Picture Perfect

Designing the New American Family Home
By Scott Sanders

Design / Lifestyle
Published April 2010
ISBN: 978-0-9823585-1-1
176 Pages / Over 300 Color Illustrations

$65 USD

$65 USD

Cyril Beveridge’s handcrafted model of the Anderson’s five-bedroom farmhouse that Scott Sanders decorated. The model shows that its exterior is designed to look like a cluster of smaller buildings, which breaks down the scale.

Mapping The Design Process:

Building and furnishing the more than nine-thousand-square-foot house was a four-year endeavor that included architect Cyril Beveridge’s drawings and blueprints, the construction phase, and designer Scott Sanders’ inspirations, floor plans, fabric selections, paint swatches, and furniture customizations.

Installation Week:

Mattresses arrive on the second day, after the bed frames have been assembled and put in place. Making the beds is quite an effort; all the bed linens and towels need to be washed and ironed. Every bedroom gets two sets of custom linens, including bed skirts and European shams.

The Finished Living Room:

In the living room, pairs of furnishings-damask-covered sofas from O’Henry House, consoles, and nailhead-trimmed scalloped benches by Paul Ferrante-are rounded out by solo statement pieces that include the wing chair in a corner and the antique secretary. The windows are draped in pinch-pleated Kravet silk drapes. The wing chair in the corner is upholstered in a Zoffany fabric.

The Finished Living Room:
Left: Over each console by David Iatesta, a gold-leafed mirror draws attention upward, while a cluster of porcelain jars from English Country Antiques in Bridgehampton, New York, creates visual interest closer to the floor.

Right: A polished-nickel urn lamp mingles with an antique Wedgwood pitcher purchased during a shopping trip to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in search of accessories suited to the home’s Dutch Colonial architecture.

The Finished Dining Room:

On the console from Rose Tarlow Melrose House, in Los Angeles, is Sean Mellyn’s mixed-media-on-paper Giverney Serving Tray (2008), inspired by his fellowship at the Fondation Claude Monet in Giverny, France. The frame is Handmade Frames. The Reichenbach porcelain updated by Paola Navone is from Jarlath Mellett in Amagansett. The Ralph Lauren nickel lamps have pleated silk shades from the Oriental Lamp Shade Company.

The Heart of the House:

Fabrics in the same blue-and-green palette create continuity between the breakfast area and the family room, while furniture placement gives each space its own identity. “Open floor plans are challenging,” Scott says. “It’s important to divide the space into several intimate areas without making it seem too compartmentalized.”

A Classic Kitchen:

The kitchen-a Christopher Peacock Home design-is an all-white affair: white-painted cabinetry, a creamy recycled-glass-tile backsplash, and countertops of white statuary marble, which was chosen for its very subtle, almost imperceptible veining. To invite contrast, we topped the center island in lustrous teak. The finish is a chocolate brown with a hint of red to complement-but not quite match-the breakfast-room table.

A Charming Guest Room:

In a small room, it’s nice to have just one or two fabrics. Toile de Jouy is a wonderful alternative to florals, especially if you prefer subtle, graphic patterns. The pattern always features bucolic scenes that give the fabric a real sense of narrative and history. It’s fun and whimsical but still luxurious.

The Girls’ Wing

At nine thousand square feet, the house is large, yet all the rooms are wonderfully scaled and rather intimate-including the girls’ bedrooms. Samantha Anderson let her daughters choose their color schemes: Julia wanted pink, and her younger sister, Alexandra, opted for purple. Scott selected an assortment of fabrics, and the girls picked their favorites. Although both bedrooms have a youthful sensibility, the whimsical quality is tempered by all-white furniture and more sedate prints and stripes. The look is fun but not childish.

The Man Room:

Dan Anderson was obsessed with having what he called a Man Room. He just wanted it to be the most amazing space: drop-dead sleek and somewhat Ralph Lauren-inspired. Scott designed it to look like a clubhouse, with seating areas suited to different activities: a tall table with stools near the wet bar, a game table for poker or backgammon, a television area with deep club chairs and corduroy-covered sofas, and-by the fire-a quartet of wing chairs on a zebra-skin rug. The colors are very masculine and deep; navy and burgundy fabrics offset the dark-stained woodwork.

The Finished Product:
Four years after meeting clients Dan and Samantha Anderson, Scott Sanders’ project is finally complete. His approach to design is always for the house to be a place to escape to, where one truly “feels at home,” a place that reflects the family’s taste through the layering of color, furnishings, and accessories. Scott’s rooms, which embody all these attributes, truly define the new American home.


When given the task of furnishing their 9,000 square foot dream home, the Anderson family sought a designer who would not only share in but enrich their vision of the ideal family house. They found Scott Sanders, whose taste for clean-lined classicism and playful sense of nostalgia converged with the family’s own aesthetic sensibility and life-style. Picture Perfect is at once the start-to-finish story of the Anderson home – as documented through original floor-plan drawings, color schematics, and Michel Arnaud’s extensive photography – and the biography of a designer at the top of his form, perfecting his own fresh, unique style.

About the Author

Born in Piqua, Ohio, into a family of residential developers, Scott Sanders grew up surrounded by design. A graduate of Parsons The New School for Design, Sanders began his professional career at Ralph Lauren, where he created the company’s first interior design department. Sanders founded Scott Sanders LLC, a New York-based design firm, in 2000, which specializes in residential interiors.


Why We Published This

We had always wanted to publish a book that shows the art of home design from start to finish. Scott gave us a beautiful glimpse of that process – and the result is a design book unlike any we’ve ever seen published before.

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