Barbara C. Cortney’s desire to combine her strong artistic ability, and love of form and color, with a profession through which she could impact others, led her to a successful career as an interior designer. A trained professional, Cortney (as she prefers to be called) is NCIDQ certified and is a devotee of Feng Shui. Her work has appeared in Robb Report; Florida Design; Interiors & Sources; Palm Beach Illustrated; Florida International and Audio/Video Interiors. She has also been featured on the television show Blueprint for Interior Design.
After graduating cum laude from Brooklyn College with a B.A. in Fine Arts, Cortney moved to Los Angeles where she began working in the design industry while attending UCLA’s School of Interior Design. In 1981 she came to North Miami to create the interior for a new restaurant designed by architect Richard A. Lefcourt. That same year, she entered Miami Dade Community College of Architecture and Design, where she received an A.S. in Interior Design Technology.
In 1984 Cortney moved to Boca Raton to accept a position in the Stevenson Building & Design firm. She remained there for six years, becoming an expert at designing start-to-finish turnkey interiors for luxury residences.
After parting amicably with her colleagues at Stevenson in 1990, she struck out on her own to form an independent company. Since then she has completed projects in St. Andrews Country Club, Boca Raton; Frenchman’s Creek, Palm Beach; The Polo Club, Boca Raton; The Polo Club, Wellington; The Sanctuary, Boca Raton; Harborage Island, Ft. Lauderdale; Woodfield Country Club, Boca Raton; The Oaks, Boca Raton; PGA Mirasol Country Club, Palm Beach; Addison Reserve, Delray Beach; and Harbor Beach, Ft. Lauderdale. In addition, she has designed interiors for oceanfront properties ranging from 6,500 to 20,000 square feet in Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale and Hillsboro Mile.
Cortney has served two terms on the board of directors of the South Florida Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and is the former president responsible for the resurrection and restructuring of the Interior Design Associations Foundation (IDAF), an organization dedicated to reporting about and influencing legislation concerning the interior design profession within the state of Florida.
For four consecutive years she received the ASID/South Florida Chapter’s Certificate of Appreciation, given each year to a designer who has provided outstanding service to clients and the community. She has received the ASID Chapter Presidential Citation for Distinguished Service and has won numerous design awards from ASID, the Gold Coast Builders Association and the Florida Home Builders Association.
Cortney is passionate about her profession; it provides her the opportunity to make a positive impact on people’s lives by creating beautiful, comfortable and functional surroundings for them. Her training, knowledge and experience allows her to interface with builders and architects in designing new residences as seamless wholes, to create totally new looks through both structural and visual renovations, or simply to provide homes with cosmetic facelifts.
The aesthetic variety of the projects with which Cortney becomes involved requires that she produce interiors that are unique and individual, an aspect of the work she particularly relishes. Her unique approach combines sculpting of the interior architecture with blending of form, color and texture to create a total environment. Her style varies according to the needs and aesthetic preferences of her client.
She has been incorporated under her own name since 1990.