Thursday, May 17, 2012
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