Famed interior decorator Jeffrey Bilhuber is known for his maximalist designs that bring a modern feel to traditional style. With four books under his belt and an award winning career Bilhuber has cemented himself among the list of today’s top decorators.
EBTH is pleased to partner with Jeffrey Bilhuber to offer extraordinary pieces from the highly publicized “Hay Fever”, his former weekend home. Bilhuber and his son spent many a weekend visiting the property on New York’s Long Island. “Hay Fever” was built in 1668 and over time was crafted into a beautiful example of Bilhuber’s work philosophy – respecting history while optimistically looking toward the future. Bilhuber spent years renovating and searching for the perfect pieces to accent each room while incorporating a mix of styles from Dutch Colonial to Quaker. The variety of traditional styles and bold colors in the contents give off major grandmillennial vibes, the home is filled with antique furnishings and handcrafted decor from the last few centuries; yet has a modern sensibility.
Victorian Chinoiserie-Decorated Walnut Bureau Bookcase, Second Half 19th Century
Pair of Gilt Bronze Mantel Lusters, Mid to Late 19th Century
Scandinavian Folk Art Hand Painted Wooden Wall Décor Plates
Colored Etching of French Vultures from "Illustrated Natural History," ca. 1880
In 2007 Bilhuber began his painstaking journey as caretaker of the 23-room home that spans three-stories. Determined to bring the home back to its original glory, Jeffrey researched and took inspiration from Monticello, Mount Vernon and other affluent homes of the 18th century. Along with honoring the past with the decor, the bedrooms are each named after Revolutionary war generals.
Jeffrey’s strengths of mixing colors, styles and periods comes to life around every corner, each room of the home is effortlessly eclectic, giving the impression these items have been slowly collecting over centuries. The mix of items are all brought together with common threads of vibrant colors, bold patterns and antlers found throughout the house.