Jeff Schlarb’s energy captivates and enthralls. This San Francisco-based creative is at once the interior designer and founder of Jeff Schlarb Design Studio, entrepreneur and co-founder of the real estate staging company Green Couch, art connoisseur, philanthropist, musician, podcast host, and self-professed “Rad Maker.” His interiors are often edgy and colorful yet superbly sophisticated at the same time—not an easy balance to achieve.
For this unique project, Schlarb was challenged to create not one residence, but two complementary ones on the same piece of San Francisco property. “My client is a dynamic, young entrepreneur who wanted a stylish home that reflected her personality,” recalls Schlarb. “And, a second one for her parents.” While all parties had different design ideas, they emphatically agreed on color.
Blues in shades from delicate sky to deep indigo became the through line of the project. In Schlarb’s deft hands the color becomes anything but neutral, as evidenced in the stunning dining room (of the main house) wrapped in textural midnight blue paper from Phillip Jeffries—its striated lines undulating in waves about the space. At the center of the room, a hand-forged bronze table with Japanese patina from Organic Modernism is topped with a thick slab of glass and surrounded by chairs upholstered in a bold navy velvet floral from legendary Venetian fabric maker Rubelli. Pattern continues on the custom drapes from Nobilis and richly textured rug from Stark. Punctuating the space are striking pieces of art including the massive canvas titled Flora In Motion by Sarah McInroe, sourced through San Francisco-based Minted, and a marvelous piece of light art that rests atop a cerused sideboard from Worlds Away.
The living room of the parents’ home echoes the strong emphasis on color with an azure sofa and deep upholstered armchair from Arteriors. Custom drapes from Robert Allen add texture and dimension, as does a bronze coffee table from Organic Modernism. The main residence’s living room is decidedly softer—serving as a counterbalance to the dining space. Massive windows let light pour into the airy room. Schlarb custom designed the curved sofa and upholstered its mottled grey fabric by Laura Hwang. On either side of the fireplace, bookcases are backed with wallpaper from Eskayel. A round travertine topped coffee table from Lawson-Fening is surrounded by a pair of swivel chairs in creamy shade of Weitzner fabric and a mid-century-inspired wingback chair from Arteriors.
A custom mural by Elan Evans Decorative Painting takes center stage in the kitchen, climbing the walls in an explosion of color and continuing in a great splash on the ceiling. “It’s important to add drama,” notes Schlarb. “Spaces should never be boring. They should make you smile.” Beneath the mural, Schlarb created a custom table with a pedestal featuring white and gold discs. A petite sofa by Gubi faces a pair of chairs from Interlude. Off to the side of the table is a whimsical natural leather sofa that Schlarb scored on 1st Dibs.
Working at home is a joy in the office of the main residence. Two walls of windows provide plenty of natural light. But when it’s too bright, Schlarb made sure to include elegant custom Roman Shades in Clarence House fabric and floor-length drapes in a print from Pindler. Elegant brass curtain rods and a brass light fixture from Arteriors add a gleaming touch. The space is anchored by a striped area rug in blues and greys from Carlisle and topped with a gray faux shagreen and smoked black oak desk. A large four-drawer chest from Lawson-Fenig provides plenty of storage.
Just steps from the office, the master bedroom departs from the blue color scheme by introducing soft violet shades. A contemporary four-poster bed from HD Buttercup is sumptuously topped with elegant white linens and custom Pierre Frey. A Taylor King bench at the end of the bed and drapes are wrought in Rubelli fabrics. Adding a luxurious touch are a pair of wingback chairs from Mr. and Mrs. Howard upholstered in an artful combination of fabrics from De La Cuona and Cowtan & Tout. The second master bedroom also mixes shades of aubergine and cloud blue and cream with a brushstroke wallpaper from Paper Mills and an upholstered headboard by Mac Queen Home.
“This project was such a joy,” recalls Schlarb. “It just feels fresh, smart, and chic, like its owner.”