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Inside Thom Filicia's Version of an Adirondack 'Great Camp'

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Fallon-approved interior designer, former Queer Eye, and occasional furnisher of panic rooms Thom Filicia has already proven he can go rustic with the best of them. How he rescued his Finger Lakes country home from the "musty camp cliché" has already been documented in the pages of House Beautiful and filled an entire book (with a forward by Tina Fey, no less). But as Architectural Digest tells it, Filicia ventured into new territory with an Adirondack estate he worked on with architect Arthur Hanlon, of the Connecticut firm Shope Reno Wharton. The clients were a California couple and their two young children. The task? To build Big Rock into a modern Great Gamp, a revival of the kind of grandiose, self-enclosed family compounds where Gilded Age tycoons used to take their well-heeled broods for the summer.

After Hanlon created a site plan for the main house, Filicia began working with him on the interiors. "The clients wanted the look to be authentic but with a twist, and I wanted to make sure the architecture popped," he told AD. To that end, Filicia took accents like fieldstone fireplaces and birch-log balusters and set them against walls painted green, blue, or dark brown. This worked with the ceilings as well, where "the oak beams seem to float against these colorful backdrops." According to AD, Filicia's opinion that many classic great camps "possessed an eclectic, well-traveled air," led to the incorporation of Indonesian side chairs and carpets from Morocco and Turkey. For the sofas, though, which Filicia once said were the most important luxury item one should invest in—"It's like having great shoes you can pair with jeans and a T-shirt, because the shoes elevate everything else"—he went with Knoll and the Thom Filicia Home Collection.

· Thom Filicia crafts a family-friendly retreat in the Adirondacks [Architectural Digest]
· All Thom Filicia coverage [Curbed National]