i have never seen a book or an interior designer get as much press as tom scheerer has received with his new book tom scheerer decorates. well, it’s well deserved- tom’s work and his book, in my book, are a tour de force!

of course i’m going to join the legions- did you think i wouldn’t? not only am i thrilled to feature tom’s book, i’m ecstatic to have tom be the first designer to kick of the second installment of the designer interview series of mds interviews.

i have loved tom’s design for quite a long time. i love his earlier projects- neutral, clean, and easy. and of course his most recent work is off the charts, the color, the eclectic mix, the texture. when i think of tom’s work, not only do i think of city, country and tropics, i think of beautiful fabrics, bird prints, slipper chairs, wicker and rattan, canopy beds- guess what? it’s all the things i love, all my favorite things!

i was at dinner a few weeks ago with a few friends, both well known designers, actually they are amazing designers, and collectively we all said that tom is one of our favorite designers, if not our absolute favorite. why? if you haven’t already, get his new book, you’ll see why- amazing! enjoy!

all photographs from the book by Francesco Lagnese

p.s. you need to follow tom on instagram– also amazing!

MDS- How would you define your style?

TS- Classic American decorating with a fresh ouloo. Clarity, comfort and suitability are my watchwords. I’m a relaxed modernist.


MDS- Where did you grow up and how do you think that influences your work?

TS- I grew up in New York and East Hampton and travelled widely from an early age. This instilled me with an acute sense of what’s appropriate in a given setting and what might not be.

Easthampton House


MDS- If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?

TS- Cooking, running a restaurant, or writing cookbooks. Not really all that different a pastime from decorating and putting together decorating books.



MDS- Who or what is inspiring you right now?

TS- My brand new Instagram account. It’s a great way to keep ones eye trained for color, composition, and what might be of interest to others. I’ve been having a lot of fun with it.

Tom Scheerer’s Instagram

Tom Scheerer’s Instagram

Tom Scheerer’s Instagram

Tom Scheerer’s Instagram

Tom Scheerer’s Instagram


MDS- What is the favorite room in your home?

TS- In the country it’s the kitchen where I’m generally standing at my 60 year old Garland stove. In New York it’s my bedroom on my “raft” with the paper, my iPad, my phone, and my TV clicker.

Tom’s Kitchen


MDS- Is there anything you obsessively collect?

TS- Gingham and checked shirts in all shades of purple. I never pass one by.

New and Lingwood Gingham Shirt


MDS- Fill in the blank: “I could never own too many ____________ .”

TS- purple checked shirts.

Checked Shirts!


MDS- If you could decorate anyone’s house- who’s would it be and why?

TS- I would have loved to have gotten my hands on the White House. The Obamas quarters then maybe a spruce up of a public room or two for posterity. It’s always great to work for people who are young, good looking, smart, educated, and busy doing something more important than thinking about decorating!



MDS- What do you want to be known for?

TS- For always getting it right. For creating rooms that never need to be redecorated, but rather simply “maintained”  like so many of the rooms I grew up in.




MDS- What do you think is chic, stylish and glamorous?

 TS- Glamour is a two-sided coin. One is being comfortable in ones own skin. Authenticity and originality are prerequisites for true chic. On the other side is artifice. Think of the great glamour girls of history….so many of them self conscious self creations.

Lauren Bacall- The ultimate 40″s Glamour Girl!



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