Jay Jeffers is known for his sophisticated but unexpected designs. For his apartment in San Francisco, in contrast to his airy Napa Valley home which is centered around indoor/outdoor living, Jay wanted to create a dramatic statement out of what had been an open but “unexciting white box.” The focus of the apartment is the stunning wallpaper that wraps two walls. The wallpaper is by Area Environments, which works with artists to create murals and then to customize them to the space.

Though a small apartment, Jay created ample seating in the living room with a sofa flanked by chairs. He says, “We use the space for small entertaining – cocktails for up to 10 people. We live in Hayes Valley and some of the best restaurants in San Francisco are just steps from our door…Needless to say, the kitchen doesn’t get much use.” The kitchen does have a small island, perfect for setting out appetizers for those pre-dinner drinks or making coffee and a simple breakfast the next day.

A timbered wall divides the entertaining spaces from the bedroom. The wallpaper’s brightest blue rises above the bed to perfectly frame an antique portrait. The predominate color of the mural, Marrs Green, is a color Jay uses frequently in his designs. “Marrs Green really goes with anything – it is sexy and romantic. I especially love pairing it with other dark colors like the Benjamin Moore Deep Secret in eggshell that we have on our apartment walls.”

A benefit of the dark, moody colors is that the space isn’t just elegant for entertaining; it’s perfect for a lazy Sunday too. Jay says, “It is a rare day that I have nothing on the agenda, but when it does happen, I love nothing more than curling up on the sofa with the dogs and the remote. I love the cocoon like space we have created with dark tones and the colorful abstract mural on the walls.”