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Meet Jacob Medina of Medina Designs in Third Ward

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jacob Medina.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grew up in a modest middle-class home in the Houston suburb of Deer Park. My mother is a nurse and nurtured my interest in science and biology. When I was growing up my parents encouraged me to pursue a career in medicine because it was prestigious and financially stable. I went on to get my degree in Biology/Biotechnology and worked in an ER as a Medical Scribe with a plan to go to Medical school. It took me a couple of years after college to realize that medicine wasn’t for me. So, I left the ER and worked as a bartender part-time to do some soul-searching.

I always had a “knack” for interior design, but I was never willing to pursue it as a career because I never thought of it as a viable option. I always considered it more of a hobby. One day a friend of mine was telling me a heartbreaking story about how the designer she hired had dissolved her company and left with thousands of dollars. My friend said she always liked my style and wanted to hire me to help design her home that was still virtually unfurnished. Once I accepted her offer and designed the first room, I knew Interior Design was the career that I wanted.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It’s never a smooth road when you are starting a business. I feel there are always obstacles and hurdles. For me, my biggest struggle was learning to say “no”. Each designer has a style or voice that they want to portray through their work and they want to be true to that. When I was first starting out, I didn’t want to turn away business, so I took every job. Not every client is right for every designer. It took me a little while to figure that out. It’s important to me that I work with clients that value my opinion and style over my ability to get the job done.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Medina Designs – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Medina Designs is an Interior Design Studio focusing on residential projects. I feel that modern eclectic design is a classic aesthetic to work with. I specialize in blending contemporary pieces with mid-century modern and rustic features to create an enduring style that my clients will enjoy for years to come. To create a unique design, it takes time and understanding of a client’s home and personality. When I’m working on a project I really get to know them on a personal level and build a strong working relationship. I take all the ideas, colors, and textures that you like, then bring this concept into the world. It’s tough and nerve-wracking at times. I’m always a little nervous when I do a design presentation or a rendering because there is that fear of “what if they hate it”.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I have big plans for 2018. I learned a lot this year and have worked with some great people. I hope to take those experiences and continue to grow. Next year I plan to take my small design studio and turn it into a comprehensive Interior Design Firm. I am interviewing architects with a similar design aesthetic to partner with. Expanding the services that I can provide to my clients will create an intuitive and seamless design process.


  • With interior design it’s hard to give an exact price. I’ve worked with budgets from $1,000 to $100,000.

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