Hello, friends! I hope you’re having a great week so far. I cannot believe we’re half way through March and still snowed in here in Illinois. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the work of one of my design idols, Tom Scheerer. I had some down time this weekend so I paged through his book – Tom Scheerer Decorates, beautifully written by Mimi Read and realized that some design crushes may come and go but not this one!
For the last thirty years or so, interior designer Tom Scheerer has slowly but surely placed himself among the greatest decorators of our time. His trademark approach to decorating is so thoughtful yet fun, place and time appropriate, and incredibly cheerful. Trained as an architect at The Cooper’s Union School of Architecture, Scheerer realized that his true passion lies in decorating, first week on the job. He went on to decorate a showhouse space and the rest is history.
With projects all over the world, Scheerer designs with comfort and elegance in mind. Homes in the Bahamas, Maine and the Hamptons, condos in NYC – they all share his understated demeanor. There are certain design elements he returns to time and time again, yet somehow each space he decorates feels fresh and new, unlike anything he’s ever done before. I had fun identifying some of his trademark elements that can be traced throughout his work, in new and exciting ways. Here’s what I found:
Straw hat displays
Faux bois wallpaper and limed finishes
Rattan – chairs, ottomans, lamps…
China Seas Lyford Trellis wallpaper
Painted cement tiles
Eero Saarinen tables
Thonet bentwood chairs
Colored glass lamps and jars
Natural fiber rugs (sisal and seagrass)
While doing my research, I came across this great interview with the designer and decided to take some notes: