I’m so excited about this second installment of “MDS Interviews” i could pinch myself. who wouldn’t be thrilled to interview Jeffrey Bilhuber? The great American Decorator!
Even though i have just gotten to know Jeffrey over the last few months i feel like i’ve known him forever. i think the relationship started about 12 years ago when i was introduced to him via Architectural Digest and the home he decorated for Bob Pittman. I distinctly remember thinking this is “beautiful!” from that moment on i have been an ardent admirer and student of Jeffrey’s designs!
i could go on and on about jeffrey’s work and what it has meant to me- the color, the details, the bold mix, the eclectic arrangements, the refinement, the beauty! see the word “beautiful” keeps coming up! his books, the way home: reflections on American beauty, as well as, Jeffrey Bilhuber: Defining Luxury: the qualities of life at home, and lastly, Jeffrey bilhuber’s Design Basics: Expert Solutions for Designing the House of Your Dreams are thumbed through by me so often the pages are literally falling out!
before we spoke i was expecting to hear more about all these elements in his design that i love, however, what resonated most in our conversation was the driving force behind his work- his passion for his clients, their needs, their expectations, their homes! the idea of great value and longevity, the importance of clear communication and the business of creativity all seemed more important than color, print and pattern!
i have to say what i have loved most about getting to know Jeffrey is that i’ve learned something- how refreshing that someone so creatively talented is also so grounded, focused and passionate! and might i also add, he is passionate about what’s most important- his clients and their homes! the details that really matter!
something else i’ve learned is that the great American decorator might also be tempted to become a cult leader, however, first you might find him decorating a few airport terminals!
“mds interviews” Jeffrey Bilhuber- Enjoy!