At M. James Design Group our team works together side-by-side using each person’s strengths to create a vision for our clients. We provide full service residential and commercial interior design that is both thoughtful and personalized. Traveling throughout Texas and around the country, we are devoted to building lasting relationships.
Melinda, a native Texan grew up in a small Cajun French community. She graduated from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas in 2004. During her law school years she assisted a friend in designing their home. The homeowner began to refer clients igniting a new found love for architecture and interior design and this quickly became her passion. By the time she graduated law school she had an established client base and a successful interior design business. Melinda’s love of people and her innate ability to develop relationships with her clients helps her to interpret their dreams in ways that are uniquely personal and yet unexpected. Her heartfelt approach to creating a mood allows her to breath extraordinary life into each client’s home. Melinda has a refined eye for color and detail. Her intuitive sense of scale and balance as well as her attention to detail are evident through her award winning designs. Melinda resides in Texas and designs throughout the country.
John studied environmental design at the University of Houston and completed his studies in Art Education at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. After teaching John started his career in the furniture business as a visual merchandiser. He soon became the buyer and vice president of a large retail operation. He is now a partner and merchandises a small high end furniture and design boutique. His scope of knowledge and long term relationships with the industry provides access to unlimited vendors of furniture lines, lighting, art and antiques. John’s experienced design eye and impeccable taste along with his passion for art, design, and landscaping is evident throughout our projects. John was raised in the Big Thicket of Southeast Texas surrounded by the beauty of nature which lead to his interest in horticulture and landscaping. He excels at seamlessly blending the feeling of the interior living areas with outdoor spaces.
Growing up in Beaumont, Texas, Kelsey was drawn to the performing arts and actively involved in musical theater, choir and symphonic band. However, her hobby of drawing became her passion during her college years. Kelsey graduated with honors from the Interior Design program at Stephen F. Austin State University in 2010. She earned her Bachelor degrees in both Interior Design and Art with an emphasis in ceramics. Shortly, after she completed her internship at Ethan Allen and graduated college, Kelsey joined our team in the fall of 2010. Kelsey’s magic with a pencil inspires our team and brings our clients dreams to fruition. Her intuitive eye for space planning consistently exceeds expectations. Kelsey has a developed vision for creating beautiful spaces that bring function and comfort to every home. Her attention to detail and organizational skills are an asset to the completion of each project.
Nakyra grew up in sunny southern California. She had a gift for drawing and passion for art and a love of creative writing. Nakyra moved to Houston for college attending Texas Southern University where she studied journalism. While visiting with a friend at Stephen F. Austin University in East Texas Nakyra fell in love with the college’s interior design program. Recognizing her excellent eye for design and superior ability in drawing Nakyra’s design professor’s recommendation earned her an internship with our firm. Throughout her internship Nakyra excelled in customer service and drawing. During the summer of 2018 Nakyra graduated magna cum laude with a degree in interior design and is now a part of our design team.
Operations and Procurement
Coridon grew up in Beaumont, Texas where he was active in both football and soccer. He graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas with a major in both Marketing and Business Management in 2012. He also attended Law School at St Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas and attended MBA classes before joining our team. Coridon brings his wealth of knowledge and organizational skills to our team by managing communications with vendors, clients, designers and our warehouse. He orders and tracks all of our furniture, design purchases and construction related materials. Coridon has implemented a paperless system that keeps our design team updated on a daily basis and at our fingertips. He keeps our team on track with his strong management skills and insures that all products arrive on time and in excellent condition.
Vicky was born in Saltillo, Mexico. She grew up and attended school in Beaumont, Texas and is fluent in both English and Spanish. Vicky has been with our firm since its inception. She works tirelessly to ensure all of our installations run smoothly. Her organizational skills and client relationships are an integral part of our firm. Vicky is the go to person for everything. Her attention to detail is unsurpassed. She works closely with us on all projects. Over the years Vicky has developed an eye for accessorizing and design. She is the heartbeat of our design team.