Maker Monday: An ASPIRE Exclusive Interview With Cortney Bishop

Cortney Bishop’s motto is, “New build or styling, residential or commercial, collected or modern… let’s talk!” She stands by this statement with every client, by providing an extensive amount of services to accommodate anyone who needs design help. From interior design, art consultation, all the way to the occasional special event design, Cortney is there to support any design idea you may have. Introducing this week’s Maker Monday, Cortney Bishop.

You can sit comfortably in this room with a view of the ocean, from this home in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Cortney made sure to create a space that makes one feel at ease.

Andrew Joseph: You’re the newest Crayola color. What color are you and why?
Cortney Bishop: Earthy Green! It’s my new neutral – it’s grounding, and the tones are endless. I think my inclination towards it stems from my philosophy to honor what’s outside the window. Many of our clients have incredibly fierce views, and I never want to distract from that natural palette. Earthy green just goes with that flow.

Andrew: Describe your design style as if you were explaining it to someone who cannot see.
Cortney: Loud and proud with integrity and a touch of modern flair! I love blending hues, patterns and layers; but comfort and functionality are at the helm of my process.

Andrew: If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Cortney: Solid intuition.

Cortney loves to play around with different hues of color. Throughout this room are different elements of blue that create a cohesive overall aesthetic.

Andrew: What’s a guilty pleasure you have?
Cortney: Nothing beats an all-day pajama fest, binge-watching Netflix with Baker (my husband), our kiddos, and snuggly Goldendoodles. Most days are so crazy busy that I’ve made it a priority to step back, carve out some quiet time, and relax with loved ones.

Andrew: If you weren’t a designer, you’d be a ….?
Cortney: Definitely a fashion stylist! I do think there’s a reason fashion designers often debut a furniture or home accessories line. Our industries ride that similar inventive line. Sketching, experimenting, blending colors, patterns, textures, and layers – the mix is all a part of a larger whole. If I can spend all day landing finishes and fabrics, no doubt I could fill my day doing the same with clothes and accessories!

Andrew: What’s your favorite cocktail?
Cortney: Ketel One Vodka Soda with a lime, please.

Andrew: What are three words to describe where you live?
Cortney: Magical, peaceful and welcoming.

This Kiawah Island, South Carolina home was effortlessly decorated with multiple wooden textures and minimalistic elements.

Andrew: Do you get your eight hours a night? – what is your schedule like?
Cortney: YES, sleep is everything! Between managing my interior design firm, traveling for client meetings and installations, launching Harwood House (my textile collection in collaboration with Holland & Sherry), and being a wife and mom, I’ve had to prioritize downtime and make an effort to get eight hours of sleep each night. And since I travel a lot, I always pack CBD gummies and an eye mask. Gotta prevent those dark circles!

Andrew: Who is your dream date (alive or dead) and what would you do?
Cortney: Jimmy Page or Mick Jagger in the 60s, Paul McCartney or Kris Kristopherson in the 70s. Just one dream date??

Comfort, functionality, and creativity are three areas that Cortney strives to include in each of her designs. She wants the client to receive their dream rooms, while also placing her own modern flare.

Andrew: What are you most proud of?
Cortney: My family. Not only am I proud of them, but they are the source of inspiration for Harwood House, my very first textile line which launched in Fall 2019. The premier Cardinal Collection is a medley of woven fabrics made for seasonal layering and pays homage to my late father who had a strong appreciation for fine textiles and handmade quality classics. Much like the loved ones in our lives, I believe there is a story and connection to the intimate details of each interwoven thread. I’m already working on the next collection, which honors my mother’s Greek heritage. Stay tuned!

Andrew: Best advice you’d give your teenage self?
Cortney: Take care of yourself. Always.

Andrew: How do you define beauty?
Cortney: Kindness. It’s the easiest thing to give, without expecting something in return.

About The Maker | Cortney Bishop, Principal Designer and Owner of Cortney Bishop Design, founded the full-service interior design firm in 2007. Holding a B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Georgia, Cortney pursued her design career through blending her passions for travel, art, fashion and music. Her wide-range talent and innate ability to mix patterns and hues has resulted in a robust portfolio of diverse, inspiring residential and commercial projects, each reflective of a client’s lifestyle, personality and aesthetic. With a vision that runs the gamut of style and structure, Cortney enjoys inspiring other creatives, clients and everyday people through design.

Andrew Joseph is a regular contributing editor for ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine. See more of his work here

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