A Jay Jeffers interior is immediately recognizable for its luxuriously contemporary feel. This impression comes from the artful mix of fabulous old and new pieces. Jay also is always keeping his eye open for design inspiration, whether it is while traveling, visiting museums, or even taking a look through Pinterest. Describing his style as “collected, cool, chic, luxurious, and livable,” Jay gives his clients a space that they love with elements that they will fall in love with. We caught up with the designer to learn more about his creative process and how he gathers his inspiration. Here’s what he had to say.
Viyet: What inspired this career path for you?
Jay: I have a degree in International Business/Marketing. I moved to SF to work for the Gap in marketing, but soon realized I yearned for more creative work. I happened into the world of design by taking a class at night after work. It was an intro to interior design class, which was love at first swatch. I worked for a small design firm to cut my teeth and started my firm in 1999.
Viyet: Tell us about your creative process.
Jay: Our projects are very client dependent. I create for individuals that have their own taste and style. They may not know what that is and it’s my job to find it for them, but everyone has it. I love residential work because it allows me to dig deep into the minds and lives of my clients, and create something they might not have ever known possible.
Viyet: What’s a staple in your tool kit?
Jay: I have a bag that goes from home to office. It contains trace paper, a kit of pencils and pens, a scale, a tape measure, and usually plans that are past due. I’m always pulling it out and sketching or drafting something – for a client, for myself, for my next line with Arteriors, etc.
Viyet: If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be?
Jay: I would love to design the Gavin Newsom White House! Since that is a few years away, I’ve never designed a plane, so I would love to do that. And if I can design it for anyone, I think I’ll do it for myself. I didn’t hit that Powerball, so I’ll keep saving and someday…
Viyet: Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without?
Jay: Pinterest is the best. Whether it is stair details or rug patterns or a specific tile or color, it is the best resource for gathering, sourcing, and sharing inspiration. I don’t know what I did without it. (Actually, I do. I have binders and binders of torn pages of magazines and books from the past 15 years. They are very dusty at the moment.)
Viyet: Share a little bit about the pieces you’re consigning on Viyet, e.g., do any have unique backstories, in what kind of space do you hope they end up, etc.?
Jay: We have a retail store in San Francisco, called Jay Jeffers — The Store. It is a collection of wonderful things old and new from around the world. We have selected some wonderful pieces, such as chest/coffee table by John Dickinson, a vintage console by MasterCraft, a fantastic oyster shell mirror by an artist in Austin, Texas (who also made my fireplace mantel in St. Helena out of oyster shells).
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About the Designer:
After graduating with a BBA in International Business and Marketing from the University of Texas, Jay Jeffers followed his passion for design. He has had his work published in Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Departures, The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and other design show houses and design books. Jay has also been listed as Elle Decor‘s A-List of top interior designers as well as writing his book Collected Cool.