When looking for decorating books to inspire, or even to assemble on the tabletops of our enthusiastic decorating friends and clients, we’re sure to include a book by Jeffrey Bilhuber. He is a master of assembling daring color combinations. His latest book, American Master, has just been published by Rizzoli, and we suggest you add it to your collection A.S.A.P! We cherish Jeffrey’s previous three books, The Way Home, Defining Luxury, and Design Basics, but this book is definitely the most elaborate. It contains images from eight of his most recent residential projects, including two of his own homes. The interiors as captured by photographer William Abranowicz are simply awe inspiring.Never timid about his use of color, particular in defining interior architectural details, Bilhuber painted all of the interior moldings red, and the shutters a contrasting green in this sitting room in a house in Palm Beach, Florida. A courageous move, particularly since he paired this with a purple upholstered sectional sofa. He uses this idea of painting the moldings bright and unusual colors throughout the entire house. In the main living room the walls are yellow with turquoise painted moldings (sounds awful but looks incredible!). This house in Kent, Connecticut is the only project in the book with a subtle color palette, with the exception of the interior paint color of the moldings and window frames and few pops through pillows and art. Somehow it retains a beautiful and poetic feeling in its own way. Antique chairs and tilt top tables are not real pairs, but that’s all okay in a Bilhuber interior.Bilhuber daringly paired cherry red curtain panels in a printed fabric by Muriel Brandolini against a pale but not discreet de Gournay wallpaper in this townhouse in Manhattan…not a combination you see everyday! Notice the Dorothy Draper dresser tucked into a small niche. A bold yellow lamp somehow ties it all together.He also shows off some of his more modern work with this Aspen ski house, below. While the style of this house isn’t what he is typically called on to design, he still makes it feel decidedly “Bilhuber.” A bedroom in a Manhattan townhouse shows an incredibly elaborate canopy and headboard. His playful use of bold textiles makes this room feel less like a room in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and more like a chic haven for in a very luxurious home. Again the unusual color combinations are just sublime. In this Palm Beach, Florida library, Bilhuber stretched the possibilites for the typical matchstick blinds and used these blinds embroidered in cotton thread from India. We love the pattern play throughout. The combed plaster walls give another layer of subtle texture to the room. Bilhuber’s home in Locust Valley is included in this book as well. The charteuse upholstered walls are legendary. While at first glance, the upholstered furniture pieces might seem old fashioned, we’re sure they’re not. Each piece was custom designed down to the finest detail, and the final composition of how they all rest together in this bold room is like a perfectly executed recipe.Have you looked through this book yet? Are you as inspired as we are?
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