“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!

In the right space, I also love a rope handrail.  And there’s no chance of a kiddo trying to slide down or parachute off.   I also think — in this setting — the rope looks rather sophisticated!   Why?  Notice the wall covering!    It’s the mix of textures that makes this stairwell so fabulous.

What epitomizes American design to you?

Interior design by Thom Filicia.  



  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