Thursday Oct 29 2020 by Stacey Beyer
The Black Goose Design has recently welcomed three new interior designers to the team, and we’re delighted to introduce them to you over the next three weeks. To kick things off, let’s meet Molly Shupe, our new assistant manager and designer.
Being in Utah, one of the first things we’ll get out of the way is Molly’s connection to Ryan Shupe (of Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand).
“This is a question I get all the time,” Molly laughed. “We are related in some distant, convoluted way, but I’m afraid I can’t give you specifics.”
No specifics needed, Molly. Just a fun tidbit of trivia to get this party started. :) Now, onto matters of design. Molly comes to us from the event/wedding industry, where she worked at Stein Eriksen Lodge for six years. As an event planner, she definitely exercised her design muscle, even setting up home-like spaces at many of her celebrations.
“It’s amazing what adding a living room will do to a humongous ballroom,” Molly said. “It changes the entire space, making it feel much warmer and more intimate.”
Bringing warmth to a space is always a goal of Molly’s, which explains why lighting is her favorite design element to incorporate.
“I just love lighting,” Molly remarked. “I think it transforms a space like nothing else can. I first noticed this in the events world, and I see the same being true with interior design. No wonder I want all the lamps… and pillows!”
Image credit: Floral Palette
Along the same warm lines, Molly’s favorite space to design in a home is the kitchen.
“Everyone ends up in the kitchen… I guess it’s because everyone loves to eat,” Molly laughed. “The kitchen is typically the home’s focal point, making it my favorite area to work on. I want it to be the perfect place for every family I assist.”
“My current go-to tip for anyone wanting to refresh their space is to use color,” Molly said. "Don’t be afraid of color. Even cabinets can get away from more traditional neutrals in exchange for a classic hue. Forest green with gold hardware, for example, is so striking. I recently read an article in Architectural Digest featuring Kendall Jenner’s home. She had green cabinets, and it was one of the most beautiful kitchens I’ve ever seen.”
Photo credit: William Abranowciz for Architectural Digest
Like her vibrant tip, Molly herself brings a happy energy to The Black Goose Design. We love her unique perspective and modern eye.
Welcome, Molly Shupe (Ryan Shupe's distant relative). ;) We’re delighted you’re here!
Stop by The Black Goose Design or give us a call to schedule a meeting with Molly or any of our designers.
Thursday Oct 22 2020 by Stacey Beyer
Who says a home can’t be sophisticated and cozy at the same time? This remarkable new residence (and recent The Black Goose Design project) in Riverton, Utah, is proof that you can have the best of both worlds — a place that’s as stunning as it is inviting. Come inside; we’ll take a look around!
Nothing says “inviting” quite like a roaring fire. Having this fab fireplace be the first thing to greet you upon entering sets a warm tone in more ways than one.
The warmth continues around the corner, with furniture and accents in rich, fall hues.
“Fun” is another adjective to add to the long list of words describing this home. It’s hard to beat a large game set at the ready, welcoming players to sit for a bit and enjoy some screen-free entertainment.
DECORATING TIP: Make a statement with a large focal piece. This oversized chess board does more than add a great game option on rainy days. It adds decorative interest. Plus, because it’s all located on a single item (the game board), it’s easy to set out of the way when the ottoman is needed for kicking up those feet.
Rounding out the great room, the kitchen feels completely cohesive with its living room counterpart.
Look closely and you’ll see that this striking space is also loaded with decorating tips to apply in your home. Let’s discuss!
DECORATING TIP: Citrus often evokes feelings of summer sunshine, but citrus fruit is actually an excellent choice to use for pops of fall color. Pair them with more seasonally thought of items (gourds, mini pumpkins, etc.) for a fresh take on fall.
DECORATING TIP: Look beyond countertops. Adding interest to a kitchen doesn’t have to clutter those beautiful countertops. Think of other open space, such as the stovetop. Simply station your items on an easy-to-move surface, such as a tray or cutting board, and set the pretty display aside in one simple step when it comes time to cook.
DECORATING TIP: Lanterns often equal light, but don’t let that idea limit your creative potential. Fill lanterns with other items of interest, such as floral arrangements, fruit/veggies, seasonal décor, and more!
Ready for some major wow factor? This kitchen is keeping a little… errr… make that a BIG secret. Behind the far wall, a butler’s pantry is built in. Warning: Prepare yourself for some serious storage envy.
The rest of this remarkable residence is equally as stunning. Let’s go on a little room-by-room walk through, starting with the rest of the main floor.
More like master sweet! You can’t help but feel a serious sense of calm as soon as you enter this space.
While the room is fairly neutral in color, it is alive in texture. The combination is on trend and beautiful!
The master bath follows the same lead, with various textures and an overall calm about it. Of course, can a soak in a freestanding tub like this leave you feeling any other way? So relaxing!
POWDER ROOM & LAUNDRY
Things to note in these essential spaces:
1. The stunning metallic wallpaper in the laundry room. When the light hits it just right, it really puts on a show.
2. The different flooring and how it works to add interest and movement to the space as a whole.
3. The cohesive vibe created using minimal accents, clean lines, and home-inspired décor items.
Question: Would one really get any work done in this room, or would they be too distracted by its beauty and the view out those amazing, large windows to get anything done? What a sophisticated space to place those Zoom calls!
ENTRYWAY & STAIRS
Channeling The Dixie Chicks, we’re all about these wide-open spaces!
Okay, let’s make our way downstairs, where this home continues to put on a show with its brilliant autumn ambiance, farmhouse charm, and overall warmth.
BEHIND THE DESIGN
See that blur in this photo? That's Denise, the design mind behind this gorgeous home. She was far too engulfed in the process and every gorgeous detail to pause for pictures. (Plus, she’s a tad camera shy.)
Christy, Tyson, and their children call this stunner home. We sat down with Christy to discuss her experience working on a design of this scale.
“I know what I like, but I sometimes have a difficult time with size and scale,” Christy said. “Denise is amazing; she can simply look at an area and know sizes and how things will and should fit within a space. That isn’t an easy thing to do!”
“We worked with Denise on every aspect of our home,” Christy continued. “She helped me design all the cabinets, pick out the floors… even the stone for the outside of the home. Having someone by my side throughout the process who truly understood the look we wanted made all of the decision making easier.”
We’re always curious about how our clients find us at The Black Goose Design, so we asked Christy that very question. This is what she had to say: “We went to a Parade of Homes before we started building. There was a home we loved and found out it was designed by The Black Goose. That’s how we knew exactly where we wanted to go.”
We worked with Denise from start to finish because we clicked right away.
QUICK Q&A WITH CHRISTY
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Farmhouse style, for sure. I don’t want it to be like I own horses and live on the pumpkin patch. I’d be a poser. So minimal shiplap, not all distressed – a more modern take.
Q: What advice do you have for someone just entering into the design phase of a project or new build?
A: Patience is everything. It all takes longer than you think it will. Keep the big picture in mind. Eventually, you’ll be living in the space and loving it.
A (part 2): Also, don’t take it too seriously. Have fun with it. Trust your gut.
“Denise was great about reminding me of this when I’d feel conflicted or stuck on a decision,” Christy recalled. “’If you love something, just get it and we’ll make it work,’ she’d say. ‘If it speaks to you, you have to buy it and find your spot for it. Trust your gut.’ And that’s what I did. Now that the project is complete, I can see how she was absolutely right. The pieces all fit together beautifully and bring us joy. I’m so glad we followed our instincts.”
Q: What’s next?
A: Honestly? I keep stringing Denise along, because I don’t want it end. This entire experience has been so much fun, and I just love spending time with Denise.
Q: Based on your lovely previous answer, we think we know the answer to this one, but we’ll go ahead and ask it anyway. Would you recommend The Black Goose Design to a friend or neighbor?
A: Absolutely! We just loved working with the company. Everyone there who helped out did a great job. Of course, that goes double for Denise. We’re super happy with the way everything turned out!
Thanks so much for the tour of your incredible home, Christy and Tyson. The team at The Black Goose Design has loved going on this journey with you and couldn’t be happier for you now. For anyone reading this who’s about to enter into a design project, whether it’s an entire build or simply an update of a space within your home or business, we invite you to stop by or give us a call. Collaborating is our favorite! We hope to see you soon.