We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
As we are coming to the tail end of 2020, I am over flowing with so much gratitude for all the lessons in life. This has been a challenging year for most to say the least and for me that took on a whole new meaning. At the beginning of the Covid Pandemic I was faced with some major decisions and challenges. For the first time in the 4 years I have owned my interior design company I questioned if I should give up…. In March all my new business coming in canceled and it was understood. We were living in a world of uncertainly like no other. Before March business has slowed down but at this point, I was used to all the ebbs and flows of being a small business owner and just thought “it will come back”.
The feelings I had during this time were new and different. I questioned my talent and if I would continue on owning my business. I was depressed, confused, sad and didn’t know what to do. As Oprah stated one day as I was in the audience of a special event in Los Angeles: “When you don’t know what to do. Do nothing. Be still.” I will never forget this quote. It comes to me in times of stress and confusion. So, for 3 months I prayed, meditated, journaled, regrouped, rested and was STILL. I contemplated many different strategies for my future, who I can work for, where I can go and what I can do…. And one day I woke up and it hit me like a lightning bolt. I can NOT and will NOT give up on my interior design business that I have worked so hard for and dreamt of for so many years working for another designer. It was time, time to get back to basics and get working! Something in me shifted and I felt it in myself and the universe. Within a few weeks I had new calls and business coming in daily.
I am now very busy and really enjoying being an interior designer and a small business owner. I work long hours, but it is so rewarding to have so many wonderful clients and work with so many talented professionals in my industry in Orange County. Around the same time when things started to turn around, I was asked to be the President – Elect of the California Orange County American Society of Interior Designers. I was so honored and surprised. This was one of the many signs I am on the path that is intended for me. I am so grateful and Thank God daily for all and who are in my life, supporting me and my interior design business. I look forward to being the President of ASID OC and continuing to design beautiful spaces for years to come.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
“A HOUSE IS MUCH MORE THAN A MERE SHELTER, IT SHOULD LIFT US EMOTIONALLY AND SPIRITUALLY.” – John Saladino Our philosophy at Jess Jones Design Group is epitomized by this quote. Our vision is to create and curate timeless and cohesive spaces that incorporate beautiful yet functional aesthetics, while providing the highest level of services, products and finishes. Our objective is to implement a well-executed design that takes our clients concepts and style to the next level and beyond their expectations. Just like our personal style makes a statement, so should our home. It should reflect who we are and create a positive impact and lasting impression. Jess Jones Design Group is an Award Winning Orange County based full service Interior Design firm. Award Winning Orange County Designer Jessica Jones. Jessica Jones is an Allied ASID designer and has cultivated relationships with top contractors, artisans, vendors and showrooms. She has earned a solid reputation as both highly skilled designer and a consummate professional. Jessica’s passion for design is in her blood and has remained constant in her life. She is the granddaughter of a custom furniture designer and upholsterer, and the daughter of an executive for an international aircraft cabin design firm, making Jessica a third generation designer. After graduating from Interior Design Institute in Newport Beach in 2004 with her degree in Interior Design, Jessica joined multi-award winning CC & Company Designs in Newport Beach, CA. It was there that she spent a decade honing her skills and refining her talents while working with a wide variety of high-profile clientele from all over California including Los Angeles, Lake Tahoe, Shady Canyon, Laguna Beach, and Newport Coast. In 2016 Jessica was the recipient of the ASID Orange County Great Room Gold Award for Excellence in Interior Design. Jessica is currently the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Orange County President Elect for 2020-2021 and a member of NKBA. She loves being a part of the Orange County design community volunteering and giving back.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
El Ranchito for Mexican Food The Cannery for Happy hour “A” restaurant for dinner and martini’s Lido for a Saturday stroll and lunch Breakfast at Plums Cafe Walk along Newport Beach Boardwalk. Mai Tai at Billy’s PCH.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to dedicate this story to: My best friend and soul sister Andrea Plum Of the Plum Collective Michelle Larson of the Larson Group Bill Philipps the Psychic Medium
Thomas Pellicer Julie Cimpko