The room also features an understated crystal chandelier and--between the coral slipper chairs--a long narrow carved wood table with marble top, which sits flush against the wall and is topped with a large square mirror with a gilt frame. A large basket is beneath.

An entrance hall designed by Tom Scheerer features Zuber’s ‘Paysage Italien’ wallpaper panels and slipper chairs from an apartment decorated by Billy Baldwin.

To understand the genius joie de vivre of deco­rator Tom Scheerer, look no further than page 40 of his latest book, Tom Scheerer: More Decorating (Vendome, 2019). Below a photograph of a chic Parisian bedroom, the caption reads: “The cotton bedspreads are from Les Indiennes. The wall assemblage was made by the decorator out of Ikea picture frames and leftover paint from the adjacent room.” Now who in their right mind would use Ikea frames and leftover paint in the midst of such sophistica­tion?

“I’ll never be accused of jumping on decorating band­wagons,” Scheerer writes. And yet, his taste—unchanged over the decades—remains pitch-perfect. Rattan chairs, Saarinen tables, natural materials, hat racks, and other winks of the eye make his rooms a delight to behold.

A zebra-print upholstered armchair punctuates the sitting area of a Tom Scheerer-designed room. Natural white, floor-to-ceiling curtain panels and a plush natural white rug, which features a raised pattern outlining diamond shapes, balances the deep blue paint on the walls. A tall, full set of bookshelves gives the room a lived-in look.

A light and airy breakfast room designed by Tom Scheerer with an upholstered corner banquet, a modern round table with white pedestal base, and two chairs. French doors and mullioned windows.

In this newest book, Scheerer features 20 of his latest projects, from tropical retreats to city domiciles to country houses, many of them his own. Happily, he proves as able a writer as he is a decorator. Describing an uptown “shopping” trip spent mining a client’s Park Avenue apartment for furniture to use in their hastily acquired downtown loft, he notes wryly, “This would not be an ideal scenario for a more mercenary decorator.” Some may be more mercenary, but few are more fun.


Book cover for Tom Scheerer: More DecoratingBy Kirk Reed Forrester | Photography © Francesco Lagnese from Tom Scheerer: More Decorating (Vendome, 2019)

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