Courtney Cohen, founding Principal of Elysienne, is driven by her passion for all things beautiful. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she was educated at USC and UCLA, where she studied interior architecture and design. In addition to her education, Courtney’s extensive travels have greatly influenced her design aesthetic, which she describes as elegant, eclectic, sophisticated, and crisp. Prior to founding Elysienne, she developed a deep foundation in interior design through extensive work experience in many aspects of the industry, including home-staging for several of Los Angeles’ top real estate professionals, property development, renovation, and project management. She prides herself—and her company—on the ability to truly listen to clients and work with them as partners in the creation of their dream homes. “We spend a lot of time with our clients,” she says. “In a way, designing a project is a therapeutic process for them. Through design, our clients express their emotions and internal worlds.” Under Courtney’s leadership, Elysienne respects, nurtures, and facilitates that process.
Jason Hanussak, Creative Director of Elysienne, is an imaginative and thoughtful storyteller of interiors. With an innate passion and eye for design, Jason jetted from California to New York City, the one place that could truly nourish his creative gene. He was educated at Pace University and began his career working with leading lifestyle brands The St. Regis and The Luxury Collection at Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide where he gained knowledge of high-end design concepts. He later led residential and commercial design projects throughout New York, Miami and Los Angeles with a scope that included spacial planning, custom furnishings and branded environments. His extensive network of vendor relations allows for the design studio to oversee new projects no matter its location in the world. With a flair for uptown luxury and downtown cool, Jason brings a versatile approach tailored to each client’s needs. Inspired by diverse interests – fashion, art, travel – and the client’s unique personality, his designs range from minimal contemporary spaces to edgy romantic aesthetics, all a compliment to the Elysienne style.