At just 29 years old Medina King-Sam is the one of the first black children’s interior designers based in London who creates personalised, colourful and fun bedrooms and playrooms for children. With over 7 years of experience in the Interior Design profession she has built a client base of successful professionals across London and Surrey.
Whilst everything appears to be great for Medina today, it hasn’t always been the case. During a period of unemployment, Medina King-Sam ran into an old acquaintance, who offered her a ‘managerial role’ job at their takeaway restaurant. Upon starting the job she soon realised that the role consisted of serving food, cleaning the front of house, and washing the large pots that were used to cook the various dishes. One evening as Medina scrubbed the pots she felt so overwhelmed and frustrated with my life. “As tears ran down my face, I thought to myself ‘this is not what I went through university for’.” While working at the restaurant she also started assisting interior stylist and art directors, to get more experience in the sector. Thankfully she found a sales assistant role at a leading furniture retailer where she pitched her personal interior design service but it was rejected and ignored.
This gave her the motivation to I start planning for MK Kids Interiors and she I took a leap of faith, left her sales assistant role to work night shifts on a zero hours contract to work on her business idea and the rest as they say is history.
As a young black woman in business, Medina is determined to make a difference by showing that neither race nor gender should hold anyone back from following their dreams. She grew up in a part of Hackney where 3 gangs were constantly battling to take control. She has used this part of her journey to fuel her entrepreneurial spirit launching 3 successful businesses by the age of 29. Besides MK Kids Interiors, Medina create and sells still life and abstract oil paintings as well as hand-made nursery décor such as garlands, mobiles, rugs or storage baskets, while she runs a successful property maintenance building.
With her down to earth personality Medina has won the hearts of many clients and created amazing spaces for families with young children and also offers tailor made services for children with Autism; a condition that, Medina feels, deserves more attention. She also offers a unique bespoke design service for families expecting twins. MK Kids Interiors is very much driven by empowering children from all backgrounds and seeing them flourish in beautiful, unique spaces.
By: Ronke Lawal