Saturday, January 25, 2014

Tom Scheerer Decorates: Mimi Read and Tom Scheerer

I really hope that you've been enjoying these book reviews! All of the books I've reviewed this month have really been amazing - and I believe that you'll love every page and get a lot of inspiration from them. This one is no different. Tom Scheerer Decorates by Mimi Read, Photographs by Francesco Lagnese and publishing by Vendome Press is a fabulous book - filled with colorful inspiration and rooms to drop a jaw or two. 

Author Mimi Read is no stranger to writing about design and architecture, so naturally, when she set in to pen the book about Tom Scheerer and his portfolio, she really dove into understanding not only how Tom developed these beautiful rooms, but why. 

Tom's look is classic American, filled with different styles and genres, all seamlessly blended together and finished as a perfectly chic and restrained interior. In the foyer above, in the charming Mount Desert Island, Maine, Tom used a fabulous faux bois wallpaper to create the look of a paneled room. The collection of furniture and art is exactly what you'd expect of Scheerer - eclectic but thoughtfully curated for a look that is perfectly unique. 

I love that Tom loves color, and pattern, and texture! He's known for his use of wallpaper, and his pattern pairing is always spot on. In the room above he pairs vertical and horizontal stripes, metal and wood, leather and burlap, all in the shell of a richly paneled room. 

Tom designed the bed out of steel and brass standard bar rail tubing and connections - brilliant! Tom also mixes high and low brilliantly. The chairs are from Ballard Designs, and the desk in front of the window is West Elm. 

This kitchen is the perfect cottage kitchen, don't you think? I dream of losing my upper cabinets and replacing them with counter to ceiling tile in a bold and dramatic pattern. This gorgeous house in Harbour Island, Bahamas is a respite house for a busy London based family. Tom used tile from Cuba in this space and the adjoining breakfast room ... and had the casement windows made in France to keep a seamless transition to the outside spaces. 

How beautiful is this room? Again, as I said above, Tom is a master at pattern pairing. This gallery hall in a Manhattan apartment is proof of that. The golden grasscloth was applied, and then stenciled in Indian block print patterns by Brian Leaver. He then set in pairing that fabulous embroidered fabric for the chairs, modern and contemporary art, and vintage lighting with custom shades. 

This bathroom, also in Manhattan, but in a different apartment, belongs to an incredibly lucky little girl. And, in his beautiful way, he teaches us again about using bold pattern with his uber popular, Lyford Trellis wallpaper. I also love that French cameo back chair in the Kelly Wearstler fabric by Groundworks. 

Tom is a brilliant interior designer, and architect. It's hard to believe that this is his first book, it was incredibly over-due. The book is filled with page after page of inspiring spaces - from tiny entry ways to the grand lobby of the Lyford Cay Club.

I've personally found great inspiration for projects in Tom Scheerer Decorates, including most recently some window treatment ideas. It's an amazing reference catalog while also being a beautiful coffee table book you might lose to a few friends if you're not careful! A great book, at a great price. Pick one up for yourself via the amazon link below:

Happy Reading! 


  1. Scheerer is a master at color and detail, just look at those lampshades above!

    The Arts by Karena

  2. Did love his use of mixed texture in the bedroom.

  3. Hey - Congratulations on your Blogger Hall of Fame nomination!! Headed off to vote now.

  4. Hey ,
    All of your decorations are looking gorgeous . So much thanks for shared .