Over these past few years, with our entire staff in a drool over the work of the likes of Kelly Wearstler and her probable influencer Dorothy Draper, we at HighStreet have found that for quick inspiration, nothing beats impact. The camera loves it too. It encourages us to be bold and it teaches us the importance of artistic statement.
Enter Jay Jeffers, an American designer that creates visual impact and exemplifies the cleverly-mixed “London style” that at HighStreet we live to seek: A deliverer of eye candy that doesn’t seem to push it past the point of livability, which makes the designs all-the-more appealing as we are then able to imagine ourselves actually living in the striking scenes he’s concocted.
Like many of our free-spirited, forward-thinking contemporaries, Jay loves strong pattern. He also works in the business of modern glamour however, there is a slight folksiness that brings his designs back to earth, again, letting us know that a Jay-Jeffers’ lifestyle is totally plausible.
Initially influenced by the grandeur of historic Southern homes, Jeffers seems now drawn to mixing the stateliness of pattern with the approachability of random antiques. Steering intentionally clear of what he deems an overuse of iconic furnishings, he curates a mix of bold pattern, fanciful color, transitional, classic furnishings and whimsical accessories to its most comfortable point. The carefully color-balanced designs are grounded and yet allow for an element of fantasy. The effect is that the spaces uplift your spirit and create a little happiness. Now what more can you ask for in an otherwise complex world?
Jeffers’ work with a young, social couple, professional skateboarder Reese Forbes and his wife Shawn is a shining example of this approach. The unforgettable brown and white wall-paper traveling through the house layered with extraordinary and colorful things is a smart modern showstopper that most anyone can appreciate.
We’re also drawn to his work for “Dining by Design” and the lovely enclosed porch he designed for the House & Garden, Hampton Showhouse, with it’s 1930’s and 40’s French and Italian wrought iron furnishings set against simple sisals, lit up with bright florals and smoothed by linen.
In his own words Jeffers says of his life in design “Designing a home is one of life’s most inspiring experiences. It’s an opportunity to allow ourselves to dream and explore, to play with color, texture, space and light.”
Jay Jeffers is a not only bay area favorite. He is quickly becoming a media darling of the design world. His San Francisco studio can be found at the www.jeffersdesigngroup.com
Leah Spurrier. HighStreet