In Tom Scheerer’s NYC home in a Miesian-style highrise, the living room sofa is from CB2; 1970s Luciano Morti gouaches. (Photo by Francesco Lagnese)
A fireplace surround in plaster at a Dallas Highland Park home designed by Tom Scheerer. On mantel, Han dynasty brazier references Rome’s famous Bocca della Verita. Coffee table is vintage Michael Taylor, painted. (Photo by Francesco Lagnese)
In a Dallas Highland Park home, Tom Scheerer rescaled and recolored his favorite Lyford Trellis wallpaper for the sunroom and adjacent dining room. Robsjohn-Gibbings coffee table, Billy Baldwin slipper chair, antique wicker, Restoration Hardware sofa, and custom Bridgewater chair. Side tables are painted plywood boxes. (Photo by Francesco Lagnese)
On a family compound on a barrier reef, the living area is paneled in whitewashed pecky cypress. Encaustic painting over sofa was found in a Palm Beach shop. (Photo by Francesco Lagnese)
An Indian-inspired girl’s bedroom in a family home on a barrier reef. (Photo by Francesco Lagnese)
The living room of an exuberant Houston home designed in 1977 by architect I. W. Colburn. Interior design Tom Scheerer. Sangram Majumdar painting, vintage Bielecky coffee table. Saltillo tile floors are original to the home. (Photo by Francesco Lagnese)
In the breakfast area of the Colburn-designed Houston home, Tom Scheerer painted the original ceramic light fixtures white. (Photo by Francesco Lagnese)
Tom Scheerer More Decorating (Vendome Press) out this month (Photo by Francesco Lagnese)
Tom Scheerer is in Dallas for Texas Design Week October 8 at James Showroom (Photo by Francesco Lagnese)
We can’t get enough of Tom Scheerer’s masterfully unpretentious yet breathtakingly beautiful decorating style. Fortunately, our prayers to peek at more Scheerer projects have been answered as Vendome releases Scheerer’s second book, More Decorating ($60) this month, and Scheerer appears at Texas Design Week Dallas, October 8, at James Showroom (tickets at texasdesignweek.com).
Renowned for his work at Lyford Cay Club (that hand-painted grasscloth palm-tree wallpaper!), 16 new projects are featured in the book, from town (New York, Dallas, Houston, Paris) to country (the Hamptons, Nantucket, Maine, Harbour Island, Antigua, Abaco).
The book’s pages, splashed with Francesco Lagnese’s stunning photographs, are a study in Scheerer’s perfect proportions, masterful mix of natural materials with intriguing colors and prints and serene, comfortable vibes.
We caught up with the Architectural Digest AD100 designer — who splits his time between homes in New York, Paris, and the Bahamas — to chat about his obsession with found objects, the value of small spaces, and his traveling musts.
A rare art purchase — a still life of flowers by my 26-year-old nephew, August Whitney, reminiscent of the ones by Manet at age 50 and maybe just as good.
Objets trouvés. I’m mostly drawn to objects that were not designed to be art but are.
In another life.
Private chef and daily lunch companion for Meryl Streep.
On the design horizon.
Smaller, ecology-conscious places to live. The personal square-footage numbers need to plummet. More solar energy and water capture.
Sadly, too much Instagram, but I do get advice from a smart friend. Most recently, a lovely memoir (my favorite genre) On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong — and an advance copy of Tom Scheerer More Decorating!
Fellow designers you admire.
I admire many, but as decorators, only a few. John Stefanidis always comes first to mind.
My first stops in any new city or place are the food-market streets, where there’s the most to learn about the culture. It gives you an inkling of what you should eat while you are there.
Greek island life inspires me summer after summer. Always in June. I’d rather not say which island …
Tom Scheerer will be in Dallas Tuesday, October 8, as part of Texas Design Week Dallas, for cocktails, panel discussion, and book signing with Lisa Fine and Penny Morrison, at James Showroom, 6:30 pm. For Texas Design Week tickets and the complete schedule, go to texasdesignweek.com.
Scheerer will also be in Houston for a private event October 3. If you would like a signed and inscribed book, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.