5 things you didn't know about Courtney PetersBy NIKKI ROWELL,
1. She took her first ceramics class at seven years old at Pickenpaugh Pottery.
2. She and her father got their black belts in Tae Kwon Do together.
3. She has traveled to 15 countries, including a summer living in Florence, Italy and a trip to Japan.
4. Her favorite show is The Office and says she shares that sense of humor with her sister.
5. She once took flying lessons, but stopped before the solo flight. However, she has landed a plane.
There is something magical about the ability to turn one’s hobby and creative outlet into a career, which is something Courtney Peters knows all too well.
The Jackson-based interior designer has turned her love of art and design into a successful business and gets to spend every day doing what she loves.
Peters, a Jackson native, is a graduate of Jackson Academy and Ole Miss, where she went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in art with an emphasis in ceramics.
“After college, I came home and started thinking about exactly what I wanted to do,” Peters said.
She always knew she wanted to open a store of her own. So, she took that idea and ran with it. In 2007, she opened her first store with a small selection of gifts in Fondren.
“I decided I wanted to expand into home furnishings,” Peters said.
When she started venturing into home furnishings and upholstery, Peters enrolled in interior design courses at Mississippi College.
“I always loved the idea of having my own space, and ideally, since I wanted to do home furnishings, I wanted to have an old house,” Peters said.
She went on the hunt for the perfect location, which happened to become available at just the right time off Old Canton Road. She officially opened her Courtney Peters Design storefront in that location in August 2017.
“I grew up drawing and painting my whole life, and I knew I wanted to major in art,” Peters said. In fact, she took her first ceramics class at seven years old.
At Courtney Peters Design, she offers full scale interior design work.
“I can work on interior drawings and floor plans, and everything from paint and tile to finished rooms,” Peters said. “I wanted the store to be fresh and inviting. I wanted people to feel a sense of comfort when they come in.”
The store also features several items of Peters’ own creation, such as paintings or her ever popular rose ceramics, which are collectable as each one is unique.
Another one of her goals was to offer something for everyone. So, in addition to home furnishings and art, the retail side also has a selection of smaller gift items, such as candles and photo frames.
Recently, she has expanded into dinnerware and offering a bridal registry.
“I want everything in here, from lighting and sofas down to dinnerware,” she said, with the goal of offering a complete range of lifestyle necessities.
When working with a client on design plans for their home, she begins with meetings to figure out what the client’s aesthetic is and what their goals are for the project.
“I find out their priorities and what they need,” Peters said. Then, she goes out to the site to take measurements and do a walkthrough to see what the client is keeping, such as art and pieces of furniture.
After that, she draws out a floor plan to go over with the client.
Peters takes on a variety of projects, including those where she works around a client’s art collection and pieces they are keeping. Sometimes, she is given free range to design a room from the largest piece to the smallest detail.
“I try to make it a fun experience, as it should be,” she said.