This spring, the illustrious designer Jeffrey Bilhuber released his fifth book with Rizzoli, Everyday Decorating, which was designed to serve as the ultimate decorating handbook for those who love to go to Instagram or Pinterest for inspiration and design knowledge. “There are so many awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping design images out there, it’s hard to know what to do with this information overload,” he explains. “Seeing a pretty room is one thing, but knowing how to distill what makes that space work and translate those takeaways into your own home is an entirely different matter.” In Everyday Decorating, Bilhuber shares the same nuggets of design gold that he has given his A-list clients like Anna Wintour, Iman, the late David Bowie, Mariska Hargitay, and Elsa Peretti.
The book is divided into chapters that illustrate how to make your home more comfortable, happy, colorful, personal, lighter and brighter, charming, and cozy. Using iconic images spanning the breadth of his career, each of the rooms chosen for the book make a statement, and Bilhuber tells us why with practical advice and easy-to-follow tips that will inspire and empower anyone to make enlightened design decisions. Never again will you sit in the middle of a room asking, “How come I have all this nice stuff and I’m still unhappy?” or “Why doesn’t it go together?” Those questions and more will be answered in snapshots that point you in the right direction. Bilhuber’s classically informed point of view mixed with his tell-it-like-it-is humor will prove valuable the next time you’re shopping for a sofa, making a bed, or considering paint colors.
As an added bonus, Bilhuber’s 17th century Locust Valley home just happens to be for sale… The listing describes the home as a unique example of 17th Century craftmanship with the best materials and ongoing attention to the best in architectural classicism. The property has been restored and has been brought into the 21st century with charming gardens for private living in a very special part of history. This historical house in the heart of Locust Valley with Colonial details has served as a private school, an inn and tavern. You know how I love stalking real estate, so let’s take a look at pictures from the MLS and from a recent One Kings Lane feature.