Tour Designer Thom Filicia’s New Inviting Yet Sophisticated Home


Thom Filicia is best known for an Emmy Award–winning television personality on shows like the original 2003 Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and 2018’s Get a Room with Carson & Thom, both on Bravo.  Eight years ago, Filicia decided to sell the SoHo apartment where he had resided for a decade and move to a neighborhood with a bit more breathing room.  A floor-through unit in a modern building designed by the South African architect Lindy Roy caught his eye, thanks to a layout with a strong separation between social and personal spaces.  After spending four months in construction redoing floors, bathrooms, lights, and counters, Filicia set about decorating the 1,800-square-foot, two-bedroom apartment. The rooms include a mix of his own pieces, both from his Thom Filicia Home Collection and his to-the-trade New York showroom Sedgwick & Brattle, along with vintage furnishings and the artwork he has collected over the years. “I’m a single guy, so I wanted it to be timely and timeless, sophisticated yet inviting,” he explains, adding that he loves to entertain.

Here are some highlights why we love his new home:

  1. Color palette—gray, charcoal wall-coverings serve as a perfect calming backdop for his choices of colorful accessories and artworks.
Pink on the coffee-table books, flowers and plum on the candles bring in elegance and sophistication to this charcoal, gray dominated living space. The black and white artwork adds drama and energy.



2. Mix-and-match vintage oriental pieces and abstract objects give this space a timeless feel.

A perfect dose of red  at the entry makes people feel inviting.

3. Creative ways to hang arts on the wall, floors, chairs and  over the furniture give us  fresh angles to appreciate art.


There are different ways to install artworks.

4. Create inviting vignette such as below seating area to bring in casual elegance.

Cozy vibes at this corner seating area. Love the vintage pouf.

5.  A vintage handmade pouf on the floor and sheep skin on the sofa  make this living room a perfect spot for lounging and relaxing.

The sheer drapery panels make this living room light and airy.

6. The dining area with various seating doubles as a stylish study.  A pop of red on the art-frame enliven this area.

A functional cozy dinner and library.


7. Love, love the idea to use a bar-cart as the kitchen island for this small kitchen—it’s chis, stylish and super practical.



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