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A Look At Courtnay Elias of Creative Tonic

A few weeks ago I showed a house designed by Courtnay Tartt Elias of Creative Tonic.  Courtnay is a very in-demand interior designer based in Houston.


As the Creative Director and Founding Principal of Creative Tonic, Courtney is known for her vibrant color palette and a love of mixing design styles.  After graduating from SMU, Courtnay attended the prestigious Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London.  Working with Courtnay at Creative Tonic is Lila Chumbley, Head Design Associate and Project Manager.  Lila is a graduate of U of Alabama.

Welcome to Hillstone, America’s Favorite Restaurant

It’s never going to win a James Beard Award. Or try to wow you with its foam experiments or ingredients you’ve never heard of. But it is the best-run, most-loved, relentlessly respected restaurant in America. And, oh yeah, Danny Meyer, David Chang, and Shaq all agree. Welcome to Hillstone.

Despite a Housing Recovery, Middle-Income Families Are Increasingly Losing Ground on Affordability

Some 40 million American households are paying more than a third of their incomes on rent