Thom Filicia talks redecoration and revelations in Stamford

Is one of your 2013 resolutions to redecorate your home? You can get a head start later this week when interior designer Thom Filicia is expected to visit Stamford for the signing of his new book, “American Beauty: Renovating and Decorating a Beloved Retreat.”

He will be visiting the Wakefield Design Center, (652 Glenbrook Road), Thursday, Nov. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m.  The story of Filicia’s two-year effort to fix up a home in Skaneateles Lake, New York, where he had vacationed as a child, is the basis of the narrative. The author mixes his personal story with decorating tips to create rooms that balance the modern and the classic, according to a recent news release.

Filicia, who has worked with clients including Tina Fey, Jennifer Lopez and others, found fans through his appearances on a number of television programs and through his best-selling books.

If you want a sneak peek of what is in the book, here is how organizers described it in advance of the Nov. 29 appearance:

Thom Filicia wasn’t looking for another escape from his busy city life. But when visiting beautiful Skaneateles Lake, New York, a place he had discovered growing up, he fell madly in love with a fixer-upper. But there was catch—it needed structural repairs, better flow from room to room, and a serious style update.  Thom’s goal was to respect the home’s design history and its surrounding on New York’s Finger Lakes, while creating a retreat that would feel comfortable, livable, and modern—a new American classic. 18 months and one careful, respectful, and impassioned renovation later, it has become a house that he calls home—one that profoundly speaks to his happy memories of growing up in Central New York and his sophisticated, yet approachable American aesthetic.

The Nov. 29 event is open to the public, but space is limited. For more information, call 203-358-0818. Or, to reserve a spot, email

Christina Hennessy