Courtnay is a Southern California girl at heart, and this is reflected in her California-Contemporary, easy-living, yet luxurious style. She loves to mix found objects with high design.
Color also plays a big part in her design style, as she believes 'it can carry you through a space and make a house a home.' Courtnay's favorite color? Red, in all shades. But her greatest inspiration comes from nature, 'Who can beat what Mother Nature can do??'
Her favorite element in a room is the lighting, because it can make or break the mood of the room.
Courtnay says her interest in design goes back to elementary school; a love and talent for architecture and design runs in her family, so it came naturally for her. She earned her BFA at University of Texas and her AA at the Art Institue of Dallas, and after gaining experience in the industry, she joined Noël.
Courtnay has a multitude of interests she pursues in her time outside Noël, including fashion, travel, graphic design, cinema, theatre, Houston Symphony, live music, photography, and (of course) the beach. Her travels to the Caribbean Islands, Fiji, and Australia, where she was exposed to the indigenous people and their art, have also inspired her design style.
Courtnay's favorite designers include Frank Lloyd Wright, Christopher Guy, Versace, Jean-Louis Denoit, and Windsor Smith.