The Importance of Investing in an Interior Designer
Thursday Jul 27 2017

The Black Goose design is always eager to share expert design advice at every opportunity! Today we are thrilled to announce we will be answering your most frequently asked questions by our own manager and buyer,  Randi Smith in future posts! Interior design is our absolute passion along with assisting our wonderful clients, so this combination is perfection! Stay tuned as we dish out delightful designer advice from the very best at The Black Goose Design!


Hello. My name is Randi Smith, I am the manager and buyer for The Black Goose Design. I have been with our parent company, Gardner Mill Company for over twenty-two years, and The Black Goose Design for six years. I have a master’s degree in economics, and was co-winner of the 2014 Salt Lake Parade of Homes Best Interior Design $1.5 million+ category. All of my experiences give me a unique ability to see both the logical and creative process of designing a home.

parade of homes great room

 custom chairs

Parade of Home project Designed by Meagan Rae Interiors in Partnership with The Black Goose Design

Hiring a designer can be exciting, intimidating, stress reliving, and scary – all at the same time. I, and my fellow designers at The Black Goose Design see design first and foremost as a partnership. A designer will see elements you don’t and has the experience to know what questions to ask, what works and what doesn’t.

light remodel

Client home update and remodel

As a designer, my job is to create a home that truly reflects the personality of the people who live in the space. I want to challenge my clients to think outside of the box and their comfort zone, because this is where the best ideas happen. I often tell my clients, you would never wear all your favorite clothes at once. You wear the little black dress, with the statement shoes. The same goes for your home, you need pieces that are stars, and pieces playing a supporting role.

 Archibald's Restaurant and Bar

archibald's remodel

Archibald's Restaurant remodel design project

I am in awe of the design experience of the team at The Black Goose Design, and how they truly care about creating the perfect space for their clients. I often have people say they want their home to look just like mine, until they find out I have all white furniture. I don’t have kids, I don’t have pets, and I only allow for white wine.


Randi Smith home


Randi's personal home design

If you are starting out in the design process, my most important piece of advice is to find a designer who you connect with. Your designer is going to be a part of your home, in your private spaces and the person you call when you just can’t decide what kind of doorknob you want. Many of my clients become my dearest friends. You need a partner who will understands your style and wishes, but who you also trust to challenge you to create the best version of your home.

 sideboard piece

The Black Goose Design storefront remodel design project 

In twenty-two years, I have seen trends come and go and come again (I am looking at you plaid sofas!). Myself and my team, would love to offer our expertise to you. You can learn more about our design services here  We would also love to know what questions you have for us.

  • What are your design challenges?
  • Why do you hire a designer?
  • How can we better serve you?


Be sure to visit our Instgram page to comment and question on this photo. What design aspects about this space would like to know more about? We will be selecting a random winner from those who comment! We look forward to better helping you!


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