Tom Scheerer Decorates… a Manhattan Rental

There are two words design geeks like you and me dislike the most – one is budget, the other is rental. Am I right? Well, the same cannot be said about design legend Tom Scheerer. Best known for his layered interiors that look effortless, hardly decorated at all, Scheerer takes on decorating a Manhattan rental. His new Upper East Side pad is paired down and edited to a minimum – a master class on how to decorate a rented abode.

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”I wouldn’t call this decorated — it’s more curated and staged. There are no applied surfaces, no fitted carpets, no special painted details. There are no curtains and, in fact, no window treatments at all. I didn’t even paint the walls — the landlord picked a perfectly nice white.”

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Not wanting the trouble of customizing a rental, Scheerer opted for pieces he had collected over the years. With a few exceptions – like the CB sofa and carpeting he had cut into smaller pieces – everything you see, he already owned. Proof that when you buy things you absolutely love, they will eventually find a place in your home.

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”This is the first time I’ve had a New York apartment with an efficient, well-equipped kitchen and a dramatic dining spot. It’s liberated me to focus on what I truly enjoy: cooking and entertaining.”

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This sleek  one-bedroom apartment is on the 40th floor of a black glass tower building with breathtaking views.

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”You see all the midtown skyscrapers, including the tallest apartment building in the world; planes coming in for landings at LaGuardia; helicopters circling the city on their way to the 34th Street heliport. This apartment has a festive atmosphere without my doing anything.”  One of the most modest decorators of all time!

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This story originally appeared in House Beautiful. Click here to check out the entire spread and an interview with the designer.  Photography by Francesco Lagnese.

Have a great weekend!

xo,

Eva


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2 Comments

  1. March 3, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    Oh, heavens! This is so beautiful. I would never guess it was a rental as it looks collected over time. This man can do no wrong in my book! Love!

    • Eva Contreras
      March 3, 2017 / 1:12 pm

      Then we must have the same book because he can do no wrong in mine either! Have a great weekend, Elizabeth! xo