InspirationApril 1, 2009

Away From Here: Tom Scheerer

I’m having one of those weeks where I feel this strong tug inside to just pack my bags and run away to a beach somewhere. Maybe for a week, maybe for good. When life gets to be too much, the thought of living more simply by the shore, writing from a chair with a ocean breeze, really makes me think twice about the lifestyle I’m living. What I would do beyond blogging on a Bahamian island, I don’t know. Perhaps make shell necklaces and sell them on the beach or learn to braid hair? Whatever, I’d be on an island. What I do know, is that designer Tom Scheerer has got it right. Working part time in NYC and part time on the jaw dropping, “I-would-sell-my soul-to-go-there” Harbour Island in the Bahamas, his work is part city slicker, part beach chic. But not in the way you think…
What I really appreciate about his style is that it doesn’t scream “BEACH!!!!” with kitschy signs, neon colors and shoreline thingamajigs scattered about to remind you that YOU ARE AT THE BEACH!!! No harm in having those things, but his more subtle approach using items that relate to the location but could be used anywhere, is…well…just lovely.
This Bahamian saltbox cottage has me with one foot out the door headed to Logan…




This house is so chic yet so relaxed- the tile in the kitchen is genius against that textured blonde wood…

This house has one of the best beach dining rooms ever- the blue painted ceiling, canvas directors chairs and eye pleasing symmetry all create a space that’s calm and cool. And again, that kitchen tile! *Swoon*



He also designed the common spaces at the Lyford Cay Club– I adore the trellis wallpaper and the pink and white striped tent!




Another thought I had was to give it all up and go design and run a small waterfront inn somewhere with Andrew. He’d be the cruise director and I’d design everything and make sure it was pretty beyond measure and that everyone had freshly baked cookies at 4 pm everyday and a lime basil gimlet in hand at 6 pm…. wanna join us?
Until then, I guess I’ll just have to slather on India Hick’s new Harbour Island inspired body line from Crabtree & Evelyn and dream about it. The packaging of her line is pure inspiration! Love it!

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