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Tom Scheerer Decorates

The fall promises to be another season of books filled with decorating ideas, philosophies and styles that run the gamut from densely saturated and layered, to distilled and selectively edited; all these promise to be beautiful books you will be adding to your list. Every once in awhile I hope to catch up with a designer or two, and toss a few questions their way. This weekend in East Hampton I caught up with Tom Scheerer and...

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Charlotte Moss: Editing is an acquired skill and you seem to have mastered that. Have you always approached decorating with such discipline?

Tom Scheerer:  Editing is the essential skill of decorating. It's what separates the men from the boys so to speak. What separates you and me from our clients! It's why I eschew the word DESIGN. Yeah, I design night tables, fabrics, the occasional lamp or special upholstered chair, but 95% of the job is knowing what goes with what! Simple as that. And there's nothing like experience when it comes to editing, and of course, a point of view. Editing is about setting a course and knowing how to keep on it. An accretion of small moves that add up to a cohesive whole. When I was less experienced I was always more conscious of the "course,” more disciplined. Now it's almost second nature, I make associations more freely and my decorating might be better for it.

CM: So many of the rooms in the book have a tranquil and transporting air about them. The palettes, the textures, the prints and even the selected plants all send me drifting. What do you attribute your aesthetic to? A childhood on the beach in East Hampton? A set of values that preached 'whispering not shouting?

TS: That's a nice way of putting it CM! I didn't grow up in "decorated" houses. My family valued comfort, a semblance of order, family togetherness, fresh air, clean windows. Oh, and good, real food!  Luckily, the houses had varied qualities and atmospheres and could stand on their own without too much embellishment. What decorating there was was a bit haphazard, always cheerful and not too serious. In decorating for clients I try to evoke those same qualities. High ridicule in our family came in the form of "Did you see their house? It’s awful! Looks like a decorating magazine!"

CM:  When you are out shopping for a client and you see several things you want to buy for a particular spot, but you only need one, tell me, really, HOW do you decide which one? How do you restrain yourself, which you seem SO good at doing?

TS: This brings us back to editing! In a perfect world every item that goes into a clients house must pass a few tests.  Does it move the story of the house forward? Does it work spatially, compositionally and in tonality for the spot in mind? Whether it be a practical item or an extravagant one, does it give good value? Can the client handle the responsibility of it? (a great plant, nice linens, a unique and rare work of art would fall into this category!) But if I truly love something I just buy it knowing someone else will too, whether it’s right away or down the line. This morning I bought a surrealist tabletop iPhone holder for $350! But it was cast in metal in the shape of a delicate hand like the old Gucci wallets

Who ever winds up with it will smile everyday, for life!
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CM:   You are a bit of a design Sherlock Holmes. I love how you mine through a house or consider its geography and build on it, like the shard fire surround done in Cape Dutch style, and the Cuban tiles found in a pantry.  Do your clients get as excited about it as you do?

TS: Detective work and mining are both great analogies. It's the initial step in any decorating job by a seasoned professional to find the first thread of a story that can connect the client to the house to the locale. Case in point: South African clients, house in Bahamas, broken pottery in the topsoil, et voila!

CM: Pratt and Lambert's Burnt Sage, your favorite color...have you ever asked them how, the heck they came up with that name for such a beautiful faded, as you say ripe mango? Just curious...

TS: You are so right. Great color, dumbest name ever. I have a friend who made a living dreaming up names for colors…of cars! (She might have coined British Racing Green) I could ask her.  How about Honeysuckle?

CM: It's obvious that your travels influence and inform your work. What's on your travel horizon?

TS: Someplace you have not been, but stirs you. Travel is becoming less and less interesting (to me, anyway) Luckily I’ve been almost everywhere already (Down Under and Scandinavia are gaping holes in my experience.) The intrigue of travel was always about the "get.” No more, sadly, as someone has already brought it to the Indagare Souk or to ABC Carpet!  I like to revisit places I'm fond of. The second visit can reveal the real place. I also generally prefer to rent a house and have a house party of friends. This April it’s Morocco, but Taroudant, not Marrakesh or Tangier. I've been to the chic places, and am liking them less so - more and more! Except Capri (of course!) which Mike and I return to year after year, if only for a few days.

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CM:  I was at a beach party last week and coincidentally sat with one of your clients. The praises flowed, as I know they will when everyone else sees your book. As this is your first book, what is the message that you want someone to see, feel, be moved by when they close it?

TS: It was great to have Mimi get so many of my ideas on paper without me having to blow my own horn and sound too preachy. There is an overriding message, which is that decorating is not random. You have to educate yourself, keep your eyes open, apply logic as well as instinct. Listen to your customers and to the wind, be fair and be grateful to be in a world where people decorate!

Tom Scheerer Decorates can be found at local bookstores and online on September 10th.

C'EST INSPIRÊ
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Design


The Charlotte Moss collection of fabrics and trims for Fabricut includes over 100 new items, including prints, wovens, and trimmings.  “Charlotte Moss is highly regarded in the industry as a powerful marketer and informed designer,” says David Finer, CEO of Fabricut.  Charlotte’s inspiration for the collection is drawn from antiques and vintage documents from her personal collection.  Other inspirations include architectural themes and, of course, her garden. Collaborating with the designers at Fabricut, direction and inspiration for the collection was found within her immense anthology of textile documents, items acquired during her travels and images she's captured behind her camera. Adding to her vision and attention to detail for this collection, each pattern name has its own story. Fabrics are named in honor of her muses – women travelers and explorers who pushed boundaries in many ways. Charlotte explains, "you knew what these women stood for, they had a mission, and as a result, left us legacies that inspire. They are like guiding lights."

Charlotte's second collection of fabrics and trims debuted in 2015. The collection features luscious wovens, fresh prints and stunning trimmings in three color stories - Canvas, Deep Coral and Watercolor.

“Bits of inspiration find you along your path or you find them. However the story goes, there was an attraction, an emotional reaction that caused the two of you to go home together. A tile, a turtle shell, a vintage scarf; a few of the things that inspired this collection...” -Charlotte Moss
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Charlotte Moss Books
Garden Inspirations

Charlotte turns her eye to the garden as a resource for interiors, entertaining, and good living. This book shows the myriad ways the garden provides inspiration every day —indoors and outdoors. Touring readers through her own garden, she offers insights on how to bring the garden into home life. Garden Inspirations also features additional web content accessed by scanning watermarked pages in the book with the Digimarc Discover App.

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About Charlotte Moss

Since opening her business in 1985, Charlotte has designed private residences and executive suites all over the United States and the Caribbean. In addition to designing interiors, Charlotte Moss’ career has included retail stores, celebrated for Charlotte’s unique blend of American, European and Classical influences.

Having launched her career on Wall Street, Charlotte has a keen sense for the shifting sands of change, amid all her decorating prowess. Widening her reach in recent years, Charlotte Moss, LLC now brings her signature Flair for Living to consumers worldwide with collections available under license. She has designed fabric and trim for Fabricut, carpeting sisals for Stark Carpet, and china for Pickard. Most recently, Charlotte has used her experience culled from twenty-five years of decorating couture homes to design a collection of furniture and upholstery with Century Furniture.

Charlotte is a sought-after speaker, lecturing widely on all the arts of living. Recent lecture titles include:

  • “Where Ideas Come From”
  • “A Flair for Living”
  • “Having a Visual Life”
  • “Living Well: The Key to an Enduring Style”
  • “Age Defying Decorating”
  • “What Sparks Your Creativity?”
  • “Show Me the Content: Design Blogging Today”
  • “Design Muse: Great Women of Style”

She has written nine books to date. Her most recent title, Garden Inspirations was published by Rizzoli in April of 2015. In addition to writing books, she frequently contributes to House Beautiful, Flower Magazine and other publications.

Charlotte’s work has been published in shelter magazines worldwide and she has received numerous awards, including The New York School of Interior Design's Centennial Medal, The Timeless Design Award, given by the Royal Oak Foundation, Elle Décor’s VISION AWARD, IFDA's (International Furnishings & Design Association) Circle of Excellence Award for the field of interior design and Traditional Home magazine’s list of the worlds’ Top 20 interior designers.

Charlotte considers her most important work to be her community service and philanthropy. She serves on the Boards of The Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello, The Bone Marrow Foundation, American Corporate Partners, Madoo Conservancy, The Elsie de Wolfe Foundation and the Advisory Board of The New York School of Interior Design, where she received an Honorary Doctorate Degree. Charlotte sits on the Acquisitions Committee at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. In 2013, Charlotte was honored by the Bone Marrow Foundation with the Brandon Tartikoff Award at the ‘Be A Lifeline’ benefit gala, and received the Centennial Medal from the New York School of Interior Design in the spring of 2017.

 

CHARLOTTE ANN MOSS

Curriculum Vitae 

COMMUNITY SERVICE / CHARITABLE INTERESTS:

Current:

Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Monticello, Trustee

  • Committees: Chairman of Nominating and Governance Committee

Buildings and Grounds Committee
External Affairs Committee

  • The Bone Marrow Foundation, Board Member
  • American Corporate Partners, Board Member
  • New York School of Interior Design, Advisory Board Member
  • The International Council of Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, Founding Member
  • Madoo Conservancy, Board Member
  • American Hospital of Paris Board, Honorary Trustee
  • Museum at F.I.T., Acquisitions Committee
  • Elsie de Wolfe Foundation, Board Member

Previous:

  • Parrish Art Museum, Vice President
  • Landscape Pleasures Garden Symposium at the Parrish Art Museum, Co-Chair (1998 – 2009)
  • Edith Wharton Restoration, Trustee
  • Leaders of Design Council, Executive Cabinet
  • The Irvington Institute for Medical Research, Trustee
  • Museum at F.I.T, Couture Council
  • Bard Center for Graduate Studies, Board Member
  • Teach for America Guest Teacher (May 2008)
  • UNICEF Snowflake Gala, Project Co-Chair, (2004 – 2010)
  • New York City Ballet Spring Gala, Gala Chair, (May 2008, May 2012)
  • The Smile Collection Gala for Operation Smile, Gala Chair, (May 2008)
  • Fashion Week/Lincoln Center Fall, 2009, Executive Committee Member
  • Kips Bay Showhouse, Gala Chair, (2008, 2009 and previous)

AWARDS:

  • New York School of Interior Design Centennial Medal of Honor (Spring 2017)
  • Guild Hall Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership & Philanthropic Endeavors (2016)
  • Housing Works Groundbreaker Award (2015)
  • American Hospital of Paris, Honoree (2014)
  • The Bone Marrow Foundation’s 2013 Brandon Tartikoff Award (2013)
  • The IFDA Circle of Excellence Award (2012)
  • The Royal Oak Foundation’s 2010 Timeless Design Award (2010)
  • New York School of Interior Design Honorary Doctorate, Commencement Speaker (2008)
  • Edith Wharton Women of Achievement Award
  • American Hospital of Paris - President’s Award
  • Boys Harbor, Salute to Achievement Founder’s Medal for Philanthropy

RECOGNITION:

  • Elle Décor The A-List, Grand Masters List (2017)
  • Elle Décor The A-List, Grand Masters List (2016)
  • Elle Décor The A-List (2015)
  • Elle Décor Grand Master List (2014)
  • Elle Decor’s A-List: The Top 25 Designers (2010)
  • Elle Decor’s Vision Award (2009)
  • Traditional Home – Top 20 Design Icon (2009)
  • The Horticultural Society of New York, Honoree
  • House Beautiful, “Top Ten” Showhouse Award / Kips Bay
  • House Beautiful, “Top 125 Designers”

AUTHOR:

  • Garden Inspirations                                  (Rizzoli, April 2015)
  • Charlotte Moss: A Visual Life                 (Rizzoli, October 2012)
  • Charlotte Moss Decorates                        (Rizzoli, April 2011)
  • A Flair for Living                                       (Assouline, Spring 2008)
  • Winter House                                              (Clarkson Potter, November, 2005)
  • Design Inspirations, Vol. I                       (Boxwood Press, October 2004)
  • The Poetry of Home                                   (Boxwood Press, December 1998)
  • Creating a Room                                        (Viking Studio Books, March 1995)
  • A Passion for Detail                                   (Doubleday, October 1991)

 

FOREWORDS:

  • The Decorated Home, Meg Braff                                                            (Rizzoli, Spring 2017)
  • How they Decorated, Gaye Tapp                                                            (Rizzoli, Spring 2017)
  • Fresh, Sybil Sylvester                                                                                 (Glitterati, Spring 2017)
  • Linens, Jane Scott Hodges                                                                        (Rizzoli, 2014)
  • An Architectural Alphabet, Bernd Dams & Andrew Zega                 (2008)
  • An Invitation to the Garden, Michael Devine                                      (Rizzoli, 2014)

EDITORIAL ROLES:           

  • Special Projects Editor, House Beautiful
  • Guest Editor, House Beautiful (November 2013 Issue)
  • Contributor, WSJ, Off Duty
  • Contributor, T Magazine
  • Contributor, Flower Magazine

ARTICLES:

  • Charlotte Moss on Maximizing White Space (House Beautiful, October 2016)
  • Charlotte Moss on Starting Your Own traditions (House Beautiful, May 2016)
  • Charlotte Moss on Beautiful Beginnings (House Beautiful, March 2016)
  • Nancy Lancaster: Haute and Humble (Flower Magazine, January-February 2016)
  • Charlotte Moss on Decorating with Music (House Beautiful, December 2015)
  • Charlotte Moss on A Flair for Living (House Beautiful, October 2015)
  • A Romance With Weeds (Flower Magazine, May-June 2015)
  • The Elegant World of Bunny Mellon (Flower Magazine, March-April 2015)
  • Winter Wonderland (Flower Magazine, December 2014)
  • Bunny Mellon’s Collection, On The Block (T-Magazine November 2014)
  • Itinerary, Botanically-Themed Designations in Paris (and Beyond), (T-Magazine, July 2014)
  • The Eloquence of Silence (T Magazine, July 2014)
  • Modern is Fashion Forward (House Beautiful, June 2014))
  • The Woman Who Served Jell-O to The A-List (WSJ, July 2013))
  • Italian Sojourn (New York Cottages & Gardens, Oct. 2012)
  • That’s Entertainment! (WSJ, Sept. 2012)
  • Design Your Own Fabric (WSJ, Sept. 2012)
  • A Tuscan Garden Tutorial (WSJ, Aug. 2012)
  • A Place to Potter Around (WSJ, July 2012)
  • In the Air: Orchidelirium (Off Duty, April 2012)
  • Hedge Finds (Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, Sept. 2011)
  • That Garden Je Ne Sais Quoi (WSJ, Aug. 2011)
  • An Icon Uncovered (WSJ, May 2011)
  • The Old-World Artistry Behind the Modern House of Chanel (WSJ Magazine, April 2011)
  • Paradise Regained (WSJ, Dec. 2010) 

GUEST LECTURER:

Charlotte has lectured extensively on the topic of interior design appearing at showhouses, museums, womens’ groups, garden clubs, trade fair /antique shows and corporate events.

Past lectures include:

  • Fort Worth Garden Club, Dallas, TX (January 2017)
  • Cedar Rapids Garden Club, Cedar Rapids, IA (November 2016)
  • SCAD Style, Atlanta, GA (April 2016)
  • Marianne Scruggs Garden Club, Dallas, TX (April 2016)
  • Washington Design Center, Stark Panel, Washington, DC (March 2016)
  • Founders Garden Club, Dallas, TX (March 2016)
  • The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, Houston, TX (March 2016)
  • San Francisco Design Center Fabricut Showroom Booksigning (February 2016)
  • Hillwood Museum Estate and Garden, Washington, DC (February 2016)
  • Decorative Arts Society, Newport Beach, CA (February 2016)
  • Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich, CT (December 2015)
  • Southeastern Horticultural Society, Atlanta, Georgia (October 2015)
  • Century Furniture Showroom
“What’s New, What’s Next?”, New York, NY (September 2015)
  • Antiques & Design Show of Nantucket, Nantucket, MA (August 2015)
  • ADAC, Atlanta, Georgia (May 2015)
  • Institute of Classical Architecture, Washington, DC (May 2015)
  • The Ditchley Foundation, Enstone, England (May 2015)
  • Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL (April 2015)
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA (April 2015)
  • Albemarle Garden Club, Charlottesville, VA (April 2015)
  • Palm Beach Garden Club, Palm Beach, FL (February 2015)
  • Fabricut National Sales Meeting, Tulsa, OK (February 2015)
  • Century Furniture National Sales Meeting, Washington, DC (March 2015)
  • San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, San Francisco, CA (October 2014)
  • Nashville Antiques and Garden Show, Nashville, TN (February 2014)
  • Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC (March 2014)
  • High Point Spring Market, High Point, NC (April 2014)
  • 18th Annual Los Angeles Antiques Art + Design Show, Los Angeles, CA
(October 2013)
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art,
Kansas City, MO
(October 2013)
  • Boston Design Center,
Boston, MA (June 2013)
  • KADO, St. Petersburg, Russia, (May 2013)
  • KADO, Moscow, Russia (May 2013)
  • Chicago, International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, Chicago, IL (April 2013)
  • SCAD Style, Savannah, GA (April 2013)
  • London Design Week, London, England (March 2013)
  • Madoo Conservancy, Sagaponack, NY (March 2013)
  • Design Bloggers Conference
, Los Angeles, CA (March 2013)
  • Hillwood Museum Estate and Gardens, Washington, DC (February 2013)
  • The Mount at the NYSID Auditorium
New York, NY (February 2013)
  • Homefront Live: A Q & A Session with Jura Koncius,
New York, NY (January 2013)
  • Inside the Business of Design: An Interview with Keith Granet,
New York, NY (January 2013)
  • Holiday House Decorator Showhouse,
New York, NY (November 2012)
  • DCOTA Fall Market,
Dania Beach, FL (November 2012)
  • High Point Market,
High Point, NC (October 2012)
  • Soicher Marin Gallery
High Point Market,
High Point, NC (October 2012)
  • Marketplace Design Center,
Philadelphia, PA (October 2012)
  • Century Furniture Showroom
“What’s New, What’s Next?”, 
New York, NY (September 2012)
  • Devon Yacht Club, Amagansett, NY (August 2012)
  • Calico Corners
Calico Home,
Strafford, PA (May 2012)
  • Atlanta Decorative Arts Center,
Atlanta, GA (May 2012)
  • Washington DC Design Center
at the J. Lambeth Showroom, Washington, DC (April 2012)
  • WESTWEEK, Pacific Design Center,
Los Angeles, CA (March 2012)
  • International Women’s Day Luncheon, New York, NY (March 2012)
  • Phoenix Art Museum,
Phoenix, AZ (March 2012)
  • Coup D’Etat,
San Francisco, CA (February 2012)
  • Fabricut Showroom Appearance,
San Francisco, CA (February 2012)
  • Decorative Center Houston,
Houston, TX (November 2011)
  • The Heritage Club,
New Orleans, LA (October 13, 2011)
  • Fabricut Showroom,
New York, NY – (October 2011)
  • Antiques at the Gardens,
Birmingham, AL (October 2011)
  • Lauritzen Gardens,
Omaha, NE (September 2011)
  • The Parrish Art Museum: Landscape Pleasures,
Southampton, NY (June 2011)
  • Kips Bay Showhouse Booksigning
New York NY – May 19, 2011
  • Atlanta Symphony Showhouse, Atlanta, GA (April 2011)
  • Ralph Lauren Home, Naples, FL and Boston, MA (April 2011)
  • Lake Forest Showhouse, Lake Forest, IL (May 2011)
  • Visions 2011: A Garden Club of America, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA (May 2011)
  • The Sulgrave Club, Washington, DC (May 2011)
  • Heritage Club, New Orleans, LA (October 2011)
  • Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville, Nashville, TN (February 2011)
  • The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
  • Gump’s Department Store, San Francisco, CA
  • The Massey Cancer Center at VCU, Richmond, VA
  • The Antiquarian Society, Montgomery, AL

INTERIOR DESIGN PROJECTS LOCATIONS:

 Montecito, CA                                         Houston, TX

Aspen, CO New York, NY
Bermuda Palm Beach, FL
Bel Air, CA Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Denver, CO Southampton, NY
East Hampton, NY St. Barths
Greenwich, CT Tulsa, OK

Palm Springs, CA

LICENSING: 

Current:

Furniture & Upholstery for Century Furniture

Fabric & Trim collections with Fabricut

China with Pickard

Carpet Collections with Stark Carpet

Fabric & Wallpaper with Brunschwig & Fils

Garden Planters with Siebert and Rice

 

 

CONSULTING      

Charlotte is frequently asked by various organizations to draw upon her expertise with consulting on various projects in manufacturing, retail, interior design and publishing. Consulting projects have included:

Gift shop design and space planning consultation, Monticello

Licensing Consultation, Colonial Williamsburg

Restoration of The Mount, Lenox, Massachusetts

Production of a Fundraising DVD, Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

TV/RADIO APPEARANCES:

  • Nate Berkus Radio Show
  • Martha Stewart Living Today on Sirius Satellite Radio
  • HGTV
  • NBC Weekend Today Show
  • HGTV Our Home
  • E! Style
  • ABC Good Morning America

WEBSITE/BLOG

The Charlotte Moss website, A Flair For Living™, contains information on upcoming events, speaking engagements and licensed products, as well as the blogs, Tête-à-Tête and C’est Inspiré. Tête-à-Tête, editorially based, is updated regularly and contains articles of topical interest. C’est Inspiré, is Charlotte’s photo blog - photographs in which Charlotte feels do all the talking…

DECORATOR SHOWHOUSES:

  • Holiday House, Susan G. Komen Foundation, NYC, 2008, 2012
  • Laurel Showhouse for Veranda, NYC, 2008
  • Kips Bay Decorator’s Showhouse, NYC, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012
  • International Designer Showhouse, NYC
  • Hampton Designer Showhouse, Bridgehampton, NY
  • The Mount, Lenox, MA
  • Hampton Designer Showhouse, Southampton, NY
  • Richmond Virginia Showhouse, Richmond, VA
  • The Royal Oak Foundation Showhouse, NYC
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