“word to the wise” wednesday – thom filicia

To me, Americana has always been based on the way people in this country actually live.  There’s something rugged about it, something simple and clean, humble and restrained.  I love when things are humble.  I love when things are restrained.  I love when things are inspired by something fanciful, but they’re dialed back.  The idea of a reinvigorated, more relevant Americana excites me. … Things should make sense for where they are.

Thom Filicia (House Beautiful, November 2012)

I adore Thom’s thoughts on American design.  Remember when I piped in on this same topic for HGTV.com?  The idea of fancy-but-dialed-back really captures what I try to do for many of my clients.  After all, children and overly formal spaces don’t usually co-exist — but children and chic spaces most certainly can … quite happily!

What epitomizes American design to you?



  1. Tawna Allred says:

    Exactly as Thom says, yet I also think patina needs to be there, and some hot, crusty, homemade bread direct from the oven. It’s never complete until there’s fresh bread!

  2. I loved that rope handrail the minute I saw it. And I couldn’t agree more about the importance of texture.
    I’ll have to get back to you on the American design question, that’s a pretty big question to tackle in a few short sentences. A big question but a very significant one.
    Great post!


  3. Fashion-isha says:

    That rope handrail is totally original…love it! Have a great day!

  4. Traci, I first saw that rope handrail in the original Hollywood at Home in a small stairwell with cherry red carpeting. I agree that it needs that plain/fancy juxtaposition to be effective. By the way, how’s that contest going? ;)

  5. Love the stairway and how Thom describes American beauty and design. I agree with him!!

  6. Jennifer says:

    Great post Traci! I loved hearing Thom speak at High Point, definitely one of the highlights!


  7. Annie says:

    Love his designs so down to earth and classic

  8. Katie says:

    I love the wall covering he selected!

traci zeller