If you could have a second home anywhere, where would you live?
Lake Como, Italy
Tell us about your childhood bedroom? Master Thom’s 1970’s bachelor-pad (my mother used to call me Master Thom):
Late 1970s striped wallpaper in yellow, acid green, citrus orange and white, mesh curtains, ceramic horse head lamp with burlap lampshade and a medium shag on the floor. I had a mahogany chest of drawers and a stolen (from my brother) 18” lucite peace sign in the middle of the room.
What’s the first investment piece you ever bought for your house? In high school I bought an oil painting of a boat at an antique store with my mother and it’s still hanging in my house today!
No room is complete without a soul
People think of me as __somewhat modern__, but I am really __traditional with a clean edge__.
Things you omit from:
A flower arrangement filler
An hors d’oeuvre platter anything that you can’t eat with one hand (so that you don’t have to put your cocktail down)
A bar cabinet a lock!
Biggest Vice? Having fun (also my biggest virtue)
If you were on an Ambien high and internet shopping, what would you buy? Hopefully not the same car I already have
Do your clothes reflect your design sensibility, if so, how? I think so… they are pretty clean and classic but I always like to throw in an interesting belt, pop of color, bracelet, patterned pant or shoe to add that unexpected and personalized touch.
Who is your star crush? Bradley Cooper
What is the thing you would never do on a project, but don’t detest when you see others do it? Over-decorate
If there were a fire, and you could only keep one design book, what would it be? "The Decorator" - It was the book that introduced me to some of my favorite designers and what led me to work with Albert Hadley.
For posterity, what would you like your work to be known for? Authenticity and effortless style
A Few Favorites:
Movie: ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ (love the aesthetic of everything Wes Anderson)
Book: ‘Come Over To My House’ by Dr. Seuss
Scent: A fire burning (in a fireplace) and gasoline from a boat
The fabric you always come back to: A beautiful gutsy linen
Dream project: Designing the first fully solar powered yacht where my clients are so happy with my design work that they decide to give it to me!
Meal: New England-style clam bake
Hotel: Reethi Rah in the Maldives
Travel Destination: Telluride, CO
Artist: Ellsworth Kelly
Dogs, Cats, or No Pets? Dogs!