We were not as aware of Tom Scheerer as some other well-known interior designers and we now admit, that has been our shortcoming.
His book, written by author Mimi Read, is a testament to understated decorating--a modest, restrained chic described by the decorator himself as, “no nonsense”.
After decades of opulent, conspicuous room settings, Scheerer’s design aesthetic is a breath of fresh air. His taste is classic and he uses natural materials, simple fabrics--and we feel as if this is a major conversion from a stuffy magazine-ready exhibition to a comfortable, ordered but accessible setting. The reader feels as if he could enter, take off his shoes, and breathe a relaxed sigh of relief in any one of Scheerer’s rooms. Don’t think for one minute though, that his designed rooms are not a studied, careful, compilation of nice, nice things.
The book itself has a beautiful textured basket weave cover with a terrific color burst of photography for a jacket wrap. Speaking of photographs, the photographer Francesco Lagnese takes pictures you could drink in like a full-bodied wine they are so palpable.
Tom Scheerer Decorates is a book you will return to again and again in order to check out the details and textures so you can usurp them for your own.
One fabulous touch we’re going to steal ourselves: dressers decoupaged with matching print fabric used elsewhere in the room as seen on page, 143-4, and 159.
Tom Scheerer Decorates by Mimi Read, photographs by Francesco Lagnese, 240 pages, The Vendome Press; ISBN: 978-0-86565-305-4.