we love faux fir at the bottom of a tree!) to disguise the left. Not only will this give your tree a boost, it leaves more room to easily get to the gifts beneath.
Tree Tip 5: Flock is fun. If you're looking for extra texture, consider this cool faux snow option.
Three Tree Tips
Okay, now that we have a few key tree tips in place, let’s get to decorating! If you want to light your tree, begin by adding lights, from there, we suggest taking the following approach:
1. Start with stems. Stems, also known as picks, are a larger focal point, so it makes sense to start here. Place a few in strategic spots around the tree. Your tree will instantly start to fill in with texture and color.
Stem Tip: Feel free to stick with the same style or mix and match in styles that complement.
2. Time for the larger ornaments. These can be harder to place, so it’s’ wise to get them on early.
3. Finish off your look with the small details. Fill any remaining holes with small bulbs and trinkets. For extra texture, try tying small ribbons to the branches. We adore a slim velvet trim!
There you have it! In three simple steps, your Christmas tree is holiday perfection. Of course, we’d be remiss if we failed to mention a fourth and ever-so-important tip – HAVE FUN! Don’t overthink it or get too caught up in trends and “perfection.”
Happy holidays from your friends at The Black Goose Design!
Wednesday Oct 26 2022 by Stacey Beyer
It’s always a happy day when we get to introduce a new team member at The Black Goose Design. Meet Ashley Bell, a designer as skilled with traditional pen and paper as she is with CAD creation. She loves the classic simplicity of neutrals but also finds herself drawn to the ornate and eclectic. Let’s get to know Ashley a bit better and learn a few fresh ideas to try in the process.
Ashley is from Idaho but moved to Utah when she started school at Ensign College, where she studied interior design.
“I’ve loved gaining real-world experience beyond the classroom.”
FAVORITE SPACE TO DESIGN: The Bedroom
“The bedroom is so cozy and offers a unique opportunity to really bring out the personality of the homeowner. It’s a place you can express the client’s unique taste and focus on them in ways you can’t always do in other parts of the home.”
Q: How do you find out what those unique aspects are?
A: I spend time getting to know them and how they tend to use the space from a practical point of view. But I also observe their likes beyond interior design. What style of clothing do they wear? What art do they like? These observations are great clues when thinking of ways to make a bedroom feel custom.
FAVORITE TREND GOING INTO WINTER 2022: Texture
“I always love bringing in and combing different textures, but the winter months offer an even greater opportunity to layer. Visual textures that make you want to reach out and touch are my favorite.“
FAVORITE COLOR COMBO: Neutrals & Pastels
“I lean towards an absence of color when designing for myself. I love a very neutral palette of lights and some pastels.”
YOUR STYLE: Parisian/Maximalist
“More is more! I think the reason I’m personally drawn to calmer/less color is to balance my desire for the ornate in style and the eclectic. Shopping in antique stores is a favorite of mine when I’m traveling. I love bringing in the past with things I’ve found along the way. With a less exact color scheme, it’s easier to work a variety of different pieces, old and new, that have more maximalist appeal.”
GO-TO TIP: Love It
“This might go without saying, but don’t get it if you don’t love it. When filling a space, it’s okay to take it slow and let the design progression happen organically. It’s more significant to wait for a perfect item to fill a space than to simply put “stuff” simply for the sake of filling the space.”
Ashley is an extremely talented designer who can sketch detailed renderings on paper or using a computer. Her fresh eye and unique style interests make working with her fun. The best part is, she can work with any style or interest. Perhaps your minimalist and feel less is more. That’s okay. Ashley certainly has much to offer you in your design project process. We’ll leave you with a look at some of her portfolio pieces. Reach out today by calling The Black Goose Design or stopping in to learn more about Ashley and set up a consultation.
Wednesday Sep 14 2022 by Stacey Beyer
Fall into a cozy at-home vibe without going “in your face” with autumn additions. These simple updates will give your home a seasonal shift without feeling overdone. Take a look at some of what we're loving right now at The Black Goose Design!
Set the Tone
Adding earth tones is on trend right now, no matter the season, but this is an ideal time to get on board with the idea if you haven’t done so already. Look to natural wood finishes and warmer hues to add some autumn elegance.
Switch Up Your Greens
No, we aren’t talking your latest smoothie ingredient. This is all about swapping out florals. You can reuse jars and pots and simply add some fall-inspired arrangements. Our go-tos are fall berries and, of course, autumn leaves!
Adding a few extra throws and swapping out your accent pillows instantly ups the cozy level.
Don’t forget to put away accessories that don’t work with your fall décor. It’s okay if some items need to hibernate for the winter. Rather than working around colors that don’t evoke a fall feel, swap them out for more season-appropriate looks. Or, if you prefer a look that lasts, turn to metallic neutrals, like these gorgeous gold canisters.
Light it Up
Candle light is always a good idea. Especially now, when candles are battery/remote operated, making them convenient to use. You know such light is the perfect fall finishing touch. Plus, candles are a gorgeous fixture to use throughout the upcoming holiday season. Get them out now and have one less thing to do later.
Come in and check out our Radiance Candles in ivory and champagne. These gorgeous neutral shades complement so many décor styles and seasons!
Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean you have to go nuts with décor updates. In this in-between time, as we eagerly await the coming holiday decorating season, try making a few adjustments using any of the ideas above. It will get you thinking sweater weather without layering on a bunch of extra work. Visit The Black Goose Design today for more looks you're sure to, ahem, fall for.
Wednesday Jul 13 2022 by Stacey Beyer
What comes to mind when you think “wallpaper?” Grandma’s kitchen, perhaps? Actually, this is no longer a look of the past. Today’s wallcoverings are modern and amazing. Perhaps you’re already on the wallcovering wagon? We’re right there with you! We love the way this modern design solution can transform a space!
WHY WALL COVERINGS?
Why not? There is MUCH to love about wallcoverings. Here are just a few of the many benefits:
1. COLOR POP
Whether you want a bold hue without the mess of paint or you want to take it even further and add an entire mural to your wall, wallcoverings provide the solution!
These aren’t your grandma’s wallcoverings. Today’s designs are far from flat. Available textures include linen, vinyl, leather, grass cloth, cork, silk, raffia and more!
Thanks to the dynamic designs and textures, wallcoverings can take a flat wall and bring it to life!
Ready to welcome wallcoverings into your home? We’re here to help. Stop by The Black Goose Design today to flip through our many samples. If you aren’t sure what look would be best, we can offer helpful tips, or you can hire one of our trained team members to do a site visit and work on a more complete design plan with you. After all, we love sharing our wallcovering wisdom and would be thrilled to talk options with you soon!
Wednesday Apr 27 2022 by Stacey Beyer
Welcome to this magic carpet ride! We compiled our go-to rug rules of thumb. From size and material to care and maintenance, consider this your go-to source for rug wisdom.
Like any other textile, rugs come in various fibers and finishes. Understanding your different options and what to put where will help ensure your rug stands the test of time.
image credit: Lindsay Salazar
Placement: High-traffic areas, such as entryways, living rooms, bedrooms, and dining rooms.
Quality: Extremely durable.
Avoid: Outdoor usage — wool is best for indoor use.
Pricing: Varies, depending on construction. Machine-made is the less expensive option, while hand tufted means a price increase.
Maintenance: Wool will shed but does so less and less with time. You can vacuum wool, making it easy to clean.
Note: Hand-knotted wool rugs will sprout. When this happens, simply trim the pulled areas with scissors.
Placement: Great in high and low traffic areas.
Quality: Durable, lightweight, and soft.
Pricing: Pricing varies depending on construction, pattern, and blends. Cotton is typically less expensive than wool.
Maintenance: Hand wash or professional cleaning.
Note: This is typically a thinner rug, which makes it great for layering!
Placement: Great in high and low traffic areas, both inside and out (when under a covered porch).
Maintenance: Jute can be “dusty” and frequently shed. Avoid spot cleaning.
Note: Jute rugs are dyed with vegetable oil, which means they’ll fade in the sun. Avoid putting them in direct sunlight.
Placement: Best in high to low-traffic areas.
Quality: Durable, but not as durable as their wool counterparts.
Pricing: Inexpensive option when wool is out of your price range. Offer the look of a high-end traditional rug without the price tag.
Placement: Great for indoor/outdoor use.
Maintenance: Can be hosed off and cleaned with diluted bleach.
Placement: Great in lower traffic areas, such as bedrooms
Quality: Durable and soft but does not tolerate spills well.
Avoid: Getting it wet.
Maintenance: Any liquid, including water, can discolor a viscose rug. Avoid damp forms of cleaning.
Note: This is the softest rug you can get your feet on. If you love the idea of walking on butter, you’ll love a viscose rug.
One of the most common questions we get is about size. What size rug should you get for your space. Here are a few helpful points of reference:
Beneath a Bed
Queen Bed: Minimum rug size is 6x9; ideal size is 8x10
King Bed: Minimum rug size is 8x10; ideal size is 9x12
Beneath Living Room Furniture
This one has many variables to consider (size of room, placement of furniture, etc.). With that, it’s best to look at your rug as an anchor. As long as the front legs of your furniture items are on the rug a minimum of 4-6 inches, you’re in good shape!
image credit: Lindsay Salazar
Beneath a Dining Table
A dining room rug should extend 24 inches past the edges of the table. Ideally, you want the legs of your dining chairs to be on the rug. Specifically, the side chairs, which can sometimes mean placing a custom rug order to get the perfect size. For tables extending longer than 8’, 9x12 rugs can come up short. We know not everyone can afford a custom rug. Don't fret. If your host chairs hang off the rug just a bit, we won’t tell.
Dining Tip: Select a rug with a low pile to keep chairs from catching as they slide in and out. Ideally, one that cleans easily.
In the Entry
Go big! Avoid 2’x3’ rugs in this area to keep the rug from looking like a door mat. A larger rug in your entry will elevate the look and create a more inviting space. Since this is where people enter the home from outside, durable and cleanable are a must! If it can fit, 5x7 is a great size for this space.
RUG RULE OF THUMB
When rug shopping, the main thing to remember is that every space is different. With that, these rug “rules” can vary from space to space. If a typical rug size doesn't fit your space, we have custom rug options.
We always recommend following the care instructions on your rug tag and having your rug professionally cleaned. We also recommend using a rug pad, which helps prevent slipping hazards, adds comfort, and creates added durability.
YOUR RUG HUB
We have hundreds of rug samples in store. Guess what?! You can even check them out to see how they look in your home before making a purchase. Stop by today and try a few on for size. Rugs are a wonderful way to update the home, create warmth, and make your surroundings all the more inviting. Rugs for the win!
Wednesday Feb 23 2022 by Stacey Beyer
It's the final week of February, and love certainly lingers in the air. Perhaps that’s why we long to whisper sweet nothings in your ear. Actually… on second thought… this pillow talk is all about the sweet somethings. More specifically, accent pillow pointers! Let's look at a few tips and tricks for accenting your sofa with this decorative dream:
ACCENT PILLOW POINTERS = FLAWLESS SOFA STYLING
Step 1: Bring on the Bookends
When adding decorative pillows to your seating, a safe approach is to begin with a foundation pair of matching pillows. We like to refer to these as your bookends, as they create a strong anchor, a pleasing sense of balance, and an obvious frame for everything to come afterward.
PILLOW POINTER: Bookends can be solid or patterned. There's no right or wrong option.
Pilow Pointer: Here's some budget-friendly buzz to note. A neutral bookend, like these divine white pillows, can sit pretty all year long, while those that come after can change with the seasons.
Step 2: Add Accents
This second pillow layer is a great place to break away from mirror images and instead select two pillows that complement.
PILLOW POINTER: A good rule of thumb to keep in mind here is the overall size of the print. Opt for small, medium, and large patterns for easy movement. If you were to use all large-patterned pillows, the eye wouldn’t know where to look, whereas a progression in size is easy for the eye to follow.
Step 3: Do you, pillow, take these pillows…
Want to tie your look together? If your answers is an enthusiastic “I do!,” the marriage pillow is key. This bridge connects all of your pillows, typically through color. In true matrimony fashion, a marriage pillow creates unity by representing shades from each of the pillows in play.
Commitment issues clearly aren't a problem for this handsome fella. With shades of blue and gold, he's the family man of pillow, here for the long haul.
A FEW MORE POINTERS TO ADD TO YOUR PILLOW PLAYBOOK
Just like that, you’ve mastered flawless sofa styling! Not wanting this love fest to end, we’ll leave you with a bit more pillow talk and tips to try:
1. We know, we know... Again with the texture. What can we say, it just feels right. ;) Pillows are an excellent place to incorporate different finishes. Whether you’re pairing linen with knit or velvet with cotton, combining different finishes is always a good idea!
2. Monochromatic doesn’t mean monochro-boring. A single color scheme is classy and calming. To ensure this solo approach doesn’t turn into a sofa blah, vary your prints. Pssst… Don’t forget to keep the scale/size of your patterns in mind and vary those, too.
3. Say yes to solids. As much as we adore patterns, weaving in a solid is a, well, solid choice. It offers grounding and allows the surrounding patterns to shine.
4. Little lumbars are like the team-building exercise of pillows. They’re there to support the whole gang as another unifying option to consider. Have fun mixing up the height of your pillow tops from time to time!
Want to mix and match pillows until you find your perfect match? Stop by The Black Goose Design, here in Midvale, Utah, and try ours on for size. We’re happy to help and offer suggestions or simply let you do it to it until you’ve found perfect pillow placement.
Tuesday Jan 11 2022 by Stacey Beyer
Putting the holiday décor away is a bittersweet experience. It’s nice to have things back in order, but it can also leave things feeling… bare. After all, glitter and lights and packages galore can be a tough act to follow! If you now find yourself feeling the post-holiday void (or you simply want a new ‘do for 2022), try these three simple tricks:
1. SET YOUR SIGHTS ON HEIGHT
A common design slip comes when décor items used are all the same (or nearly the same) height. It’s one of the great things about a Christmas tree — it adds height to a space. Follow the pine’s flair for design and introduce another taller element into your space and see if it doesn’t create some more interest.
Height to Try:
- A tall furniture item, such as a cabinet or
- Floor lamp
- Plants: Why should evergreens have all the fun? Try a faux tree. Olive is one of our favs! (available at The Black Goose Design). If you have a green thumb, you can always go for the real deal, which is good for you and good looking!
2. ADD A TOUCH OF TEXTURE
Just as the holidays warm a space with furs and flannels and all the warmth of winter, texture can continue to create a cozy vibe well into spring.
Texture to Try:
- Add a throw to your sofa
- Try new throw pillows on for size
- Update an area rug
3. PLAY DRESS UP
Kids aren’t the only ones who love a good game of dress up. Dress those windows with new window treatments. Like icing on the cake, this is a sweet way to transform a space with a perfect finishing touch!
Treatments to Try:
- Drapery panels on larger windows
- Roman shades in the kitchen
Chase those winter blues away with these easy-to-apply ideas. They’ll add instant warmth to your home and fill that holiday void in no time. Our designers at The Black Goose Design in Midvale, Utah are always happy to meet and discuss your unique space and ideal solutions. Call to schedule a consultation today.
Wednesday Oct 13 2021 by Stacey Beyer
What do you get when you combine a designer with a team player with a CAD specialist? Rachel Corbett, our newest team member at The Black Goose Design.
With a degree in design and certified CAD abilities and training, Rachel has proven an outstanding addition since starting at The Black Goose Design six months ago.
“Having Rachel here has been awesome,” Manager Georgia Kendall said. “She’s always willing to help with anything around the store, she brings fresh perspective and ideas to the table for our clients, and her CAD drawings elevate our services, particularly where the construction process is concerned.”
When asked about her favorite aspects of the position, Rachel said it's the variety and creativity that bring her the greatest job satisfaction, as well as the team she works with.
“My grandma was an artist,” Rachel said. “I remember how she’d come from work and paint to fill her creative bucket. It’s nice that I get to COME to work and be creative. It’s the best possible outcome for me.”
Clearly, talent runs in Rachel’s family. No wonder she’s always had a desire to make.
“I’ve always been into interior design, but I grew up in a small town and didn’t know it could become a career. My interests grew when I worked for a local store in town, doing DIY projects and preparing furniture to sell. That opened my eyes to schooling possibilities.”
After getting her degree in design, Rachel pursued CAD (computer-aided design).
Having this service offered at The Black Goose Design makes a big difference for our clients. Especially those building a home or office space.
“Using CAD, I can download an architect’s floorplan with their precise measurements. We can then add furniture options in, complete with measurements, so clients can see how a piece will fit with the overall flow of the space. Where architects are always quite busy getting their jobs done, I’m glad I can take this on for our clients and make the process easier for everyone involved.”
Here, Rachel drafted a fireplace design for a client so they could envision the end result and unique brick pattern before committing to the style.
It’s fun to see the end product and how closely it aligns to the work Rachel does upfront.
In this example, Rachel created a digital version of a gorgeous flooring design.
The end result is a perfect match and certainly doesn't disappoint! While we aren't going to reveal the entire thing yet, here's a sneak peek.
Beyond drafting, Rachel also enjoys using a computer to create 3D mood boards for clients.
“Mood boards are a great way to identify a client’s true style. I ask clients to provide inspiration images and we can pinpoint what it is they want. There have been many times when I’ve asked a client what their style is. They’ll respond with something like Farmhouse, so I’ll show them that style and they’ll realize that isn’t actually what they want after all. This is why time spent on mood boards is time well spent. Plus, it’s fun getting to connect creatively in this way.”
Want a mood board or a drafted floorplan to design from? Wise choice. Stop by and talk to Rachel or any of the designers at The Black Goose Design. Our team loves working together, collaborating and pulling from our unique strengths, all to ensure you get the best possible outcome on your project.
Welcome, Rachel! We’re so happy you’re here. You really do make our services that much better, and you’re such fun to have around. Clients and team members alike are in for a treat when working with you!
Wednesday Aug 25 2021 by Stacey Beyer
Welcome back to the fab Canyon Residence, one of our latest new-build home projects to reach completion at The Black Goose Design. This attractive transitional design blends modern lines and prints with more classic curves and traditional colors.
All images provided by Lindsay Salazar Photography.
In our previous post, we were inspired at the home’s seamless inside/outside living space, as well as the way its mountainous surroundings influenced the overall look and feel. Today, we’re taking in the details and more of the inviting interior.
The dining room is an ideal example of transitional design. The curve and style of the chairs paired with the contemporary fabric beautifully illustrates the blend of modern and traditional.
You’ll find another example of transitional chair styling in the living room. We love how modern complements traditional!
In this attractive arrangement, the traditional finish of the warm white oak seamlessly joins the modern upholstery on the bench and the more dramatic dark wall.
If this remarkable home teaches us anything, it’s that anything can work with design. You don’t have to fit a set mold or trend to create a home that feels current yet classic. Don’t ever shy away from your style. Instead, stop by The Black Goose Design and let’s explore it. Together, we’ll come up with fresh takes for the looks and pieces you love. It’s a process we enjoy so much, and we can’t wait to experience it with you soon!
Tuesday May 25 2021 by Stacey Beyer
It’s no wonder window dressings are commonly referred to as “treatments.” If there’s an important player in a home that should be treated well, it’s the windows. That said, your treatment choices should accent your space and not act as focal points. Let’s remove the blind(s)fold and take a look at various treatment options and why they work well.
WHY WINDOW TREATMENTS?
Whether your window treatments are strictly decorative or serve a functioning purpose, they bring the benefits. Check out these window-treatment pros:
- Add color
- Present pattern possibility
- Create texture
- Soften external noise
- Increase insulation
- Reduce internal noise (echo, vibration)
- Provide privacy
- Enhance or block light (depending on finish)
WINDOW TREATMENT PLACEMENT
As a general rule of thumb, it’s smart to place curtain rods close to the ceiling, as it makes the room appear larger. We also advise extending the length of your rod beyond your window so your panels can sit past the opening and not in front of it. This will make your window look better and maximize light flow. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, including these golden guidelines. It’s why we encourage you to consult one of our team members at The Black Goose Design when choosing window treatments and placing hardware.
Speaking of hardware, it’s not as simple has hanging a curtain from a rod. Your hardware options vary depending on the purpose and type of treatment you’re adding. Let’s take a closer look at one of our go-to rod options…
TALKING TRAVERSE RODS
Traverse curtain rods use an internal track and slide system and clips or curtain pins to pull curtains/panels open and shut. They’re ideal for:
- Functioning window treatments that are opened and closed regularly
- High/tall windows
- Heavy panels/curtains
WHEN IN ROME…
…Do as the roman shades do. At The Black Goose Design, we’re big fans of this low-profile option. It’s ideal for spots with limited surrounding wall space, such as kitchen and bathroom windows, as well as windows that share real estate with surrounding furnishings (bed, sofa, table, etc.).
THINK BEYOND THE WINDOW
Why should walled windows have all the fun? Don't forget to dress those doors! Contact one of our designers to discuss your door design ideas.
Let’s close the window on this conversation by reiterating our top treatment tip — draperies and dressings of all kinds should serve to enhance your overall space, not steal the show. Don’t be shy if you’re feeling stuck or unsure. We’re here to enhance your window wisdom and help you come up with the perfect treatment plan for your home. Stop by, call, or even reach out via DM on Instagram.
Wednesday May 12 2021 by Stacey Beyer
At The Black Goose Design, it's no secret we like talking trends. Part of being good at our jobs is knowing what styles are in, what’s coming our way, and what's cycling out. That said, we’d like to take this opportunity for a little PSA, if you will.
Always decorate to your tastes first. Trends come and go, but your unique likes reflect you and, therefore, serve as a source of joy.
Take this year’s Pantone colors — sunny yellow (Illuminating) and Ultimate Gray. While this is a classic combination, it isn’t for everyone, and that’s okay! Love blue? Decorate in blue! All about vibrant colors and strong prints? Embrace the bold!
After all, how boring would life be if we were all doing the same thing? In the spirit of such variety, let’s take a look at a few looks we love right now that aren’t necessarily on any expert’s hip list but remain gorgeous nonetheless!
NEUTRAL BASE WITH COLOR POP
Starting with a neutral foundation is a great way to incorporate color, because you can easily swap those colors out as your interests and seasons change.
USING BLUE AS A NEUTRAL
Blue seems to be the superhero of the color community, as it can pop as an accent color AND also step in as a neutral. Check out how it plays that neutral role beautifully here!
EMBRACE THE BOLD
Scrolling Pinterest and Instagram, it’s clear neutrals are having their day (which we fully support!), but it’s not a one-or-the-other game. As much as we appreciate classic neutrals, we still get excited to see clients using bold colors and prints. They can add such energy and delight to a space.
image credit: Wesley Hall
Clearly, there’s plenty of room in the design sandbox for all styles. Stop worrying about the "shoulds" and "dont's" and simply embrace your own wonderful interests and tastes. It's key in creating a space you'll love for years to come! Perhaps you've started down this path but find yourself feeling a little stuck? That's what we're here for. We delight in getting to know you and, as part of that, understanding what speaks to you from a design point of view. Stop by so we can get the conversation started and help you put more YOU into your beautiful surroundings!
Wednesday Mar 24 2021 by Stacey Beyer
Ah ha! Like the flip of a switch, new lighting easily updates any home. After a year spent indoors, it’s only natural to desire a breath of fresh air. Unlike bigger cosmetic changes, such as paint and flooring, lighting changes can be completed quickly. Plus, we're having our popular Spring Sale event at The Black Goose Design, making now the bright time to make such updates!
Seven Lighting Tips to Update Your Home
BRIGHT IDEA #1: Set YOUR Tone
Both indoors and out, your main entry lighting is important. For its function, of course, but also because it communicates your style to your guests before they’ve even set foot inside.
TIP: Chandeliers are a common choice in this space, but it depends on the amount of room you have. Our team at The Black Goose Design can help you figure out the best size and style for your home.
BRIGHT IDEA #2: Light Attracts Light
Think about where your family gathers. How is the lighting in those areas? If you plan on updating your home’s lighting in stages, communal spots are a natural first choice.
TIP: For your dining space, select a fixture that complements your table. If you have a long table, consider a longer option. If your table is round, on the other hand, and the area surrounding it is limited, a more compact choice, such as a striking drum, makes sense.
BRIGHT IDEA #3: Mood Matters
From bulb tone (warm vs. cool) and intensity to the style of your fixture, lighting choices will vary from room to room and area to area of your home. The master bedroom is a wonderful example. Being where you go to unwind, warm light is a calming choice. For your fixture, opt for something that supports the overall look of your space. This chandelier, for example, is understated and romantic in its design, which goes beautifully with the neutral color scheme and soft florals.
TIP: Ceiling height plays a part, but please don’t feel as if you’re out of luck if your ceilings aren’t vaulted. The Black Goose Design has pieces for all floorplans.
TAKE NOTE: We love lights with a temperature of 2700-3000 Kelvin!
BRIGHT IDEA #4: Add Wall Wow
Wall sconces are an on-trend choice that will immediately up the class and sophistication of your space. Of course, the added light they introduce is always nice! And being on the wall (or even the mirror!), they free up table and counter space -- another sconce score!
TIP: Consider your power source. If your sconce needs to be plugged in, there’s the chance you’ll have unsightly cords to contend with. Fortunately, with the help of an electrician, sconces can be hardwired, which means they don't have to be plugged in. If you don't want to cut your wall, however, you can can strategically hide your cords to keep your space looking sleek.
BRIGHT IDEA #5: Enhance the Details
Shelf lighting brings in yet another light source without the need for any major electrical updates. At The Black Goose Design, we have numerous cabinets and display pieces available with built-in lighting, as well as options with lighting attached. This allows you to up the ambiance while giving your precious photos and keepsakes the spotlight they deserve.
TIP: You can also add lighting to existing furniture. Ask our designers how this simple trick is done.
BRIGHT IDEA #6: Consider Closets
While your closet might not be the first spot you consider when making lighting selections, it shouldn’t be overlooked. Besides furthering the overall style of your home, it also serves an important role. After all, this is where you go to glow. It's important to see your style choices in full brilliance.
TIP: Even the closet is worthy of an overhead wow, but it’s the lights IN the cabinets that are the real show stoppers. Add these touches and your accessories will really sparkle!
BRIGHT IDEA #7: Play with Pattern
Why have one fixture when you can add three? Fill the space in larger rooms with smaller repeating fixtures, such as pendant lighting.
TIP: Hanging multiple pendant lights above a kitchen counter is common, but this patterned approach also looks great in entry ways, halls, game rooms, and even outdoor living areas.
Yes, if you want your home’s design to really shine, lighting is an important factor. Stop by during our Spring Sale and discover how to give your home a brilliant update. Bring pics of your space, inspiration you love, and questions you have, and our team at The Black Goose Design will help you find your ideal illumination.
Wednesday Mar 10 2021 by Stacey Beyer
Working with a designer at the design phase of a project? Seems like a no-brainer, right? Not always! Especially in the age of Pinterest and Insta, it’s common to take the “I’ve got this” approach. And more power to you if you do! The problem is, what can look like a fun and easy endeavor on Pinterest boards is actually a much bigger puzzle to piece where new builds and renovations are concerned. After all, it’s about creating a cohesive feel throughout. More importantly, it’s about creating a space that realistically meets your needs and serves your unique family flawlessly. That’s a tall order for even the savviest of screen scrollers. Hiring an interior designer can be the best investment in your project. It’s the wise move to make, and our team at The Black Goose Design is here to share seven reasons why.
WHY WORK WITH A DESIGNER: THE DESIGN PHASE
We’ve discussed the reasons why it’s smart to have a designer by your side during the construction stage of a new build or remodel. Now, let’s look at why it also makes sense at the fun decorating portion of the project.
1. IT’S A LOT
Simply put, this is a BIG undertaking. With years of combined schooling and experience, our team knows how to effectively scale such a task. More than that, we know how to prioritize and properly order the steps involved so we aren’t putting any carts before horses. We say nay to that kind of time waster! Having the ability to break the steps and decisions down might not seem like a big deal right now, but we assure you you’ll feel otherwise a few weeks into a solo project of this scale.
2. IT’S PERSONAL
Okay, so it might seem counterintuitive to advise hiring help to make your design process MORE personal. But knowing YOU and your needs are always our first priorities. We know the questions to ask and conversations to have to get us to your ideal outcome. In other words, we’ll take your most-loved Pins and translate them it into YOUR home, with your unique flair and fabulousness.
3. IT’S EDUCATED
We don’t make random purchases here and there. We KNOW product. We know what sofas stand up to children and pets. We know what coffee table shape fits best in a specific room footprint. We know what table will serve both as your everyday dining and a place to host Thanksgiving dinner. We begin by knowing you and your vision for your home (see #2), and we combine that with our extensive product knowledge to get you THE BEST selection of pieces for your day-to-day living.
4. IT’S FINISHED
Do you have those spots in your home that just don’t feel quite right and you can’t put your finger on why? Totally normal! This is another area where we come in to lend our know-how. Sooo… you’ve got the sofa table… now what? We can tell you, again based on ideas that are both practical and pretty. (Sorry, fancy vase, you simply aren’t two-year-old friendly. But here’s another awesome option that is! You know… as a ‘for instance.’)
Remember, design doesn’t stop at furniture. Accessorizing is all about striking balance. Comparing it to fashion, each decorative pillow and piece of wall art is like jewelry for your room. When done well, it creates the perfect finishing detail. Alas, when done poorly, it can detract from all of your hard work and become an eyesore.
5. IT’S PERSONAL (part 2)
Okay, so we already said this, but let’s take personalizing to the next level. Beyond function that works for you, we’re talking detail. The sentimental pieces, the photos, your children’s artwork… all of the amazing details that make a house a home. We know how to blend that love layer with new pieces to create a fresh, balanced outcome that is very much YOU.
6. IT’S A COST (and headache) SAVINGS
Rather than guess at pieces and go through the process of ordering online, only to have to then return, we can bring many of the samples to you. From color swatches to actual accessory samples, we can try accents on for size, so you can keep only what captures your heart. It takes shipping costs and return fiascos out of the picture. Plus, it allows you to compare selections in a real-life way, which makes a HUGE difference in finding your look.
7. IT’S COHESIVE
Going back to our jewelry analogy, creating a beautiful room is like putting together an outfit. You don’t want to wear all of your favorite things at once. They simply won’t go together. With home décor, we can help you select only the items that will work well together and create a stunning overall look. Suffering from decision fatigue? We get it! Often, it just takes a second set of eyes to make such decisions. On a larger scale, we’ll help you create a beautiful room that complements another beautiful room and another and… well, you get where we’re going with this. We’ll help you create a consistent tone and feel throughout your home. An entire experience, if you will, and an experience you and your lucky guests will LOVE!
There it is, friends — seven+ reasons why working with a designer at the design phase of a project is a GREAT idea. Of course, we hope that designer is a member of The Black Goose Design team. We delight in learning about you and turning your hopes and dreams into reality, whether you’re making over a room or creating from the blank canvas of a new home. Stop by or give us a call to discuss how we can come together and make your plans happen.
Wednesday Feb 24 2021 by Stacey Beyer
It’s a common misconception that designers come into the building/remodeling phase when it’s time to pick furniture and add decorative touches. Truth is, it’s even more important to have dedicated design assistance at the construction stage. After all, the last thing anyone wants to do is spend all of the money and time on a new build or remodel, only to find they aren’t in love with the outcome. So sad! Our team at The Black Goose Design is trained to know YOU and your unique wants and needs. We’re able to see every detail, even before a space has actual walls to adorn. Let’s look at six reasons why working with a designer at the construction phase of the process is key.
WHY WORK WITH A DESIGNER: THE CONSTRUCTION PHASE
1. SAVE MONEY & SPEND WISELY
Enough said, right? Some feel it costs MORE money to hire a designer, when it can actually be a big cost savings. Having a designer involved as you select structural and cosmetic details will have you making confident decisions, so you can avoid buying the wrong things and/or those nasty change fees later on in the building process, as you realize something isn’t working. This is a very common (and understandable!) pitfall when building without a trained eye in your corner.
2. EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE
As some would say, this isn’t our first rodeo. Giddy up! Where you’re not likely going to have much experience building and remodeling homes, we've spent years refining our technical skills through schooling and hands-on training. We know what questions to ask, what's trendy vs. timeless, what mistakes to avoid, and what must-have features to add.
3. ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS FOR Y-O-U
A BIG part of any designer’s process is getting to know you. What is YOUR vision? What do you want out of your home? As funny as this sounds, a good designer often knows more about what you’ll want than you do. At least initially. Because of that, we help ensure you’re adding details to your plans that will best serve you in the long run. Need a table that seats 12? We can make sure your dining area will accommodate. Want a sofa table with lamps? We know to incorporate floor outlets into your space and where to put them. Want natural lighting to hit just right? We’re all about window placement pointers! And the list goes on!
4. NARROW DOWN THE SEA OF CHOICES
People often want to choose paint first. Reality is, you should first identify any must-have elements that can't/shouldn't change. Perhaps there's only ONE rug you love, one tile that makes your heart sing, or one perfect sofa/chair fabric combination. These details should lead the way, with paint selections to follow. This allows you to choose shades that enhance your must-haves. With more than 900 shades of paint, it's far easier to adapt your paint to fit your finishing details. Of couse, this also brings up the fact that there are 900+ colors. Yowza! Don't worry, we know how to narrow that massive swatch book down to your perfect pairings.
5. CATCH THE VISION
As designers, we have the tools needed to bring plans on a spreadsheet to life. By creating samples, pulling swatches, and designing room renderings, we can turn data and lines into a first look at your new home. And who doesn’t want to see what their space could look like BEFORE making big decisions?!
(Okay, we confess: Designers are part wizard.)
6. GOOOO… TEAM!
We work with many excellent custome home builders. Being on the building team in this way is a role we thrive in. It's our joy and pleasure to serve as a voice between the builder and you, the amazing homeowner, to achieve the best results for all involved.
Ready to get to work? So are we! Call or stop by The Black Goose Design today to explore your options and get your design bestie by your side. Together, we’ll turn what's often an overwhelming process into an experience that’s fun and beyond rewarding!
Wednesday Jan 27 2021 by Stacey Beyer
Grab the welcome mat; we have a new team member. Madison Johnson is the latest designer to join The Black Goose Design. She recently moved to Utah from Michigan, where she worked as a designer for several years. Up until her move, much of her design focus was on the foundation-level details (paint, flooring, lighting, etc.). She now enjoys taking the process even further with the finishing details we offer.
“I’m excited to add the staging and furniture aspects of design to what I do,” Madison said. “Whether I help clients with just the finer details or we start from the ground and work our way up, it’s already proving to be very fun work.”
Beyond her professional work in design, Madison has a personal attachment that adds to her background and know-how.
“As I child, I was that kid who was constantly rearranging my room,” Madison laughed. “I come from a family of designers, so my parents always supported my creativity. In fact, we now work together flipping homes. The start-to-finish process of turning a run-down house into a gorgeous home has taught me so much. I know the experience makes me better at my day job.”
Q&A WITH MADISON
We asked Madison a few questions to get to know her even better. Take a look!
Q. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ROOM/AREA TO DESIGN AND WHY?
A. The entry of the home. Even though it’s the first room most guests see, it’s often overlooked or a design afterthought. I like putting the focus on this space. it’s where guests are first introduced to the personality of the home and those living in it, so you want it done right. Setting an intentional tone in the entry is important.
Q. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL DESIGN STYLE?
A. It gravitates towards modern, but with soft accents thrown in. I like the way warm tones add a relaxed feel to a modern home. Of course, the beauty of being a designer is that you get to experience all sorts of styles and tastes. It keeps things interesting and makes the work that much more rewarding.
Q. WHAT DESIGN TREND(S) DO YOU SEE FOR 2021?
A. Softer tones and natural elements that complement modern design schemes are big. For example, champagne, which is a softer take on metallics/neutrals, will make its debut.
Q. DO YOU HAVE A GO-TO TIP OR DESIGN STRATEGY?
A. As you begin a re-design, it helps to start with a central item. A piece of art or favorite pillow can help you make unified decisions throughout the home. Starting with a key piece makes it easier to make color choices, pull fabrics, and find the right furniture. It also helps your designer get to know your personality better.
Q. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE STAGE IN THE DESIGN PROCESS?
A. Every stage has something wonderful to offer, but I’d have to say the reveal is the sugar on top. Seeing the client’s reaction when it all comes together is magical. It’s like all of the dots have finally been connected.
Q. WHAT CAN CLIENTS EXPECT WHEN WORKING WITH YOU?
A. I always do a 3D rendering for my clients. The visual representation helps us picture various outcomes so clients can be confident in the decisions they’re making. I put a great deal of effort into communicating ideas to ensure we’re on the same page with things every step of the way.
Something that’s been helpful lately is my ability to work with a client remotely. With enough input, I can do a great deal virtually, which clients have appreciated since COVID happened.
BEFORE & AFTER TRANSFORMATIONS
Before-and-afters are always fun to see. Check out these dramatic transformations from Madison's portfolio:
Whether you want to work with Madison from afar or come in to The Black Goose Design to get to know her better, she’d love to help you create a space you adore.
Wednesday Jan 13 2021 by Stacey Beyer
Now that the New Year's Eve champagne cork has popped, it's time to celebrate color pop. Add a fresh feel to your home with a new coat of paint in any of the inviting 2021 on-trend shades. To get you inspired, our team at The Black Goose Design is here with our favorites.
2021 HUE NEWS WITH DEL REANNE LUCAS: Welcome back, warmth!
So glad to see the really warm tones coming back for 2021! Muted golds, greens, and clay colors are the newest accents. Combining these with warm creams, tans, and grays will create some interesting moods. From totally renovating to just replacing accents with the new palette, it should be a fun endeavor! Try a bit of paint or some new accessories to get you started.
Even the temperature of the grays has gone up.
The trick is blending what you currently have with the fresh palette and make it look on purpose! Our interior design team is ready to help you do just that!
2021 HUE NEWS WITH RANDI SMITH: Add Sparkle; Enhance Detail
I love a jewel box room at the front of the home. It could be a formal living room, music room, or office. We made a long room feel cozy at our Federal Heights Remodel by using Knoxville Gray by Benjamin Moore.
I love a pop of color on the mill work. It gives a room depth and character. In our Federal Heights remodel, we used Woodlawn Blue by Benjamin Moore.
With the tall ceilings and dramatic angles at our #MilesfromthePost home in Big Cottonwood Canyon, we decided to paint both the walls and celiings in the same color. We had a few wood accent walls. The rest of the walls and ceilings were painted in Colonnade Gray by Sherwin Williams.
2021 HUE NEWS WITH DENISE JOHNSON: Going Green; Embracing Monochrome
I’m loving the pops of green! I recently used Rosemary by Sherwin Williams for a client’s island and built-in breakfast nook. It creates a very inviting feel.
2021 HUE NEWS WITH MONICA WOODLAND: Bring On Blue
Color is back! One of my current favs is Wall Street by Sherwin Williams, which is a versatile blue-grey color that pairs beautifully with a warm white. For a moodier look, go all out and paint the trim work in this rich shade.
image credit: Sherwin Williams
2021 HUE NEWS WITH MADISON JOHNSON: Gaga for Green
I’m drawn to green kitchen accents. Give it a try on your cabinets or the island.
Some soft greens I adore are:
- Softened Green by Sherwin Williams
- Frosted Fern by Sherwin Williams
- At Ease Soldier by Sherwin Williams
Dark green cabinets with gold or champagne hardware are always a crowd favorite!
For interior paint in larger, open spaces, I see the trend going toward softer neutrals. The gray phase is mellowing out, and I think off whites will be coming back.A couple to take note of are:
Swoon! Who’s excited to warm things up in 2021? Even if you’re not ready to commit to paint, you can take your first steps by adding warmer accents (decorative pillows, florals/containers, wall art, area rugs, etc.). Stop by The Black Goose Design any time (Mon.-Sat.) to chat trends and see what we have in store.
Happy New Year!
Thursday Nov 12 2020 by Stacey Beyer
Welcome to another meet-and-greet. Today, we’re joined by Del Reanne Lucas Wilson. She brings 35+ years of professional design experience to The Black Goose Design, including two years as a senior designer at our sister store, Down to Earth at Gardner Village. Del Reanne is a creative who believes beautiful interiors have the power to transform daily life. With an eye for quality, a superior sense for style, and a client-centered approach to her work, she’s a strong addition to our team.
Del Reanne has two rules she always follows when working on projects: 1. Her clients must love the experience and outcome; and 2. Everyone involved must have fun!
We’re confident you’ll have fun getting to know more about this talented lady. Read on to see samples from her impressive portfolio and pick up some design tips along the way.
Quick Q&A With Del Reanne
Q. What is your favorite room to design?
A. My favorite space is any one I’m currently working on. Each has so much to offer, making every design experience special and memorable.
Q. What do you feel sets you apart as a designer?
Q. I’m really good at pinpointing a person’s style. More often than not, clients are unsure about what it is they like. Nurturing them through this part of the process is one of my favorite things to do. It’s how I connect to my client and also how I help my client connect to our theme and process.
Q. What is one go-to design tip you like to share with clients?
A. Don’t be afraid to branch out and explore possibilities before you make design decisions.
EXPLORING WITH DEL REANNE
Exploring possibilities can sometimes feel overwhelming. Fortunately, Del Reanne knows just what to do to ensure clients enjoy the experience and land on looks they’ll love.
“It’s my job to stretch each client so they know where they’re comfortable. If I show them all the same concepts within a single genre, it’s not stretching them. I would hate for them to see something after a project is complete and ask why I didn’t share it with them, so I ensure our options are all explored. It’s how I hone in and get clients extremely comfortable. After all, you can’t appreciate one style fully if you haven’t seen its counter. I believe in being thorough and exploring to the fullest to ensure every client is 100% confident in the choices they’ve made.”
Let's take a closer look at some of Del Reanne's work.
BEFORE & AFTER TRANSFORMATIONS
As these impressive transformations show, Del Reanne can take you from start to gorgeous finish, whether you’re building a new home or simply want to update your current place.
“Before we began this process, the homeowners were pretty sure they needed to buy a new home or build,” Del Reanne explained. “It’s amazing seeing what kind of transformation can happen within your existing space, no matter how dated.”
PHOENIX, AZ RESIDENCE
Isn’t this a show-stopper? Del Reanne worked on it in Phoenix several years ago, proving she’s ahead of the curve where trends are concerned.
PARADE OF HOMES
Del Reanne worked with the team at Down to Earth on a 2019 Parade of Homes residence, but her role extended beyond design. She acted as a liaison between the stylists and the builder. It’s a task her depth of experience prepared her for, as she’s worked with every facet of the design process over the years. While this was the first Parade for Down to Earth, it was the sixth for her, so she knew what to expect and helped guide her team to this striking and well-received outcome.
Of course, we’re honored to work alongside someone with such talent and experience, Del Reanne, but it's your personality and heart that really close the deal. You're a special part of our team, and we’re so glad you're here!
No project is too big or too small for Del Reanne or any of our team members at The Black Goose Design. Stop in and see how we can fit into your next design endeavor.
Thursday Nov 5 2020 by Stacey Beyer
Hello! Please join us in welcoming Monica Woodland to The Black Goose Design.
Monica has a long history with The Black Goose Design. She’s been a loyal customer for 20 years and in her 10+ years of design work with two different firms, she often came to us for furniture and decor to complete many of her clients' projects.
“Even though I’ve only been an employee here since August, it already feels like home.” Monica said. “I think some of that comes from the many years I’ve spent shopping here, but it’s also about our team. They already feel like my extended family.”
The path leading Monica to our family is a special one, involving her own family. We’ll let her tell you about it:
“It started when my father passed away,” Monica said. “For as heartbreaking as that was, it also offered clarity. In April, I was furloughed due to the COVID pandemic shutdown, which gave me time to think about fulfilling my purpose. As much as I liked my previous employer, I knew I needed to seek a new job with a different firm. That's when I stumbled upon The Black Goose Design listing. The way things just sort of fell into place, I knew my dad was opening doors for me. Now I can continue doing the work I adore and know I am supposed to be doing. Losing a loved one was a poignant reminder that life is short and I needed to take a leap of faith and join The Black Goose Design team."
We love when life paths so perfectly align. Many who work for The Black Goose Design have known Monica for years as a valued client. To now have her on our team is such a gift!
Q&A with Monica
Q. What is your favorite aspect of design?
A. Color and textiles. A little pop of color goes a long way. Right now, I’m preparing a color scheme for a client that’s made up of blues. By adding just a hint of kiwi, it really brings it all together. I’ll even dress this way sometimes… like an all-black outfit but with pink shoes. Just the smallest amount of a second color can really add energy to a room, an outfit… anything.
Q. What is your favorite space to design and why?
A. I love working on kitchens and family rooms, because those are the areas where families create so many of their memories. It’s where holidays are spent and where people come together.
Q. What is your go-to design tip or advice?
A. Home should feel welcoming… a place where people can come in and relax. Creating that kind of feeling is always my goal.
Thank you, Monica. You already bring so much wisdom and warmth to The Black Goose Design. We’re so grateful our long history with you turned into having you on our in-house team.
With the holidays around the corner, now's a great time to add welcoming touches to your home. If you’d like to sit down with Monica or any of our team members to discuss your options and ideas, stop in or give us a call.
DESIGN BOARDS BY MONICA
We'll leave you with a few of Monica's latest design boards she's created for clients since joining us. As they show, this talented lady has a gift when it comes to getting the most out of a space and bringing a fresh feel to any project she works on.