Wednesday Jun 9 2021 by Stacey Beyer
Hello! Come on in! Welcome to The House That SHE Built.
This is a project near and dear to our hearts, and we’re SO EXCITED to share the big reveal!
First, a few important things to note:
You can see this home in person now through June 19, 2021 at the Utah Valley Parade of Homes.
The House That SHE Built is just what its name suggests, a home engineered, built, and designed exclusively by women. Construction has always been a male-dominated field, and this home is opening doors in more ways than one! Read more about it here.
All of the beautiful photos featured in this post were taken by Amanda Peterson Photography.
This home is for sale! Interested? Check out the MLS listing.
Okay, on with the reveal. Today, we’re going to focus on the areas of the home that two of our team members from The Black Goose Design, Denise Johnson and Randi Smith, furnished and decorated — the bedrooms! There are four bedrooms in this 3,200 sq. ft. home.
The drapes used in the bedrooms of this home were provided by a woman-owned business we admire — Annie Selke.
DESIGN TIP: Interior Brick Work
Nope, that's not brick paneling. It's actual brick. Did you know you can get thin brick, which looks amazing as a feature wall inside the home! Don't let its thin finish fool you; brick laying is an undertaking! We recommend you hire a professional for the install.
We know we said we were going to focus on the bedrooms, but this primary bedroom tour doesn't feel complete without a look at the amazing primary bath, designed by Chell Broadhead of Cambridge Homes.
TREND TO TRY: Wet Room
Bathrooms are getting a major upgrade with these all-inclusive spaces, designed for a full shower AND a soaker tub.
DESIGN TIP: Focus Wall Wisdom
The accent-wall game is changing. In place of bright paint, walls are being treated with texture and pattern. Consider millwork, wallpaper, etc. Believe it or not, homeowners are even adding woodgrain tile to their walls right now, which creates a cool effect in areas like bathrooms where moisture is a factor.
For this room, we were delighted to use Ditsy Floral wallpaper, designed by one of our fomer collegues, Brooke Christen, who worked with us for 17 years before moving across the country and starting Nesting With Grace. We love that she was able to be here and collaborate on this project! Her wallpaper is the perfect feature-wall finish!
DESIGN TIP: Tone-on-Tone Millwork
A great way to accent a wall without overwhelming a smaller space is a tone-on-tone treatment. Here, we added thin millwork, which adds tremendous interest while maintaining an open feel.
DESIGN TIP: Stained Poplar
It’s no secret that lumber is hard to come by right now. If you love the look of oak but are having a hard time getting your hands on it, try using poplar. It will save you money and stains beautifully. That’s what we did to create the accent wall in this room.
FROM OUR HEARTS
We mean it when we say we LOVE every design project we have the pleasure of working on, but this one will forever hold a special spot in our hearts. Being a part of this movement and working alongside brilliant women in construction and design is empowering and important. Plus, money raised on this home is being put towards creating more opportunities for females through scholarships and other financial support. Join us next week as we see the rest of this life-changing home and celebrate more gifted women and showcase their talents!
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!
Tuesday Apr 27 2021 by Stacey Beyer
What happens when a group of driven, talented, smart women put their minds to something? Magic! The House That SHE Built is our proof!
What started out as an empty lot is transforming into a show-stopping home of one lucky family’s dreams in the Oakwood Homes Wander Community in Saratoga Springs, Utah.
It’s a project bringing together talented female professionals to complete every stage of the home-building process, from the moment the first plans were drafted to the day the last landscaping touch is completed.
On this fab female team — our very own Randi Smith and Denise Johnson from The Black Goose Design!
“I have always loved construction and design,” Randi shared. “It’s in the fiber of who I am. I love being able to use my experience and talents to help others design their dream homes.”
“I’ve been in the field of design for over 20 years and have worked on every aspect of building a house,” Denise added. “But being a part of this particular project is extra special. I’m so proud of the work everyone is doing and the hearts behind that work!”
The House That SHE Built truly puts the heart in the art of homebuilding. The proceeds from the sale of this beautiful two-story home will continue to create opportunities for women, with support going to women-run businesses and charities, as well as a scholarship program.
“The scholarships will account for 60% of the total prof and will be awarded to women pursuing construction management related degrees and trade school programs.” –UtahPWB.com
Such skilled trades as excavation, plumbing, and engineering (to name just a few) are often thought of as “a man’s world.” Of course, we know this to be false. Women are key players in every aspect of home building, but they ARE underrepresented. The House That SHE Built hopes to change that by creating more opportunities for females and shining a brighter light on these in-demand careers.
Plus, women bring unique and valuable perspective to home design, simply based on the fact that they can often see a home’s functionality and needs differently than their male counterparts.
“The home design is centered on functionality for a family, from a woman’s unique perspective. The design does an excellent job of providing for the individual needs of the family by incorporating elements such as a children’s play area downstairs and a serene master retreat, while also including opportunities for the family to gather together and create memories.” –UtahPWB.com
SHE is skilled. SHE is capable. SHE deserves every opportunity to share her gifts with the world as SHE makes it a better place. Nothing against the talented, hardworking fellas out there. We need them! They, of course, bring much to the table, too. This project is just a shining reminder that there’s room and need for all kinds, backgrounds, experiences, and genders in this (and every!) field!
TAKE A TOUR
Save the date! The House That SHE Built will be in the 2021 Utah Valley Parade of Homes. It’s your opportunity to see the grand unveiling and the stunning results of Randi and Denise’s labor of love. With the amount of time, effort, thought, determination, strength, and creativity we know went into every single stage of the home’s development, we know you’re in for an inspiring treat! In the meantime, you can learn more about this noteworthy endeavor on the Utah Professional Women in Building website.
YOU MAKE US PROUD
We’re so honored that The Black Goose Design was invited to be a part of this memorable experience. Our team beams with pride as we observe the work Denise and Randi are doing with the other brilliant minds on this project. And we aren’t the only ones recognizing their dedicated contributions. They were just featured on The House That SHE Built Instagram account (which is totally worth following, BTW!). See Denise’s spotlight here and click here to read what Randi had to say.
The House That SHE Built is about more than building a home. It’s about building up women in the field of construction, where they’re currently severely underrepresented. Show your support through a financial contribution or submit a quick note on their website if you wish to be a part of it all
“We are always looking to add to our team and network of contributors for The House That SHE Built!” –UtahPWB.com
Our hardhats are off to all who are involved with The House That SHE Built. We can’t wait to see the end product at the Utah Valley Parade of Home this May 2021. We hope to see you there!
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 Feb 10 2021 by Stacey Beyer
Sure, Valentine's Day is near, but it's spring design trends that have the hearts in our eyes. BEAUTIFUL new looks are coming to The Black Goose Design. From fresh trends and dreamy textiles to chic new furniture styles and design motifs, now’s a great time to breathe some new life into your space. All of the eye candy you’re about to see will be available at The Black Goose Design in the coming weeks, with some of it already in. Woot! Enjoy this look at styles we're crushing on right now.
ROLLING IN THE DEEP
Gone are the days of white on white on white. We're happy to see the pendulum swinging in the opposite direction, introducing striking contrast with dark statement pieces like these show stoppers from Gabby:
It's official, we're "leg" people. How can anyone not be with shapely gams like the ones on this chic console?
Hmmm... Maybe we're leg AND feet people. After all, this cabinet's cute feet are impossible to resist.
While the previous pieces are arriving in the weeks ahead (something awesome to look forward to!), we just got this attractive coffee table in. Yay! It's a must-see. Stop by our showroom and pay it a visit. You'll be glad you did.
Our friends at Noir are also embracing this divine design trend. The dark finish on this classic sideboard creates a vibe we certainly aren't mad at. ;)
TREAT YOURSELF TO TEXTURE
Who says texture has to come exclusively from textiiles, flooring, and wall treatments? These pieces from Hooker Furniture give us all the feels. The modern design is taken to the next level by the linen finish. And the warm neutral color means these pieces will complement a number of colors and design preferences.
Whether you’re selecting fabric for a new sofa or chair or you simply want the refreshing pop new pillows provide, these are some of the 2021 textile trends to note:
Wesley Hall takes those straight lines for a curve with these unique geometric prints:
Lee Industries is also embracing geometric gold with these new prints:
We're really feeling this spring fling now, thanks to these outdoor-inspired works of art by Wesley Hall. Which upholstery swatch is calling your name?
TAKE A SEAT
You’re going to want to sit down for this one. Just look at these NEW beauties by Welsey Hall! They make any excuse to sit impossible to resist.
Meet the Milbrook (above) and his curvey counterpart, Tulip (below). They'll both be in our showroom very soon.
Oh my… SO MANY good things to look forward to as the seasons change. Which looks are you loving? Flag your favorites and come see us at The Black Goose Design soon to start your spring refresh.
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.
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.
Thursday Jul 2 2020 by Stacey Beyer
Q. What do you get when you combine the scenic backdrop of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains with a style that epitomizes contemporary cool?
A. Mountain Modern Design
And Mountain Modern style is exactly what this stunning Park City residence embodies!
“When it comes to a Mountain Modern design, striking the right balance is crucial,” says Ali Thomson, The Black Goose Design lead designer on this home project. “You go too modern, and it feels like an art gallery. Not modern enough, and it says cabin.”
DODGE THE LODGE
With any client collaboration, our goal is always to begin by capturing the client’s dream for the look and feel of the home. Just because this divine dwelling sits at 6,000 ft. in elevation doesn't mean it needs to feel the least bit rustic.
“The homeowners had a very clear vision for their home,” Ali explained. “This is their primary residence, not a lodge, so we intentionally avoided commonly used mountain-inspired motifs. No skis on the ceiling. No moose head or pictures of buffalo on the walls. No wool blankets. But we did want to weave more subtle outdoor inspiration throughout, balanced with a blend of contemporary.”
While you won't find a buffalo on the wall, that's not to say you won't find other interesting animal influence here and there. ;)
Even in an amazingly modern home, it’s easy to bring the peace of the outdoors in. From plant placement and wood works to stone styling and metal marks, let’s check out a few of the many striking mountain-meets-modern touches found inside this home:
MOUNTAIN: Walnut stain
MODERN: Front door design
Before you’ve even set foot in this home, its style is made clear. The front door is a brilliant blend of mountain and modern.
“If this door were all black, it would have been way too cold and modern,” Ali noted. “By warming it up with a walnut stain, it creates the welcoming feel of home.”
MOUNTAIN: Wood trim
MODERN: Metal accents
Upon entering the home, the three lights above the entryway continue to bridge the mountain-to-modern gap. Find these and other wood/metal fixtures at The Black Goose Design.
MOUNTAIN: Stone mantel
MODERN: Linear beams
It doesn’t get much more mountain than rock. The eye-catching rock surrounding the fireplace meets its modern counterpart at the ceiling, where the clean lines of the beams intersect.
The fireplace stone is actually part of the home’s structure, both inside and out. In fact, this house was designed by Upwall Design Architects, with the stonework being a key element. The architectural design of this floorplan is as technical as it is incredible. And to see the flawless way the construction team at Kent Construction brought such involved blueprints to life is remarkable. The Black Goose Design experts were thrilled to round out this design trio!
Whether you opt for real or artificial, potted plants are an on-trend way to bring the outdoors in. There isn’t a right or wrong in the number of plants you use. That has more to do with personal preference. But you do want to pay attention to your plant containers. To go modern, consider a concrete finish, hairpin legs, or other midcentury-inspired aesthetics.
TIP: If you’d love to go green but find your thumb doesn’t always cooperate where real plants are concerned, check out the gorgeous artificial fig and olive trees available now at The Black Goose Design.
WHY MOUNTAIN MODERN?
There’s nothing cool about this home… errr, by that, we mean nothing cold or uninviting. From a design standpoint, it’s all sorts of cool. It can be easy to go too modern with design, creating a harshness that is anything but inviting. By working in the natural influences of the home’s mountain locale, it creates a welcoming warmth that’s undeniable. Even with all its cool sophistication, it feels like a home you can rest and relax in with the ones you love. Doesn’t get much better than that.
LET’S TALK TAKEAWAYS
Now that we’re rock solid on what Mountain Modern is all about, let’s look at several tips to note as you consider your next design project or home update.
TAKEAWAY TIP #1: Find your common denominator
The easiest way to design a home is to first select a key inspiration point to take the lead on all remaining choices. In the case of this casa, that element was the incredible stonework. Because it incorporates a plethora of amazing neutrals, it acted as a color coach for everything else.
“You should have seen us as carrying huge pieces of rock with as we shopped for every home detail,” Ali laughed. “We’d walk into fine showrooms and unearth this slab of stone from a big, beat-up bag, covered in debris, all to ensure we were selecting the perfect paint, carpet, and wood finishes.”
TAKEAWAY TIP #2: Create something all your own
Did you know The Black Goose Design can order handcrafted, 100% custom furniture pieces for your home? This dining set, for example, was handmade by Amish crafters at Fusion Dining. No production line here. Everything from the stain, the wood used, the shape, and even the apron (beveled edge) were hand selected by the homeowners. Fabric was also selected and sent to Fusion Dining for the chairs. The rug that ties it all together is available at The Black Goose Design. What does the dining room of your dreams look like? We want to make it your reality!
TAKEAWAY TIP #3: Expand your seating
Up your seating with a thin console table behind your sofa. Besides added seats, you’ll find it’s a great place for kids and adults alike to craft, snack, play games, do homework, and so much more.
Sofa, console table, and bar stools: The Black Goose Design
TAKEAWAY TIP #4: Bring the backsplash to the bathroom
Why should the kitchen have all the fun? Tile the space surrounding a soaker tub to create a sleek bath backsplash (bathsplash?).
Bath and kitchen tile: Venetian Tile & Stone Gallery
Bench and accessories: The Black Goose Design
Of course, the kitchen tile isn't to be ignored. It's equally as elegant and also from Venetian Tile & Stone Gallery.
TAKEAWAY TIP #5: Keep things light
Free up valuable nightstand space with wall sconces or hanging pendants.
Pendant lights: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallary
Speaking of lighting, take a look at these lights, which hang above the kitchen counter. They're definitely modern in design, while they almost have a mountain look to them with their fun shape and all. Cute!
Same is true with these darling bathroom pendants.
TAKEAWAY TIP #6: Embrace subtle asymmetry
One of these things is not like the other. That’s right, there’s a lone black pillow on an otherwise light, neutral sofa. You might say the sleek black decorative pillow is the splash of modern mixed in with a mountain of nature-inspired neutrals. Don’t be afraid to mix and match your decorative pillows, including both asymmetrical placement and color selection.
Decorative pillows: The Black Goose Design
You'll notice an asymmetrical placement with the pillows on this bed. It's a subtle touch that adds interest.
A FEW MORE BEFORE WE GO
This guided hike through Mountain Modern at its best has yet to peak. Let’s take in a few final scenic shots of our sophisticated surroundings.
For help turning the home of your dreams into the home of your reality, whether it’s a new build or a update to an existing one, call or stop by The Black Goose Design today.
Thursday Apr 9 2020 by Stacey Beyer
Just what is a Powderbird, anyway? No, it’s not some rare feathered species. It’s actually an unforgettable heli-skiing (helicopter skiing) experience offered right here in Utah. Skiers and snowboarders come from all over the world to be carried via helicopter to backcountry mountain peaks, where they’re then left to cruise down its slopes. Unfortunately, for as unusual and awesome as this experience is, it’s home-base facility didn’t have that same wow factor. Here’s a look at what the Powderbird lodge looked like before its remodel.
With its green, rubber flooring, the acoustical ceiling, and stark, white walls, the words “school cafeteria” come to mind. Nothing about the space suggested “once in a lifetime skiing experience.”
TIME FOR A REMODEL
The last time this space was updated was back in 1995. The Powderbird team wanted a fresh look — one that would accurately reflect the impressive experience they offer. Randi Smith, one of our expert designers at The Black Goose Design, was delighted to step in and help this bird soar into 2020 on a high note.
Jessika Long, who works for Powderbird and headed up this design project on their end, actually has a special connection to The Black Goose Design.
“I worked for The Black Goose Design for a year before taking on my role at Powderbird,” Jessika said. “So when this project came up, I was super excited to go back to design, which I love, and work with my talented friends again!”
Even with her design background, Jessika understood the importance of having a partner to work on this project with.
“It was nice to have a hand to hold,” Jessika said. “Having Randi on the project as a consultant reinforced the decisions I was making. With her, I knew it was all coming together and was going to look good, even when we were far from finished.”
A good design experience is always about collaboration. For as much as Jessika appreciated Randi’s help, Randi loved being a part of the Powderbird team with Jessika and the many others who were involved with the remodel.
“I loved working with Jessika and the team at GV Construction,” Randi said. “Jessika was my intern a few years ago and then a designer at The Black Goose Design. Some of our past projects include work together on the phase-one remodel of Archibald's Restaurant, designing for a 2018 Parade of Homes house, and the remodel of Jessika’s parents' home. The team at GV Construction and I have also done several commercial projects together. Previous experiences as a group is never a requirement when starting a project together, but it sure doesn’t hurt. Because we’ve worked together before, it was easy to pick up and begin working together to achieve a beautiful goal on this project.”
YOU ALWAYS HAVE OPTIONS
Whether you’re looking for someone to lean on completely or you simply want a sounding board to offer advice in a consultation or two, The Black Goose Design team is ready to support you and your project.
“When I couldn’t find the last few pieces I needed to complete our remodel, Randi gave great recommendations and feedback,” Jessika said. “She also had smart suggestions for the stone used on the fireplace and backsplash. She even helped me measure the entire space to make sure things would fit properly before purchasing anything. Having Randi available throughout this process was such an asset. Whenever I found myself stuck, I could count on her to provide the missing piece. And from a budget perspective, it was wonderful to be able to pay for design consults here and there as needed vs. hiring a full-time designer.”
At The Black Goose Design, we recognize the unique needs businesses have when it comes to furniture. Clients often want their pieces to have the comfort and sophistication of home but also be able to withstand business traffic. It’s why we carry top-grade manufacturers, known as much for their style as they are for their quality and craftsmanship.
“We have clients coming in and out with big, bulky equipment,” Jessika said. “We knew we needed furniture pieces that could take a good beating and still look good. We found several furniture options that would withstand such use at The Black Goose Design. We ended going with Wesley Hall Furniture. We chose fabric from Sunbrella, which holds its pigment very well… perfect for sitting in our really big windows, where it gets plenty of sun. The fabric also protects against water damage, which is important. Of course, for as durable as it all is, it’s equally gorgeous!”
Even if you don’t have a business to furnish, quality furniture that's made to last makes a difference. We carry pieces that stand up to children and grandchildren, house guests and renters, pets, and nearly any other challenge you might want to throw at it. The same is true for dining room pieces.
“At Powderbird, we serve our guests two meals a day,” Jessika added. “This means a lot of wear and tear on the dining furniture as well. I knew The Black Goose Design carried Hooker Furniture, which is really well known for its extremely high-quality wood pieces. With our guests eating in their ski boots, such durability was important to us, and we just love the sophisticated look these pieces add!”
“Jessika had a very clear vision of how she wanted the space to function when the remodel was complete,” Randi recalled. “She wanted high-end luxury, but also somewhere where you could stomp about covered in snow. And that’s just what we were able to achieve.”
CUSTOM MADE TO MATCH YOUR NEEDS
Whether you’re updating your home or business, The Black Goose Design will help you add your signature style to everything you do.
“It was really fun selecting the fabric and finishing touches,” Jessika recalled. “With so many options to choose from, we were able to select textiles that complement the cabinetry, backsplash, granite, etc. It really allows you to pick pieces that fit your surroundings!”
Sometimes it takes a business to help a business. Commercial spaces present their own unique challenges and requirements. Our team is well versed in what those needs are and how we can best help you meet them to ensure a successful outcome.
“In designing this space, we had many regulations to follow,” Jessika recalled. “We had to meet specific ADA standards and codes.It’s a different realm of functionality than designing for a home. This is another reason I was glad to have a designer to collaborate with. Randi was a huge help in many different areas. She really does understand the importance of staying on schedule, working with contractors, and designing for a commercial space.”
AT LAST, A TRUE REFLECTION
“The views at Powderbird, which face down Little Cottonwood Canyon, are phenomenal,” Jessika added. “I love that we now have a facility that matches those views in its beauty. And everything functions so much better now.”
“Jessika and I walked the space early on in the process, discussing the layout and how the space should function,” Randi added. “Since it would be used for breakfast during the day and a second meal after the heli-skiing adventure concluded, we knew we needed to make the most of the seating availability while also leaving enough open space for clients to freely and comfortably move about. The solution we came up with is the live-edge seating along the west wall of windows, which ended up being my favorite thing about this remodel. It gives guests room to dine comfortably while also experiencing the unbelievable view of Little Cottonwood Canyon down to the Salt Lake Valley. Talk about a room with a view!”
THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING
When we asked Jessika what her employer thought of the remodel, she had this to say:
“They were thrilled! They said this update changes everything in the way we’re able to serve our guests. They’re so excited and pleased with the overall look. They love that we’ve created a space that our clients can really buy into and enjoy.”
GREAT DESIGN IMPROVES THE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE
Powderbird is certainly a unique business, but its needs aren’t all that unusual. Like any business, they want a space that reflects their brand and leaves their guests with favorable impressions. We can create that for you at The Black Goose Design, and the outcome will be one you can actually see reflected back to you in the way your customers feel when they’re with you.
“With helicopter skiing being so weather dependent, clouds, high wind speeds, or heavy snowfall can mean delays,” Jessika said. “People spend a lot of money to come to Powderbird, often flying hundreds of miles to be here. They look forward to the day so much, so it’s easy to understand how weather delays can cause stress. However, since remodeling our space, we’ve seen a noticeable change in our clients when they have to wait. Where people used to get anxious, they seem at ease and comfortable. Having an inviting sofa, big, comfortable chairs, and a large TV over a warm fireplace will do that. It all creates such a calming effect and helps eliminate guest anxiety. It just goes to show how a well-designed space really can make a difference in the business you do.”
AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Due to current Covid-19 concerns, The Black Goose Design is open for design services by appointment only. You can schedule an appointment via our website. Stay safe, dear friends!
Thursday Mar 19 2020 by Stacey Beyer
Welcome back to the Spendlove home. Our last look at this breathtaking dwelling took us through the kitchen/great room, the living room, and the entryway. Today, our tour of this impeccable remodel continues in the owner’s retreat.
Before we take a deeper dive, let’s pause and see what this space looked like when Kari and Scott Spendlove moved in.
Wow! What a difference nine months of hard work makes! Like the living room (seen here), the barrel ceiling in this room is thanks to the talents of Trent Colarusso and his team at Colarusso Construction.
Once the room’s structure was so beautifully established, Ali Thomson, one of the extremely talented designers at The Black Goose Design, continued her work on the Spendlove home, creating a place here that's all about the R&R!
There isn’t much to say about this calming corner of the Spendlove home except, “ahhhhhh!”
Such a tub setting ought to come with fineprint: “Warning: High risk of pruned skin due to prolonged tub exposure; enter at your own risk.”
Of course, the shower is not to be ignored. Looks like either option puts the “Oh!” in H2O.
DESIGN TIP: Don’t hesitate to ask for exactly what you want. This window treatment wasn’t found in any store, but Kari and Ali knew a window this grand needed the perfect finishing touch. The pros at The Black Goose Design can have custom designs created to complement your specific needs. The same is true for nearly every chair and sofa we carry. Don’t like the color/finish? Let’s swap it! Your wish is our command!
This media room all started with a tile sample. Kari loved this flooring (and we don't blame her!), and Ali and Trent took it from there, creating a media room that rivals old Hollywood.
BEFORE & AFTER
Ready for a major wow? This room once looked like this:
Trent’s team rebuilt the entire space, adding the coolest custom door, stunning wall paneling and lights, creating a look straight out of the Golden Age.
Ali added the comfort, with sectional seating, chic decorative pillows, and a center ottoman that serves as both a table and a padded place to kick up your feet!
She even found a media cabinet that perfectly blends with the wood work in this incredible space.
DESIGN TIP: Keep it personal. Wanting this room to reflect their family, Scott and Kari asked all of their children to share their favorite movies. They then selected and framed movie posters to represent their choices, with this particular poster representing a shared family favorite.
No matter your media room style, you’ll find furnishings and decorative touches at The Black Goose Design to complete the look. Don’t hesitate to bring a photo of your room in to the store. Together, we'll find you just the pieces you’re looking for!
GUEST BED & BATH
Kari wanted her mother to feel right at home at their house, so created this space specifically for her.
DESIGN TIP: When gutting your kitchen in a remodel think of ways you can repurpose cabinets that still have some life left in them. These cabinets once lived in the Spendlove kitchen, and with a little elbow grease and updating, they look good as new in this guest bath.
DESIGN TIP: Create unity within a space by adding cohesive patterns throughout. In this case, the delicate flower style of the floor tile also makes an appearance in the shelves of the shower.
GUEST BED #2
Kari’s mom isn’t the only lucky lady on the Spendlove guest list. Grandchildren are also frequent occupants. Kari worked with Ali to create this sweet room just for them.
Speaking of grandkids, what kiddo wouldn’t love access to their own water fountain?! This hallway addition is so charming!
Down the same hall, it's all about the bomb lighting in the mud room! (Does it remind you of any tile we've seen?)
Of course, the unique stained-glass window isn't too bad either! In our last post, this window was a Texas find, adding another bit of the Spendlove’s roots to their home’s design.
DESIGN TIP: Think of design elements that represent aspects unique to your past and story. Such touches are sure to make your house feel more like home.
It's just us to push the laundry off until last. Nah. We kid. This may be a work space, but that doesn't make it any less fun than the rest of this remarkable home. Laundry? Fun?! Welllll… maybe not. But it sure would be more enjoyable in a room like this.
SEE THE REST
Don’t miss the rest of the impressive Spendlove home. It’s glorious great room, luxurious living room and enchanting entry will leave you inspired, whether you’re looking to update or simply love a little eye candy!
Did we wet your whistle? Ready to start your own home remodel?
Maybe you have your eye on a particular item from this post? The Black Goose Design offers both residential and commercial design services, and we carry the latest looks in furniture, wall art, area rugs, bedding, lighting and more for your home. Helping our clients bring their visions to life fills us with gratitude and delight. We can't wait to chat with you!
Thursday Mar 5 2020 by Stacey Beyer
“You should have seen where we started.” Scott Spendlove laughed as he gave our photographer the tour of his newly-remodeled home in Mapleton, Utah. “We’ve come a long way from that little one-bedroom apartment in Provo where we lived when we were first married.”
Indeed! It’s easy to see why Scott’s beaming. After nearly a year of hard work, the home he shares with his lovely wife Kari is finally remodeled. From floor to ceiling, every detail looks magazine-amazing!
Being the warm people they are, the Spendloves have graciously invited us inside to tour their newly- finished re-design. Let’s go!
A DREAM REALIZED
“We live here!” Kari said several times throughout our visit, almost to herself, as if she were trying to pinch herself awake from a dream. Yes, Kari, this is YOUR breathtaking home. YOUR stunning vision. YOUR happily ever after. Here’s to a job well done. The Black Goose Design, and designer Ali Thomson specifically, LOVED being a part of this memorable transformation!
The clean sophistication of the home hits you as soon as you enter. It’s a feeling that’s as calming as it is inviting.
Just inside the entry, the living room takes center stage with its impressive barrel ceiling and detailed wood work on the walls.
These custom touches are the genius of Trent Colarusso and his team at Colarusso Construction (pictured with Ali and Kari below).
The connection Kari, Scott, Trent, and Ali share is clear from the moment they get in a room together. The design/remodeling experience, with the right personality fits, is a very connective experience for those involved.
“It’s so important for the designer/client relationship to click,” Ali said. “That’s absolutely what happened at the Spendlove home. The four of us quickly became close and caught a shared vision, which made the process smooth and FUN!”
A remodel? Fun? Yes, it can happen, and The Black Goose Design will see that it does!
The main living area of the home reflects both the Spendlove family’s history and where it’s going, with pieces representing their past combined beautifully with new fixtures and designs.
“We had this wide-open wall space to fill,” Ali recalls. “I mentioned it to Kari and gave her a few possible ideas. From there, she found the perfect touch — these doors from Texas, the state they called home for many years.”
Of course, it's the kitchen that puts the added GREAT in this great room. It's the stuff chef dreams are made of!
BEFORE & AFTER
When the Spendloves moved in, their kitchen looked like this. What a difference design updates make!
TRUST IS EVERYTHING
With any design project, trust is paramount. The Black Goose Design prides itself on prioritizing the client/designer relationship. This promotes confidence and trust, which, in the end, leads to a space reflective of the client’s visions and then some. We never want the process of designing a space to feel overwhelming or unattainable.
“As we started this process, I was unsure of everything,” Scott recalled. “But as the work started to expand and I could see the direction we were headed in, it gave me great confidence in Ali, Trent and their teams. I knew they were doing this project right. Everything my wife had envisioned came together just as we hoped it would.”
“I feel so grateful Scott trusted me to do what I wanted in our home,” Kari added. “I just love the way it all came together!”
We love it too, Kari! You and Scott have impeccable taste. We’re honored you looked to The Black Goose Design to turn your dreams into such a special reality. We know you’re going to make a lifetime of amazing memories with your darling family in this heartfelt space.
JOIN US FOR PART 2
Loving the Spendlove home? We are too! Join us again on March 19, 2020, for the second half of this gorgeous walkthrough. We’ll check out:
- The bedrooms: From the magnificent master to special spots created for family, you’re sure to be inspired!
- The laundry room: It’s pretty difficult to make the task of laundry look appealing, but this space manages to do just that!
- The home theater: Hello, old Hollywood! This space is close-up ready. You won’t believe the before-and-after.
YOUR TURN — LET’S BRING YOUR DREAMS TO LIFE
Like something you see in the post? Odds are, it's available for purchase at The Black Goose Design. We carry everything from area rungs and wallpaper to furniture and light fixtures to decorative pillows and on-trend finishing touches.
Ready to start your own design process? Our designers live for this stuff and want to help you bring your dreams to life. Stop by or call The Black Goose Design today so we can start putting your plans into motion.
Thursday Feb 6 2020 by Stacey Beyer
Utah might be up to its knees in snow at the moment, but spring is very much on our minds at The Black Goose Design. Our buyers recently attended the Las Vegas Market, where the trade show floor was alive with florals, color, clean lines, warm lighting, and more! Here’s a little sneak peek at some of the sweet things coming your way soon!
SOFT FLORALS & COLOR
While we appreciate clean lines and the minimalist approach to design, we can’t help but swoon when a good floral crosses our paths. You bet we’ll carry these beauties in the coming months.
The world of textiles was a vibrant mix of color and patterns, opening up many creative doors for your home!
TREND TIP: Expect to see more color and bold blooms as the temps rise.
CLEAN LINES & MONOCHROME
In design, every yin has its yang. In contrast to the color and blooms, we saw many clean and simple, yet eye-catching and unique accessories.
Along with the geometric element, the monochrome contrast of black and white was well represented.
DESIGN TIP: Design is never all-or-nothing. Soft florals and pops of color can blend beautifully with geometric shapes and a primarily monochromatic approach. The trick is placement and ratios. If you’re a fan of both styles but aren’t quite sure how to proceed, let us know. We’ll happily help you find your sweet spot.
Nothing says “inviting” quite like the right lighting.
Plus, a new light fixture is an easy and relatively affordable way to breathe new life into a room. If lighting is on your list, you’re going to love the looks debuting at market.
LIGHTING TIP: We recommend the lighting be consistent throughout your home. A go-to bulb choice is soft white at a temperature of 2700-3000k.
IT’S A SPRING THING
Ready to welcome the fresh feel of spring in your home? Visit our store in the coming weeks and be the first to get the latest and greatest market releases.
Thursday Dec 12 2019 by Stacey Beyer
You’re going to want to sit down for this one. Literally. This chair share is going to have you longing for a lounge. Go ahead, sit back. Relax. Kick up those tired feet. This is your time to simply enjoy a little eye candy and our list of must-have chairs for 2020!
The Scout by Wesley Hall
Why We Love It: The outline! It’s sleek and stylish and we just can’t get enough.
Features to Fancy: Its height. This is a great chair for a room with taller ceilings.
Customization Qualities: The Scout is an extra fun option, because the customization options are endless. In this version, one fabric is on the body, another is on the seat, and leather has been used for the welt and buttons. What a chic combination!
Placement Pointer: The Scout is perfectly placed when it's in an open space (not up against a wall) where it can be seen from every angle, as it has qualities to show off from all sides.
The Hartwell by Wesley Hall
Why We Love It: The sit! It’s so good! This is, hands down, one of the most comfortable chairs we carry at The Black Goose Design.
Features to Fancy: The darling English arm and its nailhead detailing!
Customization Qualities: You can choose from a number of different fabrics to find your perfect Hartwell finish. Plus, the casters on the front legs are optional. You can always order without them.
Purchase Pointer: Its accommodating height. This chair is an ideal option for a family, because it’s comfortable for the tall and the small.
The Foremost by Peter Jacob for Wesley Hall
image credit: Wesley Hall
Why We Love It: It's tall, dark (when you want it to be), and handsome. What's not to love? Of course, this is one book you can judge by more than just its attractive cover. It's also incredibly comfortable!
Customization Qualities: From sleek leather to fashionable fabric, there are numerous ways to customize this king.
Features to Fancy: Its height makes it the star of any room it graces, and the buttons along the lower back (front side) are cute as a... well, you know where we're going with this.
Placement Pointer: Place this handsome devil in a bedroom, a living area, or even at the head of your dining table. It plays nice with any spot it calls home.
’Tis the Seating Season
Who wouldn’t adore a new statement piece of furniture? Whether you’re looking for one standout choice or a chair pair for a sitting area, you’ll find these three fab frames and many more stylish choices at The Black Goose Design. Stop by for a test sit today.
Thursday Oct 31 2019 by Stacey Beyer
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Thursday Oct 24 2019 by Stacey Beyer
The fire burning in this gorgeous fireplace isn't the only source of warmth in this beautiful home. The entire house has that favorite-blanket vibe. You can't help but feel wrapped up in it and immediately put at ease as soon as you set foot in the door.
Welcome to Michelle & Mike's home, designed by Denise Johnson at The Black Goose Design!
“As a professional electrician, I see new builds all the time,” Mike said. “There is definitely a trend towards bright and white right now. I like the open, airy feeling such a look creates but didn’t want to sacrifice the inviting feel warmer tones add. From a building point of view, it's why we paired large windows and glass doors, which keep our space feeling bright, with darker cabinets that add a richness. From there, it was up to a designer to put the finishing touches in place. Michelle and I have worked with The Black Goose Design on past projects, and they were a natural choice here."
A modern, bright environment that’s also warm and rich isn't an impossible goal. It's a beautiful aesthetic and choice to make. Denise Johnson was excited to work on this project and find decorative touches that would continue to add the warmth.
“Denise directed us down the right path right away,” Michelle said with a smile. “With her help, we were able to pick just what we wanted from options she provided."
Michelle has learned from past design experiences that having the right fit with your designer is crucial.
“You HAVE to match your designer” Michelle said with certainty. “You have to be able to say ‘I don’t like that’ and feel free to have an open, honest conversation with them. We have that kind of trust with Denise and it has made such a difference."
"Admittedly, I wasn't too eager to enter into the designing phase of our home," Michelle continued. "Even knowing I adore Denise, it seemed like a giant chore. But Denise turned those hard feelings around quickly. I warmed up to the idea almost immediately, because I felt such a wonderful connection to Denise. She made things fun!”
“There’s a lot of trust involved,” Denise added. “That trust and an open dialogue are what give you the big picture and put you on the right track."
"With any space, I begin with a conversation," Denise said. "My goal is to get to the heart of what our client wants. I want to know the function of the house. Do those living in it have lots of kids? Do they like to entertain? Etc. With initial conversations such as these, I better understand the client’s style and needs.”
“With Mike and Michelle, for example, I know that a big part of their world is their dogs,” Denise added. “They’re done with mashed cushions and sofas that won’t hold up to their pups. This meant a sofa with a tight back.”
“The sofa material was also important,” Michelle added. “Because of our big windows, we knew we needed a high-performance fabric that would withstand sunlight and not fade with time.”
“With such specific sofa needs, I was worried our style options would be too limited,” Mike said. “But The Black Goose Design offers more options than I realized. Plus, we were able to customize. We ended up with a sofa we love. What they did for us throughout our home not only met, but far exceeded my expectations!”
“Denise was so good about getting me into the process,” Michelle added. “She’s really quick to know what I like and don’t like.”
One of Michelle’s likes: cooking. It’s a love of hers, actually. This meant the kitchen needed to have a welcoming feel.
FUN TIDBIT: Mike actually installed lighting in their countertops! What a cool effect!
“We wanted a big kitchen, because it’s the heart of our home,” Michelle said. “I wasn’t sure how we’d make such a large space feel warm and cozy, but Denise had perfect ideas and suggestions.”
From the living room and kitchen, Michelle, Mike, and Denise went on to design the master bath, the entryway, and other areas of the home. Working with a single designer/design firm, makes it easier to create a cohesive look throughout.
“We’ve actually worked with Denise on different projects over the years,” Michelle said. “She truly gets us. When I find that in a designer, I hang onto it. It makes everything easier and the outcome better!”
We couldn’t agree more, Michelle. The client/designer relationship is everything. Knowing that you and Mike are happy with your outcome means we’ve done our jobs well, and that’s everything to us!
“Denise just made this whole experience feel good,” Michelle said. “We love how everything turned out, and, best of all, our kids just gravitate to this house. Now, I can’t wait for Thanksgiving!”
Mike and Michelle are such a special couple and family. We’ve loved helping this chapter of their beautiful story take flight. Are you ready to embark on a new chapter of your own? If so, give us a call at 801.562.1933. We’d love to help you turn your ideas into your dream home.
Thursday Oct 17 2019 by Stacey Beyer
“It’s a wonderful building! I drove by it nearly every day, and each time I’d pass, it would catch my eye. Then, one day, it came up for sale! I said to my husband, ‘We’ve got to buy it!’ He asked what for and I told him we’d think of something…”
And think of something, she did! This is how Nancy Long, The Black Goose Design and Gardner Village founder, describes her introduction to what is now our gorgeous home, furniture showroom and interior design business.
It’s a building rich with Utah history and loads of unique personality. Join us on this behind-the-scenes tour. We’ll go through areas not typically open to the public and discover the rich history behind our showroom home.
THE BUILDING HISTORY
Let’s kick this trip back in time off with a look at this building’s story:
- This gorgeous space was built in the early 1900s.
- Nancy Long purchased it in 1985.
- Before The Black Goose Design called it home, this building was the Sharon Steel Smelter mine office building, a rec center, a doctor’s office, and a seamstress shop/drapery workroom.
THEY DON’T MAKE ‘EM LIKE THIS ANYMORE
Step foot inside The Black Goose Design, and you know you’ve arrived at a special place. At your feet, you’ll likely see original hardwood flooring, as well as a peek at its rec center past.
Along the walls, you can’t help but notice the antique radiators, which are still used to heat the building.
Around nearly every turn, you’ll see signs of the antique architecture:
- gorgeous windows overhead
- a stylish stairwell running up the building’s center
- lightswitch plates that stand out from today’s flat crowd
- layers of personality peeking through in a spot where the wallpaper has fallen off the wall
- thick brick walls…
… and the list goes on! It really is a treat to experience.
AN UNSUAL FEATURE & A COLORFUL PAST
Of course, a feature that often catches the most attention are the large walk-in safes on both the main and upper levels.
Today, they house fabric swatches and clearance items, but they served a much more intense purpose when this building was the Sharon Steel Smelter office building. They held large sums of money for the mining company, including solid gold used in payroll.
At that point in history, a train ran directly behind the building and would stop to make high-dollar cash deliveries. This was before the days of armored cars, so armed guards would sit in these very upstairs windows, machine guns in hand, guarding the deliveries against theft. Crazy stuff to imagine today!
BEHIND THE SCENES
The Black Goose Design recently got a new front door. As the entryway was being remodeled, those who've worked here came by and signed their name on the wall around the door frame before the new casing went up. It's like our way of adding a piece of history to this already-interesting building's story!
If you look closely, you might see "Joe Long" written across the top of the door before the gorgeous new frame (pictured below) went in. Others followed suit, adding their names all around the door. Very cool!
Have you ever looked around Midvale and noticed a lack of trees? Well, maybe not a lack of trees, per se, but a lack of TALL trees. There’s a reason for this.
“Some 20-25 years ago, Midvale did a cleanup, saying the ground was contaminated and needed to be removed,” Angie Gerdes, Nancy Long’s daughter and Gardner Village co-owner, recalls. “Much of Midvale was given the choice to either have their trees removed at no cost or keep their trees, knowing that if they were to die, the expense of the removal would fall to the property owner. Nearly everyone allowed the city to remove the trees, but Mom opted to keep our trees. It paid off. The trees lived. Today, they stand beautifully above The Black Goose Deisgn, adding to the building’s unique beauty.”
The exterior is also known for its ivy abundance.
Between the towering trees and the green coating its brick walls, The Black Goose Design looks a bit like a cottage tucked away in the woods. Well… except for the fact that it sits right on the west end of Midvale, but you get the fairytale vision we like to see.
FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
The building may look like the stuff of fairytales, but The Black Goose Design's story sure doesn't have a fairytale beginning. Let’s pick up where Nancy Long left off in 1985. She and her husband had just purchased the building. Though, her husband still wasn’t entirely convinced of the decision.
“As we worked on renovating the space, my husband kept asking me what we were going to do with the building. ‘Make it a store,’ I’d tell him. ‘You already have a store,’ he’d reply. But I saw this store serving a different purpose than Country Furniture [now CF Home at Gardner Village]. It would be a higher-end furniture store.”
Nancy went ahead with her dream, attending a furniture market and buying as much as she could with her less-than-impressive credit rating at the time and a net-30 payback arrangement.
“The pressure was on. I had just one month to sell this furniture in order to make the payment, so I called my daughter Stacy in Wyoming and put her to work in the store. We filled the building with what we little we were able to purchase at market. I even brought in some of my own furniture to make it look less bare. To advertise our grand opening, we opted for a mailer, using our Country Furniture mailing list. On grand opening day, we had two furniture reps and our small staff ready to welcome our new customers... only they never came. Turns out the post office had failed to mail our flyers. I was so mad that I couldn't even get mad at that point. I just knew we HAD TO move this furniture, so I made a quick flyer and had the employees at Country Furniture put it in all the bags. I told them they had to get the word out. And that’s just what they did. We did $50,000 in business that first month and have been a success ever since.”
Talk about a stressful foot to start on. We admire Nancy Long and her vision. She knew she was on to something as soon as she saw the sale sign in front of this remarkable space, and she followed that gut instinct through, even though the deck seemed stacked against her. How happy we are she did, too. This space with all its character and its layers of history is the ideal backdrop for The Black Goose Design. Stop by anytime to take a look around for yourself. We'd love to meet you. Every customer who visits and client we serve adds to the rich tapestry that makes us who we are today!
Wednesday Oct 9 2019 by Stacey Beyer
25 years! Talk about a milestone! It’s how long Denise Johnson has been with the Gardner Mill Company stores. It’s also what makes Denise the employee who has been with our company the longest. That can only mean one thing—time for a party!
Friends from The Black Goose Design and Gardner Village gathered together to celebrate Denise.
Denise with Gardner Village co-owner, Angie Gerdes.
Little tributes to Denise were woven throughout, including plenty of cheese (her fav food!) and a blue/coastal decor vibe, because this girl LOVES the water.
Denise’s Gardner Mill story began when she was just 16 when she was hired by Gardner Village founder, Nancy Long.
“At that time, there was no Village,” Denise recalls. “It was just one store, Country Furniture. And the idea of working there sure beat delivering pizzas, so I left my Pizza Hut job and started this incredible journey!”
Country Furniture wasn’t Denise’s only place of employment before joining us at The Black Goose Design. In fact, she’s worked at a total of 15 different stores in Gardner Mill Company stores over the years. In 2011, she started her full-time design position with us here at The Black Goose Design.
“I was on the store-front side of things for many years, where I did the merchandising and displays and customer service and management and buying, but my vision has always been more big picture. I’m grateful for all of the experiences I’ve had that have helped get me where I am now. I know each thing I've done and learned have helped prepare me for what I do now. I have a broader perspective and it all relates to how well I’m able to do my job.”
A LOOK AT DENISE’S INTERIOR DESIGN WORK
And what a fine job Denise does! Here are just a few of her recent projects:
A HOME AWAY FROM HOME
Working with the same company for a quarter century is no small thing. No wonder Denise feels extremely close to her coworkers.
“All of the relationships I’ve cultivated over the years… These are my people! When you spend this much time with others, they become your family.”
25 years with this fine woman? No wonder a celebration was in order. We have much to be grateful for. Not only is Denise amazing at what she does, she’s also a wonderful human being. Having her in our family is a gift. Congratulations on your milestone, Denise! Thanks so much for all you've done over the years!
Want to work with Denise on your next project? Call the store to schedule an appointment. 801.562.1933
Thursday Oct 3 2019 by Stacey Beyer
The Black Goose Design is known for home interior design, but did you know we also specialize in transforming commercial spaces? Whether it's taking an office from blah to ahhh or helping you decorate a brand new build from the ground up, we love helping business owners identify and create their ideal spaces.
One of our recent ground-up projects — The Wheel Room at Gardner Village!
Believe it or not, this gorgeous events space was once a dark and crowded furniture store basement. Today it serves as an in-demand spot to host weddings and receptions, corporate gatherings, reunions, holiday parties, and more. Phew! Designing a space that serves so many purposes? That's a tall order! But we were up for the challenge. Take a look at what our talented designer, Randi, did with this space.
MAKING A LIST
Like any project we approach, Randi first had to identify the client's wish list, as well as any unique requirements for the space. In this cool commercial area, that list included (but wasn't limited to) the following:
* creating a cohesive design that works with the other events spaces already located in the historic Gardner Mill
* embracing the established industrial look of the mill and allowing its cool factor to shine, while also incorporating softer touches that complement such an asthetic
* designing a space that works for a variety of purposes, including corporate gatherings, weddings/receptions, reunions, and more
TASK 1: CREATING COHESION
Just as you want the overall feel of your home to be cohesive from one room to the next, a business should maintain a unifying feel throughout. Fortunately for us, we were actually involved in the designing phase of the Archibald's Restuarant (also located in the Gardner Mill at Gardner Village) re-model a few years ago, as well as the design work in the various events spaces on site, so it was easy to pick up where we left off with this newest addition.
Of course, this isn't to say we can't come in and enhance a project we haven't already had a hand in. We absolutely can. We love picking up where someone else has left off to create the finished look you desire.
TASK 2: ADDING WARMTH
It's not every day you get to offer design expertise for a building that was made before Lincoln was president. Talk about an exciting challenge! Our goal was to add touches of warmth that would let this one-of-a-kind building still come shining through as the star. Greens were a natural choice. They're a bright addition that will add life to any space (yes, even if those greens aren't, themselves, alive -- artificial works!).
Linens increase the inviting aspect of a room. This is true in a home and can also be true in a commercial space. When appropriate, look for an area where you can add a bench or a few decorative pillows to a seating area. It can make all the difference in how your customers feel.
If throws and pillows don't make sense for your business, consider windor treatments and other opportunities to introduce fabric finishes.
When it comes to friendly details, inspiring words are a no-brainer.
Finally, we worked warm and neutral shades in, like the reds woven into this divine table runner and the warm furnishings.
TASK 3: EMBRACING THE INDUSTRIAL
An old flour mill that functioned in Utah's pioneer days? Talk about a designer's dream today. Industrial is in! To enhance such a magnifcent canvas, we opted for classic simplicity. Clean lines and geometric shapes made sense and support the wheels and gears and such of days gone by.
The sleek contrast of black and white was another go-to choice. While very much on trend right now, black and white are also a classic choice that will stand the test of time. That's an imporatant aspect to consider when designing a commercial space. You don't want it to feel dated one, two, or five years from now.
TASK 4: MAKING A MULTIFUNCTIONAL SPACE
As mentioned, Gardner Village created this space to meet their many clients' needs. From high school reunions and wedding receptions to business meetings and corporate celebrations, it's a room for all. The room even has a smaller meeting space on site, which can be used as a bridal suite or a smaller business meeting space.
To go from corporate-cooperative to happily-ever-after in a single room? It can be done! The trick is sublety. For example, romantic touches that don't scream lovey-dovey but still offer sweet touches in the background of those wedding shots.
We also selected decorative touches that wouldn't be too distracting. The last thing you want is a room full of business women and men who are more caught up in the decor than they are the task at hand.
We recognize that not all businesses serve a one-size-fits all purpose, and we have the tricks up our sleeves to ensure your space can effectively transition from one need to the next.
FROM BLEAK BASEMENT TO BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL
It’s hard to imagine this bright, beautiful, open area was once the dark, crowded basement of a furniture store. To see it transformed in this way has been such a neat experience.
YOUR NEXT COMMERCIAL PROJECT
Being involved in your business is a highlight of ours! Whether you already have an idea for the direction you want to take your commercial space in or you’re starting with a blank slate, the team at The Black Goose is here for you. Give us a call to set up an appointment with one of our talented designers today.
Thursday Jul 12 2018 by Stacey Beyer
Mixing patterns within your space can sometimes be a challenging task! So, how do you mix patterns like a pro? Well, today we are thrilled to hear from expert designer Ali on how to correctly mix all those gorgeous patterns in your home.
We sometimes can feel overwhelmed with so many fabric choices when selecting upholstery or when you are trying to create a perfectly balanced look with a punch of personality in your space. Ali has some helpful tips to guide you in the right direction when it comes to mixing patterns and color within your home.
Mixing varied patterns in your home can bring out the indiviuality of your design style in a big way. Incorporating assorted colors and diverse patterns with varied scales can take your home from ordinary to looking like a professional designer has worked marvelous magic!
Here are a few simple design tips from expert interior designer, Ali, that will help you begin to mix and match patterns within your home with ease.
Start with two colors which will work delightfully in your space. This will keep the task simplified and will add the desired color and contrast to your space without "over-doing" it. Refrain from adding a third color (yet). Live with the two colors for a few weeks and see if you really like the mix.
(our inspiration image with bright orange and navy blue hues)
2. ADDING PATTERNS
After you have lived with your two color selection and really like the combination, you can then blend in a third color and/or pattern! Flirty florals, stunning stripes, perfect plaids and gorgeous geometric prints are all classic patterns to select from. Do not be shy about your third selection, take a walk on the wild side and even mix in an animal print!
Here is a big design secret when it comes to "tying" your patterns together. Be sure to select at least one fabric that has two of your selected colors in it. This is key to correctly blending and mixing patterns and color with simplicity. This one step will help incorporate and allow your room to cohesively flow together.
Be sure to integrate varied size and scale of your patterns. For example, if you desire stripes and floral patterns, do not use ALL stripes and florals that are the same size. Mix up the scale by doing a large buffalo check, a smaller stripe ticking and a medium-sized floral. This will give the space a united feel and will enhance the color pattern play.
As designers, we do break the rules (gasp!). If you fall in love with a floral or conflicting patterns, it is alright! By being unique and occasionally breaking the rules, you can still create stunning design. These are just some general guidelines to help you achieve an expert look of mixing color and patterns together. If you happen to gravitate toward several striped patterns you adore, by all means do what you love the most in your surroundings and enjoy it!
Seeing beautiful interiors are always a great way to get inspired! Ali mentions an exquisite and expressive blog, I Suwanee. They feature a designer, Lila Hobogood, whose home is full of ideas for mixing and matching patterns. Lila's home is an expression of her personality and passions in life. Take a look inside of her home here for ideas on mixing and matching patterns like a pro! Designer Lila Hobogood's does an outstanding job of allowing her design style and her passions to come flying through with her smart use of color and patterns.
If you desire to take your room up a notch, consider adding bold colors and mixing in those pretty patterns! Combine complementary patterns to bring vitality into your room, refresh your current pillows, rugs and artwork with lively color.
Whatever designer style suits you, allow the patterns and color to fit your personality! The designers at The Black Goose Design are eager to hear your ideas and help you achieve your vision. Let the pop-of-pattern shape your space into a comfortable haven that will define home to you.
*Disclaimer photos from Pink Chandelier, I Suwanee Design
Thursday Jun 21 2018 by Stacey Beyer
The Black Goose Design is excited to welcome interior designer Sam Atkinson! We are thrilled to have Sam as a part of our talented design team.
Sam is an experienced designer and shares a great passion for gorgeously-designed spaces. Sam specializes in space planning and creating functional spaces for her clients. Sam is an expert at listening to her clients' needs and executing beautiful master design plans that capture her clients' design visions. Sam enjoys every aspect of design and is well-rounded in many types of design style elements, from modern trends to transitional and timeless style.
Sam earned her associates degree in Interior Design from LDS Business College. Sam embraces the entire design process by collaborating all principles and elements of design to create superior design. Seeing her clients love the results of their completed projects is truly rewarding to her.
Sam takes great delight in creating unique and personal spaces for each of her clients. She loves mixing varied materials, texture and eclectic pieces that define her clients' personal design styles.
Sam has a true adoration for interiors, and she shares that same feeling for the outdoors as well. She thoroughly enjoys hiking and being in the great outdoors! Sam likes to travel, explore new places and is always up for an adventure. Welcome Sam to The Black Goose Design, we are thrilled to have you as part of our team!
Thursday May 24 2018 by Stacey Beyer
Welcome back to part two of our gorgeous home tour! We are so thrilled to share this lovely space with you today. Located in North Salt Lake City Utah this stunning home defines timeless interior design with beautiful designer details. One of our talented designers Denise has created a ravishing restful retreat tailored to her clients personal style. Get ready for an interior design delight!
This gorgeous gathering area is spacious and stunning. Abundant cozy seating is a welcomed invitation for friends and family to sit and stay awhile!
We simply adore this roomy sectional with pillows-a-plenty! This design-savvy sectional displays classic lines with such a timeless shape making this an ideal seating choice. The constrasting banding and nailhead trim applied to the base creates a unique detail to this upholstered piece.
This sectional has such a pretty silhouette from every angle. The tapered arm style and deep soft cushioning is the perfect combination for a cozy seat.
Rich supple leather is always a great idea to incorporate into any room. This luxurious leather contributes texture and added sophistication to this seating area.
These handsome recliners are one of our favorite furniture pieces at The Black Goose Design. The plush cushioning and sleek shape supports the body wonderfully and are extremely comfortable! This cozy recliner is just right for those afternoon naps!
This glorious great room is beautifully well-balanced in scale and filled with delightful designer details. We love the symmetric touches along the large wall that bring a crisp and cohesive look to this space.
One of our beloved accessories at The Black Goose Design is this oversized tray! This terrific tray not only makes serving guests a breeze, it is a lovely way to display accessory groupings such as this splendid scene.
Everything about this entire vingette is design perfection! Elements of balance, scale, and harmony are all showcased beautifully and fill this wall superbly. This cabinet has such amazing architectual features and we truly admire the impressive lines within the glass doors.
These darling striped ottomans can easily be pulled out for additional seating or to help relax those tired feet! It is always a design bonus when fabulous accents such as these stools assist in maximizing space and seating.
The sketched and watercolor art pieces are so elegant grouped together. Layering the artwork above the cabinet gives great depth and dimension. Every unique piece of art gives this room a refined and collected feel.
The unique globe chandelier creates a great focal point and softly illuminates this charming dining area.
These classic high-back dining chairs are visually impressive and exeptionally comfy! Another reason to relax and linger a little longer around the dinner table.
This delightful mix of varied patterns within the throw pillows feels so fresh!
Hello sunshine! This sweet wall grouping is such a cheery scene that makes us smile.
This entire room is blissfully beautiful, we relish each detail and the harmonious feeling it evokes.
This entire home has been completed with such gracious designer beauty. We are so happy to share incredible spaces such as this heavenly home with you today. We are extremely passionate about capturing each one of our client's individual design style and creating spaces they love to live in. Partner with one of our talented designers to create the space and home of your dreams! Thank you Denise for creating and sharing this gorgeous space, it is truly a design dream.