Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Hayfever Inspiration

I've blogged about designer Jeffrey Bilhuber's summer home, Hayfever before. But recently, I've been incredibly inspired by it once again.

Particularly this room. Adjacent to the entry, this reception room has had many different uses. I'm not sure who snapped this photo, or when it was taken, but I believe that it was prior to any of the future changes that we'll talk about below.

House Beautiful featured it in 2010 above, looking pretty as a sitting room with a center table piled with books and a towering fern. At this point, the room had a bit more color and was quite a bit more furnished. Jeffrey Bilhuber is known as the king of pattern and color, probably even better at it than Miles Redd, mixing them with confidence and an unerring eye. The walls here a happy robin's egg blue, with red curtains and accent inside of the built in from the late 1700s, original to the home. Sunny yellow slipcovers on the antique chairs, and a tufted sofa in a rich eggplant. I mean ... if you sat out to put a room together, would you even begin to source such a color combination? I wouldn't - but look at how beautiful it is ... gorgeous and effortless, not to mention comfortable and charming. 

Photographed for his own book, the room is a bit more styled here. If you have any of his books, you'll notice that the rooms are always styled with a "Bilhuber" look. There's nothing perfectly aligned. Chairs are always pulled out.  Plants and flowers are always abundant. The rooms feel warm and lovingly lived in. 

With the "new look" I've got going on at the apartment, I've turned to my library of design books, taking in all of the beautiful inspiration from designers like Jeffrey. His books are a feast of inspiration, be it styling options, fabric pairings, pattern pairings, lighting ... you name it. If it has anything to do with interiors, Jeffrey's books are sure to offer inspiration.

At this point, my apartment is really just in waiting mode. I'm waiting for curtains, slipcovers, and a few smaller pieces of furniture. The slipcovers and curtains are planned, fabric is purchased, and it's really just a matter of getting them done. The furniture is on it's way (most of it anyway) and there are a couple of really beautiful pieces that need to find an upholsterer to make them sing. 

But take note of this Bilhuber beauty ... and if you're wondering what direction I'm headed, this should offer you a little hint! Cheers for now. You can purchase Jeffrey's books via the links below!