Now that we are established in our new office, we were so honored to be featured in an article in the lovely, Coronado Eagle. Check out the article on their website here or see below for the full text.
JHill Interiors, Inc. Provides Style And Quality With A Fresh Attitude
by Alessandra Selgi-Harrigan | Posted: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 11:04 am
Texas native interior designer Jessica Tompane has always been interested in design. “My mom was naturally good at it and our home always looked nice. I got my eye [for design] from her,” she explained.
Tompane, whose maiden name is Hill hence the name of the company, graduated from the University of Colorado with a dual degree in Marketing and Spanish. She started working in advertising but soon realized it wasn’t for her. “I realized I had entrepreneurship in me and wanted to use my creative side. As a kid I always wanted to rearrange things and redecorated people’s rooms. Either you are born with that awareness of space and proportions and colors or not,” she said.
Tompane’s mom has a few designer friends in Southern California and they encouraged her to go for it. For a while Tompane worked both in advertising and design until she made a leap of faith and open her own design firm in 2010 founding JHill Interiors Inc. She first hired Designer Amy Adams in 2012 followed by Melissa Kemp.
Tompane’s firm stays busy and has worked on projects all over San Diego, from Point Loma to North County and of course Coronado. Tompane just finished a townhouse in the Cays done in coastal style. Originally the company’s office was in Point Loma until this past November when Tompane moved it to Coronado. Tompane is currently in the process of redesigning the office and once it’s complete she plans on offering workshops for locals with topics including “how to best select paint color” and “how to start the remodeling process” and serve hors d’ouevres. JHill Interiors, Inc. is also sponsoring a Little League team in Coronado as a way to give back to the community.
Tompane feels confident about what she can offer to her clients. “There are a few designers in Coronado and it’s important for customers to find the best fit for them. I always recommend people to interview three designers so they feel comfortable,” she said.
Tompane has many connections in the industry. “We have vendors, wholesalers, furniture makers and artisans and we do a lot of custom furnishings. We pass along the percentage of discount when they hire us and they get a unique design,” she explained. Tompane once designed a sectional for a couple to fit their bodies, even the dining room table was custom made for them. “What differentiates us is that we can do any style. if you look at our portfolio we are very diverse from Spanish Revival in Rancho Santa Fe to super coastal in Pacific Beach to slick glam Art Deco in North Park. Tompane explained that sometimes when you look at designers’ portfolios the style of their projects looks the same. “When you do the same look over and over it’s easy. We challenge ourselves even if we have someone who likes something from out portfolio we make changes, personalize it and make it unique, not a carbon copy. They get an individualized, tailored design,” she said.
Tompane said her company does a lot of transitional projects mixing contemporary and traditional, adding classic elements without making it stuffy.
Tompane recently was hired to do an $8 million dollar project in Rancho Santa Fe, a private residence stripped to the studs with no budget constraints. However, JHill Interiors, Inc. is not hired for big projects all the time. “We are pretty flexible. We have a plethora of resources we can fill all needs. We can refer general contractors, we are happy to refer usually three. If a client has a contractor we’ll work with them. Usually myself or Amy are the lead on the project then determine the best fit,” she said.
The minimum JHill Interiors, Inc. will undertake is one room and the designers discuss the budget and scope of the project with realistic numbers with clients over the phone before a meeting.
“When they hire us they get a unique design. Melissa is at the Las Vegas market right now trying to get new vendors to offer to our clients,” she said.
Adams, the senior designer, moved to Coronado and met Tompane the next day and was hired. She recently worked on a renovation project in the Coronado Cays for clients who are repeat clients.
“What has driven our success is that we‘re approachable, down to earth. It’s a luxury service. Over the last several years designers got a reputation of being elitist, not approachable. We have a fresh attitude and are eager to learn and accommodate,” she said.
Many of the firm’s customers are second home owners and live in other cities but she and her designers make the projects easy for their clients. For example one couple from San Francisco with a project in Coronado only had to make two trips; the rest of the work was done remotely. Tompane has done the same for Arizona customers.
Tompane is on the board of the Design League of San Diego. Both her designers went to design school and the company is part of ASID.