Account Menu

Where to Buy

Design Question?



Lavetta Johnson


177 East Army Trail Road, Glendale Heights, IL 60139




Lavetta's passion for design started as a little girl, cutting up her mother's fabrics to make pillows, curtains, and bedspreads for Barbie's deam house!  Her family owned a restaurant back in the 70’s and while her mom was working, she would rearrange her house.  Professionally, Lavetta worked at Wicks Furniture prior to them closing for about 3 years and Macy’s Oriental Rug Department for about a year. She love, love, loved it!!

Lavetta has over 37 years of sales experience and working with people.  She prides herself on integrity and honesty, which is why her clients love her.  "I’m easy to work with and I’m a team player," she says.  "I love working with colors and fabrics.  There’s nothing better I would rather do, then to help you select your new furniture and accessories to design a cozy, gorgeous, breath-taking new room." She knows how important it is to gain her clients' trust, make their shopping experience fun, painless, well worth the trip and money that’s being spent. 


Why she's happy to be at Walter E. Smithe?  "I love the philanthropy concept of the Smithe’s and that it’s owned and operated by the Smithe family.  The company is organized from the moment you’re interviewed to the point you’re hired.  There is a high level of respect and integrity coming from everyone.  I’m impressed by the longevity of most of the workers. I can’t wait until I’m here 15 or more years.  I am thrilled to be a part of this fantastic company. I feel at home finally!"

Lavetta has an eye for pulling fabrics and working with colors.  She believe color is the heartbeat and accessories are the jewelry of any room.  She understands the craftsmanship of Oriental hand knotted and tufted rugs well, and is a specialist in that area.

Her best advice to clients when they start a new project? "Take advantage and save some time, by having a professional Designer come to your home for a home consultation.  We will help you plan your room, choose wall colors, take measurements, etc."

When not working her favorite restaurant is Chevy’s for her love of Mexican food.  You may also spot Lavetta as an extra in movies!  Keep an eye out for her in "Shall We Dance"!  She love cooking, entertaining, decorating and event planning of any kind.  She also meditates and asks for guidance before working on projects.

You'll love Lavetta's warmth, personality, and attention to detail - get started on your project with her today!