Flower Magazine

MAR-APR 2019

Browse "flower" to learn techniques from established and up-and-coming designers, be inspired by the floral decor of weddings, galas, and flower and garden shows, and infuse your lifestyle with chic floral fashion and home decor.

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14 | M A R C H /A P R I L 2 0 1 9 IN BLOOM I meet Flower: Congratulations on your new book [Everyday Decorating, Rizzoli, 2019]. With four books in print, why did you feel the need to write this one? Jeffrey Bilhuber: This is the book I'm proudest of because it's the most modern and approachable. What I am going for is my own print version of Instagram, where, rather than one continuing narrative, you can open up any page and find information that is useful, energizing, and effervescent. This book is organized not by aesthetic looks, but by the way rooms make us feel, with chapter titles like "Happy," "Comfortable," "Charming," and "Personal." Why this approach? It's been on my mind for years. I have a diverse group of clients and a diverse body of work. I'm as happy decorating a 4-bedroom country house as I am doing a 12-bedroom Park Avenue apartment. I've noticed that when I sit with clients for their initial meeting, regardless of their property, terrain, or climate, they always come up with the same priorities. People will say, "It doesn't matter what you do, as long as these rooms are charming or cozy or bright." Whether they're spending $10,000 or $10 million, these universal goals are always the key criteria. "I'm at my zippiest when pulling colors together because I love them—not simply because they're a small part of some larger multicolored chintz," says designer Jeffrey Bilhuber (pictured at bottom). In his Locust Valley home, Bilhuber went with bold colors against a paneled wall dotted with resin antlers. PORTRAIT BY KELLY TAUB. ABOVE: COURTESY OF ONE KING'S LANE

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