CELEBRITY DESIGNER + MEDIA PERSONALITY
So. You’re here on my site, so I guess I should introduce myself. I am Courtney Cachet and my passion is showing people just like you that style and design are never just about “pretty things”. It’s about courage and confidence and believing you can live a fabulous life. The limits are only in your mind.
HOW DID I GET HERE, EXACTLY?
Great question! Especially, considering I actually started out my career as a stockbroker on Wall St. before I was of legal drinking age and by a “lucky coincidence” became the Director of Business Development for a national contracting company in Miami which led me to another “lucky coincidence” that made me a TV personality.
How a kid from New York with no experience and no degree in design became a celebrity designer and sought after style expert on television around the world is a long story. But, that story sums up who I am. I believe I can do anything if I try. And I try harder than most people. I believe you can, too. (More on that later)
Somewhere around 2001 in Miami, I accidentally sent my resume to the wrong company and showed up for an interview dressed as a banker for a job at a contracting and building company. Wait, what? I wanted no part of the job. Not my gig, but thanks. A month later on a miserable Friday afternoon, the owner of the company called again and asked what it would take to come on board. So, I doubled my salary (because why not?) and he agreed if I would start on Monday. I worked hard, read tons of books and learned the business inside out and a year later, got my general contractor’s license. But, people kept asking me for my design advice. I’ve always had good taste and an eye for stylish finds, so I decided it was time to start a design and remodeling consulting business.
HOW I ENDED UP ON TV
HGTV called me about a new show and after learning I had a contractor’s license and asked me to appear on camera. After filming several episodes, the project was cancelled but the producers told me I should continue doing on air work. So, I pitched myself to the producer of a hit morning show on NBC called, South Florida Today.
A week later I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Although at times it was difficult, this didn’t slow me down. On my final oncologist visit, the producer from NBC called and asked me to appear on the show the next week. I felt so lucky.
After my first appearance, I spent my rent money on private on camera coaching classes. This was pretty ballsy when you factor in that I had about two months of finances before I was homeless. But I had faith in what was doing. I became a regular home design contributor on the show almost immediately and as the design TV genre expanded I blew up, becoming a spokesperson on HSN and appearing on shows from Fox Business to VH1. Then, the celebrities came knocking on my door.
AND THE REST IS..
In 2007, I moved back to NY where I continued with more design projects, licensing agreements and contracts with major corporations.
I have been featured in: Vogue Italia, Elle DECOR, Better Homes, US Weekly, People, CNN.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Miami Herald, Consumer Reports, The LA Times, Lucky, Just Luxe, Kitchen & Bath, Shop Smart,The Robb Report, Yahoo, AOL, First Magazine and many more..
My media presence has led to lots of other opportunities. I’ve been published in dozens of times on Huffington Post and Betty Confidential as a style contributor and was the NY Style Correspondent for Hello Magazine in Pakistan/India. My company manufactures custom made furniture and decor, my products selling high end boutiques and websites like One Kings Lane and Gilt to Sears, Walmart and Costco. I work with several national companies and consult international buyers from all over the world on art and antiques.
I still appear on TV regularly on topics from style steals and room makeovers to luxury travel and entertaining. But most importantly, I just like to show people the possibilities life has. You are bound by nothing but the thoughts in your mind.
I now live in New Jersey and Miami with my husband and two children and two very high maintenance fur babies. Every morning, before my feet hit the floor, I say thank you three times. Once just doesn’t seem enough.
I appreciate you stopping by and hanging out with me! Let me know how I can return the favor. Feel free to send a note, I love to hear from you guys!