Interior Design

Jeffrey Bilhuber: Defining Luxury: The Qualities of Life at Home

Jeffrey Bilhuber returns with a second book after Design Basics, his successful debut volume. In a lavish new format, the media-savvy designer for tastemakers and celebrities presents his most recent projects from coast to coast. Bilhuber views luxury as essential to every life well-lived, a way of appreciating and sharing our joy in existence, not the exclusive purview of the few. The designer encourages the reader to seek, aspire, and revel in luxury at home, however simple or adorned: from the embrace of the perfectly tufted reading chair to an heirloom vase cradling freshly cut garden roses to a dazzling chandelier that makes light dance. In seven chapters filled with charming anecdotes and lovely observations, the designer—whom Hamish Bowles has likened to a twenty-first century Billy Baldwin—explores the idea of luxury as life’s abundance reflected in a home’s varied elements: Discovery, Passion, History, Ornament, Grace, Comfort, and Delight. Each project discussed evokes the many qualities of a distinctively American luxury practically expressed and fully enjoyed at home: beauty, family, refinement, and hospitality. Within these, the reader gleans insight from Bilhuber’s inimitable style and learns that luxury is about cultivating a state of mind as much as it is about the objects with which we surround ourselves.

About The Author

Jeffrey Bilhuber founded his eponymous firm in 1984. Many of his clients are themselves legendary trendsetters: Anna Wintour, Iman and David Bowie, Elsa Peretti, and Mariska Hargitay, among others. His work has been published in more than fifty design books as well as every major national and international shelter magazine.

  • Publish Date: October 07, 2008
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: House & Home - Decorating & Furnishings
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 9 x 12
  • Pages: 256
  • US Price: $65.00
  • CDN Price: $75.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-3054-1


"...a testament to improving life via good taste and great style." ~Traditional Home

"...there is no mistake that this designer's talent for embracing the little things, such as freshly cut garden roses cradled in an heirloom vase, is something that can be translated to everyday life."

"(Bilhuber) encourages his readers to seek luxury regardless of how simple or extravagant..." ~Florida InsideOut

"Finally! The long awaited second book by Jeffrey here!"

Defining Luxury is representative of Mr. Bilhuber’s personal style not only in the design elements pictured on the pages but also the prose he wrote, choice of subject matter, topic division and pithy quotes by well-known wits. Instead of chapter numbers, the book is divided into seven distinct sections: discovery, passion, history, ornament, grace, comfort and delight.” ~The Southhampton Press

“Bilhuber has an eye for the uusual and the creative mix, and a taste for refreshing palettes and environments that are comfortable as well as dramatic.” ~MET Home

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