designers i admire

designers i admire: jeffrey bilhuber

You guys! I'm back and I'm so appalled to see that it has been officially more than a month since my last post. I think that might be a neglect record. More on me and my blog another day. But for now I must share the reason I've been compelled back to this space: Jeffrey Bilhuber. That's him sitting on the awesomesauce rope stool above. Mr. B is a superstar designer as I'm sure you know. I have all three of his books and love them all for different reasons. Defining Luxury is like a decorating masterclass. The details, the details, the details - not a one missed. His latest, The Way Home, is all about high-style places looking all loose and louche - such inspiration for my styling eye. In a nutshell, here are the things I love about Jeffrey Bilhuber and his design work.

Mr. B never met a wood floor that he didn't want to paint. I so agree. 

In this room I adore the upholstered walls -- always covet upholstered walls. To me they are ultimate decorator luxury. I also love how the sofa is custom made to fill the entire length of this room and how it's layered in front of packed bookshelves. This rooms conjures thoughts of Sunday afternoon napping en famille - one of my favourite pastimes.

Jeffrey Bilhuber uses curtain rods that turn a corner back to the wall. I so much prefer this look. I find finials entirely too fussy and I love the finished look of the drapes wrapping around to meet the wall. 

He uses wicker and rattan furniture in any room in the house. It's such an old school gesture. Love.

He is the owner of a charming little cottage in an East Coast seaside town...just like someone else I know.

He's known for his sophisticated chock-full of decorating urban spaces, but he does country in such a pared down unpretentious way. Just perfect.

There are so many more things I like about his work. These are the biggies. Check him out at or see the slide show of his adorable Nantucket cottage at

designers i admire: alessandra branca

She does warm, rich, layered rooms. She does red like nobody else. She's a fabric fanatic. She's an Italian Chicagoan. She's about daybeds and bed hangings, upholstered walls, velvet chairs, libraries, formal dining rooms and mouldings. She loves tartan. She once upholstered the walls of a bedroom in cashmere-and-wool felt. Um, yeah, that's totally genius! She does Turkish style cushions -- those round edged super-plump ones. I'm quite obsessed with that design right now. I love her work. I'd give anything to be curled up in one of these rooms today -- so yummy and overstuffed. 

I implore you, you really must get her book. It's like a master class in decorating. Better yet, if you buy it from her web site you get an autographed copy. Click here.

PS. Dearest Bloggersons, so sorry to have forsaken you for a whole week. You've been clicking over here and I have had nothing to offer you. Please forgive my poor manners. I promise everything's back on track. When you stop by next, the kettle will be on for tea and our visits over matters of style will continue as before. Some exciting times are ahead, including a lecture at the Kravet/Lee Jofa showroom by another of my faves, Eric Cohler. Can't wait.