John James of John James Designs
About John James

John James is a native Californian who grew up in a family of artists. His mother was a concert pianist and his father a successful landscape architect. In the early hours of the morning, John would find his father at the drafting table and together they would talk for hours about beautiful things. At the family nursery, John would run around with his clippers, creating wildflower arrangements for his childhood home.

John James studied Communications and Languages at Pepperdine University, a glorious place in the mountains of Malibu. When not practicing the piano, or studying French and German, he was hanging out until the wee hours of the morning with actors, musicians and other creatives in Los Angeles. During his studies in Europe, John James discovered his love of travel and of singing American standards and classic torch songs in local cabarets.

Drawn by the astonishing beauty of The Bay Area, John James headed north to San Francisco and landed a rewarding job working with Stanlee Gatti. John quickly became lead designer, overseeing events for San Francisco glitterati. After two years John struck out on his own, and in 1997 John James Designs was born.

John James has established himself as a master at making things beautiful. His intuition for what is right for his clients is keen and his ability to effortlessly respect and value his team engenders a total dedication to exceeding the expectations of his clients, many of whom John is happy to call friends.

When John James is not running his successful floral and event business, working in his garden, or laughing with his many cherished friends, he is studying French, German and Spanish, traveling the world, and indulging in the fabulousness of being an uncle to his beautiful nieces and nephews.