I met Jamai at the Storeenvy “pop-up” shop in downtown during my search for jobs and creative folks when I first moved to San Francisco. If you’ve ever wandered through the city and noticed a green T-Rex terrorizing the Golden Gate Bridge (on a t-shirt), it’s Jamai’s artwork, sold through his clothing brand Animal Instincts.
Jamai recently finished a series of gorgeous wine and coffee painted Victorian homes (seen above resting in the hallway), which I saw in person when I photographed he and his wife Meredith’s place in the Haight. The two (and pooch, Bandit!) live in their own apartment, with all of the eclecticism and Victorian style you’d expect a San Francisco home to have. Their collection of artwork (much of it his own work), mis-matched furniture, and various knick-knacks adorn every nook and cranny of this fantastic home and truly make it a cozy, personalized space.
The sofa in the living room is was what I remembered most about the apartment, and its contrasting color explosion that includes a bevy of patterned and retro needlepoint cushions, a serape, and a crochet zig-zag blanket.
Jamai works out of two areas of the house: a small closet-like room in the hallway (where he keeps his merchandise for shows ) and the living room. And as home goods seem to be my obsession, I was delighted to find a few Victorian house pillows from his new series, like the one above looking quite appropriate and lovely on his vintage tufted chair
The eclecticism of the apartment flows into each room, including the kitchen where intricate illustrations and bright, ethereal paintings pop against its yellow walls, and a string of dainty craspedia and dried flower filled bulbs hang above the table. I didn’t realize until later, but a series of enlarged Loteria cards–a popular Mexican bingo game–hang above one doorway, no doubt belonging to Meredith, who spent time teaching English in Mexico years ago.
The hallway of the house is its own miniature gallery, with books and framed prints in a corner and canvases hanging along the walls. Jamai’s “office” can be found there as well, with piles of his Animal Instincts t-shirts and unfinished Victorian pillows.
The lavender walls of the bedroom and its subtle gray duvet and disheveled pillows make it a peaceful space. I love how its gallery wall mixes various framed pieces, including a beautiful silver mirror, handmade jewelry display (assuming it’s handmade!), and an expressionistic watercolor.
I’m currently redoing my own backyard, so I loved seeing Meredith and Jamai’s well kept patio and the bulb string lights hung across. The space is well kept and looks like the perfect spot for small gatherings and nice weather. It definitely tops off their apartment.
Thank you Meredith and Jamai for letting me photograph your home!