Tune In To NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Tonight And Watch Thom Filicia Chat About His New Book And More!
American Beauty, Renovating and decorating a beloved retreat, by Thom Filicia
Thom Filicia wasn’t looking for an escape from his busy city life, but when he visited beautiful Skaneateles Lake, New York, a place he discovered growing up, he fell madly in love with a fixer-upper. Part memoir, part decorating book, with more than 300 stunning photographs, American Beauty is the story of this house, and an inspiration resource that shares with us Thom’s extensive wisdom on creating rooms that feel modern, meaningful and classic at the same time.
The foreword was written by Tina Fey. “In American Beauty, Thom tells the story of saving and renovating an old house, but it seems to me it’s also a story about going home again and loving your hometown. (Who knew Thom grew up near a town with a polo club? Classy.) It’s an appreciation of a pre-homogenized America, when each state and town had its own look and feel. It’s a book that offers great pragmatic advice. But it’s also the perfect book for when you want to lock yourself in the bathroom, hide from your children, and look at pretty pictures,” she wrote.
Interior designer Thom Filicia is founder and Chief Creative Officer of New York City-based design firm, Thom Filicia, Inc. He lives with his partner Greg Calejo and their two beloved rescue dogs, Paco and Foxy.
Since he launched his company in 1998, Filicia has earned him widespread acclaim and notable clients, including Tina Fey, Delta Air Lines, Jennifer Lopez, Peter Jennings, and others in the worlds of finance, sports, media, fashion and hospitality. Filicia is universally known for his ability to create stunning modern, yet classic interiors with inviting aesthetics that reflects the individuality of his clients.
Filicia’s design sensibility has earned him countless praises. He was named by House Beautiful as one of their “Top 100 Designers,” House & Garden dubbed him an “International Taste Maker” and Elle Décor called him a “A-List Designer.” Additionally, Filicia has been featured in The New York Times, People, In Style, Vogue Home, O, USA Today and many other publications, and his camera-friendly personality and design insight garnered him a huge following and led to numerous TV appearances including Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien , The View, Ellen, and many more. Filicia has also hosted other successful shows for the Style Network, including Dress My Nest and Tacky House and is presently featured talent on the HGTV Network.
Filicia’s fame expanded beyond the design world when he was cast in the Emmy-Award winning hit show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Filicia was given the program’s most demanding segment—transforming the home of a design-challenged man – along with wardrobe specialist Carson Kressley, foodie Ted Allen, grooming guru Kyan Douglas and lifestyle coach Jai Rodríguez.
Filicia’s diverse design accomplishments also includes various first-class hotels and special projects such as the VIP Suite for the USA Pavilion at the World’s Fair in Aichi, Japan, the first-ever outdoor lounges for Delta Air Lines at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, an eco-friendly apartment for Riverhouse, Manhattan’s first premium “green” luxury condominium tower, which received a award by Interior Design magazine for “Best Eco-Residential Design Interior” and designing the holiday decoration installation with American Christmas for Radio City Music Hall.
Filicia is also the author of Thom Filicia Style published in 2008 by Atria/Simon & Schuster, and is a contributing author of the best-seller Queer Eye For The Straight Guy: The Fab 5 Guide To Living Better. He recently completed his third book for Clarkson Potter Publishers, titled American Beauty: Renovating and Decorating a Beloved Retreat. Furthermore, Filicia is the creative mind and driving force behind the Thom Filicia Home Collection, which includes furniture, rugs, textiles, artwork, curtain hardware and broadloom for the retail market. The success of his franchise has led to partnerships and projects with some of the world’s leading brands including American Express, Audi, Bosch, Barilla, Kravet, Soicher Marin, Safavieh, Classical Elements, Shaw, Vanguard, Green Mountain Coffee, Proctor & Gamble, Xerox, Kohler, Water Works and Viking.
Tune in to Late Night With Jimmy Fallon tonight (3/28) at 12:36/11:36C on NBC and watch Thom Filicia chat with Jimmy about his new book, American Beauty, “Americanism” and MORE!