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Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2012: Thom Filicia

by habituallychic

05 . 17 . 12
Thom Filicia wins my award for the best design of a small space at the 2012 Kips Bay Decorator Show House.  I’m not even sure it can technically be considered a room since it barely has any walls.  It’s more like a foyer between the entry, dining room, living room, and hall back to the library.  But if anyone could pull this off, it’s the man who put a “living room where the crack den used to be” on my favorite episode of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.   
The exact shade of green used to lacquer the walls and ceiling in this space is Cat’s Eye #2036-10 by Benjamin Moore.  It definitely helped reflect the light and make the space look larger. It also coordinates beautifully with the dining room designed by Todd Romano that you can see in the above photo. Neither designer was on site when I toured so I’m not sure if they were in cahoots but I know many other designers I spoke with said it was just a wonderful coincidence that they used green in their rooms. 
This is the largest area of wall space which Thom hung a work of art by Shelly Reed, entitled “Garland with Bird” from Sears Peyton Gallery above his Vanguard Eagle Console from his collection available at Safavieh. The rug is also available from Safavieh. 
When you can use your own collection of furniture and accessories, it definitely helps off set the cost of designing a room in a show house and is also great marketing. 

I loved the juxtaposition of Thom’s Abstract Lines artwork and sketches by Albert Hadley that Bunny Williams lent him on the far wall .

He manged to pack a lot into this small space in including a little Jamesville Bench

A close up look at the beautiful  Manlius Teal drapery fabric that frames each of the doorways.  Of course, Thom designed it for Kravet. The cuff and leading edge fabric is Sheath Tea Stain also from Kravet. I’d be happy to take these off his hands when the house is over since they would perfectly match my apartment. 

The chairs are Otisco Chairs by Thom Filicia for Vanguard. 
The name of the room is “Green with Aviary: A Tribute to Albert Hadley” and I very much think he would approve of it. 

Photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic

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  1. betina luna May 18, 2012 | 3:18 am

    This really look great! Really good!

  2. Karena May 18, 2012 | 4:28 am

    Thom did an excellent design plan for this small space. So dynamic and dramatic!

    Art by Karena

  3. jbradley May 18, 2012 | 10:46 am

    Those drapes are amazing!!! Love it!!!

  4. The French Tangerine May 18, 2012 | 11:46 am

    I am not much for teal, but this post just might change my mind! A lovely rendition of the color for sure.. and so tastefully done.
    Thanks for sharing,

  5. Anonymous May 18, 2012 | 12:39 pm

    Heather-who is the maker of that gorgeous rug?

  6. Anonymous May 18, 2012 | 2:18 pm

    Could you post the paint color information if you are able to get it?

  7. Ana Elizabeth May 18, 2012 | 5:32 pm

    Hi Heather! The first time I remember reading about the Kips Bay Decorator Show House was on your blog, and on Monday I’ll get to see it in person! I’ll be attending Blogfest 2012 and the event kicks off at the Show House. 😉 So excited!!


  8. catchtag-blog.com May 18, 2012 | 9:13 pm

    i have seen so many lacquered ceilings lately, love the concept but havent seen one that has been really successful yet.

  9. www.whitelabelnoba.com.au May 19, 2012 | 12:23 am

    Amazing colours, simply divine!

    White Label Nobax

  10. Dawna May 22, 2012 | 8:40 pm

    I love everything Thom Filicia so it doesn’t surprise me that this room is just as brilliant.
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