With a sophisticated tone and thoughtful details, it is hard not to love the home of Bay Area designer, Jeff Schlarb. The Sea Cliff residence, which is home to Jeff and his wife, Tray (also a designer), and their two young daughters, is abundant with deep textures, unique lighting, and a formality that is elegant yet far from stuffy. I asked Jeff a couple questions about what it was like to be his own client, and make decisions that he (literally) had to live with, during the 7-month project and beyond. Come read what he had to say, plus he dishes extensively on his design resources, and try to pick a room that is your favorite — its all so gorgeous, I had a hard time picking myself!
24E: Was the pressure on or off in regards to designing your own home?
Jeff Schlarb: I have had the pleasure of remodeling and designing our own home several times as we often move 🙂 I think that the pressure is on! I don’t often have as much time to work on our own home, as we do for our clients so every hour and every minute is packed with decision making and moving the project along. But yes, there is a sense that it had to be special.
24E: What feature did you come to love more than you thought you would?
JS: The fireplace stone material is magic. I have used it on 4 projects in a year and a half. Absolutely love it. It is one of those classic materials that is new and exciting, but I know will withstand the test of time.
24E: What surprised you about the process?
JS: I was surprised how long it took us to engineer and design the island overhang of 44″, that took a few tries 🙂
24E: What was your inspiration…what guided you?
JS: My wife is also a designer and we have 2 young girls. What we set out to create was a light home that had imaginative materials and forms of those classic materials. To create curiosity, without the chaos. 🙂 I didn’t make that up by the way, a writer did when describing our work. I did however write, Rad Elegance.
24E: How did texture play a role in the design?
JS: The living room is a great example of texture layers. We have used a muted color palette, but the material mixture is varied with refined wool on the Vladimir Kagan-inspired sofa, leather on the other sofa, vintage rug, wall color, pillows and artwork. The accessories, furniture shapes, piano and images in the artwork all add content, which I consider texture too, beyond their obvious shapes, patterns and sheen.
24E: What are some of your favorite sources/items from the project?
JS: Living Room:
Lawrence of La Brea Rugs
Diamata Stone slabs for the Fireplace from Fox Marble
Light Fixture – Linden Chandelier, from Future Perfect.
Vladimir Kagan inspired settee (non-vintage built here in San Francisco by local artisan)
Photo of Ram: Photographer Peter Samuels
Coffee table: Oly
Armchairs: Big Daddy’s antiques
Side table: Petrified Wood
Side table: Arteriors
Floor lamp: 20th
Marble Lamp on Piano: Interlude Home
Artwork: Private collection, African photographs framed.
http://meghanshimek.com/ Meghan Shimek Artwork above console
Mokam fabric on dining chairs.
Dining Chairs: Organic Modernism
Jean D’Merrie Lumie’re light fixture
Custom cantelevered Island design – Steel Structure
Gaggenau cooktop and oven
custom powder coated handles
Custom Marble counter
Wallpaper: Spear Stripe Greys on Pearl, Timorous Beasties Wallpaper.
Light Fixture Arteriors
Side Tables – Bungalow 5
Lamp – Arteriors
Light Fixtures – Currey and Co.
Artwork – Katherine B. Young Opening (framed), 2016.
Ok, so which room is your favorite?
For more gorgeous projects from Jeff, go here.
Images via Jeff Schlarb by Aubrie Pick.