thom filicia: american beauty

Last week I was in the Kravet showroom minding my business ogling some delicious velvet fabric with birds all over it (I'm having a bird moment - not sure why) when I basically walked into a huge stack of just unpacked coffee table books. "Oh what are these? Are these for sale?" I asked the showroom manager. "Oh yes, I can even get you a signed copy." Well make me feel fancy - sold! I mean I barely even looked at the book before buying it but that's what happens when you're a coffee table book addict - one good cover and I'm done. 

Once I bought the damn book and brought it home to devour, I realized that it was based on one single house - Thom Filicia's get away in upstate New York. And how serendipitous, I have been thinking about this home since seeing it in House Beautiful in 2012. Honestly. 

When I saw his house I thought - now that's a house that I love and that my husband would actually love. Which is hard to find. I adore pattern and color and turquoise and layers and my man just wants function and masculine comfort. This house seemed to have a bit of both. And a fabulous lake...

I really think seeing this house has made me become friends with neutrals. I grew up in two lovely homes (divorce kid dance) that were great representations of neutrals done right. (Not including my padre's pre-step-mama bachelor abode which was the most fun representation of a man in the theme park business and his four kids.) But as a result of the beautiful neutrals, I wanted the opposite. And threw Jonathan Adler everywhere in my house just to prove to myself that "I'm not beige! See I'm not afraid of color!". But geez. It was not natural - at least not for me. Looking at colors and patterns all day and then coming home to colors and patterns was a little exhausting for my eye. If I didn't work in design, it would be the best thing in the world to come home to - a welcome party of comfort and color! But I had to pair it back to shut it down each day and I swear, Filicia's lake house made it click that a home could be layered and a little humorous annnd include warm neutrals. 

So I am continuing the overhaul that started about a year ago and bringing  THIS bird wallpaper to our foyer...

Because why wait for the perfect lake house to decorate your dream house? Just get it started where you are. And I am...thanks Thom.