Home of Michelle James Lighting Designer

I love featuring looks inside local interiors – they exemplify that stylish people have stylish homes.

Lighting designer Michelle James is no exception. Welcome to the four-story, five-bedroom brownstone she shares with her film editor husband Tom Scherma, and their six-year-old son Gray, in the Carroll Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn.  After purchasing their historic 1899 home in 2006, Michelle began an extensive renovation of the property in 2008.  Functioning as the interior design consultant for this very personal project, she began designing vintage-inspired light fixtures to merge the architecture of her home with her classic, simple, interior design aesthetic.

In natural progression, in the spring of 2010 Michelle displayed one of her fixtures at the BKLYN Designs home furnishings show (which back this May after a 2 year hiatus and not a show to miss).  Mere months after exhibiting her work for the first time, Michelle officially launched her collection of vintage, re-purposed glass lighting fixtures in the fall of 2010.  They’re quite beautiful and with only a 6-8 week lead time, pieces I would love to use in one of my upcoming interior design projects.

Let’s take a look now at Ms. James’ lovely New York City home.







Home of Michelle James NYC Lighting Designer




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Images / Photographer Robyn Lea via EST Magazine /

Author: Sarah Sarna

Interior Designer and Author at SarahSarna.com, empowering women to decorate and dress with confidence.