House Tour: Jeanine's Smooth and Soulful Home

House Tour: Jeanine's Smooth and Soulful Home

Lily Gahagan
Jan 27, 2009

Name: Jeanine Hays
Location: San Francisco, CA (North Beach)
Size: 900 square foot one bedroom apartment
Years lived in: 4 years

Jeanine, also known as the voice behind Aphrochic, has been bringing her blend of "modern style with soul" to the blogosphere for years. We've been intrigued with the occasional shots of her house that have been featured on the blog, so it was with pleasure that we headed over to North Beach to meet Jeanine and tour her home.

Jeanine's palette and style choices seem perfect for apartment dwellers with strict landlords. Save for the wallpaper in the office (actually gift wrap!), she has kept a neutral backdrop for her home and adds color with accessories and art. Not only does it give the whole place a calm feel, it allows the artwork to pop off the walls. And because Jeanine has really personalized the space with photos, art from family and friends (and a few of her own paintings, as well), and culturally significant pieces, the home feels lived in and warm as opposed to stark and overly-minimal. We'll continue to track Jeanine's design inspirations and projects at Aphrochic, where we hear custom pillows are currently in the works (which seems a natural evolution given the great collection of pillows in her home).

AT Survey

My style: I think my style is much like the tagline of my blog – modern, soulful style. I like mixing modern furnishings with things that tell a story –antique chairs, traditional art, and rustic pieces. I try not to keep to one aesthetic. My home is a place for self expression. Mixing it up keeps it from being too sterile and it also create a space where my surroundings truly reflect me. That's what makes it feel like home.

The inspiration for my home: I am inspired by culture. It has always been a big part of my design style. I have always loved homes that are "African Chic", so I work to do that here, bringing in ethnic pieces that reflect my African roots. At the same time, I am always amazed at the ways that pieces from other cultures can be tastefully blended to convey an individual point of view. So while I am always interested in expressing my own African-American culture, I can be equally inspired by a porcelain Chinese statue or paintings from Chile.

Favorite element: There are so many things I love about this apartment. It is hard to list just one favorite element. If I had to narrow it down to a few, my favorite elements are my large, comfy sofa, the rustic dining room table, and the Louis Ghost Chair. They are three of the most striking elements in my home, and they really help to define my unique blend of style.

Biggest challenge in designing my home: Color. This was the first apartment where I started with a neutral color scheme. With so much light coming in, keeping it white just seemed right. I had to learn to layer in bits of color to bring some personality to the space. Now, I really love how the pinks, purples and blues pop against the neutral scheme.

What friends say about my home: People love this place. I've been told that it's stylish and at the same time warm and homey. I am lucky enough to have a space where the indoors and outdoors really come together. It's the perfect apartment for hosting parties and barbecues, and that's exactly what I wanted – a beautiful space where people want to come back again and again.

Biggest embarrassment in my home: The bedroom closet! Hence, why there is no picture of it. It's the final frontier for me to organize and decorate. It's where we hide all of the mess.

Proudest DIY: It has to be the shelving and credenza in the entryway. I'm sure people will recognize the IKEA Lack Shelves. The credenza is actually the UDDEN Kitchen Cabinet unit from IKEA. The pattern is really striking, and I loved it, so instead of mounting it on the wall it went into the hallway. The whole thing turned out beautifully.

Biggest indulgence with respect to my home: Saturday mornings lying on this big L-shaped sofa. Life can't get any better. The whole family enjoys time here, and it has these perfect armrests where you can also sit your laptop. I do much of my blogging right here.

Best advice given or received: Enjoy the moment. When I first moved here I wanted everything to be perfect right away. Now after four years I am finally learning to enjoy it, instead of looking for the next space to conquer or redecorate. It really feels like home, and home is to be enjoyed.

Dream source for stuff: As I said, I really like to mix it up. There is furniture here from West Elm, Anthropologie, IKEA, Crate and Barrel, and Ebay. I think my favorite source for furniture has to be IKEA. You can always find something streamlined and functional, and at a great price.


Cuisinart toaster – Crate and Barrel
Flat Screen television – Best Buy

Doorknobs - Anthropologie
Hooks – Urban Outfitters

Living Room
Sofa – Khyber Pass
Louis Style Chair – Craigs List
Cube Ottomans - Overstock
Lack side tables – IKEA
Round side table – World Market
Media cabinet – IKEA

Dining Room
Expedit bookshelf – IKEA
Dining room table – Khyber Pass
Dining room bamboo chairs – Linens and Things
Philip Stark Ghost Chair – Design Within Reach
Stools – IKEA

Credenza – IKEA
Lack Wall Shelves – IKEA

Bed – West Elm
Bedroom shelving – Pier 1
Papasan Chair – World Market

Office side chairs – Anthropologie
Office Chair – Ebay
Desk – Ebay
Table – IKEA
Office Side tables – West Elm

Living Room
Cameroon Juju Hat – African Art
Living room pillows – Thomas Paul
Purple silhouette pillow – Ebay
Living room vases – West Elm
Miniature chair – West Elm
White Bowl – Dandelion
Coasters – Anthropologie

Dining Room
Amore sign – garage sale
Candleholders – CB2
White textured vase – Z Gallerie
Silver vases – Tozai
White vases on bar – Dandelion
Pink cushions – Pearl River

Asian lanterns – Urban Outfitters
Cake plate – Anthropologie
Teapot - Bo Concept

Pink vase on patio table – Crate and Barrel
Teacups - Anthropologie

Clock – Urban Outfitters
Gold Vases – Jamali Garden
Middle Shelf
White Picture Frame – Burke Décor
Picture Frames – Borders Paperchase Collection
White Bowl – Anthropologie
African carvings – Blue Bell Bazaar
Totem candleholder – West Elm
Top Shelf
Vase and shakers – Takahashi
African carvings – Eastern Market flea market
White vases – Dandelion

Giraffe teapot – World Market
Cuckoo clock – Tabletop DC
Pillow – West Elm
Porcelain Zebra and Hippo – Anthropologie
Orange stapler – CB2
Glass pencil holder – Anthropologie
Glass Head – Blue Bell Bazaar
Ikat bowls – Anthropologie
Semikolon box – The Container Store
Zebra Wood Picture frames – Bo Concept
Silver and gold frames – Walgreens

Giraffe measuring spoons – Anthropologie
Apron – Anthropologie

Mirror – Urban Outfitters
Kwan Yin – Ebay
Silhouette pillows – Leonor Mataillet
Bedspread – Room and Board
Pillows on Papasan – West Elm

Living Room
White Lamps – Jamie Young (bought from Jeremy's)
Floor lamp - IKEA
Silver and black lamp – The Silk Trading Company
Dining Room
Chandelier - IKEA
Floor Lamp – World Market
Peacock shade – Anthropologie
Capiz Chandelier – World Market
Capiz wall mounted lighting – Shawna Stoney
Floor Lamp - IKEA

Rugs and Carpets
Tribal rug – West Elm
Bamboo Patio Mat – World Market
Moroccan Wedding Blanket – My Marrakesh

Entryway – a selection of my works
Living Room paintings over sofa – Angela Hays (my sister)
Portraits – artist in Chile
Silhouettes on canvas – Levi Strauss installation
Dining room
Dallas Shaw prints
Bedroom – painting from China Town in San Francisco

Office wallpaper – Gift wrap from Borders Paperchase Collection

Thanks, Jeanine!

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