Tom Scheerer Palm Beach Living Room

STYLE PROFILE IS AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW SERIES WITH TOP DESIGNERS AND TASTEMAKERS.

I had the pleasure of meeting Tom Scheerer during Fall Market at the D&D Building, after reviewing his wonderful book Tom Scheerer Decorates in September.

Trained at The Cooper Union’s School of Architecture, Tom Scheerer, 58, began his interior design career with Jeffrey Bilhuber in 1986. He has never worked for another designer. His mentors have been books: those of Billy Baldwin, Albert Hadley, and David Hicks. Scheerer modestly describes his work as “cheerful” and “no nonsense.” I describe it as a chic mix of the classic, the old-fashioned, and the modern.

Tom Scheerer The Banyans

After reading his book and sharing it here on LTLYDA I knew he would make for a fantastic style profileMiles Redd describes Scheerer’s work as “…[S]pirited and reserved. It’s exuberant and quiet. It’s never ever vulgar, thanks to his Yankee understatement, but you always notice it.” The designer has his trademarks: limed finishes, Saarinen tables, and Thonet bentwood chairs. Tom Scheerer’s style, however, encompasses his entire lifestyle philosophy. “Elegance,” he says, “is really about economy.”

I’m so happy to have him here today.

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NAME, OCCUPATION, LOCATION.

TS: Tom Scheerer, decorator, New York, NY.

Tom Scheerer Dining Room

MOMENT YOU KNEW YOU WANTED TO BE A DECORATOR. 

TS: After my first week on the job as an architect.

Tom Scheerer Library

STEPS TAKEN TO MAKE YOUR DREAM A REALITY. 

TS: Invested in doing a room at the Southampton Designer Showhouse… the rest is history!

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SURPRISES UNCOVERED DURING PURSUIT OF YOUR DREAM.

TS: That the best decorating is 75% deliberation and 25% improvisation.

Tom Scheerer Hallway Entry

ELEMENTS OF YOUR SIGNATURE STYLE.

TS: Thoughtfulness at every level, comfort and “charm,” an often overlooked virtue in decorating these days.

Tom Scheerer Palm Beach Vignette

MILESTONE(S) THAT REMIND YOU: YOU’RE LIVING YOUR DREAM. 

TS: The publication of Tom Scheerer Decorates and the extraordinary attention it has been receiving.

Tom Scheerer Decorates Caned Jacket Cover
A detail of “Tom Scheerer decorates, the designer’s most recent publication.

TOOLS / PRACTICES THAT OPTIMIZE YOUR LIFE ON A DAILY BASIS. 

TS: My incredibly efficient , cheerful and loyal staff. We have a lot of fun in the office… when I get there!

Tom Scheerer Limed Oak Desk Area

LIFE ADVICE YOU HOLD DEAR. 

TS: Decorate. Renovate only if you must!

Tom Scheerer Decorates Cover

WAY YOU LOVE TO SPEND THE DAY / EVENING AT HOME. 

TS: When home in NYC after a long day at office… On my “raft” with the NY Times, my iPad, phone, and TV clicker all within reach.

Tom Scheerer Bahamas Home
A bedroom in Scheerer’s historic 19th century home on Harbour Island, Bahamas.

PHILOSOPHY ON LIVING THE LIFE YOU DREAM ABOUT.

TS: I work as hard as anyone I know but I do take a lot of time off to recharge and enjoy exotic travel destinations as well as my own houses in Maine, Paris, Bahamas, and East Hampton.

Tom Scheerer Bahamas Home
The loggia of Scheerer’s historic 19th century Harbour Island, Bahamas home.

SECRET ABOUT YOU.

TS: I’ve answered so many Q&As on the recent occasion of my book launch I have no secrets left!

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THANK YOU, TOM!

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Image Credits: With thanks from Vendome Press. Photographer: Francesco Lagnese.

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Author: Sarah Sarna

Interior Designer and Editor helping intelligent women unlock their style and own it, à la: decorating, fashion, beauty, and beyond.