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Daily Inspiration: Meet Jessica Conway

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Conway.

Hi Jessica, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
At the age of eight years old, I knew I wanted to be an Interior Designer. My biggest influence was my father. He started off in construction and eventually graduated to architecture. When I was young, I remember him taking me to sites all over Sacramento and the Bay Area to show me what he was working on and walking me through the building’s structure, me seeing structural portions of walls, beams and columns. I would get a visual of how these homes would look with wall colors, specific flooring, and light fixtures, imagining them in my head and sketching in a little notebook I’d carry around. I told him that I wanted to design the inside of these homes. He explained to me what an Interior Designer was and what they did. The idea has stuck with me ever since. I was fascinated with laying a foundation that people can live in and appreciate, soon decorate on their own to call their home “mine”. It was always a goal of mine to live in San Diego, CA and “design big homes.” I moved to Chula Vista in 2011 and fell in love.

Shortly after the move, I found myself in the position of divorce and becoming a single mom, it terrified me how my life flipped upside down, but I soon realized it was a new chapter that awaits. I decided to put myself through college for a trade I couldn’t imagine not doing. I needed to make my dreams come true! I finally graduated in 2017, one year after college, I was working for a company that was a great stepping stone. I basically ran my business within a business under corporate. I learned to compose consultations thoroughly, learned to work with a variety of clientele, and became more well-rounded but soon felt overwhelmed due to the lack of creativity. I refused to lose myself as a designer and made the decision to leave and run my own business. It definitely took some time, I had consistent clientele, I was working with contractors all throughout San Diego county, and I got to get creative with residential and commercial projects. What I find so rewarding as an Interior Designer is that I meet amazing people along the way that soon become close friends, maintaining client expectations followed with satisfaction making “their dreams come true”, and not feeling like I work because I love what I do!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Overall, it has been smooth and steady, but a struggle would have to be Covid. Covid slowed me down. I had some clientele but the operation of consultations was composed differently. Designers and artisans are such creative creatures to begin with and we love the visuals and physical touch of materials, so operating consultations over FaceTime or text message was a task on its own. To explain a specific material or to try to explain a color with an undertone to your client without them there to see it for themselves and then putting the trust in you because you’re the designer and you know what you’re doing, hoping they don’t despise it? That was fun! LOL, that’s where my physical but more so digital mood-boards came into play.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
What I do is help homeowners and Property Managers reach a goal in space. Whether it’s choosing paint colors, new flooring, light fixtures, new hardware that is going to go with what is current or a whole remodel where we knock down everything old and create something new. I’m known as the “color queen”. I read undertones quickly and know what to recommend or stay away from due to client’s wants/needs. I also like to use color. I understand not every client is willing, most want neutrals due to fear of color which is fine, that’s where decor comes into play.

Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
I like this question because it reminds of fashion, and like Iris Apfel said “Fashion and interior Design are one in the same”. With that being said; Interior Design to me represents something personal. It allows individuals to be creative and unique. It allows us to understand the eclectic side to many design styles. Do I see some styles from the past coming back? Yes, because it’s a cycle- just like fashion. It’s safe to say that I do see, for example Art Deco with a twist of contemporary, Modern with maximalism which you wouldn’t think makes sense, but it does, which I appreciate so much. A lot of people say that you can’t mix styles which you most absolutely can. Trends, are always coming and going, which I think the current trend is monochromatic, but I would like to see some futuristic design to make things fun.

Pricing:

  • 1 hour consultation $120
  • Paint & flooring samples $FREE
  • Digital moodboards $40
  • Interior/Exterior renderings $70

Contact Info:

  • Email: jessicaconwaydesigns@gmail.com
  • Instagram: Jessica.conway.designs

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