Praise for Tom Scheerer Decorates:
"The time has come. . . for a book. Unlike some who shall not be named, Scheerer richly deserves one, and Tom Scheerer Decorates is a highly personal exploration of the vanishing art of great American design, as pioneered by Van Day Truex, Billy Baldwin and Albert Hadley. . . [Tom Scheerer Decorates] will undoubtedly cement Scheerer's reputation as on of the true American greats."—New York Times
"In a world that constantly celebrates bigger and better, Scheerer's particular brand of understated, under decorated design is like a refreshing Bahamian breeze. And Mimi Read has so perfectly captured his spirit and process. Like Scheerer's work, the book has an easy-going "vibrant optimism." You'll want to live in its pages."—Quintessence
"There is something undeniably sunny about [Tom Scheerer's] work. . .But Scheerer's exuberance is always cut with a hearty dose of Yankee restraint and practicality. It adds up to inspiring rooms that are comfortable, modern, and unpretentious." —Elle Decor
"I am mesmerized by the serene crisp nature of Tom Scheerer's exacting work. If there were a Tom Scheerer Design School, I would be a charter member." —Stylebeat
In an age when houses exhibiting unchecked exuberance, high drama, or conspicuous luxury get all the attention, leading interior designer Tom Scheerer has cultivated a more restrained brand of chic, a look he modestly describes as “cheerful” and “no nonsense.” But it is so much more. In Manhattan apartments, Brooklyn brownstones, Bahamian seaside cottages, and Maine country houses, Scheerer creates rooms that are crisp, confident, classic, and unfailingly correct, but also visually enthralling. His sophistication is extreme, but it is accessible, relaxed, and a touch “underbaked,” as Scheerer says, because he thinks the smartest rooms are always a little underdecorated.
The magic is in the way Scheerer combines classic, old-fashioned decorating with modernist touches à la Albert Hadley and Billy Baldwin, but with a keener attention to natural materials, unpretentious vernacular crafts, and the prettiest color combinations this side of India. He cherishes the simplest, least manipulated fabrics—cottons, linens, dimities—and loves certain inexpensive accents as much as he does truly fine ones. All this adds up to fresh, relaxed interiors that look like no others. Exquisitely photographed, this is the long-awaited first book of Scheerer’s work, and it’s a must for all lovers of interior design.
About the Contributor(s)
Mimi Read writes about architecture and design for the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The New Yorker, House Beautiful, Elle Décor, O, The Oprah Magazine, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, and many other publications. She lives in New Orleans.
Francesco Lagnese is an internationally acclaimed interiors and travel photographer who appears regularly in Condé Nast Traveler US, UK, and Italy, Vanity Fair, House Beautiful, Town & Country, Town & Country Travel, and Architectural Digest. He lives in New York.
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