“As a resident of the world of design since birth, I’d like to take some time to celebrate some of the people and things in that world that I admire. I hope you come along for the ride. And, as my name has really taken a beating these last couple of years, -thank you Mr. Bezos, - feel free to think of me here by my nickname: Lex. And, please also enjoy this completely un-recognizable and years old headshot.” - Alexa Hampton

Thom Filicia

Thom Filicia

photo by Nick Johnson

photo by Nick Johnson

If you could have a second home anywhere, where would you live? 
Lake Como, Italy

Tell us about your childhood bedroom? Master Thom’s 1970’s bachelor-pad (my mother used to call me Master Thom):

Late 1970s striped wallpaper in yellow, acid green, citrus orange and white, mesh curtains, ceramic horse head lamp with burlap lampshade and a medium shag on the floor. I had a mahogany chest of drawers and a stolen (from my brother) 18” lucite peace sign in the middle of the room.

What’s the first investment piece you ever bought for your house? In high school I bought an oil painting of a boat at an antique store with my mother and it’s still hanging in my house today!

No room is complete without a soul

People think of me as __somewhat modern__, but I am really __traditional with a clean edge__.

Things you omit from:

  • A flower arrangement filler

  • An hors d’oeuvre platter anything that you can’t eat with one hand (so that you don’t have to put your cocktail down)

  • A bar cabinet a lock!

Biggest Vice? Having fun (also my biggest virtue)

If you were on an Ambien high and internet shopping, what would you buy? Hopefully not the same car I already have

Do your clothes reflect your design sensibility, if so, how? I think so… they are pretty clean and classic but I always like to throw in an interesting belt, pop of color, bracelet, patterned pant or shoe to add that unexpected and personalized touch.

Who is your star crush? Bradley Cooper

What is the thing you would never do on a project, but don’t detest when you see others do it? Over-decorate

If there were a fire, and you could only keep one design book, what would it be? "The Decorator" - It was the book that introduced me to some of my favorite designers and what led me to work with Albert Hadley. 

For posterity, what would you like your work to be known for? Authenticity and effortless style

photo by Nick Johnson

photo by Nick Johnson

A Few Favorites: 

  • Movie: ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ (love the aesthetic of everything Wes Anderson)

  • Book: ‘Come Over To My House’ by Dr. Seuss

  • Scent: A fire burning (in a fireplace) and gasoline from a boat

  • The fabric you always come back to: A beautiful gutsy linen

  • Dream project: Designing the first fully solar powered yacht where my clients are so happy with my design work that they decide to give it to me!

  • Meal: New England-style clam bake 

  • Drink: Paloma

  • Hotel: Reethi Rah in the Maldives

  • Travel Destination: Telluride, CO 

  • Artist: Ellsworth Kelly

  • Dogs, Cats, or No Pets? Dogs!

Sheila Bridges

Sheila Bridges