Interior Design

Thomas Pheasant: Simply Serene

The work of influential, award-winning interior designer Thomas Pheasant is best described as "contemporary classical" and simply serene. Celebrated interior designer Thomas Pheasant is best known for his seamless melding of tradition and the contemporary. His spaces are fresh and of the age yet also enduringly timeless. Balancing classical elements, like recessed paneling, pilasters, crown moldings, and carved plaster garlands, Pheasant introduces modern details, sometimes including such flourishes and surprising complements as a scroll coffee table and a room screen of ribbed, translucent glass. Unafraid of combining pieces from various traditions, he achieves a sense of harmony and balance. This lavish offering of his work gives the reader a sensible, artful approach to interior design, presenting models of great aesthetic subtlety and beauty. Based in Washington, D.C., Thomas Pheasant works around the globe. Recent projects include the redesign of Blair House, the President’s guest house on Pennsylvania Avenue across from the White House, and apartments in Washington, New York, Paris, and Moscow. Never a strict by-the-book traditionalist, Pheasant responds to and sees in classicism its rational order, its quietude, its serenity.

About The Author

Thomas Pheasant is an award-winning interior designer who has been recognized by Architectural Digest as one of the "Deans of American Design," and in 2005 he was named the Andrew Martin International Designer of the Year. Victoria Sant is the president of the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, D.C. Jeff Turrentine has been a contributing writer and editor at Architectural Digest and has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post.

  • Publish Date: October 08, 2013
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: House & Home - Decorating & Furnishings
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 10 x 12
  • Pages: 336
  • US Price: $70.00
  • CDN Price: $90.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-4081-6


AD100 2014. Top talents in Architecture. Pheasant crafts eclectic yet tranquil rooms that project nobility and timelessness…Interiors like these fill the pages of his book Simply Serene” ~Architectural Digest
“Thomas Pheasant: Simply Serene.
Mr. Pheasant’s rooms are always just that, serene…This is a gorgeous book, full of beautiful interiors and photography, so do order one for your own collection- you won’t regret it.” ~Maison 21
“Pheasant’s lavishly illustrated monograph…the book educates the reader on his fundamental principles and philosophy of design making him not only a designer, but also an excellent teacher.” ~Array

“This book offers tips on how to balance modern flourishes with classical elements like crown moldings. You’ll be creating artful interior designs in no time.” ~At Home Magazine

“An inch of this stylish book could double as the manual to decorating with white. Thomas creates timeless interiors that are restrained in palette but filled with both classical and modern architectural details. Keep your eyes wide open to not miss a bit of his nuanced work.” ~Southern Living Magazine

"One of the Best Design Books of Fall 2013" ~Elle Decor

“Thomas Pheasant balances a classical sensibility with a fresh, timeless vibe in houses all over the world. In Thomas Pheasant: Simply Serene, the designer illustrates his elegant yet livable approach…” ~Home and Design

“Simply Serene
by Thomas Pheasant showcases the interior designer’s balancing act between classical elements and modern details.” ~Connecticut Cottages and Gardens