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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IN BLOOM I meet casts light—contribute to the overall experience of a space. Talk about how those factors play into your overall scheme. It's vital to understand how people navigate through space. There are certain needs that each room should respond to. For instance, if you know you'll want to put a coffee mug down in front of you when you watch the morning news, then you'll need a table 21 inches high. Color is a signature element of your work. In one chapter you write, "Go ahead and say it, 'Purple, purple, purple!' " So many people shy away from color. Why do you love it? I am very confident when it comes to color. Color is a way for someone to say I'm confident in myself. I love using saturated hues, but I use them in isolation—not how it was used in the 1970s when you'd walk into a red library and feel like you were having a drink with Satan. For me, color is like an exclamation point at the end of a sentence. Alongside all the wit and wisdom in the book, there's some tough love too. You write, "That old adage that a room is never done is completely untrue. You must know when to stop." So, when is it time to stop? At some point a room can start to feel claustrophobic. You can sense it. Anything you love can find a place in your home, but there is such a thing as being loved too much! Despite all the book's do-it-yourself advice, you still make the case for using a professional. What value does a designer offer? I'm convinced that great decorating is no more than great commu- nicating. Decorators, at their best, can take your taste and make it even better—they can move it forward. In this book I'm helping the reader define their taste, so they can be conversant in the design of their rooms. And, should they have the good fortune to work with a decorator one day, they will be that much more enlightened to get the best result. I'm convinced that great decorating is no more than great communicating. –JEFFREY BILHUBER PHOTO BY BJÖRN WALLANDER For more information, see Sources, page 76

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