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Inside Thom Filicia's Anti 'Musty Camp Cliché' Lake House

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Photos by James Merrell/House Beautiful; click to enlarge!

Former Queer Guy Thom Filicia graces the cover of the November House Beautiful, making him, alongside Nate Berkus, one of two celebrity interior designers to pose for a national shelter magazine this month. (Filicia's used to this sort of attention, of course, as his old Manhattan pad, which sold for $1.7M in Nov. 2010, was featured a few years earlier in Elle Decor.)

Anyway, House Beautiful looks at Filicia's lovely country home in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, a 1917 lake house that was dilapidated when he first found it but has since been rehabbed into a "younger, fresher" deviation from the "musty camp cliché" norm. Much of the furniture, fabrics, and floor carpetings are Filicia's designs (for brands such as Vanguard, Kravet, Safavieh, and Classical Elements), including a 10-foot-long sofa made just for the living room, and the space is the subject of American Beauty, Filicia's new monograph. "A house that's enjoyed and used and really lived in, that's a great backdrop for my life," he says. "The house feels alive. And that's why I think it's a beautiful story." Have a look above.

· Thom Filicia's Down-to-Earth Lake House [House Beautiful]
· Thom Filicia Tires of His 'Hood, Abandons These Interiors [Curbed National]