Monday, September 23, 2013

Tom Scheerer Decorates and Giveaway of his Book!

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. 

Lyford Trellis Wallpaper by Scheerer
Faux bamboo Dressing table Converted to washstand. 

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 
Fabulous corner with Banquette done in an Orientalist Fabric
Balinese style side table

6)       Your clients seem to have an affinity for fine art and you are also an artist; how important is the inclusion of art and antiques in a design project? (By the way I love your artful paper collages.)

I love it when clients have an interest in art and even their own collections. It makes for a great point of departure for a decorating scheme. 

When they don't its satisfying  to take a small seed of their interest or taste and develop it into something bigger., something that can carry them forward as collectors.

Island Life with pickled Pecky Cypress walls, daybeds, block print style pillows and Rattan Ottoman by Franco Albini; notice the great art!

7)       What inspires your color palette? I see many rooms with the cooler Robin’s Egg Blue, lilac to deep purple, and soft yellows; then you will surprise us with a stunning red library.

There are few colors I don't use....but I do have general rules about what colors to use where. 
Colors for libraries: red, dark green, dark brown..........
Colors for bedrooms: pink, pale blue, celery green, silver gray
Colors for kitchens: lemon yellow, pale melon, white 
There are also some tried and true, but possibly unexpected color combinations that resonate. They are all in my book! 

Room with a view! The color palette is at once calming and sophisticated!

Textured walls, wicker chairs, accessories and trellis rug!

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 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!

Vacation Getaway?

Anywhere warm with coconut palms........especially my own house which I'm about to finish in Schooner Bay, the Abacos


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

Purchase Tom Scheerer Decorates here!   

To win a copy of "Tom Scheerer Decorates" which will fascinate you more and more as you turn each page!

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The Winner will be announced On Monday September 30th!

Thank you to all of my friends and Followers who Support The Arts!

Art by Karena

Images Courtesy of The Vendome Press
Photographer Francesco Lagnese


Simply LKJ said...

Beautiful. Love his take on accessories. I am a keep it simple person.

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

I have been hearing so many great things about this book! great interview. I'd love to win!
xo Nancy

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

His work looks stunning! Love the details you showed us here. Excellent interview and post!

Stacy Curran said...

Great interview. He certainly is one of the talents of our generation!

Linda Primmer said...

Lovely interview. It's wonderful to get his perspective and how it all came about. Thanks for the chance. xo Linda

Heather Lindstrom said...

Karen--what a gorgeous post on this designer. I'm feeling inspired for some home updates. Inspiring!
xx, Heather

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Great interview...he is so talented!

martinealison said...

Bonjour ma chère amie,

Ce fut un délice que de lire cet interview...

Tom Scheerer est un personnage haut en "couleurs" et très talentueux...

Gros bisous

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

I love what he said "decorative accessories tell a story about you"...I would love to win. I follow you on GFC and will like Vendome on Facebook right now. Great Give-away!!!

Pink Overalls @DIY Home Staging said...

Well done interview. I liked Vendome Press on Facebook. Thanks for your giveaway offer.

charmaine said...

What a great interview! So inspiring.

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Thank you for sharing this interview! I am dying for this book! He has done some beautiful work here!
Happy Tuesday.

Linen Towel Giveaway!

pve design said...

Lovely interview and wonderful give-away. I love gingham shirts too. I think I need to look at collecting them in "green!"

therelishedroost said...

Tom's Scheerer is fabulous! I have re read it a few times and still go back and find something that catches my eye! He himself is such a classic man as well, love this post, Karolyn


Great interview Karen. It seems like the best designers are those that new at a young age that's what they loved!

Tom's designs are some of my very favorite. Have a terrific day!

x Deb


I 'like' Vendome Press' on FB. I know I can't win living in the UK but would have the book shipped to my daughter!

Cheers xx

Pink and Green Mom said...

I liked The Vendome Press on Facebook!

Pink and Green Mom said...

I am a new follower via GFC!

Couture Carrie said...

Amazing interview and spaces!
Love his color scheme ideas!


La Petite Gallery said...

I like his style, thanks for the heads up on him, my Daughter and I would love his book. I did design in the 70's and Renee is still designing.

Kristen Alcorta said...

Beautiful rooms and great interview! "Liked" Vendome on FB!

Kristen Alcorta said...

Also followed site via email! Thanks for the opportunity and great reads!

Ricki Treleaven said...

Wow, what a wonderful talent AND interview. Thanks for sharing, Karena. I know the book must be great! I'd learn so much from reading it.

I'm a follower, and I follow you on FB!!!


Mary said...

What an inspiring interview. He style is so thoughtful. Thanks for a chance to win!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

This book was on my x-mas list- now I want it sooner! Karena, this was such a delightful and insightful interview- the fashion questions were a hoot!
I already follow you of course so put me in for a chance to win.

Katherines Corner said...

wonderful interview and post! His book is surely filled with inspiration. Hugs

Katherines Corner said...

I am a follower ♥

Katherines Corner said...

I left some ♥ on your facebook page

Paisley Curtain said...

Thanks for introducing another talent to us.
Have a lovely fall.

Stacey said...

Following you and what a wonderful interview! Fingers crossed!

Pura Vida said...

have a splendid fall weekend!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I really admire his use of color!

Vickie H. said...

Such a lovely book! Thanks for hosting this giveaway! I am a follower via GFC!

Vickie H. said...

I "liked" Vendome Press on FB.

Vickie H. said...

I am now a follower of yours on FB and "liked" your reference to this giveaway on that page.

Ann said...

Wonderful interview
I enjoyed reading it.
His works are beautiful and elegant.

vicki archer said...

Hello Karena...
This shall have to be on my must reads...

I have sent you an email but I think the box is full or I am sending to the wrong Karena!

I wanted to tell you about my 5 year celebration... a very special giveaway on my blog... a week's accommodation at our Le Petit Bijou in France... and I thought your readers would be interested to hear about it...

Come over for the details and to enter Karena... or email me if you would like to share the news...
Much love xv

Francine Gardner said...

Wonderful interview Karen. i have met Tom a few times as we belong to the same organization, not only is he talented, successful but very nice indeed! Love it when success and fame does not get to one's head!

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