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ColorFULL Creative Women: Everything you need to know about interior design

March 10 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Designer Talk 2

Join us Thursday, March 10th for a conversation with designer and Founder of Creative Tonic Designs, Courtnay Elias (the fabulous designer of SheSpace), and Interior Designer, Amanda Lodge, Founder of Amanda Lodge Design.

These creative women will share their stories about how they got into the business and what has made them successful in their design careers. Hear the perspective of an established designer with over 15 years experience and an up and coming, hot off the press, designer. Learn about industry changes and the business side of interior design.

Learn more about Courtnay:
Color is essential to Courtnay Tartt Elias’ process. As a child, gracefully styled vignettes filled the corners of her home, each sharing hints of her family’s story. Her room was carpeted in soft lavender and spirited textiles courtesy of the 80s ran wild through her head. Living in Paris and studying 19th and 20th-century Decorative Arts at Sotheby’s London further solidified her appreciation for saturated hues, richly appointed textiles, and homes as the tellers of our stories.

Courtnay founded her Houston, Texas firm Creative Tonic Design in 2006 with a passion for weaving brilliance into her surroundings and composing vibrant environments that invite celebration. With a fearless use of color and decidedly inventive flair, Courtnay’s award-winning work has been praised by renowned editorial teams, including House Beautiful, Elle Décor, Wall Street Journal, Homes & Gardens UK, Luxe Interiors + Design, and PaperCity, and can be found within the pages of showcase coffee table books, Travel by Design, Entertaining at Home and French Refreshed. She is an esteemed member of Design Leadership Network, believes that more is splendidly more, and shares her vibrant approach to celebrating everyday moments through her blog, ColorFULL Living.

Creative Tonic Design

Learn more about Amanda:
Growing up, Amanda was incredibly close to her grandmother who was a designer so the design bug was planted early. However, she realized a little too late into her college years that an Interior Design degree would require more time in school (which, as a 20-year-old, she couldn’t be bothered with), so she settled on Strategic Communications with a minor in Business. 

 After graduating from Texas Christian University, Amanda moved to Dallas and took her first job within the advertising industry, realizing pretty immediately she should’ve gone for the Interior Design degree. She wasn’t discouraged, though—she decided to forge her own path to get into the field in which she belonged, and made the move back to Houston in 2014 to attend interior design courses at the Art Institute of Houston. 

While in school, Amanda also worked for Kara Childress until 2016 when she and her husband made the move to Austin. There, she furthered her interior design skills working for Mark Ashby Design, gaining more and more hands-on experience and confidence in her craft with each passing year.

Fast forward to 2019, both Amanda’s daughter Olivia and her company, Amanda Lodge Design, were born. Amanda, Eric, Olivia, and their Goldendoodle, Lola, now reside in Houston, Texas.

 Amanda Lodge Design




March 10
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm