MDS- How would you define your style?
TS- Classic American decorating with a fresh ouloo. Clarity, comfort and suitability are my watchwords. I’m a relaxed modernist.
MDS- Where did you grow up and how do you think that influences your work?
TS- I grew up in New York and East Hampton and travelled widely from an early age. This instilled me with an acute sense of what’s appropriate in a given setting and what might not be.
MDS- If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
TS- Cooking, running a restaurant, or writing cookbooks. Not really all that different a pastime from decorating and putting together decorating books.
MDS- Who or what is inspiring you right now?
TS- My brand new Instagram account. It’s a great way to keep ones eye trained for color, composition, and what might be of interest to others. I’ve been having a lot of fun with it.
MDS- What is the favorite room in your home?
TS- In the country it’s the kitchen where I’m generally standing at my 60 year old Garland stove. In New York it’s my bedroom on my “raft” with the paper, my iPad, my phone, and my TV clicker.
MDS- Is there anything you obsessively collect?
TS- Gingham and checked shirts in all shades of purple. I never pass one by.
MDS- Fill in the blank: “I could never own too many ____________ .”
TS- purple checked shirts.
MDS- If you could decorate anyone’s house- who’s would it be and why?
TS- I would have loved to have gotten my hands on the White House. The Obamas quarters then maybe a spruce up of a public room or two for posterity. It’s always great to work for people who are young, good looking, smart, educated, and busy doing something more important than thinking about decorating!
MDS- What do you want to be known for?
TS- For always getting it right. For creating rooms that never need to be redecorated, but rather simply “maintained” like so many of the rooms I grew up in.
MDS- What do you think is chic, stylish and glamorous?
TS- Glamour is a two-sided coin. One is being comfortable in ones own skin. Authenticity and originality are prerequisites for true chic. On the other side is artifice. Think of the great glamour girls of history….so many of them self conscious self creations.