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Inspiring Conversations with Jessica Tompane of J Hill Interiors, Inc.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Tompane, Owner and Principal of J Hill Interiors, Inc.

Jessica, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
After working for a top advertising firm in San Diego, I realized my true passion was not advertising but interior design and entrepreneurship. From there, I began my new road to interior design, gained design education, and founded J Hill Interiors, Inc. as a Coronado-based interior design company in 2010. I started J Hill Interiors as an avenue to bring an elevated aesthetic to more homes. However, I started the business from nothing, to what it is now; initially targeting “affordable design”.

My company is known for our timeless look and feel, as well as our intuitive layering of colors, textures, and patterns. While ensuring each space is the client’s own, we reimagine it with a clear vision and an elegant approach. In addition to priding myself on the results that J Hill Interiors delivers, we prioritize and nurture the business’s relational side. I always say, “Mankind is our business.” I believe it’s a quote from A Christmas Carole by Charles Dickens. Highly recommend that classic read.

Regarding my personal background, I hold two B.A. Degrees in Business Marketing and Spanish for the Professions from the University of Colorado Boulder. I grew up in small-town South Texas and now live in Coronado with my husband, Kyle, our daughters, Paisley Sue and Gracie Lynn, and our German Shepherd, Turbo. In 2018, we were blessed enough to complete our own custom home, which we love enjoying as a family and for hosting friends. I truly counts my faith, family, friends, and career as huge blessings in my life.

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
No entrepreneurial road is a smooth road. We have had difficult times, consistent times, booming times and all of the in-between. Struggles along the way were learning the ropes of entrepreneurship and the challenge that each project may bring. This industry is a tough industry because it’s not like we are selling one product online or in a store, or providing one focused serviced. We are reselling thousands of goods that are often hand-made and will live in someone’s home. We also have to be construction experts, knowing everything there is to know from countertop materials to the different types of flooring, to codes for stair railing, etc. For the decorating aspect, you are continually learning about new products, how a linen embroidery roman shade can pucker, or how a real hard hood table can expand and crack in certain environments, etc. We are constantly learning and evolving. From a business standpoint, most of our clients are truly amazing. However, of course, it is a creative service industry. Sometimes expectations don’t align. Communications are convoluted, other professionals on the job may present challenges, etc. Thus, this is also a continual learning process on how we can constantly be improving our means of communication, processes, documentation, fielding clients, industry partners and vendors to work with.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
We just launched a brand new website: https://jhillinteriors.com/ Our tagline is Timeless.Versatile. We are an elevated, full-service interior design firm for San Diego and beyond (having done work in the Bay Area, Beverly Hills and even Ohio!

I think all three words really reflect who we are and where we are at right now. We try and stay away from trends; we want people’s homes to be classic and not have a time stamp. We are incredibly versatile, as you see in our portfolio. Truly whatever aesthetic the client wants, we can execute it. We are not a one-trick-pony. Lastly, We consider ourselves elevated; in the sense that we do quality work, select quality materials, have very thorough construction documents, and take our client’s vision and elevate it to a new level!

A few more exciting pieces of news are that we have been in business for ten years now! Every single year, I feel like our projects are becoming more technical, more detailed, doing more bespoke items; truly designing from scratch specialty pieces (furniture, millwork, upholstery, case goods), larger scale and higher-end projects. Parallel to the growth of our work, our company has grown in staff and skill. I am so proud of the staff we have. Our two Senior Designers, Alison and Kilian, come in with an incredible amount of experience (16 years total), working at very high-end firms. I learn from them every single day. Kadie, our Operations Coordinator, we also recruited from a reputable boutique firm, and she comes in with her own knowledge of vendors, processes, etc. Lastly, I am all about keeping someone if they are good as an intern or Junior Designer. We recently brought on Carly, who is our Junior Designer. We like retainer those that fit our culture and are good at what they do, so we can groom them into the Designer they can become.

For our services, we are a full-service firm. Meaning, we decorate, design for new construction, home additions, renovations, kitchens and bathrooms, provide construction drawings for projects, work alongside architects and builders, as well as artisans, vendors, manufacturers and subcontractors to deliver unique and beautiful homes to our clients!

As far as accolades, among a few are a spread in HGTV Magazine, the front cover of San Diego Home and Garden magazine, Coronado Magazine editorials, Pottery Barn’s catalog published work, and NBC San Diego. We have also won awards such as Best of Houzz in Design and Service, as well as Best of Coronado for Interior Designer/Interior Design Firm. Our two Senior Designers have won Luxe Red Awards for Design as well as NKBA awards from their previous firm’s work!

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
Call a company and shamelessly reach out to those above you that you admire. Ask to take them to lunch near their office or buy them coffee so you can pick their brain. Flattery is effective on anyone; that never hurts to lure a busy professional into meeting with you. Be willing to put in the work; roll up your sleeves and don’t expect success or networks to come easily. They don’t.

Pricing:

  • Our firm rates are anywhere from $75 – $250 depending on the person

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Image Credits
– Andy McRory Photography – Martin Mann Photography – Lance Gerber Photography

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