Tom is a designer unlike any I have known. He is forthright , no-nonsense and his designs are carefully edited: at no time overdone. He focuses on furniture planning, color palates and texture over the ornate or purely decorative. He has a fine appreciation for art which you will see in his rooms. Tom uses furnishings with curvature in his designs that offset squared edges, furnishings and rooms. You will see mid century modern, bamboo and caning as much as fine antiques, though he mixes them with a keen eye.
Please enjoy our interview, some of my favorite rooms, and then enter to win this book with page after page of the most interesting projects in residential design!
|Grisaille Wallpaper , William IV Pier Table . Slipper chairs from a home decorated by Billy Baldwin|
1) Tom please tell us how your voyage into Interior Design began? Did you lean towards the arts at a young age?
Yes, from an early age ( like 7!) I was sketching house plans and garden layouts.........all very grandiose no doubt. I developed an early knack for spacial relationships and scale and could draw up floor-plans of places I had been with surprising accuracy.
2) Where do you get your inspiration to transform so many beautiful homes?
One should do in life what comes easily..... its that simple.
|Instead of a large Hunting Dog Painting, Tom helped his clients choose minimally framed Modern Photographs; great impact!|
3) Who are others in the design business you respect and did you have a mentor?
I did not apprentice in the business. I went straight from architecture school into the interior design business via a tremendous critical success at a decorator Showhouse.
As a student of art history and then of the seminal decorators the mentors are many............Bramante, Ledoux, Lutyens, Elsie deWolf, David Adler, Billy Baldwin, David Hicks ........mostly through books.
4) Tom I noticed you pay homage to the history and style of every property; yet your chic, understated style is very apparent. How do you accomplish this feat?
This I would ascribe to having a "light touch".........never being heavy handed. Respect for historical styles should only be taken so far, same for adhesion to color schemes, and for practicality and comfort. It's a balancing act.
5) How would you define your design style?
Classic American decorating with a touch of modernism
8) Readers would like to know, Tom’s Favorite:
Fabrics and patterns?
Open, airy patterns with lots of white background. Think Indian " tree of life" patterns
Furniture styles or mix?
Upholstered furniture can only take you so far....always mix in open arm chairs and those with open " see -through backs
Wallpapers and coverings?
Wallpaper is especially important when there isn't much in the way of architecture. It's a great way to divert attention from ignoble drywall
Don't over accessorize...one or two well placed accessories on a coffee table is always better than a jumble. Make sure that your household decorative accessories tell a story about you. Your Love of exotic travel, particular kinds of books, the natural world, etc.
Every good room has a combination of direct and indirect lighting sources. Make sure you don't have too many lampshades!
Your favorite business meeting attire?
Summer: flip flops, white jeans, purple gingham shirt
Winter: brown clogs, brown corduroys, purple gingham shirt, Austrian jacket
Tom I have heard that you have every color combination of purple gingham shirts imaginable!
Anywhere warm with coconut palms........especially my own house which I'm about to finish in
, the Abacos Schooner Bay
9) Finally, Tom, what are some words of wisdom for the aspiring Interior Designer?
Decorating can't happen in a vacuum......the design part is only a very small part of the story. One needs to move around in the world, make social connections and foster friendships and the trust of those who can pay the bills!
Tom, Thank you so much for participating in The 2013 Designer Series!
|Textured Inside Book Cover|
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