If it's Tuesday, it must be SoHo. But come Friday, Saturday or Sunday, it's the Hudson Valley in Upstate New York for Thom Filicia, interior designer for the reality TV-set.
"As much as I love NYC and my apartment [there], I really cherish my weekends in the country," the former "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" adviser told us in a recent e-mail interview, "where I can truly kick back and relax, have fun water-skiing in the summer and downhill skiing in the winter and, of course, spend quality time entertaining my friends and family as much as possible."
We want to come too. You can check out the three-bedroom house, a 1930s bungalow that comes with a two-bedroom guesthouse, in Filicia's new book "Thom Filicia Style: Inspired Ideas for Creating Rooms You'll Love."
The waterfront house—which he shares with his partner Greg Calejo; Paco, a beagle mix, and Foxy, a border collie rescue—has been a retreat and entertaining hub for the busy Filicia for five years. (We hear that in addition to writing and promoting his book and hosting Style network's "Dress My Nest," Filicia's been working on a furniture line to be manufactured by Vanguard Furniture that is due to be introduced in the fall.)
But here, amid his books, boat-engine props, dogs and friends, Filicia finds calm. Especially in the living room. "I find it to be very grounding," he said.
What item in your home most screams out "Thom Filicia lives here!" All my engine props from my boat that I destroyed and have repurposed as decorative mementos in my home—I've turned them into votive holders and they look fabulous!
One thing on a wall in your living room: A papier-mache ram-head sculpture.
One thing you have in your house from your childhood: In my apartment, you would find a book from my childhood entitled "Come Over to My House" by Theo LeSieg (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss). It was a book my mother always read to me at bedtime, and it was my favorite story. It's about a little boy who travels from house to house around the world, meeting kids and learning about their cultures and customs. The story—about visiting homes and understanding the people in them—is essentially my career today.
Best furniture bargain you ever got: Two fabulous chairs that I found in the trash room of my first NYC apartment. I still own them today.
Do you have a decorating decision that you regret? Yes—hanging a Lucite peace symbol above my bed as a child. It was a head injury waiting to happen ... and it did.
Do you hang your toilet paper with the paper hanging over the front or down the back? I don't hang it. I actually use the wings of my Emmy award to hold my toilet paper. In my other bathrooms, I fold it over the front hotel-style.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun