In his latest book, Jeffrey Bilhuber distills thirty years of expertise and creative inspiration designing beautiful and brilliantly modern rooms. Presenting a diverse range of decorator's most recent and important work from around the country, the book is centered around 30 signature statements by Bilhuber--pithy and insightful bedrock principles and axioms that have fueled designer's process. Rounding out these statements Sara Ruffin Costello, the highly regarded writer and editor, sheds light on Bilhuber's inimitable style through charming anecdotes and bright, rich descriptions, revealing a decorator at the top of his profession.
Anchoring the ideas that drive each project, the statements represent different angles from which to appreciate the decorator's vision and mastery of his craft. Some are broad and philosophical: "What's liberating is to be fearless" and "Modernity is not about a new material, it's about how you navigate your way through the world."And others, specific and practical: "It's easy to get white wrong. It takes talent to get it right" and "It's powerfully important to sit at the table and talk to each other." Capturing the breadth and beauty of Bilhuber's work in city townhouses and rambling country houses throughout the country in New York City, Palm Beach, Aspen, and San Francisco, each project reveals itself to be a standard-bearer of great style, reflecting the decorator's optimistic and classically informed point of view.
"There is an irresistible American harmony in [Bilhuber's] creations. It takes a fine eye to gather loud contemporary furniture with quietly thoughtful antique pieces, flirty prints with playful needlepoint, the perfectly preserved with the well-loved and well-used. The resulting rooms have a convivial atmosphere, where furnishings converse and welcome carefully chosen newcomers. . . No party happens twice, and each Bilhuber room is a one-off, client wishes filtered through his fertile imagination, an understanding of modern lifestyles the driving force behind every decision."-"ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST ""Designer Jeffrey Bilhuber feels his client is critical to a room's success and its staying power. In Bilhuber's own rooms, his genius is evident. His hand is in everything. Circling back to his maxim: 'It's liberating to be fearless, ' his rooms are certainly that and never so evident as in his New York apartment with its Gilded Age elegance, belle Epoque glamour, Victorian sentiment, and present day precision, all evoking the catalysts Bilhuber adores, and masters."-"LITTLE AUGURY BLOG" "It's not very common that decorating books actually motivate you to read. However, this book is a stunning exception. . . Bilhuber is an amazing decorator, and his effusive designs are incredibly welcoming. . . I'll be keeping ["Jeffrey Bilhuber: American Master"] close at hand for design inspiration. What could be better than a book that galvanizes your creative spirit?""-MarthaStewart.com""
Since the founding of his eponymous firm, Jeffrey Bilhuber's high-profile clients have entrusted him to bring beauty and comfort into their lives and residences. His work has been published in every major national and international shelter magazine, and he has been a featured guest on a wide variety of television shows, including Charlie Rose, The View, and Conan O'Brien. His successful first book, Jeffrey Bilhuber Design Basics, also by Rizzoli, is now in its fifth printing. Mariska Hargitay is an award-winning actress, best known for her role on NBC's TV drama Law and Order: Special Victims Unit..