For the design groupies like myself, Jay Jeffers’ work has been a long standing source of inspiration for his sense of colour, his use of scale and the way he mixes eras and genres seamlessly. Case in point, here are a few images of his work where nordic sense meets vintage sensibility. One word: J.O.Y.!! I also included a small part of a post by the Style Saloniste in which Jeffers gives some of his best Design Advice. I was excited to find out that a book is in the making due out in the Spring of 2014.
Here are a few of Jay Jeffers’ Design Advice:
Don’t be afraid of color, but don’t go crazy either. Deep tones can make a small room feel cozy and large rooms feel dramatic. And don’t forget the ceiling, an often-overlooked design opportunity. If you go dark, try painting the ceiling softer, at 50% strength of the wall color.
Lighting: Keep it flexible
Give every room several light sources and opportunities, such as a chandelier where appropriate, sconces on the walls, lamps for reading instead of recessed cans and I always say that candles count as a light source. Every light switch should have a dimmer. Everyone looks better in dimmed light.
Art: Save for the best
No matter what your budget, buy good art. Really good art. One great piece is so much better than 5 not so great pieces in my opinion. Flea market finds and well priced galleries like Lost Art Salon in San Francisco are an excellent compliment, but build your collection with a piece that you love by an established artist.
My favorite part of an installation is finishing a home with art and accessories, but I know they can really put a dent in the budget. One of my philosophies (and one of our core beliefs at Cavalier) is that you should have a mix of high and low. Buy some really wonderful pieces for your bookshelves, coffee table, and compliment it with less expensive pieces. The mix really elevates everything and gives your home a cool, collected look and feel.
Headboard: Get the scale right
A headboard not only anchors the bed, it anchors the room. When choosing one, consider your surroundings. Do you want art to hang above your headboard? Then keep it low. With tall nightstands choose higher headboard. Be bold. Are you traditional? Tuft it. Prefer modern? Upholster it in soft smooth leather.
(A book compiling 10 years of the Jeffers’ Design Group will be published by Rissoli in the Spring of 2014) – The Style Saloniste
source: Jay Jeffers