A Moody, Masculine Small-Space Apartment in San Francisco
When designer Jay Jeffers set out to create his second home, he knew exactly what he wanted. He and his husband, Michael Purdy—the director of Jeffers’s eponymous design company—own an airy weekend home in California’s St. Helena wine region, and they wanted their city abode, in San Francisco’s up-and-coming Hayes Valley neighborhood, to be the complete opposite. “St. Helena is our bright, indoor-outdoor home,” explains Jeffers. “It’s where we have dinner parties and entertain. This is more our cocoon.” The only similarity: Jeffers allowed the apartment’s surroundings to inform his design, as he did with the ranch-style vacation home. “We wanted something very urban, with a completely different feel than St. Helena,” he says. “I wanted it to be dark and sexy. It’s not flooded with light; there’s certainly no indoor-outdoor living. I wanted the juxtaposition between the two, so when I’m in the city, I really feel like I’m in the city, and vice versa.” To achieve this, Jeffers used a dramatic palette, combining dark wood, luxe upholstery, and textural curtains in the 850-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment. The home’s undisputed centerpiece is a hand-painted mural that connects the living room and bedroom and injects the space with colorful life. Click ahead for a virtual tour of the diminutive but inspiring home.